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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, Technology, Equipment

Volvo Trucks to Take $780 Million Charge Over Emissions Flaw

Volvo Truck Bloomberg News

Volvo AB, the world’s second-largest truck maker, will set aside $780 million (7 billion kronor) to address a faulty emissions-control component that’s worn out more quickly than expected.

Anthony Palazzo and Niclas Rolander | Bloomberg News
January 4, 2019

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RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Government, Business

Payrolls Rise 312,000 as Wage Gains Exceed Forecasts

Factory Worker Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

U.S. employers added the most workers in 10 months as wage gains accelerated and labor-force participation jumped, reflecting a robust job market that nevertheless faces mounting risks in 2019.

Shobhana Chandra | Bloomberg News
January 4, 2019
Government, Business, Editorial

Editorial: End the Meal-and-Rest-Break Debate

Now that we finally we have some resolution on the issue of whether interstate truck drivers must follow federal or state rules regarding where and when they can take meal and rest breaks, it’s time to stop the legal wrangling and move forward.

January 3, 2019
Government, Business

White House Says Shutdown Trims 0.1% From GDP Every Two Weeks

US Capitol US Capitol building (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

The ongoing partial government shutdown will cut U.S. economic output by about 0.1% every two weeks, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers said.

Toluse Olorunnipa | Bloomberg News
January 3, 2019

Trump, Congress Eye Possibility of Infrastructure Bill in 2019

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi during a December news conference. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

While the new Congress and the White House kick off 2019 in the midst of a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump and the leadership of the U.S. House and Senate have acknowledged that authorizing funding for infrastructure projects will be atop their legislative priorities.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 3, 2019

Nancy Pelosi Elected House Speaker by Democratic Majority

Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 3 was elected Speaker of the House. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi knew this moment would come, even if others had their doubts — or worked to stop her. Pelosi was elected Jan. 3 as House speaker, the only woman who has held the office and now one of few elected officials who will be returning to it.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
January 3, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

CVSA Complains of Too Many FMCSA Regulatory Exemptions

Inspectors checking a truck Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Federal trucking regulators are exempting too many motor carriers from electronic logging device requirements and other regulations, creating “confusion and inconsistency in enforcement,” according to the organization representing roadside commercial vehicle inspectors.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 3, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

China Said to Be Back for US Soy as Trade Talks Scheduled

Soybeans Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

China is back in the market for U.S. soybeans after taking a holiday break as Washington and Beijing plan more trade discussions.

Isis Almeida | Bloomberg News
January 3, 2019
Government, Business

Firms Hired Most Workers Since Early 2017, ADP Research Says

Factory Worker Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Companies added the most workers in almost two years to U.S. payrolls in December, exceeding forecasts and signaling that the job market was solid as 2018 came to an end.

Shobhana Chandra | Bloomberg News
January 3, 2019
Government, Business

Economists See No Repeat for Strong 2018 Job Gains

Worker Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The final report for 2018 is forecast to show employers added 180,000 jobs in December to cap a 2.45 million annual increase, the most since 2015 — but the monthly estimate is the lowest median projection since last January.

Jeff Kearns | Bloomberg News
January 3, 2019