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October 20, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Committee to Offer Autonomous Vehicle Advice

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced plans to establish an Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation to help frame federal policy on the development and deployment of autonomous cars and trucks.

Tags: DOT, Tesla, Self-Driving Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Aims for Zero Traffic Deaths Within 30 Years

The NHTSA held a conference to introduce its Road to Zero campaign and to address the increase in traffic deaths over the past year. Screenshot via NHTSA

Three DOT agencies and the National Safety Council have teamed up to launch a new initiative with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths on U.S. roads within the next 30 years, and truck safety is one of the targeted areas of the effort.

Tags: DOT, Vehicle Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

August 31, 2016 - Industry News

NATSO Wants Better Incentives to Create Alternative Fuel Corridors

NATSO is urging the Department of Transportation to work closely with private, exit-based businesses to improve incentives for establishing alternative fuel corridors on our nation’s highways.

Tags: DOT, Federal Incentives, Alternative Fuels, NATSO

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

DOT to Audit Truck Loading and Unloading Delays

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General has initiated an audit of commercial motor vehicle loading and unloading delays in response to provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill, which became law late last year.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, MCSAP

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: DOT, Vehicle Safety, OSHA, Pennsylvania, Fines, Out of Service Violations

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

Obama Aims to Invest $4B in Automated Vehicle Technology

Transportation Secretary Foxx announcing autonomous vehicle proposal at auto show in Detroit. Photo: DOT

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.

Tags: DOT, Autonomous Vehicles, General Motors

November 18, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Again Says Nay to Twin 33s

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

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.

Tags: DOT, U.S. Senate, Truck Size/Weight

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Size/Weight Study Dinged by Outside Agency

TRB says DOT study is lacking in how it estimates impact of future changes in truck size/weight limits, such as to bridge structural costs. 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

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