Government, Business

NATSO Calls on Congressional Leaders to Extend Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax

Rep. Kevin Braxy Brady by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The leaders of the tax-writing committees should extend and phase out a biodiesel blenders’ tax credit as they consider legislation that would update the country’s tax code, the association representing truck stops and travel plazas said.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 1, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Trump Administration Shelves Plan for Talking Car Mandate

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The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths.

Joan Lowy | Associated Press
November 1, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Regulators Move to Rewrite Rules for Self-Driving Cars

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering eliminating regulations that currently block self-driving vehicles designed without steering wheels, brake pedals or other driver controls from hitting the road.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
November 1, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Trump’s Nominee to Lead FMCSA Backs ELD Mandate

FMCSA nominee Ray Martinez Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The White House’s nominee to become the country’s top trucking regulator said he would review potential hardships an upcoming mandate on electronic logging devices could have on smaller carriers, while at the same time ensuring the agency he would oversee would carry out the rule.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 31, 2017
Government, Fuel, TCA

California Truckers to Pay 20¢ More a Gallon for Diesel Starting Nov. 1

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Beginning Nov. 1, drivers across California can expect to pay an extra 12 cents per gallon for gasoline at the pump, and an extra 20 cents per gallon for diesel.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
October 31, 2017
Government, Safety

Start of Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program Behind Schedule

Driver in sleeper cab TruckPR/Flickr

Federal trucking regulators have been angling for a flexible sleeper berth pilot program since 2010, but a request for public comment posted in the Federal Register in late October showed that plans for the program are behind schedule.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 31, 2017
Government, Safety, Logistics, TCA

House Homeland Security Committee Calls for Increased Security Funding at LA, Long Beach Ports

Cargo trucks wait in line at the Port of Long Beach, in Long Beach, Calif.; Jae C. Hong/AP

While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber-attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Oct. 31 about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.

Kevin Modesti | Daily News, Los Angeles
October 31, 2017
Government, Business

N.Y. Teamsters Hoping UPS Can Secure Loans to Shore Up Pension Fund

ALBANY, N.Y. — October is the first month thousands of retired upstate New York Teamsters will feel the hit from a 29% cut in their monthly pension checks.

Rick Karlin | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
October 30, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Oct. 30: Jersey Boys

Cory Booker, Ray Martinez Booker by MSNBC, Martinez by This Is Jersey TV via YouTube

Ray Martinez, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will appear on Capitol Hill on Halloween to endure a battery of questions from senators on the Commerce panel. Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 30, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

EPA to Issue Rulemaking Repealing Phase 2 Rule for Glider Kits

GHG truck with gliders GHG truck with gliders by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The EPA has notified the Office of Management and Budget the agency intends to issue a proposed rule repealing the greenhouse gas Phase 2 emissions requirement for glider vehicles, glider engines and glider kits.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 30, 2017