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July marks another all-time high for miles traveled in the U.S.

It’s a stat that has been growing ever since fuel prices began dropping in 2015 and reaching record lows in 2016: miles traveled in the U.S. According to the Federal Highway Administration’s latest Traffic Volume Trends, miles traveled in July reached a new record high. American motorists drove nearly 284 billion vehicle miles traveled in […]

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Full text of Sen. Booker’s sleep apnea bill released

The full text to a bill introduced by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., that would force the U.S. Department of Transportation to push through a final rule to require testing of sleep apnea for truck drivers and railroad workers has been released. As expected, S1833 includes the same language as the House version, HR3882. Both bills would “require the […]

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Trucking still leads in surging transport of cross-border freight

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in July trucks moved more than 63 percent of NAFTA freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. All five modes experienced an increase in freight year to year for the third consecutive month. The value of freight hauled across […]

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Trucks remain exempt from autonomous vehicle bill passed by Senate committee

Self-driving cars are another step closer to becoming a reality after the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has moved S.1885, or the AV START Act, to the Senate floor. In addition to several amendments, an exemption for large commercial vehicles is still intact. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the committee unanimously passed the self-driving […]

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Pennsylvania bill would limit use of license plate readers

Work continues this fall at the Pennsylvania statehouse. One House bill introduced in recent weeks would implement restrictions on the state’s use of automated license plate readers. The practice of tracking drivers’ movements through automated license plate readers, or ALPRs, has the attention of state officials in Pennsylvania and around the country. The devices are […]

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Louisiana authorities seek information in attempted truck stop robbery

Authorities in Louisiana are searching for a person who attempted to rob a truck stop last month. The Caddo Sheriff’s Office posted a news release on Wednesday to ask the public for help identifying an attempted armed robber at the Relay Station truck stop and casino on Sept. 17. According to the Caddo Sheriff’s Office, […]

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Democrats in House, Senate push for sleep apnea final rule

Bills in the House and Senate aim to force the U.S. Department of Transportation to push through a final rule that would require testing of obstructive sleep apnea for truck drivers and railroad workers. Last week, Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., introduced a bill in the House that would “require the Secretary of Transportation to publish a final […]

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DOT announces launch of regulatory review

One of the first actions by President Donald Trump after taking office was a freeze on impending regulations with a promise of a full regulatory review. The Department of Transportation took the official first step of launching the review of DOT-related regulations – including trucking regulations – on Monday. The DOT published the notification of […]

News, Truck Parking

Oregon study suggests parking shortage may cause crashes, worsened by lower speeds

The number of studies highlighting the consequences of the truck parking shortage keeps piling up. The latest comes from Oregon State University, which points out that a parking shortage may cause crashes and reducing speeds can exacerbate the problem. The study focused on Biggs Junction at I-84 and the entire U.S. Highway 97 in Oregon. […]

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway to own majority of Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J has just inked a deal for a dramatic shift of ownership in the coming years. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway will acquire nearly 40 percent of PFJ stake. In 2023, Berkshire will own a majority stake, transferring power from the hands of the Haslam family. According to a news release, Berkshire’s initial minority […]

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