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N.C. Bill Strengthens Tolling Prohibition

August 26, 2013

N.C. Bill Strengthens Tolling Prohibition

In another victory for NATSO, American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the No Tolls I-95 Coalition, a North Carolina technical corrections bill signed by Gov. Pat McCrory further strengthens the state transportation law that limited the state's ability to toll existing interstates. N.C. House Bill 92 expressly prohibits the tolling of existing lanes.

FTC to Investigate Oil Firms' Renewable Fuels Practices

August 26, 2013

FTC to Investigate Oil Firms' Renewable Fuels Practices

The Federal Trade Commission said that it will look into allegations by two midwestern lawmakers that oil companies may be impeding competition for renewable fuels.

Lawmakers Press FMCSA to Finish HOS Field Study

August 26, 2013

Lawmakers Press FMCSA to Finish HOS Field Study

A group of four Republicans is urging Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to set a firm date for finishing a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision in the hours-of-service rule.

Retailers Urged to Participate in We Card Awareness Month

August 23, 2013

Retailers Urged to Participate in We Card Awareness Month

September 1 marks the start of We Card Awareness Month. We Card is urging retailers throughout the month to train or re-train employees about the FDA regulations and state and local compliance laws concerning youth access to tobacco and alcohol.

Federal Reserve Appeals Debit Fee Ruling

August 22, 2013

Federal Reserve Appeals Debit Fee Ruling

The Federal Reserve announced late Aug. 21 that it will appeal the recent ruling by the U.S. District Court in Washington that it set the cap on debit card transactions too high.

FMCSA Proposes to Eliminate Daily Paperwork Burden for Commercial Drivers

August 19, 2013

FMCSA Proposes to Eliminate Daily Paperwork Burden for Commercial Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to eliminate a burdeonsome daily paperwork requirement associated with filing Driver Vehicle Inspection reports (DVIRs).

Could Retailers Get Repaid for Debit Fee Overcharges?

August 16, 2013

Could Retailers Get Repaid for Debit Fee Overcharges?

The judge who rejected the Federal Reserve’s regulations governing debit fees under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act gave the Federal Reserve just one more week to come up with a position on interim fee reductions and a timeline for permanently installing new lower fees. He also suggested that retailers should be repaid by financial services companies for millions of dollars in overcharges.

McLane Index: Healthy Snacks Boost Sales

August 14, 2013

McLane Index: Healthy Snacks Boost Sales

Total travel plaza and truckstop convenience purchases from McLane averaged $16,273 per week during Jan to June 2013 versus $15,772 in the first six months of 2012.

FMCSA Clarifies Definition of Short-Haul Driver

August 12, 2013

FMCSA Clarifies Definition of Short-Haul Driver

FMCSA has clarified the definition of short-haul driver.

Cities and States Should Reconsider PPPs

August 12, 2013

Cities and States Should Reconsider PPPs

Public-private partnerships across the country are riddled with problems, according to Donald Cohen, executive director of a privatization resource center called In the Public Interest.

Lawmakers Urge Sec. Foxx to Consider Impact of Longer, Heavier Trucks on Local Roads

August 12, 2013

Lawmakers Urge Sec. Foxx to Consider Impact of Longer, Heavier Trucks on Local Roads

Forty-five members of Congress have urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to carefully consider the impacts that changes to truck size-and-weight limits would have on local roads and bridges.

Four GOPers To Lead RFS Reform

August 1, 2013

Four GOPers To Lead RFS Reform

As the House Energy and Commerce Committee reviews the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the first time in five years, Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has tasked four Republican panel members to take the lead on RFS reform.

Judge Agrees With Retailers; Rejects Debit Card Swipe Fee Rule

July 31, 2013

Judge Agrees With Retailers; Rejects Debit Card Swipe Fee Rule

A Judge for the U.S. District Court in Washington this morning rejected the Federal Reserve’s regulations governing swipe fees under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, ruling that the agency set the cap too high on debit-card transactions.

MDOT Seeks to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

July 30, 2013

MDOT Seeks to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that it is seeking to partner with public entities to privatize two of its non-interstate rest areas.

Durbin, Welch Ask Federal Reserve to Revisit Debit Fee Levels

July 29, 2013

Durbin, Welch Ask Federal Reserve to Revisit Debit Fee Levels

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have asked the Federal Reserve Board to revisit the fee levels set in the debit fee rules standard established after passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform legislation.

Former Gov. Rendell Pushes For More Tolling

July 29, 2013

Former Gov. Rendell Pushes For More Tolling

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is urging Congress to lift the ban on interstate tolling as a method of increasing revenues into the Highway Trust Fund.

Nominate a Leader to the Hall of Fame by Aug. 9

July 29, 2013

Nominate a Leader to the Hall of Fame by Aug. 9

Two weeks remain to submit a nomination for the 2014 NATSO Hall of Fame award. Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 9, 2013.

NATSO Urges VDOT to Work With Exit Businesses to Install EV Charging

July 24, 2013

NATSO Urges VDOT to Work With Exit Businesses to Install EV Charging

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) should work with existing interstate exit-based businesses to install electric car-charging stations rather than compete with the private sector by utilizing taxpayer dollars to establish them at rest areas, NATSO told the agency this week.

Congress Likely to Debate Truck Weight

July 24, 2013

Congress Likely to Debate Truck Weight

Truck size and weight legislation passed this week in the House continues to shine a spotlight on the issue and further strengthens the probability that size and weight will be a hotly debated issue when Congress begins working to reauthorize surface transportation programs next year.

PHMSA Seeks Hazardous Materials Carriers for Pilot Program

July 22, 2013

PHMSA Seeks Hazardous Materials Carriers for Pilot Program

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is seeking hazardous material carriers and shippers willing to participate in a paperless hazard communication system pilot program.

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