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FMCSA Reforms Included in Highway Bill

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Reforms to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program are included in the five-year highway bill to be considered this week in Congress. The legislation notably requires changes to the CSA program, including the removal of the carrier safety scores from public display and the development of a crash accountability component.

Also included in the agreement are provisions overhauling the rulemaking process to improve transparency, requiring FMCSA to develop a plan rewarding trucking companies that go beyond the regulatory requirements and invest in additional safety technologies and programs. Other driver-related language in the conference report would permit hair testing in drug and alcohol screening and would require FMCSA to study whether long truck driver commute times contribute to on-the-job highway accidents.

Another provision requires a full study of the commercial impacts and safety benefits of raising the minimum insurance requirement for carriers. NASSTRAC supports efforts included in the highway bill to bring greater transparency to FMCSA. (Fleet Owner)

Tags:  FMCSA  Highway Bill 

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Congress Set to Approve Five-Year Highway Bill

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

House and Senate lawmakers are expected this week to approve a long-term highway bill. The current short-term agreement expires on Friday, December 4. If passed and signed into law, the long-term agreement would provide $305 billion in surface transportation funding over the next five years, with $205 billion going to highways.

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, formally reauthorizes the collection of the 18.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax and 24.4-cents-per-gallon diesel tax, and also includes $70 billion in "pay-fors" to close a $16 billion deficit in annual transportation funding that has developed as vehicles have become more fuel-efficient.

NASSTRAC supports the long-term highway bill and encourages members to send a letter to your lawmakers asking them to vote for the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. (
The Hill)

Tags:  Highway Bill  Long-term Transportation Bill  short-term highway Fund  Transportation Bill 

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Keep Twin 33s in the Highway Bill

Posted By Admin User, Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to vote on reauthorization of the highway bill on Wednesday, July 15. NASSTRAC has learned from its sources on Capitol Hill that an amendment may be offered at the committee markup prohibiting the use of 33 foot trailer combinations, or Twin 33s.


NASSTRAC supports an increase in the twin trailer size limit for commercial trucks from 28 feet to 33 feet. Allowing Twin 33s is a safe and efficient means of improving trucking industry productivity and meeting the need of an expanding U.S. economy for growth in motor carrier capacity.


It would result in fewer trucks on the road and provide immediate benefits to the challenges of congestion. In addition to NASSTRAC, groups such as the National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association and U.S. Chamber of Commerce support Twin 33s.


Your voice can make a difference. If your company has any locations in the states below, please contact the staff person listed, by email or phone, and ask them to support Twin 33s in the Commerce Committee highway bill markup.  


In order to learn more information in regard to the bill click below to view a one-page summary of the issue and an infographic from the Coalition for Efficient and Responsible Trucking to include in your emails and refer to in your phone calls.


Contact Information:


Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

Kelsey Keegan: Kelsey_keegan@ayotte.senate.gov; 202-224-3324

Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) 

Bobby Fraser: bobby_fraser@fischer.senate.gov; 202-224-6551


Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

Tom Petri: tom_petri@ronjohnson.senate.gov; 202-224-5323

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Danny Carlson: danny_carlson@klobuchar.senate.gov; 202-224-3244

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Wes Kungel: wes_kungel@manchin.senate.gov; 202-224-3954

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)

Sydney Paul: Sydney_paul@peters.senate.gov; 202-224-6221

Senator Daniel Sullivan (R-AK)

Peter Henry: peter_henry@sullivan.senate.gov; 202-224-3004

We want to thank those members who responded to our last call for help. We made a difference then, and we can do it again with your continued help and support. 

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Senate Panel Includes Twin 33s in Transportation Spending Bill

Posted By YM Administrator, Thursday, June 25, 2015

Today, Senate appropriators voted to include a provision that would allow the use of twin 33-foot trailer combinations, or Twin 33s as they are often called, nationwide as part of the fiscal year 2016 transportation spending bill, according to Transport Topics. The provision, introduced as an amendment by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., was adopted by a vote of 16 to 14, mostly along party lines. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., voted favorably on the amendment, while Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., opposed it. NASSTRAC supports Twin 33s and worked to ensure the provision was included in the bill. (Transport Topics)


Tags:  NASSTRAC  Transport Topics  Transportation Spending Bill  Twin 33s 

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