NATSO

Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman develops and executes communications strategies to advance NATSO’s public relations and advocacy goals. Tiffany also develops and oversees partnerships related to the NATSO Foundation’s public outreach initiatives. Tiffany lives in the D.C. metro area with her husband and their two sons.

Items contributed by NATSO

  • NATSO: EPA Needs Transparent Process to Assess Small Refinery Waivers

    A travel center executive testifying on behalf of NATSO told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the Agency needs a transparent process to guide its assessment of small refinery waiver requests to ensure that such exemptions don’t continue to undermine the law’s intent and decrease demand for biofuels.

  • NATSO to Testify on EPA’s 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations

    NATSO member Beth Westemeyer, Director of Business Development for Anew Travel and Fuel Centers, the retail arm of Zeeland Farm Services in Zeeland, Mich., is scheduled to testify July 18 at the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing in Ypsilanti, Mich., regarding the agency's proposed renewable fuel standards for 2019 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2020.

  • 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.

  • Democrats Urge EPA to Halt Hardship Waivers

    A dozen members of Congress on June 20 asked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to stop granting small refineries hardship exemptions from their biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard until he answers questions that would allow Congress to evaluate the program.

  • NLRB Chairman Sets Timeline for Joint Employer Rulemaking

    National Labor Relations Board Chairman John Ring recently sent a letter to several Senators announcing that the NLRB will begin the rulemaking process on the joint employment standard by this summer.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • EPA Administrator Testifies on RFS Waivers

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 26 that the agency received more than 50 waiver petitions for small refineries to get out of their Renewable Fuel Standard requirements for the 2016 and 2017 compliance years. EPA has come under fire for abusing the waivers to quietly undercut the RFS after the agency exempted one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies from complying with the U.S. biofuels regulation.

  • 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.

  • NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Maryland to Work With Fuel Retailers to Deploy Electric Charging

    NATSO and trade groups representing businesses that provide the majority of motor fuel retail sales in the United States urged the state of Maryland to reject a proposal from the state’s utility companies to spend more than $100 million on a statewide network of electric charging stations and instead work with the fuel retail industry to deploy electric charging infrastructure via the existing privately developed motor fuels infrastructure.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Minnesota Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

    The NATSO Foundation is inviting NATSO members to join the Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigations Task Force, the Minnesota Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking April 17 for a regional meeting in St. Paul, Minn., aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state. This private event is scheduled to be held April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.

  • 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.

  • NATSO Expresses Concerns With Draft Data Breach Notification Legislation

    NATSO urged members of the House Committee on Financial Services to continue discussions with stakeholders before moving draft data breach notification legislation to a markup because the draft bill would be less effective than existing law.

  • FHWA Unveils Second Round of Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging Corridors

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on March 9 announced its second round of alternative fuel corridor designations as Congressionally mandated under the December 2015 highway bill titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

  • House Subcommittee Explores Long-Term Infrastructure Pay Fors

    The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit capped off a series of Congressional hearings on infrastructure March 7, this time exploring long-term funding options for infrastructure.

  • T&I Committee Chairman Raises Issues of Fuel Tax Increase, Asset Recycling During Infrastructure Hearing

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) expressed strong support for increasing the motor fuels tax to fund the nation’s infrastructure but also voiced support for asset recycling, which could lead to commercial rest areas and tolls, during a March 6 committee hearing to examine the Trump Administration’s infrastructure proposal.

  • NATSO, National League of Cities Urge Lawmakers to Reject Commercial Rest Areas

    As key House and Senate transportation committees hold their first hearings on the Trump Administration’s infrastructure proposal, NATSO and the National League of Cities are urging lawmakers to reject any proposals to commercialize rest areas and instead pursue policies that will improve rather than undercut the ability of small businesses and communities to grow and prosper.

  • 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, Others Urge Senate to Take Up Save Local Business Act, Redefine Joint Employer

    NATSO joined 39 trade associations representing millions of job creators in every industry and sector of the U.S. economy in urging the U.S. Senate to take up the House-passed “Save Local Business Act” (H.R. 3441), which would redefine the definition of “joint employer” in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

  • Trump Administration Rolls Out Infrastructure Plan

    The Trump Administration on Feb. 12 officially rolled out its proposal for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, which contains several policy provisions that would crush the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

  • Congress Passes Retroactive Biodiesel Tax Credit for 2017 as Part of Larger Budget Package

    Congress yesterday passed and President Trump signed legislation providing for a retroactive biodiesel blenders' tax credit for 2017, leaving the credit's status in 2018 and beyond uncertain. The measure was included as part of a larger budget package that will keep the federal government funded for the foreseeable future.

  • House Passes Menu Labeling Legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 6 voted 266-157 in favor of H.R. 772, the "Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017."

  • White House Says “Slight Delay” in Infrastructure Plan

    The White House said that the unveiling of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal would again be delayed, citing the recent government shutdown. The announcement came just one day after the President said that his plan would arrive “in a week or two, right after the State of the Union Address.”

  • President Calls on Congress to Produce $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill in State of the Union

    President Donald Trump called on Congress to produce a bipartisan $1.5 trillion bill for new infrastructure investment during his first State of the Union address last night, saying it would provide a safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure that the U.S. economy needs.

  • Trump Administration's Infrastructure Plan Leaked

    A draft document leaked to press on Jan. 22 and widely speculated to be the funding principles for the Trump Administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan called for liberalizing tolling policy and allowing states to commercialize interstate rest areas among its proposals for funding infrastructure, both of which would dramatically undercut businesses that operate at the Interstate exits.

  • Tolls Represent Regressive Tax, Anti-Tolling Coalition Says

    Tolls represent a regressive double tax that disproportionately hurts lower income drivers and will create significant disruptions for local communities, a representative of the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates said in a recent interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

  • NATSO Briefs House Homeland Security Committee on Industry Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

    NATSO Foundation President Lisa Mullings today told members of the House Committee on Homeland Security that the truckstop and travel plaza industry plays a vital role in combating human trafficking that takes place along the nation’s Interstate Highway System. NATSO was invited to participate as an example of the positive role that the private sector can play in the fight against human trafficking.

  • Five Ways To Fight Human Trafficking in 2018

    January marks National Human Trafficking Awareness month. As we reflect on goals for the year or renew commitments to existing resolutions, NATSO members are encouraged to keep in mind the critical role that they can play in helping to stop human trafficking along the nation’s Interstate Highways.

  • Infrastructure Poised to Top 2018 Legislative Policy Agenda

    Infrastructure is poised to become a top item on the 2018 legislative policy agenda with the White House announcing that it will issue guidelines for its long-awaited infrastructure plan before President Trump’s State of the Union address later this month.

  • House Approves Legislation to Prevent Human Trafficking in Transportation

    Two pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at preventing human trafficking in transportation have been presented to the President for his signature after they passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • NATSO, Others Urge Congress to Approve Multi-Year Extension of Tax Extenders

    NATSO joined nearly 60 organizations representing a variety of business, energy, transportation, and agriculture stakeholders in urging Congress to approve a seamless, multi-year extension of the tax extenders before the end of 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.

  • NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Arizona Lawmakers to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

    A coalition of trade associations representing a broad cross-section of highway-based businesses and local communities urged Arizona's federal lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to operate commercial rest areas under a pilot program.

  • Sec. Chao: Infrastructure Package Timeline Slips Further

    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Dec. 5 that the Trump Administration’s massive infrastructure package won’t arrive until next year, possibly after a health care and welfare overhaul. The timeline projection marks yet another delay for the massive infrastructure plan that President Trump had promised as one of his priorities for the first 100 days in office.

  • Iowa 80 Thanks Senator Ernst for RFS Leadership

    Delia Moon Meier, owner and senior vice president of the Iowa 80 truckstop, recently applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its recent decision to reject proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as well as thanking Iowa Senator Joni Ernst for helping to lead that effort.

  • New England, New York Energy Groups Urge Lawmakers to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Blenders' Tax Credit

    The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) and the New York State Energy Coalition (NYSEC) marked the latest organizations to urge lawmakers to retroactively extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit and phase it out over five years. In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, NEFI and NYSEC said that proposals to shift the biodiesel tax credit to a producers’ credit would have an immediate and adverse effect on biodiesel supplies in the Northeast, including supply disruptions and an increase in consumer prices for biodiesel blended heating oil in New England and New York.

  • Commercializing Arizona Rest Areas Would Harm Business, Communities, Bowlin Travel Centers Says

    Commercializing rest areas in Arizona would bring more harm than good to the state’s local businesses and communities, according to Michael Bowlin, President of Bowlin Travel Centers. Responding to an editorial in the Sierra Vista Herald, Bowlin said that his business and others operating at the interstate exits would suffer a dramatic drop in sales and subsequently a corresponding drop in employees and tax receipts if the state is allowed to commercialize rest areas directly on the Interstate Highway System.

  • Environmental Protection Agency Rejects Petition to Alter Compliance Responsibility Under the RFS

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 22 rejected proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), ending a major push by merchant refiners and other obligated parties to shift what is commonly known as the point of obligation from refiners and importers to “rack sellers.”

  • FDA Unveils New Tobacco Age-Verification Program for Retailers

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month unveiled a new age-verification program for retailers that offers training and point-of-purchase materials free of charge to encourage compliance with the agency’s rules against selling tobacco products to minors.

  • NACS Joins SIGMA in Telling Senate Finance It Prefers No Biodiesel Tax Credit to Producers’ Credit

    The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) marked the second association in as many days to publicly express that although it supports the biodiesel blender’s tax credit it would prefer no credit rather than have it converted to a producer’s credit.

  • NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in Eagle Ford, Texas

    The NATSO Foundation, along with Truckers Against Trafficking, the Texas Attorney General, Texas Trucking Association and ConocoPhillips, will co-host a regional coalition meeting aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state on Nov. 29.

  • SIGMA Supports Biodiesel Blenders' Tax Credit; Prefers No Credit to Producers' Credit

    The Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America on Nov. 14 told members of the Senate Finance Committee that although it supports the biodiesel blender’s tax credit, the association would prefer no credit rather than have it converted to a producer’s credit.

  • Employer Mandate Penalty Notices Reportedly Forthcoming

    NATSO has learned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may be starting to send out notices to employers regarding potential tax liability under the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") employer mandate for calendar year 2015. Calendar year 2015 was the first year of reporting under the 6055 and 6056 reporting requirements (forms 1094 and 1095). The data for 2015 calendar year reporting was due to the IRS in March of 2016. The IRS has been reconciling this data and this is why the 2015 notices are being sent.

  • Indiana Trucking Association Urges Gov. to Abandon Tolling

    Gary Langston, President of the Indiana Motor Truck Association, urged Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to remove consideration of tolling from all of Indiana's Interstates just as he did for I-465 in the state. The Governor earlier this year said that tolling shouldn't be considered around the Indianapolis loop. However IDOT on Nov. 1 issued a feasibility study that claimed the state could raise up to $53 billion by tolling six other major Interstates.

  • FDA Issues Menu-Labeling Draft Guidance

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the menu-labeling rule that requires companies to post calorie information on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations.

  • NATSO Urges DOT to Reject Arizona Request to Commercialize Rest Areas

    Arizona Gov. Douglas Ducey petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to operate commercial rest areas under a pilot program, a move that threatens the truckstop and travel plaza industry as well as other businesses operating near Interstate exits.

  • INDOT Tolling Study Presents Unrealistic Toll Expectations

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates sharply criticized the Indiana Department of Transportation Nov. 3 for issuing a Tolling Feasibility Study that presented a misleading and unrealistic outlook for Indiana’s potential use of tolls.

  • EPA Sends 2018 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 1 submitted its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations -- and 2019 obligations for biomass-based diesel -- to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review. This marks the final step before the proposal is published in the Federal Register and open for public comment.

  • NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain Urge Tax-Writing Committees to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Tax Credit

    NATSO and a diverse group of biodiesel producers, fuel retailers and trucking interests representing every segment of the biodiesel supply chain sent a letter the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee on Oct. 31 in support of extending and phasing out the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit, and outlining their opposition to efforts to shift the credit to a producers’ credit as the tax-writing committees consider tax reform legislation.

  • White House Economic Advisor Floats Possibility of Fuel Tax Increase

    The President’s chief economic advisor on Oct. 25 raised the possibility of increasing the federal motor fuels tax next year to help pay for the Administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

  • 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.

  • EPA Administrator Reassures Midwest Senators on Agency Steps on the Renewable Fuel Standard / Regulatory

    Responding to pushback from a number of Midwestern Senators, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt outlined a number of steps the agency intends to take on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Pruitt detailed the changes, which will be beneficial to NATSO members, in an Oct. 19 letter addressed to seven Senators, including Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer among others.

  • NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Blast FHWA for Promoting Failed Tolling Pilot Program

    NATSO and the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates on Oct. 20 blasted the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for soliciting state participation in a failed federal tolling pilot program arguing that tolls harms businesses and local communities.

