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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, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startup Embark Releases Performance Data

Embark autonomous truck Embark

Self-driving truck startup Embark has issued a voluntary report on the performance of its automated trucks, providing a more detailed look at its testing process and the current capabilities of its technology.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 30, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts

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, Fuel

FHWA Nominee Nicole Nason Says All Options on the Table for Infrastructure Funding

FHWA nominee Nicole Nason FHWA nominee Nicole Nason (

WASHINGTON — When policymakers craft their next transportation reauthorization bill, they should consider every available tool that would result in long-term funding for infrastructure projects, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Highway Administration told a Senate panel Jan. 29.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Tariffs, Trade Policies Concern Shippers in North American Markets

Federico Zuniga and Candace Sider Federico Zuniga and Candace Sider. (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Disruption is increasingly happening for freight movers as they seek to cross the United States’ borders with Mexico and Canada, and it’s not the positive technological change often associated with that word. Instead, it’s delayed freight or higher costs.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Agencies Reopen After Truce Ends Historic Shutdown

Trump Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

The truce between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump on Jan. 25 halting the longest federal government shutdown in history meant more than 16,000 staffers at the U.S. Department of Transportation will no longer be furloughed.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2019
Government, Business

Tax Refunds Will Be Paid on Time Despite Shutdown, Mnuchin Says

Steven Mnuchin Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. Treasury Department is ready for the tax season and will pay tax refunds “as normal,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox Business News on Jan. 29.

Bloomberg News
January 29, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Price Unchanged; US Average Now Less Than a Year Ago

Diesel tanker Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News

The U.S. average retail price of diesel was unchanged the week of Jan. 28 at $2.965 a gallon and now is about 10 cents a gallon cheaper than it was a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

January 28, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

During Shutdown, NTSB Didn’t Send Investigators to Many Fatal Accidents

NTSB NTSB investigator Robert Squire supervises the downloading of critical data from the truck involved in a bridge collapse in Mount Vernon, Wash., in 2016. (NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board said that during the 35-day partial government shutdown it was unable to dispatch investigators to multiple instances of fatal accidents.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 28, 2019
Government, Business

US Confirms China Trade Talks to Begin

Donald Trump President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration confirmed it will hold two days of talks this week in Washington to discuss structural changes to China’s economy and Beijing’s pledge to buy more American goods.

Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
January 28, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Dips as China Slowdown Signals Demand Drop

Oil Rig Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg News

Crude skidded to its worst loss in a month as disappointing corporate profit forecasts stoked concern about the economy, bruising a market already anxious about booming American oil supplies.

Alex Nussbaum | Bloomberg News
January 28, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Infrastructure Missing in Talks Between Trump, Hill Leaders

Sen. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) by C-SPAN via YouTube

Talks between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders seem to be lacking one key ingredient: infrastructure. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 28, 2019