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Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

April 9, 2014

Carriers May Use Informal Hearings to Contest FMCSA Penalties

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

April 3, 2014

GAO to Analyze Hours of Service Studies

GAO to Analyze Hours of Service Studies

Transportation leaders in the House are asking the Government Accountability Office to review two studies used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in its hours of service rule.

April 2, 2014

State, Local Officials Call for Highway Funding

State, Local Officials Call for Highway Funding

The hearing rooms change but the theme remains the same: Congress must find a way to restore the Highway Trust Fund so it can support a robust, long-term federal highway program. That was the key take-away from state and local officials testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday.

March 27, 2014

ELD Proposal Open for Comments

The clock has started for comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate. The proposal will be published in the Federal Register Friday March 28, starting a two-month period when the agency will accept comments.

March 27, 2014

FMCSA Field-Testing Wireless Roadside Inspection System

FMCSA Field-Testing Wireless Roadside Inspection System

Safety regulators envision a time when they can automatically collect the information they need about trucks, drivers and carriers as the truck goes about its business on the highway. That time may not be too far away. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a field test designed to prove that a national wireless roadside inspection system will work.

March 25, 2014

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.

March 17, 2014

Electronic Log Proposal Takes on Long-Standing Issues

Electronic Log Proposal Takes on Long-Standing Issues

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate, unveiled Thursday, takes on a broad range of issues that have dogged the 15-year effort to draft a rule. HDT's Oliver Patton reports on what's in the 256-page proposal that would require drivers who fill out paper logs to eventually switch to electronic logging devices, or ELDs.

March 13, 2014

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

The Department of Transportation is worried that states will start slowing their highway and transit programs even before this summer when the Highway Trust Fund is slated to start running out of money.

March 12, 2014

CSA Program Improving But More Changes Needed, Says DOT Inspector General
Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.

March 6, 2014

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

March 4, 2014

Highway Funding Difficult but Not Impossible

Highway Funding Difficult but Not Impossible

It won’t be easy, but there’s at least a glimmer of a way for Congress to come up with money to fund a longer-term highway bill. The Highway Trust Fund is going to run out of money possibly as soon as August, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

March 4, 2014

Obama, Camp Offer Highway Funding Solutions