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March 31, 2010 - Industry News

Clean Energy to Build CNG Fueling Stations For AT&T

Clean Energy Fuel Corp. has signed an agreement with AT&T to supply compressed natural gas fueling stations, as AT&T deploys up to 8,000 CNG fleet vehicles nationwide

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March 31, 2010 - Industry News

Study Outlines Approach to Fuel Economy Standards for Trucks

Photo by Bette Garber

Trucking moves a step closer to federally mandated fuel economy standards today, with publication this morning of a conceptual approach to the issue by the National Academy of Sciences

March 31, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Proposes Official Truck Driver Texting Ban

U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a federal rule that proposes to specifically prohibit texting by interstate commercial truck and bus drivers. The proposed rule would make permanent an interim ban announced in Januar

March 30, 2010 - Industry News

GAO Is Investigating Truck Detention Practices

According to a 2009 study, the trucking industry considers time spent waiting at the dock to be the biggest inefficiency in the business. (Photo by Michelin)

The Government Accountability Office is looking into operational and safety problems associated with detention of trucks at loading docks

March 30, 2010 - Industry News

LaHood Appoints New Advisory Council for Transportation Stats

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has appointed 10 members to the Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS) to advise the Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistic

March 29, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Falls Slightly After Five-Week Gain; Oil Up After Moscow Bombings

A bombing in Moscow sent oil prices soaring Monday, as people are concerned that future bombings may restrict oil supplies from the country. (Photo by Shell)

After climbing 19 cents over the last five weeks, diesel prices fell slightly this week to a national average of $2.939 a gallon

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March 26, 2010 - Industry News

Washington Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

Washington State has become the 21st state to ban talking or texting on a cell phone while driving, without a hands-free device

March 26, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Eyes Amendments to Tractor-Trailer GHG Regulation

At a hearing scheduled for late summer, the California Air Resources Board may make changes to the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Measure

March 26, 2010 - Industry News

IRS Warns About Fuel Surcharge Reporting

The Internal Revenue Service has warned that motor carriers that pay their owner-operators a fuel surcharge need to include those amounts in the Form 1099 report of the compensation they pay their contractors

March 26, 2010 - Industry News

Right to Repair Act Gains Bipartisan Support in Senate

Proponents of the Right to Repair Act say it would allow independent repair shops to compete on a level playing field with other facilities. (Photo by Michelin)

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) introduced the Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act Thursday

March 24, 2010 - Industry News

Senate FAA Bill Does Not Give FedEx Employees Collective Bargaining Rights

The Senate's version of a $34.5 billion bill to authorize the Federal Aviation Administration does not give FedEx employees collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Ac

March 24, 2010 - Industry News

Garden State Extends Sleeper Berth Idling Exemption Until 2011

A New Jersey sleeper berth exemption for the idling of heavy-duty trucks that was originally scheduled to sunset on May 1, 2010, has been delayed for another year

March 22, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Continues Upward Trend; Oil Rises Alongside U.S. Stocks

After the House of Representatives passed the health care reform bill Sunday night, U.S. stocks starting climbing, sending crude oil prices up along with them.

Trucking fleets across the country felt the pinch for the fifth week in a row, as national diesel prices inched up 2.2 cents this week

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 22, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants HOS Exemption for Fertilizer

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a temporary waiver from the hours of service rules for transport of anhydrous ammonia during the planting season

March 19, 2010 - Industry News

Nebraska Lawmakers Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

A Nebraska bill aimed at cracking down on trucking and construction companies that misclassify workers as independent contractors went through its first round of approvals Thursday

March 19, 2010 - Industry News

EOBR Rule Moves Closer to Publication

The final rule on electronic onboard recorders is on track for publication soon. The White House Office of Management and Budget finished its review of the rule and returned it to the Department of Transportation yesterday

March 18, 2010 - Industry News

Refrigerated Carrier Pays $23,000 in Fines to CARB

After a California Air Resources Board investigation showed that Smart Refrigerated Transport failed to properly inspect their diesel vehicles in 2008, CARB settled with Smart for $23,000 this month for diesel emissions violations

March 17, 2010 - Industry News

Congress Extends Highway Program Through 2010

The Senate yesterday passed a plan to extend the program to the end of the year and inject $19.5 billion of general revenues into the Highway Trust Fund to keep it solvent until next year

March 16, 2010 - Industry News

Jason Rivenburg's Widow Takes Cause for Truck Parking to Capitol Hill

In support of "Jason's Law," from left: Rep. Paul Tonko, Hope Rivenburg, Rep. Erik Paulsen, Melissa M. Rohan of OOIDA and Dave Osiecki of ATA. (Photo by Oliver B. Patton)

"These men and women, they need this law," said Hope Rivenburg yesterday at a Capitol Hill event promoting a bill to improve the parking situation for truck drivers. Rivenburg is the widow of driver Jason Rivenburg, who was murdere

March 15, 2010 - Industry News

CTA: EOBR Mandate a Must, But Issues Need to Be Addressed

In a statement, the Canadian Trucking Alliance said there should be a mandatory, universal requirement for electronic on-board recorders in Canada and all of North America

March 15, 2010 - Industry News

DOE Reports Diesel's Fourth Weekly Gain; Oil's Down on Low Energy Demand

Diesel prices gained 2 cents this week, in the fuel's fourth weekly hike in a row

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 11, 2010 - Industry News

Refinery Closures Mean Higher Prices For Diesel, Gas

(Photo courtesy of Pilot Travel Centers)

Diesel and gasoline companies are cutting back on production, a move that most likely will mean higher prices at the pum

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

PHMSA Modifies Security Plan For Hazmat

Fleets handling hazardous materials can rest a little easier with the PHMSA's modified requirements. (Photo by CVSA)

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the Department of Homeland Security has modified its current security plan requirements for the transportation of hazardous materials by narrowing the list of materials subject to the requirements

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

Crude Oil, Diesel Predicted to Rise Slightly

The federal government's monthly energy outlook predicts crude oil prices will rise to over $80 a barrel this summer, and that diesel prices will average near $3 a gallon over the course of 2010

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March 8, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue to Inch Up; Oil Hits Eight-Week High

The average price of diesel inched up this week in its third straight jump, landing at a national average of $2.90

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