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October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Size/Weight Study Dinged by Outside Agency

Construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York Photo: DOT

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.

Tags: DOT, Truck Size/Weight

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Flooding Takes Toll on Carolina Fleets

Photo of North Carolina highway crews digging trenches to drain a flooded road courtesy of NCDOT.

The governors of South Carolina and North Carolina have issued executive orders that suspend hours-of-service requirements as well as certain truck size and weight limits for loads deemed necessary to help speed emergency relief in their states.

Tags: DOT, North Carolina, Flooding, South Carolina, Natural Disaster

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Details New Transportation Investment Center

Image: Dept. of Transportation

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.”

Tags: DOT, Infrastructure, AASHTO, Infrastructure Funding

July 8, 2015 - Industry News

Group Pushes Congress to Up Federal Truck Weight Limit

Image: Federal Highway Administration

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.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Size and Weight

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

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

FedEx has pushed for a provision allowing longer twin trailers, 33 feet up from the current 28.

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.”

Tags: DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices

Image: FMCSA

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, DOT, Accidents

April 9, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders S.C. Trucking Company Shut Down

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Association declared Darlington, S.C.-based trucking company Carnell Pompey to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it to immediately shut down.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Regulations, Driver Safety

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Patch Highway Fund If It Leads to Real Fix

Secretary of Transportation Foxx (center) speaking with attendees at a DOT event. Photo: The White House

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has signaled that he does not oppose Congress applying a short-term fix to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent before it runs out entirely this summer.

Tags: Anthony Foxx, Highway Bill, DOT, Highway Funding

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Award $500M in Grants for Transportation Projects

Photo: DOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that $500 million will be made available for surface-transportation projects under the TIGER competitive-grant program this year.

Tags: DOT, Grant Funding, Highway Bill

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Unveils Its Long-Term Transpo Funding Bill

The Department of Transportation today officially announced its $478-billion, six-year transportation reauthorization proposal with just two months left until the current surface-transportation legislation expires.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, Highway Bill, Capitol Hill, Repatriation

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.

Tags: DOT, Truck Sizes, Size and Weight, Congress, Productivity, Congestion

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Spells Out Climate Change Plan

The Department of Transportation has a long-term commitment to make climate change and variability part of its planning and infrastructure management process.

Tags: DOT, climate change

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Health-Care Provider Offers Truck Stop Physicals

Photo via Pilot Flying J.

SAN DIEGO -- UrgentCareTravel’s DOT and medical services membership program offers drivers and their family members access to DOT physicals and other medical services at several truck stop locations.

Tags: DOT, Driver Health, Truckstops, Health, ATA MC&E

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Freight, Highway Bill

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

GAO Urges Improvements in TIGER Grant Process

The Department of Transportation still needs to improve its administration of a key grant program, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while the department has made improvements in the $4 billion TIGER program, it should add more detail to the guidelines it uses to choose recipients of the grants.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, GAO, U.S. DOT

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Service Checks On DOT Examiners for Carriers

The National Registry Verification Service from J.J. Keller ensures for motor carriers that medical examiners performing DOT mandated physicals on drivers are officially qualified to do so.

Tags: DOT, J.J. Keller, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Certified DOT Physicals to Become Available at Truckstops Nationwide

One company aims to make DOT medical exams available at truckstops. (File photo)

Truck Stop Health Care is planning to make DOT physicals for CDL drivers available at truckstops in all states across the U.S.

Tags: DOT, CDL, Driver Health, Truckstops

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Grants $600 Million for Highway Projects

The Department of Transportation announced $600 million in federal grants under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The money is being awarded to 72 projects out of 797 applications in a competitive process designed to focus resources where they are most needed.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Highways, Freight, Legislation, Highway Funding, ATA, IANA, NITL

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Moves to Support Private Infrastructure Investment

The administration's Build America Transportation Investment Center offers a case study on how Kentucky and Indiana teamed up to launch the Ohio River Bridges project.

As Congress struggles to preserve the Highway Trust Fund this summer and eventually pass a long-term highway bill, President Obama is using his executive authority to promote increased private investment in infrastructure. In remarks Thursday at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Obama announced a plan to help states and local governments use alternative financing for their infrastructure needs.

Tags: DOT, Public-Private Partnership, Highway Funding, President Obama, U.S. Department of Transportation

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Warns of Woman Posing as a Doctor Conducting Medical Exams

Joann Elizabeth Wingate -- State police photo.

A woman impersonating a physician conducting false DOT medical exams on truck drivers has been charged by police with fraud and identity theft. Police in Pennsylvania are asking any driver who may have had an exam conducted by Joann Wingate since 2009 to contact them.

Tags: DOT, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Operations in Iowa and Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has ordered the immediate shut-down of two trucking operations carriers, each for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies’ own drivers and the public at risk.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Group Calls on FHWA to Focus More on Intermodal for Primary Freight Network

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Intermodal Association of North American has submitted several recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration to increase its focus on the intermodal movement of freight, following the agency recently releasing a draft designating the nation’s Primary Freight Network.

Tags: DOT, Intermodal, U.S. DOT, FHWA, Freight, MAP-21

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Will Post Trust Fund Balance to Illustrate Infrastructure Deficit

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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.

Tags: DOT, Highway Trust Fund, National Freight Strategic Plan, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Funding

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

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,, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry:

Tags: Emissions, DOT, Cross-Border Trucking, NAFTA



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