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NAFA’s Advocacy, Legislative and Policy Updates

NAFA continues to commit its resources in the United States and Canada to monitor policy and legislative activities and advocate for NAFA's members.

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View the US and Canadian 2019 Summary (PDF)

 

Explore NAFA's US Monthly Legislative Tracker (PDF)

NAFA’s Legislative Tracker provides you with a comprehensive look at legislation and regulatory issues impacting fleet in the United States.  The tracker sorts issues by subject matter, provides a quick summary and status report, and indicates NAFA’s position.  Be sure to check back regularly for the most current status on issues important to you as a fleet professional.
 

August/ September Legislative Tracker Update

Some of the significant legislative and regulatory actions relevant to fleet managers and their employers that took place in August and September were:

  • NAFA Submitted Annual Lease Value Rule Waiver Request to IRS Commissioner and Sought Support from House and Senate Tax Committees

  • September Vote on Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Pushed to After Election Following Request from NAFA and Allied Stakeholders

  • Senate Legislation Introduced to Study Cannabis-impaired Driving

  • The Administration Reimposed National Security Aluminum Tariffs on Canada, then Reversed Course and Lifted Duties

  • FMCSA Issued Additional Emergency Declaration Extension Through Year-end

  • Short-term Government Funding Bill, which Included a One-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization, Signed into Law

  • The House Passed a Clean Energy Package with Reauthorizations for Emissions Reduction Grant Programs along a Party-line vote

  • Bill to Streamline EV Charging for Federal Employees Enacted

  • House Republicans Reintroduced Self-Driving Car Bill

  • NAFA and Coalition Allies Appeal to Congress for Truck Excise Tax Suspension During Pandemic

  • FMCSA Released Details of Proposed Under 21 Interstate CMV Operator Pilot Program

  • NAFA sent letters to the White House and Congress in Opposition to the FCC’s Proposal to Revise 5.9 GHz “Safety Spectrum.”

 
View the August/September 2020 Legislative Tracker (PDF)



 

July Legislative Tracker Update

Some of the significant legislative and regulatory actions relevant to fleet managers and their employers that took place in July were:

  • Release of Senate GOP COVID-19 Relief Package Priorities in the HEALS Act

  • House Passage of FY2021 Government Funding for Several Federal Agencies

  • Senate Votes to Pass Defense Bill with Amendment to Reauthorize DERA Program through 2024

  • NAFA and Coalition Allies Request Truck Excise Tax Suspension During Pandemic

  • Coalition Weighs in with Senate Subcommittee on FCC’s 5.9 GHz Spectrum Rulemaking

  • FMCSA Issues Another Emergency Declaration Extension

  • NAFA Seeks Waiver to IRS Annual Lease Value Rule

  • Lawmakers File Amicus Brief in Case Against Administration’s Vehicle Emissions Standards

  • Legislation Signed into Law to Extend PPP Loan Application Deadline

View the July 2020 Legislative Tracker (PDF)

 

June Legislative Tracker Update

Some of the significant legislative and regulatory actions relevant to fleet managers and their employers that took place in June were:

  • Bipartisan Legislation Signed into Law to Enhance the SBA’s PPP Loans

  • Legislation Introduced to Provide Businesses and Other with COVID-19 Exposure Liability Protections

  • Legislation Introduced Prioritize COVID-19 Testing and PPE Distribution to Essential Workers

  • House Appropriations Committees Begin Work on FY2021 Funding Packages

  • House Passes $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Package

  • NAFA Endorses Bill to Expand 30% Alternative Refueling/Charging Instructure Tax Credit

  • NAFA and Allies Weigh in with Senate Committee on FCC’s 5.9 GHz Auto Safety Spectrum Rechannelization Proposal

  • FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration for HOS Regulatory Relief

View the June 2020 Legislative Tracker (PDF)

 
May Legislative Tracker Update

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic continued to be the primary focus of lawmakers and the Administration in May. While a broader COVID-19 relief bill may not take shape until later in the summer, many proposals are being circulated for inclusion. Some of the significant legislative and regulatory actions relevant to fleet managers and their employers that took place in May were:

  • Bipartisan Legislation Passed by the House to Enhance the SBA’s PPP Loans

  • House Democrats Passed a COVID-Response Package Outlining Policy Priorities

  • Legislation Introduced to Create a Public-Private Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program

  • Proposal Announced to Provide Tax Credits for COVID-19-Related Cleaning and Disinfection Costs

  • Lawmakers Considered Expanding Employee Retention Tax Credit to Include State & Local Governments Among Other Fixes

  • Key Senators Introduce Bill to Expand 30% Alternative Refueling/Charging Instructure Tax Credit

  • Automakers Support Administration’s New Fuel Economy/GHG Emissions Rule in Legal Challenge

  • FMCSA Issues Final Hours-of-Service (HOS) Rule Changes and HOS emergency regulatory relief extended.

