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June 1, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Action Opposes Federal Excise Tax Increase

Sen. Cory Gardner

Sen. Cory Gardner introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 40, expressing opposition toward increasing the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET) on heavy trucks and truck bodies.

Tags: Legislation, Federal Excise Tax, U.S. Senate

May 24, 2016 - Industry News

House Committee Includes Restart Rollback in THUD Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2017 transportation spending bill with some key trucking provisions Tuesday, including addressing problems in a previous bill that threatened the industry’s use of a 34-hour restart on driver hours of service.

Tags: Legislation, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, 34-Hour Restart

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Legislation, 34-Hour Restart

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Extension Introduced

Chart courtesy of EPA.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has introduced a bill to extend the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) through 2021 to continue to provide EPA grants to reduce diesel emissions.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Diesel Technology Forum, Federal Grants, Legislation

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Appoints New SVP of Legislative Affairs

American Trucking Associations has hired Mike Joyce, a veteran of Capitol Hill and the trucking industry, as the group’s senior vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, Washington D.C., People

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

More States Want Snow/Ice Off Trucks

Photo: Maxwell Technologies

The word is out from statehouses and state police barracks in states from Pennsylvania to Vermont that for safety’s sake, snow and ice should be cleared off trucks before they take to the roads.

Tags: driver safety, Winter Driving, Legislation

December 18, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Congress Passes Natural Gas Tax Credit Legislation

Photo via Wikimedia.

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 will extend federal tax credits for alternative fuels that expired in 2014 and make some subsidies permanent.

Tags: Legislation, NGVAmerica, Clean Energy Fuels, LNG, CNG, U.S. Congress, Tax Incentive

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

House Committee Approves Long-Term Highway Bill

House T&I Committee Chair Bill Shuster (left) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio at markup of long-term highway bill on Oct. 22. Photo: House T&I Committee

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Legislation, Infrastructure Funding

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

Private Fleets Back Higher Truck Weight Limit

A House bill would let states set a 91,000-pound weight limit on highway rigs fitted with a sixth axle, similar to this truck built for operation in Maine.

The National Private Truck Council is now throwing its own weight behind the legislative effort to allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers that are equipped with a sixth axle.

Tags: National Private Truck Council, U.S. House of Representatives, Truck Weight, Truck Size/Weight, Private Fleets, Legislation

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Puts Support Behind Driver Hair Testing Option

In a letter, the ATA urged congress to move forward with legislation that would allow fleets to use hair samples in a federally mandated drug screening program for drivers.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Drug Testing, Hair Testing

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Workers Advocates Want Hair Testing Out of Transportation Bill

In a joint letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 17 workers advocate organizations urged the committee to reject hair testing for federal drug tests.

Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, Hair Testing

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

House Won't Consider Senate Highway Bill

Barbara Boxer: "if we have a bill, we're sending it."

UPDATED: An issue unrelated to transportation may keep the House from taking up the Senate's six-year highway bill. The clock is ticking as funds run out midnight Friday and the House is leaving for August recess.

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

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Short-Term Highway Patch, Trucking Issues on The Hill

HDT file photo

The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.

Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Calls for Hourly Pay for Truck Drivers

Among other things, the bill calls for a look at the safety effect of long commutes before a driver even starts his day.

A new Senate bill calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would increase minimum insurance levels, mandate collision avoidance systems and speed limiters, and study the effects on safety of truck drivers having to drive hours just to get to the start of their workday.

Tags: Legislation, Insurance, Collision Avoidance Technology, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Senate to Consider 6-Year, $350 Billion Highway Bill

Senate bill would provide $350 billion over six years for surface transportation. Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan effort by four key Senators led the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on June 24 to recommend that the full Senate consider a six-year bill that calls for spending $350 billion on surface-transportation infrastructure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Legislation, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Mayor Mandates Sideguards for Refuse Trucks

Screenshot via NYC Mayor's Office/YouTube.

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a bill that requires side guards on 10,000 city and private refuse trucks by 2024 to reduce deaths and serious injuries during collisions with passengers.

Tags: Legislation, New York City, Refuse Trucks, Elected Leaders

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Infrastructure Funding Bill: Let the States Pay

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Two Republicans on Capitol Hill have re-introduced a controversial bill taking a radical approach to the issue of highway funding -- handing responsibility for infrastructure over to the states.

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

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

House Narrowly Passes Spending Bill Keeping Restart Suspension

A major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry, including a continuation of the 34-hour restart suspension, narrowly passed the U.S. House late Tuesday night, but it still has to pass the Senate and faces a possible veto.

Tags: Legislation, Insurance, 34-Hour Restart

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Oklahoma Gov. Signs NGV Conversion Bill

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has approved legislation that will allow interest-free loans to county governments in the state to buy natural gas vehicles or convert fleet vehicles to natural gas.

Tags: Legislation, Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG, LNG

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Nebraska Gov. Signs Alt-Fuel Vehicle Rebate Bill

Nebraska's Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved legislation that will establish a new program offering rebates for alternative-fuel vehicle conversions, according to documents from the state legislature.

Tags: Legislation, Nebraska, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Rebates

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Patch Bill Sent to President Obama

Photo: David Cullen

With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.

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

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

House Dems Push Long-Term Highway Measure

Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Image: Official Portrait

Peter DeFazio and 19 Committee Democrats have introduced the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act as a long-term surface transportation funding measure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Two-Month Highway Patch

Photo: David Cullen

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a temporary extension of the highway bill that will fund transportation projects through July.

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

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

California Ramps Up Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target

California Gov. Jerry Brown has issued an executive order to establish a more aggressive greenhouse gas target for the state of a 40-percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2030.

Tags: Legislation, California, Greenhouse Gas

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Utah Gov. Approves Natural Gas Tax Increase

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Official Photo

Utah's Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed a transportation infrastructure funding bill that includes increases in the state tax on natural gas and hydrogen vehicle fuel.

Tags: Legislation, Fuel Tax, Natural Gas Vehicles, Utah, Hydrogen Fuel



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