legislation

Bill floated in Congress to reduce excise tax on alternative fuel trucks

The tax code currently imposes a 12 percent excise tax on the sale of heavy-duty trucks. The bill's backers said in a press release that alternative fuel trucks, such as natural gas-powered trucks, are more expensive than diesel-powered costs, effectively resulting in a penalty for purchasing an alt-fuel-powered truck. The bill would change that.

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PROBE goes on the warpath

This just in: Everything is banned, and what isn't banned is immediately and henceforth considered offensive and/or dangerous to the entire human condition.

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House bill restores 2011 hours of service rules, kills Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking

The measure does not tie the changes to the 34-hour restart study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a departure from trucking-specific provisions cleared by Congress in recent years.

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34-hour restart fix left out of FAA extension bill

Hopes that Congress would undo a provision passed in December that could kill the 34-hour restart entirely came up empty when the House's Transportation Committee unveiled the aviation-focused legislation Thursday.

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Senate FAA bill skips language on state regulation of truckers’ hours, pay reform

The Senate’s Commerce Committee late Wednesday unveiled its version of a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that, unlike its counterpart in the House, does not include trucking-specific language on state regulation of truck drivers’ hours of service and pay.

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The 34-hour restart’s complicated limbo

Here's the latest. Nothing about the 34-hour restart will change until FMCSA issues its certified report on its mandated comparative restart study. If the report says what many truckers have hoped, however, the restart could disappear entirely.

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Oops: Appropriations bill may have done away with 34-hour restart entirely

Turns out the 34-hour restart-related item in the late-2015 Congressional appropriations bill may have done a little more than was intended, eliminating the restart entirely. Before you start (or continue, as it were) recapping hours, however ...

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Soft-target terrorism: Readers favor enforcement of existing gun laws

In wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, 56 percent of readers urged no change in gun laws. Meanwhile, efforts around "Mike's Law" for a national commercial carry permit continue.

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Highway bill: So much, yet too little

The new highway bill did nothing to create stable user-based funding to make our infrastructure program self-sustaining.

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FMCSA removes CSA scores in wake of highway bill signing

As required by the FAST Act highway bill, signed into law by President Obama the afternoon of Dec. 4, FMCSA has pulled the CSA Safety Measurement System from public view.

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