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Transport Topics government and regulatory coverage keeps managers of a highly-regulated industry aware of the policy decisions that can shape their businesses. Covering both the legislative and regulatory aspects of policy-making, at both the state and national levels, the news in this category includes looks at infrastructure, hours of service, emissions rules, funding measures, leadership appointments, and more. Readers can follow what’s happening in Congress, at the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, and in state and local governments.

Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Proposed Legislation Seeks a Mandate for Heavy Trucks to Install Side Underguards — Again

Underride side guard AirFlow Deflector Inc.

Companion bipartisan bills have been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate and House that call for a new regulation that would require trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds to install side underride guards and ensure that rear guards meet an upgraded specified performance standard.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 12, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Kentucky Officials Start Seasonal Eradication of Noxious Weeds

Spraying for weeds along Kentucky road KYTC also has 350 certified pesticide applicators, who spray chemicals on the noxious weeds. (Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have begun their yearly process of treating noxious weeds that spring up alongside roads.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 12, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

National League of Cities Offers Guide on User Fee Programs

Aerial view of I-84 i-84waterbury.com

Local leaders interested in testing programs that assess a fee to those using their roadways now have a guide. The National League of Cities published on March 11 its report “Fixing Funding by the Mile: A Primer and Analysis of Road User Charge Systems,” which makes the case that states and cities should explore such fundraising mechanisms.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 12, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Gambling Expands at Pa. Truck Stops, but Opponents Continue Fight

Truck Stops Rutter's via YouTube

Four Pennsylvania truck stops are the latest to have been given conditional approval to operate video gaming terminals at their facilities, the latest step in a long-running, controversial effort in the state to introduce the gambling devices in truck stops and convenience stores.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 11, 2019
Government, Business

Trump’s FMCSA Budget Request Higher Than Enacted Levels

U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington thisisbossi/flickr

President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request proposes increasing funding for federal trucking regulators. Overall, the U.S. Department of Transportation would see a decrease.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Average Diesel Price Inches Up 0.3¢ to $3.079 a Gallon

Diesel Price Getty Images

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 0.3 cent to $3.079 a gallon, according to the Department of Energy, as crude oil prices advanced slightly on March 11.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 11, 2019
Government, Business

Trump Fiscal 2020 Budget Request Prioritizes Infrastructure Grants

Congressional aides deliver fiscal 2020 budget proposal Staffers deliver President Donald Trump's fiscal 2020 budget proposal to the Cannon House Office Buiilding on Capitol Hill. (C-SPAN via YouTube)

President Donald Trump's 2020 budget proposal gives infrastructure grants a fair shake. But will the spending plan get anywhere? Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 11, 2019
Government, Safety, Fuel

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Proposes 45-cent Fuel Tax Hike

Kay Whitmer Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address. (Al Goldis/Associated Press)

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal includes plans for a 45-cent fuel tax increase to provide funding for infrastructure improvements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Suspends HOS Rules in Wake of Flooding

Suspends HOS Rules A camper stands in flood water from the Tennessee River March 8. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

Rules pertaining to hours of service have been relaxed for certain truckers in Tennessee who are involved in relief efforts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 11, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

States Step In to Fund Roads After Trump’s Plans Stall

Roads Ty Wright/Bloomberg News

Governors in at least 11 states, including Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut, are pushing for new taxes, bond sales and tolls to raise money for long-needed work on roads, bridges and transit systems after President Donald Trump failed to enact a major infrastructure plan.

Amanda Albright | Bloomberg News
March 11, 2019

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