Department of Transportation News

Ex-Alaska Worker Charged With Workers’ Comp Fraud

A former Alaska state employee and his supposed masseuse are accused of worker’s compensation fraud. Scott A. Groom and Laurayne K. Fischer are charged with 93 counts including perjury, theft and falsification of business records. The two are currently living …

Montana Lawmakers Want Pipeline Study Finished

Two U.S. senators from Montana are urging federal safety regulators to wrap up a yearlong study into whether oil spills into rivers, lakes and other water bodies across the U.S. have resulted from inadequately buried pipelines. The Department of Transportation …

U.S. Transportation Department Proposes Black Boxes in All Cars

Devices that record crash-related data would be required in all new cars and light trucks under a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal made on Friday to broaden their growing use in the United States. The proposed rule, which may stir …

Road Tests of ‘Talking’ Cars Underway

Nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses that can “talk” began traveling the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan today as part of a year-long safety pilot project by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The vehicles are equipped with “connected” Wi-Fi technology …

Safety Regulators Recommend Brake Override on All New Cars

U.S. auto safety regulators on Thursday announced a proposal that would require brake override systems on all new passenger cars and trucks, likely by the 2015 model year. The U.S. Department of Transportation safety regulation arm in a 98-page proposal …

Feds Seek Limit on Vehicle Electronics to Curb Distracted Driving

The Obama administration wants automakers to put limits on vehicle technologies that permit texting and cellphone calling when a car is moving, as part of a broader effort to stop driving behaviors that could be distracting and cause crashes. U.S. …

Technology to Prevent Bus Accidents Exists But Isn’t Implemented

The technology exists to prevent many bus crashes and to make it more likely passengers will survive those that do occur, but government regulators have failed to implement safety recommendations that in some case stretch back decades, safety advocates told …

U.S. Traffic Deaths Dropped to New Low in 2010

U.S. traffic deaths dropped by 3 percent to a record annual low of 32,788 for 2010 even as motorists drove more in an improving economy, projected government figures showed Friday. Fatalities have dropped 25 percent over the past five years, …