July 29, 2015 - Industry News
The House late Wednesday passed a short-term extension to keep federal highway funding going until October 29, right before members left on August recess, leaving the Senate to deal with before the looming Friday deadline.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund
July 8, 2015 - Industry News
The Coalition for Transportation Productivity is revving up its lobbying to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 97,000 pounds for tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.
Tags: DOT, Congress, Size and Weight
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
May 15, 2015 - Industry News
Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Paul Ryan released a joint statement about their own proposal to extend spending authority for the Highway Trust Fund through the end of July.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Bill
May 13, 2015 - Industry News
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $55-billion spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers on Interstate and other highways— regardless of state laws.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Trailers, 34-Hour Restart, Insurance
April 16, 2015 - Industry News
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House Thursday would index the current federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to inflation, raising $27.5 billion to ensure highway-infrastructure spending is funded for exactly 1.7 years.
Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Infrastructure Funding
February 27, 2015 - Industry News
Lobbying by officials of State transportation departments can help get a long-term highway bill passed this year, say key U.S. Representatives and Senators at an annual Washington briefing presented by AASHTO.
Tags: Congress, Washington D.C., AASHTO, Highway Bill
Rep. Paul Ryan has stated that he favors changing federal law to afford state governments the “freedom to choose” to implement tolled highways.
Tags: Congress, Tolls, Government, Bridges
January 29, 2015 - Industry News
Next steps for truck safety should be completion of the speed limiter mandate, more focus on traffic enforcement and improvements in the CSA safety enforcement system, a top Werner Enterprises official told a transportation panel of the Senate Commerce Committee.
Tags: Senate Commerce Committee, Congress, American Trucking Associations
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
January 27, 2015 - Industry News
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.
Tags: Legislation, Regulations, Congress, HDAW
January 21, 2015 - Industry News
President Obama used his State of the Union address to repeat his call to reform corporate taxes and spend some of the proceeds on a long-term highway bill.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, President Obama, ATA
January 12, 2015 - Industry News
Sen. Barbara Boxer, for many years a key transportation legislator, said she will not seek re-election in 2016.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer
December 30, 2014 - Industry News
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.
Tags: Congress, Taxes, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation
December 19, 2014 - Industry News
Mary Phillips, the former chief of legislative affairs for American Trucking Associations, has been named to a top post on a key transportation subcommittee in the House.
Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congress, American Trucking Associations, People
December 17, 2014 - Industry News
The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.
Tags: FMCSA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Enforcement
December 16, 2014 - Industry News
Rep. Tom Petri did not violate House rules and the review of his conduct will be dropped, the House Ethics Committee said in a decision that comes just as Petri ends his 35-year career in Congress.
Tags: Congress, Rep. Tom Petri
December 14, 2014 - Industry News
American Trucking Associations won its fight against the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. On Saturday night the Senate passed and sent to President Obama a bill that replaces the controversial restart with an earlier, less restrictive, version while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does more research on the issue.
Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations
December 12, 2014 - Industry News
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.
Tags: Legislation, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart
December 10, 2014 - Industry News
As Congress moves toward suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, some trucking groups applaud the move while police worry about how they will enforce the change.
Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34 hour restart
Two-thirds of the economic benefits and jobs created by federal highway and transit investment occur in non-construction sectors according to a new IHS report.
Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, IHS
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 8, 2014 - Industry News
With Congress up against a December 11 deadline to pass an appropriations bill, trucking interests and safety groups are battling over an amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.
Tags: ATA, Congress, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34-Hour Restart
November 25, 2014 - Industry News
Speaking with former Congressman Ray Lahood and several other transportation advocates in government and business, Steve Kroft paints a dire picture of our ailing infrastructure and unresponsive government.
Tags: Congress, Ray LaHood, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Infrastructure
The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.
Tags: DOT, Truck Sizes, Size and Weight, Congress, Productivity, Congestion
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