The Georgia Department of Transportation is working on building a separate highway for trucks only: No cars allowed. It’d be the first highway of its kind in the United States, stretching 40 miles from metro Atlanta to Macon.
Thousands of vehicles travel Interstate 81 each day. In the last 20 years, traffic has more than doubled. Now, a state senator from Rockingham County is joining forces with a state senator from Grayson County to consider adding a moneymaker to the roadway.
Earlier this year, the state passed its first fuel tax increase since 1994 to pay for the state's infrastructure costs. The measure added 12 cents in tax per gallon to gasoline and 20 cents on a gallon of diesel fuel. Despite the increased revenue expected from updating the fuel tax, the state is already looking at a tax that is based on mileage instead of gallons.
In an effort to encourage more truck drivers to stop idling, a new law in Wisconsin raises the allowable weight limit for trucks.
A new law in Michigan requires fuel stations to put in place protections intended to prevent payment card “skimming” at fuel pumps. The devices are attached to external fuel pump payment card readers. The small devices, or “skimmers,” are designed to steal and store debit and credit card data.
Today in the Wisconsin state Capitol, a bipartisan bill was introduced in a public hearing that would require truck drivers to take human trafficking prevention training.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is proposing to widen and add toll lanes to three of Maryland's biggest highways: I-270, the Beltway, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. To do so, he'd turn management over to a private company, and the US National Park Service would have to abandon the parkway as a national park.
Two new laws, usage of left lane and license plate readers, take effect in Montana on October 1 and are intended to reduce instances of road rage and to address privacy concerns of vehicle tracking devices.
Titled the ‘California Clean Air Initiative,’ the bills will use cap and trade funds to replace harmful diesel engines in heavy-duty trucks and buses. The passage of the Clean Air Initiative is particularly timely as the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are scheduled to vote on a Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) in early November.
Beginning on Oct. 1, truck drivers in Kentucky will be required to complete commercial driver documents online. As of Oct. 1, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will no longer accept documents (medical certification, self-certification, commercial application docs) through fax or by email.
A new law in Pennsylvania covers overweight truck permits during holiday periods. State law now restricts travel options for large trucks over most holidays.