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June 10, 2016

Kentucky Aims to Form Freight Advisory Committee

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released its 2016 Statewide Freight Plan for public comment and is seeking recommendations to establish a freight advisory committee to enhance communications between the Cabinet and the freight industry.

April 26, 2016

DOT Releases 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released the 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook.

April 11, 2016

DOT Forms Safety-Grant Allocation Panel

In accordance with a provision of the FAST Act highway bill, the Department of Transportation has formed the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Formula Working Group.

January 26, 2016

Fleet Fined for Firing Driver Who Voiced Safety Concerns

OSHA has fined Brindi Trailer Sales and Services for illegally terminating a driver who brought up safety concerns about his truck.

January 14, 2016

Obama Aims to Invest $4B in Automated Vehicle Technology

The Obama administration wants to spend nearly $4 billion over ten years to fund pilot to projects aimed at accelerating the development of connected and automated vehicles.

December 29, 2015

Washington Wrap-Up 2015

A lot of lobbying and politicking went on in Washington throughout 2015, but by year's end these were the five things that got done that most helped or will help trucking keep rolling ahead...

December 21, 2015

State DOTs Tracking El Niño to Prepare Roads for Winter

As much as 70% of state Departments of Transportation are tracking El Niño to make preparations for the unusual winter weather ahead, including increasing stocks of salt and de-icing chemicals, according to a new survey.

December 17, 2015

FMCSA Launches Improved Online DOT Registration

The Implementation of the Unified Registration System will streamline the DOT registration process and make it more difficult for unsafe truck companies to avoid enforcement actions, per the agency.

November 25, 2015

DOT to Host Self-Driving Vehicle Talk with Google Expert

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a talk on self-driving vehicles with the director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Program, Chris Urmson.

November 18, 2015

Senate Again Says Nay to Twin 33s

The Senate has approved an amendment that strips out a measure included in the Department of Transportation funding bill that would have allowed 33-foot-long double trailers to operate on highways regardless of state laws.

November 4, 2015

NYC Fleet to Test Connected Vehicle Tech

New York City will install vehicle-to-vehicle technology in 10,000 buses, taxis, limousines, and city fleet vehicles as part of a $23 million federally funded initiative designed to reduce future congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

October 8, 2015

Truck Size/Weight Study Dinged by Outside Agency

The Dept. of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study “lacks a consistent and complete quantitative summary of the alternative configuration scenarios... and major categories of costs are not estimated,” contends a study review released by the Transportation Research Board.

October 7, 2015

DOT Issues $5 Million in Emergency Relief for South Carolina Roads

The Dept. of Transportation announced on Oct. 6 the “immediate availability” of $5 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the recent rain-driven flooding that has crippled the state.

September 29, 2015

DOT Details New Transportation Investment Center

The Department of Transportation has unveiled specifics about its Build America Transportation Investment Center, which aims to ease the “procedural, permitting, and financial barriers to increased infrastructure investment and development.”

September 1, 2015

New Jersey Braces for Pope's Impact on Traffic

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has sent out a traffic alert in preparation for a visit from Pope Francis on Sept. 26-27.

July 8, 2015

Group Pushes Congress to Up Federal Truck Weight Limit

The Coalition for Transportation Productivity is revving up its lobbying to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 97,000 pounds for tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.

June 29, 2015

J.J. Keller Develops DOT Handbook for Drivers

J.J. Keller & Associates has developed a guide for new drivers called the DOT Handbook: A Compliance Guide for Truck Drivers.

June 12, 2015

CDL Tester Indicted in South Carolina

A third-party CDL tester used by South Carolina has been indicted for giving tests he wasn't supposed to and skimping on the tests themselves.

June 8, 2015

DOT: Lack of Data Argues Against Truck Size/Weight Changes

The Department of Transportation has declared that “data limitations” uncovered by its research on the impact of increasing truck size and weight limits should preclude changing “relevant laws and regulations.”

May 28, 2015

Vigillo Releases Tool for Handling Bigger Data

Vigillo announced that it has released the first of Athena’s second generation reporting tools to handle bigger data.

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