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Compliance Corner: Menu Labeling Requirements Take Effect Next Year

Beginning in May 2017, chain restaurants and “similar retail food establishments,” including many convenience stores operated by truckstop owners and operators, will be required to post calories for prepared food items they sell. The menu labeling rule applies to any retail establishment with 20 or more locations, including franchises, operating under the same name, offering for sale substantially the same menu items, that sells food that is intended for consumption soon after being purchased. More

How to Host a Lawmaker at Your Truckstop

Decisions are made on Capitol Hill, but lawmakers’ votes are largely influenced by what they learn from their constituents when they are back home in their districts. That is why the August recess period is the perfect time for NATSO members to host their elected officials at their locations and give lawmakers an up-close look at the important role truckstops and travel plazas play in their communities. More

Truckstops Pledge to Train 31,000 Employees to Help People

July marks the six-month anniversary since the NATSO Foundation launched its online training course designed to help the travel plaza and truckstop community identify and respond to suspected cases of human trafficking. In just a few short months, the industry has made significant strides in implementing this important training tool titled, “The Role of Truckstops in Combating Human Trafficking.” Since unveiling the course at The NATSO Show, the industry has pledged to train more than 31,000 employees. And that number continues to grow each week... More

NATSO's Domestic Study Tour Visits Fairfield BP

September 14 - 15, 2016 the NATSO Foundation is taking truckstop operators to Lexington, Va. to tour best-in-class truckstops during NATSO's Domestic Study Tour. Study Tour attendees will tour Fairfield BP in Fairfield, Virginia along with White's Travel Center and Lee Hi Travel Plaza. Since Bobby Berkstresser bought the location, the c-store's inside store sales have increased over 100% and fuel sales are up 30%. More

NATSO's Domestic Study Tour Visits White's Travel Center

September 14 - 15, 2016 the NATSO Foundation is taking truckstop operators to Lexington, Va. to tour best-in-class truckstops during NATSO's Domestic Study Tour. Study Tour attendees will tour White's Travel Center in Raphine, Virginia along with Fairfield BP and Lee Hi Travel Plaza. White's Travel Center is one of the largest and busiest travel centers on the east coast. Learn more about this phenomenal study tour stop... More

NATSO's Domestic Study Tour Visits Lee Hi Travel Plaza

September 14 - 15, 2016 the NATSO Foundation is taking truckstop operators to Lexington, Va. to tour best-in-class truckstops during NATSO's Domestic Study Tour. Study Tour attendees will tour Lee Hi Travel Plaza in Lexington, Virginia along with Fairfield BP and White's Travel Center. Established in 1959, Lee Hi Travel Plaza is owned by Bobby Berkstresser. Lee Hi Travel Plaza was featured on the Travel Channel's Show Food Paradise or Truck Stop Paradise, as the show was temporarily renamed for the episode. More

See What NATSO's Domestic Study Tour is About

September 14 - 15, 2016 the NATSO Foundation is taking truckstop operators to Lexington, Va. to tour best in class truckstops during NATSO's Domestic Study Tour. The study tour provides NATSO members with an opportunity to tour retail locations and network with truckstop and travel plaza operators. The last two study tours have sold out because they really are special experiences. While they have to be experienced to be truly understood, let's take a visual journey through a study tour experience. From the first moment attendees step off that bus, something magical happens... More

NATSO Opposes Various Efforts to Commercialize Roadways

Four years ago, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposal to commercialize highway rest areas. This 86-12 lopsided victory was a bipartisan show of support for truckstops, travel centers, and other private enterprises located outside the public right of way. However, this big win did not kill the lure of commercialization. Indeed, although there is little threat of a complete repeal of the long-standing ban on commercializing rest areas, there are sporadic efforts throughout the country to gradually peel back the ban, as politicians seeking road money lured by false promises of quick-and-easy revenue. More

Transportation Leaders Announce Highway Safety Initiative: Park My Truck

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

NATSO Kicks Off Annual Day on the Hill

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

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