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April 16, 2015 - Industry News

Fuel-Tax Bill Would Trigger Highway-Funding Fix

HDT FIle Photo

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

Transpo Leaders Urged to Pressure Congress On Highway Bill

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

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Rep. Ryan Favors Allowing States to Implement Tolls

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. Official Photo

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

ATA Safety Agenda Aired at Senate Hearing

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

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

Photo by Bidgee via Wikimedia Commons

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

The Three Big Problems for Business

Geoff Davis

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

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill

"21st-century businesses need a 21st-century infrastructure." Photo: Whitehouse.gov video screen shot

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

Key Transportation Legislator, Sen. Boxer, to Retire

Sen. Barbara Boxer has worked to forge bipartisan deals on transportation. Photo: U.S. Senate

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

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.

Tags: Congress, Taxes, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation

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, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance

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

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