legislation

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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Florida governor proposes free CDLs for military veterans

Florida Gov. Rick Scott included a proposal in his budget that would cut fees for military veterans receiving their CDLs.

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GOP dominance could derail efforts to reform driver pay

Trucking industry lobbyists hope to leverage fresh Republican control in Washington, D.C., to pass the so-called Denham Amendment, which would prevent enforcement of state-level laws dictating truck drivers’ time and pay. Opponents say the measure would slam the door on driver pay reform efforts.

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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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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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Federal vs. state authority over truckers’ breaks and pay a growing debate in aviation bill

Sen. Barbara Boxer held a press conference Thursday to decry the return of the measure, calling it an anti-trucker, anti-safety provision. ATA, however, disagrees, calling the measure a necessary means to preventing a patchwork of state-to-state rules.

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FAA bill with trucking hours and pay implications advances

A bill that would prevent states from requiring truckers and their employers to comply with state laws regulating hours of service, such as meal or rest break requirements, has been approved by the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would also, if enacted, throw cold water on state-level initiated driver pay reform.

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