Daily Transportation and Logistics News – May 6, 2011

Obama Draft Plan Eyes VMT, Interstate Tolling

The Obama administration has been floating draft language for surface transportation legislation that could lead to a tax on vehicle miles traveled, allow states to impose tolls on some existing interstate highways and set up an Office of Freight Policy inside the Department of Transportation.

Americans conflicted about WikiLeaks

Americans are significantly more concerned about nearly all aspects of their supply chain security compared to six months ago. Research conducted by the Unisys Corporation shows that Americans fear there may be too much transparency in their business dealings.

Surface Transport Bill Drafting in Progress, Mica Says

Congressional staff on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is making progress drafting legislative language of what could become the panel’s six-year surface transportation bill, according to Chairman John Mica.

Survey says Driver Shortage Will Have Widespread Impact on Fleet Capacity

More than seven in ten fleets surveyed for the Q2 2011 Fleet Sentiment Report indicate that the shortage of drivers is either impacting their fleet now or may in the future.

TMS market is on the mend following recession, says ARC Advisory Group

The market for Transportation Management Systems (TMS) appears to be heating up again, according to data released by ARC Advisory Group.

U.S. mayors say no to new revenue for transportation without reform

A supermajority of America’s mayors, surveyed by the US Conference of Mayors, are clamoring for a reorientation in our nation’s transportation policy toward fixing what we have an investing in new options.

DOT Unveils New Motor Coach Safety Initiative, New CDL Testing Procedures

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced new measures that passengers traveling by bus are as safe as possible, including more rigorous commercial driver’s license testing standards and new rules to strengthen passenger carrier and driver compliance with federal safety regulations.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst