legislation

Texas law to allow increased weight for intermodal containers

The law will allow six-axle combination intermodal trucks to weigh up to 93,000 pounds and seven-axle trucks to weigh up to 100,000 pounds. Current Texas law allows gross weights up to 84,000 pounds with a permit.

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Bills aim to bring more veterans to trucking

Legislators have introduced bills that would, if passed, expand the number of VA medical professionals allowed to conduct DOT physicals, as well as extend the CDL exemption for military veterans to active-duty service members and reservists.

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States look to bar protesters from blocking highways

Tennessee and South Dakota have both passed laws pertaining to blocking highways with protests, while Iowa, North Carolina, Washington state and Massachusetts each have legislation pending that increases penalties to those who intentionally block highways.

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Congress again slows deployment of wireless roadside inspections, House clears Obamacare overhaul

The measure builds upon Congressional intent in recent years to slow progress on a national wireless roadside inspection until the U.S. DOT answers certain questions for lawmakers. Also, an update on where Obamacare repeal efforts stand after House action this week.

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Regs reform bills in Senate, House aim at accountability to the public good

If passed, the bill would require regulators to open comments on potential rulemakings before they are proposed, require agencies to use the most cost-effective version of proposals, establish an automatic rule review process and more.

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R.I. lawmaker wants to repeal truck toll law, Louisiana looking at split speeds

A bill introduced in Rhode Island would, if passed, repeal the RhodeWorks law passed last year that enacted trucks-only tolls in the state. Another bill introduced in Louisiana proposes to reduce the speed limit for trucks and buses by 10 miles per hour on interstates.

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TCA to Congress: Keep 80,000-pound truck-weight limit in place

Those in favor of the legislation, such as Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), say increasing maximum weight limits in the U.S. would boost highway safety, reduce congestion and increase trucking’s efficiency. TCA, however, says the limit is unnecessary and would force carriers into expensive retrofits.

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Higher diesel taxes coming in California

California legislators last week passed a bill to increase the excise tax on diesel fuel by 20 cents per gallon to help fund a $52 billion infrastructure plan.

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Legislation introduced to allow commercial services at public rest areas

Congressman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) introduced a bill Thursday that would allow interstate rest areas to add commercial services such as convenience stores and restaurants.

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Trump’s budget plan cuts infrastructure improvements

President Donald Trump unveiled an outline for his "America First" proposed budget for 2018, which cuts the Department of Transportation's funding by $2.4 billion, or 13 percent.

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