Category: Transportation

Auto Dealers Urge EPA to Hit Brakes on Stricter Emissions Rules

A group of more than 4,700 auto dealerships, calling themselves the “EV Voice of the Customer,” sent a second letter to President Joseph Biden, Jr., urging him to “hit the brakes” on a proposed EPA electric vehicle (EV) mandate. This letter, dated January 25, 2024, reminded the president that the industry group had sent a […]

USPS Unveils First Charging Stations and EVs Under Plan for Nation’s Largest Electric Fleet

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS), alongside White House officials, unveiled its first set of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its South Atlanta Sorting and Delivery Center (S&DC). Charging stations like these will be installed at hundreds of new S&DCs across the country throughout the year and will power what will be the nation’s largest […]

EPA Settles Alleged CARB Violations with Trucking Companies

Last month, the EPA announced settlements with two interstate trucking companies over claims of violating the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Truck and Bus Regulation. Capurro Trucking and Republic Services operate diesel-fueled heavy-duty trucks in California and other states. The EPA alleges the companies failed to install controls to reduce pollution, upgrade model year engines, […]

D.C. Circuit Pauses Forced Truck Electrification Lawsuit

On December 21, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed to pause lawsuits seeking to end the mandatory California-led phase-in of electric heavy-duty trucks until the court rules on separate suits filed to decide whether various aspects of mandating electric passenger cars and light pickup trucks is lawful. “Judges Michelle […]

Back to Basics: Preventing Distracted Driving

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how to prevent distracted driving. Distracted driving is a serious problem with serious consequences. In 2020, 13% of all motor vehicle traffic accidents in the U.S. involved distracted drivers, according to […]

ATRI Releases Study of Cannabis Legalization Impacts

Even as states continue to make recreational marijuana more easily available, a positive driver test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, takes a driver out of service and affects the trucking industry, which is already dealing with driver shortages, according to a new report released June 5 by the American Transportation Research Institute […]

Infographic: Drug Testing Procedures

Drug and alcohol abuse can leave workers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers impaired. As more states have decriminalized cannabis, its growing acceptance has become a special challenge for those employing workers in safety-sensitive positions. Here’s what you need to know about drug testing procedures. Check out our Back to Basics: Drug and Alcohol Impairment […]

DOT Accepts Oral Fluid Drug Testing

On May 2, the Department of Transportation (DOT) adopted a rule recognizing oral fluid drug testing as an alternative to urine testing for safety-sensitive positions in all regulated industries­, including aviation, motor carrier, rail, and transit. The final rule (88 Fed. Reg. 27596) becomes effective June 1. The final rule harmonizes DOT and Federal Motor […]