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NATSO Board Approves Policy Priorities

February 10, 2017

NATSO Board Approves Policy Priorities

The NATSO Board of Directors approved its Priority Legislative and Regulatory Issues for 2017-2018 at its January Board Meeting held during the NATSO Show 2017. NATSO’s core legislative priorities continue to focus on the industry’s long-standing efforts to oppose commercial rest areas and tolling on existing interstates as well as the need to increase revenues into the Highway Trust Fund to ensure certainty for the nation’s future transportation needs.

NATSO Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in El Paso

February 2, 2017

NATSO Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in El Paso

The NATSO Foundation will join the Texas Attorney General, the Texas Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking Feb. 23 in hosting a coalition meeting in El Paso, Texas, aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

The Willkomm Companies Raise More Than $18,000 for Homeless Shelters

December 20, 2016

The Willkomm Companies Raise More Than $18,000 for Homeless Shelters

Employees and customers at The Willkomm Companies’ five locations have joined together to raise more than $18,000 to support two local homeless shelters—HALO of Racine and Shalom Center of Kenosha. This is the seventh year Willkomm’s employees and customers have raised money to support the charities.

ATA Urges NHTSA to Include Trucking in Autonomous Vehicle Discussions

October 31, 2016

ATA Urges NHTSA to Include Trucking in Autonomous Vehicle Discussions

Chris Spear, the new President of the American Trucking Associations, criticized the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) for excluding the trucking industry as it developed guidance on driverless vehicles.

NATSO Foundation Helps Texas Combat Human Trafficking

September 2, 2016

NATSO Foundation Helps Texas Combat Human Trafficking

The NATSO Foundation participated in a press conference hosted by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Sept. 1 announcing a Texas Coalition meeting aimed at bringing together law enforcement, the trucking industry and other members of the business community to coordinate ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

Transportation Leaders Announce Highway Safety Initiative: Park My Truck

May 23, 2016

Transportation Leaders Announce Highway Safety Initiative: Park My Truck

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings joined representatives of the American Trucking Associations and the American Transportation Research Institute and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in urging truck parking providers to participate in a new highway safety initiative aimed at helping commercial truck drivers find available truck parking. Speaking at a press conference held May 18 on Capitol Hill during NATSO’s annual call on Washington, Mullings announced that beginning in late summer, truck drivers who need to stop and rest will be able to use a new, free mobile phone app called Park My Truck to locate available truck parking.

May 13, 2016

NATSO Kicks Off Annual Day on the Hill

The truckstop and travel plaza industry will storm Capitol Hill May 18 to push for sustainable highway funding as well as to voice concerns with several labor initiatives being pushed by the Obama Administration as part of its annual Day on Capitol Hill. The industry also will tackle payments security amid the switch to EMV technology for Chip cards and its resulting shift in liability fraud onto retailers.

Political Powerhouses Team Up to Kick Off NATSO Day on the Hill 2016

April 22, 2016

Political Powerhouses Team Up to Kick Off NATSO Day on the Hill 2016

NATSO members are encouraged to join us for the annual NATSO Day on the Hill kickoff luncheon May 17 when esteemed political consultants Brad Todd and J.B. Poersch will team up to discuss the Presidential election, its potential impact on the ballot races as well as to explain the arcane rules of the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions.

NATSO Foundation Board Member Mike Filiatreau Joins Lynco Products

March 29, 2016

NATSO Foundation Board Member Mike Filiatreau Joins Lynco Products

NATSO Foundation Board Member Mike Filiatreau was recently appointed as Vice President of Sales Northeast Region Lynco Products.

Top Economists Share Their Outlook for the Years Ahead

February 23, 2016

Top Economists Share Their Outlook for the Years Ahead

The worsening driver shortage, an increasing supply of oil and fluctuating manufacturing levels will continue to heavily influence motor carrier costs, two leading economists told attendees of The NATSO Show 2016 Feb. 23 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

NATSO Chairman Urges Members to Focus on Service, Embrace Change

February 22, 2016

NATSO Chairman Urges Members to Focus on Service, Embrace Change

Don Quinn, president of Sapp Bros. and NATSO’s 2016 chairman called on NATSO members to differentiate themselves through their service and embrace change, which is a necessary part of doing business. Quinn made his remarks during The NATSO Show 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

NATSO Foundation Kicks Off “How Truckstops Help People” Pledge Drive

February 22, 2016

NATSO Foundation Kicks Off “How Truckstops Help People” Pledge Drive

The NATSO Foundation Feb. 22 kicked-off an industrywide pledge campaign aimed at solidifying the truckstop and travel plaza community’s response to requests for help from people in various life-threatening scenarios. The campaign urges truckstops and travel plazas to commit to training their employees using the NATSO Foundation’s new online training courses in the “How Truckstops Help People” series. The “How Truckstops

Looking Ahead to 2016

December 18, 2015

Looking Ahead to 2016

NATSO anticipates monitoring and advocating on more than a dozen public policy topics in 2016. Here’s a glimpse of some of the biggest issues facing NATSO members and what truckstop and travel plaza owners should prepare for as the 2016 Presidential race continues to heat up.

Congress Considers Major Spending Bill

December 7, 2015

Congress Considers Major Spending Bill

Congress has until Dec. 11 to pass an omnibus spending bill to keep the government running. Congressional Republican and Democratic negotiators remain in private negotiations in an effort to reach an agreement on the omnibus bill and avert a government shutdown, but time is running short. Because the omnibus is a "must-pass" piece of legislation, policymakers are actively trying to insert unrelated policy riders into the package. This includes language pushing back against Obama Administration priorities that will adversely affect NATSO members.

NATSO Promotes David Fialkov to Vice President, Government Relations

October 5, 2015

NATSO Promotes David Fialkov to Vice President, Government Relations

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings announced that David Fialkov has been promoted to Vice President, Government Relations. In this role, Fialkov will continue his role as NATSO's Legislative and Regulatory Counsel and also will lead the association’s legislative policy and lobbying efforts on behalf of the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

Industry Warns Stricter Ozone Standard Will Hurt Economy

March 20, 2015

Industry Warns Stricter Ozone Standard Will Hurt Economy

As the comment period closed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed stricter ozone standard, industry groups warned that more rigid standards would hurt the U.S. economy and middle income families.

NATSO Announces Departure of Holly Alfano, Vice President, Government Affairs

February 27, 2015

NATSO Announces Departure of Holly Alfano, Vice President, Government Affairs

After eight years leading NATSO’s advocacy efforts, Holly Alfano announced that she will step down as NATSO’s Vice President of Government Affairs on March 13.

Coalition Urges Senate to Approve Resolution Nullifying Ambush Election Rule

February 27, 2015

Coalition Urges Senate to Approve Resolution Nullifying Ambush Election Rule

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), of which NATSO is a member, urged the Senate to immediately approve S.J. Res. 8, which would overturn the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule.

AmEx Loses Anti-Trust Lawsuit

February 23, 2015

AmEx Loses Anti-Trust Lawsuit

Marking a major victory for retailers, a federal court ruled Fed. 19 that American Express’ merchant agreements violate anti-trust laws, resulting in higher costs for consumers.

Freight Volumes, Driver Pay on the Rise

February 18, 2015

Freight Volumes, Driver Pay on the Rise

Freight volumes and driver pay will continue on an upward swing as the economy grows, Bob Costello, vice president and chief economist at the American Trucking Associations told NATSO Show attendees Feb. 18.

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