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Original ‘Vince and Larry’ crash test dummies donated to Smithsonian

The U.S. Department of Transportation last month donated a number of “Vince and Larry” crash-test dummy costumes and related auto safety items to the Smithsonian Institution. You probably remember the PSAs from the 1980s, such as this one in which Larry convinces Vince to get out of bed in time for a crash test by noting that Barbara Mandrell was saved by a seat belt. “We learned a lot from Vince and Larry about the ...

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Suvey says DOT’s happy, how ’bout you?

We couldn't help but chuckle here at Overdrive HQ when we saw a particular press release blast from the U.S. Department of Transportation's halls a couple weeks back now. Its title, "Latest Survey Shows DOT Employee Satisfaction on the Rise," read to our trucking ears like a piece of news full of all manner of comic, satirical potential, given the daily discontent we hear from the trucking public about the department's continual mucking up/messing with the ...

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Hours rule proposal advanced

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sent its proposed hours-of-service rule to the Secretary of Transportation.

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Dentistry: latest in driving distractions

It's been texting for a couple years now, after it was CBs and Qualcomm units and cell phones, and now DOT is reportedly eyeing other in-cab distractions for potential regulation beginning later this year. Then there was that rash of ugly outcomes after haulers either choked on or were otherwise distracted by food -- oh a-and there were those reports of on-highway sexual acts, too -- and now, according to this story on the Canadian news site ...

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$1.465B OKd for Dallas road

The amount represents the second-largest loan in DOT's Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program.

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DOT adds $6M for truck parking on interstates

The agency added $6 million to help address parking shortage for commercial trucks on five U.S. interstates.

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LaHood responds to ATA letter

The June 3 letter responded to an ATA letter in which the ATA said the DOT appeared to disproportionately support non-truck transport.

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Obama orders heavy-truck fuel economy standards

The nation’s first fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards on new medium- and heavy-duty trucks will begin with model year 2014.

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Freight index rose in March

The March Freight TSI gained 2.6 percent from March 2009, the first year-to-year increase in the freight index since July 2008.

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Cross-border trucking proposal coming

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said a cross-border trucking program plan with Mexico would be announced “closer than soon.”

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