Iowa state Representative Pat Grassley, the grandson of the long-serving U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, was chosen Monday to head the Iowa House leadership team as Speaker-Select. He will take over as speaker after a vote of the full House in January. Read more

 

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 18, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) crews will close I-20 eastbound over Lynch Creek in Jackson, Mississippi to perform a bridge rehabilitation project. The second closure will take place on the westbound side of I-20 one week later, on October 25 at 7 p.m. Each closure will begin at 7 p.m. and end by 6 a.m. the following Thursday. Read more

 

In spite of cold and rainy weather, 112 trucks showed up on Saturday, October 5, to make the Special Olympics Truck Convoy a huge success. Many IMTA members took part in the event by having trucks and drivers in the Convoy, donating money, or by volunteering to help with the event. Read more

 

It is not too late to hop online and complete this annual survey created by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization. Read more

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an emergency declaration for the states and territories that are expected to lie in Hurricane Dorian’s path, offering regulatory waivers for motor carriers involved in relief efforts. Read more

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that on September 17, it will conduct a second listening session on potential changes to the agency’s hours-of-service rule. It will be held at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington and will be webcast to allow remote participation. Read more

 

The Iowa Motor Truck Association has continued to monitor and advocate for the passage of the USMCA (United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement). Earlier this year, IMTA members met with elected officials in DC and urged them to support the new agreement, however, Congress has yet to ratify the agreement. In an effort to further educate the public as well as legislators on the importance of USMCA, IMTA leaders signed on to an Op Ed piece that was distributed to all major media outlets in Iowa last week. Read more

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the first recipients of the Competitive Highway Bridge Program and Iowa is among the chosen. Read more

 

The American Transportation Research Institute released the results of a new analysis on the safety and productivity impacts of truck driver detention at customer facilities. The analysis is based on over 1,900 truck driver and motor carrier surveys conducted in 2014 and 2018. Read more

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released query plans, including pricing options, for trucking companies seeking to use the agency’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Read more

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