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NATSO Urges FMCSA to Consider Effects of Regulatory Changes on Truck Parking Utilization

October 12, 2018

NATSO Urges FMCSA to Consider Effects of Regulatory Changes on Truck Parking Utilization

NATSO on Oct. 10 urged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to evaluate and consider any effect that proposed changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations would have on professional truck drivers’ ability to find safe and legal parking when they need it. NATSO filed the comments in response to FMCSA’s August notice regarding revisions to four specific areas of the federal rule that governs truck drivers' sleep and rest.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Criticizes Promotion of Failed Tolling Program

October 6, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Criticizes Promotion of Failed Tolling Program

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) criticized the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) over the issuance of its recent notice soliciting participation in the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP). The ISRRPP is one of the few ways the federal government allows for tolls to be placed on existing interstates. The notice invites state Departments of Transportation to submit applications for three potential slots on a rolling basis until further notice, based on a directive from Congress.

FHWA Calls for Next Round of Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

October 6, 2018

FHWA Calls for Next Round of Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking nominations for the next phase of its multi-year plan to establish alternative fuel corridors for alternative fueling stations as mandated under the December 2015 highway bill. Any state or local agency is allowed to nominate a corridor for an alternative fuel corridor designation, and NATSO members can work with state and local agencies to ensure that their alternative fuel locations are incorporated into the nomination process.

FHWA Seeks Applicants for Failed Tolling Pilot Program

October 4, 2018

FHWA Seeks Applicants for Failed Tolling Pilot Program

The Federal Highway Administration on Oct. 2 issued a notice soliciting State Department of Transportation participation in the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP), which would permit three states to collect tolls on existing Interstate highways for the purposes of reconstructing on rehabilitating Interstate Highway corridors.

House Approves FAA Reauthorization Bill Without Trucking Provision

September 27, 2018

House Approves FAA Reauthorization Bill Without Trucking Provision

The House on Sept. 26 voted 398 to 23 in favor of a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization that is expected to be approved by the Senate and could mark one of the last major pieces of legislation to be enacted before the midterm elections.

PHMSA Determines Federal Law Preempts California Break Requirements

September 25, 2018

PHMSA Determines Federal Law Preempts California Break Requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) determined that federal law preempts California’s meal and rest break requirements for all motor vehicle operators that transport hazardous materials, granting a request from the National Tank Truck Carriers Association (NTTC).

Indiana Toll Road Rates Rising for Truck Drivers to Fund Governor’s $1 Billion Infrastructure Plan

September 11, 2018

Indiana Toll Road Rates Rising for Truck Drivers to Fund Governor’s $1 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Truck drivers who use the Indiana Toll Road could see toll rates rise by a whopping 35 percent if the Indiana Finance Authority approves a contract renegotiation with the toll road’s private operator at its Sept. 20 meeting. The rate increase was announced last week by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb as part of his Next Level Connections infrastructure plan to raise $1 billion for trails, broadband, roads and flights.

Rhode Island DOT Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Truck-Only Tolls

August 29, 2018

Rhode Island DOT Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Truck-Only Tolls

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the American Trucking Associations, Cumberland Farms Inc., M&M Transport Services and New England Motor Freight challenging the states truck-only tolls, arguing that they are asking the court to do something that it lacks jurisdiction to do. In a motion filed Aug. 24 in the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island, RIDOT cited the Tax Injunction Act, which restricts the power of the federal district courts to prevent the collection or enforcement of state taxes, as well as the 11th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

FMCSA Considers Tweaks to Hours-of-Service Regs

August 21, 2018

FMCSA Considers Tweaks to Hours-of-Service Regs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Aug. 21 announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of the federal rules that govern truck driver's sleep and rest, also known as Hours of Service.

Anti-Tolling Coalition: Toll Studies Overpromise Riches

August 7, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition: Toll Studies Overpromise Riches

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) urged Connecticut residents to be wary of the state’s plan to study tolling of state highways citing a long history of tolling studies that have misled policymakers into thinking tolls are practical infrastructure funding solution, when in fact, they are not.

NATSO Analysis: Chairman Shuster Infrastructure Proposal

July 25, 2018

NATSO Analysis: Chairman Shuster Infrastructure Proposal

This week retiring House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released draft legislation outlining his vision for enhanced infrastructure investment. The draft legislation is designed to facilitate a process whereby the United States can recalibrate how it pays for infrastructure as it moves into the middle part of the 21st Century, while at the same time providing a mechanism to adequately fund such investment in the near-term as the process plays out. Although many stakeholders -- including NATSO -- object to certain provisions in the draft legislation, it nonetheless represents a important continuation of -- and positive shift in -- the discussion President Trump started when he released his own infrastructure proposal earlier this year.

Congressman Shuster Unveils Infrastructure Vision

July 24, 2018

Congressman Shuster Unveils Infrastructure Vision

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on July 23 unveiled his framework for the future of infrastructure policy, which included encouraging states to lease their infrastructure assets to the private sector as well as temporarily boosting the motor fuels tax until it can be replaced with per-mile fees.

House Transportation Committee Chairman to Issue Infrastructure Discussion Draft

July 19, 2018

House Transportation Committee Chairman to Issue Infrastructure Discussion Draft

Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told reporters July 19 that he plans to put out a "discussion draft" on infrastructure before the House breaks for August recess.

ATA, Motor Carriers Sue Rhode Island Over Truck Toll Program

July 10, 2018

ATA, Motor Carriers Sue Rhode Island Over Truck Toll Program

The American Trucking Associations, along with Cumberland Farms Inc., M&M Transport Services Inc. and New England Motor Freight, asked a federal court to rule Rhode Island’s RhodeWorks truck-only toll scheme unconstitutional, arguing it discriminates against interstate trucking companies and impedes the flow of interstate commerce.

NATSO Refutes Overdrive's Analysis of Commercial Rest Areas

June 18, 2018

NATSO Refutes Overdrive's Analysis of Commercial Rest Areas

Responding to a June 5 article in which Overdrive Magazine questioned whether commercial rest areas could stem the tide of rest area closures, NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings said that upon researching the issue, Overdrive should have focused on whether rest area commercialization would in fact result in more truck parking as the article led readers to conclude. Citing an ATRI survey indicating that truck parking tops the list of driver concerns as well as new research from Safety for the Long-Haul illustrating that commercial rest areas significantly hinder truck parking capacity, Mullings established that rest area commercialization reduces truck parking capacity and would undercut state DOT goals by destroying the very businesses that are best equipped to meet the needs of the truck driving community.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Submits Testimony Opposing Va. I-81 Tolls

June 18, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Submits Testimony Opposing Va. I-81 Tolls

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, on June 15 urged Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to exclude recommendations for tolls from its upcoming I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, which is due to the Virginia General Assembly later this year.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Chastises Rhode Island for Truck-Only Tolls

June 6, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Chastises Rhode Island for Truck-Only Tolls

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, sharply criticized the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) on June 5 for moving forward with truck-only tolling in the coming days, arguing that it is bad public policy that will reroute prosperity around the state.

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.

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