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Wall Street Journal Publishes Anti-Tolling Coalition Letter

April 18, 2019

Wall Street Journal Publishes Anti-Tolling Coalition Letter

Tolling existing interstates represents a veiled supply-chain tax that makes businesses less competitive and drives up the cost of living wherever they are located, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) said in a recent letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal.

ATA Appeals Dismissal of Challenge to Unconstitutional Truck Toll Program

March 29, 2019

ATA Appeals Dismissal of Challenge to Unconstitutional Truck Toll Program

The American Trucking Associations along with three motor carriers representing the industry on March 28 appealed the recent decision by the federal district court in Rhode Island to dismiss their challenge to Rhode Island’s RhodeWorks truck-only toll scheme, on procedural grounds.

Nicole Nason Confirmed as FHWA Administrator

March 28, 2019

Nicole Nason Confirmed as FHWA Administrator

The Senate on March 28 voted 95-1 to confirm Nicole Nason as the next Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a position that has sat vacant since January 2017.

NATSO CEO Discusses Truck Parking With Land Line Now Radio

March 25, 2019

NATSO CEO Discusses Truck Parking With Land Line Now Radio

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings discussed the issue of truck parking with Land Line Now radio on Sirius XM Channel 146. Mullings appeared on the radio program after LandLine, an online publication for truck drivers published by OOIDA, attacked comments made by Mullings during a NATSO Connect panel discussion with fleet representatives.

Supreme Court Rules Tribal Co. Doesn't Owe Wash. State Fuel Tax

March 19, 2019

Supreme Court Rules Tribal Co. Doesn't Owe Wash. State Fuel Tax

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 19 upheld a Washington state court ruling that a Yakama Nation company does not have to pay a state fuel tax, saying the tribe's right to travel on public highways under its treaty makes the company exempt from the tax, Law360 reported.

NATSO, Allies Urge Senate to Maintain Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

March 15, 2019

NATSO, Allies Urge Senate to Maintain Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

NATSO led a group of 15 trade associations representing off-highway communities, businesses, alternative fuel advocates and the National Federation of the Blind in urging Members of the Senate to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as the consider infrastructure legislation this year.

House Subcommittee Holds First Hearing on Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization

March 14, 2019

House Subcommittee Holds First Hearing on Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on March 13 held its first hearing focused on reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund. The FAST Act, which provided $281 billion for federal surface transportation programs, expires on September 30, 2020.

Congress Holds Multiple Infrastructure Hearings

March 11, 2019

Congress Holds Multiple Infrastructure Hearings

Congress held multiple infrastructure hearings in recent days during which lawmakers and witnesses reiterated long-standing calls to fix the nation’s infrastructure funding gaps and began laying the groundwork for House Leadership to bring an infrastructure bill to the floor by spring.

NATSO Supports DRIVE-Safe ACT

March 7, 2019

NATSO Supports DRIVE-Safe ACT

Following the introduction of companion, bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House and Senate designed to alleviate a nationwide shortage of truck drivers, NATSO joined nearly 70 organizations in supporting the DRIVE-Safe Act, which would allow commercial drivers aged between 18 and 21 to engage in interstate trucking.

House Leaders Reserve Floor Time for Infrastructure

March 5, 2019

House Leaders Reserve Floor Time for Infrastructure

As the House Ways and Means Committee prepares to hold its March 6 hearing examining the nation’s infrastructure, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said that House leadership has reserved floor time for an infrastructure bill with a target of late spring.

Contours of Infrastructure Debate Take Shape

February 28, 2019

Contours of Infrastructure Debate Take Shape

Despite more headline-grabbing news regarding President Trump's personal attorney and U.S. relations with North Korea, there has been subtle yet steady progress surrounding infrastructure legislation in recent days.

NATSO President and CEO Discusses Truck Parking

February 28, 2019

NATSO President and CEO Discusses Truck Parking

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings yesterday sent an email to NATSO members regarding several blog and other online publications that reported on brief comments she made about truck parking during a panel discussion at NATSO Connect.

House Transportation Committee Considers Climate Policy

February 27, 2019

House Transportation Committee Considers Climate Policy

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on February 26 examining how federal infrastructure policy can help mitigate and adapt to climate change. The hearing was another of several hearings the Committee has held in the opening weeks of 2019, all designed to lay the foundation for a comprehensive infrastructure bill that House Democrats hope to pass by the end of May.

First House Transportation Hearing Addresses Infrastructure Funding Issues

February 8, 2019

First House Transportation Hearing Addresses Infrastructure Funding Issues

In the first of a series of Congressional hearings that will lay the groundwork for Congress to draft infrastructure legislation, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Feb. 7 heard from elected officials as well as members of the private sector. Among those who testified were Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and UPS Freight President Rich McArdle, who testified on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Witnesses were pressed to address their positions on various funding options, including whether increasing the motor fuels taxes, tolling or public private partnerships were viable methods for funding the nation’s long-term infrastructure needs.

NATSO, Allies Urge Congress to Support Off-Highway Businesses by Maintaining the Ban on Commercial Activities at Rest Areas

February 7, 2019

NATSO, Allies Urge Congress to Support Off-Highway Businesses by Maintaining the Ban on Commercial Activities at Rest Areas

NATSO led a group of 15 trade associations representing off-highway communities, businesses, alternative fuel advocates and the National Federation of the Blind in urging Members of Congress to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as they consider infrastructure legislation this year.

President Offers No Details on Infrastructure in State of the Union

February 6, 2019

President Offers No Details on Infrastructure in State of the Union

President Donald Trump renewed his call for a major infrastructure investment during his State of the Union address on Jan. 5, but offered no details on his plans as he urged Republicans and Democrats to work together to pass legislation to rebuild and revitalize the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

VA. General Assembly Tables I-81 Tolls This Session

February 1, 2019

VA. General Assembly Tables I-81 Tolls This Session

Efforts to toll Interstate 81 in Virginia appear to have been put on hold this legislative session after the Virginia Senate Finance Committee adopted a substitute measure that establishes the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund but does not identify any funding options for improving Interstate 81.

Va. Lawmakers Introduce I-81 Tolling Legislation

January 17, 2019

Va. Lawmakers Introduce I-81 Tolling Legislation

Va. State Senators Mark Obenshain and Charles Carrico introduced SB 1716 Jan. 16 to authorize the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to impose tolls on Interstate 81 and deposit the revenues into an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund.

ATRI Updates Online Idling Regulations Compendium

January 11, 2019

ATRI Updates Online Idling Regulations Compendium

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) published its latest update of state and local idling regulations on its website,TruckingResearch.org. The listing is provided in two forms. An online compendium provides detailed information and hyperlinks to each of the 65 state and local regulations that have been identified. A cab card is also available that provides a consolidated listing which can be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.

DOT Requests Truck Parking Data

January 9, 2019

DOT Requests Truck Parking Data

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is requesting the truckstop and travel plaza industry’s help as it updates its federally mandated survey of available truck parking across the United States.

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