Congress

President signs three-month highway patch into law

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday, July 31, a bill to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund for three months.

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Latest highway funding stopgap clears House, delays bill that would reform CSA

The House late Wednesday passed its second short-term highway funding patch of the month, extending current highway funding levels until the end of October and effectively shutting down the Senate’s bid for a mad-dash passage of a long-term bill.

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House set to force Senate’s hand on short-term highway bill

The House has introduced another short-term highway funding patch, and it plans to pass the legislation Wednesday and then leave town, forcing the Senate to forego its attempt to pass a long-term highway bill before the August recess.

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Senate highway bill that would remove CSA scores moves step closer to passage, House hesitant

The six-year DRIVE Act would remove from public view major chunks of FMCSA's CSA carrier ranking program. It would also map out highway funding for six years. The House, however, has signaled it's not ready to take up the bill just yet.

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Hourly driver pay, insurance increase part of Senator’s truck safety bill

A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would if passed require employers to pay truck operators for all hours worked, rather than solely per-mile pay, and double the minimum amount of liability insurance required to be held by motor carriers.

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House bill would protect glider kits from upcoming emissions regulations

The U.S. House this week added an amendment to a government funding bill that would keep glider kits exempt from the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently unveiled Phase 2 greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

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Congress considering pilot program for CDL holders younger than 21 to haul interstate

U.S. Sen. Deb Fisher has introduced legislation that would allow a pilot program for CDL holders younger than 21 to do interstate hauling and delivery.

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THUD update: House retains provision barring FMCSA from increasing insurance minimums, still no Senate bill

With Congress returning from its roughly two-week Memorial Day recess, work likely will resume in the coming week on 2016 appropriations bills for the DOT. And those bills could earn the trucking industry a few regulatory victories.

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Bill would put the brakes on Wireless Roadside Inspection

As with truck systems, inspections could see in relatively short order a future in which more happens with less human involvement. Recent draft DOT appropriations bill item seeks to curb "Wireless Roadside Inspection" pending DOT's addressing of industry, enforcement concerns.

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Study finds 2013 restart restrictions negatively impacted safety

"Regulations should serve to improve safety, not create additional safety risks." --Maverick's Dean Newell on the 2013-implemented restart restrictions.

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