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.
USPS Buys Electric Vans, Charging Stations in Bulk
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is buying 9,250 Ford Motor Co. electric vans and 14,000 charging stations as part of a move to switch its fleet to electric vehicles.March 1, 2023
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CVSA International Roadcheck Event Set for May 16-18
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has scheduled this year’s International Roadcheck event for May 16-18, CVSA announced Feb. 28.March 1, 2023
Biden to Nominate Julie Su as Next Labor Secretary
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Feb. 28 said he planned to nominate Julie Su, the current deputy, as his next labor secretary, replacing the departing incumbent, former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
Earl Adams Jr. Sworn In as FMCSA Deputy Administrator
Earl Adams Jr., chief counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration since July 2021, has been sworn in as the agency’s deputy administrator.February 28, 2023
ATA’s Chris Spear Proposes Excise Tax Repeal
ORLANDO, Fla. — American Trucking Associations leader Chris Spear took direct aim at a World War I-era tax he argued presents an obstacle for the industry.
ATA’s Spear Highlights New FHWA Memo, Emissions
ORLANDO, Fla. — American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear touted new federal policy guidance for how states might allocate infrastructure funding during a Feb. 27 address at the Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition.
Transportation Experts Divided on FMCSA’s Rejection of IRT
Data experts are divided on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's rejection of the Item Response Theory to separate safe from high-risk motor carriers.February 28, 2023
ATA’s Bob Costello Presents Mixed Picture on Economy
ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. economy is poised for a short and shallow recession during the second half of the year, but circumstances specific to current economic conditions make predictions more challenging than usual, said American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.
Diesel Sheds Another 8.2¢, Falling to $4.294 a Gallon
The national average price for diesel finished February with a flourish, dropping 8.2 cents a gallon to reach $4.294, according to Energy Information Administration data released Feb. 27.February 27, 2023
New UPS Distribution Center in N.C. to Create 60 Driver Jobs
Some 60 new truck driver jobs are coming to southeastern North Carolina in the largest business venture there in 40 years thanks to a new UPS distribution center.