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ATA Safety Agenda Aired at Senate Hearing

ATA Safety Agenda Aired at Senate Hearing

Next steps for truck safety should be completion of the speed limiter mandate, more focus on traffic enforcement and improvements in the CSA safety enforcement system, a top Werner Enterprises official told a transportation panel of the Senate Commerce Committee.

January 29, 2015

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

January 28, 2015

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill
Restart Change Now in Effect

Restart Change Now in Effect

The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.

December 17, 2014

Petri Cleared in Ethics Review

Petri Cleared in Ethics Review

Rep. Tom Petri did not violate House rules and the review of his conduct will be dropped, the House Ethics Committee said in a decision that comes just as Petri ends his 35-year career in Congress.

December 16, 2014

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

American Trucking Associations won its fight against the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. On Saturday night the Senate passed and sent to President Obama a bill that replaces the controversial restart with an earlier, less restrictive, version while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does more research on the issue.

December 14, 2014

Reaction to Restart Suspension Includes Enforcement Concerns
34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

December 10, 2014

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

With Congress up against a December 11 deadline to pass an appropriations bill, trucking interests and safety groups are battling over an amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

December 8, 2014

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.

December 3, 2014

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.

November 25, 2014

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees
Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

October 17, 2014

Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., continues to press for action on a highway bill this year, writing a letter last week to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

October 14, 2014

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

October 13, 2014