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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: DOT, U.S. Senate, 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

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

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

July 26, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Highway Bill Dodges Potholes

Long weekend leads into a long week for highway bill on Capitol Hill Photo: David Cullen

As of late Sunday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had managed to steer the multi-year highway bill introduced last week beyond some legislative potholes that had threatened to slow the process of getting the measure to the House for consideration.

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

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

Sen. McConnell contends that if the Senate can pass its highway bill quickly, the House may be persuaded to agree to a multi-year package. Photo: mcconnell.senate.gov

The Senate voted on Wednesday to move forward a bipartisan highway bill that had been blocked by a procedural vote just a day before.

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

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Senators’ Highway Deal: 6-Year Bill Funded for 3

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Two top Senators reached agreement today to put forward a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill that would fund projects for the next three years — leaving it to the next Congress to determine how to fund its final three years.

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

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Calls for Hourly Pay for Truck Drivers

Among other things, the bill calls for a look at the safety effect of long commutes before a driver even starts his day.

A new Senate bill calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would increase minimum insurance levels, mandate collision avoidance systems and speed limiters, and study the effects on safety of truck drivers having to drive hours just to get to the start of their workday.

Tags: Legislation, Insurance, Collision Avoidance Technology, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Could Be First Step to Younger Truck Drivers

Bill would let states jointly study lowering the CDL age requirement for interstate truckers. Photo: Haldex

A Senate bill would instruct FMCSA to conduct a pilot study of lowering the age at which Class A CDL holders can drive trucks across state lines.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Shortage, U.S. Senate

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Advances Pro-Trucking Measures

Image via: www.feinstein.senate.gov

Before heading out the door on June 26 for an 11-day Congressional recess, the Republican majority in the Senate flexed its political muscle to move forward an array of legislative efforts widely favored if not outright lobbied for by trucking stakeholders.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Truck Size/Weight, Highway Funding, ELD, Speed Limiter, 34-Hour Restart, CSA, FMCSA

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

Bipartisan Senate Duo Lobbies Against Twin 33 Trailers

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan pair of Senators— Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)-- are lending their voices to the chorus opposing the nationwide legalization of twin 33-foot truck trailers via a rider to the T-HUD funding bill now under consideration by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Size and Weight, Double Trailers

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