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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

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Water Resources Bill Passes, Ports Getting Financial Boost

The Port of Baltimore.

Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, providing support for port maintenance and other maritime improvements.

Tags: Congress, Ports, Port Trucking, Legislation, President Obama, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Intermodal

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Senate EPW Committee Approves Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved its bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The bill proposes a 6-year program that builds on reforms already in place and calls for continuation of current funding levels plus an adjustment for inflation.

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

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Legislative Inaction Hurting Biodiesel Industry Say Producers

Biodiesel producers say policy setbacks in Washington are taking a major toll on their business and they point to a new survey released Wednesday as proof.

Tags: Biodiesel, Legislation, Congress, National Biodiesel Board, Alternative Fuels

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, FET, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Highways, Congress, Legislation

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Budget, Highway Funding, Legislation, ATA, Infrastructure, Highways

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Difficult but Not Impossible

It won’t be easy, but there’s at least a glimmer of a way for Congress to come up with money to fund a longer-term highway bill. The Highway Trust Fund is going to run out of money possibly as soon as August, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Increase U.S. Port Activity

Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, H.R. 4105. The legislation would replace the current Harbor Maintenance Tax, designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.

Tags: Legislation, U.S. House of Representatives, Freight, Ports, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Port Trucking

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Congressional Bill Extends HOS Exemptions for Propane Haulers

U.S. Representatives Tom Petri, R-Wis., Chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and Bill Shuster, R-Penn., Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced legislation on Tuesday to help expedite propane deliveries during the cold weather season.

Tags: Drivers, Legislation, Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, Propane Transport

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Legislation Restoring Federal Biodiesel Incentives Introduced

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. to reinstate a tax incentive that expired at the end of 2013 when it comes to the production of domestic biodiesel fuel.

Tags: Diesel, Biodiesel, Legislation, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Senate

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Independent Contractor Bill Signed into Law in New York

Credit: NY Governor's office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, drastically changing how the state classifies independent contractors

Tags: New York, Legislation, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.

Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, fuel tax, HOS, Highway Funding

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 1

As we look back at 2013, here's our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Sleep Apnea, Legislation, Regulations, Insurance

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Ayotte Introduces Bill to Suspend 34-Hour Restart

Sen. Kelley Ayotte, R-N.H., has introduced companion legislation to the House bill aimed at suspending the 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.

Tags: Legislation, HOS

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Congressional Budget Doesn’t Cut Highway Funding

Less than a week after the U.S. House passed the budget deal agreed upon by both chambers, the Senate on Wednesday passed the bill that outlines spending levels for two years by a vote of 64-36.

Tags: Legislation, Oil Prices, Congress, Budget, Highway Funding

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