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NATSO Urges DOT to Reject Arizona Request to Commercialize Rest Areas

November 6, 2017

NATSO Urges DOT to Reject Arizona Request to Commercialize Rest Areas

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

Autonomous Trucking Technologies Gain Steam

November 1, 2017

Autonomous Trucking Technologies Gain Steam

Autonomous technologies are advancing rapidly, and traditional equipment manufacturers as well as new players entering the market are working to bring new capabilities to equipment that could improve safety and productivity.

DOT Secretary Chao Reaffirms Push for Private Financing for Infrastructure

October 24, 2017

DOT Secretary Chao Reaffirms Push for Private Financing for Infrastructure

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

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

October 18, 2017

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.

Federal Highway Administration Releases National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report

July 11, 2017

Federal Highway Administration Releases National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report

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

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review ELD Mandate

June 23, 2017

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review ELD Mandate

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

EPA May Revisit Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards

April 24, 2017

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.

Tell DOT Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

December 13, 2016

Tell DOT Expanding Commercial Services at Rest Areas Hurts Business

As NATSO has previously reported, the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is soliciting public input regarding expanding the types of goods and services that may be offered at highway rest areas located on the Interstate right-of-way. This is a potentially critical development for the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

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

December 12, 2016

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

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

House Opens Highway Bill Debate

February 11, 2015

House Opens Highway Bill Debate

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

DOT Prepares to Delay State Reimbursements

July 2, 2014

DOT Prepares to Delay State Reimbursements

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

Trust Fund Deficit Could Delay State Projects By Summer

March 13, 2014

Trust Fund Deficit Could Delay State Projects By Summer

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

Lawmakers Press FMCSA to Finish HOS Field Study

August 26, 2013

Lawmakers Press FMCSA to Finish HOS Field Study

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

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

August 12, 2013

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

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

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

July 15, 2013

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.

PHMSA Reduces HAZMAT Fees; Increases Fines

April 29, 2013

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.

Trucking Industry, DOT Host Truck Parking Webinar Dec. 6

November 19, 2012

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.

DOT Agrees to Revise CSA

October 29, 2012

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.

Opposition to I-95 Tolling Grabs Media Spotlight

October 15, 2012

Opposition to I-95 Tolling Grabs Media Spotlight

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

New Fuel Economy Standards Aim to Reduce Gasoline Consumption

September 10, 2012

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.

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