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May 7, 2010 - Industry News

Illinois Bill Restores Vehicle Access Provision For Length

Last week, the Illinois Senate unanimously voted to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code, providing trucks up to 65 feet in length access to local roads to points of delivery or for food, fuel, rest and repai

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Reaches 11-Week Low Following Market Plunge

One reason investors are shying away from oil is because supplies are outnumbering demand. (Photo courtesy of Shell)

Oil prices dropped even further Friday, following Thursday's stock market plunge. Crude oil closed out the week at $75.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, an 11-week lo

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

Connecticut Close to Finalizing Snow-Removal Measure

Connecticut legislators have approved a law punishing drivers for not removing snow and ice from their vehicles

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Despite Success, California Ports' Clean Truck Programs Remain Contentious

Officials from the Port of Long Beach allow owner-operators as well as company drivers under their Clean Truck Program. The Port of Los Angeles wants to ban owner-operators. (Photo courtesy Port of Long Beach.)

By all accounts, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have made great strides toward reducing air pollution caused by the trucks that serve their container facilities. At a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit yesterday, witnesses on all sides of the issue agreed that the ports' efforts to replace old, polluting trucks with cleaner ones have so far been remarkably successful

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Tax Provision May Burden Small Carriers With Extra Paperwork; Congressman Steps In

(Photo courtesy of Corcentric)

Small businesses are not too pleased with a provision of President's Obama's health care reform bill, which requires businesses to submit a 1099 tax form to the IRS for purchases over $600

May 3, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Gains Almost a Nickel in Fifth Straight Boost

Over the last five weeks, diesel has gained 18.3 cents. (Photo by Michelin)

Diesel prices gained nearly a nickel this week, kicking off the month of May at its highest level since October 200

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 30, 2010 - Industry News

Crude Oil Breaks Three-Week Record on Recovery Hopes, Oil Spill

Debris and oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform float in the Gulf of Mexico after the rig sank April 22. The spill has affected oil prices. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

Crude oil finished out the week reaching a three-week record high, due to increased confidence in the economic recovery and the BP oil spill, which is threatening the coasts of several southern state

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 30, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Waives HOS For Haulers of Oil Spill Supplies

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig on April 21. The FMCSA wants to make sure the necessary supplies get to the area. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a regional emergency in the southern region in response to the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill, which occurred April 20 in Gulf of Mexic

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

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