  • One Year Remains to Meet Final UST Regulation Deadline

    Truckstops and travel plazas with underground storage tanks are reminded that they officially have just one year left — until Oct. 13, 2018 — to meet the final requirements established in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Final Rule revising underground storage tank regulations.

  • Supreme Court to Hear American Express Antitrust Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Oct. 16 that it will hear an antitrust case examining American Express’s rules that bar merchants from encouraging customers to use one credit card over another, a practice known as "steering." The decision offers new hope to retailers who for years have argued that American Express’s merchant agreements violate antitrust laws and result in higher costs for consumers.

  • House T&I Committee Chairman Shuster Supports Private Financing of Infrastructure at Hearing

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) strongly advocated for private financing as a means of funding infrastructure projects during a Subcommittee hearing Oct. 11, demonstrating a willingness to support policies that would lead to the commercialization of Interstate rest areas and threaten the truckstop and travel plaza industry. During a House Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing to explore solutions for boosting infrastructure investment and stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund, Rep. Shuster spoke positively about Connecticut's decision to allow a private company to lease its on-highway travel plazas to finance upgrades to the facilities as well as Australia’s asset recycling program, which funds new infrastructure and revitalizes existing infrastructure through the sale or lease of public assets.

  • NATSO, SNAP Retailers Oppose Additional Processing Fees

    NATSO joined eight trade associations representing thousands of food retailers in urging Congress to reject recent proposals to impose new processing and credit card swipe fees on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) authorized retailers as higher costs and administrative complexities threaten their ability to provide affordable food to vulnerable Americans.

  • Senate Committee Approves Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation Sans Truck Policy

    The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee unanimously approved self-driving vehicle legislation Oct. 4. The legislation passed without regulation for commercial trucks after Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) withdrew his amendment that would have modified S. 1885, the American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advacement of Revolutionary Technologies Act so that it would apply to commercial trucks.

  • Legislation Introduced to Streamline Employer Reporting Requirements Under Affordable Care Act

    U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation Oct. 3 that seeks to streamline the employer reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), to make it more flexible and less burdensome for employers.

  • NATSO Files Overtime Comments With Labor Department

    NATSO urged the Department of Labor (DOL) to refrain from making dramatic changes to the Overtime Rule that would expand the universe of employees eligible for overtime pay, arguing that significant changes to the salary threshold and duties test would harm the very employees that they are designed to help. The Trump Administration is reexamining the rules governing overtime pay in the wake of the Obama Administration's effort recently being struck down by a federal court.

  • 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

    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.

  • NATSO, Food Retailers Urge FDA to Revise Menu-Labeling Rules

    Executives from trade associations representing the grocery, convenience and pizza industries, including NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings, on Sept. 8 urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise the menu-labeling rule to make it easier for the industries to comply with the regulation to provide accurate nutritional information to customers as well as eliminate the possibility of criminal penalties for violations.

  • Florida Declares State of Emergency

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sept. 4 declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the state in response to Hurricane Irma.

  • EPA to Revisit Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standard

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Aug. 17 that it will revisit certain parts of the Obama Administration's 2016 Phase 2 emissions rule for heavy-duty trucks, which set new standards for model years 2021-2027 of tractor-trailers, school buses, delivery vans and other large vehicles.

  • President Signs Order to Speed Up Infrastructure Approval Process

    President Trump on Aug. 15 signed an executive order that set a two-year goal for the federal government to complete the permitting process for infrastructure projects.

  • EPA Distributes Resources on Protecting Underground Storage Tanks in Severe Weather

    With the start of hurricane season upon us, NATSO members are encouraged to take precautionary steps to prevent severe weather from damaging underground storage tanks (USTs).

  • NATSO Details Ill Effects of Commercial Rest Areas for Independent Journal Review

    Businesses have invested heavily in real estate off interstate exits and allowing states to flip highway policy on its head and permit commercial rest areas after more than 50 years of established rules would devastate, truckstops, fuel retailers, convenience stores, hotel and blind vendors, NATSO told the Independent Journal Review in a recent interview.

  • Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges FHWA to Address New York State’s Commercial Rest Areas

    Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) on Aug. 8 urged the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to hold New York state accountable for its violation of the federal law prohibiting commercial rest areas.

  • NATSO Urges FDA to Revise Final Menu Labeling Rules

    NATSO on Aug. 2 urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise the final menu labeling rules to make it easier for the truckstop and travel plaza industry to comply with the regulation to provide accurate nutritional information to customers as well as eliminate the possibility of criminal penalties for violations.

  • Senate Committee Passes Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

    The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Aug. 2 passed bipartisan legislation to combat human trafficking.

  • 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.

  • House Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Reinstate Longstanding Joint Employer Standard

    House lawmakers on July 27 introduced bipartisan legislation that would reinstate the longstanding Joint Employer Standard that was revised during President Obama’s second term by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor (DOL).

  • NATSO, Food Retailers Urge House Committee to Support Menu Labeling Reform

    NATSO joined more than 200 businesses and trade associations representing the food retail sector in urging members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to approve the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772), bipartisan legislation that would provide food retailers with greater flexibility under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) final menu labeling rule.

  • DOT Revisits CAFÉ Standards for Model Year 2022-2025

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it will review the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards for model year 2022-2025 cars and light trucks, marking yet another move by the Trump Administration to roll back environmental policies established by the Obama Administration.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers Praises Broadway Truck Stop for Combating Human Trafficking

    After the U.S. House of Representatives passed three pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening the nation’s anti-human trafficking laws, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) thanked groups within her home state of Washington working to combat human trafficking, including Dan Alsaker and Broadway Truck Stop.

  • 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.

  • Arkansas Mandates Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Truck Drivers

    Effective July 31, Arkansas drivers with a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) are required to complete a course teaching them how to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking under a new law signed by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

  • NATSO, NATSO Foundation Tell Senate Committee of Truckstop and Travel Plaza Industry’s Commitment to Combatting Human Trafficking

    NATSO and The NATSO Foundation underscored the truckstop and travel plaza industry’s commitment to combatting human trafficking today in a statement submitted to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation with respect to its hearing on how transportation and supply chain stakeholders are combatting human trafficking.

  • 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.

  • Massive Infrastructure Bill Could Slip Into 2018

    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said Congressional work on President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package may be pushed until early next year as lawmakers focus on healthcare and tax reform and a bevy of other must-pass bills in the coming months.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Politics and Pie at NATSO Day on the Hill

    NATSO members made their annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill May 15–17, meeting with Senators and Members of Congress to voice how vitally important the truckstop and travel plaza industry is to the national economy and how Congressional votes affect the industry’s ability to thrive.

  • NATSO Foundation Partners With DHS Blue Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking

    The NATSO Foundation has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking, marking the latest chapter in the NATSO Foundation’s multi-pronged anti-human trafficking initiative to fight human trafficking along America’s Interstate Highway System.

  • Business and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

    NATSO led a diverse coalition including restaurants, fuel retailers, city governments, trucking firms and blind entrepreneurs in urging key lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as Congress considers infrastructure legislation.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Criticizes Administration's Call for Privatizing Infrastructure

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, criticized President Trump's call for privatizing America's infrastructure, following remarks made June 7 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • DOL Begins Process to Rescind Persuader Rule

    The Department of Labor on May 23 sent to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) a new proposed rulemaking rescinding the Obama Administration’s persuader rule.

  • House To Drop Repeal of Debit Swipe Fee Reforms from Choice Act

    Marking a major victory for retailers, Politico late yesterday announced that House Republicans plan to drop language from the Financial Choice Act that would have repealed the debit swipe fee reforms which have saved businesses and consumers billions since being implemented under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

  • Court Grants Pause on Lawsuit Over Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards

    The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request for a 90-day hold on a lawsuit over the agency’s Phase 2 emissions and fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks manufactured beginning in 2019.

  • House of Representatives Passes Healthcare Reform Legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed its Obamacare "repeal and replace" legislation on May 4. The legislation effectively eliminates the employer and employee mandates; replaces Obamacare’s with tiered tax credits (increasing with age); allows states to apply for waivers to define their own essential health benefit requirements; expands the limits for Health Savings Account; discontinues Medicaid expansion in 2020; and repeals most of Obamacare’s taxes. The legislation also would delay implementation of the Cadillac Tax by five years, from 2020 to 2025, and it preserves the tax exclusion for employer sponsored insurance.

  • House Committee Approves Legislation Repealing Debit Reform

    The House Financial Services Committee on May 4 favorably reported the CHOICE Act, legislation that would roll back a number of the reforms in the Dodd Frank financial reform legislation, including debit reforms known as the Durbin Amendment that have been critical for retailers.

  • President Says He Will Consider Motor Fuels Tax Increase

    President Trump said May 1 that he would consider raising the gas tax as a means of boosting infrastructure revenues, however the President stopped short of announcing a full-scale endorsement for a motor fuels tax increase.

  • Administration Aims to Release Infrastructure Plan in Mid-May

    President Donald Trump said that the Administration could release an infrastructure plan as early as mid-May that is expected to focus heavily on public-private partnerships for funding.

  • House Committee Hearing Today on Financial Choice Act

    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) will hold a hearing today to discuss the Financial Choice Act, which contains a provision to repeal the debit card swipe fee reforms implemented under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

  • 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.

  • NATSO, Others Urge Lawmakers to Pass Menu Labeling Reform As Compliance Deadline Approaches

    NATSO and a number of its members joined more than 250 food and retail groups in urging members of the House and Senate to pass the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017 before new federal menu-labeling rules take effect May 5.

  • How Truckstops Help Drivers in Distress

    The NATSO Foundation recently launched its third online course in the “How Truckstops Help People” educational series titled “How Truckstops Help Drivers in Distress.”

  • Commercial Rest Areas Harm Business and Halt Business Investment

    Permitting the government to compete with private, off-highway businesses would result in higher costs for consumers, lost revenues for towns and localities nationwide, shuttered small businesses and lost jobs, a top truckstop official said in a recent letter published in the Washington Examiner.

  • Rep. Wagner Visits Missouri TravelCenters of America

    TravelCenters of America and NATSO hosted Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) at TA’s Foristell, Mo., location April 19 as part of a congressional site visit designed to discuss issues of importance to the truckstop and travel plaza community.

  • OOIDA Petitions Supreme Court to Review ELD Mandate

    The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a review of 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.

  • 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.

  • Rep. Hensarling to Introduce Legislation to Repeal Durbin Amendment

    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) is expected to introduce legislation before the end of this month that would repeal debit card swipe fee reform, commonly known as the Durbin Amendment.

  • Indiana Conference Committee Urged to Strip Tolling Language From H.B. 1002

    Indiana Conference Committee conferees are expected to begin meeting this week to hash out their differences on Indiana transportation legislation H.B. 1002.

  • Congressional Leaders Call for Delay in Joint Employer Standard

    A bipartisan group of nearly 60 members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently called on the House Appropriations Committee leaders to include language in the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that would delay the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new joint employer liability standard.

  • NATSO Urges House Transportation Committee to Oppose Legislation to Commercialize Rest Areas

    NATSO led a group of trade associations representing hundreds of thousands of small businesses in urging members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to oppose H.R. 1990, recently introduced by Congressman Jim Banks (R-Ind.), that would permit commercial services such as convenience stores and restaurants at Interstate rest areas. NATSO was joined in signing the letter by the National Federation of the Blind, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Council of Chain Restaurants, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America.

  • Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Infrastructure Bills

    U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) introduced two bipartisan bills that would use revenues from tax reform to finance infrastructure.

  • Rep. DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Fund Infrastructure

    Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on March 22 introduced legislation that he said will generate nearly $500 billion to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges and transit systems.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Launches Grassroots Petition Campaign to Oppose Tolls in Indiana

    Indiana’s General Assembly currently is debating whether to toll existing interstates in the Hoosier State. Under House Bill 1002, funding for Indiana’s transportation infrastructure would be paid through increased gas taxes and annual fees, as well as the creation of new toll roads. The bill passed the House weeks ago, and is now before the Senate Homeland Security and Transportation Committee.

  • Senators Urge White House to Maintain Current Compliance Structure Under the RFS

    A bipartisan group of 23 Senators asked the White House to keep the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) arguing that changing it would undermine the intent of the program and lead to chaos in the marketplace.

  • Pressure Mounts for EPA to Reject Petitions to Change Compliance Under RFS

    As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faces mounting pressure to reject petitions to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), media coverage exploded last week amid the closing of EPA’s comment period claims that the White House struck a back room deal with the Renewable Fuels Association.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • President Reiterates Call for $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

    During his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump reiterated his call for a $1 trillion infrastructure package that would be financed with both public and private funds.

  • President Donald Trump Intends to Push a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan. What Could it Mean for Truckstops?

    President Donald Trump intends to push a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that is expected to materialize this spring. The President’s plan for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure is expected to rely on private investment instead of the federal government to back transportation projects.

  • NATSO Urges Administration Review of Menu Labeling Requirements

    NATSO urged the Trump Administration to closely scrutinize menu labeling requirements and to consider revising the regulations to reduce the burden of compliance for travel stores and convenience stores.

