December 6, 2016 - Industry News
Trucking Moves America Forward, a trucking education and image campaign, discussed the successes it had in 2016, including an expanded member base, engagement with the public, and influence on legislation.
Tags: Legislation, Community Outreach, Trucking Moves America Forward, Public Relations
June 1, 2016 - Industry News
Sen. Cory Gardner introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 40, expressing opposition toward increasing the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET) on heavy trucks and truck bodies.
Tags: Legislation, Federal Excise Tax, U.S. Senate
April 21, 2016 - Industry News
The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.
Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Legislation, 34-Hour Restart
February 16, 2016 - Industry News
American Trucking Associations has hired Mike Joyce, a veteran of Capitol Hill and the trucking industry, as the group’s senior vice president of legislative affairs.
Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, Washington D.C., People
October 22, 2015 - Industry News
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).
Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Legislation, Infrastructure Funding
August 20, 2015 - Industry News
In a joint letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 17 workers advocate organizations urged the committee to reject hair testing for federal drug tests.
Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, Hair Testing
July 27, 2015 - Industry News
UPDATED: An issue unrelated to transportation may keep the House from taking up the Senate's six-year highway bill. The clock is ticking as funds run out midnight Friday and the House is leaving for August recess.
Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress
July 14, 2015 - Industry News
The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.
Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation
July 13, 2015 - Industry News
A new Senate bill calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would increase minimum insurance levels, mandate collision avoidance systems and speed limiters, and study the effects on safety of truck drivers having to drive hours just to get to the start of their workday.
Tags: Legislation, Insurance, Collision Avoidance Technology, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay
June 24, 2015 - Industry News
A bipartisan effort by four key Senators led the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on June 24 to recommend that the full Senate consider a six-year bill that calls for spending $350 billion on surface-transportation infrastructure.
Tags: Highway Funding, Legislation, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders
June 11, 2015 - Industry News
Two Republicans on Capitol Hill have re-introduced a controversial bill taking a radical approach to the issue of highway funding -- handing responsibility for infrastructure over to the states.
Tags: Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, Devolution
May 26, 2015 - Industry News
With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.
Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Legislation
May 20, 2015 - Industry News
Peter DeFazio and 19 Committee Democrats have introduced the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act as a long-term surface transportation funding measure.
Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation
May 19, 2015 - Industry News
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a temporary extension of the highway bill that will fund transportation projects through July.
Tags: Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation
March 30, 2015 - Industry News
The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.
Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, Barack Obama, U.S. Congress
March 16, 2015 - Industry News
The U.S. and Canada have agreed to allow trucks going into the U.S. from Canada to clear customs on the Canadian side of the border, according to a report from The Buffalo News.
Tags: Canada, Legislation, Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security
March 12, 2015 - Industry News
American Trucking Associations is seeking nominations for the third class of its LEAD ATA leadership development program designed to nurture the next generation of trucking industry leaders.
Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership
March 6, 2015 - Industry News
The 9th Circuit court ruled against the CCTA case challenging the legality of Truck and Bus regulations implemented by the California Air Resources Board. The CCTA has vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
Tags: CARB, Lawsuits, Supreme Court, California Contrstruction Trucking Association, EPA, Green Regulations, Legislation
January 28, 2015 - Industry News
The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.
Tags: Congress, Senate, Highway Funding, Highways, Legislation
December 10, 2014 - Industry News
Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.
Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation
December 3, 2014 - Industry News
A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.
Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, taxes, Infrastructure Funding
December 2, 2014 - Industry News
A plan in Michigan’s Senate to greatly reduce the maximum truck weight along state roadways was defeated Tuesday in a 22-15 vote.
Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Truck Weights
November 19, 2014 - Industry News
Business interests, including American Trucking Associations, American Truck Dealers and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association, are pressing Congress to extend certain tax provisions before the end of the year.
Tags: taxes, Congress, Legislation
November 5, 2014 - Industry News
The Republican sweep in the mid-term elections changes the players, but it is too soon to know how it will affect transportation policy.
Tags: Congress, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Funding, Highway Bill, Barack Obama, Hours of Service
September 29, 2014 - Industry News
A highway bill is “in the realm of the doable” in the next two years, said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in remarks on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. In a conversation with host George Stephanopoulos Boehner said that both he and President Obama came to Washington to get something done rather than butt heads.
Tags: Highway Funding, Rep. John Boehner, Legislation, Barack Obama, U.S. House of Representatives
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