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December 9, 2009 - Industry News

Advanced Vehicle Technology Bill Awaits Senate Approval

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has introduced the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, a measure that would create an advanced vehicle technology research development program at the Department of Energy

December 8, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Prices to Rise in 2010; Crude Hovers Around $76 This Winter

The EIA expects diesel prices to average $2.96 a gallon in 2010.

In the December edition of its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook released this week, the DOE's Energy Information Administration forecasted annual average diesel fuel retail prices at $2.46 and $2.96 per gallon for 2009 and 2010, respectivel

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December 8, 2009 - Industry News

Obama Calls For Boost in Transportation Infrastructure Investment

In a nationally televised speech today at the Brookings Institution, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for tackling the job market, including additional investments in transportation infrastructure as a way to stimulate jobs and economic growth

December 7, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Continues Slow Decline For Fifth Week

Diesel continues its slow downward trend.

Diesel prices were down for the fifth straight week, slipping 0.3 cents to a national average of $2.772 Monda

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December 4, 2009 - Industry News

Founder of Grammer Industries Visits the White House

Charles "Shorty" Whittington, president of Grammer Industries and immediate past chairman of the American Trucking Associations, was at the White House Thursday, sharing ideas on how to continue growing the economy and put Americans back to wor

December 4, 2009 - Industry News

CARB Members Say Cover-up Means Truck Rule Needs to be Revisited

Members of the California Air Resources Board are saying the Statewide Truck and Bus Rule that takes effect next year was based on research that has been tainted by questionable credential

December 3, 2009 - Industry News

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of SC Johnson in Bribery Case

In the latest developments in a civil suit alleging that SCJ Transportation executives were welcoming bribes and kickbacks from trucking companies, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled in favor of SC Johnso

December 2, 2009 - Industry News

OTA Speaks Out Against MDOT Toll Hike on Blue Water Bridge

During public hearings Wednesday, the Ontario Trucking Association spoke out against a proposed 85 percent increase in per axle tolls on the U.S. side of the Blue Water Bridge between Port Huron, Mich., and Sarnia, Ontari

December 1, 2009 - Industry News

New CNG Dispenser Installed at Southern California Shell

Go Natural Gas has installed a new Compressed Natural Gas fueling dispenser at a Shell service station in San Juan Capistrano, Calif

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November 30, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Slips a Penny to $2.775

Over the last four weeks, diesel prices have dropped 3.3 cents.

Diesel prices continued their slow fall for the fourth week in a row, slipping about a penny this week to average $2.77

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November 25, 2009 - Industry News

Safety Could Be At Play in EEOC's Lawsuit Against P.A.M.

Legal experts in the trucking industry say that the issue of safety could give P.A.M. Transport a case In defending itself against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's charges that the company improperly discharged a driver with HIV

November 24, 2009 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Road Training for New Drivers

Would-be truck drivers will have to clear a new training regime, including 44 hours behind the wheel, before they can get a commercial license, under a proposal by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

November 23, 2009 - Industry News

Safety, Reauthorization Funding Top Priorities For DOT in '10

As part of its plan for 2010, the DOT will assess the annual federal funding needed to keep up transportation infrastructure.

Cracking down on motor carrier and commercial driver safety and securing a funding framework for surface transportation reauthorization are top concerns for the Department of Transportation for 201

November 23, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Continues to Fall, But Slowly

Diesel prices fall for the third straight week.

The average price of diesel fell slightly this week, landing at $2.78

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November 18, 2009 - Industry News

Senators Seek 6-Month Extension of Highway Program

Without infrastructure reform, highways will become ever more congested. (Photo courtesy Michelin)

A group of senators have come together in support of a six-month extension of the current highway program, in preparation for passage of a new, multi-year program. Right now the highway program is operating under a short-term extensio

November 17, 2009 - Industry News

Cap-and-Trade Bill Slows in Senate

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Jim Webb (D-VA) Monday introduced The Clean Energy Act of 2009, which abandons the cap-and-trade concept.

It appears unlikely that the Senate will complete work on its version of a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions this year, despite pressure from the international community for the U.S. to address the issue before a global warming summi

November 17, 2009 - Industry News

Pressure Grows to Prohibit Flammables in Tanker Wet Lines

The pressure is on in Washington to get flammable liquids out of the pipes beneath cargo tanks. These "wet lines" can carry up to 50 gallons of cargo. In a crash they occasionally rupture and spill their contents, sometimes to fatal effect. That happened last July in New Jersey, when a car struck a gasoline tanker, wedged beneath the tank and burned in the spill of 13 gallons of gas from the wet lines

November 16, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Still Hover Around $2.80; Crude Prices Climb

BP's Thunderhorse platform

The average price of a gallon of diesel fell about a penny over the past week, with Monday's numbers from the Department of Energy showing a national average of $2.79, down from last week's $2.801

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November 16, 2009 - Industry News

NHTSA Responds to Truck Stopping Distance Petitions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration responded, in part, to petitions for reconsideration about the final rule for truck stopping distance requirements, which were published in July

November 13, 2009 - Industry News

New FMCSA Chief Faces Many Challenges

Anne Ferro starts work this week as the new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, following her swearing-in late last week. She will oversee an agency dealing with an unprecedented number of critical trucking issues, including another revisit of hours of service rules -- rules she defended as president of the Maryland Motor Truck Association

November 10, 2009 - Industry News

Rhode Island Becomes 19th to Outlaw Texting While Driving

Rhode Island's new texting ban goes into effect immediately.

Rhode Island has passed a law that prohibits texting on cell phones while driving, making Rhode Island the 19th state to enact such a la

November 10, 2009 - Industry News

DOE Ups Diesel Price Estimates

The Department of Energy has increased its estimates for diesel prices for the rest of 2009 and into 201

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November 10, 2009 - Industry News

New Report Paints Alarming Picture of Our Energy Future

A new report released this week says we're headed for an energy crisis, unless we take practical steps to address energy issues, including increasing demand for oil, higher fuel prices, and diminishing oil supplie

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November 9, 2009 - Industry News

Valvoline, Tiwi Team Up for Fuel Savings

By teaming up with in-truck driver coaching aid Tiwi, Valvoline is offering fleets real fuel savings through its new Fuel Proof Guarantee program.

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November 9, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Takes First Dip in Four Weeks

Diesel broke its four-week rise, falling 0.7 cents to $2.801 Monday, landing at the same price as Oct. 2

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