Topics: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking nominations for the second phase of its multi-year plan to establish alternative fuel corridors for alternative fueling stations as mandated under the December 2015 highway bill. More

Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Human Trafficking in Transportation

The Senate passed two bills introduced by U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) aimed at preventing human trafficking in transportation. More

House Passes $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 211-198 on Sept. 14 in favor of $1.2 trillion fiscal 2018 spending bill that includes several provisions of interest to the truckstop and travel plaza industry. More

DOT Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule

Two agencies within the Department of Transportation announced Aug. 4 that they will no longer pursue a regulation concerning obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), determining that current safety programs and other rules addressing fatigue are more appropriate avenues. More

House Democrats Urge DOT to Reconsider Changes to Infrastructure Grant Program

Thirteen Democratic Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urged Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao July 27 to reconsider DOT’s approach to the infrastructure grant program known as INFRA, arguing that recent revisions distort the objectives of the program and rewrite Congressional intent. More

NATSO Files Comments with DOT, Urges Agency to Maintain Existing Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

Expanding commercial services at rest areas, including liberalizing the definition of "vending machine," threatens consumers, small business and localities by undercutting the highway-based businesses that currently operate near the interstate exit interchanges, NATSO said in comments filed with the Department of Transportation (DOT) July 24. More

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in Bismarck, N.D.

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp will join the NATSO Foundation, Truckers Against Trafficking, the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association and ConocoPhillips Aug. 14 as they host a coalition meeting in Bismarck, N.D., aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state. More

NATSO Foundation Helps Fight Human Trafficking in Wyoming

The NATSO Foundation joined the Wyoming Attorney General, the Wyoming Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking June 27 in hosting a coalition meeting in Casper, Wyo., aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state. More

Agricultural Groups Seek Truck Weight Increase Pilot Program

A group of primarily agricultural transportation stakeholders is urging Congress to support a pilot program that would allow up to 10 states to opt-in to to allow 91,000 pound, six-axle bridge formula-compliant trucks on federal Interstate Highways. More

ELDS Bring Changes to Fleets, Truckstops Members Only Join or Login

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will take effect later this year, changing the way millions of drivers on the road operate. The new regulation will bring changes to both the trucking and truckstop industries alike, and those within the industry expect to see drivers that are more starved for time as well as productivity losses for fleets. More

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