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December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Crude Oil Falls Below $73 on a Strong Dollar

The EIA expects crude oil to land around $75 a barrel early next year.

Crude oil traded lower Monday, a reflection of a strong dollar and news of pipeline snags in Iraq and Nigeri

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December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Congress Postpones Action on Highway Reauthorization for Two Months

Congress extended the current highway program for two months, again postponing action on comprehensive reform of the nation's deteriorating infrastructure system

December 18, 2009 - Industry News

EOBR Rule Moves Closer to Publication

EOBR rule will mean end of paper logs for some truckers. (Photo by Jim Park)

The final rule requiring electronic onboard recorders on some trucks has been sent to the White House for approval, setting the stage for publication probably in February

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Lautenberg Withdraws EOBR Amendment

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., today withdrew an amendment that would have mandated the use of electronic on-board recorders on all commercial vehicles

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Stricter New-Carrier Rules Are In Effect

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun enforcement of stricter rules for new entrants into the trucking business

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

FHWA Releases Updated Rules For Traffic Control Devices

New requirements range from changes in highway signs and bike lanes to the color of high-visibility garments worn by road workers.

The Federal Highway Administration has released an updated version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which sets the national standard for all traffic control devices, including traffic signs, pavement markings, signals and any other device

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Targets Independent Contractor Status With New Bill

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has introduced legislation aimed at preventing employers in industries, including trucking, from misclassifying workers as "independent contractors" in order to avoid paying taxes or benefits

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Takes Largest Dip in Six Weeks

Diesel loses 2.4 cents, while crude oil hovers around $70 a barrel.

Diesel continued its six-week trend, losing 2.4 cents this week to land at a national average of $2.74

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December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Chemrec CEO Calls For Industry Promotion of DME

Studies of various land-use efficiencies for various biofuels and processes by Volvo AB show, in the lower two bars, the high efficiency of DME as a diesel substitute.

During the 2009 World Methanol Conference in Miami, Richard LeBlanc, CEO of Chemrec, advocated for increased efforts to promote the use of dimethyl ether throughout North America as an alternative fuel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Approves Spending Bill For FY2010; $41 Billion Goes to Highways

The recently approved spending bill outlines plans for highway construction funding through September 2010.

On Sunday, the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2010, which includes $41 billion for highway construction, a slight increase from last yea

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

Analyst: Natural Gas Makes Sense For Trucking Industry

Woodburn says natural gas-powered vehicles, such as this one, make sense for the trucking industry. This Kenworth is equipped with the Westport LNG Fuel System.

While passenger cars may be well-suited to hybrid and electric technology, natural gas makes more sense for the trucking industry, and would be taking off among fleets, were it not for the econom

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December 11, 2009 - Industry News

Get Ready For Onslaught of New Rules From OSHA

Photo courtesy of MTS Driver Recruiters

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made it clear that it's back in the rulemaking business, with a sling of new labor rules in the pipeline for 2010 that trucking companies ought to be aware of. That's the message that was presented during the American Trucking Associations' recent webinar "OSHA Outlook: What to Expect from OSHA in the Current Political Climate," lead by Larry Halprin, a partner at Keller and Heckma

December 10, 2009 - Industry News

House Approves Pilot Program to Test Heavy Trucks in Maine, Vermont

This provision of the bill would up the weight limits for big rigs in Maine and Vermont.

The FY2010 Transportation Appropriations bill was approved in the House of Representatives Thursday, moving on to the Senate, which may take up the legislation as early as this weeken

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

Tags: Fuel and Oil

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

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