Briefly: FMCSA holds information session on its registration system

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a second public meeting online to discuss and gather public comment about its efforts to modernize its online registration system.

The meeting is Wednesday, May 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required and can be done here.

In announcing the meeting, the FMCSA said, "As we develop a more user-friendly registration system that manages the registration life cycle of regulated entities, we would like your input. Please join us virtually to provide insight and feedback to improve your registration experience with FMCSA. Space is limited, so register now to secure your spot."

The FMCSA also discussed modernizing its registration process at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show. The video of that presentation can be seen here. 

The goal of the modernization effort is to help streamline the registration process, make it easier to use and to combat fraud and theft.

Daimler expanding facilities in Oregon

Daimler Truck North America LLC recently announced two investments at its headquarters complex on Portland, Oregon's Swan Island. They include a new Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment training center adjacent to Electric Island and a new engineering facility at the DTNA campus. 

The company said in a statement the new addition to Electric Island represents the next phase to accelerate testing and development of charging infrastructure for commercial vehicles since the first-of-its-kind public charging station was built in partnership with Portland General Electric and opened in 2021. The new training center will be used for the DTNA dealer network and as a resource center for community stakeholders interested in the clean transportation industry.

The anticipated project will cost $3 million with half of the costs being funded through a forgivable loan from Prosper Portland, the City of Portland’s economic development agency.

The new DTNA engineering facility will be approximately 110,000 square feet and will consolidate testing activities under one roof with focus on research and development for emerging propulsion technologies, such as battery electric and hydrogen-fueled vehicles. The project is anticipated to cost $40 million and will be partially funded by the State of Oregon with a $700,000 forgivable loan from the State’s Strategic Reserve fund.

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“Daimler Truck North America is proud to call Portland, Oregon our home,” said John O’Leary, president and CEO, DTNA. “We appreciate the City and State’s support of our expansion plans to further promote the development and proper testing of advanced technology and look forward to collaborating for many more years to come on training and employing a future-ready workforce.

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