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Senate Bill Would Reform ELD and HOS Rules for Livestock Truckers

There's yet another in this spring’s bumper crop of bills proposed on Capitol Hill to benefit livestock (and insect) haulers by relaxing the electronic logging device rule and also, in some cases, easing the hours of service rules specifically for this class of truckers.

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Senate Bill Aims to Repeal Federal Excise Tax on Heavy-Duty Trucks and Trailers

A bill introduced in the Senate on June 12 is the latest attempt to repeal the 12% federal excise tax (FET) on the sale of heavy-duty trucks and trailers.

Senate Advances DOT Funding Bill with No Trucking Riders

The Senate version of the THUD bill does not contain any of the riders that trucking interests have been flogging on Capitol Hill, such as provisions for waivers of the electronic logging device rule or to prevent states from pre-empting federal law on meal and rest breaks for truckers

Senators Push FMCSA Chief to Reform Trucker Hours of Service Rule

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators are nudging Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez to act swiftly to reform the hours-of-service rule to “provide needed flexibility for [truck] drivers.”

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Stalled in Senate

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.

Interim NHTSA Chief Nominated to Lead Agency

President Donald Trump has nominated Heidi King to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more than a year after taking office. King has been serving as the interim head of the nation's top road safety agency.

Senate Confirms Martinez as FMCSA Administrator

Raymond Martinez’s appointment as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was confirmed by a Senate voice vote late on Feb. 13.

2018: Year of the Roads?

If 2017 was for trucking the year of the fearsome electronic log rule, then 2018 may well end up being the year of the awesome infrastructure bill...

The Not-So-New Capitol Hill Players…

How the Trump Presidency ultimately pans out, of course, remains to be seen. But a key influence on how well the 45th President might succeed as an agent of change is as clear as the electoral-college vote— the GOP establishment still holds sway on Capitol Hill.

Hope for Highways Inside the Beltway

Executive Editor David Cullen shares his thoughts on a new survey on what issues are most likely to make it through Congress next year, no matter who wins the White House, in his Passing Zone blog.