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Industry faces long haul to legalize self-driving semis

AS REPORTED BY KEITH LAING FOR THE DETROIT NEWS Washington — Trucking companies are not giving up the fight to put self-driving semis and delivery trucks on U.S. highways. Advocates for the trucking industry are pushing back on proposed legislation that largely removes restrictions from operation of autonomous passenger cars but does not do the same […]

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When Vehicles are Automated, What Happens to their Drivers?

AS REPORTED BY JONATHAN JUDD FOR THE INDYPENDENT Back in October of 2013, when self-driving cars or “automated driving systems” (ADS) still seemed like a pipedream, reporter Patrick Lin of the Atlantic considered the “ethics of autonomous cars.” Lin discussed the implications of a computer system faced with the minutia of split-second decisions a human driver makes […]

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Transportation Labor Wants Investment in Rail and Transportation Infrastructure

AS REPORTED IN GLOBAL TRADE 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 in US rail and transportation infrastructure, and to use those investments to create good middle-class jobs. Willis reminded lawmakers […]

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Driverless Truck Platoons Signal Shifting Future of Work

AS REPORTED BY CHRIS OPFER FOR BLOOMBERG  Fleets of unmanned heavy-duty trucks are on their way to highways around the globe. They’re set to revolutionize the freight transportation industry when they get there and may significantly change what it means to get behind the wheel of a big rig, if not eliminate the job altogether. […]

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Transportation Labor Supports Jones Act

AS REPORTED BY PETER BUXBAUM FOR GLOBAL TRADE The Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO has come out in opposition to legislation introduced by Senators McCain and Mike Lee to permanently repeal the Jones Act as it relates to Puerto Rico. “The humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico is being used by long-time opponents of the Jones Act […]

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Transportation union president testifies to House committee on railway infrastructure

AS REPORTED BY MELINA DRUGA FOR TRANSPORTATION TODAY Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD), recently testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on rail and transportation infrastructure. TTD is a group of 32 affiliated unions in both the public and private sectors that represent […]

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Trump faces decision on new Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico

AS REPORTED BY MELANIE ZANONA FOR THE HILL A 10-day shipping waiver President Trump granted to Puerto Rico that allows non-crewed U.S. ships to deliver aid to Puerto Rico expires on Saturday, setting up a new showdown between critics and supporters of the restrictions. The White House has shown no indication that it plans to […]

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House rail subcommittee hears from industry stakeholders

AS REPORTED IN PROGRESSIVE RAILROADING The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials yesterday held a hearing to gather stakeholders’ perspectives on what’s needed to improve the nation’s rail infrastructure. Several representatives of railroad and transportation labor organizations testified before the subcommittee members. The hearing was held as the subcommittee […]

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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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