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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.

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.

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