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News Digest DOT 74-17

Friday, September 22, 2017

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Final Order Granting Authority to Norwegian Air UK.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today finalized its tentative decision to grant a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air UK (NAUK), the UK-flag subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle.  The DOT order and all of the filings in the case can be viewed at, docket DOT-OST-2015-0261.  Contact:

BTS Releases Rail Tank Car Safety Report - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has submitted Fleet Composition of Rail Tank Cars That Transport Flammable Liquids:2013–2016, its first report to Congress measuring the industry-wide progress in manufacturing and modifying safer rail tank cars that transport flammable liquids. The report, required under the 2015 FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act), describes the progress of tank car safety upgrades from 2013 through 2016, by tank car type and type of flammable liquid. Class 3 flammable liquids most commonly include crude oil, ethanol, and refined petroleum products. BTS found that as of the end of 2016, 9 percent (7,181) of the tank cars used to carry Class 3 flammable liquids met the new safety requirements, a dramatic increase from the 2 percent in 2015. Of the tank cars meeting the new safety requirements, 70 percent are new and 30 percent have been ret­rofitted. Media contact: Dave Smallen, (202) 366-5568,