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Transportation Labor Calls for Robust Investment in Rail and Transportation Infrastructure

Federal Funding Should be Used to Create Good Jobs, Protect Safety WASHINGTON, DC — Speaking before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials today, Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), called on federal lawmakers to invest boldly in our nation’s rail and transportation infrastructure, and […]

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Evidence doesn’t show need for sleep apnea testing mandate, OOIDA says

AS REPORTED BY MARK SCHREMMER FOR LANDLINE MAG The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is speaking out against a bill that would force the U.S. Department of Transportation to push through a rule to mandate sleep apnea testing for trucker drivers. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced the bill on Thursday, Sept. 28. While the full text […]

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Senate bill on self-driving vehicles excludes trucks

AS REPORTED BY NEIL ABT FOR FLEET OWNER Leaders with the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee announced they reached an agreement on legislation overseeing self-driving vehicles that excludes commercial trucks. The Senate bill is similar to one the House unanimously passed in September that would allow automakers sell thousands of autonomous vehicles, provided they […]

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Automated Trucks Left Out of Self-Driving Car Bill but Regulatory Relief Still Possible

AS REPORTED BY EDWARD GRAHAM FOR MORNING CONSULT Proposed Senate legislation that would speed up the production and development of self-driving cars does not apply to the production of automated trucks, but a Senate Commerce Committee spokesman said that doesn’t mean that self-driving trucks won’t get similar regulatory relief in the future. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), […]

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Statement on Sleep Apnea Legislation

“The causes of fatigue within these industries are varied and complex, which means adequately addressing this crisis will require a holistic approach,” said TTD President Larry I. Willis. “Regulating and evaluating sleep apnea is only one piece of the fatigue puzzle.”

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Professional drivers fear job loss to robotic vehicles

AS REPORTED BY KEITH LAING FOR THE DETROIT NEWS Washington — The prospect of self-driving cars, trucks and buses has sparked alarm about job losses among professional drivers, one of the largest employment sectors for those without a college education. Auto manufacturers and tech companies have promised that self-driving cars will revolutionize mobility and boost safety on […]

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Commercial Motor Vehicles Should be Exempt from Senate’s Driverless Car Legislation

“Congress has a responsibility to millions of Americans who make a living driving commercial vehicles. It is imperative lawmakers work with all stakeholders — including transportation labor — to carefully and thoughtfully address the impact these vehicles will have on jobs, wages, and worker safety.”

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Trump’s deal with Dems spurs hopes for road money

AS REPORTED BY KEITH LAING FOR THE DETROIT NEWS Washington — President Donald Trump’s proposal to spend $1 trillion to improve the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure has been stuck in neutral as he struggles to advance his legislative priorities in Congress. But the president who built his national reputation as a deal-maker struck an accord […]

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US lawmakers speed up potentially dangerous autonomous vehicle legislation

AS REPORTED BY JERRY BOWLES FOR DIGINOMICA Driverless automobiles are an important step closer to becoming a reality on American roads.  The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed—by a vote of 54 to 0–the first significant federal legislation aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market. The measure, called the SELF-DRIVE Act, would require automakers to submit […]

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Driverless Cars Legislation Passes with Few Concerns for Mass Labor Displacement

AS REPORTED BY SAM SACKS FOR THE DISTRICT SENTINEL A bill that would open US roadways to hundreds of thousands of automated vehicles over the next half decade passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Almost entirely absent from consideration were the hundreds of thousands of human drivers who stand to be replaced by the burgeoning […]

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