December 2, 2014: Weighty issues in Michigan; smaller trucks for smaller roads; and the world’s most corrupt industries

December 2, 2014: Weighty issues in Michigan; smaller trucks for smaller roads; and the world’s most corrupt industries

Here is a look at what is happening in the world of transportation today:

  • Lawmakers in Michigan are set to vote on a proposal to cut the maximum truck weight allowed on state roads from 164,000 lbs. to 80,000 lbs., according to the Associated Press.
  • BikePortland.org comments on new reports from the FHA on why cities and towns should consider designing new roads for 23-ft. trucks instead of longer vehicles.
  • The founder of Zipcar believes every car in the world should be its own WiFi hotspot, reports Business Insider.
  • The Environmental Defense Fund comments on truck sales and how they fleets are increasingly turning to newer vehicles and technologies to reduce fuel consumption.
  • The New Jersey Senate passed a bill that would prevent truck owners from installing smokestacks on vehicles to improve power while also increasing emissions, says NJ Spotlight.
  • Three separate proposals are on the table in Michigan as a way to fund road improvements, including eliminating a gasoline tax and implementing a wholesale tax, says WILX TV.
  • According to a new report on corruption, construction and transportation rank in the top three global, says the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development KCOY TV reports.
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