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GHG-14 Whatever

Will the GHG reduction rules make fleets more fuel efficient? I can't see how.

December 20, 2012

After finishing a feature story for the January issue of Heavy Duty Trucking about the pending GHG14 rules, I'm more convinced than ever that this burdensome regulation is unadulterated politics, and will get industry nothing we wouldn't have got already -- for way less money

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:47 PM | » Comments(0)

HOS, windmills, dropped balls and the DOT

More than 100 windmill pilons standing 440 tall in the middle of Nantucket Sound pose no threat to navigation, the FAA says. Tell that to a VFR pilot on approach to Martha's Vinyard in crummy weather.

November 8, 2011

What do the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration have in common -- aside from coming under the purview of the Department of Transportation? They both apparently have a penchant for dropping the ball on rulemaking

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:16 PM | » Comments(0)

Can EOBRs be hacked, or their data corrupted?

Paper logs may be burdensom and subject to interpretation, but at least you know what's on the page is what you put there. Photo by Jim Park

October 2, 2011

One of the tenets of our legal system is the right to cross-examine your accuser. From trucking's perspective, this could mean proving the accuracy of a radar device or a DOT scale by demanding proof of calibration. Will we retain that right in the world of cyber-enforcement

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Sunday, October 2, 2011 11:55 PM | » Comments(0)

Driver delays: somebody has to pay

May 18, 2011

The American Trucking Associations released a statement Wednesday saying it would not support regulating driver detention times as proposed in HR 756, a bill recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR.

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, May 18, 2011 1:25 PM | » Comments(6)

And They Wonder Why We're Cynical

Truckers who work at night might as well kiss the 34-hour restart goodbye.

December 27, 2010

For all the fretting and hand-wringing, and for the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on listening sessions and research and fact finding, what we got from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 23 is a farce disguised as a proposed hours of service rule

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 11:52 PM | » Comments(2)

Stuck in Third Gear

How many hours at the wheel does it take to tire out a trucker? (Photo by Jim Park)

November 29, 2010

In the final days or maybe hours until FMCSA's latest hours of service proposal is revealed, I'm more than a little taken aback by comments I'm hearing from some drivers. More than a few drivers think that an eight-hour driving day would be fine.

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, November 29, 2010 9:48 PM | » Comments(3)

Fuel Economy Regs: What's the Point?

October 26, 2010

Just curious here: What is it the EPA and NHTSA believe they can accomplish by regulating fuel efficiency standards that the market isn't already doing, or wouldn't do if the economic argument made sense

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:34 PM | » Comments(0)



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