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House Appropriations Advances Fiscal 2019 Transportation Spending Bill

May 24, 2018

House Appropriations Advances Fiscal 2019 Transportation Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Committee on May 24 voted 34-17 to advance a fiscal 2019 transportation spending bill, after the committee voted down an amendment aimed at removing a number of trucking-related policy riders. The fiscal spending measure, which would provide $71.8 billion in discretionary funding for transportation and housing programs, now heads to the full House. It’s unclear when the Chamber will take up the legislation.

FMCSA Administrator Testifies on ELDs and Hours-of-Service Regulations

May 22, 2018

FMCSA Administrator Testifies on ELDs and Hours-of-Service Regulations

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez testified before federal lawmakers on a number of trucking regulations May 22, including the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate as well as efforts to prevent states from creating a patchwork of meal and rest rules for interstate truck drivers. The testimony was part of a larger hearing examining motor carrier provisions in the last highway bill known as the FAST Act.

House Committee to Craft Infrastructure Framework

May 22, 2018

House Committee to Craft Infrastructure Framework

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will start working on a framework for an infrastructure bill after the August recess, Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) said May 22, effectively confirming that an infrastructure bill won’t move in earnest before 2019.

FHWA to Update Federally Mandated Truck Parking Survey

May 18, 2018

FHWA to Update Federally Mandated Truck Parking Survey

As the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) prepares to update its federally mandated survey on truck parking, NATSO urged the agency to incorporate additional questions targeting fleets, drivers and regulators in an effort to capture more comprehensive truck parking information.

NATSO Day on the Hill Attendees Advocate for Sustainable Infrastructure Funding

May 18, 2018

NATSO Day on the Hill Attendees Advocate for Sustainable Infrastructure Funding

As NATSO members crisscrossed Capitol Hill to advocate for long-term, sustainable infrastructure funding, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said the Administration continues to evaluate nearly 16 funding mechanisms for boosting infrastructure revenues.

Colorado Latest State to Mandate Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Truck Drivers

April 20, 2018

Colorado Latest State to Mandate Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Truck Drivers

Colorado recently became the third state to mandate human trafficking training for commercial truck drivers. Effective this summer, people seeking a new Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) are required to complete a 30-minute course teaching them how to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking under a new law signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

FMCSA Grants Fuel Haulers 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption

April 12, 2018

FMCSA Grants Fuel Haulers 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a five-year exemption from the 30-minute rest break requirement for truck drivers hauling petroleum products. Effective April 9, under certain conditions, fuel trucks can operate for 12 hours without triggering the rest break requirement.

Infrastructure After Mid-term Elections, President Says

March 30, 2018

Infrastructure After Mid-term Elections, President Says

Lawmakers are unlikely to enact an infrastructure plan until after the 2018 midterm elections and ultimately it could come in the form of multiple bills rather than a single legislative package.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Train Younger Drivers For Interstate Trucking

March 28, 2018

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Train Younger Drivers For Interstate Trucking

Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Trey Hollingsworth (R-Ind.), with support from the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA), recently introduced legislation that would allow commercial drivers aged between 18 and 21 to engage in interstate trucking.

President Signs FY 2018 Spending Bill

March 23, 2018

President Signs FY 2018 Spending Bill

President Trump on March 23 signed a $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill to fund most government operations during the fiscal year, including the Department of Transportation, averting a third government shutdown since taking office.

FHWA Unveils Second Round of Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

March 9, 2018

FHWA Unveils Second Round of Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on March 9 announced its second round of alternative fuel corridor designations as Congressionally mandated under the December 2015 highway bill titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

House Subcommittee Explores Long-Term Infrastructure Pay Fors

March 8, 2018

House Subcommittee Explores Long-Term Infrastructure Pay Fors

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit capped off a series of Congressional hearings on infrastructure March 7, this time exploring long-term funding options for infrastructure.

T&I Committee Chairman Raises Issues of Fuel Tax Increase, Asset Recycling During Infrastructure Hearing

March 7, 2018

T&I Committee Chairman Raises Issues of Fuel Tax Increase, Asset Recycling During Infrastructure Hearing

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) expressed strong support for increasing the motor fuels tax to fund the nation’s infrastructure but also voiced support for asset recycling, which could lead to commercial rest areas and tolls, during a March 6 committee hearing to examine the Trump Administration’s infrastructure proposal.

NATSO, National League of Cities Urge Lawmakers to Reject Commercial Rest Areas

March 6, 2018

NATSO, National League of Cities Urge Lawmakers to Reject Commercial Rest Areas

As key House and Senate transportation committees hold their first hearings on the Trump Administration’s infrastructure proposal, NATSO and the National League of Cities are urging lawmakers to reject any proposals to commercialize rest areas and instead pursue policies that will improve rather than undercut the ability of small businesses and communities to grow and prosper.

Rest Stop Privatization More About Ideology Than Infrastructure

February 22, 2018

Rest Stop Privatization More About Ideology Than Infrastructure

A move to commercialize interstate rest areas under the Trump administration infrastructure plan could prove costly for restaurants and gas stations clustered along exits, without raising much additional revenue for states.

T&I Committee Chairman: Infrastructure Bill “Closer to Summer”

February 16, 2018

T&I Committee Chairman: Infrastructure Bill “Closer to Summer”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Feb. 15 that an infrastructure bill could be ready “closer to summer” now that the Trump Administration has unveiled its infrastructure proposal.

Trump Administration Rolls Out Infrastructure Plan

February 12, 2018

Trump Administration Rolls Out Infrastructure Plan

The Trump Administration on Feb. 12 officially rolled out its proposal for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, which contains several policy provisions that would crush the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

White House Says “Slight Delay” in Infrastructure Plan

February 1, 2018

White House Says “Slight Delay” in Infrastructure Plan

The White House said that the unveiling of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal would again be delayed, citing the recent government shutdown. The announcement came just one day after the President said that his plan would arrive “in a week or two, right after the State of the Union Address.”

President Calls on Congress to Produce $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill in State of the Union

January 31, 2018

President Calls on Congress to Produce $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill in State of the Union

President Donald Trump called on Congress to produce a bipartisan $1.5 trillion bill for new infrastructure investment during his first State of the Union address last night, saying it would provide a safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure that the U.S. economy needs.

Trump Administration's Infrastructure Plan Leaked

January 23, 2018

Trump Administration's Infrastructure Plan Leaked

A draft document leaked to press on Jan. 22 and widely speculated to be the funding principles for the Trump Administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan called for liberalizing tolling policy and allowing states to commercialize interstate rest areas among its proposals for funding infrastructure, both of which would dramatically undercut businesses that operate at the Interstate exits.

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