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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, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Nov. 26: One More for the Road

Thanksgiving traffic 2018 Motorists were looking to get a jump on their Thanksgiving travels on Nov. 20. (CBS This Morning via YouTube)

If you don’t travel much, but you were among the millions of Americans who set out to visit loved ones this past Thanksgiving weekend, the traffic nightmare you experienced was indeed an anomaly. But there's hope. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 26, 2018

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

FMCSA Receives Petition, Grants Exemption Related to HOS Rules

Firefighters in what is left of Paradise, Calif. A firefighter surveys the devastation in Paradise, Calif. The National Mobile Shower and Catering Association, which represents members who are providing support to the firefighters battling Camp Fire, seeks HOS relief. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has received an exemption request from hours-of-service rules from one trade association and has granted reprieve from those rules to another.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 26, 2018
Government, Business

Medical Marijuana Companies Snap Up Trucking Rate Firm

RushNet Inc. and XYZ Hemp Inc. said they have acquired GreatRateFreight Inc., a company that specializes in using technology to link shippers with trucking companies. Terms were not disclosed.

Transport Topics
November 26, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Blockbuster Cyber Monday May Not Be Enough to Boost Market

Amazon Warehouse Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News

Shoppers will spend an estimated $7.8 billion on Cyber Monday, Nov. 26 — a record — boosting a strong holiday shopping season, and Wall Street likely will shrug it off.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
November 26, 2018
Government, Business

Bill Nelson, Senate Commerce Panel's Top Democrat, Loses Re-Election Bid

Bill Nelson Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the trucking policy panel, lost his re-election bid to that state’s Republican governor in one of the most high-profile election contests of the midterms.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2018
Government, Business

October Home Sales Rise 1.4%, Snap Six-Month Losing Streak

Home for sale Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales rose in October, breaking a six-month losing streak. But sales remain down from a year ago, hurt by rising interest rates.

Paul Wiseman | AP Economics Writer
November 21, 2018
Government, Business

German Auto CEOs Invited for White House Talks

Donald Trump Al Drago/Bloomberg News

The Trump administration has invited the CEOs of three German automakers for talks at the White House as European and U.S. government officials try to negotiate a new trade agreement, according to people familiar with the matter.

Jenny Leonard and Jennifer Jacobs | Bloomberg News
November 21, 2018
Government, Business

Durable Goods Orders Fall 4.4% in October

Durable goods manufacturing Ari Lindquist/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell by the largest amount in 15 months with a key category that tracks business investment showing weakness for the third consecutive month.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
November 21, 2018
Government, Business

Border Wall, Mueller Probe Complicate Lame-Duck Federal Funding Negotiations

U.S.-Mexico border on California side A road on the California side of the U.S. border with Mexico. (Shutterstock)

Congressional Republican leaders adamant about avoiding a partial government shutdown ahead of a Dec. 7 funding deadline have yet to outline an endgame to ongoing negotiations that have been marked by pressures from the White House and their Democratic counterparts.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Safer Solutions Sought for Hazmat Drivers Traveling Colorado’s Treacherous Loveland Pass

The Eisenhower/Johnson tunnel The Eisenhower Tunnel courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

With its 180-degree bends, 7% grades, dangerous drop-offs and strong wind gusts, the hazardous material truck drivers hauling heavy petroleum loads who make the 9.5-mile journey though Colorado’s Loveland Pass call the drive a “white-knuckle experience.”

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2018

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