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September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Transport Interests Attack Conservatives’ Highway Bill

A bid by conservatives in the House and Senate to effectively eliminate the federal highway program is drawing fire from American Trucking Associations and other transportation interests.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Gasoline Tax, American Trucking Associations, ATA

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

House Prepares Short-Term Appropriations Bill Without 34-Hour Restart Provision

The House is working on a temporary appropriations measure that does not include a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

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

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Highways, Freight, Legislation, Highway Funding, ATA, IANA, NITL

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bills Would Adjust Truck Weight Limit for Natural Gas

Increased weight is a disincentive for many fleets to buy natural gas powered trucks. Photo courtesy Central Freight Lines.

The House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits to accommodate the heavier fuel systems of natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Weights, Legislation

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Passes 10-Month Highway Bill

The Senate Thursday night approved a $10.8 billion House bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. This ensures that highway funding will continue for the next 10 months.

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

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

House Rejects Senate Highway Trust Fund Patch as Deadline Looms

Congress is inching ever closer to the edge of insolvency for the Highway Trust Fund. On Thursday afternoon the House rejected the Senate’s bill to patch the Fund into December and sent its original bill back to the upper chamber.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Debate Pending in Senate

The Senate is poised to debate and vote on a patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent until a long-term program can be funded. The question for debate is, how long will the patch last?

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Foxx Urges Congress to Act on Highway Funding

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks to an audience in Birmingham, Ala. about the Highway Trust Fund in April. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Congressional passage of a short-term patch for the Highway Trust Fund will avert the immediate crisis but not be cause for celebration, said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Foxx and other transportation leaders are calling on Congress to preserve long-term funding for surface infrastructure.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Edges Toward Highway Funding Stopgap

Congress is inching closer to passage of a stopgap measure to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from drying up this summer. The House this week passed a $10.6 billion bill and the Senate is going to choose between a similar measure or a long-term bill.

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

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

House Passes Highway Trust Fund Patch, Bill Heads to Senate

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation on Tuesday afternoon providing enough money for the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. House

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

House, Senate Committees Pass Highway Trust Fund Patch

UPDATED---Congress appears to be coming together to pass a plan to rescue the Highway Trust Fund, used to pay for federal road and bridge projects, before it runs out of money in August, putting hundreds of road construction jobs at risk and shuttering thousands of highway projects.

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

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawmakers Slowly Moving to Prop Up Highway Trust Fund

The U.S. House could vote as soon as early next week on legislation to prop up the Highway Trust Fund, before it runs out of money.

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

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Revised Trust Fund Proposal Drops Truck Tax Hike

Photo: Evan Lockridge

In an effort to prevent a shutdown of the federal transportation program, the Senate Finance Committee has drafted a proposal to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the end of the year. The original version of the proposal included an increase in the heavy vehicle use tax, but that provision was dropped in deference to Republican concern about the proportion of revenue raisers to spending cuts in the proposal.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Wyden Offers Highway Trust Fund Patch

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is proposing a three-month patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the end of the year. The patch would be paid for with general funds, balanced by adjustments including raising the heavy vehicle use tax.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation, Congress

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Halts Debate on HOS Restart Provision

Partisan differences halted Senate debate on an appropriations bill that includes a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. As the debate began, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced an amendment that would change Sen. Susan Collins’s provision calling for suspension of the restart and a study of its impact.

Tags: Legislation, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34 Hour Restart, Regulations, FMCSA, Congress, Safety & Compliance

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Another Call for Raising Fuel Taxes

Amid warnings about a looming cutoff in highway funding, two Senators are proposing an old-fashioned fix: raise the federal fuel tax. Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., proposed raising gasoline and diesel taxes six cents a year for two years, then indexing them to the Consumer Price Index.

Tags: Legislation, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate, Congress

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Restart Fight Pending in Senate

The effort to suspend the hours of service restart provision will come to a head on the Senate floor this week, possibly this afternoon.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, CVSA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34 Hour Restart, Legislation, Hours of Service

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

DeFazio Introduces Bill Reforming Road Funding

HR 4848, “The Repeal and Rebuild Act,” is a long-term solution that would create American jobs, fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and finally break the transportation funding impasse that has plagued Congress for years, according to the senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

TRALA Reports Progress on D.C. Diesel Ban

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association reports progress on an industry effort to fix the District of Columbia’s move to ban certain diesel engines. TRALA, speaking for a coalition that includes American Trucking Associations as well as local trucking interests, said the D.C. government is willing to rewrite a budget bill that would in effect ban the engines.

Tags: TRALA, Diesel Engines, District of Columbia, Legislation

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

No Restart Suspension in House Appropriations Bill

The trucking industry effort to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule missed a gear Tuesday when the House passed an appropriations bill that does not contain such a provision.

Tags: HOS, U.S. Congress, U.S. House, 34 Hour Restart, FMCSA, Legislation, Hours of Service

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Push Back Against 34-Hour Restart Change Following Morgan Crash

In a letter to U.S. House of Representatives members sent this week, Teamsters Union President James Hoffa denounced two potential amendments to legislation saying they will weaken highway safety standards by putting fatigued drivers on the road in bigger, heavier trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Teamsters, 34 Hour Restart

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

House Amendment Would Stop FMCSA Insurance Rulemaking

UPDATED -- The U.S. House approved an amendment that would stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from changing insurance minimums. The amendment is a long way from becoming law but it highlights opposition to the agency even considering a change in the minimums.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, Legislation, Regulations

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Ignore Rumors of 34-Hour Restart Suspension

Photo: Jim Park

The driver rumor mill and some social media sites are telling drivers that the 34-hour restart has been suspended for one year. This is not the case.

Tags: Legislation, Hours of Service, HNI

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Would Set National Liability Standard for Shippers, Brokers

Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.

Tags: FMCSA, Liability, TIA, Highway Bill, Safety, Congress, Legislation, Shippers, Brokers

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Commerce Schedules Highway Hearing

Work on the highway bill continues next week with a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on safety policy. The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will convene Tuesday, June 3 to take testimony on “The Safety and Effectiveness of our Transportation Systems.” Witnesses have not yet been named.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Senate, Highway Bill, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation

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