  • NATSO Applauds Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

    NATSO joined more than 200 organizations employing millions in applauding Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) for introducing the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772) that would provide food retailers greater flexibility as they seek to comply with the menu-labeling regulations and shield them from possible criminal penalties under the FDA menu-labeling rules.

  • Retailers Push to Protect Debit Fee Reform

    More than 900 members of the retail community including NATSO members urged Congress to refrain from taking up legislation that would repeal debit card swipe fee reform, commonly known as the “Durbin Amendment.”

  • NATSO Board Approves Policy Priorities

    The NATSO Board of Directors approved its Priority Legislative and Regulatory Issues for 2017-2018 at its January Board Meeting held during the NATSO Show 2017. NATSO’s core legislative priorities continue to focus on the industry’s long-standing efforts to oppose commercial rest areas and tolling on existing interstates as well as the need to increase revenues into the Highway Trust Fund to ensure certainty for the nation’s future transportation needs.

  • NATSO Joins Coalition in Opposing Border Adjustment Tax

    NATSO joined a coalition of more than 120 retailers and trade associations representing millions of jobs in opposing the border-adjustment tax (BAT) proposal in the House Republican’s tax reform plan.

  • NATSO, Family Business Coalition Urge Repeal of Death Tax

    NATSO joined more than 132 small business and advocacy organizations across the United States in supporting the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017, which would end the federal estate tax.

  • Lawmakers Introduce Menu-Labeling Legislation

    U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation this week that would provide food retailers greater flexibility as they seek to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) menu-labeling regulations, which are set to take effect in May.

  • 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.

  • Senate Confirms Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation

    The U.S. Senate on Jan. 31 voted 93 to 6, confirming Elaine Chao as the 18th Secretary of Transportation, replacing outgoing Secretary Anthony Foxx.

  • Senate Democrats Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

    Senate Democrats on Jan. 24 introduced a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, laying down a marker for President Donald Trump, who pledged to introduce a massive infrastructure package during his first 100 days in office.

  • NATSO Applauds Introduction of ADA Education and Reform Act

    NATSO joined trade associations representing a broad spectrum of the U.S. economy in applauding Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas) for introducing the bipartisan ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 620, that seeks to curb frivolous lawsuits filed by cash-hungry attorneys and plaintiffs that abuse the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Americans Favor New Federal Spending for Infrastructure

    An overwhelming majority of the general public ranks infrastructure investment as a top priority provided it comes in the form of new direct federal spending, according to a new poll conducted for Politico and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of public health.

  • 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.

  • Retailers Urge Congress to Protect Debit Fee Reform

    More than 760 members of the retail community including NATSO members urged Congress to refrain from taking up any legislation that seeks to repeal debit card swipe fee reform, commonly known as the “Durbin Amendment.”

  • Chao Says Infrastructure Plan to Leverage Private Investment

    Elaine Chao, President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation, said the Trump Administration would leverage private investment along with direct federal spending to address the nation’s infrastructure needs.

  • NATSO Applauds Senators for Addressing RFS Compliance Requirements With EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

    A number of Republican Senators from states that produce renewable fuels met on Jan. 5 with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • President-Elect’s Infrastructure Plan Likely to Materialize In Spring

    Republican Leadership indicated that a massive infrastructure plan may not be the first order of business when President-elect Donald Trump takes office, despite campaign promises that a $1 trillion infrastructure package would be delivered within his first 100 days.

  • NATSO Members Urged to Sign Letter Opposing Repeal of Swipe Fee Reform

    NATSO has learned that U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is expected as early as next week to introduce legislation that seeks to repeal debit card swipe fee reform, commonly known as the “Durbin Amendment.”

  • Tolling: Could It Happen to You?

    Think your truckstop is safe from tolls just because you aren’t located on a toll road? Think again.

  • NATSO Discusses Rest Area Commercialization, Truck Parking With DOT

    NATSO met with various Department of Transportation officials last week to discuss a number of issues concerning the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

  • 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.

  • NATSO, Fuel Groups Unite To Oppose Moving Point of Obligation Under the Renewable Fuel Standard

    NATSO joined seven fuel associations representing the majority of participants across the transportation fuels sector in expressing unified support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal to keep the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

  • 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.

  • NATSO Urges FHWA to Force New York State to Comply With Rest Area Commercialization Prohibition

    NATSO has learned that the state of New York is violating the federal ban on commercializing interstate rest areas by selling food and beverages at newly-constructed welcome centers and rest areas along the Interstate Highway System right-of-way.

  • NATSO Members Oppose Debit Reform Repeal

    More than six hundred businesses, including multiple NATSO members, wrote to Congress to oppose efforts to repeal the “Durbin Amendment.” As NATSO members are aware, the Durbin Amendment was included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and reformed the anti-competitive debit card market by placing caps on interchange fees in debit swipe transactions.

  • Judge Blocks New Persuader Rule Implementation, Likely Permanently

    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Nov. 16 enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing its recent changes to the Persuader Rule.

  • President-Elect's Infrastructure Plans Focus on Private Investment and Tax Credits

    Less than one week after Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, it is clear that the President-elect places a high priority on infrastructure spending. "We are going to . . . rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people back to work as we rebuild it," Trump said in his victory speech.

  • EPA Sides with NATSO, Fuel Marketers in RFS Decision

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 10 that it is proposing to deny recent requests to change the "point of obligation" under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from refiners and importers downstream to "position holders" at the rack, including many fuel marketers and blenders. The decision marks an important positive development for NATSO members. NATSO has spent more than a year educating EPA and the entire fuel marketing community on this issue and urging EPA to maintain the current point of of obligation.

  • 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.

  • EPA Sides With NATSO on Obligated Party Issue Under RFS

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it will not alter the “point of obligation” under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The announcement was accompanied by a comprehensive analysis detailing the effectiveness of the current point of obligation, as well as a thorough rebuttal of arguments in support of changing the point of obligation. NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings issued the following statement on EPA’s report:

  • 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.

  • McDonald’s $3.75 Million Wage-and-Hour Settlement Holds Joint Employer Implications

    McDonald’s Corp. agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a wage-and-hour lawsuit brought by employees at five franchisee-owned restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area, marking an important development in the company’s long-standing legal battle over whether it is a joint employer of franchise operations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Labor Department’s New Overtime Rule Takes Effect Dec. 1

    NATSO members are reminded that on Dec. 1, 2016, the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule that doubles the minimum salary threshold that employees must earn to be exempt from overtime pay is scheduled to take effect.

  • Seven Ways to Support the Homeless in Your Community

    Nearly 1 million people experience homelessness on any given night in the United States. As businesses that cater to the traveling public and support local communities, truckstops and travel plazas are in a unique position to help those who may be experiencing homelessness.

  • NATSO Supports Legislation to Reform DOL’s Overtime Rule

    NATSO joined more than 400 organizations representing a broad spectrum of the national economy and employing millions of employees in expressing strong support for S. 3464, the Overtime Reform and Review Act, which would provide employers significant relief from the negative impacts of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime rule.

  • NATSO Facilitates Two Congressional Visits with Key Lawmakers

    NATSO‘s government affairs team helped orchestrate two congressional visits in October, helping put truckstop and travel plaza members in direct contact with congressional leaders.

  • NATSO Foundation Helps Fight Human Trafficking in Utah

    The NATSO Foundation joined the Utah Attorney General, the Utah Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking Oct. 11 in hosting a coalition meeting in West Valley City, Utah, aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

  • NATSO, Rhode Island Trucking Association to Host Anti-Tolling Rally

    The Rhode Island Trucking Association and NATSO, the national association representing travel plazas and truckstops, announced today that they will host an informational rally and press conference Oct. 18 to discuss the devastating effects that "RhodeWorks" -- the Rhode Island Department of Transportation's truck-only tolling plan -- will have on local businesses and commercial truck drivers that operate within the state of Rhode Island.

  • U.S. DOT Approves Rhode Island's Truck-Only Toll Plan

    The Federal Highway Administration has approved Rhode Island's truck-only tolling plan, enabling the controversial project to proceed.

  • NATSO Addresses DOT Truck Parking Meeting

    NATSO on Oct. 5 participated in the fifth regional truck parking stakeholder meeting held by the Department of Transportation to address issues of capacity expansion, funding and finance, technology and data, as well as government coordination.

  • 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.

  • States, Business Groups Challenge Overtime Rule

    A group of 21 states filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas Sept. 20 challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule governing which employees are eligible for overtime pay, arguing the agency unconstitutionally overstepped its authority to establish a federal minimum salary level for white collar workers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 50 other business groups filed a separate challenge to the rule in the same federal court in Sherman, Texas, just hours later.

  • NATSO Discusses Opposition to Moving Point of Obligation Under RFS at Energy Conference

    Moving the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) downstream away from refiners would discourage fuel marketers from integrating renewable fuels into the fuel supply while simultaneously raising fuel prices at the pump, NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs said Sept. 21 at an energy conference.

  • 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.

  • NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting

    The NATSO Foundation will join the Utah Attorney General, the Utah Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking Oct. 11 in hosting a coalition meeting in West Valley City, Utah, aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

  • NATSO Commends Rep. Black for Introducing Legislation to Extend Biodiesel Blender’s Tax Credit

    NATSO on Sept. 16 applauded Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) for introducing legislation that would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit for two years through 2018.

  • NATSO, Others Urge Congress to Pass Menu Labeling Reform Legislation

    NATSO and a coalition of more than 200 food and retail groups is urging Congress to enact the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017, S. 2217) before the end of the year to address remaining problems with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA's) menu-labeling rule and ensure necessary compliance flexibility.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Questions Indiana Commission’s Secret Meeting on Road Funding Proposals

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI), of which NATSO is a founding member, questioned a special commission of the Indiana Senate for its decision to hold a private meeting to determine road-funding proposals for the legislature to consider in 2017.

  • NATSO Foundation Helps Texas Combat Human Trafficking

    The NATSO Foundation participated in a press conference hosted by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Sept. 1 announcing a Texas Coalition meeting aimed at bringing together law enforcement, the trucking industry and other members of the business community to coordinate ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

  • NATSO Discusses Truck Parking in Fourth Regional Stakeholder Meeting

    NATSO on Aug. 26 participated in the fourth regional truck parking stakeholder meeting held by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to address issues of capacity expansion, funding and finance, technology and data, as well as government coordination.

  • How Truckstops Can Help Fight Human Trafficking

    Often described as modern-day slavery, human trafficking has been reported across all modes of transportation and in many legitimate businesses that unknowingly are used for this illicit activity.

  • NATSO Calls on DOT to Work With Exit-Based Businesses In Establishing Alternative Fuel Corridors

    NATSO called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to work with private, exit-based businesses within the confines of the existing law that prohibits the sale of fuel and other commercial services at rest areas as it seeks to identify and establish stretches of the National Highway System as alternative fuel corridors.

  • 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.

  • Voters: Federal Government Should Pay to Repair Infrastructure

    The nation’s infrastructure has gotten worse over the last five years and the Federal government should bear the primary responsibility for funding repairs, according to a recent survey of 2,000 registered voters.

  • API Urges EPA to Reject Petitions to Move Point of Obligation Under RFS

    The American Petroleum Institute (API) on Aug. 15 urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny petitions for a rulemaking that request EPA to move the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

  • 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.

  • Hillary Clinton Promises Massive Infrastructure Bill

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in an economic speech on Thursday August 11, said that her proposed infrastructure plan is the best way to put Americans to work.

  • Fuels Update: Clinton Defends Position on RFS, AFPM Petitions EPA to Move RFS Compliance Burden

    The Clinton Campaign announced on Aug. 3 that it does not support replacing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with a national low-carbon fuel standard similar to what is in place in California. The statement came in response to a news story that Clinton had reached out to California Air Resources Board (CARB) officials to discuss whether a low-carbon fuel standard could be applied at a national level. The Clinton campaign said that this outreach was simply "part of the campaign's ongoing stakeholder outreach efforts." CARB chair Mary Nichols is considered to be on Clinton's short-list of potential EPA administrators. In other RFS news, AFPM formally petitioned EPA to move the point of obligation under the RFS from the refinery to rack sellers and the Renewable Fuels Association asked the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the EPA to investigate whether anyone is manipulating the RINs market.

  • White House Directs Agencies to Consider Climate Change for Transportation, Other Projects

    In Guidance released on Tuesday August 2, the Obama Administration issued non-binding guidance directing federal agencies to consider climate change before they approve major projects, including highway projects, pipelines, and other transportation and infrastructure projects.

  • NATSO Discusses Truck Parking at Regional Stakeholder Meeting

    NATSO on July 12 participated in the third regional truck parking stakeholder meeting held by the Department of Transportation to address issues of capacity expansion, funding and finance, technology and data, as well as government coordination.

  • NHTSA Tackles Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles Amid Public Safety and Privacy Concerns

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expects to issue industry guidelines on the deployment of autonomous vehicles later this summer. As trucking companies grow more attracted to the cost-savings these technologies can generate, regulations surrounding trucking -- such as hours-of-service rules -- could evolve as well, with serious implications for truckstops.

  • NATSO CEO: Court's Reversal of Visa, MasterCard $7.25 Billion Settlement Major Victory

    NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings today said the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse the $7.25 billion antitrust settlement that Visa and MasterCard had reached with millions of retailers over the high transaction fees that retailers pay each time a customer uses a credit card marks a major victory for retailers.

  • Visa, Mastercard $7.25 Billion Settlement Void

    Marking a major victory for retailers, a federal appeals court today threw out the $7.25 billion antitrust settlement that Visa and MasterCard had reached with millions of retailers over the high swipe fees that retailers pay each time a customer uses a credit card ruling that it was unfair to retailers who stood to receive no payments and little or no benefit.

  • Kroger Sues Visa Over Signature vs. PIN in Debit Transactions

    The lawsuit is just the latest in a series of lawsuits that large merchants have filed against credit card companies over restrictions on PIN authentication. NATSO continues to actively urge members of Congress to examine the payments system, arguing that PIN authentication is the most secure, cost-effective solution.

  • NATSO Supports Long-Term Highway Funding

    As East Coast states experiment with novel highway funding strategies and a new report from a transportation research group highlights the need for additional highway revenue, NATSO's leadership on transportation funding policy becomes even more important.

  • District Court Blocks Persuader Rule

    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on June 27 granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily prevents the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing its recent changes to the Persuader Rule. That rule was scheduled to take effect July 1. The injunction will be in effect until the district court issues a decision on the merits of the lawsuit or a higher court overrules the injunction if the DOL appeals it.

  • EIA Predicts Fuel Consumption to Decline Nearly 20 Percent By 2040

    Diesel fuel consumption could decline 18 percent by 2040 under a new round of fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a forecast released June 23.

  • The NATSO Foundation Launches Online Training: How Truckstops Help People

    The NATSO Foundation launched a new online learning initiative designed to strengthen the nation’s truckstop and travel plaza industry by delivering comprehensive educational and safety training materials to truckstop owners, operators and employees.

  • Politics and Pie at NATSO Day on The Hill

    NATSO members made their annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill May 16–18, meeting with Senators and Members of Congress to voice how vitally important the truckstop and travel plaza industry is to the national economy and how Congressional votes affect its ability to thrive.

  • House Passes Bill to Delay Implementation of EPA Ozone Standard

    The U.S. House of Representatives on June 8 voted 234-137 in favor of the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016 (H.R. 4775) to delay implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone for eight years.

  • NATSO Discusses Truck Parking, Rest Area Commercialization with Midwestern Governors Association

    Truckstops and travel plazas are a critical part of America's transportation network, providing hundreds of thousands of parking spaces for long-haul truckers to rest, NATSO president Lisa Mullings told a meeting of the Midwestern Governors Association. She told attendees about the NATSO Foundation’s plans to release Park My Truck, a mobile app to assist professional drivers looking for a place to park.

  • Tolling Harms Business and Communities, Anti-Tolling Coalition Says

    Tolling Wisconsin’s existing Interstates will hurt the economy, double tax motorists and harm the communities burdened by traffic diverted onto secondary roads, Jim Goetz, co-president of Goetz Cos., recently wrote in an editorial published in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

  • NATSO Urges Agriculture Department to Revise SNAP Rule

    NATSO told the Department of Agriculture that its recently proposed rule regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will negatively impact travel plazas that redeem SNAP benefits, and their customers, and should be substantially revised before it is finalized.

  • Transportation Leaders Announce Highway Safety Initiative: Park My Truck

    NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings joined representatives of the American Trucking Associations and the American Transportation Research Institute and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in urging truck parking providers to participate in a new highway safety initiative aimed at helping commercial truck drivers find available truck parking. Speaking at a press conference held May 18 on Capitol Hill during NATSO’s annual call on Washington, Mullings announced that beginning in late summer, truck drivers who need to stop and rest will be able to use a new, free mobile phone app called Park My Truck to locate available truck parking.

  • NATSO Kicks Off Annual Day on the Hill

    The truckstop and travel plaza industry will storm Capitol Hill May 18 to push for sustainable highway funding as well as to voice concerns with several labor initiatives being pushed by the Obama Administration as part of its annual Day on Capitol Hill. The industry also will tackle payments security amid the switch to EMV technology for Chip cards and its resulting shift in liability fraud onto retailers.

  • NATSO Urges FHWA to Reject California Waiver on Interstate Advertising

    NATSO urged the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to refrain from waiving the current prohibition on commercial advertising on the Interstate right-of-way if California passes pending legislation. The California Senate Transportation Committee recently approved SB 1397, which would permit the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to seek federal approval to use commercial advertising on changeable message signs when they are not being used for safety or transportation-related messages.

  • NATSO Testifies On SNAP Before House Committee on Agriculture

    The truckstop and travel plaza industry on May 12 testified before Congress on the important role that the industry plays in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), providing a convenient place for economically disadvantaged citizens to purchase food.

  • NATSO to Testify Before House Agriculture Committee on SNAP

    Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will testify on behalf of NATSO at a Congressional hearing May 12 on the company's experience as a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer, as well as the negative impact the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new proposed SNAP rule will have on retailers that redeem SNAP benefits.

  • FDA Issues Final Menu-Labeling Guidance

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released final guidance clarifying some of the ambiguities in its federal "menu-labeling" regulations. Those regulations, which were finalized in December 2014, require calorie declarations on menus and menu boards for chain restaurants and retail food establishments, including many convenience stores. The guidance, released on April 29, 2016, starts a one-year clock until FDA begins enforcing the calorie labeling requirements, meaning covered establishments will need to be in compliance by May 2017.

  • Industry Awaits Final Overtime Regulation

    As the Department of Labor works to finish its overtime rule by summer, rumors are circulating that the agency could lower the salary threshold for overtime eligibility. It remains unclear at this time what the final overtime rule will look like. However, Politico reported that the agency is considering lowering the salary level at which employees are eligible for overtime to $47,000, down from $50,440 in the proposed rule.

  • Congressman Byrne Introduces Resolution to Nullify Persuader Rule

    Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) recently introduced a resolution (H.J. Res 87) under the Congressional Review Act to nullify the Department of Labor’s controversial final persuader rule, which went into effect April 25.

  • Kenly 95 Questions N.C. Transportation Leaders Eyeing Tolls

    North Carolina must find a more efficient and economically beneficial solution to the state’s transportation funding problems other than resurrecting the specter of tolling existing interstates, Ernie Brame, General Manager at Kenly 95 Truckstop in Kenly, N.C., recently wrote in a letter to the News & Observer.

  • DOT: Insufficient Data to Recommend Truck Size and Weight Changes

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on April 14 released its federally mandated study on truck size and weight, concluding that data is too insufficient to recommend any type of regulatory change.

  • Employers Want Rollback of HealthCare Law Employer Mandate, Survey Finds

    Nearly 70 percent of employers want a rollback of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate, according to a new survey from global consulting firm, Mercer. More than 80 percent of the 644 employers polled cited significant additional administrative burdens as one of their chief complaints, with 51 percent classifying the administrative burdens as “very significant.”

  • NATSO Urges Congress to Maintain LIFO as Acceptable Accounting Method

    NATSO urged members of the House Ways and Means Committee to recognize the severe economic consequences that could result from repealing or modifying the last-in, first-out (LIFO) accounting method and maintain it as an acceptable inventory accounting method.

  • USDA Extends SNAP Comment Period

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on April 1 announced a 30-day extension to the comment period on its proposed rule that would make it harder for NATSO members to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamp) benefits. Comments are now due by May 18.

  • Tolls Hurt Working Class; Kill All-American Road Trip

    The Vermont Sun Eagle recently threw its support behind efforts to limit tolling on existing interstates when Editor Louis Varricchio penned an editorial highlighting the negative effects of tolls on the traveling public and the public’s desire for an alternative to tolling.

  • Business Groups Challenge DOL Persuader Rule

    The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Associated Builders and Contractors and other business groups filed a lawsuit in federal court in Arkansas March 30 challenging the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final Persuader Rule.

  • NATSO Urges Congress to Restore Joint Employer Standard

    In comments submitted to the House Small Business Committee March 22, NATSO urged Congress to restore the joint employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to the “efficient” and “effective” rule that had been in place for more than 30 years prior to the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial August decision in its case against Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) that redefined and expanded "joint employer” liability.

  • NATSO Urges Senate Vote on Death Tax Repeal

    NATSO joined more than 112 associations representing small businesses across the United States in urging the Senate to vote on the House passed Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 (H.R. 1105), which would end the federal estate tax.

  • FMCSA Proposes Entry-Level Driver Training Rule, Considers Sleep Apnea Rule

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is tackling two new rules aimed at enhancing the safety of commercial motor vehicle operations on the nation’s highways. FMCSA on March 7 published its Congressionally mandated national training standards for entry-level truck and bus drivers that would revise the standards for new interstate and intrastate commercial vehicle operators to obtain a commercial driver license. The agency also jointly published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) with the Federal Railroad Administration that could lead to a requirement that commercial drivers and railroad workers be evaluated for sleep apnea.

  • NATSO Seeks Extension of SNAP Comment Period

    NATSO on March 10 asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the comment period on its proposed rule that would make it harder for NATSO members to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamp) benefits.

  • NATSO Foundation Kicks Off “How Truckstops Help People” Pledge Drive

    The NATSO Foundation Feb. 22 kicked-off an industrywide pledge campaign aimed at solidifying the truckstop and travel plaza community’s response to requests for help from people in various life-threatening scenarios. The campaign urges truckstops and travel plazas to commit to training their employees using the NATSO Foundation’s new online training courses in the “How Truckstops Help People” series. The “How Truckstops

  • Congressmen Urge DOL to Reconsider Expanded Overtime Eligibility

    More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to reconsider the Department of Labor’s proposed regulation to expand overtime eligibility arguing that the one-size fits all rule would adversely affect employers and hurt the nation’s workers instead of helping them.

  • House Approves Menu-Labeling Legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted 266 to 144 on Feb. 12 in favor of H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.

  • NATSO, Stakeholders Support ADA Reform

    NATSO joined a group of business and trade associations representing a broad cross section of the U.S. economy in supporting the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015,” H.R. 3765, which would rein in the number of frivolous lawsuits filed against businesses under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • President Signs E-Liquid Packaging Law

    President Obama on Jan. 28 signed into law the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015, which requires the packaging of liquid nicotine containers for use in electronic cigarettes to be subject to existing child poisoning prevention packaging standards. The legislation requires that all liquid-nicotine containers have packaging that makes it difficult for children under five years old to open.

  • Looking Ahead to 2016

    NATSO anticipates monitoring and advocating on more than a dozen public policy topics in 2016. Here’s a glimpse of some of the biggest issues facing NATSO members and what truckstop and travel plaza owners should prepare for as the 2016 Presidential race continues to heat up.

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Issues Final Electronic Logging Rule

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 10 issued its Final Electronic-Logging Device Rule (ELD), mandating the use of technology by commercial drivers to log their hours of service (HOS) data effective December 2017.

  • Delving Into the Highway Bill: Natural Gas and EV Charging Corridors

    The five-year, $305 billion highway bill signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama contained several provisions that stand to affect the right-of-way on federal aid highways. Although the changes are not dramatic, because they could potentially affect the current ban on rest area commercialization, NATSO will play an active role in how they are implemented.

  • Delving Into the Highway Bill: Tolling

    Congress recently passed the first long-term highway bill in a decade. The more than 1,300 page bill contains a number of significant policy changes, some directly related to transportation policy, others less so. This week, NATSO is taking a "deep dive" on different components of the highway bill. Today, the topic is Tolling.

  • Senate Sends Highway Bill to President

    Lawmakers sent the longest surface transportation bill in more than a decade to the President for his signature late last night after the Senate voted in favor of the five-year, $305 billion highway bill titled Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

  • Congress Reaches Deal on Five-Year Highway Bill

    Congressional negotiators agreed to a five-year, $305 billion highway bill Dec. 1, clearing one of the last hurdles in their push to finalize a long-term highway bill before current highway spending authority expires at the end of this week.

  • How To Pursue Your Claim Against VISA and MasterCard for Antitrust Violations

    NATSO served as one of several plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against VISA and MasterCard (In re Payment Card Interchange Fee & Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation). This lawsuit was brought on behalf of merchants who accepted those companies' payment cards in the United States since January 1, 2004. Over NATSO's objection, the district court approved a settlement of that class action for a cash payment and an injunction requiring VISA and MasterCard to change some of their rules for accepting their payment cards.

  • Congress Urged to Focus on Highway Bill's Funding and Length

    Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged Congress to focus on both the funding levels and the length of the highway bill as negotiators seek to hash out a multi-year surface transportation program.

  • President Signs Short-Term Highway Patch

    President Obama signed into law a two-week extension of current highway spending authority, giving lawmakers an additional two weeks to hash out a multiyear agreement.

  • Lawmakers Prepare to Conference Highway Bill

    The House of Representatives returns from a week-long recess today and is expected to begin negotiating a six-year highway bill with the Senate in an effort to finalize an agreement on a multi-year highway bill by Nov. 20, when current spending authority on the Highway Trust Fund expires.

  • NATSO Urges Congress to Mitigate Harmful Economic Effects of Ozone Rule

    NATSO joined a coalition of nearly 60 businesses representing the transportation, construction, and manufacturing sectors in urging Congress to take legislative steps to mitigate the harmful economic hardships that will result under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final ozone rule.

  • House Passes Transportation Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted 363-64 Nov. 5 in favor of a six-year, $325 billion transportation bill, clearing the way for the House and the Senate to finalize a long-term highway bill before highway spending authority expires Nov. 20.

  • House Panel Approves Joint Employer Bill

    The House Education and Workforce Committee voted 21-15 Oct. 28 in favor of the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act, H.R. 3459, which would restore the longstanding joint employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Introduced by Congressman John Kline (R-Minn.) in September, H.R. 3459 would undo the recent expansion of joint employer liability under federal law and amend the NLRA by limiting joint employer findings to situations where two or more entities share control over employees that is “actual, direct, and immediate.”

  • Senate Passes Bipartisan Highway Patch

    The Senate passed a bipartisan three-week extension of current highway law, which was set to expire today. The House approved the bill by voice vote on Tuesday, and it is now headed to the White House for the President’s signature.

  • House Committee Passes Six-Year Highway Bill

    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Oct. 22 overwhelmingly approved via voice-vote a six-year, $325 billion surface transportation bill that largely maintains baseline funding for highway and transit projects. The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 3763, is a companion bill to the Senate’s DRIVE Act passed in July. With just one week remaining until the current extension expires, however, NATSO anticipates that Congress will pass another short-term extension to highway law.

  • Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Tolling Amendments

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates urged members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to reject any amendments to the its multi-year highway bill that would expand the federal tolling pilot program or divert revenue away from the toll road on which it was collected during today’s mark up.

  • Subcommittee Examines Impacts of Proposed Overtime Regulations on Small Business

    The Department of Labor’s proposal to expand overtime eligibility would make it harder for small businesses to grow and create jobs, Rep. Cresent Hardy, Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations said during a recent hearing.

  • House T&I To Consider Highway Bill Soon

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said the committee expects to markup a highway bill the last week of October, when the latest extension to highway funding law is set to expire.

  • House T&I Urged to Move Highway Bill Without Tax Reform Financing

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) last week encouraged House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) to move forward with a long-term highway bill without financing from international tax reform.

  • NATSO Promotes David Fialkov to Vice President, Government Relations

    NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings announced that David Fialkov has been promoted to Vice President, Government Relations. In this role, Fialkov will continue his role as NATSO's Legislative and Regulatory Counsel and also will lead the association’s legislative policy and lobbying efforts on behalf of the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

  • Coalition Urges Congress to Restore Longstanding Joint Employer Standard

    The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NATSO is a member, urged Congress to quickly pass the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act (S. 2015/H.R. 3549), which would restore the longstanding joint employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act.

  • 34-Hour Restart Could Take Effect as Early as Sept. 30

    The suspended 34-hour restart provision of the truck driver Hours-of-Service rule could be reinstated on Sept. 30 when the annual spending bill that included the suspension runs out. If the current stay of enforcement is removed, truck drivers again would be forced to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods during the use of a 34-hour restart and be limited to using the restart just once a week.

  • FDA Halts Sale of Four R.J. Reynolds Products

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 15 issued orders to stop the sale and distribution of four R.J. Reynolds cigarette products because they did not meet requirements set forth in the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

  • House Committee Advances Legislation to End Ban on Crude Oil Exports

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 31-19 on Sept. 17 to advance bipartisan legislation that would end the 40-year-old ban on exporting domestically produced crude oil.

  • NATSO Joins Stakeholder Group in Pushing for Long-Term Highway Bill

    NATSO joined nearly 70 organizations representing a broad cross section of the U.S. economy in urging Congress to pass a six-year reauthorization of the federal highway program in 2015 that increases investments in highway and public transportation improvements.

  • Joint Employer Bill Pushes Back on Labor Initiatives

    Republican Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Congressman John Kline (R- MN) on Sept. 9 introduced legislation designed to undo the recent expansion of joint employer liability under federal law. The legislation responds to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision issued last month redefining "joint employer" in a manner that would make it easier for two or more companies to be considered "joint employers."

  • Legislation Would Allow States to Choose Heavier Trucks

    U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) introduced legislation that would allow states to decide whether they want to increase truck weight limits to 91,000 pounds from the current 80,000 pound limit.

  • NATSO Responds to DOL Proposal to Expand Overtime Eligibility

    NATSO on Sept. 4 filed comments with the Department of Labor in response to the agency’s proposed rule governing which employees are eligible for overtime pay.

  • Heavy Highway Vehicle Tax Payments Due Aug. 31

    Owners of heavy highway vehicles are reminded to file their next federal highway use tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by Aug. 31.

  • NATSO Seeks Member Input on Overtime Pay Requirements

    NATSO currently is seeking member help in collecting information about employee wages and duties so that the association can submit public comments on the Department of Labor's proposed rule governing which employees are eligible for overtime pay.

  • Congress Passes Short-Term Highway Patch

    Congress on July 30 passed a stopgap three-month measure to finance federal highway and transportation projects. The measure is expected to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through December.

  • NATSO Responds to EPA RFS Requirements for 2014-2016

    NATSO filed comments July 27 with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency’s May proposal on its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016 as well as the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2017.

  • Senate Continues Six-Year Highway Bill Push, Deadline Looms

    With just days remaining until the expiration of current highway funding law, the Senate continues to push forward with a six-year federal highway bill, teeing up a show down with the House, which passed a five-month extension to transportation programs earlier this month.

  • Senate Committee Advances Tax Extenders, Shifts Biodiesel Tax Credit Upstream

    The Senate Finance Committee on July 21 voted 23-3 to extend a $95.2 billion package of individual and business tax provisions known as tax extenders through 2016, including a modified version of the $1 per-gallon biodiesel tax credit.

  • NATSO Urges Senate Finance to Extend Biodiesel Tax Credit

    NATSO joined a group of petroleum retailers and marketers in urging members of the Senate Finance Committee to extend the $1 per-gallon biodiesel tax credit when it considers a package of individual and business tax provisions known as tax extenders July 21.

  • Joint-Employer Standard, Overtime Eligibility Top Employer Concerns

    Possible changes to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) definition of joint employer and expansion of employee overtime eligibility rank among top employer concerns, according to the 2015 Executive Employer Survey Report.

  • Food and Retail Coalition Urges Support for Common Sense Disclosure Act of 2015

    NATSO joined a coalition of food and retail groups in urging Congress to support the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017), which would allow more flexibility for retailers as they seek to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s menu-labeling regulations.

  • Legislation Introduced to Streamline Employer Mandated ACA Reporting Requirements

    U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Michael Thompson (D-Calif.) recently introduced the Commonsense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015 aimed at streamlining the employer mandate reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act to minimize compliance burdens on businesses.

  • Sen. Roberts Introduces Bill to Make Bonus Depreciation Permanent

    U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on June 24 introduced legislation that seeks to amend the U.S. tax code to indefinitely renew the expired tax break known as bonus depreciation.

  • Senate EPW Committee Approves Six-Year Highway Bill

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on June 24 unanimously approved a bipartisan $275 billion highway bill that would fund the nation’s highway program for six years.

  • EPA Issues New UST Requirements

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 22 issued final underground storage tank system testing and inspection regulations, marking the first significant revision to the regulations since they were issued in 1988.

  • Senate Bill to Repeal RFS Introduced

    Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on June 16 introduced legislation that seeks to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

  • Rep. Ryan Steadfast in Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) reiterated his opposition to raising the motor fuels tax to fund a long-term infrastructure program during a committee hearing in which industry groups urged Congress to quickly find a sustainable funding source for the Highway Trust Fund.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Urges Senate EPW to Reject Tolling Expansion

    NATSO joined more than 80 organizations representing a cross-section of the U.S. economy in urging members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to reject expanding tolling on existing interstates when it marks up a long-term highway bill June 24.

  • Bill Would Eliminate the Gas Tax

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) have filed a bill—the Transportation Empowerment Act—that would gradually eliminate the fuel tax to fund federal transportation projects.

  • House Bill Maintains 34-Hour Restart Suspension, Rejects Insurance Increases

    The House has passed its Transportation-Housing spending bill that includes two provisions related to the trucking industry.

  • Congressional Discussions on Highway Funding Heat Up

    Discussions on highway funding are ramping up on Capitol Hill, with both the House and Senate holding hearings to discuss financing options this week. Legislators are facing a July 31 deadline for the expiration of current federal infrastructure funding and are struggling with how to pay for a multi-year extension.

  • DOT Recommends No Change to Truck Size and Weight Pending Better Data

    The Department of Transportation on June 5 recommended lawmakers refrain from making changes to truck size and weight regulations at this time citing profound data limitations.

  • NREL Study on E-15 Compatibility Draws Misleading Conclusions

    A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) asserting that most existing fuel dispensing equipment components, including underground storage tanks, are compatible with E-15 is coming under fire by industry groups for drawing false and misleading conclusions.

  • NATSO CEO to Speak on Panel: Recruiting and Retaining Women Drivers

    NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings will join veterans of the trucking industry on June 17 in a live web panel discussion focused on the truck driver shortage and how the industry is targeting female drivers.

  • Rep. Boustany Opposes Using International Tax Reform for Highways

    A key Republican working on a plan to rewrite the international tax code, said he would oppose any efforts to use his plan to help financing a highway funding package, Politico reported.

  • AmEx Seeks Emergency Stay of Anti-Trust Order

    American Express on May 26 filed an emergency request with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to pause an injunction that bars the company from prohibiting merchants from steering customers toward a particular card or payment method.

  • EPA Proposes RFS Requirements for 2014-2016

    The Environmental Protection Agency on May 29 issued a proposed rule for the volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 through 2016. The EPA also released a 2017 proposed standard for biomass-based diesel.

  • EPW Poised to Unveil Highway Bill

    The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee is scheduled to mark up a six-year highway bill June 24. It remains unclear, however, where how lawmakers will fund a long-term infrastructure program.

  • Labor Department Sets December Deadline for Persuader Rule

    The Department of Labor (DOL) has set a December timeframe for issuing the Persuader Rule, which would limit ways in which employers can communicate with their employees as they decide whether to unionize.

  • Senators Urge FDA to Delay Menu-Labeling Rule

    A bipartisan group of more than 30 Senators urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to delay the rule requiring chain restaurants or similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to display calorie counts on menus and menu boards.

  • House Approves Highway Patch

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted 387-35 late May 19 to extend Highway Trust Fund financing for two months through the end of July.

  • Court Hears Arguments in NLRB Elections Rule Challenge

    The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on May 15 heard oral arguments in the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace’s challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush elections” rule.

  • Lawmakers Propose Short-Term Highway Patch

    With the clock ticking down on the expiration of current highway law, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) on May 14 proposed a two-month extension into July. The proposal also calls on Congress to finish a multi-year transportation bill.

  • Expanded Tolling Would Harm Business, President of Melvin Davis Oil Says

    Tolling existing interstates would put businesses at a competitive disadvantage by forcing them to increase wages to attract and retain a workforce, Rex Davis, president of Melvin L. Davis Oil said during a recent interview with WWBT NBC 12.

  • Lawmakers Divided Over Highway Bill Extension

    Although a short-term patch to the current highway bill is expected soon, Senate Republicans continue to disagree over how to fund an extension and how long it should last.

  • Virginia Pilot Urges Elected Officials to Increase Federal Fuel Tax

    If Congress and the President are serious about repairing the nation's deteriorating infrastructure and laying a foundation for long-term growth, they need to raise the federal gas tax, the Virginia Pilot Editorial Board recently wrote.

  • New Legislation Seeks Flexibility for Retailers in Menu-Labeling Compliance

    U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) on April 26 introduced H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015, which would allow more flexibility for retailers as they seek to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations regarding calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, other food retail establishments and on vending machines.

  • FMCSA Amends Medical Exam Form Rules

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amended its medical examination rules April 23, mandating that medical examiners performing physical exams of commercial drivers use a new medical exam report and submit exam results to the agency by midnight of the following day.

  • Lawmakers Call for Dedicated Freight Infrastructure Funding

    With just six weeks remaining until current highway law expires, two U.S. Representatives joined stakeholders in urging Congress to pass a highway reauthorization bill that includes dedicated funding for freight infrastructure.

  • Elected Officials Offer Highway Funding Fix

    Members of the House and Senate introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at shoring up the dwindling Highway Trust Fund before current highway law expires May 31.

  • NATSO Responds to Finance Committee Call for Tax Reform Input

    NATSO filed comments April 15 with the Senate Finance Committee in response to the committee’s call for stakeholder and public input on how best to overhaul the nation’s tax code.

  • Rep. Young Introduces Liquefied Natural Gas Tax Parity Bill

    Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced legislation aimed at ensuring that excise taxes on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane are levied at a rate consistent with their energy output relative to diesel and gasoline.

  • EPA Settles Lawsuit Over Renewable Fuel Standard Delays

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 10 that it has settled a lawsuit with the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers over its failure to issue volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard and agreed to set 2014 and 2015 mandates by Nov. 30.

  • House T&I Chairman Says Fuel Tax Increase Impossible

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R.-Pa.) said Congress will get a long-term highway bill done this year but not before current highway funding expires at the end of May, according to published reports. Rep. Shuster also said that raising the gas tax to pay for a long-term bill would be impossible.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Keep Tolls Off of Existing Interstates

    Stripping away federal funding for surface transportation projects and eliminating the federal government’s constitutionally mandated role in promoting interstate commerce would burden states and open the door for widespread tolling of existing interstates, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) wrote in a recent editorial.

  • EPA Opens Public Comment Period on E-15 Collection Request

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a proposed information collection request regarding several recordkeeping and reporting items associated with the agency’s rule that allows the sale of gasoline blends containing 15 percent ethanol or E-15.

  • President Vetoes Resolution to Block Ambush Election Rule

    President Obama on March 31 signed a memorandum of disapproval that effectively vetoed the Congressional Review Act resolution (S.J. Res. 8) to block the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule.

  • Day On The Hill Matters

    Some of the biggest decisions affecting your business aren’t made in the truckstop.

  • Broadening Joint-Employer Standard Threatens Small Business Growth

    If the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) abandons a 30-year-old legal test for classifying multiple businesses as joint employers, franchisors and franchisees across the United States will have to renegotiate or reconsider business relationships, BNA reported.

  • House Ways and Means Chairman Eyes Short-Term Patch for Highway Trust Fund

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said March 26 that he is working with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on a short-term patch to the Highway Trust Fund to allow more time to work on tax reform, Politico reported.

  • House T&I Chairman Reaffirms Opposition to Fuel Tax Increase

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) reaffirmed his opposition to increasing the motor fuels tax as a means of funding surface transportation, but said lawmakers must identify a funding mechanism by Easter recess if they want to pass a long-term bill before current law expires May 31.

  • Industry Warns Stricter Ozone Standard Will Hurt Economy

    As the comment period closed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed stricter ozone standard, industry groups warned that more rigid standards would hurt the U.S. economy and middle income families.

  • House Approves Measure to Block Ambush Election Rule

    The U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 voted 232 to 186 in favor of the Congressional Review Act Resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule. The President is expected to veto the measure, however, which passed the Senate 53-46 earlier this month.

  • ARTBA Proposes Fuel Tax Increase With Rebates

    The American Road and Transportation Builders Association on March 12 proposed that Congress increase the federal gasoline and diesel motor fuels tax by 15 cents per gallon and offset the cost with a federal tax rebate for low and middle income families as a means of funding long-term surface transportation.

  • Transportation Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Devolution of Federal Highway Program

    NATSO joined a coalition of transportation, construction and business groups in urging Congress to oppose the devolution of the federal highway program and the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), saying they would strip away most federal funding for surface transportation projects and eliminate the federal government’s constitutionally mandated role in promoting interstate commerce.

  • NLRB Asks Court to Dismiss Election Rule Challenge

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on March 6 asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and other business groups seeking to block changes to its union election rules and procedures.

  • Senate Passes Measure to Block Ambush Election Rule

    Senate lawmakers on March 4 passed S.J. Res. 8 to block the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule. The House is now expected to take up a companion resolution, H.J. Res. 29, after lawmakers return from recess March 16.

  • EPW Chairman Says It’s Time to Draft a Highway Bill

    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said the recent hearing on the reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund will be the last and that the committee is working to push out a long-term bill before the current extension expires in May, according to Politico.

  • GOP Senator Addresses Fuels Tax Increase

    Republican Senator David Vitter (R-La.) said Feb. 25 that he would be open to increasing the federal motor fuels tax to fund transportation projects provided the hike was offset by a cut somewhere in the nation’s tax code.

  • NATSO Announces Departure of Holly Alfano, Vice President, Government Affairs

    After eight years leading NATSO’s advocacy efforts, Holly Alfano announced that she will step down as NATSO’s Vice President of Government Affairs on March 13.

  • Coalition Urges Senate to Approve Resolution Nullifying Ambush Election Rule

    The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), of which NATSO is a member, urged the Senate to immediately approve S.J. Res. 8, which would overturn the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule.

  • Rep. Ryan Eyes Corporate Tax Reform to Fix Highway Trust Fund

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) said repatriation of corporate earnings held overseas would help to fix the Highway Trust Fund provided it was part of overall corporate tax reform, Politico reported.

  • AmEx Loses Anti-Trust Lawsuit

    Marking a major victory for retailers, a federal court ruled Fed. 19 that American Express’ merchant agreements violate anti-trust laws, resulting in higher costs for consumers.

  • NLRB Names McDonald’s as Joint Employer in Six Complaints

    The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel recently issued six more complaints that allege McDonald’s USA is a joint employer with its franchisees under the National Labor Relations Act, BNA reported.

  • House Passes Small Business Tax Break

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 13 voted 272 to 142 in favor of H.R. 636, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, which would permanently extend Section 179 expensing of up to $500,000.

  • Bipartisan Senators Call for Strong Biodiesel RFS

    A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. Senators wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Feb. 9 urging the agency to quickly to approve strong biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

  • House Opens Highway Bill Debate

    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged lawmakers to pass a long-term measure to boost U.S. infrastructure spending Feb. 11 at a hearing kicking off House discussions of the highway bill.

  • Lawmakers Indicate Another Highway Patch Possible

    The inability of lawmakers to agree on how best to fund a long-term infrastructure plan could mean another short-term patch to the existing highway bill come May.

  • Bill Proposing 15-Cent Fuel Tax Increase Reintroduced

    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) reintroduced legislation Feb. 4 to increase the federal gas tax 15-cents per gallon over three years, nearly doubling the tax by 2018. The bill also would increase the diesel tax at the same rate for three years and tie both taxes to inflation.

  • Senate Kicks Off Highway Bill Debate

    At a hearing kicking off Senate debate of the highway bill, Senator David Vitter (R-La.) laid out what he considers to be three viable options for fixing shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund.

  • NCWM Plans Vote on Tighter Diesel Dispenser Filter

    At its interim meeting last week, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) decided to schedule a vote on a proposal to mandate a 10 micron filter for diesel dispensers that serve automobiles. NCWM will consider the issue again at its annual meeting in July 2015, despite it being voted down at its previous meeting in July 2014. Currently the standard is a 30 micron filter for diesel fuel dispensers on the automotive service island.

  • Coalition Urges Senators to Co-Sponsor 40 Hours Full-Time Act

    NATSO joined a broad group of industry associations representing a cross-section of the U.S. economy in urging members of the U.S. Senate to co-sponsor legislation that would redefine full-time employment to 40 hours per week under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Supreme Court Denies Swipe Fee Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 20 declined to hear a challenge to the Federal Reserve’s rule over transaction fees that retailers are forced to charge customers when they swipe a debit card.

  • EPA Delays Ozone Standard

    The Environmental Protection Agency delayed the release of its court-ordered national ozone standard citing a need to consider input and better align the major pieces of the regulation. EPA said it now plans to finalize its rule by mid-Summer.

  • House Votes to Restore 40-Hour Week

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted 252-172 on Jan 8 in favor of legislation that would redefine the definition of full-time to 40 hours per week under the Affordable Care Act as well as waive fees on businesses that do not offer health insurance to employees working fewer than 40 hours.

  • Obama Administration Will Consider Proposals to Increase Gas Tax

    The Obama Administration said it will consider any proposals that Congress approves to pay for transportation, including proposals that increase the gas tax. However, the White House stopped short of endorsing a fuel tax increase and reiterated its support for corporate tax reform as the best option for fixing the Highway Trust Fund.

  • Coalition Urges Congress to Redefine Full-Time

    NATSO joined a broad group of industry associations representing a cross-section of the U.S. economy in urging Congress to act quickly on legislation that would redefine full-time employment to 40 hours per week under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Coalition Files Lawsuit to Stop NLRB Election Rule

    The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NATSO is a member, on Jan. 5 filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with its “ambush elections” rule.

  • Rep. Shuster Rules Out Gas Tax Increase to Fund Highway Bill

    House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said passing a highway bill to pay for the nation’s infrastructure construction and maintenance is a top priority in 2015, however he ruled out a motor fuels tax increase as a means of paying for it.

  • Looking Ahead to 2015

    The New Year brings a new Congress. What can we expect from the 114th Congress? Here’s an overview of the top NATSO issues that will be in play during 2015.

  • Tolls Hit Family Budgets With Double Whammy, Coalition Says

    Tolling interstates to generate revenue for infrastructure funding would hit families with a double whammy by reducing disposable income while increasing retail prices for consumers, according to the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI).

  • NLRB Names McDonald’s as Joint Employer In 13 Complaints

    The National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 19 issued 13 labor complaints naming McDonald’s Corp. as a joint employer of the workers at its franchisees’ locations.

  • Congress Passes FY 2015 Spending Bill

    The U.S. Senate voted late Dec.13 in a rare Saturday session for a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds most government operations during the fiscal year, including the Department of Transportation.

  • NLRB Issues Final Elections Rule; Coalition Plans Lawsuit

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Dec. 12 issued a final elections rule which will dramatically accelerate the time frame allowed for elections. The rule dictates procedures for workplace elections that determine whether employees want to be represented by a union.

  • Va. Gas Tax Set to Rise 5 Cents

    Virginia fuel retailers are reminded that effective Jan. 1, Virginia’s gas tax will increase 5.1 cents to 16.2 cents per gallon.

  • FMCSA Eliminates Daily Paperwork Burden for Commercial Drivers

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule Dec. 9 that eliminates the burdensome daily paperwork requirement associated with filing Driver Vehicle Inspection reports (DVIRs).

  • President Addresses Gas Tax Increase

    President Barack Obama said he would “potentially” support an increase in the gas tax, but indicated that Congress should consider a less political and more sustainable revenue source for funding highway infrastructure.

  • House Passes Tax Extenders, Senate Vote Imminent

    The U.S. House of Representatives late Dec. 3 approved a one-year renewal of more than 50 tax breaks, including the $1 per-gallon biodiesel tax credit.

  • Tax Extenders Legislation Faces Uncertain Fate

    Despite reports that a bill renewing a series of expired tax credits is nearing completion, tax extenders legislation is becoming more controversial on Capitol Hill, threatening its chances of passing this year.

  • FDA Finalizes Menu-Labeling Rule

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled its menu-labeling rule Nov. 25, requiring that retailers and vending machine operators list calorie information on menus and menu boards.

  • States Push Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to Pay Fair Share

    Several state legislatures are expected to take up the issue of whether to impose special fees on hybrid and electric vehicles in 2015 as a means of generating revenue for highway construction and maintenance, Bloomberg BNA reported.

  • Republicans Seek Ozone Compliance Costs

    Twelve Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide public information regarding the costs of meeting a potentially stricter ozone standard.

  • EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced Nov. 21 that it will not finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard, citing the significant number of public comments and an inability to finalize the standards before the end of the year.

  • Tolling Interstates: Crony Capitalism at Its Worst

    Tolling existing interstates represents crony capitalism at its worst and threatens the financial foundation of working families, commuters and businesses, according to a recent editorial published in the conservative publication Bearing Drift.

  • House Formally Picks Transportation Committee Chair, Ranking Member

    Committee Chairmen are in place for the 114th Congress, with House Republicans formally picking Bill Shuster (R-Penna.) to again chair the Transportation Committee. House Democrats voted unanimously for Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to serve as the committee’s ranking member, succeeding Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) who was defeated in the election.

  • NATSO Urges Quick Action on Tax Extenders

    NATSO and a group of associations representing the nation's fuel retailers are urging Congress to act quickly on a tax extenders package, with particular support for a retroactive extension of the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit.

  • Tax Extenders Package Expected in Lame Duck

    When Congress returns to Capitol Hill on Nov. 12 for the lame duck session, Republicans and Democrats are expected to discuss several issues of importance to NATSO members, one of which could be a tax extenders package.

  • Retailers Urge Congress to Standardize Data Theft Notification

    NATSO joined more than 40 organizations representing a cross-section of the U.S. economy in urging Congress to pass legislation that would standardize public notification of data theft for all businesses that handle sensitive personal information, without exemption.

  • NATSO, Truckstop Industry Mourn W. Dewey Clower

    NATSO today expressed its deepest sympathies and condolences following the passing of its former President and Chief Executive Officer W. Dewey Clower. Clower passed away Oct. 31 after being hospitalized for a fall.

  • U.S. Appeals Court Dismisses E-15 Lawsuit

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s dispenser label requirement for E-15 gasoline blends, ruling that the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to sue.

  • Toll Operator Changes Policies Amid Media Investigation

    The company that operates the 495 Express Lanes in Virginia changed its policies to cap the maximum that it can fine motorists for toll violations after a series of investigative articles found widespread tolling problems, including motorists facing thousands in fines for malfunctioning electronic transponders.

  • Report Projects Decline of U.S. Diesel ​Demand After 2015

    A new report commissioned by the Fuels Institute with funding support from the NATSO Foundation projects that U.S. diesel demand will decline 12.5 percent to 3.5 million barrels per day (MMB/D) in 2030 from a near-term peak of about 4 million MMB/D in 2015.

  • Tolling Problems Widespread

    A series of articles this week shined a spotlight on the horrors of tolling, including accounts of drivers zapped with thousands of dollars in fines due to malfunctioning transponders.

  • San Francisco, Berkeley to Require Carbon Labels at Gas Stations

    The cities of San Francisco and Berkeley are in the process of passing legislation that would require fuel retailers to put new climate change warning labels on all gas pump nozzles in 2015, according to published reports.

  • President Signs Executive Order to Protect Payment Security

    In a move designed to encourage improved data and payment security nationwide, President Barack Obama on Oct. 17 signed an executive order establishing government adoption of technology and resources to better protect consumer credit, transactions and identity theft.

  • Increasing Biodiesel Mandate Illegal, API Says

    Increasing the biodiesel mandate under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard would be illegal under the Clean Air Act the American Petroleum Institute (API) recently told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to Platts.

  • Congress to Reassess P3 Deals, CRS Says

    A growing list of bankrupt public private partnerships, including the failed Indiana Toll Road, has Congress reassessing the role of private investment in transportation infrastructure, Bloomberg BNA reported.

  • House Democrats Introduce Legislation to Extend Biodiesel, Alternative Energy Tax Credits

    Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) introduced legislation Sept. 19 that would extend expiring alternative energy-related tax incentives, including the $1 per-gallon biodiesel tax credit.

  • Sen. Durbin Asks Supreme Court to Review Debit Fee Case

    Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has weighed in with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the Federal Reserve's rule on the debit "swipe fee" failed to follow the law, according to published reports.

  • Legislation Seeks to Block Ozone Standard Revision

    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) along with several other Republican senators introduced “The Clean Air, Strong Economies Act,” which seeks to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from revising its ozone standard downward until 85 percent of the current non-attainment counties comply with the existing standard.

  • Transportation Coalition Opposes Devolution of Federal Highway Program

    A coalition of transportation and construction groups urged Congress to oppose the devolution of the federal highway program and the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), saying they would decimate the primary funding program for critical infrastructure while putting the safety of motorists and the health of the economy at risk.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Disputes Credibility of Tolling Industry Survey

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, disputed a poll released by HNTB Toll Services that mischaracterized the public’s desire for tolling.

  • North Carolina Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

    North Carolina marks the latest state to consider taking advantage of a provision under the last highway bill that allows states to sell advertising and sponsorships at rest areas.

  • DOT Rule Allows Out-of-Service Orders for Nonpayment of Civil Penalties

    Effective Sept. 8, fuel retailers who transport fuel in a commercial motor vehicle can be ordered to cease transportation operations for failure to pay civil penalties relating to violations of the Hazardous Materials Rules (HMR) or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).

  • 2014 Renewable Fuel Quota May Rise

    Environmental Protection Agency Chief Gina McCarthy said the volumetric requirements for the final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) may end up higher than the proposal issued last year amid climbing gasoline use, Bloomberg has reported.

  • Retailers Petition Supreme Court to Hear Swipe Fee Ruling

    The legal challenge over the transaction fees that retailers are forced to charge customers when they swipe a debit card moved one step closer to the Supreme Court Aug. 18, when retail and merchant groups petitioned the nation’s highest court to hear the case.

  • How NLRB's McDonald's Ruling Could Affect Franchise Relationships

    The National Labor Relations Board’s recent ruling that McDonald’s can be held liable for labor violations by its franchise operators could have significant ramifications for businesses on both ends of a franchise relationship if upheld by the courts.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Responds to MassDOT's Call for Expanded Tolling

    Placing tolls on existing interstates is fiscally imprudent and will jeopardize public safety, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (AFTI) said in a recent editorial that appeared in Roll Call, a Washington, D.C., newspaper covering Capitol Hill.

  • EPA Extends 2013 Biofuel Compliance Deadline

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended for a third time the deadline for refiners to show compliance with 2013 federal biofuel use targets.

  • Government Warns Retailers of Malware Targeting POS Systems

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning for retailers that "Backoff," a new malware targeting retailers' point-of-sale (POS) systems, could leave retailers vulnerable to attacks that could result in compromise of consumer payment information.

  • NLRB Ruling Makes Franchisors Liable for Franchisee Labor Practices

    The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled July 29 that McDonald’s is the joint employer of its franchisees’ employees, making the company liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators and easing the way for unionizing nationwide.

  • 2014 RFS Imminent; EPA May Change Requirements

    The Environmental Protection Agency is close to finalizing the 2014 volumetric requirements for the final Renewable Fuel Standard, according to published reports.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Responds to Highway Funding Letter

    The Alliance for Toll Free Interstates (ATFI) held the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) in check this week after the group issued a misleading statement aimed at steering Congressional highway discussions toward tolling.

  • NCWM Votes Down Diesel Dispenser Filter and DGE Proposals

    The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) took up several proposals of importance to truckstops and travel plazas at its annual meeting in Detroit, Mich., including items pertaining to diesel dispenser filter requirements and a proposal to create a diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) method of sale for compressed and liquefied natural gas.

  • House Passes Short-Term Highway Patch

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed an $11 billion bailout of the Highway Trust Fund that also extends the current highway law until May 2015.

  • House and Senate Approve Transportation Funding Patches

    Key House and Senate Committee’s charged with shoring up the dwindling Highway Trust Fund reported out legislation July 10 that would patch the fund until May 2015, when lawmakers aim to tackle a long-term solution.

  • EPA Issues Final RIN Quality Assurance Program

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule outlining a voluntary quality assurance program (QAP) to provide regulated parties a structured way to assure that Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) entering into the market are valid.

  • DOT Prepares to Delay State Reimbursements

    The Department of Transportation said it will delay reimbursements to states when the Highway Trust Fund dips below $4 billion around Aug. 1.

  • Senate Panel Postpones Vote on Trust Fund Bill

    Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee said June 26 they will meet the week of July 7 to consider a short-term patch to the dwindling Highway Trust Fund, which will fall below its required $4 billion in July.

  • Michigan Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

    Michigan marks the latest state to consider taking advantage of a provision under the last highway bill that allows states to sell advertising and sponsorships at rest areas.

  • Lawmakers Eye Short-Term Bridge for Highway Trust Fund

    Lawmakers are eyeing a short-term patch to the Highway Trust Fund in an effort to keep infrastructure funds flowing through the end of this year, BNA has reported.

  • U.S. Economy Poised to Expand, Economist Says

    The U.S. economy is poised for significant expansion for the first time since the great recession, according to American Trucking Associations’ Chief Economist Bob Costello. But a growing economy could constrain truck capacity.

  • House Passes Pair of Tax Break Bills

    The U.S. House of Representatives on June 12 passed a pair of bills that would make two tax breaks for small businesses permanent, including the expiring section 179 expensing provision.

  • Rep. DeFazio Introduces Bill to Create Oil Barrel Tax

    Rep. Peter DeFazio (D.-Ore.) on June 11 introduced legislation that would eliminate the current fuel tax in lieu of a per-barrel levy on oil sales to fund federal transportation projects.

  • NATSO Joins Broad Industry Group in Supporting Small Business Tax Relief

    NATSO joined more than 150 associations representing small business owners from every industry sector in expressing support for America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014, which seeks to restore the small-business expensing level to $500,000 and permanently index it to inflation.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Responds to Editorial Mischaracterizing Issue of Tolling

    A recent editorial in Forbes mischaracterized the effects of tolling when it called for a broad endorsement of the Obama Administration’s proposal to lift the ban on tolling existing interstat

  • Senate Finance Committee Aims to Move Transportation Funding Bill by July 4

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said the Committee is working to move a highway and transit funding bill before the July 4 recess.

  • Retailers Set to Ask Supreme Court to Hear Swipe Fee Case

    The legal challenge over transaction fees that retailers are forced to charge customers when they swipe a debit card could head to the Supreme Court, after the National Retail Federation said it plans to petition the nation’s highest court to hear the case.

  • House Republicans Prepare One-Year Extension of Transportation Legislation

    House Republican Leaders on May 30 said they will propose a one-year extension of surface transportation legislation paid for by trimming Saturday postal services and transferring the balance of the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund to the Highway Trust Fund.

  • House Appropriations Committee Addresses Menu Labeling

    The House Appropriations Committee recently added report language to its appropriations legislation clarifying the congressional intent in its menu-labeling law. The action comes as the Food and Drug Administration prepares to issue menu labeling rules, which some have criticized as going beyond what Congress envisioned.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Praises Senate Transportation Legislation; Criticizes Administration’s Tolling Plan

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates praised the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) for putting forward transportation legislation that would fund highway infrastructure without tolling existing interstate highways.

  • Senate Blocks Tax Package, Includes Biodiesel Tax Credit

    Legislation to extend tax credit provisions that expired at the end of 2013 failed in the Senate May 15 after a procedural vote to move forward on the bill failed 53-40, short of the 60 votes needed.

  • Senate Leaders Offer Transportation Bill

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on May 13 released a transportation bill (S. 2322) that would reauthorize current transportation law for six years at current funding levels plus inflation.

  • Senate Finance Committee Begins Debate on Transportation Funding

    The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on May 6 began debating how to fund surface transportation programs in an effort to find ways to close severe funding gaps before the current transportation legislation expires Sept. 30.

  • Tolls Harm Motorists, Businesses

    The Obama Administration’s proposal to lift the long-standing ban on tolling existing interstates will significantly increase costs for motorists while expanding an inefficient means of collecting highway revenues, Rex Davis, President of Davis Oil, said during a recent radio interview.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Opposes President's Proposal to Toll Existing Interstates

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) expressed opposition to the Obama Administration's Grow America Act, which would lift the decades-old ban on tolling existing federal interstate capacity, allow states to divert toll revenue to unrelated projects, and require the use of all-electronic tolling.

  • EPA May Change 2014 RFS

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy’s recent comments that the volumetric requirements for the final Renewable Fuel Standard may be different than the proposed rule are sparking concern among industry groups that EPA plans to increase the amount of ethanol and other biofuels refiners must blend into the nation’s fuel s

  • Hearing Sheds Light on PPPs Outside U.S.

    A House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing focused on public private partnerships (PPP) shed light on how PPPs have been utilized in other countries.

  • Senate Leaders Announce Tentative Highway Bill

    Leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee announced April 10 that they have reached a deal in principle on a new six-year transportation bill that they aim to move to the floor this summer.

  • DOT Requests Truck Parking Data

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is requesting the truckstop and travel plaza industry’s help as it conducts a federally mandated survey of available truck parking across the United States.

  • N.Y. Times Highlights Tolling Opposition

    Tolling existing interstates to fund infrastructure projects would cost fuel retailers, fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses along interstate routes billions, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) told the New York Times.

  • FDA Sends Menu-Labeling Rules to White House

    Following three years of review, the Food and Drug Administration has sent final menu labeling rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget, kicking off a 90-day review process.

  • Senate Committee Moves Tax Package, Includes Biodiesel Credit Extension

    The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation on April 3 to extend tax credit provisions that expired at the end of 2013. Notable to fuel marketers was the inclusion of a two-year extension of the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit. NATSO has communicated extensively with the committee over the last several months supporting the provision.

  • U.S. House Passes Legislation to Redefine Full-Time

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted 248-179 April 3 in favor of the Save American Workers Act, which would redefine "full-time" employment under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Coalition Urges NLRB to Withdraw Elections Rule

    The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), of which NATSO is a member, urged the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to withdraw its proposed rule regarding union elections arguing that it will create significant election challenges for employers without achieving the Board’s intended goal.

  • Sens. Kirk and Warner Introduce Tolling Legislation

    Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) recently introduced legislation that seeks to increase the number of states eligible to implement tolling under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) tolling pilot programs.

  • Minimum Wage Increase Vote Imminent in Senate

    The Senate is expected to move forward with a vote to raise the Federal minimum wage. Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-IA) legislation titled the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S. 1737, would increase the Federal minimum wage for employees to $10.10 an hour and tie future minimum wage increases to inflation. The legislation also calls for a significant increase in the cash wage for tipped employees.

  • NCWM to Vote on Natural Gas Measurement

    The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) announced that a special steering committee is recommending that compressed and liquefied natural gas be sold in gasoline and diesel gallon equivalents.

  • Tolling Advocates Aim to Sell Public

    Underscoring the public’s overwhelming opposition to tolls as a way to pay for infrastructure projects, a pro-tolling group has issued a report that seeks to boost public opinion of the funding mechanism.

  • Court Upholds Interchange Fees; Disappoints Retailers

    A U.S. Appeals Court on March 21 upheld the Federal Reserve's rules governing debit card interchange fees, dealing a major blow to retailers who have fought to reduce the transaction fees they are charged when customers swipe a debit card. The ruling reverses a lower court’s decision last year that the Federal Reserve had set the cap on debit card transactions too high.

  • Tolls: Inefficient and Harm Business, Anti-Tolling Coalition Says

    Tolling existing interstates would increase costs for consumer goods while diminishing the amount of money collected for infrastructure projects, Rex Davis, president of Melivn L. Davis Oil said during a recent radio interview.

  • FMCSA Issues Revised Electronic Logging Proposal

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a revised regulatory proposal March 13 that would require commercial truck and bus companies to install electronic logging devices (ELD) to monitor compliance with hours-of-service rules.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Says Tolls Harm Business

    Tolling existing interstates would raise costs for travelers, businesses and consumers, while reversing the progress made through unrestricted commerce and travel on the Interstate Highway System, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) said March 12.

  • Trust Fund Deficit Could Delay State Projects By Summer

    Dwindling resources in the Highway Trust Fund could delay reimbursements to states, threatening jobs and infrastructure projects nationwide by summer, a Department of Transportation official told lawmakers March 12.

  • Labor Department Delays Issuing Persuader Rule

    The Department of Labor on March 7 said it would not meet its March deadline for issuing the final Persuader rule, which would limit ways in which employers can communicate with their employees as they decide whether to unionize.

  • Industry Groups Criticize President's FY2015 Budget Proposal

    Despite significantly increasing federal spending for transportation, President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 came under fire from industry trade groups that said it lacked real funding solutions and took a misguided approach to transportation planning.

  • KDOT Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

    Kansas marks the latest state to consider taking advantage of a provision under the last highway bill that allows states to sell advertising and sponsorships at rest areas.

  • FDA Misses Menu-Labeling Law Deadline

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) missed its February deadline for issuing a menu-labeling law nearly a year after conceding that writing the new rule posed significant challenges.

  • Legislation Would Boost Trucking's Use of Natural Gas

    Encouraging the use of natural gas by the trucking industry is a growing priority with some lawmakers on Capitol Hill. In recent weeks, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) introduced three separate pieces of legislation aimed at removing barriers for the trucking industry to access and utilize natural gas.

  • Join the Fight Against Tolls

    NATSO is urging its members to join the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI), a broad-based coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations opposed to tolling existing interstates.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Criticizes Wisconsin Tolling Plans

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, urged Wisconsin lawmakers to abandon the idea of tolls to pay for transportation infrastructure.

  • Tax Plans Spur Transportation Funding Debate

    The long-standing debate over how to fund transportation was kicked into high gear Feb. 26, when President Obama and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp issued radically different tax plans for generating revenues for the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire at the end of October.

  • FDA Halts Sale of Four Tobacco Products

    Retailers must remove four tobacco products made by Jash International from store shelves after the Food and Drug Administration ordered a halt in their sale and distribution.

  • Tolling Coalition Urges Truck Drivers to Fight Tolls

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (AFTI), of which NATSO is a member, urged truck drivers to get involved in the fight to keep existing interstates toll free in a recent article published in The Trucker.

  • Sen. Boxer Aims to Introduce Highway Bill in April

    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Feb. 12 that she aims to introduce a highway funding bill in April, more than six months before the current policy expires.

  • U.S. Chamber Urges Congress to Raise Motor Fuels Tax

    Increasing the motor fuels tax is the most straightforward and effective way to raise money for the Highway Trust Fund the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told Congress.

  • Industry Wins Hot Fuels Litigation

    Marking a major victory for fuel retailers in the 7-year-old “hot fuels” litigation, plaintiff’s lawyers dismissed claims against 15 of the defendants.

  • Health Law Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2016

    The Obama Administration late yesterday announced a second delay of the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers with 50 to 99 employees will be given until 2016 to provide insurance coverage for their workers.

  • Tolls Cripple Supply Chain, Fleet Exec Says

    Tolling existing interstate highways would cripple the U.S. supply chain, hurting manufacturers, shippers, distributors, and consumers, according to Chris Garrett, owner of Golden Strip Transfer in South Carolina and a member of the South Carolina Trucking Association.

  • Endorsing Higher Fuel Taxes Critical

    Raising fuel taxes remains the best option for generating critical revenues for the Highway Trust Fund by ensuring that funding levels keep up with inflation without threatening businesses that serve interstate travelers, Lisa Mullings President and CEO of NATSO said in a recent column written for CSP Magazine.

  • House T&I Chairman Rejects Fuel Tax Increase

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said he wants a five to six-year highway bill, but he rejects higher fuel taxes as a means of paying for it.

  • DOT Issues New Certification Requirement for CDL Holders

    A new DOT regulation requires both intrastate and interstate commercial drivers to self certify to their state driver’s license authority by Jan. 30, 2014, the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL. In addition, drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their state driver’s license authority to obtain a “certified” medical status as part of their driving record.

  • Federal Reserve Files Appeal in Swipe Fee Litigation

    The U.S. Federal Reserve Board has filed its appeal of U.S. District Judge Richard Leon's decision that rejected the swipe fee rules that have been in place since October 2011, arguing that it followed the law. The Fed also accused retailers of a misguided interpretation of certain aspects of the legislation.

  • API Threatens Second EPA Lawsuit

    A week after filing a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2013, the American Petroleum Institute (API) notified EPA that it would file a second lawsuit if the final 2014 renewable fuel standard is not released on time.

  • NATSO Responds to Blog Calling for Commercial Rest Areas in Arizona

    A recent blog on Tucscon Citizen.com asked why the Arizona Department of Transportation can’t hire private companies to run businesses out of the state’s rest areas.

  • Human Trafficking Victim to Speak at The NATSO Show

    NATSO and the trucking industry are among several groups within transportation, including Amtrak and the airlines, working to put an end to human trafficking—which victimizes between 100,000 and 300,000 people each year. Human Trafficking survivor Shamere McKenzie will share her story at The NATSO Show.

  • API Challenges EPA 2013 RFS Volume Requirements

    The American Petroleum Institute (API) has filed a lawsuit with the D.C. Circuit Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2013, arguing that EPA has mandated significantly more cellulosic ethanol than is available in the marketplace.

  • Arizona Implementing Rest Area Sponsorships

    The Arizona Department of Transportation is set to implement a sponsorship and advertising program at its 14 rest areas after signing a five-year agreement with Infrastructure Corporation of America.

  • Govt. Shutdown Could Delay 2014 Biofuels Targets

    Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent its 2014 biofuels proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget for Review, next year’s targets could be delayed because of the Government shutdown, according to published reports.

  • EPA Delays Tier 3 Rule

    Citing the volume of comments received on its proposed Tier 3 vehicle emissions and gasoline standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will delay issuing its proposal until Feb. 2014. EPA said the delay will not affect the rule’s scheduled 2017 compliance date, however.

  • Sec. Foxx Declines to Set HOS Field Study Timeframe

    U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he would not set a firm date for finishing a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision in the hours-of-service rule.

  • Sen. Inhofe Favors Lifting Interstate Tolling Ban

    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said he would favor removing the long-standing ban on tolling the Interstate Highway System if it would generate more and sustainable revenue for federal highway and transit programs.

  • NATSO Joins Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates

    NATSO has joined the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (AFTI), a new coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations advocating for solutions to the country’s growing transportation needs without tolling existing interstates.

  • White House Reviews EPA's Proposed 2014 RFS

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent its 2014 biofuels proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, with next year’s targets due to be proposed later this month and finalized by year’s end.

  • Petro GM Wins First Harriet Tubman Award

    Tracy Mullins, the general manager of the Petro Stopping Center in Spokane, Wash., has won the first annual Harriet Tubman award by Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) after she helped to prevent the possible human trafficking of two minors.

  • Lawmakers Reiterate Concerns About HOS Field Study

    U.S. Representative Richard Hanna (R.-N.Y.) and 51 Members of Congress have sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx reiterating concerns about the Hours-of-Service (HOS) final rule, which went into effect on July 1, 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

    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

    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?

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Rep. Graves Urges EPA to Withdraw Proposed Underground Storage Tanks Rule

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed rule on underground storage tanks (UST) arguing that due to methodological flaws the agency has inappropriately certified the proposed rule as not having a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

  • Court Upholds Hours-of-Service Rule

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today upheld all but one provision of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) truck driver hours-of-service rule (HOS), denying the petitions of both the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and several safety groups, which sought to block its implementation.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Second Major Victory in Hot Fuels Litigation

    Marking a second major victory for fuel retailers in the so-called “hot fuels” litigation, the presiding federal judge in Kansas threw out three cases against Chevron Corp., ruling that California law allows Chevron to sell fuel without making adjustments for temperature, or disclosing its effect.

  • 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

    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.

  • Lawmakers Must Repeal RFS, Oil Exec Testifies

    As lawmakers prepare to review the RFS for the first time in five years, many are calling for its repeal.

  • Oregon Establishes Voluntary Per-Mile Vehicle Tax

    Oregon became the first state to establish a voluntary per-mile vehicle tax as an alternative method for infrastructure funding when the Oregon State Legislature overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 810.

  • Health-Law Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015

    Late yesterday, the Obama Administration announced a one-year delay of the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers with more than 50 full-time employees will not be required to provide insurance coverage for their workers until 2015.

  • NATSO Foundation Seeks Donations to Assist Victims of Disaster

    The NATSO Foundation is launching a Disaster Relief Fund that will support people within our very own travel plaza and truckstop community by providing access to immediate financial resources to the members and customers of the industry affected by a disaster.

  • Rep. McMorris Rodgers Says Gas Tax Increase 'Tough Sell'

    When Congress gets to work next year on renewing the highway trust fund, increasing fuel taxes to fund highway infrastructure is going to be a tough sell, according to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).

  • NATSO Tells Congress: Fuel Taxes Efficient, Tolls Are Not

    More than 50 NATSO members made their annual pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with lawmakers about the critically important issues of highway funding and interstate tolling.

  • Rep. McMorris Rodgers Confirmed Luncheon Speaker for Day on the Hill

    NATSO is pleased to announce that Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) will be the Congressional breakfast speaker at NATSO's annual Day on Capitol Hill, scheduled to be held May 6-8 in Washington, D.C.

  • Senate Candidate Denounces Virginia Tolling Plans

    Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to finance upgrades to Interstate 95 in Virginia by collecting tolls near the North Carolina border took another blow when fellow Republican George Allen announced his opposition last week.

  • NATSO Rejects Proposed Settlement in Antitrust Litigation

    NATSO's executive committee determined that the settlement would not be in the best interest of merchants, including NATSO members.

  • Travel Channel Films at LEE HI Travel Plaza

    The Travel Channel shot an episode for “Food Paradise” at Berky’s Restaurant at LEE HI Travel Plaza in Lexington, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 4.

  • A European Approach to Tackling Cargo Theft

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates cargo theft costs the U.S. more than $30 billion each year. Europe, too, faces the challenge of tackling this crime.

  • Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

    Marking a major victory for NATSO members, truckstops and travel plazas beat back the biggest threat interstate businesses have ever faced under a highway bill in March, when the Senate resoundingly rejected an amendment seeking to commercialize rest areas.

  • Truckstops Need Your Help in the Fight Against Commercialization

    Nationwide, interstate exit-based businesses like truckstops and travel plazas are being threatened by legislators seeking to overturn the long-standing prohibition on the sale of food, fuel and other retail services from the interstate right-of-way as a means of fixing state budgetary shortfalls.

  • NATSO Kicks Off Annual Day on the Hill

    More than 50 NATSO members will make their annual pilgrimage to Washington, D.C for NATSO Day on Capitol Hill.

  • Annual Day on the Hill Room Block Expires April 16

    NATSO members planning to attend NATSO's annual Day on Capitol Hill have just one week left to reserve hotel rooms.

  • NATSO Welcomes Darren Schulte as Vice President, Membership

    “Darren brings a wealth of knowledge about the truckstop and travel plaza industry,” said Mullings. “Combined with his retail merchandising, marketing and operations experience, Darren will be a valuable asset as we work to provide our members with new resources and educational opportunities. We are thrilled to have Darren on board and welcome him to NATSO.”

  • Independent Oil Marketer to Testify Against New Hampshire Study of Rest Area Commercialization

    IOMA member Tom Frawley is scheduled to testify before the New Hampshire House Public Works and Highways Committee that federal law prohibits interstate rest areas built after 1960 from offering commercial services such as food and fuel.

  • House Begins Transportation Reauthorization

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) introduced his long-awaited $260 billion transportation bill, H.R. 7., the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act on Jan. 31, which was marked up by the committee two days later.

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