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July 25, 2013

I-80 Challenge Ups Law Enforcement on Roads

Yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa with the the Interstate 80 Challenge was offically launched. The I-80 Challenge is a multi-state awareness and high-visibility enforcement effort to encourage all drivers to drive safely on the Interstate 80 corridor and to support the efforts of the law enforcement officers. The challenge runs from July 24 to July 31.

July 3, 2013

FMCSA Announces $1 Million to Train Veterans, Military Families

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced almost $1 million in new grants to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry.

July 2, 2013

Foxx Sworn in as 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the nation’s 17th Secretary of Transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones in a private ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters at 11 a.m. today.

June 27, 2013

Foxx Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

The Senate unanimously confirmed Anthony Foxx as the 17th Secretary of Transportation, to replace Ray LaHood. The 100 – 0 vote this morning concludes a smooth nomination process for the Charlotte, N.C., mayor. He was well received by Republicans as well as Democrats at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.

June 11, 2013

Eliminating Water Tanker Rollovers is Goal of NTTC/DOT Video

National Tank Truck Carriers has produced a new version of the Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video it developed with the U.S. Department of Transportation to help educate water tanker drivers on the special characteristics of tank truck vehicles and the actions they can take to avoid rollovers.

June 10, 2013

Commerce Committee Sends Foxx DOT Nomination to Senate

The Senate Commerce Committee Monday night approved the nomination of Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation, while the committee named Mark Warner to take over a key transportation subcommittee from the late Frank Lautenberg.

June 3, 2013

J. J. Keller Debuts Medical Exam Handbook

J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. announced its latest publication — DOT Medical Exams: The Complete Guide. This compact handbook helps transportation managers understand the driver medical qualification and examination process.

May 9, 2013

U.S. DOT Hosting Truck Size and Weight Input Session

The U.S. Transportation Department has set a public hearing for May 29 to get input for its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study.

May 6, 2013

DOT Announces 2013 Student Art Contest Winners

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood congratulated two elementary school students – a second grader from Maryland and a third grader from Missouri – as this year’s winners of the “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Safety Belt Student Art Contest sponsored by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.

April 29, 2013

Obama Taps Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for Top DOT Post

President Obama nominated Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to replace Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation. Foxx does not have a background in transportation – he was a practicing attorney before going into politics – but as mayor he has been instrumental in a number of important transportation projects.

April 29, 2013

Obama to Nominate Charlotte Mayor Foxx to DOT

President Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., mayor Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation, news sources are reporting. Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who has said he would serve until a successor is confirmed.

April 5, 2013

NTTC, J.J. Keller Partner for Compliance Guide

The National Tank Truck Carriers formed a partnership with J.J. Keller & Associates to produce the enhanced 2013 NTTC Bulk Hazmat Compliance Guide.

April 2, 2013

FMCSA Shuts Down Atlanta-based Southern Transportation Inc.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently shut down Atlanta-based trucking company Southern Transportation Inc. using new authorities given to FMCSA under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

April 1, 2013

Phony Letters Being Sent to Motor Carriers

Another round of fraudulent U.S. DOT letters is being distributed, largely by fax, to motor carrier officials in an attempt to obtain banking information from the targeted carriers, warn the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General.

March 12, 2013

FMCSA Announces Steps to Reduce GPS-Caused Bridge Strikes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will begin issuing official recommendations to members of the commercial trucking industry on the proper uses of Global Positioning System navigation devices and incorporate GPS training into new entry-level certification programs for commercial motor vehicle operators.

February 20, 2013

Unified Registration System Nearing Publication

The Unified Registration System, which will reform the way the federal government keeps track of motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders, is in the final stage of the rulemaking process.

February 18, 2013

DOT Orders California Driver to Cease Operating

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered a California-based truck driver to cease operating after he was cited for numerous egregious violations of federal regulations, the most recent involving being arrested for intoxicated driving.

February 14, 2013

DOT Moving Ahead with MAP-21 Freight Initiatives

The Department of Transportation is asking for nominations for a committee that will establish the National Freight Strategic Plan that's called for in last year's highway bill, and has proposed a process for desgnating a national freight network.

February 11, 2013

Bridging The Funding Gap

The highway law that took so much effort over the past five years is just six months old, but now it's time to start again. As the U.S. Department of Transportation still unpacks the two-year, $105 billion measure passed last summer, Congress and transportation interests are gathering to return, once more, unto the breach.

February 10, 2013

Concern Mounts over 5.9 GHz Band Spectrum Sharing, Future of Connected Vehicle Program

Transportation groups are voicing concern over a recent proposal to open up the 5.9 gigahertz band for unlicensed use, citing the need for that band to be utilized to save lives and improve overall safety through connected vehicle technology.

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