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Congress extends transportation funds

Extension will fund infrastructure and safety programs through September.

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Budget includes $129B for transportation

More than 55 separate highway programs would be streamlined into five core programs to eliminate overlap.

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Keeping up with hours of service

Regulators have proposed an hours of service revision that many in the industry consider too complex. Read what’s going on and how to comment.

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DOT reaffirms distracted driving focus

Safeway says its 1,525 truck drivers are prohibited from talking or texting on cell phones, or from using hands-free devices while driving.

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SpeakOut

Drivers weigh in on issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, low per-mile pay, CSA regulations and much more.

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Most carriers unranked as CSA launches

Fewer than 14 percent of active motor carriers are ranked in any of the five safety categories within the new Safety Measurement System the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made public Dec. 12.

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Ghosts of violations past

For owner-operator purposes, CSA 2010 started three years ago. That’s how far back your violations are taken into account.

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Street-sign replacement program put on hold for 45-day comment period

Federally mandated changes to the design of local/state governments' corner road signs -- requiring mixed capital/lower-case type treatment with more reflective lettering, in effect a complete overhaul of existing signs the nation over by 2018 -- have been in the spotlight over the last couple days as a prime example of a wasteful culture in action. "The federal government says THIS is harder to read than This," ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl wrote yesterday. "Got that?  ...

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Groups’ lawsuit would block CSA 2010 carrier disclosure

At least three industry organizations are planning to file a lawsuit seeking to block or delay disclosure of certain data that could misrepresent carriers’ safety record.

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Banks added to small business lending list

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the addition of three new participating lenders in its Short Term Lending Program.

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