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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

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, President Obama, U.S. Congress

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio Lawmakers Scrap Highway Speed Limit Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Ohio Lawmakers scrapped a proposal to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph that was opposed by the trucking industry, according to a report from Cleveland.com.

Tags: Legislation, Ohio, Speed Limiter, Speed Limits, Highway Safety

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Under Pressure to Change CSA Scoring

The ATA urged the FMCSA to make common sense changes to the CSA scoring following re-introduced legislation from Congress addressing the same issue.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Legislation, ATA, CSA

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. and Canada Agree to Border Pre-Clearance Deal

The Peace Bridge near Buffalo, N.Y. Photo via Wikipedia commons user Óðinn

The U.S. and Canada have agreed to allow trucks going into the U.S. from Canada to clear customs on the Canadian side of the border, according to a report from The Buffalo News.

Tags: Canada, Legislation, Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Opens Nominations for Leadership Program

American Trucking Associations is seeking nominations for the third class of its LEAD ATA leadership development program designed to nurture the next generation of trucking industry leaders.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

CCTA Will Appeal CARB Decision to Supreme Court

Photo: CCTA

The 9th Circuit court ruled against the CCTA case challenging the legality of Truck and Bus regulations implemented by the California Air Resources Board. The CCTA has vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Tags: CARB, Lawsuits, Supreme Court, California Contrstruction Trucking Association, EPA, Green Regulations, Legislation

March 2, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Would Provide Non-CSA Hiring Standard for Carriers

Legislation has been reintroduced in the House by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) that would create a “national hiring standard” for motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, BASIC, CSA, Legislation, TIA, Brokers

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

Photo by Bidgee via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

Tags: Congress, Senate, Highway Funding, Highways, Legislation

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

The Three Big Problems for Business

Geoff Davis

Regulation, litigation and taxation are three big issues faced by business, according to Geoff Davis, former Congressman and founding partner of Republic Consulting, speaking Monday at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

Tags: Legislation, Regulations, Congress, HDAW

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Unlikely, Says Congressman Shuster

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that one of his 2015 priorities will be a highway bill – but he does not expect it to be funded by a fuel tax increase, the AP reported.

Tags: Congress, Taxes, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

The Year's Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year.

Tags: FMCSA, Legislation, ELDs, Highway Bill, 34-Hour Restart, CSA, Fuel Economy Standards

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Groups Decry 'Hidden Gas Tax' in California

The price of a gallon of gasoline in California could potentially increase by as much as 16 to 76 cents per gallon on Jan. 1 under a new state regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Greenhouse Gas, Emissions Reduction, Legislation

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.

President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CAFE Standards, President Obama, Tax Incentives, Bi-Fuel CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Legislation

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, U.S. Congress, EPA, Legislation, Federal Grants

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Suspension Waiting for Senate Action

File photo.

Thursday night's approval of an omnibus spending bill by the House of Representatives brought a suspension of the controversial 34-hour restart provision of truck driver hours-of-service regulations one step closer to reality.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

Tags: Tax Incentive, U.S. Congress, Alternative Fuels, Legislation

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., (right) and Tom Petri, R-Wis., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s call to do the same.

A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Truck/Car Speed Limit Differential to Drop in Some Parts of Illinois

The Illinois Trucking Association has been successful in getting the speed limit differential between cars and trucks reduced in some rural areas near Chicago, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Tags: Legislation, Illinois, Speed Limits, Illinois Trucking Assocation

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Michigan Senate Votes Down Plan to Cut State Truck Weight Limit

A plan in Michigan’s Senate to greatly reduce the maximum truck weight along state roadways was defeated Tuesday in a 22-15 vote.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Truck Weights

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