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Sec. Foxx Declines to Set HOS Field Study Timeframe

September 30, 2013

Sec. Foxx Declines to Set HOS Field Study Timeframe

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he would not set a firm date for finishing a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision in the hours-of-service rule.

Lawmakers Reiterate Concerns About HOS Field Study

September 5, 2013

Lawmakers Reiterate Concerns About HOS Field Study

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna (R.-N.Y.) and 51 Members of Congress have sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx reiterating concerns about the Hours-of-Service (HOS) final rule, which went into effect on July 1, 2013.

Lawmakers Press FMCSA to Finish HOS Field Study

August 26, 2013

Lawmakers Press FMCSA to Finish HOS Field Study

A group of four Republicans is urging Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to set a firm date for finishing a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision in the hours-of-service rule.

FMCSA Proposes to Eliminate Daily Paperwork Burden for Commercial Drivers

August 19, 2013

FMCSA Proposes to Eliminate Daily Paperwork Burden for Commercial Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to eliminate a burdeonsome daily paperwork requirement associated with filing Driver Vehicle Inspection reports (DVIRs).

Court Upholds Hours-of-Service Rule

August 2, 2013

Court Upholds Hours-of-Service Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today upheld all but one provision of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) truck driver hours-of-service rule (HOS), denying the petitions of both the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and several safety groups, which sought to block its implementation.

Congress Likely to Debate Truck Weight

July 24, 2013

Congress Likely to Debate Truck Weight

Truck size and weight legislation passed this week in the House continues to shine a spotlight on the issue and further strengthens the probability that size and weight will be a hotly debated issue when Congress begins working to reauthorize surface transportation programs next year.

PHMSA Seeks Hazardous Materials Carriers for Pilot Program

July 22, 2013

PHMSA Seeks Hazardous Materials Carriers for Pilot Program

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is seeking hazardous material carriers and shippers willing to participate in a paperless hazard communication system pilot program.

Reminder: New HOS Rule Effective July 1

July 1, 2013

Reminder: New HOS Rule Effective July 1

Despite pending litigation, the Federal Motor Carrier Association's revised Hours of Service (HOS) rule went into effect July 1.

FMCSA to Clarify CSA Scores

June 24, 2013

FMCSA to Clarify CSA Scores

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it will propose changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program later this year in an attempt to make clearer that the rankings are not necessarily safety scores.

House HOS Hearing Contentious

June 24, 2013

House HOS Hearing Contentious

With new truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rules scheduled to take effect July 1, the House Highways Subcommittee last week held a contentious hearing on the topic. Several members of Congress took Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro to task for putting the rule into effect when the court is expected to rule any day on a pending legal challenge.

OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Mexican Pilot Program

June 17, 2013

OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Mexican Pilot Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed an appeal in its lawsuit against the Department of Transportation (DOT) and its cross-border trucking program with Mexico.

States Consider Charging Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

June 17, 2013

States Consider Charging Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Lawmakers tasked with finding new revenue streams to fund infrastructure projects increasingly are asking drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles to pay their fair share of infrastructure fees.

VDOT To Launch Truck Parking Pilot Program

June 17, 2013

VDOT To Launch Truck Parking Pilot Program

VDOT plans to conduct a truck parking pilot project designed to direct truck drivers to open parking spaces in real-time via message signs.

Reminder: New Hours of Service Rule Effective July 1

June 10, 2013

Reminder: New Hours of Service Rule Effective July 1

Despite pending litigation, commercial truck drivers and companies must comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Association's revised Hours of Service (HOS) rule on July 1.

FHWA Kicks Off Truck Size and Weight Study with Public Listening Session

June 3, 2013

FHWA Kicks Off Truck Size and Weight Study with Public Listening Session

NATSO representatives attended the Federal Highway Administration's first public session of its truck size and weight study, ordered by Congress in the transportation reauthorization bill enacted last year.

Sen. Lautenberg Legislation Would Extend Truck Size and Weight Restrictions

May 13, 2013

Sen. Lautenberg Legislation Would Extend Truck Size and Weight Restrictions

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has re-introduced legislation aimed at keeping larger and heavier commercial trucks off the road by extending the federal size and weight restrictions on commercial trucks to include the entire National Highway System (NHS). This marks the second piece of legislation in recent months to address the issue of larger commercial vehicles, making it increasingly likely that truck size and weight will be debated when Congress begins working to reauthorize surface transportation programs next year.

PHMSA Reduces HAZMAT Fees; Increases Fines

April 29, 2013

PHMSA Reduces HAZMAT Fees; Increases Fines

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued two rulemakings last week of importance to fuel haulers.

House Bill Would Give States Option to Increase Truck Weight Limits

April 29, 2013

House Bill Would Give States Option to Increase Truck Weight Limits

Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine) introduced the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, which would give states the option of increasing the maximum interstate truck weight from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds on a sixth axle.

National Truck Parking Information System Under Development

April 29, 2013

National Truck Parking Information System Under Development

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the research arm of the American Trucking Associations, recently announced that it is working with several groups to develop a national truck parking reservation system that allows drivers and fleets to check on parking availability along an interstate corridor in real time using wireless devices.

National Freight Plan To Be Cornerstone of Highway Reauthorization

April 22, 2013

National Freight Plan To Be Cornerstone of Highway Reauthorization

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has tapped six committee members to help formulate a national intermodal freight plan that will tie together road, rail, air cargo, ports and inland waterways infrastructure planning and policy.

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