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July 19, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Inches Lower; Crude Rises With Equities

Diesel prices have fallen 6.2 cents since last month. (Photo by Citgo)

The national average price of diesel didn't fall as sharply this week, slipping only 0.4 cents to $2.899 a gallon, in the fuel's fourth straight weekly declin

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July 16, 2010 - Industry News

EIA: Trucking A Small Part of Emissions Reductions Under APA

Changes in fossil fuel use in the transportation and industrial sectors and in buildings would account for a small amount of emissions reductions under the American Power Ac

July 15, 2010 - Industry News

Broker Groups Fight It Out Over New Senate Legislation

Brokers and freight forwarders are at odds with each other over the Senate's Motor Carrier Protection Act, which would beef up regulatory oversight of brokers if passed. The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), which is supportive of the bill, and the Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents (AIPBA), against the bill, are at the center of the debate. The two organizations held webinars this week, voicing their opinions and laying out some of the impact

July 14, 2010 - Industry News

New Greenhouse Opens For Research on Biofuels

The SGI-ExxonMobil algae biofuels program moves from a laboratory setting to a greenhouse, an environment that better reflects real-world conditions for algae production. (Photo by Business Wire)

Exxon Mobil Corporation and Synthetic Genomics have opened a new greenhouse facility dedicated to the research and testing of their algae biofuels program

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July 13, 2010 - Industry News

Despite June Slip, Pulse of Commerce Still Strong

Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index (PCI) by UCLA Anderson School of Management slipped 1.9 percent in June, coming off a 3.1 percent boost in Ma

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July 12, 2010 - Industry News

EPA Releases Proposed Standards For Renewable Fuel Standard Program

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its proposed 2011 percentage standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard program, know as RFS2

July 12, 2010 - Industry News

CBO: Climate Bill Would Cut U.S. Deficit By $19 Billion

The American Power Act would establish a hard price collar on carbon emissions credits that operators would have to purchase.

A report released by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation found that the American Power Act would reduce U.S. deficits by about $19 billion from 2011 to 202

July 12, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Continues Downward Trend

Diesel prices continued their downward trend this week, losing 2.1 cents in the fuel's third straight dro

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July 9, 2010 - Industry News

Hours of Service Proposal Heads to LaHood's Office

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration handed over its proposal for the new hours of service rules to the Department of Transportation for review late last month

July 7, 2010 - Industry News

Lobbyist Group Abandons Efforts to Counter Distracted Driving Campaigns

During a press conference Wednesday, LaHood said the DOT would hold firm on its efforts to combat distracted driving. This was in response to the DRIVE Coalition's previous goals to lobby against such campaigns as LaHood's.

Plans by lobbyist firm the Seward Square Group to counter distracted driving campaigns have been abandone

July 7, 2010 - Industry News

Energy Outlook Forecasts Little Change in Diesel, Oil Prices

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said it expects diesel to average $2.98 a gallon in 2010, relatively unchanged from last month's prediction, and $3.13 a gallon in 2011, a slight boost from the previous forecast of $3.11

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July 6, 2010 - Industry News

Massachusetts Moves One Step Closer With Right to Repair Bill

The Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act has passed in the state senate and moves on to the House of Representatives for a final vote

July 6, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel, Oil Prices Continue to Fall on Slower Economic Growth

After a one-week boost, diesel prices continue to fall for the second week in a row. (Photo by BP)

The national average price of diesel fell 3.2 cents this week in the fuel's second straight declin

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July 6, 2010 - Industry News

New York to Ramp Up Off-Hour Delivery Program

New York City is encouraging truck drivers to make deliveries at night, to avoid traffic congestion. (Photo by FedEx)

The New York City Department of Transportation has expanded a pilot program that encourages trucks to make off-hour deliveries, rather than peak-hour deliveries

July 6, 2010 - Industry News

Delaware Becomes 30th State to Outlaw Cell Phone Use While Driving

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has signed a new law banning drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving, making Delaware the 30th state to pass such a law

July 6, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Extends Deadline for Use of New Alcohol Testing Form

The Department of Transportation has published a final rule extending the date for mandatory use of its updated Alcohol Testing Form from Aug. 1, 2010, to Jan. 1, 2011

July 2, 2010 - Industry News

EPA Seeks Comments on Confidentiality of GHG Reporting Data

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on whether certain data collected under its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program should be publicly available or kept confidential

July 2, 2010 - Industry News

Virginia Expedites Safety Inspection Process For Trucks

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation that expedites the safety inspection process for commercial motor vehicles traveling the state's highways, in an effort to get more trucking fleets titled and registered in the state

July 2, 2010 - Industry News

Massachusetts Bans Texting While Driving

Drivers caught texting while driving in Massachusetts now face penalties. (Photo by Jim Park)

Massachusetts has become the 29th state to ban texting while driving, bringing the country one step closer to a nationwide ban on texting behind the wheel

July 1, 2010 - Industry News

UCR Enforcement Begins July 15

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is encouraging all jurisdictions in North America to enforce the Unified Carrier Registration for the 2010 registration year

July 1, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Testifies in Support of Proposed Canada-U.S. Oil Pipeline

The American Trucking Associations testified this week at a Department of State hearing on the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, which would stretch from Hardisty, Alberta to Houston

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July 1, 2010 - Industry News

House Approves Bill to Curb Energy Market Speculation

The trucking industry believes speculation in the energy markets may be partly to blame for volatile diesel prices. (Photo by Ryder)

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes major reforms to the derivatives market

July 1, 2010 - Industry News

Higher Truck Weight Limit in Effect in Florida

Florida has increased the weight limit of trucks on non-interstate roads from 80,000 to 88,000 pounds. (Photo by Michelin)

Trucks weighing up to 88,000 pounds can travel on specific non-interstate routes in Florida, as of yesterday

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Result in Price Shock

A nationwide low carbon fuel standard would significantly increase the costs of transportation and fuel, according to a study conducted by Charles River Associates. The study found that a standard would result in a price shock, including an increase of about 30 to 80 percent in the cost of transportation fuels within five years of the standard being implemented

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Drops Slightly After Last Week's Jump

Following last week's jump in the price of diesel, trucking's main fuel fell half a cent this wee

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