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FMCSA Issues Final Rule for States to Comply With Clearinghouse Requirements

Technicians test specimens at a Quest Diagnostics lab Technicians test specimens at the Quest Diagnostics laboratory in Teterboro, N.J. (Quest Diagnostics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Dec. 12 a final rule extending by three years the date for state driver's licensing agencies to comply with certain Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Sen. Roger Wicker Addresses Impaired Driving, Hair Testing in New Bill

Hair Testing Technician preps hair for drug testing in Quest Diagnostics laboratory. (Quest Diagnostics)

Legislation seeking to improve drug testing for employees in safety-sensitive transportation posts was easily advanced by a U.S. Senate panel on Dec. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

As Deliveries Grow in NYC, So Do Tensions With Tech

Robo by FedEx Roxo by FedEx

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dislikes autonomous delivery robots and he is not shy about saying so, even as the city’s planners and trucking officials work together on ways to deliver much more freight to the nation’s largest city.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Audit Finds Proposed EPA Glider Rule Repeal Skipped Legal, Health Analyses

Glider Rule A Peterbilt on display at the Fitzgerald Glider Kits booth during an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General determined that former agency Administrator Scott Pruitt failed to follow legal and public health safeguards in 2017 when he proposed to repeal an Obama-era regulation limiting the number of glider trucks that could be manufactured annually.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

USDOT Announces ‘Rule for Rules’ to Structure Reforms

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking to improve the way it proceeds with rulemaking, guidance and enforcement by structuring a series of reforms.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla on Autopilot Rear-Ends a Parked Cop Car in Connecticut

Tesla Tesla Model X. (Angel Garcia/Bloomberg News)

Another Tesla Inc. vehicle operating on the carmaker’s driver-assistance system branded as Autopilot has crashed into a parked emergency vehicle, eliciting fresh warnings about the shortcomings of automated technology on public roads.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Volvo Group Venture Capital Invests in Apex.AI, Autotech Ventures

Workers install a Volvo engine on an assembly line Workers install a Volvo engine on the assembly line at the Dublin, Va., plant. (Volvo Group Truck Operations)

Volvo Group Venture Capital AB announced it invested in Apex.AI, a startup software company involved in autonomous mobility, to help fund the development of a safety-certified software framework for autonomous systems.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

PennDOT P3 Project Will Address I-81 Improvements

Interstate 81 A 4.5-mile portion of Interstate 81 near Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will see improvements, including widening both directions to three lanes. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

Leaders within the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have approved a public-private partnership to reconstruct a portion of Interstate 81.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Port Manatee Earns New Security Training Certification

Port Manatee Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal. (Manatee County Port Authority)

Florida’s Port Manatee announced its facility security officer training program — the only such approved course offered by a U.S. seaport — has earned new certification from the U.S. Coast Guard.

December 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Some Fleets Reluctant to Add Driver-Facing Cameras

Lytx DriveCam Lytx Inc.

The use of onboard video technology is increasing in the trucking industry, but many fleets remain reluctant to add driver-facing cameras due to concerns over privacy and driver recruitment and retention.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
December 6, 2019

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