Government, Equipment

FMCSA Plans to Reduce Annual Carrier Registration Fees

FMCSA has announced a proposed rule to reduce annual motor carrier, broker, freight forwarder and leasing company registration fees by 9.10% in 2018, and by 4.55% in 2019, below current levels.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Boston’s Self-Driving Vehicle Startups Fed Up With Regulations

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

Top automakers and tech companies are warning state officials the current regulations for testing self-driving cars may be too burdensome and could make it too hard or even impossible to test in Massachusetts, a move experts say would delay the economic and safety benefits expected from autonomous vehicles.

Jordan Graham | Boston Herald
September 20, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Cross-Border Training Seeks to Cut Time, Improve Safety for Truckers at Arizona Ports of Entry

Safety inspector Anamarie Acevedo guides a truck into a inspection stall at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. John Miller/AP

Arizona is the first state in the country to have inspectors travel across the border to train commercial truck drivers on how to cut crossing times at ports of entry while improving safety.

September 20, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment

Equipment Makers Set Up First ‘Fly-In’ With Washington Policymakers

The rare opportunity of reforming the federal corporate tax code and ensuring long-term funding for freight infrastructure in the coming months prompted the Association of Equipment Manufacturers to recently schedule its own meetings on Capitol Hill and the White House.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017
Government, Business, Technology

Volvo’s Top Tech Official Says Engineers Face Uncertain Technology Landscape

Volvo's Lars Stenqvist Lars Stenqvist, Volvo Group's chief technology officer. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Truck engineers are in the midst of a technological revolution, but are challenged to move away from established technologies and venture into the unknown, according to Volvo Group Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 19, 2017
Government, Fuel, TCA

Ballot Measure in the Works to Roll Back California’s New Gas Tax Hike

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

A proposal for a second ballot measure to repeal a new 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax was filed with the state Sept. 14, with backers boasting they have 200,000 Californians pledged to sign the petition to qualify the initiative for the November 2018 election.

Martin Wisckol | The Orange County (Calif.) Register
September 19, 2017

Oregon Receives $1 Million Emergency Grant

Peter DeFazio Bloomberg News

To assist Oregon with repairing roadways, freight corridors, and infrastructure damaged by wildfires, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the state $1 million, Rep. Peter DeFazio announced recently.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 19, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Technology, ELDs Present Opportunities for 3PLs to Grow, Voltmann Says

TIA's Voltmann at McLeod TIA's Robert Voltmann at the McLeod conference. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

Embracing technology is the next natural step in the evolution of third-party logistic companies, according to Robert Voltmann, president of the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 19, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ELD Education Must Apply to All Employees, Industry Reps Say

HOS panel at McLeod conference Industry leaders Harris (left), Quinn (center) and Davis at McLeod. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Preparation for the electronic logging device mandate requires educating people at all levels of a trucking company, according to industry leaders who have adopted the systems over the past few years.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 19, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Dips 1.6 Cents

Diesel truck stop Richard Hurd

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fell 1.6 cents to $2.786 a gallon as efforts to resupply fuel networks in areas struck by recent hurricanes continued, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 18, 2017