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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, Safety

Senate Committee Approves NHTSA Nominee Heidi King

Heidi King Heidi King testifies at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in 2018. (Eric Thayer/Bloomberg News)

Heidi King took a step forward in her quest to become administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 5, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Colorado Drillers Face Tougher Rules Under New Reforms

Jamie Schwaberow/Bloomberg News

Colorado’s Legislature passed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s oil and natural gas laws, giving local governments more power to regulate drilling in one of the nation’s top crude-producing regions.

Catherine Traywick | Bloomberg News
April 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Starting the Clock on HOS Reform

The Department of Transportation has taken an important first step in potential reform of the hours-of-service rules that regulate how much time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, and we’re glad to see it.

Transport Topics
April 4, 2019
Government, Business, Top 100

Three Former Roadrunner Executives Charged With Fraud

Roadrunner Executives A Roadrunner trailer at a loading dock in Two Rivers, Wis. (Jason Miller/Flickr)

The Securities and Exchange Commission has formally charged the former chief financial officer and two of his associates at Roadrunner Transportation Systems with accounting fraud and misleading investors about the company’s financial results.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 4, 2019
Government, Business

OOIDA-Backed Lawsuit Over Pennsylvania Turnpike Tolls Dismissed

Pennsylvania Turnpike sign Wikicommons

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on April 4 dismissed the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s class-action lawsuit claiming the state lets the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission collect “excessive” tolls, hampering interstate commerce.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 4, 2019
Government

Rep. Rodney Davis: Fund Infrastructure Account Like a 401(k)

Gerald Desmond Bridge and replacement in Long Beach, Calif. Traffic moves last summer on the old Gerald Desmond Bridge next to its replacement under construction in Long Beach, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

WASHINGTON — How do you keep infrastructure projects funded in this country is the multitrillion-dollar question policymakers on Capitol Hill have yet to answer.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 4, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Federal Judge in New Orleans Dismisses Alleged ‘Staged Accident’ Lawsuit

Interstate 10 in New Orleans A stretch of Interstate 10 in New Orleans, near where a disputed accident involving Whitestone Transportation is alleged to have occurred. (Google Maps)

At the request of the plaintiffs, a federal judge in New Orleans dismissed a civil lawsuit April 8 involving a truck accident that was similar to numerous others that the trucking company defendants said are under investigation by federal law enforcement for being staged by the alleged victims.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 4, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump Threatens Car Tariffs on Mexico Over Drug Flow Across Border

Cars Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump retreated from threats to immediately close the border with Mexico over migration, instead abruptly pivoting April 4 to a new demand: that the Mexican government stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S. within a year or face car tariffs.

Shannon Pettypiece | Bloomberg News
April 4, 2019
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Fall to 49-Year Low, Below All Forecasts

Jobs Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell, dropping to the lowest since December 1969, as the labor market tightened further.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
April 4, 2019
Government, Business

Investors Leery of Sharp Downturn in Labor Market

Jobs Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News

Investors were on edge a year ago for signs the U.S. labor market was overheating. Now they’re primed for the opposite.

Bloomberg News
April 4, 2019

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