Topics: Highway & Transportation

Government Remains Shutdown; Minimal Impacts on Highway, Fuel Policy

Parts of the federal government, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, remain shut down as the 116th Congress gavels into session. For the time being, however, there are minimal impacts on policies affecting motor fuels or highways. This could change, however, if the shutdown continues for several more weeks. More

Department of Transportation Nullifies California Meal and Rest Break Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has decided that federal law preempts California's rules for meal and rest breaks for truck drivers. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) had petitioned FMCSA to preempt California's rules and this represents a major victory for ATA. More

RIDOT to Add 10 More Truck-Only Toll Gantries

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) said Dec. 20 that it would construct another 10 truck-only tolling gantries on Interstate 95 after the Federal Highway Administration reviewed its environmental assessment and issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact.” More

NATSO Participates in National Coalition on Truck Parking Annual Meeting

The National Coalition on Truck Parking, of which NATSO is a core partner, recently held its annual meeting, during which each of the coalition’s four working groups discussed various ideas and initiatives aimed at expanding truck parking capacity. More

NATSO Responds to PennDOT Request for Information on Truck Parking

NATSO on Dec. 12 recommended that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) explore ways to lower the private sector’s costs in creating or expanding truck parking capacity while refraining from undercutting such efforts by subjecting private truck parking providers to additional competitive or regulatory obstacles. More

FMCSA Publishes ELD Guide for Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published a guide for drivers using electronic logging devices (ELDs) to help motor carriers adopt the devices. More

Rep. DeFazio to Propose VMT Pilot Program

Incoming House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said Dec. 5 that he plans to propose a national vehicle miles traveled (VMT) pilot program. More

Indiana Governor Decides Against Tolls

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Nov. 30 abandoned plans to add tolls to Indiana’s existing interstates, saying that the state no longer needed tolling revenues because it had committed enough money for transportation infrastructure enhancements. More

Rep. Graves Elected Ranking Member on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

The House Republican conference on Nov. 30 unanimously voted to elect Rep. Sam Graves to be ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 116th Congress. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) will serve as Chairman. More

Senate EPW Committee Looks at Highways, Talks Fuel Tax and Public-Private Partnerships

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee convened a hearing on November 28 to discuss surface transportation issues. Entitled, “Addressing America’s Surface Transportation Infrastructure Needs,” the hearing largely focused on funding the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), with witnesses telling lawmakers that increasing the federal fuel tax would be the most efficient way to shore up the HTF in the short-term. More

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