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November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Sanders Wants Crackdown on Companies That Don't Pay Drivers Living Wage

Photo: Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants the U.S. government to only provide federal contracts to trucking companies that pay workers a living wage and benefits, he stated in a letter to President Trump last week.

Tags: Department of Labor, Ports, Driver Pay, U.S. Congress, Independent Contractors, Drivers, Donald Trump

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Only Fuel Tax Hike Can Deliver on Infrastructure Promise, ATRI Says

Photo: Jim Park

It will take nothing less than an increase in the federal tax on motor fuels if President Trump’s vision for a trillion-dollar investment in the nation’s infrastructure is ever to be realized. That’s the stark conclusion of a new report just issued by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: ATA, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, ATRI, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Committee Gives Martinez Thumbs Up to Head FMCSA

Martinez Photo: NJ.gov

The Senate Commerce Committee has advanced the nomination of Raymond Martinez as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to the full Senate for a vote on his confirmation.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Nominee Martinez Committed to ELD Rule

Martinez

President Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in Senate testimony that he will not delay implementation of the electronic logging device mandate that starts to kick in on Dec. 18, less than seven weeks from now.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, FMCSA, Donald Trump, Telematics

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Moves to Establish Drone Policy

A new drone policy proposed by the Trump Administration allows drone operations up to 200 feet above ground or even 400 feet where appropriate. Photo: UPS

The Trump administration issued a memorandum on Oct. 25 directing the Department of Transportation to establish a program in conjunction with state and local governments to regulate drone operation in delivery applications.

Tags: Technology, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Drones, Donald Trump

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Is White House Considering Fuel Tax Increase for Infrastructure?

Photo: Jim Park

Published reports indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to push for a hike in the fuel tax to help pay for the president's promised $1 trillion in infrastructure investments.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Spear Praises Trump for Championing Trucking Interests

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – American Trucking Associations chief Chris Spear praised President Trump for his administration's work to improve trade policy, reform tax law and criticized the culture of obstruction in Washington toward trucking industry legislation during ATA's annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Legislation, Taxes, ATA, Infrastructure, NAFTA, ATA MC&E, Donald Trump

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Supports Apprenticeship Program Expansion

U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta speaking at ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ORLANDO – The Trump administration will make it easier for groups such as the American Trucking Associations and the trucking industry to put in place apprentice programs to cross the job skills gap and help address driver and technician shortages, said U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta at ATA’s annual meeting.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Driver Shortage, Department of Labor, ATA MC&E, Vocational Training, Donald Trump

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Supports President’s Health Insurance Executive Order

Screenshot via WhiteHouse.gov

The American Trucking Associations has praised President Trump for signing an executive order that will allow individuals to purchase health insurance through association health plans.

Tags: Driver Health, Healthcare Costs, Donald Trump

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Nominates Martinez to Head FMCSA

Raymond Martinez Photo: NJ.gov

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission chief administrator Raymond Martinez has been nominated by the Trump Administration to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Leadership, New Jersey, People, Donald Trump

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

President Trump Nominates FWHA Administrator

Paul Trombino Photo via McClure Engineering

President Trump has nominated Paul Trombino to be the administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, replacing current acting administrator Brandye Hendrickson.

Tags: Infrastructure, Leadership, U.S. DOT, FHWA, Donald Trump

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Executive Order Aims to Speed Infrastructure Projects

According to the White House, President Trump’s Executive Order will make the environmental and permitting processes needed for major infrastructure projects more efficient and effective. Photo: ATA

According to the White House, regulatory red tape routinely holds up major infrastructure projects for years at significant cost to the economy.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Appointee Sworn In as NTSB Chairman

Robert L. Sumwalt III (left) sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s 14th Chairman during a brief ceremony held at NTSB headquarters on August 10, 2017. NTSB Board Member Bella T. Dinh-Zarr (center) NTSB Acting Managing Director Dennis Jones (right). Photo: NTSB

Robert L. Sumwalt III was sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s 14th chairman for a two-year term following his nomination by President Donald Trump.

Tags: Highway Safety, Leadership, NTSB, People, Donald Trump

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Talks to Revamp NAFTA Slated to Begin This Week

Trucking and logistics interests are keeping a close eye on talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement begin this week – particularly those involved in the automotive industry.

Tags: Mexico, NAFTA, Donald Trump, Economic Conditions

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

DOT May Revise 2021 Fuel Economy Standards

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation may revise automotive fuel economy standards starting with the 2021 model year and could lower standards through 2025, reports Reuters.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, 2021-MY

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Speed-Limiter Rule Stalls in Trump’s Washington

Photo: FMCSA

The drive to mandate speed-limiters on trucks has sputtered out— at least for now— courtesy of the Trump administration's push to cut federal regulations

Tags: Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Donald Trump, FMCSA

July 6, 2017 - Global News

France Ending Sales of Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2040

France will halt sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 so it can meet its targets under the Paris climate agreement, its newly elected president has announced.

Tags: France, Donald Trump, Diesel Engines, Emissions Reduction

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Trump's DOT Retools Infrastructure Grant Program

The new grant program will emphasize projects that stretch federal highway funding. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Department of Transportation has retooled the federal Fastlane infrastructure grant program to better align with the Trump administration’s goals of using more public-private partnerships.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to take specific action to comply with President Trump’s Executive Order 13771 requiring agencies relieve businesses of burdensome regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Donald Trump

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

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A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by New York's Eric Schneiderman told the Trump administration it could expect a "vigorous" legal challenge to any attempt to weaken pollution standards for light duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Emissions Reduction, Donald Trump, CAFE Standards

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

DOT’s Chao Wants Public to Help Cut Infrastructure Red Tape

President Trump making remarks at U.S. DOT headquarters on June 9, 2017, as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao looks on. Photo: U.S. DOT

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has asked the public to comment “on ways to identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obstacles that too often stand in the way of completing important infrastructure projects across the nation.”

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Formalizes Regulatory Reform Effort

Image: Whitehouse.gov

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen will serve as DOT’s Regulatory Reform Officer and chairman of the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, The Trucking Alliance, Donald Trump

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Automakers Fear NAFTA Changes

Photo: Ford Motor Co.

U.S. automakers are pushing President Trump not to make any significant changes that will affect their cross-border manufacturing operations.

Tags: NAFTA, Donald Trump, Automobile Makers

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Budget Slashes Vehicle Technology Funding

Photo via Max Pixel

President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget slashes the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology program funding, reducing it by nearly 74%. The cuts include terminating funding for the Clean Cities program.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels, Federal Grants, Donald Trump, Clean Cities

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

War of Words Erupts Over Trump's Call to Allow Interstate Tolls

A 39-word statement in a just-released six-page “fact sheet” on President Trump’s “infrastructure initiative” within his overall budget proposal has brought the toll vs. no-toll contenders out swinging.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Toll Management

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