U.S. Transportation Sector Unemployment Rates

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The U.S. transportation sector unemployment rate of 4.3% in September 2022 was below the September 2021 level of 5.7% but was above the pre-pandemic September level of 3.3% in 2019. Read more.

Possible Income Tax Credit for Commercial Truck Drivers?

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In an effort to address the truck driver shortage, U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation that would establish a refundable income tax credit for qualified commercial truck drivers. The bill, titled the Strengthening Supply Chains Through Truck Driver Incentives Act (H.R. 7348), authorizes a tax incentive to attract and retain new drivers. Specifically, the measure would create a two-year refundable tax credit of up to $7,500 for truck drivers holding a valid Class A commercial driver’s license who drive at least 1,900 hours in the year.

Women of Trucking Advisory Board

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The Secretary of Transportation chartered the Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB) of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on February 11, 2022.

Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), or Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Section 23022, requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to establish an apprenticeship pilot program that would allow drivers 18-20 years old with an intrastate commercial driver’s license to operate interstate commerce.

New CDL Training Standards

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According to the  Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), starting on Monday, February 7th, any driver that must undergo Entry-Level Driver Training (EDTL) must complete required training from a registered provider.

Attacking Supply Chain Woes

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ABMA met this week with Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) office to discuss the status of the House-passed Build Back Better legislation and our concerns with the tax provisions in the bill. The Senator’s staff confirmed that the legislation is dead in the Senate in its current form. We walked through ABMA’s concerns with the manner in which the legislation relies on tax revenue from small and medium sized businesses by increasing the tax rates on S-Corporations and other pass through tax structures.

BBB Remains a Moving Target

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Both the House and Senate were in recess this week, but negotiations continue on forging a deal on a more targeted Build Back Better bill that can pass the Senate. On Tuesday, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)—Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee—announced that Senate Democrats would soon unveil a compromise measure built around green energy tax credits and a number of health care and prescription drug pricing provisions.

ABMA Opposes Cross-Border Truck Driver Vaccine Mandate

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On January 21st, the ABMA sent a letter to US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas outlining our serious concerns with the US Department of Homeland Security’s vaccine mandate for inbound foreign national truck drivers crossing the United States-Canadian border.

Breaking Up the BBB

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On Wednesday, President Biden acknowledged that his signature $1.75 trillion tax and social spending plan may need to be broken up in order to move forward in the U.S. Senate. In recent weeks, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has signaled that he is supportive of the provisions in the package related to climate change and greenhouse gas mitigation and it appears that there is interest, at least in the Administration, in cleaving this piece of the Build Back Better Act and moving it as a standalone measure. It remains unclear at this point what specific provisions would be included in such a bill, but the House-passed BBB contained a number of positive forestry provisions and considerable funding for deploying innovative wood products in construction projects.

The House Approves the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

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Last Friday, the House of Representatives approved a comprehensive infrastructure package titled the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) that passed the U.S. Senate on a bipartisan vote in August. The measure, which passed the House on a vote of 228-206 (13 Republicans voted for the bill, 6 Democrats voted against) includes over a half trillion dollars in spending on roads, ports, bridges, and rail, among other priorities.

FMCSA Updates Hours-of-Service Waiver for Trucking

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an extension of the current exemptions which provide regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19.

Infrastructure Summary

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive infrastructure package titled the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act…