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ATA Bid to Cut Funding for HOS Restart Draws Sharp Reaction

ATA Bid to Cut Funding for HOS Restart Draws Sharp Reaction

The American Trucking Associations is trying to get Congress to cut off funding for the restart provision of the hours of service rule -- a maneuver that has provoked a sharp response from Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and concern among some carriers and the enforcement community.

May 21, 2014

Senate EPW Committee Approves Highway Bill

Senate EPW Committee Approves Highway Bill

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.

May 15, 2014

Carper Sees Hope for Federal Fuel Tax Hike

Carper Sees Hope for Federal Fuel Tax Hike

As Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., sees it, the idea of a fuel tax increase to restore the Highway Trust Fund is not out of the question. Carper’s message to his colleagues in the Senate is to look at a wide range of ideas to save the Fund, but among them consider restoring the purchasing power of the fuel tax.

May 14, 2014

Senate Committee Unveils Six-Year Highway Funding Proposal

Senate Committee Unveils Six-Year Highway Funding Proposal

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s highway bill picks up on the reforms initiated by its predecessor, MAP-21, and proposes modest funding for a six-year program. The committee calls for current funding levels plus inflation, compared to the $302 billion, four-year program proposed by the Obama administration.

May 13, 2014

Carriers Air Concerns about Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse
No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

The to-and-fro over highway funding continued in the Senate Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx politely deflecting Sen. John Thune’s attempt to get the Obama administration to say it would accept a fuel tax increase.

May 7, 2014

Senators Intrigued by Virginia Approach to Highway Funding

Senators Intrigued by Virginia Approach to Highway Funding

Could Congress save the Highway Trust Fund by getting rid of the federal fuel tax? Two members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed strong interest in how Virginia solved its infrastructure funding crisis by replacing its per-gallon tax with a wholesale levy on fuel.

May 6, 2014

Obama Administration Weighs In with Highway Bill

Obama Administration Weighs In with Highway Bill

The Obama administration put down its marker for the next highway program with the GROW America Act, a $302 billion, four-year bill funded by a one-time infusion from a change in the corporate tax code. The House and Senate are working on their versions with no word yet on how they will pay for them, although the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing May 6: New Routes for Funding and Financing Highways and Transit.

April 30, 2014

CSA Update: Crash Accountability Study Is Coming

CSA Update: Crash Accountability Study Is Coming

Some time soon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will go public with its analysis of how to account for fault in the crash data it uses to assess carrier safety performance. Joe DeLorenzo, director of the agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, said the agency is preparing a report to Congress and a Federal Register notice.

April 29, 2014

Carper Will Air Fuel Tax Hike with Senate Colleagues

Carper Will Air Fuel Tax Hike with Senate Colleagues

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., is a longtime supporter of raising federal fuel taxes to pay for highways and will float that idea with his colleagues as they draft the next highway bill. Carper sees a gradual fuel tax increase as a fiscally responsible approach to highway funding but is open to other ideas as well, according to his office.

April 22, 2014

FMCSA Starts New Rule on Insurance Minimums

FMCSA Starts New Rule on Insurance Minimums

The time has come to take a close look at the minimum insurance requirements for trucking, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In a new report to Congress the agency said it is clear that the current minimums need to be reevaluated.

April 21, 2014

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

April 18, 2014

Light Blinking Red for Highway Trust Fund

Light Blinking Red for Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund is likely to run into the red by September, according to the latest update from the Department of Transportation. In its most recent monthly status report, DOT shows the fund’s cash balance dipping below zero in late August or the first week of September.

April 15, 2014

Senators Agree on Highway Bill Principles

Senators Agree on Highway Bill Principles

A bipartisan group of Senators has agreed on the outline of bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The terms of the deal cover policy principles such as a long-term bill and maintaining existing programs but they do not cover the key question of how to pay for the program.

April 11, 2014

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

April 9, 2014