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December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Mary Phillips Takes House Transportation Job

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

Restart Change Now in Effect

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

Petri Cleared in Ethics Review

Rep. Tom Petri

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

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

Photo: Jim Park

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

Restart Suspension Waiting for Senate Action

File photo.

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

Reaction to Restart Suspension Includes Enforcement Concerns

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

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs, Improves Economy, says Report

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

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

At issue are last year's changes to the 34-hour restart provision. Photo: Jim Park

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

60 Minutes Reports on Infrastructure Neglect

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

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

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

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Business Pushes for Tax Action in Lame Duck

Business interests, including American Trucking Associations, American Truck Dealers and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association, are pressing Congress to extend certain tax provisions before the end of the year.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Legislation

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees

The Republican sweep in the mid-term elections changes the players, but it is too soon to know how it will affect transportation policy.

Tags: Congress, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Funding, President Obama, Highway Bill, Hours of Service

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

One trucking group says the way to end the controversy is to go ahead and end the use of paper logbooks. Photo: Jim Park

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Electronic Logging Devices, The Trucking Alliance, American Trucking Associations

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., continues to press for action on a highway bill this year, writing a letter last week to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Regulations, Congress, Safety & Compliance, Driver Health, U.S. Congress

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Ethics Committee Will Review Petri Allegations

Rep. Tom Petri

Following a finding by investigators that Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., may have violated House rules, the Committee on Ethics decided to continue its review of charges that Petri improperly acted on behalf of companies in which he had a financial interest.

Tags: Congress, Rep. Tom Petri

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Bill: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’

Public domain photo via FEMA.

Undaunted by the conventional political view that Congress will accomplish nothing in the upcoming lame duck session, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., insists there is a chance to pass and fund a six-year highway program.

Tags: Congress, fuel tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Freight, Highway Bill

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Transport Interests Attack Conservatives’ Highway Bill

A bid by conservatives in the House and Senate to effectively eliminate the federal highway program is drawing fire from American Trucking Associations and other transportation interests.

Tags: Congress, fuel tax, Highway Funding, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Gasoline Tax, American Trucking Associations, ATA

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

House Prepares Short-Term Appropriations Bill Without 34-Hour Restart Provision

The House is working on a temporary appropriations measure that does not include a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Legislation

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Highways, Freight, Legislation, Highway Funding, ATA, IANA, NITL

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bills Would Adjust Truck Weight Limit for Natural Gas

Increased weight is a disincentive for many fleets to buy natural gas powered trucks. Photo courtesy Central Freight Lines.

The House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits to accommodate the heavier fuel systems of natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Weights, Legislation

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Bill Starts 10-Month Countdown

Photo: Evan Lockridge

President Obama has signed the latest short-term extension of the federal highway program, starting a 10-month clock on yet another funding deadline.The $10.8 billion bill, passed by Congress at the last moment before the Highway Trust Fund dipped into the red, will keep the fund solvent until next May.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Foxx Urges Congress to Act on Highway Funding

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks to an audience in Birmingham, Ala. about the Highway Trust Fund in April. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Congressional passage of a short-term patch for the Highway Trust Fund will avert the immediate crisis but not be cause for celebration, said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Foxx and other transportation leaders are calling on Congress to preserve long-term funding for surface infrastructure.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx

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