Topics: Trucking Regulations

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. More

Court of Appeals Upholds ELD Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit denied the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association’s (OOIDA) challenge to the Department of Transportation’s rule mandating electronic logging devices on commercial trucks. More

Trucking Policy on Congress's September Agenda

Having returned from a lengthy summer recess, Congress is likely to consider important truck policy issues in September before it breaks again during the month of October. More

Speed Limiter Proposal Expected in Late August

The Department of Transportation (DOT) expects to issue a proposal to mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks on Aug. 26, the agency reported in its August Significant Rulemaking Report. The Office of Management and Budget cleared the proposal Aug. 12, marking the last step in the regulatory process before a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is issued. More

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. More

NHTSA Tackles Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles Amid Public Safety and Privacy Concerns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expects to issue industry guidelines on the deployment of autonomous vehicles later this summer. As trucking companies grow more attracted to the cost-savings these technologies can generate, regulations surrounding trucking -- such as hours-of-service rules -- could evolve as well, with serious implications for truckstops. More

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. More

DOT: Insufficient Data to Recommend Truck Size and Weight Changes

The U.S. Department of Transportation on April 14 released its federally mandated study on truck size and weight, concluding that data is too insufficient to recommend any type of regulatory change. More

Trucking Policy Update

Representatives from the trucking industry as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) engaged in a "roundtable" discussion April 13 with the House Transportation Committee to discuss the trucking-related provisions in the long-term Highway Bill that Congress recently passed (known as the FAST Act). More

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. More

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