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FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

September 25, 2017

FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking nominations for the second phase of its multi-year plan to establish alternative fuel corridors for alternative fueling stations as mandated under the December 2015 highway bill.

Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Human Trafficking in Transportation

September 19, 2017

Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Human Trafficking in Transportation

The Senate passed two bills introduced by U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) aimed at preventing human trafficking in transportation.

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.

DOT Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule

August 7, 2017

DOT Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule

Two agencies within the Department of Transportation announced Aug. 4 that they will no longer pursue a regulation concerning obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), determining that current safety programs and other rules addressing fatigue are more appropriate avenues.

House Democrats Urge DOT to Reconsider Changes to Infrastructure Grant Program

July 27, 2017

House Democrats Urge DOT to Reconsider Changes to Infrastructure Grant Program

Thirteen Democratic Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urged Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao July 27 to reconsider DOT’s approach to the infrastructure grant program known as INFRA, arguing that recent revisions distort the objectives of the program and rewrite Congressional intent.

NATSO Files Comments with DOT, Urges Agency to Maintain Existing Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

July 25, 2017

NATSO Files Comments with DOT, Urges Agency to Maintain Existing Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

Expanding commercial services at rest areas, including liberalizing the definition of "vending machine," threatens consumers, small business and localities by undercutting the highway-based businesses that currently operate near the interstate exit interchanges, NATSO said in comments filed with the Department of Transportation (DOT) July 24.

July 21, 2017

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in Bismarck, N.D.

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp will join the NATSO Foundation, Truckers Against Trafficking, the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association and ConocoPhillips Aug. 14 as they host a coalition meeting in Bismarck, N.D., aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

NATSO Foundation Helps Fight Human Trafficking in Wyoming

June 29, 2017

NATSO Foundation Helps Fight Human Trafficking in Wyoming

The NATSO Foundation joined the Wyoming Attorney General, the Wyoming Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking June 27 in hosting a coalition meeting in Casper, Wyo., aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

Agricultural Groups Seek Truck Weight Increase Pilot Program

June 21, 2017

Agricultural Groups Seek Truck Weight Increase Pilot Program

A group of primarily agricultural transportation stakeholders is urging Congress to support a pilot program that would allow up to 10 states to opt-in to to allow 91,000 pound, six-axle bridge formula-compliant trucks on federal Interstate Highways.

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.

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Score Major Win in Indiana

April 25, 2017

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Score Major Win in Indiana

Marking a major victory for the truckstop and travel plaza community, the Indiana state General Assembly removed from its comprehensive transportation legislation a provision that would have put the state on track to toll I-70 in the near future. After vocal opposition from local businesses and commuters, as well as the Alliance for Toll Free Interstates of which NATSO is a founding member, the General Assembly substantially scaled back this provision, ultimately making it more difficult to authorize tolling projects within the state.

U.S. DOT Halts 2013 Amendments to Hours-of-Service Restart Provisions

March 15, 2017

U.S. DOT Halts 2013 Amendments to Hours-of-Service Restart Provisions

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is permanently suspending amendments to the 34-hour restart provisions that were issued in 2013. The announcement comes on the heels of a report that FMCSA submitted to Congress finding that the controversial Obama Administration hours of-service amendments resulted in no appreciable benefits.

White House Kicks Off Infrastructure Planning, Congress Evaluates Private Investment in Rural America

March 3, 2017

White House Kicks Off Infrastructure Planning, Congress Evaluates Private Investment in Rural America

Just days after President Trump reiterated his call for a $1 Trillion infrastructure package, the Administration convened a meeting of more than 15 federal agencies to begin formulating an official infrastructure proposal, including potential projects and funding options.

NATSO Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in El Paso

February 2, 2017

NATSO Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in El Paso

The NATSO Foundation will join the Texas Attorney General, the Texas Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking Feb. 23 in hosting a coalition meeting in El Paso, Texas, aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

DOT to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

November 14, 2016

DOT to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is establishing 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors on highways covering 25,000 miles in 35 states under an initiative to increase the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.

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.

NATSO Meets with U.S. DOT To Discuss Alternative Fuel Corridors, Rest Area Commercialization

November 1, 2016

NATSO Meets with U.S. DOT To Discuss Alternative Fuel Corridors, Rest Area Commercialization

NATSO met with key regulators in the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Federal Highway Administration Oct. 27. The meeting's agenda was the proper implementation of a provision in the Highway Bill Congress passed last year directing DOT to establish "alternative fuel corridors" for alternative fueling stations.

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