Topics: American Trucking Associations

Autonomous Trucking Technologies Gain Steam Members Only Join or Login

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. More

Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing Sept. 13 to explore automated vehicle technology for commercial trucks – including testing and deployment challenges as compared with highly-automated vehicles. Of interest to NATSO members, the hearing focused on whether separate standards should be required for highly-automated passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, and the potential employment challenges autonomous technology will have on the trucking industry. Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) on Sept. 8 released draft legislation on self-driving vehicles. Currently, the Thune-Peters draft legislation does not include regulations for commercial trucks. More

NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2017

The truckstop and travel plaza industry kicked off its annual Day on Capitol Hill event May 15 to push for sustainable highway funding as well as to voice concerns for efforts to repeal debit swipe fee reform. More

Top Trucking Economist Predicts Improved Year in 2017

Low unemployment rates, steady manufacturing and increased home construction will contribute to improved freight levels within the trucking industry for the year ahead. More

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

Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao, former Labor Secretary under George W. Bush and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as his Secretary of Transportation. 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

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape Members Only Join or Login

It is well known that higher productivity vehicles and fuel efficiency standards for trucks are gradually reducing the per-vehicle demand for diesel, which is likely to change operations at truckstop and travel plaza locations across the country. 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

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Aug. 16 finalized joint greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that require up to 25 percent lower carbon emissions and fuel consumption over the next decade. More

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