Government
Government, Business

Private Financing Tool Rejected in House Tax Bill

Kevin Brady Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Tax breaks designed to help the private sector finance infrastructure projects were not included in a Republican tax overhaul bill President Donald Trump would consider by the end of the year.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

EPA Issues Proposed Rule to Repeal Regulation of Glider Kits

Fitzgerald Glider Kit on display at Mid-America Trucking Show John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 9 issued a proposed rule to repeal the Obama administration’s Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Efficiency Standards for the glider industry.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business

ATRI Recommends Federal Fuel Tax Increase

The American Transportation Research Institute has determined that a federal fuel tax increase is the best option for achieving a large-scale infrastructure program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business

DOT to Add Four Opioids for Transportation Worker Drug Testing

DOT will test drivers for four additional opiods Tolga TEZCAN/Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans on Jan. 1 to begin testing truck drivers and other “safety-sensitive” transportation employees for the semi-synthetic opioids hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone, the agency announced Nov. 9.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business

Canadian Lumber Tariff Raises Questions About Ramifications on Trucks, Railroads

A customer shops for lumber Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

The Commerce Department slapped a 20.83% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber Nov. 2, a decision that may boost the U.S. flatbed market but suppress demand for trucking and railroad companies that operate across the nation’s northern border.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics

US Proposes Freezing Mexican Trucks Out of New NAFTA

Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg News

The U.S. has proposed another difficult change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that could eventually prevent long-haul Mexican truckers from operating in the country, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Greg Quinn Josh Wingrove and Eric Martin | Bloomberg News
November 9, 2017
Government

FHWA Extends Comment Period on State Performance Measurement Requirement to Nov. 15

Federal Highway Administration officials have extended the public comment period on a proposal that includes a provision that would drop an Obama administration requirement that state departments of transportation measure the percentage of change in tailpipe carbon dioxide from a base of 2017 levels.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2017
Government, Business

Senators Advance Nominee for Top Job at FMCSA

FMCSA nominee Ray Martinez Nominee to lead FMCSA, Ray Martinez. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

A Senate panel easily advanced the nomination of Ray Martinez on Nov. 8 to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Paper Logs Can Ease ELD Transition, FMCSA Officer La Tonya Mimms Says

FMCSA La Tonya Mimms Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Drivers bracing for the upcoming electronic logging device rule should practice driving with the new units and old-fashioned paper logs, according to La Tonya Mimms, transportation specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2017
Government

Congressional Watchdog Faults DOT FASTLANE Grant Selection Process

U.S. House transportation leaders have requested that a congressional watchdog agency be permitted to continue oversight of a five-year Department of Transportation grant program after investigators concluded that it lacked transparency in how it selected 18 projects totaling $759 million in 2016.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 7, 2017

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