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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, Fuel

Think Tank Urges DOT to Begin National VMT Fee Pilot

trucks in Utah

A Washington think tank is encouraging the federal government to proceed with a legislatively mandated national pilot program to explore the viability of a vehicle-miles-traveled fee.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 1, 2023

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns Archive

RoadSigns 102

How can autonomous trucks fit into the freight transportation industry? Host Seth Clevenger chats with Waabi's Vivian Sun and's Jan Becker.

Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Driverless Trucks Face Regulatory Opposition in California

An autonomous Kodiak Robotics truck

If California's Assembly Bill 316 becomes law, driverless trucks won’t be able to drive down state highways without a human driver present until at least 2031.

Ricardo Cano | San Francisco Chronicle
September 1, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment

UAW Slams Automakers’ Slow Bargaining, Files Labor Complaint

United Auto Workers members marching

The United Auto Workers union says it has filed unfair labor practice complaints against Stellantis and General Motors for failing to make counteroffers to the union’s economic demands.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
September 1, 2023
Government, Business

Labor Market Still Resilient, Adds 187,000 Jobs in August

Construction worker wiring rebar

The nation’s employers added 187,000 jobs in August, evidence of a slowing but still-resilient labor market despite the high interest rates the Federal Reserve has imposed.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
September 1, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment

Action Sought Against China for Chassis, Container Practices

Rep. Mike Gallagher

Lawmakers and trucking industry stakeholders are speaking out about what they view as unfair trade practices supported by China that are hampering domestic manufacturing efforts. 

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
August 31, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

US Dedicates $12 Billion to Retrofit Auto Plants for EVs

Ford F-150 Lightning on a production line

The Biden administration is making up to $12 billion available for automakers to retrofit their facilities to make electric vehicles and hybrids.

August 31, 2023
Government, Business, Logistics

Panama Canal Congestion Threatens US Trucking

Ship waits on Gatun Lake

Panama Canal officials say limiting how many ships can go through the waterway could have downstream effects on U.S. trucking like slowdowns and bottlenecks.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 31, 2023
Government, Business

Economist Sees Challenges and Opportunity in 2024 and 2025

Shoppers at Illinois store

Higher interest rates are expected to slow inflation and the U.S. economy during the remainder of 2023 and into 2024, before the Federal Reserve reverses course and cuts interest rates.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
August 31, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment, For-Hire

Used Truck Market Can Likely Handle Yellow Liquidation

Yellow Corp. trucks

Used trucks and trailers owned by bankrupt Yellow Corp. are set to come up for auction in unprecedented numbers, but the market can handle it, say observers.

Keiron Greenhalgh | Staff Reporter
August 31, 2023
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Florida Starts to Recover as Idalia Rain Hits North Carolina

flooding after Idalia

Florida has started to dig out from the aftermath of Idalia, which weakened to a tropical storm even as it brought heavy rain across Georgia and the Carolinas.

August 31, 2023