Transportation and Infrastructure

Transportation and Infrastructure

Booker amendment reinstates trucker fatigue rule

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced an amendment on reinstating truck driving fatigue rules to the Transportation spending bill being considered by the Senate.

“It is paramount that Congress do more to improve transportation safety,” Booker said on the Senate floor Thursday.

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Senate bill removes cap on DOT fines against carmakers

Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that would remove the cap on civil fines that the Department of Transportation (DOT) can levy on automakers for safety violations.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced S. 2398, the Automaker Accountability Act, on Thursday. Their bill is in response to General Motors’ (GM) failure to disclose an ignition switch safety defect.

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Blumenthal slams GM for failing to replace ignition switches

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said it was “unacceptable” that General Motors (GM) still hasn’t given dealerships the replacement part needed to fix faulty ignition switches.

“Having failed to deliver new ignition switches to dealers last week as promised, GM CEO Mary Barra says now they’ll be there as soon as possible,” Blumenthal said. “That vague assurance is unacceptable when dangerously defective cars remain on the road and GM fails to provide adequate warning.” 

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