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Autonomous Vehicle Bill Stalled in Senate

The AV START Act, which would allow automakers to sell more than 80,000 autonomous cars each per year, is facing an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, as at least five senators have expressed serious concerns about it, reports the Detroit News.

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UPS Commends Legislation Modernizing U.S. Customs, Border Protection

UPS has commended the Senate and House on passing the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The company called on President Barack Obama to sign it into law.

Spectrum-Sharing Bill Worries Connected-Car Proponents

A U.S. Senate bill is heating up the bandwidth battle between the cable and automotive industries. Here's a report from CBS News. For the full story, click here.

NHTSA Mandate Brings Rearview Cameras into View

Ahead of the 2018 deadline, fleet manager and end-user demand is bringing safety equipment to more models.

Regulations Fuel Brazil's Telematics, Fleet Management Markets

New regulations in Brazil have resulted in a surge for the telematics and fleet management sector in the Brazilian machine-to-machine (M2M) market, finds new report by Pyramid Research.

Three UK Cities to Test Driverless Cars

Britain has decided to allow laws permitting driverless cars on public roads in January.

Oklahoma Legislators Weighing Bill Banning Texting While Driving

The Oklahoma House is considering a bill that would ban texting while driving, enforced as a secondary offense. Backers of the measure argue it would save lives if passed, but opponents counter that such a law would be difficult to enforce and would raise privacy concerns. Here's a video report from

First-Year Bonus Depreciation Increased to 100 Percent

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) was signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 17, 2010. The legislation includes an extension of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010's "bonus depreciation" allowance through the end of 2011, and increases that amount from 50 percent to100 percent. Here's what it means to fleets.

Legal Motion Seeks to Halt Public Release of CSA 2010 Data

Concern about vicarious liability lawsuits resulting from the public release of Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 data prompted a legal motion to be filed on Nov. 29 with the U.S. Court of Appeals by three trucking associations, representing 3,000 privately owned fleets. The motion seeks a permanent injuction to the public release of CSA 2010 data with percentile ranking by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The Need to Extend 50-Percent Bonus Depreciation

First-year 50-percent depreciation, known as bonus depreciation, expired Jan. 1, 2010. An amendment to retroactively extend bonus depreciation through the end of calendar-year 2010 has been added as an amendment to H.R. 5297. Bonus depreciation has been benefical to commercial fleets, especially those with long-life assets. As an industry, we need to urge members of Congress to pass H.R. 5297. But this is easier said than done due to the many other contentious issues in the bill.