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  • CEI Releases 'Authorizing Automated Vehicle Platooning, 2019 Edition'

    July 17, 2019
    CEI has released my fourth annual report on state barriers to vehicle platooning, “Authorizing Automated Vehicle Platooning: A Guide for State Legislators, 2019 Edition” (read the 2018 edition here, 2017 edition here, and 2016 edition here).
  • Surface Transportation Board Delays Consideration of Regulatory Reform Petition

    July 11, 2019
    Yesterday, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) published a decision on a March 2019 rulemaking petition from the Association from American Railroads (AAR). The AAR petition called on the STB to require benefit-cost analysis for legislative rulemakings undertaken by this independent agency, similar to what federal departmental agencies must already do and some other independent agencies now require.
  • Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Contentious Hearing on Trump Auto Rule

    June 24, 2019
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on June 20th on the Trump administration’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) motor vehicle rule. The rule proposes to freeze Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards at model year 2020 levels and terminate California’s unlawful power to regulate fuel economy.
  • Electric Vehicle Tax Credits Not Popular with Americans: Poll

    June 14, 2019
    A recent survey conducted for the American Energy Alliance clearly shows that the public does not support congressional efforts to extend or expand federal tax credits for purchasers of electric vehicles. Current subsidies of up to $7500 are available only for the first 200,000 EVs sold by each automaker. 
  • Congress Should Authorize Longer Trailers When Reforming National Highway Policy

    June 11, 2019
    In 1982, when Congress designated the National Network—the approximately 200,000 miles of truck corridors that crisscross the U.S.—it also set a 28.5-foot minimum limit on tandem trailer length. Some states have opted to allow trucks that pull two longer, 33-foot trailers (“twin-33s”), but most have not. In the interest of promoting interstate commerce as the Constitution directs the federal government to do, these limits should be standardized nationwide.
  • Remove Government Barriers to Promote Efficient Highway Investment

    June 10, 2019
    Today the Competitive Enterprise Institute released my new report, “Transforming Surface Transportation Reauthorization: A 21st Century Approach to Address America’s Greatest Infrastructure Challenge.” In it, I argue that past approaches to funding America’s highways—namely, having the federal government pick up the majority of the initial construction tab while assuming states will then maintain these highways, all largely funded through taxes on motor fuel—will no longer hold and that a new approach is needed.
  • Automakers to Trump: Keep Us Captive to California Bureaucrats

    June 7, 2019
    Seventeen automakers, including Ford, General Motors, and Toyota Motor North America sent a letter on 6th June to President Donald J. Trump urging him not to challenge California’s authority to regulate fuel economy. Instead, the companies want Mr. Trump to negotiate a compromise with California over model year (MY) 2021-2026 fuel economy standards. 
  • Federal Railroad Administration Withdraws Proposed 'Featherbedding' Train Crew Rule

    May 23, 2019
    Today, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released a draft notice indicating that it will be withdrawing a 2016 proposed rule that would have required trains to have at least two crewmembers onboard at all times during operation.
  • Focus Ride-Hailing Policy on Consumer Benefits, Not Protecting Competitors

    May 20, 2019
    As we pointed out last year when New York City attacked Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing firms by imposing an interim supply cap, politicians fighting these new entrants to the urban transportation sector ignore the harms their protectionist policies do to their constituent consumers.
  • Boeing Pushes 100 Percent Tariffs on Airbus

    May 15, 2019
    Boeing, fresh off a victory in restoring the Export-Import Bank’s full lending authority, is floating the idea of a 100 percent tariff on Airbus aircraft and parts. Airbus is Boeing’s largest competitor. There are four factors in play here. The first three are public relations, the opportunity costs of cronyism, and how best to pursue a level playing field in the global economy. The fourth is the likely retaliation such a move would spark.

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