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April 21, 2016

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

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.

April 21, 2016

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Extension Introduced

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has introduced a bill to extend the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) through 2021 to continue to provide EPA grants to reduce diesel emissions.

February 16, 2016

ATA Appoints New SVP of Legislative Affairs

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.

February 1, 2016

More States Want Snow/Ice Off Trucks

The word is out from statehouses and state police barracks in states from Pennsylvania to Vermont that for safety’s sake, snow and ice should be cleared off trucks before they take to the roads.

December 18, 2015

U.S. Congress Passes Natural Gas Tax Credit Legislation

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 will extend federal tax credits for alternative fuels that expired in 2014 and make some subsidies permanent.

October 22, 2015

House Committee Approves Long-Term Highway Bill

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).

October 9, 2015

Private Fleets Back Higher Truck Weight Limit

The National Private Truck Council is now throwing its own weight behind the legislative effort to allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers that are equipped with a sixth axle.

August 26, 2015

ATA Puts Support Behind Driver Hair Testing Option

In a letter, the ATA urged congress to move forward with legislation that would allow fleets to use hair samples in a federally mandated drug screening program for drivers.

August 20, 2015

Workers Advocates Want Hair Testing Out of Transportation Bill

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.

July 27, 2015

House Won't Consider Senate Highway Bill

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.

July 14, 2015

Short-Term Highway Patch, Trucking Issues on The Hill

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.

July 13, 2015

Senate Bill Calls for Hourly Pay for Truck Drivers

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.

June 24, 2015

Senate to Consider 6-Year, $350 Billion Highway Bill

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.

June 23, 2015

NYC Mayor Mandates Sideguards for Refuse Trucks

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a bill that requires side guards on 10,000 city and private refuse trucks by 2024 to reduce deaths and serious injuries during collisions with passengers.

June 11, 2015

Infrastructure Funding Bill: Let the States Pay

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.

June 10, 2015

House Narrowly Passes Spending Bill Keeping Restart Suspension

A major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry, including a continuation of the 34-hour restart suspension, narrowly passed the U.S. House late Tuesday night, but it still has to pass the Senate and faces a possible veto.

June 9, 2015

Oklahoma Gov. Signs NGV Conversion Bill

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has approved legislation that will allow interest-free loans to county governments in the state to buy natural gas vehicles or convert fleet vehicles to natural gas.

June 2, 2015

Nebraska Gov. Signs Alt-Fuel Vehicle Rebate Bill

Nebraska's Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved legislation that will establish a new program offering rebates for alternative-fuel vehicle conversions, according to documents from the state legislature.

May 26, 2015

Highway Patch Bill Sent to President Obama

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.

May 20, 2015

House Dems Push Long-Term Highway Measure

Peter DeFazio and 19 Committee Democrats have introduced the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act as a long-term surface transportation funding measure.

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