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May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Senators Ask GAO to Examine Impact of Autonomous Technology on Trucking

Two U.S. Senators  asked the General Accounting Office to look at the impact autonomous vehicle technology will have on more than 2 million Americans who work in, or support, the trucking industry. Photo: Peterbilt

If you’re concerned about the potential impact autonomous vehicle technology will have on truck drivers in the future, you’re not alone. Two U.S. senators want the Government Accountability Office to look into how it will affect truck drivers and communities.

Tags: Truck Drivers, GAO, U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Chiefs of FedEx Freight, Werner Urge Congress to Up Highway Funding

Congestion on a California freeway. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

FedEx Freight President and CEO Mike Ducker and Werner Enterprises President and CEO Derek Leathers both testified before a Senate panel on April 4 that the U.S. must invest more in highway infrastructure.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Werner Enterprises, U.S. Senate, FedEx

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Applauds Proposed TWIC Driver-Credential Reform Measure

TWIC check at Port of Tacoma. Photo: Port of Tacoma

A bipartisan measure that aims to make the federal Transportation Worker Identification Credential program more effective by ensuring “a risk-based security model for surface transportation facilities” was reintroduced in the Senate on March 30.

Tags: TWIC, U.S. Senate

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Sen. Fischer Floats Quick-Fix Highway Funding Proposal

Sen. Fischer

The first highway bill has emerged in the 115th Congress— a two-pronged measure introduced on Feb. 1 by Nebraska's Sen. Deb Fischer.

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

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Congress Completes Hours-of-Service Fix

Photo: Haldex

Special legislation that contains language to fix the legislative glitch that threatened use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers passed the Senate late Friday night, Dec. 9.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Updated: Fix for Hours-of-Service Glitch in the Works

Image: Haldex

Special legislation, in the form of a Continuing Resolution, introduced in Congress in hopes of averting a year-end government shutdown contains language that would permanently fix the glitch in previous legislation that threatened the use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Trump Impact Minimal in Short Term

President-elect Donald Trump Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Economists with freight transportation forecasting firm FTR are convinced that the election of Donald Trump will not much move any economic needles much for at least six months. Not because the 45th President of the United States won’t accomplish anything right away, but because the wheels of government don’t spin any faster for a new Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, FTR, Donald Trump

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking with Trump: Beware Fog Ahead

President-elect Donald Trump has grand plans for infrastructure, but how will he and Congress fund them? Image via Twiiter @realDonaldTrump

Since President-elect Trump has never been in lockstep with Republican orthodoxy, let alone GOP leadership on Capitol Hill, there’s no way of telling now how their vision of governing jointly will ultimately turn out.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, White House, Donald Trump

June 1, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Action Opposes Federal Excise Tax Increase

Sen. Cory Gardner

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 20, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Keeps Hours-of-Service Fix in Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that includes a fix of earlier legislative language that muddied what might happen to the Hour of Service rule’s restart provisions if a mandated study cannot show that the restart changes benefitted drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

HOS Restart Reform Keeps Cranking on Capitol Hill

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

May 2, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Opposes HOS Fix in Senate Bill

Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

A coalition of major carriers has come out firmly opposed to language put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee to fix earlier legislative wording that muddied the future status of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, The Trucking Alliance

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

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

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Groups Oppose Changing HOS in THUD Bill

A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."

Tags: HOS, U.S. Senate, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Sen. Boxer Opposes Resurrecting Trucker Rest-Break Reform

Sen. Barbara Boxer visiting a bridge project in Los Angeles. Photo: boxer.senate.gov

An effort appears under way to insert a pro-trucking reform twice shot down by this Congress in the Fiscal Year 2017 THUD bill. However, if Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has her way, the proposal will die yet a third death on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Latest Aviation Bill Ditches Pro-Trucking Reform

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The effort to inject a reform proposal widely viewed as favorable to trucking into an aviation bill has crashed and burned. At least for now.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

December 4, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Signed by President Obama

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Ten years in the making, a fully funded highway bill that runs longer than two years has become law.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

Photo: U.S. DOT

Reaction of industry stakeholder groups to the highway bill compromise forged by Congress is mixed, but decidedly more positive than negative.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

November 18, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Again Says Nay to Twin 33s

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The Senate has approved an amendment that strips out a measure included in the Department of Transportation funding bill that would have allowed 33-foot-long double trailers to operate on highways regardless of state laws.

Tags: U.S. Senate, U.S. DOT, Truck Size/Weight

November 11, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Motion Urges No Twin 33s in Highway Bill

Image: U.S. Senate

The Senate has approved a bipartisan motion that instructs Senate conferees to the highway bill to oppose the inclusion of a provision that would allow 33-foot long double trailers to operate on highways regardless of state laws.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Rubber-Stamps Highway Bill Patch

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Just a day before current funding was set to expire, the Senate on Oct. 28 approved by voice vote the short highway-bill extension that had been passed by the House a day earlier.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Bill Promises Trucking Reforms

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

New long-term measure would hide CSA scores, launch an under-21 CDL pilot program and allow hair-testing for drug-testing truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

September 8, 2015 - Industry News

How Long Will Congress Keep Highway Bill on Back Burner?

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The Capitol Hill recess is finally over and trucking can hope that during their weeks away from Capitol Hill, every Member of Congress heard earfuls from constituents about the abysmal condition of roads and bridges in their home states and districts.

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

August 6, 2015 - Industry News

Nadeau Confirmed as FHWA Administrator

Greg Nadeau Photo: FHWA

The Senate unanimously confirmed Greg Nadeau as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration on August 5.

Tags: U.S. Senate, FHWA

August 6, 2015 - Industry News

Senator: Hike Fuel Tax 4 Cents a Year for 4 Years

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) Image: Carper<br />

Sen. Tom Carper contends all that’s needed to restore the Highway Trust Fund is to raise federal fuel taxes by four cents a year for four years and then index the rates to inflation from then on.

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

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