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Initial DOT Study Supports Fuel Benefits of Truck Platooning

May 29, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News, Safety, Technology

The first phase of a final report on the Driver-Assisted Truck Platooning (DATP) initiative shows that following trucks in a platoon gain up to 10 percent in fuel economies with the lead truck showing a 5 percent gain. The DATP truck platooning research, which was funded by a grant from [...]

Illinois Truck Fleet Owner Sentenced in Double-brokering Scheme

May 18, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News, Regulations, Safety

Dragan Simovski, who operated Freedom Transportation Inc., in Illinois, was sentenced earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Chicago to 36 months incarceration, 36 months supervised release, and was ordered to pay $532,000 restitution in connection with an illegal double-brokering scheme. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of [...]

DOT Sec’y on the Road Backing Beleaguered Transportation Funding

May 12, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Safety

With federal surface transportation funding set to expire in less than three weeks, thousands of stakeholders are rallying for Infrastructure Week to urge Congress to say “no” to more short-term measures and “yes” to a long-term funding solution. In support of this week’s third annual Infrastructure Week, U.S. Transportation Secretary [...]

9 Years Later, ATA Still Urging Feds to Reduce Truck Speeds

April 21, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety
9 Years Later, ATA Still Urging Feds to Reduce Truck Speeds

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) this week renewed its call for the Department of Transportation to move forward with a rule requiring the electronic speed limiter on all large trucks be set no higher than 65 miles per hour. “In 2006, as part of our longstanding commitment to highway safety, [...]

OOIDA Petitions to Intervene in Cross-border Trucking Lawsuit

April 13, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News, Regulations, Safety
OOIDA Petitions to Intervene in Cross-border Trucking Lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to intervene in a cross-border trucking lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The lawsuit, filed in March 2015 by the Teamsters Union [...]

DOT Makes $500 Million More Available for Infrastructure Funding

April 8, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Owner Operators, Regulations
DOT Makes $500 Million More Available for Infrastructure Funding

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Monday that $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under a seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. “The TIGER program has funded innovative projects, sparked new partnerships, created intermodal connections and enabled [...]

DOT Sec’y Sends Six-Year Transportation Bill to Congress

March 31, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety
DOT Sec’y Sends Six-Year Transportation Bill to Congress

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday he has sent Congress a long-term transportation bill that he claims provides funding growth and certainty so that “state and local governments can get back in the business of building things again.” The Grow America Act reflects President Obama’s vision for a six-year, $478-billion [...]

FHWA Report: Nation’s Drivers Topped 237 Billion Miles in January

March 30, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released new estimates today showing that Americans drove 237.3 billion miles this January, a significant increase over the previous January, prompting calls for greater investment in transportation infrastructure to address projected record-setting traffic volume in coming years. “These data make it [...]

ATA Urges Congress to Support Drug ‘Hair Test’ Law for Truck Drivers

March 20, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety
ATA Urges Congress to Support Drug ‘Hair Test’ Law for Truck Drivers

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) late Thursday asked lawmakers to support bipartisan legislation that would allow trucking companies to use hair testing as a highly effective tool to meet federal requirements and prevent drug users from getting behind the wheel of trucks. “ATA is committed to improving highway safety, including [...]

FMCSA Offers Phone App With Safety Data on Commercial Truck Fleets

March 18, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety, Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Tuesday it is making available a new Smartphone app that provides access to online safety performance information for interstate truck fleets. “By making currently available safety information on interstate truck more easily accessible for both law enforcement personnel [...]