U.S. Department of Transportation

Where’s the ‘public outcry’ for better roads and bridges?

One primary problem with road and bridge improvements and expansions is that the Highway Trust Fund is going broke.

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FMCSA proposes plan to establish driver screening

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a nine-year plan for identifying the riskiest drivers and addressing unsafe driver behavior.

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Managing the monster known as CSA

There is no quick fix for getting reckless drivers and carriers off the road. But as with most ambitious government initiatives, what’s needed is more simplicity, not less.

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How to get caught up for the election

The Haul the Vote website provides a great resource for getting registered to vote, seeing who will be on your ballot, and learning about issues inside and outside of trucking.

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New independents, be forewarned

If FMCSA finds any deficiency, the new entrant has only 15 days to submit a plan of correction, not up to 60 days, as used to be allowed.

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CSA’s sloppy accident accounting

FMCSA needs to go further with crash accountability, providing an appeal process and ensuring that it doesn’t penalize innocent truckers.

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Rule reduces paperwork on intermodal equipment

Truckers operating intermodal equipment no longer are required to submit inspection reports if the equipment has no defects.

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NAFTA crossings up in 2011

FOR THE RECORD/ tThe number of commercial truck crossings into the United States from Canada and Mexico was 10.4 million in 2011, 1.7 percent more than in 2010.

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DOT names five federal credit assistance program projects

DOT will use its Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan program to help finance five highway projects.

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Federal freight index saw small gain in February

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.5 percent in February, according to DOT numbers.

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