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Federal

Ethics group levies more allegations against Rep. Cartwright

A congressman who introduced a bill to raise motor carriers’ minimum insurance requirement has been accused of failing to disclose his wife’s income.

News, Tolls

Georgia I-285 toll lanes delayed; I-75 truck lanes expedited

Completion of toll lanes near Atlanta has been delayed by a few years. However, truck lanes on I-75 south of Atlanta will open sooner than planned.

News, Safety & Security

Louisiana State University receives grant to study truck crashes

Louisiana State University was recently awarded more than three-quarters of a million dollars to study the causes of commercial motor vehicle crashes.

Federal, News

UPDATED – FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez leaving post

After less than two years on the job, FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez is leaving the position.

Crime & Courts, News, Tolls

Oral arguments for Rhode Island truck toll suit questions definition of a ‘tax’

ATA and RIDOT presented their oral arguments in a federal appeals court, which were based on whether tolls are taxes or fees under the Tax Injunction Act.

State

Washington trucking group asks FMCSA to preempt state break law

A petition from the Washington Trucking Associations to the FMCSA requests a determination to preempt the state’s rest break rules.

Safety & Security

Study suggests younger motorists were driving factor in traffic fatalities drop

A TRB study found that a drop in traffic fatalities from 2008 to 2012 was the result of a recession, improved safety standards and stricter DUI laws.

State

California governor orders fuel tax revenue diversion from roads

California’s governor has ordered a fuel tax revenue diversion, taking billions for highways for projects to get drivers off the road instead.

TRACER Alert

TRACER reports 2007 Peterbilt stolen in Memphis, Tenn.

A $500 reward is offered through OOIDA’s TRACER Alert network for information on a 2007 Peterbilt with “Big Boi LLC’ on the doors, stolen in Memphis, Tenn.

Federal

Camera monitor systems a substitute for rearview mirrors?

NHTSA issued a notice for public comment regarding whether camera monitor systems would be a safe alternative to rearview mirrors.