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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.

January 9, 2014

DOT Freight Index Rises to Best Level on Record

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in November from October, rebounding from a one-month decline to reach its highest all-time level, according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation report.

January 8, 2014

FMCSA to Hold Listening Sessions on New Entrant Carriers, MATS Date Added

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session on Jan. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., to solicit ideas and information from interested parties on possible knowledge testing requirements for New Entrant passenger and property carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers.

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.

October 31, 2013

Proposal Would Allow for Hair Testing of Truckers for Illegal Drugs

Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill allowing trucking companies the option of using hair testing for illegal drugs as an approved method of screening drivers.

October 23, 2013

Hersman and Hart Sworn in Again at NTSB

Deborah Hersman has been officially sworn in for a third two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Serving as chairman since 2009, Hersman was nominated for a third term by President Barack Obama on Aug. 1, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate Oct. 16.

October 9, 2013

Freight Index Hits Near All-Time High

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry in the U.S. rose 0.4% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month to reach the second highest level in the history of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index which goes back to 2000.

October 2, 2013

With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights

A panel of legislators looking for ways to improve freight transportation is close to finishing its analysis and will post its report by the end of the month.

September 30, 2013

Federal Truck Safety Program Will Continue Despite Shutdown

UPDATED—12:00 a.m., Federal truck safety programs will continue to operate despite a partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight.

September 19, 2013

FMCSA Is Working on Restart Study, Foxx Says

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study of the 34-hour restart rule when it has finished its analysis and review of the data...

September 16, 2013

AP: Serious Problems With More Than 85,000 U.S. Bridges

New analysis of the nation’s bridges shows many are in desperate need of repairs and replacement.

September 12, 2013

Trucking Company Owners Indicted for Ignoring FMCSA Shut Down Orders

The owners of two trucking companies the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered shut down last year have been indicted on federal charges after failing to comply.

September 11, 2013

Freight Shipments Rose 0.3% in July

Freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.3% in July from June, rising after a one month decline.

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