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Freight industry applauds Hutcheson’s confirmation at FMCSA

From Transport Topics. The recent Senate confirmation of Robin Hutcheson as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prompted praise from groups representing key aspects of the freight industry. Soon after her confirmation on Sept. 22, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear congratulated Hutcheson. “In her time as acting administrator, Robin has been a […]

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West Coast ports may permanently lose volume share to East Coast

From Transport Topics. For at least one month, August, the Port of New York and New Jersey was the busiest container port in the U.S. as it nudged ahead of longtime leader Port of Los Angeles in total 20-foot-equivalent units processed. As for the big three container facilities, the Port of N.Y-N.J. processed 843,191 TEUs […]

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Key diesel prices down to levels not seen since March

From FreightWaves. On Monday, two key diesel prices fell to levels last posted in March. The weekly average retail diesel price from the Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration fell for the 13th time in 14 weeks, posted at $4.889 a gallon, a decline of 7.5 cents a gallon. It’s the lowest posting for the benchmark […]

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Democrats unveil spending bill to finance government through Dec. 16

From Transport Topics. Democratic lawmakers have unveiled a stopgap spending measure to finance the federal government through Dec. 16, provide additional support to Ukraine and help communities respond to recent natural disasters. Both chambers of Congress must approve legislation by the end of Sept. 30, which is the end of the fiscal year, to prevent […]

ATA cheers federal court decision blocking discriminatory Rhode Island toll scheme

From ATA. Today, the American Trucking Associations hailed a decision by the U.S. District Court ruling Rhode Island’s predatory truck-only tolling plan RhodeWorks unconstitutional. “We told Rhode Island’s leaders from the start that their crazy scheme was not only discriminatory, but illegal,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “We’re pleased the court agreed. To […]

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California seeks to ban sales of diesel big rigs in a bold bid to cut pollution

From LA Times. Saying they had a “moral obligation,” California regulators could soon ban the sale of diesel big rigs by 2040, ending a long reliance on the polluting vehicles that are the backbone of the American economy. The proposal by staff of the California Air Resources Board would further require that, by 2035, medium- […]

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Truck tonnage in August surges 7.4% year-over-year

From Transport Topics. Truck tonnage in August surged 7.4% to 119 when measured against the same month a year ago, and on a sequential basis it rose 2.8% from July, according to American Trucking Associations. The federation’s For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index is dominated by contract freight as opposed to spot market freight. In August, the […]

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A notice for federal drug resting collection sites & CDL employers

Notice from FMCSA. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has regulations governing drug and alcohol testing for certain transportation industry employees. These regulations help ensure that the traveling American public can feel safe in their day to day journeys. Part of the effective execution of these regulations relies upon drug testing collection sites. For Federal […]

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Decline in demand to affect trucking freight, economists say

From Transport Topics. The upcoming retail holiday season is likely to see slower sales below the surging pace of 2021 as the U.S. economy’s pace of growth slows to a much lower level, which will have an impact on the amount of freight shipped by trucking. Also impacting the transportation field is the shift to […]

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Public comment mixed on FHWA’s electric charging infrastructure proposal

From Transport Topics. Public comment on a proposed federal regulatory and funding road map for setting up a national electric charging station infrastructure received mixed comments from a wide variety of interested parties. The Federal Highway Administration’s proposed rule to establish regulations setting minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle […]