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  • Lawmaker Pushes for New Infrastructure Panel

    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is pushing to create an infrastructure subcommittee within the House Ways and Means Committee if Democrats take back the House in an effort to create a new forum for discussing ways to bolster infrastructure investment, Politico reports.

  • NATSO Urges FMCSA to Consider Effects of Regulatory Changes on Truck Parking Utilization

    NATSO on Oct. 10 urged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to evaluate and consider any effect that proposed changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations would have on professional truck drivers’ ability to find safe and legal parking when they need it. NATSO filed the comments in response to FMCSA’s August notice regarding revisions to four specific areas of the federal rule that governs truck drivers' sleep and rest.

  • UST Compliance Deadline Oct. 13

    NATSO members are advised that Oct. 13, 2018, is the deadline for meeting the remaining underground storage tank (UST) requirements in the 2015 revised UST regulation.

  • IRS Releases Fact Sheet on Tax Reform Changes for Businesses

    The IRS released a fact sheet summarizing changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that affect business taxpayers.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Criticizes Promotion of Failed Tolling Program

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) criticized the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) over the issuance of its recent notice soliciting participation in the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP). The ISRRPP is one of the few ways the federal government allows for tolls to be placed on existing interstates. The notice invites state Departments of Transportation to submit applications for three potential slots on a rolling basis until further notice, based on a directive from Congress.

  • NATSO’s VP, Government Affairs to Address OPIS Forum

    OPIS invites NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov to speak at its “RFS2, RINS & Biodiesel Forum.”

  • PHMSA Determines Federal Law Preempts California Break Requirements

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) determined that federal law preempts California’s meal and rest break requirements for all motor vehicle operators that transport hazardous materials, granting a request from the National Tank Truck Carriers Association (NTTC).

  • Visa, Mastercard Face Next Fight In $6.2 Billion Settlement

    In the largest-ever class-action settlement of a U.S. antitrust case, Visa and Mastercard agreed to pay between $5.54 billion and $6.24 billion to a class of more than 12 million merchants who accept the payment networks’ cards, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

  • Indiana Toll Road Rates Rising for Truck Drivers to Fund Governor’s $1 Billion Infrastructure Plan

    Truck drivers who use the Indiana Toll Road could see toll rates rise by a whopping 35 percent if the Indiana Finance Authority approves a contract renegotiation with the toll road’s private operator at its Sept. 20 meeting. The rate increase was announced last week by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb as part of his Next Level Connections infrastructure plan to raise $1 billion for trails, broadband, roads and flights.

  • IRS Proposes New Rules Regarding Pass-Through Entities

    In early August the Trump Administration proposed regulations that would implement and interpret the new rules governing pass-through entities pursuant to the comprehensive tax reform law that was enacted last year. As a general matter, section 199A of the tax reform law allows taxpayers other than corporations a deduction of 20 percent of qualified business income earned in a qualified trade or business, subject to certain limitations.

  • FMCSA Considers Tweaks to Hours-of-Service Regs

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Aug. 21 announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of the federal rules that govern truck driver's sleep and rest, also known as Hours of Service.

  • Congressman Shuster Unveils Infrastructure Vision

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on July 23 unveiled his framework for the future of infrastructure policy, which included encouraging states to lease their infrastructure assets to the private sector as well as temporarily boosting the motor fuels tax until it can be replaced with per-mile fees.

  • Labor Update: DOL Rescinds Persuader Rule, NLRB Rejects Joint Employer Settlement

    The Department of Labor (DOL) announced July 17 that it would rescind an Obama-era rule known as the Persuader Rule. This 2016 regulation would have required more disclosures from employers that work with consultants to counter union activities. The rule required employers and consultants to disclose not only when they reached an agreement regarding activities to persuade employees about “how or whether to exercise their collective bargaining rights,” but also when consultants simply provided advice, including “recommending drafts of or revisions to…speeches and communications” that were intended to influence employees with regard to collective bargaining and other organizational rights.

  • ATA, Motor Carriers Sue Rhode Island Over Truck Toll Program

    The American Trucking Associations, along with Cumberland Farms Inc., M&M Transport Services Inc. and New England Motor Freight, asked a federal court to rule Rhode Island’s RhodeWorks truck-only toll scheme unconstitutional, arguing it discriminates against interstate trucking companies and impedes the flow of interstate commerce.

  • NATSO Submits RFS Point of Obligation Brief

    NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, along with the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), submitted an amicus brief last week to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals providing support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) determination that the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) remain with refiners and importers. NATSO filed the brief in response to legal challenges from some refiners and importers that argue EPA should move the point of obligation to downstream entities.

  • American Express Prevails in Supreme Court Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 handed down a decision in the case of Ohio v. American Express, ruling that American Express did not violate the Sherman Antitrust Act. The decision comes after a long battle that started in 2010 when the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in conjunction with several state attorneys general, brought the case against Visa, Mastercard and American Express arguing that the rules promulgated by the card networks preventing merchants from offering discounts were a violation of antitrust laws.

  • NATSO, Fuel Groups Urge States to Prioritize Full Range of Automotive Technologies, Fuels

    NATSO and five trade associations representing the fuel supply chain urged the Governors of eight states to prioritize the full range of automotive technologies and fuels available to consumers before allocating resources to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV).

  • NATSO Testifies Before Congress on Biodiesel Policy

    Robin Puthusseril, Vice President and Co-Owner of the Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza in Bolingbrook, Ill., testified June 22.

  • Minnesota B-20 Mandate Reinstated

    Beginning on July 1, 2018, all diesel sold in Minnesota must contain at least 20 percent biodiesel (B-20).

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Submits Testimony Opposing Va. I-81 Tolls

    The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, on June 15 urged Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to exclude recommendations for tolls from its upcoming I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, which is due to the Virginia General Assembly later this year.

  • Maximizing the Path to Purchase at Your Truckstop with Beverages

    Beverages are big business for the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas. During NATSO Connect, Stephanie Kowitz, senior manager of shopper Insights for The Coca-Cola Co., said beverages are the No. 1 reason for a trip to the store and account for more than one in four trips.

  • NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

    NATSO Inc. on June 12 launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com) to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings.

  • NHTSA Sends 2022-2025 CAFÉ Standards to OMB

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on May 30 sent its proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards for model year 2022-2025 cars and light trucks to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.

  • Administration Repeals Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure

    As part of ongoing efforts to relax Obama-era climate efforts, the Trump Administration on May 29 repealed a rule that required recipients of federal transportation dollars -- mostly states, cities, and metropolitan planning areas -- to measure greenhouse gas emissions when planning transportation projects.

  • House Appropriations Advances Fiscal 2019 Transportation Spending Bill

    The House Appropriations Committee on May 24 voted 34-17 to advance a fiscal 2019 transportation spending bill, after the committee voted down an amendment aimed at removing a number of trucking-related policy riders. The fiscal spending measure, which would provide $71.8 billion in discretionary funding for transportation and housing programs, now heads to the full House. It’s unclear when the Chamber will take up the legislation.

  • Minnesota Suspends B-20 Mandate Through End of June

    The Department of Commerce has suspended through June 30 Minnesota’s minimum biodiesel content requirement of 20 percent that went into effect on May 1, OPIS reported. Biodiesel offered for sale in the state during the suspension must meet the biodiesel minimum content requirement of 10 percent that was in effect prior to May 1.

  • President to Allow Year-Round E-15; Attach RINs to Exports

    President Trump said May 8 that he is considering allowing the unrestricted sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and will let biofuel exports count toward refiners’ domestic renewable fuel obligations. The proposed changes follow months of fractious negotiations between the corn and oil industries over the future of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, major elements of the compromise remained in dispute after the meeting between top administration officials and four senators ended.

  • Farm Bill Advances in House, Includes SNAP Program Changes

    The House Agriculture Committee advanced H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, to the full House for consideration by a vote of 26 to 20. Introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), the legislation would reauthorize many U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is offered by many convenience stores owned and operated by truckstops and travel plazas.

  • Guthrie Travel Center Uses Movable Placards for Signage Excellence

    If you look over Guthrie Travel Center in Guthrie, Oklahoma, from left to right—from the cooler to the coffee area—you’d see they’ve done a nice job highlighting their offerings with signage and that includes the movable placards over their coolers.

  • Minnesota to Implement Biodiesel B20 Mandate May 1

    Effective May 1, all diesel sold in Minnesota must contain at least 20 percent biodiesel as the state officially implements the B-20 mandate passed in 2008.

  • States Address Salary Threshold for Overtime

    Some state governments have decided to take the lead on the salary threshold that governs overtime pay as the Department of Labor (DOL) contemplates a new rule.

  • Rest Stop Privatization More About Ideology Than Infrastructure

    A move to commercialize interstate rest areas under the Trump administration infrastructure plan could prove costly for restaurants and gas stations clustered along exits, without raising much additional revenue for states.

  • NATSO, Trade Associations Press for Uniform Data Breach Law

    NATSO joined trade associations representing more than a million businesses in telling Congress that any new federal law on data breach notification should apply to all industries that handle consumer data.

  • Trump Administration Proposes to Expand Association Health Plans; Congress Targets Employer Mandate

    The Trump Administration and Republicans in Washington are continuing their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act after failing to directly repeal the law last year.

  • 2017 Year In Review

    JANUARY The NATSO Show Travel plaza and truckstop operators and industry vendors meet in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 21–24 for The NATSO Show 2017.

  • Lawmakers Expect Infrastructure Guidelines After State of the Union

    The Trump Administration is expected to delay its timetable for unveiling infrastructure guidelines until after the State of the Union, lawmakers said Jan. 11.

  • Looking Ahead in 2018

    While infrastructure funding ranks among the top issues for truckstops and travel plaza operators, it’s just one of many issues in which NATSO will engage in 2018. Here’s an overview of the top NATSO issues that will be in play this year.

  • NLRB Overrules Browning-Ferris Industries and Reinstates Prior Joint-Employer Standard

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Dec. 14 reversed its position on the joint employer standard, returning the standard to its pre-2015 definition and ending years of uncertainty within the business community about the definition of joint employer.

  • A Look at the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards

    For more than a decade, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program has sought to improve the emissions characteristics of fuel and support the domestic biofuels sector, while increasing American energy independence and security. The program calls for increasing volumes of renewable fuels—known as renewable volume obligations (RVOs)—to be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply every year.

  • NATSO ANALYSIS: Treatment of Pass-Through Entities Subject to Debate as Tax Reform Legislation Enters Final Stretch

    Determining how to treat businesses organized as pass-throughs has been one of the more controversial components of the tax reform legislation that congressional negotiators are attempting to finalize before Congress breaks for Christmas.

  • International Trade Commission Moves Closer to Imposing Duties on Biodiesel Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Dec. 5 made a final finding that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia harm U.S. producers. The decision, coupled with last month's final countervailing duties determination by the Department of Commerce, paves the way for final countervailing duties orders by the end of December. NATSO disagrees with the outcome, preferring free trade policies, and maintains that limiting fuel marketers' access to supply from overseas will raise retail fuel prices. The decision does, however, obviate the need for Congress to convert the biodiesel tax credit from a blender credit to a producer credit, as this change was designed to limit imports in the first place.

  • Sen. Barrasso Calls on EPA to Study the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Impact on the Environment

    The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt Dec. 1 requesting that the agency complete several outstanding studies assessing the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on air, water, and land quality.

  • Trump Administration Eases Transition to ELDs

    The Trump Administration is offering truck drivers a nearly four-month window to start complying with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule set to take effect Dec. 18.

  • President Reiterates Infrastructure to Follow Tax Reform

    President Donald Trump reiterated Nov. 20 that a massive infrastructure plan will be the Administration’s next priority once Congress finishes tax reform.

  • House Passes Bill Limiting Joint Employer Liability

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 7 voted 242-181 in favor of the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441) which, if enacted, would redefine the definition of joint employer under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

  • Top GOP Senator Won't Rule Out Fuel Tax Increase

    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said that he won't rule out raising the motor fuels tax as a means of increasing infrastructure revenues. Senator Thune's comments came just days after White House officials told a group of moderate House lawmakers that they are considering a gas tax hike to help offset President Trump’s infrastructure proposal.

  • Federal Court Halts Implementation of EPA Trailer Regulation

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 27 halted implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) first ever regulation for truck trailers.

  • Commerce Announces Preliminary Dumping Determination on Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia

    The U.S. Department of Commerce Oct. 23 announced a preliminary determination regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, finding biodiesel is being dumped into the United States at below fair-market value. As a result, biodiesel importers will be required to pay cash deposits to the U.S. government on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia at a rate equal to the dumping margins.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Digital Billboard Case

    The Supreme Court on Oct. 16 declined to hear an outdoors group's case against the Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding guidelines on digital billboards. The denial ends a four-year legal battle by Scenic America to terminate guidance to the Federal Highway Administration’s field offices on how to evaluate state plans for digital billboards on Interstate Highways.

  • Treasury Department Withdraws Regulations Increasing Estate Tax Burden on Family Businesses

    In a positive development for NATSO members and family businesses throughout the country, the Treasury Department has formally announced that it will withdraw the so-called "Section 2704 regulations" on family business valuation. These regulations would have increased the estate tax (aka "death tax") burden on family businesses.

  • EPA Considering Further Lowering Renewable Volume Mandates

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Sept. 26 announced that it was seeking public comment on a new approach to establishing renewable fuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Only considering domestic production capacity. If EPA ultimately adopts this new approach, it will substantially lower retailers' incentives to incorporate renewable fuels into their fuel supply. NATSO opposes this policy shift, and in comments it will file with the Agency will urge EPA to recognize that there is a global market for renewable fuels, such as biodiesel, and that the RFS should accommodate fuels regardless of where they are produced.

  • House Passes $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

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

  • Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

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

  • House Education and Workforce Committee Holds Hearing on Joint Employer Legislation

    The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing Sept. 13 on legislative efforts to change the joint employer standard. Specifically, the hearing considered a bill by Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441), which would return the joint employer standard to a narrower definition that holds responsible only employers who have direct, actual, and immediate control over terms of employment.

  • NATSO, Trade Associations Press for Uniform Data Breach Law

    NATSO joined trade associations representing more than a million businesses in telling Congress that any new federal law on data breach notification should apply to all industries that handle consumer data.

  • Hurricane Update: Irma Downgraded But Continues to Impact Fuels Market

    Hurricane Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, though it is still battering Florida and Georgia, sending residual effects to states up the coast and in the south and mid-west. In Florida, about 65 percent of gas stations are reported to be out of gas, though prices have begun falling as the hurricane begins to wane. In the oil market, prices have fluctuated as the storm hit over the weekend. MarketWatch reports that the market has started to recover, though demand remains low and some refineries on the Gulf Coast are still closed.

  • House Opens Debate on Spending Bill; Includes Amendments to Prohibit Tolls

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 6 opened debate on the chamber’s consideration of a fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending package. Of importance to NATSO members are two amendments that would prohibit the use of federal funds to collect tolls on Interstates.

  • Hurricane Update: DOT, EPA, States Continue to Lift Restrictions to Aid Emergency Response

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sept. 5 suspended all tolls across the State of Florida to allow people to more easily prepare for the storm or evacuate when necessary. Gov. Scott said ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is the top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared.

  • NATSO Files Comments with EPA on RFS Volume Obligations

    On August 31 NATSO submitted formal comments with the EPA outlining the travel plaza and truckstop industry's perspective on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Commerce Department Supports Domestic Industry and Proposes Duties on Biodiesel Imports

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) on Aug. 22 made a preliminary determination regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, finding that Argentina and Indonesia unfairly subsidize their production of biodiesel. As a result, biodiesel importers will be required to pay cash deposits to the U.S. government on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia until a final ruling on duty rates is made. A final ruling is expected later this year or in early 2018, with a final determination by the International Trade Commission after that.

  • DOT Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule

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

  • NATSO Testifies at EPA Hearing Examining Renewable Fuel Standard

    David Fialkov, NATSO's Vice President of Government Relations, testified Aug. 1 at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing examining the Agency's proposed 2018 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Menu Labeling Reform

    On Thursday, July 27, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 772, the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act,” by a vote of 39-14.

  • Senate to Shift Focus to Infrastructure Following Health Care Collapse

    Sen. Mitch McConnell told reporters July 18 that the Senate will move on to comprehensive tax reform and infrastructure following the collapse of the GOP’s repeal-and-replace health care plan.

  • FHWA Blocks Commercialization of Signs on the Public Right of Way

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently rejected a request from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to display commercial logos on electronic message signs, confirming an earlier ruling by the agency not to allow advertising on highway signs.

  • EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2018

    On July 6, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed renewable volume obligations for 2018 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal also includes a proposed 2019 volume mandate for biomass-based diesel (the 2018 biomass-based diesel number was finalized in late 2016). The proposal represents the Trump Administration’s first real public statement of policy with respect to the RFS, and was closely watched by NATSO and the rest of the fuels community.

  • Labor Secretary to Review Overtime Rule

    Labor Department Secretary Alexander Acosta testified at a recent Congressional hearing that he plans to review the overtime rule involving exempt salaried employees. The Obama Administration sought to increase the minimum salary required for overtime-exempt employees to $47,476 annually for full-time employees from $23,660. However, a federal judge in November 2016 issued a nationwide injunction against the DOL's regulation expanding the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay.

  • Department of Labor Proposes Rescinding Obama Administration Changes to Persuader Rule

    The Department of Labor has proposed rescinding the Obama Administration's changes to the so-called "persuader rule." The proposal is supported by the employer community and opposed by organized labor, and represents another step that the Trump Administration is taking to peel back some of the Obama Administration's labor initiatives.

  • Department of Labor Withdraws Guidance on Joint Employment, Independent Contractors

    In a positive development for employers, particularly the franchise community, the Department of Labor (DOL) has officially withdrawn its guidance on joint employment and independent contractors.

  • Watchdog Groups Sue FDA Over Menu Labeling Delay

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the National Consumers League have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., challenging the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) decision to delay a rule requiring chain restaurants and "similar retail food establishments," including convenience stores, to post calorie counts for prepared food and beverages.

  • Trump Administration Announces Support for Tolling, Rest Area Commercialization

    The Trump Administration released its 2018 budget proposal on May 23, and it includes recommendations to change federal law in a manner that would effectively crush the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

  • NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2017

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

  • NATSO, Truckstop Industry Mourn Carolyn Moon

    NATSO today expressed its deepest sympathies and condolences following the passing of industry leader Carolyn Moon, who died this morning.

  • Five States Pass Fuels Tax Increases; Twelve More Still Considering Action

    When state legislatures gaveled into session this past January, eight states had already implemented statewide gasoline and diesel excise tax increases for 2017. It now appears many more states are on their way to passing increases of their own.

  • EPA May Revisit Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards

    Marking yet another sign that the Trump Administration seeks to roll back President Obama’s climate initiatives, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to put 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 while it decides whether to modify or rescind the rule.

  • NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition, Battle Tolling Initiatives

    With the Trump Administration considering a $1 trillion infrastructure package that relies heavily on private dollars, governors, legislatures and transportation officials across the country already are laying the groundwork for new tolls.

  • FDA Issues Proposed Guidance on Distributing Free Samples of Tobacco Products

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products has released a proposed guidance document explaining how manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can comply with the agency’s prohibition against distributing free samples of tobacco products. Specifically, the guidance outlines the situations in which the sale of tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – to consumers at less than their full price (e.g., coupons, discounts, rewards programs, etc.) would not violate the ban.

  • NATSO Submits Testimony to Congress on Joint Employer Standard

    On February 14, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing entitled "Restoring Balance and Fairness to the National Labor Relations Board." NATSO submitted a statement for the record highlighting how the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) revisions to the so-called "joint employer" standard in recent years has negatively impacted the travel plaza industry.

  • EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Testifies Before Senate EPW

    The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on Jan. 18 questioned Oklahoma Attorney General and EPA Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt for more than six hours in his confirmation hearing before the committee. The hearing touched on a wide range of environmental topics, including the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, ongoing efforts to change compliance responsibility under the RFS, and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and trucks.

  • Eight States See Gasoline and Diesel Tax Increases for 2017

    As states have looked to shore up fiscal budgets in recent years, many of them have turned to increases in the gasoline and diesel motor fuel excise taxes. 2017 is no different, with increases in eight states taking effect as of Jan. 1, 2017. Two states – New York and West Virginia – will see slight reductions based on automatic adjustments. A summary of the changes are below.

  • Andy Puzder, Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants, to Serve as the Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor

    President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Andy Puzder, Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants, to serve as the Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor. CKE Restaurants is the parent of Hardees’, Carl’s Jr., Green Burrito and Red Burrito restaurant brands, a franchise system with 3,750 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 40 foreign countries.

  • Trump Picks Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator

    President-Elect Donald Trump has picked Scott Pruitt, Attorney General of Oklahoma since 2011, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • House Continuing Resolution Contains Hours-of-Service Fix

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

  • GAO Reports Say Renewable Fuel Standard Unlikely to Meet Greenhouse Gas Targets

    The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is unlikely to meet projected cuts in greenhouse gases (GHG) largely because of shortfalls in advanced biofuels productions, the Government Accountability Office said in a pair of reports issued Dec. 1.

  • NATSO Urges Congress to Reject Draft Data Security Bill

    NATSO joined nine trade associations representing over 1 million businesses in urging Congress to oppose efforts to impose unfair and burdensome data security and breach notification standards on retailers.

  • Dispenser EMV Liability Shift Delayed

    Visa and Mastercard announced Dec. 1 that they will delay the U.S. domestic automated fuel dispenser (AFD) EMV activation date from Oct. 1, 2017, to Oct. 1, 2020. Visa said the EMV liability shift at ATMs will still take effect as planned on Oct. 1, 2017.

  • NATSO Teams Up with Jessi Frend to Grow Political Engagement

    NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings today announced that Jessica Frend, Government Affairs Advisor of the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, will help support the association’s government affairs operation and enhance political engagement among NATSO members.

  • Mnuchin Reiterates President-Elect's Support for Infrastructure

    President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department reiterated the incoming administration's commitment to passing a massive infrastructure package calling it a big priority for the administration.

  • House Passes Bill Delaying Overtime Rule; Unlikely to Become Law

    In a move that some consider to be a "political vote" rather than a substantive one, the U.S. House of Representatives on September 28 passed legislation that would delay for six months a new Department of Labor Rule revising the standards overtime pay eligibility. The rule is scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. Under this legislation, it would not take effect until June 1, 2016. The bill is highly unlikely to become law, and represents a political vote to enable House members to campaign on the issue during the home stretch of election season.

  • Self-Driving Cars Must Meet 15 Benchmarks

    The Obama Administration on Sept. 20 unveiled proposed guidelines for self-driving cars that include 15 benchmarks that U.S. automakers must meet before their cars can come to market.

  • Rep. Foster Visits Greater Chicago I-55

    Congressman Bill Foster (D-Ill.) visited Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza in Bolingbrook, Ill., Aug. 10 to discuss issues of importance to the truckstop and travel plaza community. The visit, which was facilitated by NATSO, was part of the NATSO Government Affairs team’s push to put truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators in direct contact with their congressional leaders.

  • Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Due Aug. 31

    Truckstops that operate fleets are reminded that Aug. 31 is the filing deadline for federal highway use tax returns.

  • Moving RFS Obligation Would Cut Biofuel Use, Raise Fuel Prices: NATSO

    Shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from fuel refiners and importers to blenders would reduce competition at the rack and lead to lower renewable fuel use and higher retail prices, NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs told OPIS.

  • Aug. 8 Deadline for 2015 Biodiesel Blender Credit

    Fuel retailers have until Aug. 8 to file claims for the $1.00 per gallon biodiesel blender credit for blends created in 2015. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not accept claims for 2015 retroactive biodiesel blender credits filed after this date.

  • July 1 Marks Persuader Rule Compliance Date

    July 1 marks the deadline when employers and consultants must comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new “Persuader Rule.”

  • Senate Committee Advances FY 2017 Transportation Funding With HOS Fix

    The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 30-0 April 21 to advance a $56 billion fiscal 2017 transportation funding bill that contains a potential fix to 2015 legislation that omitted key technical language required to keep the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours-of-Service Rule in effect pending the results of a Congressionally mandated study.

  • EPA Sends 2017 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 15 submitted its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), marking the final step before the rule is published in the Federal Register and open for public comment.

  • New Law Bans Sale of Certain Motor Oils in California; Target of Class Action Lawsuit

    California has banned the sale of engine oils that don’t meet current API service classifications or OEM specifications, effective Jan. 1, 2016. At the same time, a major retailer, Dollar General, is the target of class action lawsuits, charging that the sale of “obsolete oils” in its stores will damage vehicle engines. Retailers are urged to check their shelves to ensure that motor oils sold to consumers meet at least one active API classification, one active sequence of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), or one active original equipment manufacturer specification.

  • IRS Proposes Updates to Highway Vehicle Excise Tax Rules

    The IRS on March 31 issued proposed regulations intended to update highway vehicle excise tax rules in light of legislative changes and court decisions in recent years.

  • States Push For Higher Minimum Wages

    With California and New York poised to become the highest-paid minimum wage states in the nation, minimum wage has become a key issue for the business community as a growing number of states want to follow in their footsteps and politicians seek to tap voters.

  • Labor Dept. Issues Final "Persuader" Rule on Union Organizing Communications by Employers

    The Department of Labor (DOL) on March 23 issued its final "Persuader Rule," requiring employers and their hired labor-relations consultants to disclose far more of their communications to employees. The employer community has expressed concern that the rule will limit employers' access to expert advice as to how to communicate with employees regarding the pros and cons of unionization.

  • Truckload Carriers Change Truck Weight Policy

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

  • Funding Opportunities for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

    Eligible transportation projects in need of funding now have the opportunity to access roughly $2 billion in previously unused earmarks, under recently released guidance from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Through this "repurposing," state and local governments can now access funding that has previously been earmarked for specific uses without having to go through a lengthy legislative process. This announcement comes pursuant to the 2016 Omnibus spending law that provided states authority to repurpose earmarked funds if the earmark is more than 10 years old with less than 10 percent of project funds obligated or if the project is closed.

  • Anti-Tolling Coalition Member Slams Rhode Island Tolling Plan

    Chris Maxwell, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Trucking Association, sharply criticized the state’s RhodeWorks plan arguing that it’s bad public policy that will hurt the state’s economy, drive up the costs of goods and jeopardize safety.

  • ARB Seeks Stakeholder Input for TRU Rule

    The California Air Resources Board plans to hold a series of public workshops in the coming year designed to seek stakeholder input as it develops a rulemaking for a control measure aimed at reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions for transport refrigeration units (TRUs).

  • Industry Tackles Hours-of-Service Issues

    Congress currently is negotiating two provisions related to truck driver hours-of-service requirements. The first involves the omission of technical language in the fiscal 2016 funding law that essentially would eliminate the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours-of-Service Rule if a congressionally mandated study of the restart provision fails to show safety benefits. The second relates to states' authority to impose mandatory rest and meal breaks on top of federal hours-of-service regulations.

  • NATSO Outlines Advocacy Agenda For 2016

    NATSO will continue to fight against tolling and commercialization throughout 2016 and also will devote more resources to labor issues that affect its members, NATSO staff and members said during an Advocacy Town Hall meeting at The NATSO Show 2016. Panelists also called on members to join in the grassroots efforts to protect their businesse

  • President Submits Budget Proposal to Congress

    President Obama formally submitted his final budget proposal to Congress Feb. 9, calling for $4.1 trillion in total spending for fiscal year 2017.

  • FMCSA Proposes New Motor Carrier Fitness Determination Rule

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Jan. 21 published its Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the safety fitness methodology used to determine if motor carriers are unfit.

  • NATSO Facilitates Congressional Visit

    To expand outreach efforts, NATSO‘s government affairs team is orchestrating congressional visits across the country to put truckstop and travel plaza members in direct contact with congressional leaders. Such visits allow Members of Congress to hear and experience first-hand the challenges and issues facing the truckstop and travel plaza industry today.

  • FMCSA's Darling Testifies on HOS, CSA

    Scott Darling III, President Obama’s nominee for the next Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), said the National Academy of Sciences will commence its review of the safety scoring program for carriers known as CSA next month.

  • PHMSA Withdraws Proposed Wetlines Rule

    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published its withdrawal of its wetlines proposed rule as mandated by Congress in the recent highway bill.

  • IRS Extends Deadline for ACA Reporting Requirements

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Notice 2016-4 extended the deadline for the employer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • FMCSA Reduces Random Required Drug Test Rates in 2016

    Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reduced the rate for random controlled substances testing to 25 percent of the average number of driver positions from 50 percent. The agency maintained the minimum annual percentage rate for random alcohol testing at 10 percent.

  • Congress Passes Fiscal 2016 Spending Bill

    Congress on Dec. 18 approved the $1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill on a bipartisan vote, which will keep the federal government funded through September 2016, the end of the current fiscal year. The Omnibus is the final piece of legislation that Congress will consider as members head home for the holidays and gear up for the 2016 election year. In the days leading up to the final bill, there were many policy riders under negotiation for inclusion in the bill. Some riders made it into the final bill, and others did not. Below is a breakdown of noteworthy “winners” and “losers” regarding these policy riders.

  • Donate Today to the NATSO Foundation’s Online Education

    In an effort to provide educational resources for America’s truckstop and travel plazas, the NATSO Foundation is building a series of online training courses centered on “How Truckstops Help People.

  • House Committee Advances Data Security Legislation

    The House Financial Services Committee voted 46-9 Dec. 8 in favor of the Data Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 2205). NATSO strongly opposes the legislation, which imposes data security standards for retailers, because it would unnecessarily impose a variety of complicated and expensive obligations on the retail sector.

  • Delving Into the Highway Bill: Trucking Issues

    The five-year, $305 billion highway bill signed into Dec. 4 by President Obama titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) contained several important provisions that stand to affect the trucking industry and the truckstops that also operate commercial vehicles. Below is a brief overview of those issues.

  • Congress Considers Major Spending Bill

    Congress has until Dec. 11 to pass an omnibus spending bill to keep the government running. Congressional Republican and Democratic negotiators remain in private negotiations in an effort to reach an agreement on the omnibus bill and avert a government shutdown, but time is running short. Because the omnibus is a "must-pass" piece of legislation, policymakers are actively trying to insert unrelated policy riders into the package. This includes language pushing back against Obama Administration priorities that will adversely affect NATSO members.

  • EPA Finalizes 2014-2016 RFS Requirements

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued the final volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 through 2016. EPA also released a 2017 standard for biomass-based diesel. NATSO will issue an in-depth analysis of the numbers this week.

  • EPA Finalizes 2014-2016 RFS Requirements

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

  • House Committee Approves Menu-Labeling Legislation

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Nov. 18 voted 36 to 12 in favor of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 2017).

  • President Extends Highway Law, House Preps Highway Bill

    President Obama signed into law a bill that extends current highway law for three weeks, giving lawmakers until Nov. 20 to hammer out a multi-year highway bill. The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on its six-year, $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which would clear the way for the long-awaited conference with the Senate’s DRIVE Act passed in July.

  • House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted Oct. 27 to extend highway and transit authority until Nov. 20, giving lawmakers a more time to hammer out a multi-year funding and policy package.

  • House Unveils Highway Bill

    The House of Representatives on Oct. 16 unveiled a six-year, $325 billion highway bill with just two weeks remaining until the current extension to highway funding law is set to expire. It is a companion bill to the Senate's Drive Act passed in July. It is unlikely that both chambers will be able to iron out differences between the two bills before current highway legislation expires at the end of October. As a result, although the House legislation is a crucial step in the process, NATSO expects at least one more temporary highway bill to be enacted before Congress is able to pass long-term legislation.

  • House Passes Oil Exports Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted 261-159 Oct. 9 to end the four-decade-old limits on exporting domestic crude oil.

  • Joint Employer Bill Gets Senate Panel Hearing

    Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decision to redefine and expand joint employer liability under the National Labor Relations Act the biggest attack on small business opportunity that he’s seen in a long, long time. Sen. Alexander made the remarks during his opening statement at a Senate panel hearing on the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act. Sen. Alexander recently introduced the measure to revert the joint employer test in place prior to the NLRB’s August 3-2 decision.

  • New Study Evaluates GHG Emissions from Natural Gas Light Duty Vehicles

    A recently published analysis by Carnegie Mellon University, evaluating the potential life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from using natural gas to power light-duty vehicles, demonstrates the “uncertainty and variability” of such assessments. The study contributes to the library of studies conducting life cycle analysis of GHG emissions from using natural gas in the transportation sector through multiple pathways.

  • FMCSA Concludes Data Collection for HOS Restart Study

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Oct. 1 that the agency has finished collecting data for its study of the hours-of-service restart provision and that it expects to issue a final report to Congress by year’s end.

  • NATSO Joins Industry Group in Supporting DGE for Natural Gas

    NATSO joined stakeholders representing the natural gas industry, fuel retailing groups and the trucking industry in urging the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) to support the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard for liquefied and compressed natural gas sales and retain the DGE standard as a voting issue on its upcoming fall agenda.

  • IRS Launches ACA Resource Page for Employers

    The Internal Revenue Service on Sept. 23 announced a new web page offering information on the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate and reporting requirements. The ACA Information Center for Applicable Large Employers (ALE) web page provides information and resources for employers of all sizes, including sections to help employers determine if they are an applicable large employer as well as outreach materials.

  • ATRI Examines Driver Views on Truck Parking

    Nearly half of commercial vehicle drivers would refuse to pay for reserved parking, according to a new survey issued by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). The survey, titled “Commercial Driver Perspectives on Truck Parking,” revealed that a disconnect exists between drivers’ interest in parking reservation systems and their willingness to pay for parking reservations. The survey also revealed that reservation parking systems near large metropolitan areas would have the highest utility.

  • USDA Awards $100 M for E-15 Pumps

    Twenty-one states will receive grants through the $100 million Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to help fund E-15 infrastructure for 5,000 pumps at 1,400 gasoline retail stations.

  • FHWA Truck Parking Analysis Falls Short, Says NATSO

    The Federal Highway Administration on Friday August 21 released a survey and analysis assessing truck parking in the United States. Although NATSO worked with FHWA to help the agency understand the issues involved in the supply and demand of truck parking facilities, FHWA’s survey failed to adequately explore the critical factors that influence truck parking.

  • IRS: Treat 2014 Fuel Tax Credits as If They Hadn't Expired

    The IRS said taxpayers claiming biodiesel mixture and alternative fuel credits against 2014 tax liability should treat the credits as though they had never expired, Bloomberg reported.

  • House Passes Highway Funding Patch

    Lawmakers continued their push for an extension to highway funding law the week of July 13 as the clock continues to tick down to its July 31 expiration. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 312-119 to extend Highway Trust Fund financing through Dec. 18.

  • How EPA’s Revised UST Regulations Affect Fuel Retailers

    An in-depth review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations found that final rule contains a number of improvements from the proposed rule that was released in 2011, many of which were proposed by NATSO.

  • FDA Delays Compliance Deadline for Menu Labeling Rule

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 9 announced that it is delaying by one year the date by which restaurants and similar retail food establishments, including many truckstop operations, must comply with federal menu labeling requirements.

  • Lawmakers Divided Over Highway Bill

    Members of Congress returned to Washington to begin a four-week work period where they will need to address a number of significant policy matters, including funding the Highway Trust Fund, before the annual August recess.

  • S Corporation Modernization Act Introduced

    U.S. Reps. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) recently re-introduced legislation that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to ease the tax burden on firms that convert from taxable corporate status to small-business status.

  • President Obama Expands Overtime Eligibility

    The Obama Administration proposed federal overtime regulations that would raise the current overtime threshold to $50,400 a year up from the current threshold of $23,660 as early as 2016. The regulation change is coming under fire from business groups and Republicans who argue it threatens jobs and will force employers to cut hours for salaried employees.

  • EPW Finishing Up Long-Term Highway Bill

    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee leaders Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said they are finishing up work on a five or six-year highway bill, Politico reported.

  • Senate Bill Seeks Infrastructure Tax Credit

    Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) on May 3 introduced a measure that would expand the use of tax-exempt bonds and create a new tax credit aimed at increasing private investment in public infrastructure projects.

  • Congressman Ryan Working on $10 Billion Highway Bill Patch

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said lawmakers are working on a $10 billion short-term extension to the Highway Trust Fund to keep it solvent through the end of this year.

  • Annual DOT HAZMAT Registration Period Begins

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) has begun mailing out registration forms for the 2015-2016 HAZMAT registration period.

  • California Surcharge Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

    A federal judge ruled March 26 that a California law banning retailers from charging customers a surcharge on credit card purchases is unconstitutional because it is too vague and violates the First Amendment right of free speech, PYMNTS.com has reported.

  • New House T&I Committee Members Announced

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster announced a dozen new Republican committee members for the 114th Congress.

  • EPA Sends Proposed Ozone Standard to White House

    The Environmental Protection Agency has sent a proposal for revising the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to the Office of Management and Budget.

  • Dispenser Labels and Product Transfer Document Language Changes As ULSD Program Enters Final Phase

    Fuel retailers are reminded that effective Oct. 1, only 15 parts per million diesel fuel is allowed for use in highway and non-road vehicles as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) program enters its final phase. The final phase-in eliminates certain regulatory requirements for product transfer document language as well as dispenser labels for 500 ppm diesel fuel.

  • Fuel Tax Increase Paves a Better Road

    NATSO urged lawmakers to increase the motor fuels tax when they debate a long-term highway bill next year in a recent editorial that appeared Aug. 19 in CSP.

  • Federated Insurance Unveils Employment Practices Network

    NATSO Chairman’s Circle member Federated Insurance unveiled new resources designed to help clients manage human resource issues, including new government regulations, employment law changes, employee-related litigation, employee termination, improper documentation processes and other situations that can expose your organization to a potential lawsuit.

  • Severe Diesel Outages in Pennsylvania and Ohio

    Diesel fuel marketers in western Pennsylvania up through eastern and northern Ohio are struggling with acute diesel supply shortages, including some terminals that are out of product, OPIS has reported.

  • Legislation Introduced to Encourage Natural Gas In Trucking

    U.S. Representatives Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Lee Terry (R-Neb.) introduced three separate pieces of legislation aimed at boosting the use of natural gas by the trucking industry.

  • Tea Party Targeting Transportation Chairman Shuster

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) could face a challenge from Tea Party activists in the upcoming election as the rift between Republicans and the Tea Party movement continues to grow following the government shutdown, according to published reports.

  • EPA Considers Reducing 2014 Renewable Fuel Targets

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering reducing its 2014 ethanol volume targets amid complaints from refiners that the volume requirements exceed their ability to blend it into fuels without resorting to higher blends such as E15 that would put engines at risk, Bloomberg has reported.

  • WSDOT Seeks Public Comment on Tolling I-90

    The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) plan to conduct a series of meetings in Bellevue, Mercer Island and Seattle between now and Nov. 6 to collect public input on whether tolling as well as state or regional taxes, mileage fees, or federal funding should be used to fund new highway capacity.

  • States Declare Emergencies in Advance of Karen

    Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida governors have declared states of emergencies in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen, expected to make landfall between southeastern Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle on Saturday night or Sunday morning.

  • ITEP Report Calls for Modernizing Federal Fuel Tax

    A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) offers specific policy recommendations for modernizing the federal fuel tax, which hasn't been raised in 20 years.

  • EPA Issues Draft Guidelines on Release Detection at High Throughput Facilities

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued draft guidelines on release detection at high throughput underground storage tank facilities.

  • Swipe Fees to Remain in Place While Court Decides Federal Reserve’s Appeal

    The U.S. District Court in Washington has agreed to maintain the current regulations governing swipe fees while the Federal Reserve appeals the recent ruling that it set the cap on debit transactions too high.

  • Rep. Shuster Believes Tax Bill Key to Infrastructure Funding

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Sept. 11 that a comprehensive tax code rewrite could be the solution to fixing the insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, according to BNA.

  • NATSO Dismisses Tolling Claims in Reason Foundation Study

    NATSO, the association representing travel plazas and truckstops, rejected a report that pushes for widespread tolling. The Sept. 12 report was prepared by the Reason Foundation, an organization that has long supported interstate tolls.

  • Federal Reserve Seeks to Maintain Debit Fee Cap During Appeal

    The Federal Reserve has asked the court to keep the current regulations governing swipe fees in place while it appeals the recent ruling by the U.S. District Court in Washington that it set the cap on debit card transactions too high.

  • N.C. Bill Strengthens Tolling Prohibition

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

  • FTC to Investigate Oil Firms' Renewable Fuels Practices

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

  • Lawmakers Press FMCSA to Finish HOS Field Study

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

  • Court Denies NLRB Request to Rehear Poster Rule

    The legal challenge over the 2010 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulation requiring most private-sector employers to post notices of an employee's right to unionize could be headed to the Supreme Court after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the NLRB's recent bid for a rehearing on the matter. The court denied the request without issuing a written decision or explaining the rejection.

  • FMCSA Clarifies Definition of Short-Haul Driver

    FMCSA has clarified the definition of short-haul driver.

  • Cities and States Should Reconsider PPPs

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

  • Judge Agrees With Retailers; Rejects Debit Card Swipe Fee Rule

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

  • Sen. Blunt Re-Introduces GAS Act

    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has re-introduced the Gas Accessibility and Stabilization (GAS) Act.

  • As Highway Trust Fund Hits Insolvency, Lawmakers Discuss Gas Tax Increase

    Lawmakers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday debated the possibility of increasing the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax for the first time since 1993.

  • PHMSA Seeks Hazardous Materials Carriers for Pilot Program

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

  • Senate Finance to Revamp U.S. Tax Code

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said his committee will consider revamping the U.S. tax code this year to lower tax rates and broaden the tax base. Similar efforts are underway in the U.S. House of Representatives, where Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) is pushing a tax rewrite.

  • Rep. Shuster Urges Republicans to Support Federal Spending on Transportation

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) is urging Republicans to support federal spending on transportation.

  • Dutch Gas Station Owners Sue Over EV Charging Along Highways

    Nearly 30 gas stations in the Netherlands are suing the Dutch government, arguing that electric charging stations earmarked for the country's highways represent unfair competition.

  • EU Seeks to Cap Food-Based Biofuels

    The European Union plans to propose limiting the use of crop-based biofuels in transportation to 5 percent.

  • House Releases Final RFS White Paper

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee released the final edition in a series of white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard that will be used as the basis for a series of hearings.

  • Washington State Seeks to Toll I-90; Lawmaker Questions Legality

    The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking to toll Interstate 90. But already Congressman Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) is questioning the authority of the federal government to authorize such a plan.

  • Enterprise TE Pipeline To Stop Interstate Distillates Shipping

    Despite protests from a host of petroleum marketers including NATSO, Enterprise TEPPCO is expected to halt interstate ULSD on its pipeline in late July, according to OPIS.

  • Connecticut and Massachusetts Fuel Retailers Can Remove Stage II Vapor Recovery

    Fuel retailers in Connecticut and Massachusetts now can join the growing list of gas stations across the nation disconnecting their Stage II vapor recovery systems.

  • New Jersey to Allow Rest Area Sponsorships

    New Jersey is set to allow private companies to sponsor rest areas and service areas in return for their upkeep after the New Jersey Senate voted unanimously to advance a bill to Gov. Chris Christie that would authorize corporate sponsorship on rest areas along the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and other state-owned highways.

  • Legislation Would Mandate Alternative Fuel Vehicles

    With Congress increasingly critical of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), legislation introduced last week is taking a different tack: it would require that 30 percent of new automobiles in 2016 operate on non-petroleum fuels instead of, or in addition to, petroleum-based fuels. That figure would increase to 50 percent in 2017 and in subsequent years.

  • TA President Highlights Natural Gas Infrastructure Outlook at Alternative Transportation Expo

    The adoption rate for natural gas trucks is increasing rapidly, according to Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of Travel Centers of America.

  • Reminder: New HOS Rule Effective July 1

    Despite pending litigation, the Federal Motor Carrier Association's revised Hours of Service (HOS) rule went into effect July 1.

  • N.C. Governor Signs Legislation Restricting State's Ability to Toll I-95

    In a victory for the No Tolls I-95 Coalition, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory last week signed the Strategic Mobility Formula (H.B. 817) into law, which will change the way the state prioritizes road funding projects and limit the state's ability to impose tolls.

  • FMCSA to Clarify CSA Scores

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it will propose changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program later this year in an attempt to make clearer that the rankings are not necessarily safety scores.

  • House HOS Hearing Contentious

    With new truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rules scheduled to take effect July 1, the House Highways Subcommittee last week held a contentious hearing on the topic. Several members of Congress took Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro to task for putting the rule into effect when the court is expected to rule any day on a pending legal challenge.

  • Senators Introduce Legislation to Repeal Renewable Fuel Standard

    Echoing legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) last week introduced “The Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act” (S. 1195), which would repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in its entirety. Sen. Barrasso said the RFS is "fundamentally broken and beyond repair," and that it has driven up food and fuel costs rather than deliver meaningful environmental benefits.

  • Supreme Court Rejects E-15 Challenge

    The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to block sales of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E-15).

  • Virginia Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Toll Case

    The Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a ruling in a Portsmouth court battle over tolls that has called into question the constitutionality of delegating legislative authority to set toll rates and focused national attention on the future of public-private transportation partnerships in the state.

  • Fuel Tax Changes Take Effect in Several States July 1

    Beginning July 1, a number of states will see changes to the price of fuel at the pump as new taxes take effect.

  • Lawmakers Question White House Transportation Funding Target, But Say Transportation is Primary Focus

    Although some lawmakers have questioned the financial goals set by the White House for the next highway bill, they acknowledge that transportation funding needs to be a primary focus.

  • Reminder: New Hours of Service Rule Effective July 1

    Despite pending litigation, commercial truck drivers and companies must comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Association's revised Hours of Service (HOS) rule on July 1.

  • States Continue to Propose Tax Changes to Fund Infrastructure

    The number of states considering tax changes to fund infrastructure continues to grow.

  • FERC Declines to Delay TEPPCO Halt of ULSD Shipments

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has declined to intervene in Enterprise TEPPCO's decision to eliminate ULSD and jet fuel shipments in their pipeline effective July 1, 2013. In addition to NATSO and four other petroleum marketing associations, a wide range of interests participated in the protest, including airlines, trucking companies, associations, terminal operators and agricultural cooperative. Members of Congress and the Arkansas Attorney General also weighed in with the commission.

  • Coalition: Governor Should Withdraw N.C. Tolling Application

    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory should direct the state Department of Transportation to withdraw its application to toll Interstate 95 under a federal pilot program and put the tolling idea permanently to rest, Scott Aman, president and CEO of New Dixie Oil Corp., said in a recent op-ed in the "Fayetteville Observer," published June 5. Aman also serves on the board of the No Tolls I-95 Coalition.

  • OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Mexican Pilot Program

    The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed an appeal in its lawsuit against the Department of Transportation (DOT) and its cross-border trucking program with Mexico.

  • States Consider Charging Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

    Lawmakers tasked with finding new revenue streams to fund infrastructure projects increasingly are asking drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles to pay their fair share of infrastructure fees.

  • Court Nixes NLRB Poster Rule

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit became the second appellate court to strike down the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) August 2011 regulation requiring businesses to post notices of an employee's right to unionize, finding that the NLRB exceeded its authority when it ordered businesses to display an 11-by-17-inch notice in a prominent location explaining the rights of workers to join a union and bargain collectively.

  • Senate Bill Introduced to Change How LNG is Taxed

    U.S. Senators Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) have introduced legislation that would require that liquefied natural gas (LNG) for transportation fuel be taxed based on energy output and not by the gallon equivalent.

  • States Continue to Propose Tax Changes to Fund Infrastructure

    The number of states considering tax changes to fund infrastructure continues to grow. In Illinois, the Transportation for Illinois Coalition is pushing legislation to replace the current 19-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale tax.

  • VDOT To Launch Truck Parking Pilot Program

    VDOT plans to conduct a truck parking pilot project designed to direct truck drivers to open parking spaces in real-time via message signs.

  • Bill Would Change How LNG is Taxed

    New bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress seeks to amend the Internal Revenue Code to change the way liquified natural gas is taxed, from a volume (gallon) to an energy content (diesel gallon equivalent) basis.

  • Final Rule Published on Employment Wellness Programs

    Final rules on employee wellness programs allow employers to increase incentives and penalties to encourage workers to participate in employee wellness programs such as smoking cessation and gym memberships. The final rules implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act and include clarification on the reasonable design of health wellness programs and the reasonable alternatives they must offer to avoid prohibited discrimination.

  • States Continue to Propose Tax Changes to Fund Infrastructure

    At least 18 state legislatures have either passed tax increases this year to fund infrastructure or are considering it.

  • EPA Proposes Adding Fuels Made From Landfill Biogas to Renewable Fuel Standard

    A proposed U.S. EPA rule would greatly expand the number of advanced fuels that would be eligible to generate RINs. Responding to petitions from renewable fuel producers, EPA has proposed allowing renewable diesel, renewable naphtha, and renewable electricity (used in electric vehicles) produced from landfill gas to generate RINs under the federal renewable fuel standard. Also proposed to generate RINs are renewable compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas produced from landfill biogas. To be eligible, the landfill biogas must produce 60 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions over its lifecycle as compared to gasoline.

  • FHWA Kicks Off Truck Size and Weight Study with Public Listening Session

    NATSO representatives attended the Federal Highway Administration's first public session of its truck size and weight study, ordered by Congress in the transportation reauthorization bill enacted last year.

  • N.C. Conducts I-95 Information Session

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation continues to conduct information sessions to educate residents along the corridor about the newly released economic impact study on highway funding for I-95, which includes an option to toll existing lanes on the interstate.

  • North America Could Displace OPEC as Largest Oil Producer in Five Years

    The development of U.S. shale resources will create a surge in North American oil production, making North America a larger contributor of new oil supplies than the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) by 2018, according to the International Energy Agency.

  • Union Poster Ruling Could Head to Supreme Court

    The legal challenge over the 2010 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulation requiring most private-sector employers to post notices of an employee's right to unionize could be headed to the Supreme Court after the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision and struck down the regulation.

  • Iowa Lawmakers Seek to Boost Fuel Tax

    Chair of the Iowa House Transportation Committee, Rep. Josh Byrnes, R-Osage, filed an amendment to a bill that would gradually increase the state fuel tax by 10 cents, though the measure awaits floor debate in the Iowa House.

  • Missourians Could Vote on Transportation Sales Tax

    The Missouri House of Representatives last week voted to put a 1-cent transportation sales tax on the ballot for public vote.

  • USA Today Editorial Calls For Increasing the Gas Tax

    Increasing the federal motor fuels tax is the simplest, fairest and least invasive way to increase revenues for infrastructure spending, USA Today stated in a recent editorial.

  • N.C. House Unanimously Passes Anti-Tolling Legislation

    The North Carolina House of Representatives last week unanimously passed House Bill 267 to limit the state Department of Transportation's ability to impose tolls on existing interstates, including Interstate-95.

  • Orion Food Systems President Steve Watkins Joins Trade Delegation to China

    Orion Food Systems President Steve Watkins joined South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard and other executives as part of a trade delegation to China.

  • MoDOT Converts Rest Areas to Truck Parking Only Facilities

    The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced last week that it will convert two rest areas at Halltown on Interstate 44 into truck-parking only facilities rather than spend funds to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) upgrades to the water and sewer systems. The rest areas currently offer parking for 37 trucks, which MoDot said it plans to expand.

  • Minnesota Senate Votes to Increase Gas Tax

    After backing off a proposed gas tax increase in the face of opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton, the Minnesota state Senate voted to raise the gas tax by 5 cents over four years and impose an extra half-cent sales tax in the Twin Cities area over the same time span.

  • Rep. Goodlatte Introduces Legislation to Eliminate RFS

    As the House Energy and Commerce Committee reviews the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the first time in five years, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at eliminating all or part of the RFS.

  • Sen. Lautenberg Legislation Would Extend Truck Size and Weight Restrictions

    Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has re-introduced legislation aimed at keeping larger and heavier commercial trucks off the road by extending the federal size and weight restrictions on commercial trucks to include the entire National Highway System (NHS). This marks the second piece of legislation in recent months to address the issue of larger commercial vehicles, making it increasingly likely that truck size and weight will be debated when Congress begins working to reauthorize surface transportation programs next year.

  • North Carolina Transportation Committee Approves Bill Limiting Tolls

    The North Carolina House Transportation Committee last week unanimously passed a bill out of committee that would limit the state Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) ability to impose tolls on existing interstates, including Interstate-95. North Carolina House Bill 267 permits NCDOT to toll new capacity, but would prohibit the agency from closing existing lanes to build new tolled lanes.

  • South Carolina Latest State To Seek to Tie Gas Tax to Inflation

    The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee last week voted 13-5 to advance a plan that would index the state's 16-cents-per-gallon gas tax to inflation, increasing the tax by 4 cents in 10 years and generating $135 million yearly. The measure also increases truck registration fees by 16 percent.

  • EPA Launches Online Resource To Identify E-15 Compatible USTs

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week launched a new online resource where it will house information for tank owners regarding the compatibility of underground storage tank system components with E-15.

  • PHMSA Reduces HAZMAT Fees; Increases Fines

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued two rulemakings last week of importance to fuel haulers.

  • House Bill Would Give States Option to Increase Truck Weight Limits

    Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine) introduced the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, which would give states the option of increasing the maximum interstate truck weight from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds on a sixth axle.

  • National Truck Parking Information System Under Development

    The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the research arm of the American Trucking Associations, recently announced that it is working with several groups to develop a national truck parking reservation system that allows drivers and fleets to check on parking availability along an interstate corridor in real time using wireless devices.

  • U.S. Chamber Says Higher Gas Taxes Necessary to Fund Infrastructure

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the lastest group to call for an increase in the fuel tax.

  • States Seek to Change Motor Fuel Taxes to Increase Transportation Revenues

    The number of states seeking to generate transportation revenues by adjusting their state motor fuel taxes continues to grow, with lawmakers in Minnesota, Vermont and Pennsylvania marking the latest to introduce such legislation.

  • States Offer Tax Incentives to Encourage Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

    Several state legislatures recently offered tax incentives aimed at boosting usage of cars and trucks that run on alternative fuels.

  • National Freight Plan To Be Cornerstone of Highway Reauthorization

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has tapped six committee members to help formulate a national intermodal freight plan that will tie together road, rail, air cargo, ports and inland waterways infrastructure planning and policy.

  • NATSO Comments On EPA's Biodiesel RIN Quality Assurance Proposal

    NATSO filed comments last week in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed biofuel Quality Assurance Program.

  • Rocky Mount Telegram Says N.C. Should Turn Focus Away from Tolls

    The Rocky Mount Telegram last week said that North Carolina should focus on alternative ideas for funding road construction instead of tolling Interstate 95.

  • Timeline Helps Small Businesses Plan for Health Insurance Changes

    When the President signed the healthcare bill into law, the clock started to tick on a variety of changes. Whether it is new taxes or new mandated requirements on the insurance purchased in the small group and individual insurance markets, this timeline developed by the National Federation of Independent Businesses provides a quick glance at ch

  • IRS Issues Simplified Procedures for Claiming Retroactive Biodiesel Blenders Credit

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued new and simplified filing procedures for 2012 retroactive biodiesel blender claims. The new procedure allows claims for all four quarters of 2012 to be filed on IRS Form 8849 Schedule 3. Blenders are no longer required to file amended IRS Form 720X returns to obtain 2012 biodiesel blending credits provided the claim is filed by July 1, 2013.

  • Interest In Natural Gas Slow But Steady

    Suppliers of natural gas fuel tanks promoting their products at the Mid-America Trucking Show said interest in alternative fuels continues to grow at a slow but steady pace and that new tanks and conversion kits could reduce fuel costs by as much as 30 percent by allowing heavy trucks to run on a mixture of diesel and natural gas, according to Transport Topics.

  • Virginia May Withdraw Tolling Application for I-95

    As Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed the state's landmark transportation legislation which imposes new wholesale sales taxes on gas and diesel, the governor's press secretary said the state would withdraw the application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to toll Interstate 95.

  • Love’s Travel Stops to Complete Addition of RFID

    Love’s Travel Stops announced it is completing the addition of a radio frequency ID, or RFID, -enabled payment system at its travel stop locations.

  • U.S. Diesel Fuel Prices Dip Below $4 a Gallon for Second Week

    U.S. diesel fuel prices dipped below $4 a gallon the past two consecutive weeks, putting diesel 17 cents below its price this time last year.

  • Federal Authorities Charge 28 With Defrauding Fleets in Truckstop Scheme

    Federal authorities in Ohio recently charged 28 individuals with stealing a total of $1.7 million from U.S. trucking companies through a wire fraud and money laundering scheme played out at truckstops.

  • EPA's Tier 3 Rule Eliminates Pump Labeling Requirement

    The EPA's new proposed regulation to reduce the sulfur content of gasoline also proposes to remove the dispenser label requirement for diesel fuel pumps dispensing 15 ppm ultra-low sulfur diesel beginning Dec. 1, 2014.

  • Wisconsin Voters to Decide on Protecting Transportation Funds

    In the next election, Wisconsin voters will have the opportunity to approve an amendment to their state constitution that would prevent governors and legislators from diverting money in the state’s transportation fund to any other purpose.

  • State Department Report Says Keystone Pipeline To Have Little Environmental Impact

    The Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline cleared another hurdle last week after a draft report by the State Department concluded that building the pipeline would have little impact on the environment. The report quickly fueled renewed GOP pressure on President Obama to approve the pipeline.

  • FMCSA Will Not Delay HOS Enforcement

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) denied a request from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) to delay enforcement of the latest changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) rule for truck drivers, which takes effect July 1, saying ATA did not demonstrate enough harm to the industry and law enforcement to merit a delay.

  • Truck Size and Weight Bill Introduced

    Representatives Michael Michaud (D-Maine) and Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) recently introduced H.R. 612 the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2013, which would allow longer and heavier trucks on the National Highway System.

  • U.S. Natural Gas Production to Remain Strong Through 2040

    U.S. natural-gas production will accelerate over the next three decades and provide a growing source of moderately priced natural gas through 2040, according to an extensive study performed by the University of Texas that examined 15,000 wells in northern Texas.

  • N.C. I-95 Tolling Plan Loses Steam

    North Carolina's plan to toll Interstate 95 is losing steam as state leaders instead focus on a 25-year comprehensive study of the state’s transportation needs.

  • TravelCenters of America Announces Citizen Driver Award Program

    TravelCenters of America LLC announced its first 'Citizen Driver' award program, designed to recognize professional drivers who evoke public respect for the truck driving profession.

  • Pilot Flying J Announces New Fast, Casual Dining Concept

    Pilot Flying J announced that it is launching a new fast, casual dining concept at select travel centers and travel plazas nationwide,

  • National Average Diesel Fuel Price Decreases Four Cents

    The national average diesel fuel price decreased four cents for the third consecutive week, to $4.01 per gallon, 14 cents lower than last year at this time.

  • Trucking Industry Drives Natural Gas Demand in Transportation

    Significant infrastructure costs coupled with low consumer demand has many gasoline retailers hesitant to invest in natural gas.

  • MD Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Increase

    Maryland lawmakers gave final approval Friday to the first increase in the state’s gas tax in 20 years.

  • MD Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Increase

    Maryland lawmakers gave final approval Friday to the first increase in the state’s gas tax in 20 years. Under the bill, which passed the Senate 27 to 20, motorists can expect to pay between 13 and 20 cents more per gallon by mid-2016.

  • E-bay Device Aids in Fuel Theft

    Attention fuel retailers: It has been brought to NATSO's attention that a device promoting fuel theft is being sold on eBay.

  • EPA Moves Forward With Tier 3 Rule to Reduce Sulfur in Gasoline

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will move forward with its Tier 3 rule that will limit the amount of sulfur in U.S. gasoline by two-thirds and impose fleetwide pollution limits on new vehicles by 2017. EPA aims to reduce the allowable sulfur content in gasoline from 30 parts per million to 10 ppm.

  • Iowa 80 Kitchen, Johnson's Corner and Lee Hi Travel Plaza on Travel Channel's Show

    Iowa 80 Kitchen, Johnson's Corner and Lee Hi Travel Plaza are scheduled to be featured on the Travel Channel's Show Food Paradise, being renamed Truck Stop Paradise, for this episode, on March 27. The episode will feature food at truckstops, and the film crew spoke with customers about their favorite dishes as well as why they keep coming back. The episode airs at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

  • Legislation Seeks to Protect Retailers from E-15 Misfueling Liability

    Fuel retailers who abide by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) E-15 labeling rules would be protected from liability claims by consumers who misfuel their vehicles under a new bill introduced last week by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.)

  • Energy Committee Seeks Industry Comment on Blend Wall

    As it reviews the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for the first time in five years, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is seeking input from industry stakeholders to a series of questions related to the "blend wall."

  • Quick Facts and Figures Relevant to Truckstops, March 25

    Buoyed by booming shale plays in North Dakota and Texas, U.S. oil production will be 2 million barrels a day higher than imports by the end of 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook.

  • Top House Transport Committee Members Ask LaHood to Delay HOS

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R.-Pa.) and ranking member Nick Rahall II (D.-W.Va.) joined with Representatives Tom Petri (R.-Wisc.) and Peter DeFazio (D.-Ore.) in asking Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to stay the implementation of the new Hours-of-Service rule until after the U.S. Court of Appeals rules on pending challenges.

  • Editorial Mischaracterizes Public's Desire For Tolling

    A recent editorial in The Huffington Post mischaracterized the public's desire for tolling and called on Congress to take a more permissive approach to highway tolling.

  • Broad Tax Reform Could Open Door to Fuel Tax Increase

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said last week that an increase in the federal fuel tax could be included in a broader tax reform package.

  • Pilot Flying J is Partnering with Urgent Care Travel

    Pilot Flying J is partnering with Florida-based Urgent Care Travel to open about 12 urgent care centers at Pilot Flying J locations in 2013 and as many as 100 by the end of 2016.

  • Governors Tell Congress to Support Renewable Fuels Standard

    The Governor’s Biofuels Coalition last week sent a letter to members of Congress in support of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

  • China To Invest in U.S. Natural Gas Fueling Network

    ENN Group Co Ltd, one of China's largest private companies, is rolling out plans to establish a network of natural gas fueling stations for trucks along U.S. highways.

  • FDA Says Writing Menu-Labeling Rule "Thorny"

    Writing a new menu labeling law has gotten "extremely thorny," according to the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the agency tries to figure out who should be covered by it.

  • IRS Accepting Electronic Filings for Motor Fuel Excise Tax-Related Claims

    The Internal Revenue Service announced that it has finished updating its tax-processing system software allowing business and individual taxpayers to once again electronically file 2012 federal tax returns, including motor fuel excise tax returns, biodiesel credit claims as well as alternative fuel and alternative fuel mixture credits and income tax returns.

  • Quick Facts and Figures Relevant to Truckstops, March 18

    U.S. retail pump prices for diesel exhaust fluid remained steady in February at $2.79 a gallon, the third straight month they have held at that level, according to the latest DEF Tracker.

  • More States Weigh Sales, Fuel Tax Hikes

    The number of states seeking to generate transportation revenues by increasing sales taxes or state motor fuel taxes is growing, with lawmakers in Missouri and Washington marking the latest to introduce such legislation.

  • New Jersey Senate Votes In Favor of Rest Area Sponsorships

    The New Jersey Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously last week to advance a bill to allow private companies to sponsor rest areas and service areas in return for upkeep of the facilities. S2514 next moves to the Senate floor. If approved there, the bill would advance to the Assembly for further consideration.

  • Virginia’s Transportation Legislation Brings Fuel Tax Changes

    Virginia’s recent transportation legislation will make significant changes to the way fuel taxes are calculated when the law takes effect July 1.

  • Love’s Travel Stops Announces Addition of Compressed Natural Gas

    Love’s Travel Stops announced the addition of fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capability to service Class 8 trucks is underway at eight of its travel stops between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas.

  • Maryland Latest State Seeking to Impose Wholesale Tax on Fuel

    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) last week unveiled a new transportation funding plan that would lower the state's excise tax on gasoline and replace it with a sales tax on the wholesale price. The governor appears to be following the lead of neighboring state Virginia, which passed a similar plan last month.

  • Automakers to Meet Fuel-Efficiency Standards With Increased Electric Cars

    Automakers tasked with meeting new federal fuel-efficiency standards of 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025 plan to trim fuel consumption by reducing automobile weights as well focusing on electric vehicles.

  • North Carolina Anti-Tolling Legislation Introduced

    Last week, two bills were introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly to prohibit tolling on Interstate 95.

  • Merchants Criticize Federal Reserve Decision to Maintain Interchange Fee Standards

    In issuing its bi-annual report on swipe fees as required by law, the Federal Reserve last week said it would keep the existing interchange fee standards and fraud prevention adjustments the same. The per-transaction cap remains at 21 cents and also allows for an additional charge of 0.01 cent to cover fraud as well as .05 percent of the sales amount.

  • U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Block Ethanol Increases

    U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-M.S.) and David Vitter (R-La.) have introduced legislation to block an increase in the amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline. The bill would overturn Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waivers that allowed gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be used for many passenger cars and light trucks, and would prohibit the agency from granting future waivers for any blends above 10 percent ethanol.

  • Truck Tonnage Increases in January

    The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.9 percent in January after jumping 2.4 percent in December. Tonnage has surged at least 2.4 percent every month since November, gaining a total of 9.1 percent over that period. Seasonally adjusted data takes into account items such as weather, increased factory production for certain times of the year, harvests and back-to-school sales.

  • Wyoming Passes Legislation Increasing Fuel Tax

    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) has signed a bill that will increase the state's tax on diesel and gasoline to 24 cents beginning in July, up from the current 14-cent-per-gallon tax.

  • New York Bill Creates Incentives for Truck Parking

    The New York State Legislature is considering a measure that would create tax incentives and a loan program to fund truck parking in the state. The bill, S3773, would create a 50 percent tax credit for owners or operators of private rest areas, truckstops and travel plazas that provide truck drivers with safe parking, and create a 20 percent tax credit for shipping and receiving facilities that agree to provide truck drivers with a secure area to rest while waiting for pending appointments or to observing federal hours-of-service regulations. The measure is awaiting consideration in the Senate Transportation Committee.

  • Critics: Obama's "Fix It First" Is Uninspired

    Critics of President Obama's "Fix It First" plan, to inject $40 billion into critically failing infrastructure, call it a "band-aid" approach that misses opportunities generate economic growth, jobs and create a legacy for future generations.

  • Virginia Transportation Legislation A Victory for NATSO, ATA and Tolling Opponents

    The Virginia General Assembly on Saturday approved landmark transportation legislation, which includes a provision to require legislative approval on tolls on I-95 south of Fredericksburg, a major victory for NATSO, the American Trucking Associations and the grassroots coalition that have been fighting the state's tolling proposal for more than a year. The transportation legislation puts an end to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plan to toll I-95 and demonstrates growing opposition to tolls on existing interstates.

  • ATA Asks Government to Delay HOS Changes

    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) asked the federal government to delay implementing changes to the hours-of-service regulations until three months after the group’s current legal challenge ends.

  • IRS Releases Guidance on Retroactive Biodiesel Tax Claims

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance on how to claim biofuel tax incentives that were retroactively reinstated by Congress through 2012.

  • Virginia Senate Votes to Require General Assembly Approval of Tolls

    Transportation legislation involving tolls on Interstate 95 (I-95) is moving fast in the Virginia General Assembly. There are several pieces of legislation under consideration with anti-tolling language that would give the Virginia General Assembly the final approval in the tolling of existing interstates.

  • Credit Card Settlement Appeal Delayed Until Fall

    The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that an appeal of the proposed swipe fee settlement should wait until after objections to the settlement are filed and heard next fall. That means that settlement notices to retailers across the country can continue to be distributed, and that retailers will have the opportunity to opt out of the monetary portion of the case and/or object to the proposed settlement. Notices will be sent to retailers who accepted Visa and/or MasterCard at any time between Jan. 1, 2004 and Nov. 27, 2012. Even if retailers submitted a declaration objecting to the proposed settlement last fall, they must respond to the notice and submit something in writing again if they want to opt-out of or object to the proposed settlement.

  • Obama Addresses Infrastructure, Energy and Minimum Wage in the State of the Union

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama touched on several issues important to truckstop and travel plaza operators, including highway funding, alternative fuels and the minimum wage.

  • EPA Releases Requirements for Retailers Planning to Offer E-15

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined the conditions fuel retailers need to meet to sell higher-ethanol gasoline through a blender pump—one that offers both E10 and E15 through a common hose and nozzle.

  • House Committee Seeks EPA Information on RIN Fraud

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee is asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to detail steps it is taking to prevent fraudulent renewable fuel credits, or RINs, from entering the marketplace. The committee also wants to know whether fraudulent credits have contributed to a “dramatic decline” in RIN prices since July 2012. The committee asked EPA to respond by Feb. 22.

  • Gilbarco and PayPal Bring Mobile Payments to the Pump

    Gilbarco Veeder-Root and PayPal have teamed up to make PayPal an accepted payment method at tens of thousands of fueling stations around the U.S. Gilbarco said the move will allow retailers to connect more effectively with customers and simplify the way people pay for fuel and purchase in-store items. Through the partnership, Gilbarco gains access to a new user base--PayPal’s 125 million global users and the 55 million Americans who use a PayPal account right now, while also giving merchants using Gilbarco's equipment the ability to sell additional items through PayPal Wallet.

  • Lawmakers, Business Groups Discuss Fuel Tax Increase, Public-Private Partnerships

    As Congress begins laying the groundwork for the next highway reauthorization bill, lawmakers and business groups are examining the funding mechanisms that will finance the nation’s infrastructure, including an increase in the fuel tax and the use of public-private partnerships and tolls.

  • Judges Won’t Reconsider E15 Rule; Industry Faces Blend Wall

    A federal appeals court refused to reconsider a decision to throw out a lawsuit challenging an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that allows sales of E-15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol. Grocery, auto and oil industry trade groups sued in 2010, saying using more corn-based ethanol in fuel would harm engines and push up the price of food and gasoline.

  • House Bill Would Eliminate Energy Tax Credits

    U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) has reintroduced legislation that would repeal numerous energy tax subsidies, including the cellulosic biofuel producer credit, the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit, the wind production tax credit and the enhanced oil recovery credit.

  • Freight Volumes and Rates Expected to Stay Flat in 2013

    Carriers and transportation analysts expect freight volumes and rates to stay relatively flat throughout 2013.

  • U.S. Governors Focus on Increasing Natural Gas Use in 2013

    The National Governors Association will make the increased use of natural gas a priority in 2013, said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the vice chair of the group.

  • ATRI Seeks Driver Input on HOS Provisions

    The American Transportation Research Institute, the research arm of the American Trucking Associations, is asking commercial drivers to weigh in on changes to the 34-hour restart provision of the federal hours-of-service rule set to take effect in July.

  • Tolling Proponents Launch Aggressive Pro-Tolling Campaign

    The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, the worldwide group representing toll facility owners and operators, said it is launching “an aggressive 2013 public awareness campaign to highlight the benefits of tolling."

  • Oil Industry Group Seeks Cellulosic Biofuel Waiver

    The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate in the renewable fuel standard (RFS), citing a lack of domestic supply available for domestic use.

  • Virginia Residents Continue to Oppose Tolls on I-95

    Virginia residents are continuing to voice their opposition to tolls on I-95, speaking out at public hearings, signing petitions and taking legal action. At least eight cities and towns have hired an attorney in their fight against the proposal, which they said would be a detrimental economic project. Despite opposition from local governments and citizens, Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to pursue his tolling plan, which would place a toll on Interstate 95 south of Richmond. The Virginia legislature begins its next session this week, so lawmakers and citizens will need to keep up the fight in state's general assembly.

  • Shuster Confirmed as T&I Chairman, Rahall Ranking Member, and Committee Roster Finalized

    The 113th Congress was sworn into office last week on January 3 and as lawmakers settled in to their new offices both parties confirmed committee assignments within their caucuses.

  • Government Issues Proposed Rule on Healthcare Law's Employer Mandate

    Less than one year remains before most businesses will be required to offer health benefits to their workers as part of President Obama's healthcare law, and the Department of Treasury and IRS have moved forward on implementing the law's employer mandate provision, publishing a 144-page proposed regulation that outlines employers' responsibilities and coverage requirements. The regulation details requirements for full-time, part-time and seasonal workers along with how the employer mandate penalty is calculated.

  • "Fiscal Cliff" Legislation Includes Biodiesel Tax Credit

    The House and Senate passed legislation Tuesday designed to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, a combination of tax increases for individuals and cuts to government spending. The legislation overwhelmingly passed the Senate, 89-8, and passed the House 257-167, with 85 Republicans voting in favor of the legislation. The legislation includes extensions of some energy tax credits that are important to NATSO members.

  • Willkomm Companies Donates $10,000 to Two Local Homeless Shelters

    The Willkomm Companies, which operates locations in southeastern Wisconsin, recently donated $10,000 it raised to two local homeless shelters.

  • Ohio Governor Won't Lease Turnpike

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to propose raising $1.5 billion for highway projects with Ohio Turnpike bonds while preserving the toll way as a public entity, state lawmakers briefed on the plan said. The proposal means the Ohio Turnpike won't be sold or leased to a private operator.

  • Judge Denies Request to Block Preliminary Approval of Swipe Fee Settlement

    A federal appeals court panel has denied an appeal aimed at reversing preliminary approval of the $7.25 billion settlement of the antitrust case against Visa and Mastercard.

  • Virginians Rally Against Tolls on I-95; Anti-Tax Group Warns Against Alternatives

    Last week, hundreds of Virginians rallied together to show their opposition to tolls on I-95 at a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) public presentation in Sussex County that nearly filled the 700-seat auditorium at Sussex County Central High School. Prior to the rally, VDOT announced a reduced toll plan for locals, which was rejected by the tolling opponents.

  • DAS Receives the 2012 Design of the Times Platinum Best of Category Award

    DAS has received the 2012 Design of the Times Platinum Best of Category Award in the convenience retail category from the Path to Purchase Institute for its EEC (Electronic Engagement Center) Endcap Display.

  • Clean Energy Completes the First Stage of America's Natural Gas Highway

    Clean Energy announced that it has completed the first stage of America's Natural Gas Highway, a network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling stations located throughout the U.S.

  • Locations Offering Bulk DEF Increase

    The number of truckstop locations adding bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) pump facilities in North America has increased over the last two months, with 814 now offering bulk DEF.

  • Debate Over E15, Renewable Fuels Continues

    AAA's call for a halt in the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol has sparked debate. The American Petroleum Industry released a point-by-point analysis of the Renewable Fuels Association's statement about AAA's position.

  • EIA Reports Natural Gas Exports Could Boost U.S. Economy

    A report issued this week by Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration indicates that the U.S. could boost its economy by exporting some of its natural gas. However, critics said doing so is costly and would raise natural gas prices in the U.S. In addition, it's uncertain there will be a market for it.

  • Miles Traveled Tax Gaining Support

    Incoming House transportation Chairman Bill Shuster last week called a U.S. tax based on miles driven “a fair way” to pay for highway improvements. With fuel economy of cars and trucks increasing and more hybrids hitting the road, officials are taking a look at the fuel tax over the long haul, in recognition that the current ways of paying for infrastructure aren't generated enough revenue.

  • Virginia Holds Public Meetings on Tolling Plan, North Carolina Advisory Council Meets

    This week, the public will have an opportunity to express concern with Virginia's proposal to place a toll on Interstate 95 south of Richmond.

  • Several Travel Plazas Ranked on Forbes 2012 List

    Several travel plazas were ranked on Forbes 2012 list of the largest private companies in the U.S.

  • Childers Oil Company Delivers Bottled Water to Hurricane Sandy Victims

    Childers Oil Company with assistance from Lucas Oil, AMBEST, Inc. and The Salvation Army, delivered two tractor-trailer loads of bottled water to Hurricane Sandy victims recently.

  • Texas Increases Reliance on Toll Roads

    Texas is in the midst of rapidly expanding toll road projects as the state struggles to finance transportation projects.

  • NCR to Acquire Retalix for $650 Million

    NCR Corp. said it will acquire Retalix for approximately $650 million.

  • AAA Urges Officials to Halt E15 Sales

    AAA is urging regulators and fuel producers to stop the sale of E-15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol, citing the potential for consumer confusion, voided warranties and vehicle damage.

  • API Sues EPA Over Biodiesel Mandate

    The American Petroleum Institute has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s biodiesel mandate.

  • EPA Inspector General Investigates Renewable Fuel Credit Trading Program

    EPA Inspector General has launched an investigation to examine EPA's role in managing the renewable fuels credit trading program, which has been plagued by fraud.

  • NATSO, PMAA Urge Congress to Extend the Biodiesel Blender's Tax Credit

    NATSO and PMAA sent a letter to Congressional leadership and to tax writing committees urging them to include an extension of the one-dollar-per-gallon biodiesel blender’s tax credit to the tax extenders package currently being discussed among lawmakers.

  • Shuster to Head House Transportation Panel

    Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) will take over as chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in January, replacing John Mica (R-Fla.) who must step down due to term-limitation rules.

  • Truckstop Executives, Carriers Discuss the Future of Natural Gas

    Jimmy Haslam, chairman and CEO of Pilot Flying J, Frank Love, president of operations for Love’s Travel Stops, and Thomas O’Brien, CEO of TravelCenters of America spoke in the session “Infrastructure Hurdles: The Chicken or the Egg.”

  • Michigan Governor Moves Forward on New International Bridge Crossing

    In Michigan voters rejected the constitutional amendment that would have delayed or blocked the planned New International Trade Crossing bridge between Detroit and Windsor.

  • Refiners Ask EPA to Reconsider Biodiesel Volume Mandate

    Last week U.S. refiners asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its earlier rule boosting the volume of biodiesel to be produced in 2013 as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard.

  • Virginia DOT Holding Public Meetings on I-95 Tolling Proposal

    The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is holding three meetings in December to update the public on the latest proposal to improve Interstate 95 in Virginia.

  • Federal, State Lawmakers Eye Increases to Gas Tax

    Lawmakers at both the federal and state level are saying they will consider raising fuel taxes to fund much needed highway infrastructure projects

  • U.S. to Become Largest Oil Producer by 2020

    The International Energy Agency said the U.S. will become the world's top producer of oil by 2020, a net exporter of oil around 2030 and nearly self-sufficient in energy by 2035 due to a boost in oil, shale gas and bioenergy production in the country.

  • Companies Investing in Natural Gas Infrastructure, Technology

    NATSO member Clean Energy Fuels is collaborating with GE to expand the infrastructure for natural gas transportation in the United States. As part of the project, Clean Energy will buy two MicroLNG plants from GE Oil & Gas. Each plant will support fueling stations along critical transportation corridors and has the capacity to produce 250,000 gallons of LNG per day.

  • Trucking Industry, DOT Host Truck Parking Webinar Dec. 6

    The Transportation Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will sponsor a free webinar on truck parking issues and innovative ways to address them.

  • Virginia Lawmaker Proposes Fuel Tax Increase Instead of Tolls

    Virginia State Sen. John Watkins rolled out his new transportation funding plan that will raise the gas tax, lower the income tax, and eliminate tax credits and exemptions. The plan includes a 14-cent per gallon fuel tax increase that Watkins said would raise about $734 million and avoid tolls proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to pay for road construction. Watkins said he will propose the legislation in January.

  • NATSO, Other Plaintiffs to Appeal Swipe Fee Settlement

    To force merchants into an 'agreement' with Visa and MasterCard that leaves them worse off than without it -- that just goes against all notions of fairness.

  • N.Y. State Senator Introduces Bill to Require Generators at Fuel Stations

    New York State Sen. David Carlucci (D) has introduced legislation that would require fuel retailers in New York State to have electric generators on site, ensuring they are able to operate all fuel pumps, dispensing equipment, life safety systems and payment acceptance equipment in the event of a power outage.

  • Fuel Supply Improves in New York and New Jersey

    Fuel supplies in New York and New Jersey are slowly returning to normal after Hurricane Sandy, and officials are continuing to take action to reduce shortages that still remain in some areas. In New York City and Long Island, authorities announced gas rationing systems that started on Nov. 9.

  • Election 2012 Recap

    Despite the balance of power remaining the same, there will be some changes within House and Senate Committees that are relevant to NATSO.

  • Average Price of U.S. DEF Rises 4 Cents

    The average price of U.S. DEF rose 4 cents from September and October.

  • DOT Releases $4 M to North Carolina for Road Repair

    Federal officials are releasing $4 million in emergency funds to North Carolina to help repair roads damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

  • Court of Appeals Hears Arguments Against California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

    A three-justice panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of California’s “Low Carbon Fuel Standard,” a piece of the state’s landmark global warming law, AB 32.

  • EPA Issues Draft Proposal To Ensure RIN Authenticity

    EPA released a draft proposal last week designed to ensure that RINs are authentic.

  • Hire and Keep 'A' Players

    When a company is clear about its values, hiring only ‘a’ players need not be an overwhelming task.

  • DOT Team to Expedite Fuel Deliveries in Hurricane Region

    FMCSA has created an Interstate Petroleum Transport Team to streamline state regulations and ensure the fastest and most efficient movement of fuel.

  • Defense Works to Ease N.Y., N.J. Gas Shortages; Waivers Issued

    The U.S. Energy Department is working with the Defense Department and National Guard to get emergency generators to gas stations that lost power in New York and New Jersey, creating long lines of customers.

  • EPA Issues Second ULSD Waiver for New Jersey

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a second diesel sulfur waiver for the state of New Jersey.

  • EPA, FMCSA Issue Waivers for Reformulated Gas, Non-Road ULSD and Hours of Service

    EPA in consultation with the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a waiver for reformulated gasoline (RFG) in 16 states and the District of Columbia to prevent disruptions of the supply of RFG in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Court of Appeals Agrees to Hear Challenges to Cross-Border Trucking Program

    U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has agreed to hear oral arguments in December from a pair of federal lawsuits challenging the U.S.-Mexico cross-border pilot trucking program.

  • Where President Obama and Gov. Romney Stand on Infrastructure

    Democrats and Republicans remain divided over how to pay for transportation projects.

  • U.S. Production of Crude on Track to Rise 7%

    U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise seven percent this year.

  • DOT Agrees to Revise CSA

    The U.S. Transportation Department has agreed to revise its Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program, including re-evaluating the relationship between carrier safety scores and crash risks.

  • Clean Diesel Challenges EPA, NHTSA Fuel Economy, GHG Emissions Standards

    Plant Oil Powered Diesel Fuel Systems Inc. recently filed two lawsuits challenging the EPA and Transportation Department's joint fuel economy greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger vehicles and heavy trucks.

  • North Carolina, Virginia Continue Heated Debate on Tolling

    WTVR, CBS 6 in Richmond is asking readers to weigh in on whether they support tolls on I-95 with an online poll.

  • Oil Firms Set to Bounce Back Quickly After Hurricane Sandy

    Oil firms are set to bounce back quickly from Hurricane Sandy.

  • States Continue to Declare States of Emergency as Sandy Approaches; Northeast Refineries Shut Down

    A total of six states have declared states of emergency early last Friday.

  • NATSO Fall Leadership Meeting Cancelled

    In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, NATSO has taken the precautionary measure of cancelling its Fall Leadership meeting, scheduled to be held Oct. 29 and 30.

  • EPA Awards $30 Million for Clean Diesel Projects

    EPA announced it has awarded $30 million for clean diesel projects as part of its Diesel Emission Reduction Program.

  • Electric Car Sales Slow to Take Off

    Car buyers remain slow to embrace electric vehicles.

  • EPA and NHTSA Finalize Fuel Economy Standards for Light Duty Vehicles

    EPA and NHTSA last week finalized their rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving fuel economy for light-duty vehicles for model years 2017 and beyond.

  • Chicago Planning Agency Calls for Congestion Pricing

    CMAP called on Illinois transportation policymakers to incorporate congestion pricing into six major tollway projects.

  • Biofuels Growth Bumping Up Against "Blend Wall"

    According to a new report released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), ethanol's market growth could be limited in coming years as the fuel approaches the maximum percentage blending cap set by the RFS2.

  • West Coast Gas Prices Ease

    Wholesale gasoline prices in California have started to decline after Gov. Jerry Brown allowed an early switch to winter-grade fuel.

  • N.C. Coalition Applauds Gubernatorial Candidates' Commitment to Keeping I-95 Toll Free

    The North Carolina No Tolls I-95 Coalition, Inc., last week commended former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory and Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton for expressing their commitment to keeping Interstate 95 toll free during Tuesday night’s second gubernatorial debate.

  • EFS Acquires T-Chek Systems, Inc.

    Electronic Funds Source, LLC, (EFS) announced it has acquired T-Chek Systems, Inc. (T-Chek) for $302.5 million in cash.

  • Arkansas Aims to Use Sales Tax for Roads

    A proposed constitutional amendment on Arkansas’s ballot this November would add a half-cent to the state’s 6-cent sales tax to raise money for transportation.

  • Bill Moon Scholarship Application Process Open

    The NATSO Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2013 Bill Moon Scholarship.

  • FDA Seeks to Have Cigarette Label Case Reheard

    The federal government last week formally asked for a full court review of the U.S. Court of Appeals decision that struck down the FDA's graphic labeling requirements for cigarette packages.

  • GE Launches New CNG Fueling System

    GE and Peake Fuel Solutions last week announced that they have launched an onsite fueling solution known as CNG In a Box that allows easier adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling options for large and small retailers.

  • CARB Waives RVP Limit Amid Gasoline Shortages

    California Air Resources Board has temporarily waived California's Reid Vapor Pressure limit to 9 pounds per square inch (psi), up from 7 psi.

  • Top Retailers Rolling Out Mobile Payments, ACH Cards

    Two of the nation's largest retailers last week announced new payment technology options.

  • Majority of Named Plaintiffs Oppose Visa, MasterCard Settlement

    NATSO last week joined a majority of the named plaintiffs in announcing their opposition to the proposed antitrust settlement agreement with Visa, MasterCard and some of the largest banks that were filed on Oct. 12.

  • Opposition to I-95 Tolling Grabs Media Spotlight

    Interstate 95 tolling opposition gained significant media attention in recent days.

  • FJ Management to Acquire Majority Interest in Maverik

    FJ Management is acquiring a majority interest in Maverik Inc., a 250-store convenience retailer.

  • EPA to Decide on Renewable Fuel Waivers

    EPA plans to decide by mid-November if certain states will receive waivers from renewable fuel requirements for ethanol in gasoline.

  • Ford and GM Approve E-15 Use in Later Model Cars and Trucks

    Ford Motor Co. and General Motors last week announced that they have approved E-15 for use in 2013 model cars and light trucks.

  • Op-Ed Highlights Inequity in I-95 Tolling Plan

    Tolls are simply taxes, but unlike the fuel tax, tolls waste too much of the taxpayer's dollar on unneeded government bureaucracy and expenses.

  • California Marketers Face Gasoline Shortages

    Fuel marketers in California are facing gasoline supply shortages that have driven wholesale spot gas prices to record highs.

  • Durbin Says Interchange Reform Showing Results

    Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent a letter to the American Bankers Association (ABA) last week refuting the association's claims that swipe fee reform is a mistake.

  • Fuel Prices Decline for the First Time in 12 Weeks

    According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), last week diesel and gasoline fuel prices fell for the first time in 12 weeks.

  • ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, August

    ATA's advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index contracted 0.9 percent in August after increasing 0.4 percent in July.

  • No Tolls I-95 Chairman Challenges N.C. Newspaper on Tolling

    NATSO member Ernie Brame last week challenged the Fayetteville Observer for singling out its readers to pay a tax that other residents of North Carolina would not have to pay.

  • Iowa 80 Truckstop to Add More Truck Parking

    Iowa 80 Truckstop recently broke ground on 110 truck parking spaces north of the truckstop.

  • Menu Labeling Legislation Introduced in Senate

    U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) last week introduced S. 3574, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012.

  • Reps. Olson and Blackburn Introduce Bill to Stop RIN Fraud

    Two legislators introduce the “Stop RIN Fraud Act of 2012” (H.R. 6444).

  • ATRI Launches Truck Parking Survey

    ATRI is conducting a survey on truck parking needs and system requirements.

  • ODOT To Sell Advertising and Sponsorships at Interstate Rest Areas

    ODOT signs contract with Travelers Marketing to run an advertising, sponsorship and naming rights program for the state's rest areas.

  • GAO Confirms Debit Fee Reform Helped Small Banks

    GAO last week confirmed that the debit fee reform implemented Oct. 1, 2011, has helped community banks and credit unions.

  • NATSO Joins Retail Groups Asking Congress to Reject Claims by Visa, MasterCard

    NATSO joined a group of associations representing retailers to highlight the reasons behind the growing opposition to the proposed settlement of the long-standing antitrust lawsuit filed by merchants against Visa, MasterCard and the nation’s largest banks.

  • PepsiCo President Joins Pilot Flying J as CEO

    John Compton, president of PepsiCo, will assume the role of chief executive officer of Pilot Flying J.

  • 51.4% Percent of Motor Carriers Consider Natural Gas-Fueled Truck

    A new survey found that 51.4% of motor carriers are considering natural gas-fueled trucks when buying new vehicles.

  • Washington State Supreme Court Rules that Challenge to Gas Tax Treaties with Indian Tribes May Proceed

    Washington state Supreme Court rules that a challenge by gas stations to the state’s deals with Indian tribes on gas taxes can proceed.

  • Maryland Giving Toll Cheats a Pass

    Maryland does little to collect the millions of dollars in unpaid tolls.

  • Turnpike Billions in Debt Despite Increasing Tolls

    The PA Turnpike is spending more money each year than it makes.

  • EPA Issues New Biodiesel Fuel Requirement

    EPA said gasoline refiners must use 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2013.

  • Oil Prices Hit $100 a Barrel

    Crude oil prices hit more the highest price per barrel since May 4 last week.

  • Accelerated Corrosion in ULSD UST Systems Linked to Acetic Acid

    New study finds corrosion is likely due to the dispersal of acetic acid though the UST.

  • Rep. Forbes Fires Off Third Letter Requesting FHWA Deny VDOT Tolling Application

    Rep. Forbes continues to express his opposition to VDOT's proposal to install a toll on I-95.

  • American Truck Historical Society Historic Route 66 Convoy

    The American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) kicked off its first Historic Highway Convoy.

  • Wright Express to Buy Fleet One

    Wright Express Corp. has agreed to acquire fueling company Fleet One.

  • Legal Battle Over Graphic Tobacco Labels Could Head to Supreme Court

    U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the law requiring the graphic health warnings.

  • New Fuel Economy Standards Aim to Reduce Gasoline Consumption

    The DOT and the EPA issued new automobile fuel economy standards that reportedly will lower costs at the gas pump by $1.7 trillion and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels by 2025.

  • EPA Temporarily Waives Summer Fuel Requirements For States Hit by Hurricane

    EPA last week temporarily waived RVP requirements in eight states to prevent gasoline shortages after fuel supplies from refineries in the Gulf area were disrupted by Hurricane Isaac.

  • MDOT To Add 40 Truck Parking Spaces at I-95 Welcome Center

    MDOT announced plans to expand truck parking spaces at the I-95 South Welcome Center on Interstate 95.

  • Virginia Awards Rest Area Sponsorship Contract

    VDOT recently awarded a corporate sponsorship contract for the state's 42 rest areas and welcome centers to CRH Catering of Connellsville, Pa.

  • States Declare States of Emergency Due to Isaac; Price Gouging Laws, HOS Waivers in Effect

    In anticipation of Hurricane Isaac, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi declared states of emergency.

  • White House Releases Unspent Transportation Funds

    The Obama administration announces a new "Use It or Lose It" program.

  • ATA Urges DOT to Begin Rulemaking on Electronic Logging

    ATA has urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to start conducting a rulemaking to mandate electronic logging devices.

  • Lawmakers Petition EPA to Grant Waiver from Ethanol Quotas Amid Drought

    Lawmakers are petitioning the EPA to grant a waiver from ethanol quotas.

  • Court Dismisses E-15 Legal Challenge; EPA Issues New Rules for Pumps Dispensing E-10 and E-15

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week dismissed the legal challenge to the EPA's decision to allow the use of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol.

  • Tolling I-95 Will Further Va.'s Transportation Problems, Not Solve Them

    Tolling I-95 won't just cost drivers more--it will have a ripple effect on residents, businesses and localities.

  • EPA Seeks Public Comment on Possible RFS Waiver

    EPA is seeking public comment on whether to suspend the Renewable Fuels Standard.

  • McDonald's Testing Mobile Payments

    McDonald’s Corp. announced it is testing a mobile payments service with PayPal.

  • For-hire Truck Tonnage Index, July

    ATA said its seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage index was unchanged in July after increasing 1.1 percent in June.

  • RYO Tobacco Retailers Subject to Federal Tax Requirements of Manufacturers

    Retailers with roll-your-own (RYO) cigarette machines soon will be subject to the same federal tax and regulatory requirements as tobacco manufacturers.

  • Dispute Over I-95 Tolls Heats Up

    The dispute over Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal to toll Interstate 95 near the North Carolina border got hotter.

  • BP Recalls 2 Million Gallons of Gasoline

    BP has recalled more than 2 million gallons of gasoline in the Midwest.

  • Refineries Shut Down In Preparation for Hurricane Isaac

    U.S. Gulf Coast refiners have started closing facilities in anticipation of the storm.

  • EPA Issues Long-Awaited Guidance To Ease Way for Removal of Stage II

    EPA issued long-awaited guidance that paves the way for removal of stage II nozzles and equipment from gasoline dispensers nationwide.

  • Starbucks and Square Team Up to Offer Mobile Payments

    Square, the mobile payments start-up, announced last week that it is forming a partnership with the Starbucks Coffee Company

  • Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Wayne Adding Smart Phone Pay-at-Pump Technology

    GE energy business Wayne and Gilbarco Veeder-Root announced last week that they have agreed to integrate a mobile commerce application into pay-at-the-pump technology.

  • Opposition to Tolling I-95 Continues to Rise

    Opposition to tolling Interstate 95 continues to rise, with the Ashland Town Council and the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization becoming the latest groups to join the growing chorus of voices against the project.

  • Equipment Manufacturers Introduce Products to Modify Fuel Dispensers

    Following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of E-15 for commercial sale, several fuel dispensing equipment manufacturers have introduced new products for retailers to modify existing fuel dispensers to accommodate higher ethanol blends.

  • Experts Raise Questions About Transition to Natural Gas

    A large-scale move from petroleum-based transportation fuel to natural gas “would likely be a mistake,” and low natural gas prices are unlikely to last an Energy Department researcher told a Senate energy panel last week.

  • New Legislation Would Provide Retailers Flexibility in Meeting Menu Labeling Regulations

    Rep. John Carter (R) introduced the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012, which would allow more flexibility for retailers as they seek to comply with the FDA's regulations regarding calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, other food retail establishments, and on vending machines.

  • Love's Goes Cardless

    Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores announced it has completed the first successful live customer transaction using RFID cardless fueling technology and Comdata’s financial processing software at its Pauls Valley, Okla. location.

  • TA Completes Installation of 100 DEF Dispensers

    TravelCenters of America LLC announced it has completed the installation of bulk diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) dispensers at 100 of its TA and Petro Stopping Center branded locations.

  • Michigan Fuel Shortages Force Gov. To Suspend HOS Rules for Carriers Transporting Fuel

    Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday declared a State of Energy Emergency in Michigan due to the limited availability and temporary shortages of gasoline and diesel fuel in areas of the Upper Peninsula caused by a shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline in Wisconsin.

  • ODOT Effort to Commercialize Rest Areas Rejected

    Efforts by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to commercialize five non-interstate rest areas have failed to gain traction with ODOT receiving no bids from developers in response to its request for proposal, although two companies expressed interest in advertising and sponsorship opportunities along the state's interstate highways.

  • Va. Rep. Forbes Voices Opposition to VDOT Tolling Plans

    Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) last week expressed strong opposition to the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Interstate 95 tolling plan, saying it would discourage economic development and increase costs for area businesses.

  • FMCSA Shutters 26 Bus Companies Citing Safety Violations

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last weekshut down 26 bus companies on the East Coast serving the I-95 corridor for safety violations.

  • Mass. Senate Passes Right to Repair Legislation

    The Massachusetts Senate recently passed Right to Repair legislation, S. 2204, requiring vehicle manufacturers to sell all non-proprietary repair information to local neighborhood mechanics, repair shops and dealers so they can all repair vehicles using the same codes provided by the manufacturers. The bill will now go before the House of Representatives.

  • NATSO Opposes ODOT Plan to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

    NATSO last week urged the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to reconsider plans to commercialize non-interstate rest areas throughout the state.

  • Federal and State Legislation Introduced to Block Tolls on I-95 in N.C.

    Lawmakers introduced several bills at the federal and state level in recent days aimed at limiting the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) ability to toll Interstate-95.

  • TransCanada Receives Go-Ahead for Southern Leg of Keystone Pipeline

    TransCanada last week received the last of three permits needed to begin construction on the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline as part of an effort to ease a bottleneck that is slowing the movement of oil supplies from Canada and North Dakota to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

  • NRF and NCCR Join Coalition Legal Brief Opposing New Federal Trucking Regulations

    The National Retail Federation and its National Council of Chain Restaurants division joined a coalition of manufacturers, shippers and transportation last week in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals opposing the new federal trucking regulations on drivers’ hours-of-service, stating the regulations were arbitrary and capricious.

  • Judge Declines to Reconsider Union-Organizing Rule

    The federal district judge who earlier this year struck down a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ambush elections rule, which would have accelerated the timeframe allowed for union elections, has denied the NLRB's request that he reconsider the decision citing the board's inability to expand and improve its argument.

  • Senate Committee Approves Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

    The Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package last week by a 19-5 vote that included a 2-year extension of the biodiesel blender’s credit.

  • Fed Rule Allows Banks to Charge Merchants "Fraud Prevention" Fee

    The Federal Reserve Board last week announced approval of a final rule that allows debit card issuing banks with more than $10 billion in assets to charge a one cent fraud prevention fee.

  • NATSO, Highway Users Express Concern Over Tolling Legislation

    The House of Representatives passed legislation last week by voice vote that would broadly authorize discount programs for residents living in close proximity to tolls.

  • Opposition Continues to Grow Against Va. and N.C. I-95 Tolling Plans

    Opposition continues to grow against the Virginia and North Carolina Departments of Transportation's plans to toll Interstate 95 as a means of generating revenue for state infrastructure projects.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Domestic Truck Tire Market

    In its 2012 outlook, released in March, the Rubber Manufacturers Association predicted replacement truck tire shipments will be up 2 percent this year compared to last year, or 400,000 units.

  • Small-Business Tax Break Fails to Move Forward

    The Senate failed to end debate on the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act last week. S. 2237 would extend write-offs for capital investment and award a 10 percent tax credit to companies that add workers to their payrolls or increase wages.

  • CSA Opponents Testify the Program Harms Small Carriers

    Opponents of the FMCSA's CSA enforcement program testified before the House Small Business Committee last week that the program harms small carriers.

  • House Committee Investigates Biodiesel RIN Fraud

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing last week regarding fraudulent biodiesel RINs trading that has brought negative publicity to the biodiesel industry and uncertainty to the marketplace.

  • Pilot Flying J to Acquire Maxum Petroleum

    Pilot Flying J, Metalmark Capital, Waud Capital Partners and Maxum Petroleum announced that Pilot Flying J will acquire a controlling interest in Maxum for cash and Pilot Flying J’s contribution of Western Petroleum into Maxum.

  • Caribou Coffee Opens at Joplin 44

    Joplin 44 Truckstop, Joplin, MO., announced it has now added a Caribou Coffee to its list of offerings.

  • South Carolina Grants Retailers Immunity From Consumer Misfueling

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley recently signed into law legislation that grants wholesale and retail petroleum marketers immunity from liability when a customer dispenses an incompatible fuel into their vehicle. South Carolina is one of the first states to implement such a law.

  • Kansas Retailer First to Offer E15

    This past week, Zarco 66 in Lawrence, Kan., became the first station in the U.S. to retail E15 since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allowed its use in automobiles built since 2001.

  • Industry Speaks on Proposed UST Regulations

    The industry speaks on the proposed UST regulations but will EPA do?

  • Drought Putting Pressure on Biofuels

    The fallout is impacting biofuels production and prices.

  • NATSO Foundation AMBER Alert FAQs

    The NATSO Foundation and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have joined together in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s AMBER Alert program to safely recover abducted children. NCMEC and the NATSO Foundation prepared this list of frequently asked questions from operators to help NATSO memebrs better support the program.

  • TA Announces Return of UltraChef One Million Point Recipe Challenge

    Professional drivers can submit their favorite recipe to earn a shot at winning UltraONE rewards points and fame in TravelCenters of America's (TA) UltraChef One Million Point Recipe Challenge.

  • Oregon DOT Offers Electric Truck Incentives

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced it is launching a new electric truck buyer incentive program aimed at reducing diesel fuel consumption within the state.

  • Four Truckstops Add Electrification

    Four truckstops in the mid-South have added plug-in power installations through the federally funded Shorepower Truck Electrification Project (STEP). Each of the four new sites has 24 truck parking spaces at which drivers can plug their vehicles into electrical connections, allowing them to operate heating, air conditioning and cab appliances without running the engine.

  • Pennsylvania Signs Privatization Bill

    The legislation signed by Gov. Tom Corbett gives Pennsylvania the ability to lease large-scale transportation assets to the private sector as a mechanism for raising funds for expansion and repair projects.

  • TravelCenters of America LLC Opens Two New TA-branded Locations

    TravelCenters of America LLC announced the opening of two new TA-branded locations.

  • Burger King Corp. Launches Mobile Payments Pilot Program

    Burger King Corp. has launched a mobile payments pilot program.

  • Bosselman Boss Truck Shops Opens Its 37th Boss Shop

    Bosselman Boss Truck Shops opened its 37th Boss Shop.

  • Pilot Flying J Teams up with Truckers to Triathletes

    Pilot Flying J has teamed up with Truckers to Triathletes to help professional drivers maintain healthy lifestyles.

  • Nebraska Corn Board To Award Blender Pump Grant Incentives

    The Nebraska Corn Board recently allocated funds in its 2012-13 fiscal year budget to further develop the renewable fuel infrastructure in Nebraska.

  • ODOT Meetings on Commercial Rest Areas Generate Opposition

    On June 28 ODOT held a sparsely attended meeting in Columbus for potential bidders on the rest area projects.

  • What successful new service have you added in the past year?

    NATSO members discuss the changes they've made to their truck stop and travel plaza companies to improve their business.

  • Thank Drivers While Attracting New Customers

    Special driver appreciation events honor the 3.4 million professional truck drivers in the United States.

  • Best Truckstop Customer Service Tips

    NATSO members talk about what things make a good overall customer experience.

  • AMBER Alert Partnership Launched

    Truckstops and travel plazas engage in efforts to safely recover abducted children.

  • What have you learned about selling DEF?

    NATSO members who sell DEF talk about how it has affected their business, and what they have learned.

  • What magazines, blogs or websites do you read?

    “The First Thing I Read is Stop Watch.”

  • Serving Truckstop and Travel Plaza Customers during the Holidays

    Although many professional drivers have delivered their loads and are home for the holidays, passenger traffic skyrockets.

  • What industries do you look to for inspiration?

    NATSO members look to different industries for their Truckstop business needs.

  • Should I take the name truck out of my truckstop?

    They want easy access, clean facilities, something to eat and competitive prices—not necessarily in that order.

  • Sapp Bros. Celebrates 40 Years

    From the beginning, the Sapp brothers worked hard to maintain a clean image at their truckstops, attracting families as well as professional drivers.

  • An Industry That Goes Above and Beyond

    In this issue of StopWatch, NATSO members shared several stories of its staff going above and beyond.

  • Lamar Perlis Inducted into the NATSO Foundation Hall of Fame

    Longtime member inducted into the NATSO Foundation Hall of Fame.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, ATA April Truck Tonnage Index

    ATA's seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage index decreased 0.7 percent in May after falling 1.1 percent in April.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, National Average Price of Diesel

    The national average price of diesel has fallen nearly 14 cents over the last two weeks.

  • Does your location use social media?

    It’s a great way to stay connected to the customer.

  • NATSO Unveils ADA Compliance Toolkit

    NATSO unveils ADA compliance toolkit.

  • The NATSO Foundation Offers Insights for Truckstop and Travel Plaza Operators

    To help operators better understand industry trends and benchmark themselves against their peers, McLane and The NATSO Foundation have joined together to produce the McLane – NATSO Foundation Index.

  • The NATSO Show 2011

    Key leaders in the travel plaza industry and their suppliers came face to face at The NATSO Show 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in February, exchanging ideas and uncovering new solutions to improve their operations. Read on for some highlights.

  • Fleets, Truckstops Moving Toward LNG

    Nearly every major trucking fleet is adding natural gas trucks to their fleets to test along some of their routes.

  • Zurich American Will No Longer Issue UST Insurance, Renewals

    Zurich American said last week it will no longer issue new UST insurance or renew existing coverage.

  • How do you attract customers through curb appeal?

    These improvements and word of mouth are all attracting people.

  • The NATSO Show 2010 is Underway!

    We’re creating the future at the NATSO Show 2010!

  • Highway Coalition Urges Highway Bill Conferees to Limit Tolling and Public-Private Partnerships

    ASNHN urged the conference committee charged with working out the differences between the House and Senate transportation bills to maintain provisions that seek to limit the expansion of tolling and public-private partnerships (P3s).

  • EPA Should Ensure RIN Credit Validity, Inhofe Says

    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter to the EPA) on June 12 calling on the agency to take additional steps to ensure the validity RINs.

  • Tax Extenders Package Update

    NATSO and others have advocated an extension of the biodiesel blenders tax credit that expired last year.

  • Refiners Sue EPA Over Mandate to Use Non-Existent Biofuels

    AFPM and WSPA filed a lawsuit last week challenging the EPA.

  • IOWA Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

    Iowa DOT said it is seeking funds to help defray nearly $3.7 million in annual operation costs.

  • Member News, Kwik Trip Moving into Alternative Fuels

    This week, Kwik Trip, which operates more than 400 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, is hosting its first ever Natural Gas Tradeshow & Summit.

  • Member News, Two Nebraska Truckstops Add Plug-in Electricity

    Shoemaker's Travel Center and Sapp Bros Travel Center add electrification.

  • Trucking Battles Over EOBRs

    A provision in S.1813 would require all long-haul trucks to be outfitted with EOBRs capable of real-time tracking for monitoring of trucks and drivers.

  • Less than 25 Percent of Trucking Fleets Think Natural Gas Can Replace Diesel in Near Term

    25% of trucking executives think natural gas could become a viable alternative to diesel in the foreseeable future.

  • Diesel and Gas Prices Fall as Oil Hits 2012 Low

    The average price of U.S. diesel dropped 1.6 cents last week to $4.057 a gallon.

  • EPA Issues Final Rule Paving the Way for Phase-Out of Stage II Vapor Recovery

    EPA has determined that Stage II vapor recovery systems used at gas stations can be phased-out beginning in 2013.

  • House and Senate Begin to Conference Highway Bill

    Committee of lawmakers conferencing the House and Senate versions of the highway transportation reauthorization met for the first time early last week.

  • Virginia Officials: Leadership Lacking in Transportation Funding

    About 50 city and county leaders from Virginia gathered to brainstorm transportation funding issues.

  • Colorado Motor Carriers, Truckstops Partner with DOT on Safety Initiative

    Many truckstops in Colorado will soon be equipped with a video system.

  • Highway Bill Negotiations Stall

    It appears that negotiations on the transportation reauthorization legislation are stalling.

  • TA, Shell Partner on LNG Fueling Stations

    TravelCenters of America announced that it has entered a memorandum of understanding with Shell Oil Products US to construct and operate a network of natural gas fueling lanes.

  • Three Mexican Carriers Pre-Authorized to Operate in the U.S

    Three Mexican carriers have cleared a pre-authorization safety audit for long-distance service across the border.

  • Heavy Truck Sales Climb, But Orders Slow

    Class 8 truck sales continued their steady climb in April.

  • Ambush Election Rule Overturned

    The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last week overturned the NLRB's ambush elections rule.

  • ODOT to Issue RFP to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

    Last week ODOT issued a request for information seeking input on an upcoming proposal to commercialize non-interstate rest areas across the state.

  • NATSO Pie Reception Featured in The Washington Scene

    NATSO's annual Congressional Pie Reception featured in The Washington Scene.

  • Rep. Ellmers Seeks to Prevent Tolls on I-95

    Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) says preventing the expansion of tolls in North Carolina is among her top legislative priorities.

  • Pilot Flying J Partners with Travel Plaza TV

    Pilot Flying J has partnered with Travel Plaza TV.

  • Post Election Lame Duck Frenzy Expected

    Bush tax rates, debt-ceiling negotiations and automatic budget cuts are expected to create a frenzied Congressional session after the Presidential election.

  • Alternative Fueling Stations Increase Scope Across the U.S.

    Energy Information Administration provides a map of which alternative fuels are being sold where.

  • Georgia Truckstops and Travel Plazas Eligible for Funds to Electrify Truck Parking

    Truckstops and travel plazas located within 10 miles of an EPA designated non-attainment and maintenance area in Georgia are eligible for funding to electrify truck parking spaces (ETPS) under new grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administrations Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.

  • API Says EPA Ethanol Regulations Pose Serious Safety and Environmental Problems for Consumers

    EPA continues to move forward with its decision to approve the use of 15 percent ethanol in gasoline (E-15).

  • Federal Reserve Releases Report on Debit Interchange Fees

    Small banks have been unaffected by the changes to debit card transaction fees under last year's Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and competition remains absent from the debit payment market, according to a new report issued by the Federal Reserve last week.

  • CWPMA Kills Commercialization Bill in Senate

    The Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association (CWPMA) last week withdrew its bill HB-1136 "Prohibition on the Use of Public Land for Retail Sales" after Senate State Affairs Committee Chairman Rollie Heath said he would allow taxpayer dollars to be spent by government entities to compete against private companies.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, ATA March Truck Tonnage Index

    ATAs’ advanced seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage index rose 0.2 percent in March after increasing 0.5 percent in February.

  • EPA Levies Fines for Invalid Biodiesel RINs

    The EPA last week announced that it levied fines against 30 renewable fuel exporters that purchased invalid biodiesel identification numbers (RINs).

  • House Committee Talks Tax Extenders; Biodiesel Tax Credit May Be Considered in Lame Duck Session

    A House Ways and Means subcommittee last week discussed many expired or expiring tax provisions as an initial step toward a potential tax extenders package that could come after the November elections, in a lame-duck session of Congress.

  • "Ambush Election" Rule Effective Today

    The U.S. Senate last week voted 45-54 against a joint resolution, S.J. Res. 36, that sought to overturn a NLRB rule reducing the amount of time between a request by workers to form a union and the balloting.

  • I-70 Tolling Hits Roadblock In Missouri Legislature

    Plans to turn Interstate-70 in Missouri into a toll road appears to have hit a major roadblock in the state legislature.

  • California Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

    California Assemblyman Ben Hueso’s bill to commercialize the state's rest areas and pursue a waiver to the federal prohibition on the sale of commercial services on the interstate right-of-way failed last week in committee, marking a major victory for California’s fuel retailers.

  • Colorado House Passes Bill to Prohibit Fuel Sales on Public Land

    The Colorado General Assembly last week passed legislation that prohibits fuel sales on public land.

  • ATA Issues 2012 American Trucking Trends Report

    The 2012 edition of the ATA "American Trucking Trends" shows that trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation and an integral part of the U.S. economy.

  • House Passes Small Business Tax Credit

    U.S. House of Representatives voted 235-173 in favor of the Small Business Tax Cut Act last week.

  • President Calls for Tougher Penalties on Oil Speculation

    President Obama last week urged Congress to toughen penalties for manipulation of oil markets and called for stricter government oversight of energy markets.

  • House Transportation Extension Passes; Heads to Conference With Senate

    The House of Representatives last week voted 293 to 127 in favor of another transportation extension through Sept. 30, 2012.

  • Congress Holds Hearing on Domestic Fuels Act

    The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on the Domestic Fuels Protection Act, H.R. 4345, which would remove roadblocks that currently are preventing retailers from considering whether to sell new fuels, including gasoline with 15 percent ethanol (E15).

  • New NLRB Union Poster Effective Date Delayed

    The NLRB's rule requiring employers to post notices of an employee's right to unionize is on hold, after a federal court in Washington, D.C., issued a temporary injunction.

  • NATSO Recommends Changes to EPA's Underground Storage Tank Regulations

    NATSO recommends a series of changes to the EPA proposed revisions to its UST as well as EPA's new requirements for secondary containment and operator training.

  • New Jersey Trucking Executive Warns Senate on True Tolling Costs

    New Jersey trucking executive warned that rapidly increasing toll rates as well as the spread of tolls across the transportation system pose a significant threat to consumers and the trucking industry.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, For-Hire Transportation

    The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.5 percent in February.

  • Renewable Fuels Fraud Case Exposes Weakness in EPA Program

    A recent case involving the sale of fraudulent biodiesel credits is prompting calls for greater oversight of the fuel credit program run by the EPA.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Turnover Rate for Truck Drivers

    The turnover rate for truck drivers at large truckload fleets unexpectedly dipped one percentage point.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, April Beige Book

    The U.S. economy showed moderate expansion in the past two months.

  • New Employer Workplace Labor Posting Requirement

    Effective April 30, employers are required to post notices informing their employees of their rights to unionize.

  • New NLRB Election Rules Take Effect April 30

    Effective April 30, the NLRB's new rules governing union election procedures will take effect.

  • House GOP Plans New 90-day Highway Extension Bill, Allows House to Conference With Senate Legislation

    House GOP leaders this week plan to consider another 90-day extension of surface transportation programs, on the heels of the recently passed extension through June 30, 2012.

  • Truck Stop USA Begins its Second Season

    "Truck Stop USA" begins its second season with back-to-back episodes starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

  • Jim Xenos Receives 2012 Convenience Store News Technology Leadership Award

    Jim Xenos chosen as one of two 2012 Convenience Store News Technology Leadership Awards winners.

  • Illinois and 7-Eleven Create EV Charging Network

    Illinois partnership to create the nation's largest network of fast-charging electric vehicle stations.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Construction Spending

    Construction spending dropped 1.1 percent in February.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Monthly Factory Index

    The Institute for Supply Management said its monthly factory index rose to 53.4, from 52.4 in February.

  • House Bill Seeks to Repeal Excise Tax; Increase Diesel Fuel Tax

    Congressmen introduce a bill that seeks to repeal the 12 percent federal excise tax on large trucks and replace it with a 6.3-cent increase in the federal diesel fuel tax.

  • EPA Approves First Applications for Registration of Ethanol to Make E15

    EPA approved applications from 19 fuel manufacturers seeking to register gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol (E15).

  • Chevron Corp. Offers New Credit-Card Tool

    Chevron Corp. offering its marketers a new credit-card tool.

  • Convenience Store News Highlights Love's Growth

    Convenience Store News highlights the continued growth of Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores.

  • Minnesota Offers Fleets Loans to Buy APUs

    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency offering loans to purchase idle-reduction devices.

  • FMCSA to Change CSA Scoring

    FMCSA is seeking public comment on proposed changes in the way it scores motor carriers under its safety system known CSA.

  • NATSO, Fuel Retailers Voice Support for Domestic Fuels Act

    NATSO joined a group of petroleum retailers last week in expressing support for Domestic Fuels Act of 2012.

  • Highway Bill Extended Ninth Time

    President signed into law a 90-day surface transportation extension.

  • Annual Day on the Hill Registration Open; Special Room Rates Expire Soon

    Registration is open for NATSO's annual Day on Capitol Hill.

  • NATSO, CIOMA Voice Opposition to California Bill Seeking Commercial Rest Areas

    NATSO sharply criticizes California Assemblyman Ben Hueso's measure.

  • Fourth Mexico Domiciled Carrier Passes U.S. Safety Audit

    A fourth Mexico-domiciled motor carrier passes the Pre-Authority Safety Audit (PASA)

  • Quick Facts and Figures, ATA January Truck Tonnage Index

    Truck tonnage increases 5.8 percent for all of 2011, matching gains in 2010, according to the ATA

  • Minnesota Bill Seeks to Make Wireless Internet Available at Rest Areas

    If enacted, SF2054 would authorize the state commissioner of transportation to utilize private funding from public private partnerships and sponsorships to pay for the service.

  • Rep. Ellmers Opposes I-95 Tolling; Urges Impact Study

    In a letter to Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, Rep. Ellmers said paying for I-95 construction through a highway tax like tolls would devastate small businesses along the I-95 corridor.

  • Urgent Call to Action: Tell Your Senator to Vote NO on Sen. Portman's Amendment 1742

    It is imperative that you act now and call or email your senators to request that they oppose Amendment 1742 to S. 1813.

  • ATA, Industry Groups File HOS Lawsuits; Seek Review of New Rule

    Industry groups representing file lawsuits in recent days challenging the FMCSA December rule on work and rest regulations for commercial truck drivers

  • HMSHost Files Lawsuit to Block Rest Area Redevelopment Contract

    Circuit judge blocks the award of a $56 million contract to Miami-based Areas USA to redevelop travel plazas on Interstate 95 in Maryland.

  • Thieves Use Elaborate Schemes to Siphon Fuel

    Thieves use a minivan with a cut-out floorboard to siphon gas from an underground storage tank.

  • Ohio DOT Announces Plans to Modernize Rest Areas

    ODOT last week announced plans to modernize East and Westbound rest areas along U.S. 33 in Meigs County.

  • North Carolina Tolling Analysis Shows Taxpayers Would Pay Double Estimated Project Costs

    If I-95 were to be rebuilt and converted to a toll road, taxpayers would pay about $30 billion over 40 years.

  • House Abandons Five-Year Highway Bill

    While the future of the bill is uncertain, the House reportedly plans to pass a shorter-term bill.

  • Pilot Flying J Acquires new Pilot Travel Center Locations

    Pilot Flying J has acquired new Pilot Travel Center locations in Duncannon and Frystown, Penn.

  • Obama Administration Rejects Keystone Pipeline

    The Obama Administration rejected a bid to expand the Keystone oil sands pipeline, saying the deadline imposed by Congress did not leave sufficient time to conduct the necessary review.

  • CSA Releases New Fact Sheet Series

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program released a new Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) fact sheet series on its website.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Industrial Production

    Industrial production rose 0.4 percent in December as factory output, which makes up three-quarters of the total, climbed 0.9 percent, the Federal Reserve said last week.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Steel Exports Increase

    U.S. steel exports increased 10.6 percent through the first 11 months of last year and approached pre-recession levels, government data show.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Driver Wage Survey

    Nearly 65 percent of motor carriers think that driver wages should be upwards of $60,000 per year to attract and retain drivers, according to a recent survey by Transport Capital Partners.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Retail Sales Will Rise

    The National Retail Federation Retail reports sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants will rise 3.4 percent to $2.53 trillion in 2012.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Major Retail Chains Increase by 4.2 Percent

    Major chains posted a 4.2 percent increase in sales in January.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Gross Domestic Product

    GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.

  • HMSHost Challenges Maryland Rest Area Contract

    HMSHost files a protest with the Maryland Transportation Authority.

  • NATSO Urges NCWM To Withdraw Nozzle Standardization and Dispenser Filter Items From Meeting Agenda

    In a letter to Committee Chairwoman Judy Cardin, NATSO said proposals to require a 10 micron filter for fuel dispensers offering diesel, biodiesel and diesel fuel, and uniform fuel dispenser nozzle colors were not practical and could potentially create unintended consequences for consumers and fuel retailers.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, Net Truck Orders

    December marked the best month for net truck orders since April, according to ACT Research, a commercial vehicle market research firm.

  • Quick Facts and Figures, ATA Truck Tonnage Index

    The American Trucking Associations' (ATA) seasonally adjusted truck tonnage rose 6.8 percent in December.

  • President Signals Support for Transportation Reauthorization

    Speaking broadly on Jan. 25 about his agenda, President Obama said in the next few weeks he planned to sign an executive order that would clear away the "red tape" that slows down construction projects because "so much of America needs to be rebuilt."

  • Colorado Lawmakers Seek to Ban Fuel Retailing by State Government

    Colorado Republican State Rep. Robert Ramirez and State Senator Ellen Roberts (R) have co-sponsored a bill in the Colorado General Assembly that would prohibit the state or any state agency from operating a truck stop, fueling station or convenience store on or near public land, including state highways, toll roads or any other infrastructure supported by state revenues.

  • NCWM Withdraws Nozzle Standardization Proposal; Continues Dispenser Filter and Biodiesel Disclosure Issues

    NATSO said the proposal to standardize nozzle dispenser colors could cause confusion in the marketplace by creating a patchwork of requirements across the country since some states do not automatically adopt NCWM standards.

  • Action Report, NATSO Scorecard

    This scorecard is designed to illustrate key public policies facing legislative action. Each of these issues represents a public policy priority for NATSO and its members. Government affairs and advocacy coverage in Stop Watch is brought to you by NATSO Inc.

  • N.C. To Hold Public Hearings on I-95 Tolling Proposal

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to hold seven public hearings between Feb. 7 and Feb. 27 to gather public comment on its plans for tolling Interstate 95 from South Carolina to Virginia.

  • NATSO Urges Missouri Lawmakers Not to Toll I-70

    NATSO last week urged Missouri lawmakers to oppose a proposal to toll Interstate 70 between St. Louis and Kansas City.

  • New York Assembly Re-introduces "Jason's Law"

    Legislation titled “Jason’s Law” was re-introduced

  • Ceridian-UCLA PCI Rose 0.2% in December

    The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index (PCI), an economic index that tracks fuel sales at truckstops nationwide, rose 0.2 percent in December.

  • N.C. Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Rest Area

    North Carolina has installed EV charging stations in rest areas near Burlington on Interstate 40, and at the junction of Interstates 95 and 40.

  • States Pursue Rest Area Commercialization

    Three states could consider rest area commercialization

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