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Ten Ways Truckstop and Travel Center Staff Can Be Extra Welcoming

The addition of COVID-19 safety precautions, such as face masks, social distancing and plexiglass partitions, can run counter to the warm, welcoming feeling truckstop and travel center operators have worked hard to cultivate. Recently, Darren Schulte, NATSO’s vice president of membership, and I sat down to discuss what operators and their staff can do to welcome their customers in and make them feel comfortable. More

House to Release Draft Highway Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to release its draft highway reauthorization bill this week. The legislation will provide $494 billion in funding over a period of five years for highway, transit, safety, and research programs, a 46 percent increase over current investment levels.  More

Community, Business Leaders Urge Congress to Support Private Investment in EV Charging Infrastructure as House Committee Prepares to Unveil Transportation Bill

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Community and Business Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Support Private Investment in Electric Vehicle Charging

The best way to increase proliferation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout the United States is through private sector investment by businesses that currently serve the motoring public, a coalition representing cities and communities across America and tens of thousands of off-highway businesses, including truck stops and travel centers, convenience stores, restaurants, hotels and blind entrepreneurs, said today. The groups specifically noted that permitting EV charging stations at Interstate rest areas would discourage such investment and thus be counterproductive. More

House Transportation Committee to Vote on Infrastructure Legislation Soon

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will vote on its five-year surface transportation bill in the next few weeks, with an eye toward a floor vote in late June or July.  More

House to Vote on Small Business Loans

The House is scheduled today to consider two bills related to coronavirus aid. H.R. 7010 from Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) and 35 bipartisan cosponsors would give businesses more time and flexibility to make qualifying expenditures for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program, and allow businesses with forgiven loans to defer payroll taxes. More

Resources for Violent Customer Situations

Resources for Violent Customer Situations

This is a stressful time in the U.S. and tensions are running high for many. This can create volatile and possibly violent customers. NATSO wants to help keep its members and their customers safe, and worked with Federated Insurance, a NATSO Chairman’s Circle Member, to pull together several safety resources.  More

DOL Issues Rule on Fluctuating Workweeks / Overtime

The Department of Labor announced a final rule updating regulations governing computation of overtime compensation for salaried, nonexempt employees whose hours vary from week to week.  More

NATSO Analysis: Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rules (PPP)

NATSO Analysis: Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rules (PPP) Members Only Join or Login

The Small Business Administration on May 22 released interim final rules related to the Paycheck Protection Program. The rules outline procedures for borrowers to calculate costs eligible for loan forgiveness in the PPP, how the SBA will review individual loans for forgiveness, and details of the loan forgiveness process for lenders.  More

What the Biodiesel Tax Credit Means for Truckstops

What the Biodiesel Tax Credit Means for Truckstops

You’re probably aware that the biodiesel tax credit (BTC) is worth $1 per gallon and helps lower the cost of biodiesel. You may also know that it was recently reinstated — retroactively for 2018 and 2019, and also through 2022. But how exactly does that benefit truckstops?  More