Regulations en House panel OKs steps to further ease military transition to trucking <div class="field-deck"> Both bills are expansions of measures included in FAST Act. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee</a> approved two measures on May 24 to further ease the transition of military personnel seeking commercial driver&#39;s licenses.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both are expansions of measures initially included in the 2015 FAST Act.</p> <p>Introduced by Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA), HR 2547 will make more medical professionals at medical facilities operated by the <a href="" target="_blank">Veteran Affairs</a> (VA) eligible to conduct physicals for truck drivers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Thu, 25 May 2017 01:20:00 +0000 219271 at <p>A soldier&nbsp;in the U.S. Army navigates through a set of cones during a truck rodeo&nbsp;in April.&nbsp;(<em>Photo: Sgt. Kyle&nbsp;Fisch/U.S. Army</em>)</p> Trump aims to ease tolling restrictions <div class="field-deck"> Budget blueprint offers additional insight into $1 trillion infrastructure plan. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>President Trump&rsquo;s call for easing federal tolling restrictions as part of his $1 billion infrastructure plan drew sharp criticism from several trucking and highway groups.</p> <p>Trump released his overall fiscal 2018 budget blueprint on May 23, which seeks a 12.7% cut to $16.2 billion in funding for the Department of Transportation. Included was a section offering further insight into the $1 billion, 10-year infrastructure plan that is still being finalized.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Tue, 23 May 2017 20:18:00 +0000 219171 at <p>&quot;We should reduce this [tolling] restriction and allow the states to assess their transportation needs and weigh the relative merits of tolling assets.&quot; &mdash;White House statement. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> FMCSA again pushes back driver training rule <div class="field-deck"> Agency moves effective date of last year's final rule to June. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it is again delaying implementation of its final rule governing training standards for new truck drivers until June 5.<br/> The notice will be published in the Federal Register on May 23. A preview of the document from John &ldquo;Jack&rdquo; Van Steenburg, FMCSA&rsquo;s assistance administrator, was posted online late last week.</br/></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Mon, 22 May 2017 01:34:00 +0000 218961 at <p>A student practices backing up a tractor-trailer at the Elite Truck School in Hillsboro, OR. (<em>Photo: Neil Abt/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> DTNA president does not expect NAFTA, GHG changes <div class="field-deck"> Roger Nielsen meets with media for first time since promotion </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>MADRAS, OR. The new president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) said he does not expect any shake-up of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or Phase 2 greenhouse gas rules.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t anticipate any major changes in the NAFTA trade agreement,&rdquo; said Roger Nielsen. &ldquo;I think there are so many other discussions going on with government priorities right now, I don&rsquo;t see this as coming up to the top of the list.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fuel News Regulations Trucking Around the World Fri, 19 May 2017 18:12:00 +0000 218951 at <p>DTNA president and CEO Roger Nielsen&nbsp;speaks at the opening of the company&#39;s test track in Madras, OR. (Photo: Kevin Jones/Fleet Owner)</p> Senators urge Chao to maintain TIGER grants <div class="field-deck"> DOT secretary emphasizes need to streamline permitting process during hearing </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Days before the Trump administration is expected to release its fiscal 2018 budget plan, senators asked Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to restore funding for a popular grant program.</p> <p>The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program was part of the 2009 stimulus law, and has been popular among states and local governments ever since. However, no funding was included in the president&rsquo;s &ldquo;skinny&rdquo; budget issued in March.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Wed, 17 May 2017 17:58:00 +0000 218731 at <p>DOT Secretary Elaine Chao told a Senate panel&nbsp;streamlining the permitting process is key to getting highway projects built quickly.&nbsp;</p> Small business survey finds growing support for expanded trade <div class="field-deck"> FedEx says results highlight importance of global supply chains to U.S. workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Eight in 10 small business leaders believe expanding trade between the United States and other countries will improve the U.S. economy overall, up from 71% a year ago, according to the results of FedEx Corp.&rsquo;s second annual survey on trade.</p> <p>An even higher percentage, 84%, classified expanded trade as a &ldquo;good thing,&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Trucking Around the World Mon, 15 May 2017 21:32:00 +0000 218581 at <p>A survey of small business executives found that 84% consider expanded trade a &ldquo;good thing.&quot; (<em>Photo: FedEx Corp.</em>)</p> Benefits of stability control mandate outweigh costs, Bendix's Andersky says <div class="field-deck"> Could lack of new leadership at NHTSA, FMCSA delay automated driving policies? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>All regulations are not created equal. While the trucking industry has been victimized by too many costly rules, the electronic stability control mandate should be considered a positive development, offering benefits at a relatively low cost.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Regulations Safety Fri, 12 May 2017 17:19:00 +0000 218451 at <p>An estimated 35% to 40% new trucks being produced today include electronic stability control (ESC), but Bendix noted that has &ldquo;flat lined&rdquo; in recent years. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> More harsh words over RhodeWorks plan <div class="field-deck"> Lower collections of registration fees show plan is flawed, RITA president says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p class="p1">Christopher Maxwell, president of the <a href="" target="_blank">Rhode Island Trucking Association</a>, is having an &ldquo;I told you so moment.&rdquo; He expects it won&rsquo;t be the last time.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Fri, 12 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000 218341 at <p>The first two truck-only toll locations in Rhode Island will be active before the end of this year.</p> Alert Gps launches new ELD compliance solution <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Alert Gps Inc. announced a new electronic logging device (ELD) mandate compliance solution for optimizing fleet management&mdash;the <a href="" target="_blank">Alert ELD system</a>. The new system records Hours of Service (HOS) and is registered and certified with the U.S. Department of Transportation&rsquo;s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), according to the company.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Wed, 10 May 2017 12:51:00 +0000 218181 at Court gives EPA more time to respond GHG legal challenge <div class="field-deck"> TTMA had opposed government’s effort to push back its pending lawsuit. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>An appeals court has granted a request from the <a href="" target="_blank">Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) for a 90-day pause on a legal challenge to the trailer portion of the <a href="" target="_blank">Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) rules</a> for heavy- and medium-duty trucks.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Running Green Wed, 10 May 2017 11:55:00 +0000 218161 at <p>The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ordered all sides in the GHG case to file motions by July 20.</p>