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DOT Secretary Chao Reaffirms Push for Private Financing for Infrastructure

October 24, 2017

DOT Secretary Chao Reaffirms Push for Private Financing for Infrastructure

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao reaffirmed that DOT still expects private financing to play a role in the Administration’s infrastructure plan despite recent criticism of public-private partnerships by President Trump. Secretary Chao also said that work on an infrastructure package will not begin until after Congress works on tax reform, squashing suggestions that a tax code overhaul could be used to pay for an infrastructure package.

House Passes $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

September 18, 2017

House Passes $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 211-198 on Sept. 14 in favor of $1.2 trillion fiscal 2018 spending bill that includes several provisions of interest to the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Extend, Phaseout Biodiesel Tax Credit

July 18, 2017

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Extend, Phaseout Biodiesel Tax Credit

Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) late yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation titled the Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel, and Alternative Fuels Extension Act of 2017 (H.R. 3264) that would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years.

Federal Highway Administration Releases National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report

July 11, 2017

Federal Highway Administration Releases National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Coalition on Truck Parking released its 2015-2016 activity report detailing ideas put forth for expanding truck parking nationwide during a series of regional truck parking stakeholder meetings held last year.

ATRI’s Driver Diaries Give Real-World Perspective to Truck Parking Concerns

June 30, 2017

ATRI’s Driver Diaries Give Real-World Perspective to Truck Parking Concerns

To tap into first-hand accounts of professional truck drivers and gain insight into their daily parking needs, the American Transportation Research Institute launched its Truck Parking Diary project in March 2016, document­ing the experiences of drivers as they find safe, available truck parking.

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review ELD Mandate

June 23, 2017

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review ELD Mandate

The Supreme Court earlier this month denied a petition by the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) to review a lower court’s denial of the trade group’s challenge to the Department of Transportation’s rule mandating electronic logging devices in commercial trucks.

Increased Competition: Understanding Digital Disruptors

May 1, 2017

Increased Competition: Understanding Digital Disruptors

E-commerce is on the rise and it is having a wide-ranging ripple effect on retailers and shoppers alike. Not only is e-commerce shaping what customers buy inside of physical retail locations, but it is also changing the supply chain, traffic patterns and the needs of over-the-road drivers while also increasing customers’ expectations of convenience.

ELDS Bring Changes to Fleets, Truckstops

April 30, 2017

ELDS Bring Changes to Fleets, Truckstops

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will take effect later this year, changing the way millions of drivers on the road operate. The new regulation will bring changes to both the trucking and truckstop industries alike, and those within the industry expect to see drivers that are more starved for time as well as productivity losses for fleets.

Rhode Island Lawmaker Introduces Legislation to Repeal Truck-Only Tolls

April 12, 2017

Rhode Island Lawmaker Introduces Legislation to Repeal Truck-Only Tolls

Rhode Island House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan introduced legislation April 11 that would repeal the controversial RhodeWorks provision that allows tolling of commercial trucks within the state.

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

March 3, 2017

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

NATSO and a coalition of trade groups representing fuel producers, retailers, and consumers urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to reject efforts to change the current compliance structure of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

NATSO Submits Formal Comments to EPA on RFS RIN Obligations

February 23, 2017

NATSO Submits Formal Comments to EPA on RFS RIN Obligations

In comments filed with the Environmental Protection Agency on February 22, NATSO urged EPA not to shift the compliance requirements downstream from the refinery to the terminal rack. Many merchant refiners have urged EPA to require wholesalers and retailers to purchase RINs under the RFS. NATSO has strongly opposed this effort.

Trucking, Rails Oppose Shifting RFS Compliance Requirements Downstream

January 18, 2017

Trucking, Rails Oppose Shifting RFS Compliance Requirements Downstream

The trade associations representing America’s trucking fleets, drivers and railroads today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject petitions to move the point of compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) arguing that doing so would disrupt the fuels market and raise consumer prices without added benefit to consumers or the RFS program.

Delving into the Election Results: Prospects for Infrastructure Spending

January 9, 2017

Delving into the Election Results: Prospects for Infrastructure Spending

In the days after real estate mogul Donald J. Trump was elected President, I received dozens of phone calls and emails from NATSO members who were excited about the prospects of a Trump Administration. Although there are certainly many reasons why most of NATSO’s membership was pleased with the results on Election Day, high on all of their lists was the fact that Donald Trump advocates a $1 trillion infrastructure investment over the course of a decade.

Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Measure; Contains Trucking HOS Fix

December 12, 2016

Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Measure; Contains Trucking HOS Fix

Congress on Dec. 9 passed a stopgap appropriations measure known as a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded through April 28 that maintains a key provision in the federal Hours-of-Service rule that regulates truck driver work and rest pending the results of a Congressionally mandated study.

ATA Urges NHTSA to Include Trucking in Autonomous Vehicle Discussions

October 31, 2016

ATA Urges NHTSA to Include Trucking in Autonomous Vehicle Discussions

Chris Spear, the new President of the American Trucking Associations, criticized the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) for excluding the trucking industry as it developed guidance on driverless vehicles.

Park My Truck App Launched for Drivers

October 4, 2016

Park My Truck App Launched for Drivers

The NATSO Foundation, NATSO, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) on Oct. 3 launched a new mobile app designed to help the nation’s truck drivers more easily find truck parking.

NATSO Foundation, ATA, ATRI To Launch Truck Parking Mobile App

September 21, 2016

NATSO Foundation, ATA, ATRI To Launch Truck Parking Mobile App

The NATSO Foundation, NATSO Inc., American Trucking Associations, the American Transportation Research Institute and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance are joining forces to announce the official launch of Park My Truck, a new mobile app designed to share truck parking availability information with truck drivers.

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.

Top Economist Shares His Outlook for the Year Ahead

January 1, 2016

Top Economist Shares His Outlook for the Year Ahead

At this year’s NATSO show, Bob Costello, senior vice president and chief economist at American Trucking Associations will share his insights during a keynote address, offering predictions on the economy, the trucking industry.

ATA Supports Keeping Biodiesel Tax Credit for Blenders

November 16, 2015

ATA Supports Keeping Biodiesel Tax Credit for Blenders

American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Bill Graves recently urged Members of Congress to keep the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level, saying that the incentive has been proven to lead to lower diesel prices at the pump. In a letter distributed to Members of Congress, Graves makes clear that converting the blenders credit to a producers credit is bad policy for consumers.

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