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April 30, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania's Sleeper Berth Exemption For Idling Expires

Starting May 1, long-haul truck drivers in Pennsylvania are no longer allowed to idle during rest periods, as the sleeper-berth exemption of the state's Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act has expired

April 30, 2010 - Industry News

Pilot Pleads Guilty to Selling Drug Detox Drink

A pilot for US Airways Express pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday for selling a substance over the Internet to help drug users defeat drug tests, including truck drivers and other transportation employee

April 30, 2010 - Industry News

'Right to Repair' Gains Support From Dodd, Kerry

Sens. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) have joined the list of co-sponsors of the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, which was recently introduced into the Senate by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.

April 29, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Calls Ferro's CSA 2010 Letter 'A Good Sign'

One of the issues brought up by ATA is that warnings and notices are counted and scored the same as a citation. (Photo courtesy of Ohio State Highway Patrol)

Anne Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has written a letter to the American Trucking Associations outlining the agency's plans to address some the group's concerns over the upcoming Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Panel Takes on Truck Safety Issues

At a hearing yesterday the Senate Surface Transportation Subcommittee began its work on pending truck safety legislation by covering familiar territory - electronic onboard recorders, hours of service rules, the CSA 2010 reforms, truck size and weight limits, and driver pay

April 27, 2010 - Industry News

Seniors Voice Support of 'Right to Repair' Act

The 60 Plus Association has voiced its support of the "Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act." The association said the bill would benefit senior consumers by opening up increased competition in the auto repair industry

April 27, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Sets New State Registration Fees

In a final rule posted yesterday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration set new state registration fees that are higher than current fees but lower than what the agency proposed last year

April 27, 2010 - Industry News

Truck Drivers Protest Illegal Immigration Law

A group of Arizona and California truck drivers are boycotting in protest of a new anti-illegal immigration bill that was signed into law Friday by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewe

April 26, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA: Hours of Service Violators Beware

According to the ATA, not all areas participate in the federally funded Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, so accidents in some states are far less likely to be reported to the FMCSA than in others. (Photo by CVSA)

During the Pegasus TransTech Users Conference recently, a safety investigator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration told attendees that enforcement under the new Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 would stress compliance with hours of service rules

April 26, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Continues Slow Climb; Oil Falls on Interest Rate Worries

The price of diesel continued its slow climb this week, gaining another 0.4 cents to a national average of $3.078 a gallo

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 23, 2010 - Industry News

New Legislation in Congress Aimed at Employee Misclassification

If passed, the new legislation could affect carriers who hire owner-operators. (Photo by Jim Park)

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has introduced legislation in the Senate aimed at preventing workers from being misclassified as independent contractors, which could affect the trucking industry's use of owner-operators and lease operators

April 21, 2010 - Industry News

TRALA Fights Rhode Island Trailer Fee

The Truck Rental and Leasing Association (TRALA) has voiced its opposition for a Rhode Island legislation that would require trailer users to pay a $40 registration fee every year for the transportation of persons or households goods in the state

April 21, 2010 - Industry News

ATA: HOS Rules Working For Safety; More Flexibility Needed

The American Trucking Associations submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on hours of service rules Wednesday, calling for increased flexibility in the sleeper berth provision

April 21, 2010 - Industry News

PHMSA Reveals New Process For Applying For Hazmat Permits

The U.S. Department of Transportation and its Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has launched a new online application process for hazardous materials special permits

April 21, 2010 - Industry News

Study Questions Carbon Footprint of Biodiesel

A European Union document recently released to Reuters found that the greenhouse gas emissions generated by biodiesel can be up to four times greater than diesel or gasoline

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 20, 2010 - Industry News

Right to Repair Act Gains More Support in the House

Nine more members of Congress have joined in the support of Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, rounding the legislation's number of co-sponsors to 60 in the House of Representatives

April 20, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Supports Bill to Curb Energy Market Speculation

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has introduced legislation to curb excessive commodity speculation and protect the trucking industry's ability to hedge its exposure to increased fuel prices

April 19, 2010 - Industry News

Nebraska Worker Classification Bill Does Not Negatively Impact Trucking

(Photo courtesy of MTS Driver Recruiters)

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a bill into law last week, ending the practice of misclassifying workers as independent contractors in the construction and delivery sectors

April 19, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Up Slightly; Oil Continues Sharp Drop

Rising diesel prices will most likely negatively impact carriers, owner-operators and shippers, who'll have to bite the bullet this summer. (Photo by Ryder)

Diesel prices across the nation continued their upward trend, gaining half a penny this week to a national average of $3.074 a gallo

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 19, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts New Presentation on CSA 2010 For Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a new presentation on its web site to educate drivers about its Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, or CSA 2010

April 18, 2010 - Industry News

API Economist Warns of Potential of Bad Energy Policy

Texas City refinery complex. U.S. refineries are producing record amounts of gasoline. (Photo courtesy BP)

CINCINNATI -- The general public doesn't know much about the oil industry - and a lot of what they think they know is wrong, said John Felmy, chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute, Sunday during an educational session at the National Private Truck Council annual meeting. And that lack of knowledge, he says, can lead to misguided public policy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 16, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Plunges to Lowest Settlement Since End of March

Following news that the Securities and Exchange Commission was charging investment bank Goldman Sachs with fraud related to subprime mortgages, oil prices plunged to their lowest level this month on Frida

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 16, 2010 - Industry News

Iowa Bill Raises Weight Limits on Country Roads

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has signed a bill into law setting higher weight limits for six- and seven-axle trucks that travel on country roads

April 15, 2010 - Industry News

Biodiesel Board Urges Congress to Move on Biodiesel Tax Break

The National Biodiesel Board has written a letter urging Congress to retroactively reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive, which expired on Dec. 31, 2009

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 14, 2010 - Industry News

Bipartisan Letter Calls For Repeal of Mexican Truck Program

Trucks cross the border at Tijuana, Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Learn NC)

In a recent letter written to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and U.S. Trade Representative Ronald Kirk, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and 78 members of Congress urge the administration to repeal the Mexican truck progra

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