James Jaillet

Senate confirms Chao to head DOT under Trump

Chao told a Senate panel earlier this month her three main goals as head of the U.S. DOT will be to bolster infrastructure funding, bridge the divide over rural and urban transportation need and find better balance between federal regulations and concerns of businesses regulated by the DOT.

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Volvo nixes plans to cut workers at truck plant due to better Class 8 outlook

Volvo Trucks has cancelled plans to layoff up to 500 workers at its Virginia-based truck manufacturing plant. Volvo spokesperson Brandon Borgna says the company has been “encouraged” by recent trends in the Class 8 market.

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Per Trump order, FMCSA delays new driver training rule

Prompted by a Jan. 20 order issued by President Trump, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a notice Feb. 1 officially delaying the effective date of a new rule establishing national truck driver training standards.

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Trump calls on agencies to remove two regulations for every new one

President Trump in his second full week in office continues his crusade against new and existing federal regulations. Trump signed an executive order Monday directing federal agencies to eliminate two “prior regulations” for “every new regulation issued.”

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DOT wants to start testing truckers for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids

The Department of Transportation this week proposed adding four commonly abused opioids to the list of drugs that drivers must be screened for in urine analysis tests.

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DOT Secretary nominee Chao in line for seven-figure Wells Fargo cashout upon assuming DOT job

Elaine Chao is in line for what could be a multi-million-dollar payout from Wells Fargo should she be confirmed as the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary, according to her financial disclosure form filed with the U.S. Senate and reports of her Wells Fargo stock’s value.

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Trump’s regulatory freeze could delay FMCSA driver training rule published in December

A January 20 order issued by President Trump to federal agencies directing them to halt publication of new and pending regulations could affect a freshly published rule setting training standards for new truck drivers.

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Chao approved by Senate committee to run DOT, nomination moves to full Senate

Her nomination now moves to the full Senate. For Chao to be confirmed to run the DOT and serve in Trump's Cabinet, a majority vote is needed in the Senate. Chao's confirmation is expected to see little opposition.

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Unclear how Trump’s freeze on regs, Obamacare relaxer will impact trucking

An FMCSA spokesperson said the impact of Trump's memo on pending regulations is “being assessed.” But regulations already made law, like the electronic logging device, are likely to be untouched.

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Volvo halts production of VNX tractor, nixes D16 engine

Market conditions dictated both decisions, Volvo says, as demand for the D16 has waned. The VNX will remain in the company's product lineup, despite the halt in production, the company says.

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