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Government, Business, Safety

Kansas, Ohio Governors-Elect Announce DOT Director Picks

DOT Director Laura Kelly (John Hanna/Associated Press) and Mike DeWine (John Minchillo/Associated Press)

The newly elected governors of Kansas and Ohio have announced their choices to lead their states’ departments of transportation.

Transport Topics
January 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Iowa Eyes EV Tax to Offset Projected Decline in Road Funds

Iowa Construction Traffic passes a construction zone at the interchange of U.S. Highway 65 and Interstate 80 in Altoona, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

After a Dec. 31 report by the Iowa Department of Transportation that shows a $317,000 reduction in the Road Use Tax Fund in 2018, state officials have made recommendations to the Iowa Legislature such as increasing fees or charging taxes to electric vehicle owners.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
January 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

New AASHTO Director Jim Tymon Outlines Goals for 2019

Tymon Tymon gives an interview on transportation policy. (aashtovideo via YouTube)

Advocating for a sustainable solution for the federal Highway Trust Fund will be a top priority for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ new leader.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 9, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

AAA Acquires Nation’s Largest Autonomous Vehicle Test Site

New Facility AAA NorCal

The largest autonomous vehicle test site in the United States has been acquired by AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah, one of the most familiar car-club brands in the country.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 9, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Drone Company Flytrex Closes $7.5 Million Series B Round

Flytrex A Flytrex drone makes a delivery. (Flytrex via YouTube)

Drone-delivery technology company Flytrex announced it has raised $7.5 million in Series B funding, according to a Jan. 8 press release. This round brings the company’s total to $11 million.

January 8, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Pollution Worsened in 2018 Because of Two Overlooked Sectors, Research Suggests

Pollution Robyn Beck/Associated Press

In the debate over climate change, the heaviest polluters — think: power plants, trucks and cars — get the most attention from policymakers. New research suggests a broader view might be called for.

Eric Roston | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Midwest States Launch Program to Address Truck Parking Issues

truck parking B Christopher — Alamy

A group of eight Midwestern states has launched a system to inform truckers about parking availability along interstate highways. Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin launched the Trucks Park Here program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Infrastructure, Trade Loom Large for Trucking in the New Year

Infrastructure stellalevi

Infrastructure and trade loom large for trucking in the year ahead as freight carriers adjust to a slower, but still positive, rate of economic growth in 2019, according to industry experts interviewed by Transport Topics.

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

CVSA Complains of Too Many FMCSA Regulatory Exemptions

Inspectors checking a truck Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Federal trucking regulators are exempting too many motor carriers from electronic logging device requirements and other regulations, creating “confusion and inconsistency in enforcement,” according to the organization representing roadside commercial vehicle inspectors.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 3, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Trucker Buddy Program Helps Drivers, Students Form Special Bond

Trucker Buddy Duane Donner, a driver for Walmart, with a student from Angela Green’s class during one of his visits to the school. (Angela Green)

To a child, large trucks can seem intimidating and truck drivers might be viewed as tough and unfriendly. A program called Trucker Buddy International helps squash misconceptions by connecting school-aged children with drivers.

Marissa Gamache | Online Reporter
January 2, 2019