Congress

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December 10, 2013

Creation of Freight Network Not an Easy Task

In last year’s highway bill, Congress said it wants the Department of Transportation to set a place for freight at the transportation policy table. The first step in that process, defining a highway-based Primary Freight Network, is under way now. It turns out, though, that tracing a Primary Freight Network is not a simple thing.

December 5, 2013

Senator Urges FMCSA to Act on Food Safety

A recent news report about broken truck reefer units in Ohio prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, to press the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to act on food safety.

December 4, 2013

Fuel Tax Hike Proposal Draws Broad Support

Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.

December 3, 2013

Blumenauer to Propose Diesel and Gasoline Tax Hikes

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will introduce bills to raise federal fuel taxes, index them to inflation and test a vehicle-mile tax. The proposals, which Blumenauer is scheduled to discuss on Capitol Hill Wednesday, come as Congress begins to consider ways to revive funding for U.S. roads and bridges.

November 26, 2013

Shuster Urges Quiet Approach to Highway Funding

With the House and Senate going to conference on a Water Resources Development bill, the way is clear for transportation committees in both chambers to take up reauthorization of the federal highway program.

November 21, 2013

Little Common Ground at Restart Hearing

The subject at Thursday’s House hearing was truck driver hours-of-service regulations, but the target was federal regulation of business. Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, testified that the 34-hour restart provision of the rule will save an estimated 19 lives a year.

November 20, 2013

34-Hour Restart Faces Test

The stage is set for a political grilling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at a House hearing Thursday on the hours-of-service rule. Amid relentless criticism of the 34-hour restart and 30-minute break provisions of the rule, agency administrator Anne Ferro will be called on to explain and defend the agency’s decision-making.

November 14, 2013

House Panel Sets Hours-of-Service Hearing

A House subcommittee will hold a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule next week. The Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce of the Small Business Committee will question Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the rule.

October 31, 2013

Proposal Would Allow for Hair Testing of Truckers for Illegal Drugs

Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill allowing trucking companies the option of using hair testing for illegal drugs as an approved method of screening drivers.

October 31, 2013

House Bill Would Suspend 34-Hour Restart Pending Review

A trio of House legislators introduced a bill that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.

October 30, 2013

House Panel Considering Hearing on Hours of Service

A House committee is considering holding a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule in November. The tentative date for the hearing would be Nov. 21, sources said.

October 29, 2013

Toll Operators Increase Lobbying Efforts

Operators of toll roads, bridges and tunnels aren’t likely to change any minds in trucking when it comes to opponents of having more routes with fees, but they hope to sway some members on Capitol Hill as talk of what to do about highway funding is increasing.

October 23, 2013

Broker Suit Against Bond Is Back in Motion

The suit by small property brokers against new bond requirements is back in motion after a federal magistrate lifted a stay, clearing the way for legal arguments over moving the matter to federal appeals court.

October 15, 2013

Sleep Apnea Rulemaking Will Require Much More Research

President Obama yesterday signed a bill saying that any changes in federal requirements for handling truck driver sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, must come through the rulemaking process, rather than guidance to medical examiners.

October 14, 2013

House Freight Panel Takes on the Most Difficult Issue: Funding

The House panel studying freight transportation saved the toughest for last: how to pay for it. It was a sign of the enduring paralysis over funding that the panel had Jack Schenendorf and Robert Atkinson as witnesses in its final hearing last week.

October 11, 2013

Fuel Price Report Cancelled by Government Shutdown

The government shutdown has forced the Energy Information Administration to cancel publication of its gas and diesel price update, a key index for trucking fuel surcharges.

October 6, 2013

Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval, Awaits President’s Signature

Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.

October 2, 2013

With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights

A panel of legislators looking for ways to improve freight transportation is close to finishing its analysis and will post its report by the end of the month.

September 30, 2013

Federal Truck Safety Program Will Continue Despite Shutdown

UPDATED—12:00 a.m., Federal truck safety programs will continue to operate despite a partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight.

September 26, 2013

U.S. House Passes Sleep Apnea Legislation, Senate Bill Introduced

By a vote of 405-0, the U.S. House passed a bill Thursday requiring any Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration action on sleep apnea to go through the usual rulemaking process rather than simply issuing guidance.

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