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April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Stalled in Senate

 U.S. Capitol. Photo courtesy of Photo YourSpace/Flickr

The AV START Act, which would allow automakers to sell more than 80,000 autonomous cars each per year, is facing an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, as at least five senators have expressed serious concerns about it, reports the Detroit News.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Legislation

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spending Bill Stretches ELD Exemption for Livestock Haulers

Updated: Livestock haulers will get a respite from complying with the electronic logging device rule thanks to the omnibus funding measure passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 23.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, U.S. Congress, ELD Mandate

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Urges Action from Congress on Infrastructure Plan

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear spoke before Congress about the importance of a strong plan for infrastructure funding. Photo: U.S. DOT

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear appeared before Congress, urging the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to act quickly and intelligently on the infrastructure funding plan.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Infrastructure Funding Plan Faces Uphill Climb

Trump plan still sees limited role for federal spending to fix infrastructure. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Getting President Trump’s infrastructure plan through Congress may make the actual fixing of America’s crumbling highways (and the rest of its subpar infrastructure) a mere walk in the park, says HDT Executive Editor David Cullen in this news analysis.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Trump on Infrastructure Draws More Trucking Questions than Applause

Heavy truck traffic on a California highway. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

Reaction by highway stakeholder groups to President Trump’s State of the Union remarks on investing in infrastructure seem to be informed as much by earlier information on his spending proposal as by anything he said in his Jan. 30 address to Congress.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Trump's Call for More Infrastructure Spending Scant on Funding Details

In his first State of the Union address, Presdient Trump said nothing about how to pay for his now $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. Photo: TV screenshot

President Trump has upped the ante by requesting Congress to craft a bipartisan bill that “generates” at least $1.5 trillion to invest in infrastructure.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump, Elected Leaders

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Proposed Bill Would Require Front and Side Impact Guards

Photo: IIHS

A have proposed a bill to require impact guards on the sides and front of a truck in order to product passenger vehicles from being crushed underneath a vehicle in a collision.

Tags: Legislation, Underride Guard, Underride, U.S. Congress, Side Guards

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Sanders Wants Crackdown on Companies That Don't Pay Drivers Living Wage

Photo: Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants the U.S. government to only provide federal contracts to trucking companies that pay workers a living wage and benefits, he stated in a letter to President Trump last week.

Tags: Department of Labor, Ports, Driver Pay, U.S. Congress, Independent Contractors, Drivers, Donald Trump

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Committee Advances Self-Driving Bill

Photo of self-driving car courtesy of SmartUSA/Mercedes-Benz.

The legislation, intended to eliminate barriers to the safe testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, still faces a vote by the full Senate.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Photo: J.J. Keller

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, OOIDA, U.S. Congress, Proposed Legislation

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Transportation Group Opposes De-Funding Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) has introduced an amendment that would defund the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Photo: Office of Rep. Gary Palmer

A large group representing manufacturers, transportation associations, and clean air and health advocates sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing a proposed amendment to the House Interior-EPA appropriations bill that would remove all funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, DERA, U.S. Congress, Federal Grants, Funding, Diesel Emissions, Alternative Fuels

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

'LEAD ATA' Class Attending Key Congressional Meetings

The American Trucking Associations welcomed the 2016-17 class of LEAD ATA to the nation’s capital for a round of key congressional meetings.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, U.S. Congress

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

Report Recommends Improvements to CSA Scoring System

CSA scores would be set using an approach that pulls in a wider stream of data such as driver compensation, vehicle miles traveled by state, and other factors under improvements recommended by a congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the system.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, U.S. Congress, Regulations

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Aims to Fund Projects Through Loans

Logo via BRIDGE Act Summary

While details on President Trump’s $1 trillion Infrastructure plan may still be weeks away, two senators, Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), have introduced a bipartisan infrastructure funding plan.

Tags: Legislation, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

May 9, 2017 - Industry News

Truckstop Group Urges Congress to Extend Biodiesel Tax Credit

NATSO, a national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, joined a coalition of trade associations representing the biodiesel supply chain to urge Congress to extend the biodiesel blenders' tax credit, saying it is crucial to the competitiveness of the alternative fuel.

Tags: Biodiesel, NATSO, Tax Credits, U.S. Congress

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump: Infrastructure Plan Will Ride on Public Funds, Too

President Trump addressing Congress on Feb. 28. Image via WhiteHouse.gov

In his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump called for a $1-trillion infusion of public and private investment to repair and expand the nation’s infrastructure. It was the first time the president indicated that public— not just private— financing would be needed to fund his infrastructure proposal.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Shuster Returning as House Transportation Chairman

Rep. Bill Shuster Photo: Evan Lockridge

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been selected by the House Republican Conference to again serve as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Tags: Bill Shuster, Elected Leaders, U.S. Congress, U.S. DOT

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Can Play a Big Role in Energy Security

Image via SAFE

The non-profit, nonpartisan group Securing America’s Future Energy has released a report on how the U.S. can remain on the path to greater energy security that includes recommendations for the trucking industry.

Tags: Oil, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Congress, Truck Platooning

February 22, 2016 - Industry News

CBO Marks 3 Paths to Smarter Highway Funding

Image: Congressional Budget Office

Contending that “spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued,” the Congressional Budget Office has issued a new report that looks at three ways lawmakers could “make highway spending more productive."

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

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Spending Bill Includes Increase to Idaho Truck Weight Limit

Idaho will be allowed to increase its truck weight limit on interstate highways as a result of a provision attached to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed

Tags: Idaho, U.S. Congress, Agricultural Fleets, Truck Size/Weight

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

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Congress Forges 5-Year Highway Bill Compromise

Photo: David Cullen

The House-Senate conference committee charged with writing a compromise highway bill announced completion today of the FAST Act, a "fully funded five-year plan for surface transportation reauthorization.”

Tags: Highway Bill, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders

November 20, 2015 - Industry News

Two More Weeks for Congress to Work on Highway Bill

HDT file photo

Congress has another two weeks to work on finishing up a highway bill, as President Obama Friday signed a bill extending federal transportation funding through Dec. 4. It was due to expire Friday night.

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

November 16, 2015 - Industry News

House Floating Another Highway Patch

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 was introduced in the House Nov. 16.

Tags: Highway Bill, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders

November 6, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill in Home Stretch

Image: Penske

The highway bill passed by the House on Nov. 5 and the highway bill passed by the Senate in July are headed to a conference committee charged with working out any differences between the two measures.

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

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