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September 29, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Dems Float Bill to Force Sleep-Apnea Rule

Image: Volvo Group

Six weeks after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration pulled their advance notice of proposed rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea, Democrats in both the House and Senate are pushing back.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, OSA

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

Despite the argument that some sort of self-driving truck will become an everyday reality before any self-driving car does, legislation that would ease the application of autonomous driving technology to commercial trucks has so far failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Image: FMCSA

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Independent Contractors, Legislation, Drivers

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Another House Bill Aims to Delay ELD Rule

Photo: Paccar Financial

Another Hail Mary Pass has been flung to try and slow the advance of the electronic logging device rule. Rep. Brian Babin has introduced the ELD Extension Act of 2017, which seeks to extend the current initial implementation date for the ELD mandate.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, Legislation

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?

Photo: FMCSA

The House Transportation Committee has attached a directive to this year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that could end up delaying or repealing the electronic logging device mandate set to go into effect on Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, DOT

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

House THUD Bill Boasts Trucking Reform Riders

Image: Office of the Architect of the Capitol

The subcommittee draft for the next House transportation appropriations bill features several riders favored by trucking interests, including a long-sought measure that would preempt states from enacting laws dictating meal and rest break requirements for truckers.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. DOT

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Would Repeal Heavy-Truck Federal Excise Tax

Photo: David Cullen

A new effort to ax the 12% federal excise tax on most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers has been mounted on Capitol Hill by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA).

Tags: ATD, Federal Excise Tax, U.S. House of Representatives

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

House Members Push for Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund will again run out of money in 2020 if no long-term solutions are found. Photo: HDT file photo

More than 250 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday sent a letter to Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, calling for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

May 9, 2017 - Industry News

Seven GOP Lawmakers Signal Support for Hair-Testing Truckers

Photo: FMCSA

A letter signed by seven Republican Congressmen lays out their unequivocal support of a petition calling for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow hair testing in lieu of urinalysis to meet drug- testing requirements for truck-driver applicants.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Hair Testing, CDL

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Updated: Fix for Hours-of-Service Glitch in the Works

Image: Haldex

Special legislation, in the form of a Continuing Resolution, introduced in Congress in hopes of averting a year-end government shutdown contains language that would permanently fix the glitch in previous legislation that threatened the use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Trump Impact Minimal in Short Term

President-elect Donald Trump Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Economists with freight transportation forecasting firm FTR are convinced that the election of Donald Trump will not much move any economic needles much for at least six months. Not because the 45th President of the United States won’t accomplish anything right away, but because the wheels of government don’t spin any faster for a new Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, FTR, Donald Trump

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking with Trump: Beware Fog Ahead

President-elect Donald Trump has grand plans for infrastructure, but how will he and Congress fund them? Image via Twiiter @realDonaldTrump

Since President-elect Trump has never been in lockstep with Republican orthodoxy, let alone GOP leadership on Capitol Hill, there’s no way of telling now how their vision of governing jointly will ultimately turn out.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, White House, Donald Trump

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

HOS Restart Reform Keeps Cranking on Capitol Hill

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Latest Aviation Bill Ditches Pro-Trucking Reform

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The effort to inject a reform proposal widely viewed as favorable to trucking into an aviation bill has crashed and burned. At least for now.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

February 7, 2016 - Industry News

Aviation Bill Harbors Pro-Trucking Reform

Language in a new House aviation bill aims to prevent states from enacting their own meal and rest break rules for CDL drivers. Image: Penske Logistics

Intended to keep states from preempting federal motor-carriage regulations, a proposal that that did not make it into the highway bill has resurfaced in reauthorization legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, Driver Pay

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Aims to Strengthen Restart Suspension; Slams Brakes on Twin 33s

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Congress is expected to further nail down the suspension of two restrictions placed on the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rules — and to bar the door to legalizing twin 33-foot trailers on highways nationwide.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, 34-Hour Restart, Truck Size/Weight

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

Photo: U.S. DOT

Reaction of industry stakeholder groups to the highway bill compromise forged by Congress is mixed, but decidedly more positive than negative.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

November 17, 2015 - Industry News

House Applies Highway Patch; Senate Expected to Rubberstamp

Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House T&I Committee

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 has been passed by the House.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Highway Bill

Photo: David Cullen

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Weight-Limit Hike Rejected by House

An amendment to the House highway bill that would have let states set a 91,000-pound weight limit on highway rigs fitted with a sixth axle, similar to this truck built for operation in Maine, was voted down on Nov. 3.

An amendment that would have liberalized truck-weight limits was rejected on Nov. 3 by a vote of 187-236 during floor consideration of the highway bill by the House of Representatives.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Amendment Aims to Thwart Threat to Smaller Carriers

File Photo

An amendment would allow motor carriers that have not been rated by FMCSA to meet safety-eligibility requirements spelled out by the “Interim Hiring Standard” within the proposed long-term highway bill.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Rubber-Stamps Highway Bill Patch

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Just a day before current funding was set to expire, the Senate on Oct. 28 approved by voice vote the short highway-bill extension that had been passed by the House a day earlier.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

The House has passed a highway patch that will last until Nov. 20. Senate is expected to follow suit this week .Photo: David Cullen

Playing beat the clock, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a three-week extension of transportation funding.

Tags: Railroads, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

NTSB investigators at scene of Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12 that killed eight passengers and injured another 200. Photo: NTSB

The latest proposed extension of federal highway funding includes a provision to delay a mandate for automatic-braking equipment on trains that could turn passing the measure into a game of political football.

Tags: Railroads, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

October 25, 2015 - Industry News

Could House Highway Bill Hurt Smaller Fleets?

File Photo

A letter signed by eight businesses and associations that together represent over 9,500 motor carriers, brokers and shippers has been sent to the House opposing a section of the long-term highway bill because it “could cripple small-business truckers.”

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Small Fleets, Highway Bill, Small Business

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