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September 17, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Restart Study Will Be Late

Photo: Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is not going to meet the September 30 deadline for completing its study of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, a Hill staff member reported.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

House Committee to Vote on Sleep Apnea Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee scheduled a Thursday vote on a bill that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders rather than issue a guidance.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress, Sleep Apnea, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Shows Need for Critical Infrastructure Investments

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The trade group, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the lobby group, Building America’s Future, has released results from a new survey highlighting manufacturers’ concerns about America’s roads and bridges, transit and aviation systems and ports.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

Lawmakers, Industry Press for No FET Hikes on Trucks

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House to discourage any increase in the 12% Federal Excise Tax on the purchase of heavy-duty trucks and trailers, a measure that has been discussed as one way to raise more money for highways.

Tags: NTEA, TRALA, Taxes, ATD, Congress, Navistar, Volvo Trucks, Equipment, Mack Trucks, Meritor, Highway Funding, Dealers, Infrastructure Funding

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Congressmen Press for Completion of 34-Hour Restart Study

A group of congressmen are pressing the Department of Transportation for a firm date to finish a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Legislators Worry About Heavy Truck Impact on Local Roads

A bipartisan group of Representatives asked the Department of Transportation to consider the impact of heavier trucks on local roads and bridges as it studies national size and weight limits.

Tags: Congress, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Funding, U.S. Department of Transportation, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

Senate Stalls Transport Appropriations Bill

The Senate rejected an effort to advance a transportation appropriations bill, mirroring the action yesterday by the House. In a 54 – 43 vote, the Senate declined to end debate on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations measure.

Tags: DOT, Congress

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

House Pulls Transport Appropriations Measure

Just as the House was set to consider an amendment that would reverse the recent changes in truck driver hours-of-service rules, leaders pulled the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill from the floor.

Tags: Congress, Transportation funding

July 30, 2013 - Industry News

Road Fix: Mobile Phone App Opens Direct Digital Complaint Line to Congress

Stuck in traffic? Have a cell phone? Here’s your chance to turn your wasted breath into a digital complaint that could actually get something done. Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition dedicated to reinvestment in infrastructure, today introduced a new mobile phone app that gives motorists a direct link to their elected representatives.

Tags: Congress, Information Technology, Traffic Congestion, Highway Trust Fund, White House, Building America's Future

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Obama, Congress Talk Infrastructure Funding

President Barack Obama talks with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx aboard Air Force One during the flight to Jacksonville, Fla., where the president called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class. (White House photo)

As Congress squares for the fight over 2014 transportation spending and long-term transportation policy, President Obama called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Congress, Intermodal, White House, Panama Canal, Transporation spending

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

Senate Introduces the LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act

The U.S. Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to equitably tax liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel.

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to equitably tax liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the legislation, titled the “LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act of 2013” (S.1103).

Tags: legislation, Congress, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Needs Money and Federal Planning, House Panel Told

A couple of themes emerged from the first hearing of a new House panel on freight transportation. One: The United States needs to reinvest in freight infrastructure across all modes, and for highways that means raising money by raising fuel taxes.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Highway Infrastructure

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Taxpayer Group Pushing for Higher Truck Weights

The latest group to endorse higher truck weights has no direct connection with the trucking industry, but rather is a self-described as an “independent non-partisan advocate for overburdened tax payers.”

Tags: Truck Weights, Congress, Washington D.C., ATA

February 14, 2013 - Industry News

Infrastructure Featured in State of Union, House Hearing

Infrastructure had its moment in the spotlight this week as President Obama called for most-needed repairs funded in part by private investment, and the lead transportation committee in the House kicked off what will be a two-year effort to reauthorize the federal highway program.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure

February 10, 2013 - Industry News

ATD Chairman Tells Truck Dealers: ‘Our Voice Needs to be Heard’

Dick Witcher, chairman of the American Truck Dealers, association, urged the nation’s commercial truck dealers to get more involved in their association and build relationships with their members of Congress.

Tags: ATD, Congress, Massachusetts, Dealers

February 3, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Safety Largely Exempt from Sequestration

There’s an air of resignation in Washington about the deep cuts in federal spending scheduled for March 1. If sequestration happens, the cuts could affect $1.2 trillion in discretionary and defense spending. Highway safety and construction programs would be spared, for the most part, because their money comes through the Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Washington D.C., Congressional Budget Office, Sequestration

January 24, 2013 - Industry News

House Transportation Committee Sets Agenda

Trucking issues rank high on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee agenda for the coming year. The committee, which met earlier this week to set its oversight plan and confirm leadership positions, will be keeping an eye on national freight policy, on tolling activities in the states, on the CSA safety enforcement program and on the hours-of-service rule

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress, Hours of Service

January 9, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Suggests Mileage Fees for Trucks

Congress might want to consider a mileage fee for trucks and electric vehicles when it looks for ways to strengthen highway funding, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while privacy concerns and other issues limit the usefulness of such fees for automobiles, Congress should consider a pilot program to test them for trucks and electric cars

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress, VMT, Taxes

December 6, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Interests Prepare for New Committee Lineups on the Hill

The election did not change the balance of power in Washington, but committee leadership in Congress is in flux and trucking lobbyists are alert for what that might mean. They also are watching for a possible change at the Department of Transportation

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure

December 5, 2012 - Industry News

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

The advisory committee that is preparing recommendations on the CSA enforcement program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a dense thicket to chop through. The complexities and contradictions of CSA were on full display yesterday as a subcommittee of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee took in testimony from the analysts who designed the program and researchers who have enumerated its flaws

Tags: CSA, Congress

November 28, 2012 - Industry News

Rep. Bill Shuster Will Take Reins of Key House Transportation Committee

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will replace Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. T&I is the key truck-related panel in the House, with oversight over the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is the committee that will draft the next major highway bill, due in 2014

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress

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