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October 31, 2013 - Industry News

House Bill Would Suspend 34-Hour Restart Pending Review

One of the biggest complaints about the new hours of service rules has been the new restrictions for 34-hour restarts. (Photo by Jim Park)

A trio of House legislators introduced a bill that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Considering Hearing on Hours of Service

A House committee is considering holding a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule in November. The tentative date for the hearing would be Nov. 21, sources said.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, CSA, HOS, Government

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Toll Operators Increase Lobbying Efforts

Operators of toll roads, bridges and tunnels aren’t likely to change any minds in trucking when it comes to opponents of having more routes with fees, but they hope to sway some members on Capitol Hill as talk of what to do about highway funding is increasing.

Tags: Congress, Tolls, Highway Funding

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Broker Suit Against Bond Is Back in Motion

The suit by small property brokers against new bond requirements is back in motion after a federal magistrate lifted a stay, clearing the way for legal arguments over moving the matter to federal appeals court.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Freight, Owner-Operators, Brokers, Litigation

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Rulemaking Will Require Much More Research

President Obama yesterday signed a bill saying that any changes in federal requirements for handling truck driver sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, must come through the rulemaking process, rather than guidance to medical examiners.

Tags: Congress, Sleep Apnea, Rulemaking

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

House Freight Panel Takes on the Most Difficult Issue: Funding

The House panel studying freight transportation saved the toughest for last: how to pay for it. It was a sign of the enduring paralysis over funding that the panel had Jack Schenendorf and Robert Atkinson as witnesses in its final hearing last week.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Price Report Cancelled by Government Shutdown

The government shutdown has forced the Energy Information Administration to cancel publication of its gas and diesel price update, a key index for trucking fuel surcharges.

Tags: Congress, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 6, 2013 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval, Awaits President’s Signature

Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Sleep Apnea

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights

A panel of legislators looking for ways to improve freight transportation is close to finishing its analysis and will post its report by the end of the month.

Tags: Congress, U.S. DOT, Truck Weights, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Truck Safety Program Will Continue Despite Shutdown

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UPDATED—12:00 a.m., Federal truck safety programs will continue to operate despite a partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, U.S. DOT

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. House Passes Sleep Apnea Legislation, Senate Bill Introduced

By a vote of 405-0, the U.S. House passed a bill Thursday requiring any Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration action on sleep apnea to go through the usual rulemaking process rather than simply issuing guidance.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Sleep Apnea, Safety & Compliance

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Address Sleep Apnea Through Rulemaking

Who says government is slow and unresponsive? A week ago two Representatives introduced a bill that that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, rather than issue a guidance. Now there has been some movement.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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

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