View the May 2020 Legislative Tracker (PDF)
 

April Legislative Tracker Update

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, the bulk of legislative and regulatory work in April was devoted to responding to the crisis. Some of the major highlights were:

  • Additional Coronavirus Relief Funding

  • Automakers Reach Consensus on V2X Technology and Make Deployment Commitments to Preserve 5.9 GHz Safety Spectrum

  • Coalition Effort to Suspend Excise Tax on Heavy-Duty Truck Purchases

  • Senate Democrats Propose Pandemic Premium Pay for Essential Workers

  • DHS Updates Essential Workforce Guidance

  • Administration Announces USMCA to be Implemented July 1, 2020

View the April 2020 Legislative Tracker (PDF)
 

March Legislative Tracker Update

Several U.S. legislative and regulatory items were advanced in March. Some of the major highlights were:

  • Coronavirus Relief and Stimulus Bills Being Signed Into Law

  • Administration Publishing Final Vehicle Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Standards

  • NAFA Commenting on FCC Rulemaking to Open Transportation Safety Spectrum

  • DHS Issuing Essential Workforce Guidance

  • Postponement of REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

  • NHTSA Advancing Rulemaking on AVs

  • NAFA Sending Congressional Coalition Letter on 2021 DERA Funding

  • Senators Filling Brief in Lawsuit to Reveal Report on Auto Tariffs

  • FMCSA Announcing CDL Waivers and Emergency HOS Requirements Relief

View the NAFA March 2020 Legislative Tracker (PDF)
 

February Legislative Tracker Update

Several U.S. legislative and regulatory items were advanced in February and the beginning of March. Some of the major highlights were:

  • House Committee Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles
  • NAFA Letter of Support for Bill to Curb Drunk-Driving
  • Policymaker Interest in Alternatives to Motor Fuels Excise Taxes
  •  ntroduction of Legislation to Raise Awareness of Careers in Transportation
  • Senators File Brief in Lawsuit to Reveal Report on Auto Tariffs
  • Extension of the FMCSA’s ELDT Rule Compliance Deadline
  • NAFA Commenting on FCC Rulemaking to Open Transportation Safety Spectrum

View the NAFA February 2020 Legislative Tracker (PDF)
 

January 2020 Legislative Tracker

Several U.S. legislative and regulatory items were advanced at the end of 2019 and throughout January, 2020.

Some of the major highlights were:

  • FY2020 Government Funding

  • Reinstatement of Expired Fuel Tax Credits

  • Release of a $769 Billion House Infrastructure Package Proposal

  • Draft Privacy Legislation in the House

  • USMCA Implementation Signed into Law

  • Consideration of Clean Energy and Sustainability Proposals in the House

  • EPA Action on Heavy-Duty Engine Standards

  • FCC Rulemaking on Opening 5.9GHz Auto Safety Band Spectrum

View the NAFA January 2020 Legislative Tracker (PDF)

 

December 2019 Legislative Tracker

View the NAFA December 2019 US Legislative Tracker (PDF)

Read the Tax Extender Letter for S.617 (PDF) 


November 2019 Legislative Tracker

View the NAFA November 2019 US Legislative Tracker (PDF)



2019 US Activity Highlights

 

NAFA’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In


On September 26-27, NAFA advocacy leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for NAFA’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In. As part of the event, attendees heard from allied organizations from across the auto industry, federal agency staff, Congressional staff, and a variety of subject matter experts on the issues that stand to impact fleet managers and their organizations. The event culminated in a day of meetings with lawmakers to urge their support for NAFA’s top advocacy priorities.
 

Retroactive Extension of Expired Tax Credits for Alternative Fuel & Biodiesel

 
On December 20th, a reinstatement and extension of the federal tax credits for alternative fuels and biodiesel was signed into law. The $0.50 per gallon alternative fuel tax credit (AFTC) for transportation fuels and the 30% alternative fuel infrastructure tax credits were retroactively extended through 2020 and the $1.00 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel was retroactively extended through 2022. The IRS has issued guidance on how to submit claims for the years 2018 and 2019, during which the credits were expired.
 

Data Access

 
NAFA took a leadership role is the U.S. Data Access Coalition. Legislation has been drafted and is under review for introduction in the House and Senate. The bill will ensure through federal law that vehicle-generated data is controlled by the lessee/owner of the vehicle.
 

Privacy Legislation

 
In response to new privacy laws in California and Europe, Congress began drafting federal privacy legislation in 2019. NAFA began discussions with congressional staff on recommendations for legislative provisions covering drivers of employer-provided vehicles.
 

Sustainability Grant Funding

 
FY 2020 government appropriations included $87 Million for the EPA’s Clean Diesel Program. The program provides grants under the Diesel Emission Reductions Act (DERA) to support projects that protect human health and improve air quality by replacing older heavy-duty vehicles and equipment with newer, cleaner options. Reauthorization of DERA was passed by the House in September and is now pending the Senate.
 
Congress also provided $40 Million for FY 2020 to the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. The program encourages the use of alternative fuels and vehicles to improve air quality at the local level.
 

Start of Surface Transportation Funding Reauthorization

 
The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced and passed a five-year $287 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill S.2302America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA). The current surface transportation authorization, the FAST Act, expires in September 2020. NAFA was able to provide input on several provisions included in the reauthorization, such as on long-term Highway Trust Fund sustainability options, a role for fleets in a federal VMT pilot, and alternative fuels infrastructure deployment.
 

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