Legislation

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April 1, 2015

Utah Gov. Approves Natural Gas Tax Increase

Utah's Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed a transportation infrastructure funding bill that includes increases in the state tax on natural gas and hydrogen vehicle fuel.

March 30, 2015

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

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.

March 30, 2015

Ohio Lawmakers Scrap Highway Speed Limit Increase

Ohio Lawmakers scrapped a proposal to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph that was opposed by the trucking industry, according to a report from Cleveland.com.

March 26, 2015

FMCSA Under Pressure to Change CSA Scoring

The ATA urged the FMCSA to make common sense changes to the CSA scoring following re-introduced legislation from Congress addressing the same issue.

March 16, 2015

Commentary: Good News Coming?

For the first time in recorded history, the EPA and NHTSA are sort of your friends.

March 16, 2015

U.S. and Canada Agree to Border Pre-Clearance Deal

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.

March 12, 2015

ATA Opens Nominations for Leadership Program

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.

March 6, 2015

CCTA Will Appeal CARB Decision to Supreme Court

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.

March 2, 2015

House Bill Would Provide Non-CSA Hiring Standard for Carriers

Legislation has been reintroduced in the House by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) that would create a “national hiring standard” for motor carriers.

January 28, 2015

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

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.

January 27, 2015

The Three Big Problems for Business

Regulation, litigation and taxation are three big issues faced by business, according to Geoff Davis, former Congressman and founding partner of Republic Consulting, speaking Monday at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

December 30, 2014

Fuel Tax Hike Unlikely, Says Congressman Shuster

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that one of his 2015 priorities will be a highway bill – but he does not expect it to be funded by a fuel tax increase, the AP reported.

December 23, 2014

The Year's Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year.

December 23, 2014

Groups Decry 'Hidden Gas Tax' in California

The price of a gallon of gasoline in California could potentially increase by as much as 16 to 76 cents per gallon on Jan. 1 under a new state regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

December 23, 2014

Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

December 18, 2014

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

December 12, 2014

Restart Suspension Waiting for Senate Action

Thursday night's approval of an omnibus spending bill by the House of Representatives brought a suspension of the controversial 34-hour restart provision of truck driver hours-of-service regulations one step closer to reality.

December 10, 2014

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

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.

December 4, 2014

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

December 3, 2014

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

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.

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