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July 17, 2014

Obama Moves to Support Private Infrastructure Investment

As Congress struggles to preserve the Highway Trust Fund this summer and eventually pass a long-term highway bill, President Obama is using his executive authority to promote increased private investment in infrastructure. In remarks Thursday at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Obama announced a plan to help states and local governments use alternative financing for their infrastructure needs.

July 1, 2014

DOT Warns of Woman Posing as a Doctor Conducting Medical Exams

A woman impersonating a physician conducting false DOT medical exams on truck drivers has been charged by police with fraud and identity theft. Police in Pennsylvania are asking any driver who may have had an exam conducted by Joann Wingate since 2009 to contact them.

March 19, 2014

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Operations in Iowa and Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has ordered the immediate shut-down of two trucking operations carriers, each for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies’ own drivers and the public at risk.

February 28, 2014

When Goals Don’t Make Sense

At our company, it’s annual review time. Part of the process involves setting goals for the coming year, which are supposed to be “attainable with a stretch” – challenging, but reachable.

February 17, 2014

Intermodal Group Calls on FHWA to Focus More on Intermodal for Primary Freight Network

The Intermodal Association of North American has submitted several recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration to increase its focus on the intermodal movement of freight, following the agency recently releasing a draft designating the nation’s Primary Freight Network.

January 15, 2014

DOT Will Post Trust Fund Balance to Illustrate Infrastructure Deficit

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined the familiar issues surrounding the nation’s “infrastructure deficit” and added a new wrinkle: DOT will post a monthly update on the balance in the shrinking Highway Trust Fund.

December 30, 2013

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 3

As we look back at 2013, here's the third installment in our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry:

December 18, 2013

FMCSA Considers Changing Driver Vision Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to ease its standards for granting exemptions to driver vision requirements.

December 18, 2013

Smart Roads, Smart Vehicles

Intelligent highways, smart vehicles, connected transportation systems – sounds like the stuff of the future. In reality, though, many technologies currently found on our roadways reflect that future. In many cases they will be integral components of an intelligent transportation system. And the most important piece of technology might be the one most everyone now carries in their pocket, purse or backpack.

December 11, 2013

DOT’s Porcari to Step Down at Year End; Mendez Tapped for Post

Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari is stepping down after four and a half years of service. In a message to DOT employees, Secretary Anthony Foxx thanked Porcari and said he has asked Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez to step in as Acting Deputy Secretary starting Jan. 1.

December 11, 2013

Foreign Tire Sales Recalls Truck Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring Foreign Tire Sales Inc. to recall 2,659 truck tires because of inaccurate load and inflation information on the tires.

November 18, 2013

DOT Proposes Key Freight Highways

The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a series of key highways to serve as a highway Primary Freight Network, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The notice appeared in today’s Federal Register.

November 10, 2013

FMCSA Releases Study Outlining Opportunities for Returning Veterans

A new study released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommended a series of regulatory changes to further ease the transition of military personnel and veterans into much-needed civilian jobs driving commercial motor vehicles.

November 5, 2013

GAO Reviews Benefits, Costs of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

A vehicle-to-vehicle wireless network could improve safety by communicating warnings, but the benefits depend on broad deployment and acceptance by the public.

August 29, 2013

The Effects of the New Hours of Service

Early experience with the hours-of-service changes bear out expectations that 24-7 truckload carriers will come under pressure to add personnel, change service levels or both.

August 28, 2013

The U.S. DOT Opens Online Dialogue

Transportation is an engine for growing the U.S. economy and creating American jobs. Every day, people and businesses rely on a multi-modal transportation system to travel and to move goods to consumers at home and abroad.

August 26, 2013

FMCSA Posts New Carrier Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has completed a years-long effort to streamline and simplify its registration system. In a notice posted Friday, the agency spelled out the changes that will take effect when the new regime kicks in a little over two years from now.

August 15, 2013

Can Foxx Put the Pieces Together?

The new head of the DOT is already looking to one of the big challenges of his job, says Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking: blog: Getting our dysfunctional Congress to pass a real highway bill by its due date of Sept. 30, 2014.

August 1, 2013

Senate Stalls Transport Appropriations Bill

The Senate rejected an effort to advance a transportation appropriations bill, mirroring the action yesterday by the House. In a 54 – 43 vote, the Senate declined to end debate on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations measure.

August 1, 2013

FMCSA Proposes to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if No Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is officially proposing to drop the requirement that truck drivers file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

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