Transport Topics- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on September 26 vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change bill while acknowledging the total amount will drop.

Pelosi had originally pledged to House moderates a vote on the infrastructure legislation by September 27 but she said that vote will now be September 30. Pelosi noted September 30 is also the deadline for related transportation programs, many of which are in the infrastructure bill.

With Democratic divisions, the extra time allowed space for negotiations on the broader bill, so both bills could advance. The $1 trillion infrastructure plan passed the Senate last month.

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DOT wants feedback on supply chain challenges
Commercial Carriers Journal- The Department of Transportation (DOT) is requesting information from trucking and other transportation industries to assist DOT in preparing a report for President Biden on supply chain disruptions.

DOT is asking the public to answer 13 questions listed in a Federal Register notice. Some topics include:
  • Identifying major infrastructure or operational bottlenecks and chokepoints across the freight and logistics supply chain that slow or impede efficient cargo movement.
  • Major risks to resilience within the freight and logistics sector, including defense, intelligence, cyber, health, climate and more.
  • Effects of climate change on transportation and logistics infrastructure.
  • Technology issues, including information systems, cybersecurity and more.
  • Key opportunities and challenges with respect to the existing and future workforce.
DOT is accepting comments in the Federal Register through October 18.
On September 24, Governor Whitmer announced the following appointments to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission:

  • M. Brian Hitchcock, of Williamston, is the owner and CEO of MBH Trucking, LLC and owner and president of Chloride Solutions, LLC. He is the chairman and former president of the Michigan Trucking Association. Mr. Hitchcock is appointed to represent the Michigan Trucking Association for a term commencing September 24, 2021 and expiring August 4, 2023. He succeeds the late Gregory Causley. 

  • Carol M. Heinowski, of Grand Ledge, is the logistics, safety, and compliance manager at Meijer. Mrs. Heinowski is reappointed to represent private motor carriers for a term commencing September 24, 2021 and expiring August 4, 2023.
Fleet Owner- A lot has changed over the past four years. But one thing that hasn’t is that Interstate 4, which connects Tampa and Daytona Beach, Florida, is still the deadliest highway in the U.S.

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Group also issues call for driver input on job motivations and satisfaction
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has launched the 2021 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. 

Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey available through ATRI’s website by clicking here or using the above embedded QR code. The survey will remain open through October 15, 2021.
Transport Topics- The number of positive driver drug tests through August increased by nearly 13%, when compared with a year ago, according to a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse summary report.

Not only were there increases in positive drug tests overall, but the report also showed jumps in all three of the top drug use categories — marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines.

Inc.- You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great attitude. So once they're hired and in the door, all you need to do is set them loose, right? Not so fast.

Many bosses assume the conversations they have during the interview process are enough.
They aren't.

Here are four things great bosses say on an employee's very first day to make sure that person gets off to a great -- and focused -- start.

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