December 6, 2016 - Industry News
Trucking Moves America Forward, a trucking education and image campaign, discussed the successes it had in 2016, including an expanded member base, engagement with the public, and influence on legislation.
Tags: Legislation, Community Outreach, Trucking Moves America Forward, Public Relations
June 1, 2016 - Industry News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 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'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
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
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
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 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
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