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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

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Edges Toward Highway Funding Stopgap

Congress is inching closer to passage of a stopgap measure to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from drying up this summer. The House this week passed a $10.6 billion bill and the Senate is going to choose between a similar measure or a long-term bill.

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

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

House, Senate Committees Pass Highway Trust Fund Patch

UPDATED---Congress appears to be coming together to pass a plan to rescue the Highway Trust Fund, used to pay for federal road and bridge projects, before it runs out of money in August, putting hundreds of road construction jobs at risk and shuttering thousands of highway projects.

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

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawmakers Slowly Moving to Prop Up Highway Trust Fund

The U.S. House could vote as soon as early next week on legislation to prop up the Highway Trust Fund, before it runs out of money.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Wyden Offers Highway Trust Fund Patch

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is proposing a three-month patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the end of the year. The patch would be paid for with general funds, balanced by adjustments including raising the heavy vehicle use tax.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation, Congress

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Head Supports Restart Amendment, Slams Critics for 'Political Opportunism'

Annette M. Sandberg, principle, TransSafe Consulting.

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg supports the trucking industry's push for a study on the impact of the current restart provision while rolling the restart rules back to pre-July 2013. Sandberg says the trucking industry supports suspending the restart restrictions because they believe that good public policy comes from good data and a good understancfing of the facts, not from emotional appeals.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS, Safety and Compliance, 34 Hour Restart

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Halts Debate on HOS Restart Provision

Partisan differences halted Senate debate on an appropriations bill that includes a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. As the debate began, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced an amendment that would change Sen. Susan Collins’s provision calling for suspension of the restart and a study of its impact.

Tags: Legislation, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34 Hour Restart, Regulations, FMCSA, Congress, Safety & Compliance

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Another Call for Raising Fuel Taxes

Amid warnings about a looming cutoff in highway funding, two Senators are proposing an old-fashioned fix: raise the federal fuel tax. Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., proposed raising gasoline and diesel taxes six cents a year for two years, then indexing them to the Consumer Price Index.

Tags: Legislation, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate, Congress

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

DeFazio Introduces Bill Reforming Road Funding

HR 4848, “The Repeal and Rebuild Act,” is a long-term solution that would create American jobs, fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and finally break the transportation funding impasse that has plagued Congress for years, according to the senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

House Amendment Would Stop FMCSA Insurance Rulemaking

UPDATED -- The U.S. House approved an amendment that would stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from changing insurance minimums. The amendment is a long way from becoming law but it highlights opposition to the agency even considering a change in the minimums.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, Legislation, Regulations

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Pushes Plan to Study 34-Hour Restart

Data gleaned from electronic logs will produce technologically objective data, while Psychomotor Vigilance Tests will gauges the impact of fatigue on drivers' reactions.

Congress is considering a plan to study the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule using data collected by electronic logs. This approach is being suggested by the Trucking Alliance and other groups to counter the effort by American Trucking Associations to have Congress cut off funds for enforcement of the restart provision.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, ATA, Congress, Hours of Service, 34 Hour Restart

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Would Set National Liability Standard for Shippers, Brokers

Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.

Tags: FMCSA, Liability, TIA, Highway Bill, Safety, Congress, Legislation, Shippers, Brokers

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Commerce Schedules Highway Hearing

Work on the highway bill continues next week with a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on safety policy. The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will convene Tuesday, June 3 to take testimony on “The Safety and Effectiveness of our Transportation Systems.” Witnesses have not yet been named.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Senate, Highway Bill, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Water Resources Bill Passes, Ports Getting Financial Boost

The Port of Baltimore.

Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, providing support for port maintenance and other maritime improvements.

Tags: Congress, Ports, Port Trucking, Legislation, President Obama, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Intermodal

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Ray LaHood Declares U.S. Highways ‘One Big Pothole’ at ALK Summit

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood opened the second day of the ALK Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., on Wednesday by telling attendees that while the U.S. is "the greatest country in the world [our] transportation and infrastructure is a big mess."

Tags: Infrastructure, Ray LaHood, ALK Transportation Technology Summit, Highway Funding, President Obama, Congress, Highway Trust Fund

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Bid to Cut Funding for HOS Restart Draws Sharp Reaction

The American Trucking Associations is trying to get Congress to cut off funding for the restart provision of the hours of service rule -- a maneuver that has provoked a sharp response from Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and concern among some carriers and the enforcement community.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, 34 Hour Restart, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, American Trucking Associations, Congress, Regulations, Anne Ferro, The Trucking Alliance, Fatigue, ELDs

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Says: Truckers, Motorists Want Smooth Roads

A new survey from the nation’s asphalt producers and contractors finds U.S. truck drivers and motorists are increasingly frustrated with the state of U.S. roads, preferring well-maintained, safe, and smooth roadways.

Tags: Drivers, Congress, Research, Survey, Highway Funding, Highways

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Senate EPW Committee Approves Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved its bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The bill proposes a 6-year program that builds on reforms already in place and calls for continuation of current funding levels plus an adjustment for inflation.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Congress, Legislation

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Legislative Inaction Hurting Biodiesel Industry Say Producers

Biodiesel producers say policy setbacks in Washington are taking a major toll on their business and they point to a new survey released Wednesday as proof.

Tags: Biodiesel, Legislation, Congress, National Biodiesel Board, Alternative Fuels

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Carper Sees Hope for Federal Fuel Tax Hike

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

As Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., sees it, the idea of a fuel tax increase to restore the Highway Trust Fund is not out of the question. Carper’s message to his colleagues in the Senate is to look at a wide range of ideas to save the Fund, but among them consider restoring the purchasing power of the fuel tax.

Tags: ATA, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Congress, Diesel Tax, American Trucking Associations, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Committee Unveils Six-Year Highway Funding Proposal

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s highway bill picks up on the reforms initiated by its predecessor, MAP-21, and proposes modest funding for a six-year program. The committee calls for current funding levels plus inflation, compared to the $302 billion, four-year program proposed by the Obama administration.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Congress, Highway Funding

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Highway Bill Due Monday

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will unveil its highway bill on Monday, May 12, and vote on it the following Thursday, the Committee announced. The bill will propose a six-year highway program that maintains current financing and credit support and adds a strategic freight element to the Department of Transportation’s portfolio.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Congress

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Senators Intrigued by Virginia Approach to Highway Funding

Could Congress save the Highway Trust Fund by getting rid of the federal fuel tax? Two members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed strong interest in how Virginia solved its infrastructure funding crisis by replacing its per-gallon tax with a wholesale levy on fuel.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Congress

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Group Pushing Alternative to Obama Highway Funding Plan

A national coalition of transportation companies formed three years ago to advance trucking fleet safety initiatives announced it supports major components within President Obama’s four-year $302 billion transportation plan released this week, however, there is one area in which it disagrees.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, President Obama, The Trucking Alliance

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Administration Weighs In with Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Obama administration put down its marker for the next highway program with the GROW America Act, a $302 billion, four-year bill funded by a one-time infusion from a change in the corporate tax code. The House and Senate are working on their versions with no word yet on how they will pay for them, although the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing May 6: New Routes for Funding and Financing Highways and Transit.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highways, President Obama, Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund

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