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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.

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, Biodiesel Supply Chain United in Support of Biodiesel Blender’s Tax Credit

June 26, 2018

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain United in Support of Biodiesel Blender’s Tax Credit

NATSO on June 25 along with all major associations representing the biodiesel supply chain united in urging House and Senate Leaders and the two key tax writing committees to extend the $1 per gallon biodiesel blender’s tax credit as well as to seek a permanent tax incentive that will help foster growth in the domestic biodiesel market.

NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2018

May 15, 2018

NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2018

The truckstop and travel plaza industry kicked off its annual Day on Capitol Hill event May 15 to push for sustainable highway funding as well as to voice concerns about the Administration’s call to liberalize tolling policy and commercialize Interstate rest areas.

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.

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.

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain Unified in Support of Extending Biodiesel Tax Credit

December 19, 2017

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain Unified in Support of Extending Biodiesel Tax Credit

NATSO on Dec. 18 along with all major associations representing the biodiesel supply chain signed a letter urging leaders of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committee to include a retroactive, multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax incentive in end of year legislation.

Autonomous Trucking Technologies Gain Steam

November 1, 2017

Autonomous Trucking Technologies Gain Steam

Autonomous technologies are advancing rapidly, and traditional equipment manufacturers as well as new players entering the market are working to bring new capabilities to equipment that could improve safety and productivity.

Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

September 14, 2017

Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing Sept. 13 to explore automated vehicle technology for commercial trucks – including testing and deployment challenges as compared with highly-automated vehicles. Of interest to NATSO members, the hearing focused on whether separate standards should be required for highly-automated passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, and the potential employment challenges autonomous technology will have on the trucking industry. Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) on Sept. 8 released draft legislation on self-driving vehicles. Currently, the Thune-Peters draft legislation does not include regulations for commercial trucks.

NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2017

May 15, 2017

NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2017

The truckstop and travel plaza industry kicked off its annual Day on Capitol Hill event May 15 to push for sustainable highway funding as well as to voice concerns for efforts to repeal debit swipe fee reform.

Top Trucking Economist Predicts Improved Year in 2017

January 24, 2017

Top Trucking Economist Predicts Improved Year in 2017

Low unemployment rates, steady manufacturing and increased home construction will contribute to improved freight levels within the trucking industry for the year ahead.

House Continuing Resolution Contains Hours-of-Service Fix

December 7, 2016

House Continuing Resolution Contains Hours-of-Service Fix

The House Appropriations Committee on Dec. 6 released a Continuing Resolution funding the government through April 28 that contains a critical provision the trucking industry has sought for nearly a year. If enacted, the legislation would maintain the current 34-hour restart provision in the federal Hours-of-Service rule pending the results of a Congressionally mandated study.

Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

November 30, 2016

Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao, former Labor Secretary under George W. Bush and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as his Secretary of Transportation.

Court of Appeals Upholds ELD Rule

November 1, 2016

Court of Appeals Upholds ELD Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit denied the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association’s (OOIDA) challenge to the Department of Transportation’s rule mandating electronic logging devices on commercial trucks.

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

August 31, 2016

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

It is well known that higher productivity vehicles and fuel efficiency standards for trucks are gradually reducing the per-vehicle demand for diesel, which is likely to change operations at truckstop and travel plaza locations across the country.

Speed Limiter Proposal Expected in Late August

August 22, 2016

Speed Limiter Proposal Expected in Late August

The Department of Transportation (DOT) expects to issue a proposal to mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks on Aug. 26, the agency reported in its August Significant Rulemaking Report. The Office of Management and Budget cleared the proposal Aug. 12, marking the last step in the regulatory process before a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is issued.

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

August 17, 2016

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Aug. 16 finalized joint greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that require up to 25 percent lower carbon emissions and fuel consumption over the next decade.

Truckload Carriers Change Truck Weight Policy

March 18, 2016

Truckload Carriers Change Truck Weight Policy

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) changed its truck weight policy at its recent annual meeting, marking the second time in recent months that the association has put itself at odds with the American Trucking Associations over truck policy.

Trends And Priorities Affecting The Truckstop And Travel Plaza Industry

March 1, 2013

Trends And Priorities Affecting The Truckstop And Travel Plaza Industry

History shows that the offerings and business operations at truckstops and travel plazas shift as their customers’ needs change, and the most successful operations work to stay

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