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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

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Foxx Sends Highway Funding Proposal to Capitol Hill

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in Birmingham, Ala, earlier this month on his bus tour. Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday unveiled a long-term transportation bill he is sending to Congress for consideration as the House and Senate face looming deadlines to avoid the Highway Trust Fund running out of money this summer, but at least one part of it will likely draw controversy.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx, President Obama, Congress, Tolls

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Carper Will Air Fuel Tax Hike with Senate Colleagues

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., is a longtime supporter of raising federal fuel taxes to pay for highways and will float that idea with his colleagues as they draft the next highway bill. Carper sees a gradual fuel tax increase as a fiscally responsible approach to highway funding but is open to other ideas as well, according to his office.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate, Congress, fuel tax, Gasoline Tax, Diesel Tax

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Secretary Bus Tour Rolls for Transportation Funding

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks to an audience in Birmingham, Ala. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Anthony Foxx is on the road this week emphasizing the importance of infrastructure funding, with the Obama Administration concerned about the ability to pass a new long-term highway funding authorization before two key deadlines.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Highways, Anthony Foxx, U.S. Congress, President Obama, Highway Trust Fund, Alabama

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Lawmaker Petri Leaving Congress This Year

Tom Petri, R-Wisc.

Veteran transportation legislator Tom Petri, R-Wisc., will not run for reelection this fall. Rep. Petri is scheduled to make the announcement Monday afternoon at a town hall meeting in Neenah, Wisc.

Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, Wisconsin

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Senators Agree on Highway Bill Principles

A bipartisan group of Senators has agreed on the outline of bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The terms of the deal cover policy principles such as a long-term bill and maintaining existing programs but they do not cover the key question of how to pay for the program.

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

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight, Transportation Research Board, Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Legislators Study Public Private Partnerships

Public Private Partnerships will be part of the funding mix in the next highway program but the precise role they will play is not clear. Transportation legislators got a range of views from partnership experts in a Tuesday session before members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Public-private partnership, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Highway Funding, Congress

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

Tags: Safety, Hazmat, Tankers, Congress, GAO, NHTSA, ATA

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

State, Local Officials Call for Highway Funding

The hearing rooms change but the theme remains the same: Congress must find a way to restore the Highway Trust Fund so it can support a robust, long-term federal highway program. That was the key take-away from state and local officials testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday.

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

March 24, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Signs Propane Delivery Exemptions into Law

Following quick passage by Congress, President Obama has signed legislation allowing for the expedited delivery of propane and heating fuel through May 31.

Tags: Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, President Obama, Propane Transport

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