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Congress

The current congress is the 113th Congress. TCA tracks select federal legislation that is of particular interest to the truckload industry. Below is a list of bills TCA is currently tracking. The following list is not all-inclusive or comprehensive. If you are interested in a particular federal bill which is not listed below, please contact our Safety & Policy team.

 

Bill

Number

Subject

Date Introduced

Description

TCA Policy

HR 3825

Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act of 2014

1/9/14

It would establish the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Improvement Program through the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide competitive grants to states and designated entities to improve the efficiency and capacity of freight networks.
A bill introduced by Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) hopes to establish a special “freight fee” to generate more revenues in order to pay transportation infrastructure needs.
Last Friday Rep. Smith re-introduced H.R. 3825, dubbed the Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act of 2014 or FIRA bill, to fund what he calls “competitive grants” through a user fee on the shipment of freight cargo within the U.S.; a fee totaling 1% of the total cost of transport.

Highway Taxes

HR 3638

Road Usage Fee Pilot Program Act of 2013

12/3/13

Acknowledging that a gas tax increase is only a temporary band-aid on the transportation funding problem, Blumenauer also introduced a bill, Road Usage Fee Pilot Program Act of 2013 that would establish a federal pilot program to study charging drivers based on the number of miles they drive.
A federal vehicle miles traveled (VMT) program would be similar to pilot programs tried in states including Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon and Texas, according to a one-page summary of the bill.
The Treasury Department would oversee the program, which would provide competitive grants for various VMT pilot studies. Proposals that address broad implementation of VMT and include multiple states would be given priority.

Highway Taxes

HR 3636

 

 

 

 

Infrastructure Investment: The UPDATE Act

 

12/3/13

The UPDATE Act of 2013 turns the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles report, the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission, and the National Surface Transportation Financing Commission into proposed law. It phases in a fifteen cent gas tax increase starting in 2014, indexes the gas tax to inflation, and then confirms Congress’s intention to replace the gas tax with a more equitable, stable source of funding by 2024.

Highway Taxes

HR 3413

 

The True Understanding of the Economy and Safety Act (TRUE Safety Act)

10/31/13

Allows truck drivers to revert back to obeying the 34-hour restart rules that were in place prior to July 1 — the ones made final by the April 28, 2003, final rule and also require the Government Accountability Office to conduct an independent assessment of the methodology that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration used to create the 34-hour restart rules.

Hours of Service

S 1625

Hair Testing for Drugs

10/31/13

A bill to amend section 31306 of title 49, United States Code, to recognize hair as an alternative specimen for pre-employment and random controlled substances testing of commercial motor vehicle drivers and for other purposes.

Drugs and Alcohol

HR 3095

To ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes.

09/12/13

Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) to implement or enforce a requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders (including obstructive sleep apnea) only if it is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding. Applies this Act only to a requirement adopted on or after September 1, 2013.

Sleep Disorders

HR 2730

Safe And Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels Act of 2013

07/18/13

Safe And Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels Act of 2013 or SAFE HAUL Act of 2013—Revises certain minimum financial responsibility requirements to increase from $750,000 to $4.422 million the minimum level of financial responsibility sufficient to satisfy established liability coverage for motor carriers or motor private carriers providing property transportation. Requires the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) to adjust such amount annually for inflation relating to medical care.

Insurance

  

This page was last reviewed Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 
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