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May 29, 2013

Freight Movements Between U.S. & NAFTA Countries Mixed, Trucking Still Dominates

A new U.S. Transportation Department report shows the value of goods moving between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners by all modes of transportation decreased by 4% in March compared to a year ago, but rose 63.7% compared to March 2009.

May 28, 2013

FHWA Hosts Size and Weight Study Session

The Federal Highway Administration is kicking off the public phase of its two-year study of the truck size and weight issue. At Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday the agency is hosting the first of four planned public listening sessions on size and weight issues.

May 22, 2013

Smooth Reception for Foxx on Hill

Anthony Foxx was well received by the Senate Commerce Committee at his confirmation hearing Wednesday and there were no signs of resistance to his nomination as Secretary of Transportation.

May 16, 2013

DOT Secretary Nominee Foxx Confirmation Hearing Set for Next Week

President Obama’s pick to head up the U.S. Transportation Department will go before a Senate committee next week for a confirmation hearing.

May 14, 2013

Truck Speed Limiter Proposal Returned to NHTSA

Just over a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted a proposed regulation to require speed limiters on big rigs to the DOT, it has been returned to the agency without approval.

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 26, 2013

DOT to Host Webinar on Truck Navigation Systems

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition will sponsor a free webinar on the benefits and consequences of GPS navigation systems used by commercial drivers.

April 23, 2013

Research Continuing into Solving Truck Parking Problem

Truckers looking for increasingly hard to find parking spaces may be getting some help from the American Transportation Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation. ATRI is working with multiple partners to test a new system for truck parking management.

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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