Transportation Regulations

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Commentary

The Federal Railroad Administration is making it easier for inspectors and agency lawyers to initiate criminal investigations, and to impose more and higher civil penalties, beginning this month.

News & Analysis

30 Aug 2016
Opposition to the shipment of liquid radioactive waste from Canada to South Carolina by truck spotlights broader challenge to hazardous materials transportation.
The electronic logging device mandate could create value for smaller trucking companies by enabling better shipment visibility.
29 Aug 2016
A U.S. federal mandate requiring truck drivers to use electronic logging devices by the end of next year won’t necessarily be the harbinger of a long-anticipated “capacity crunch.”
Shippers and the Directorate of General of Shipping are unhappy with how some container terminals have been handling container weighing to comply with SOLAS.
29 Aug 2016
India’s maritime administrator is showing no sign of backing down from its previous diktat barring container terminal operators from offering container weighing services on-site for a fee.
26 Aug 2016
A proposal to mandate speed-limiting technology on heavy trucks would increase demand for truck drivers, U.S. regulators admit.
The Ocean Alliance will get a new 45-day review period from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission after it submits responses to FMC queries.
25 Aug 2016
U.S. maritime regulators have more questions for the Ocean Alliance.
Two different parts of the federal government, the Commerce Department and Department of Transportation, are looking into the issue of productivity at U.S. ports.
24 Aug 2016
The U.S. federal government, with the help of shippers and others, is trying to come to grips with how to improve port productivity.
Containers from more than 30 countries and the U.S. that have recorded cases of the Zika virus are now subject to extra scrutiny from Chinese regulators.
24 Aug 2016
Many U.S. exporters are still confused about how to meet Chinese rules aimed at preventing the spread of the Zika virus.
Shippers say changes to the motor carrier bill of lading have shifted the burden of proof for negligence from motor carriers to shippers.
23 Aug 2016
Two shipper groups are protesting changes to the uniform bill of lading, but does the U.S. Surface Transportation Board have the authority to intervene?
Dockworkers pose with their Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, which were mandated by Congress in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
23 Aug 2016
U.S. marine terminals and vessels handling dangerous bulk goods or carrying more than 1,000 passengers have been given a two-year deadline to electronically verify Transportation Worker Identification Credentials.
The pilot program was part of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and will ideally have roughly 200 members.
19 Aug 2016
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to test whether some under 21-year-old truck drivers are as safe as their older counterparts.