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March 3, 2010 - Industry News

ASTM Eyes New Biodiesel Grade For Cold Weather

ASTM International, a voluntary standards development organization, is considering ballots for changes to a biodiesel specification in response to isolated instances of filter clogging in cold weathe

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March 2, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Clears Resumption of Highway, Safety Funds

Last night the Senate voted 78 to 19 to resume federal funding for highways and safety after Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., agreed to remove his objection to a bill containing a short-term extension of the federal highway program

March 2, 2010 - Industry News

TET Adds Distributors, Endorsements For TerraCair DEF

Terra Environmental Technologies, a North American producer of diesel exhaust fluid, has added three new distributors to its network and received endorsements from three independent truckstops

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March 2, 2010 - Industry News

Funding Fight Means DOT Will Begin Furloughs Today

The Department of Transportation will furlough nearly 2,000 employees without pay today, due to a congressional conflict over funding. DOT said it will cease making reimbursements to states for highway construction and maintenance projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

March 2, 2010 - Industry News

States Set Off Alarms about Highway Funding Cut-Off; Safety at Risk

State departments of transportation are setting off emergency flares to get Congress's attention over yesterday's cut-off of federal highway and transit funds. "Last night the highway and transit programs in our country came to a screeching halt,

March 2, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Gain 2.9 Cents in Second Straight Jump

While diesel prices head up, oil prices have been unpredictable, rallying to above $80 a barrel and settling at $78.70 a barrel at the end of trading Monday. (Photo by Shell)

Diesel prices were up for the second week in a row, gaining 2.9 cents to a national average of $2.861 a gallo

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February 26, 2010 - Industry News

Transportation Programs Facing Shutdown Due to Funding Conflict

It appears possible that major federal transportation programs will have to be temporarily shut down early next week, due to a congressional conflict over funding

February 26, 2010 - Industry News

Iowa Committee Strikes Down Bill For Biodiesel Blend

A bill to institute a 5 percent biodiesel blend in Iowa was shot down by the Iowa House Ways and Means Committe

February 25, 2010 - Industry News

MEMA Supports Bill to Provide Credit to Manufacturers

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has applauded the efforts behind the introduction of the Manufacturing Modernization and Diversification Act in the House of Representatives

February 24, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Passes Highway Extension Measure

Extending the highway program would likely restore close to $20 billion into the Highway Trust Fund.

The Senate yesterday passed its version of a jobs bill that contains a measure extending the highway program through December

February 24, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Launches Pre-Employment Screening Web Site

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration yesterday launched a web site where trucking companies can register for access to a safety database they will be able to use for screening applicants for driving jobs

February 24, 2010 - Industry News

CCMTA Seeks Feedback on Possible Mandate For EOBRs

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators has released a discussion paper related to the development of a national standard mandating the use of electronic on-board recorders in Canada

February 23, 2010 - Industry News

Another HOS Listening Session Planned for Mid-America Show; Ferro Stresses CSA 2010

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold another hours of service listening session at the Mid-America Trucking Show, said Administrator Anne Ferro. This will be the fifth such session the agency has held in preparation for revisions to the current rule. Ferro said the agency aims to complete a draft rewrite of the rule by the middle of July. The draft will go to the White House Office of Management and Budget for vettin

February 22, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Sees First Boost in Five Weeks; Oil Hovers Around $80

After falling for five straight weeks, diesel prices picked up this week, rising 7.6 cent

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February 22, 2010 - Industry News

DOT's New Sample Bill Encourages States to Ban Texting

The language of the sample bill calls for a ban on texting while operating a motor vehicle on the travel portion of public streets, roads and highways. (Photo by Jim Park)

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a sample bill for state legislatures to use when prohibiting texting while driving

February 19, 2010 - Industry News

Kansas Court Rules in Favor of Furniture Company on Driver Status

A Kansas Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Nebraska Furniture Mart, ruling that NFM was not an "employer" as defined by the Kansas Minimum Wage and Maximum Hours Law, and had no obligation to pay the truck driver

February 17, 2010 - Industry News

Texting Ban Is Hard to Enforce But Still Has Teeth

(Photo courtesy of CVSA)

It is not a simple thing for police to enforce the new federal ban on texting. The fact is, a patrolman at automobile level cannot see for sure what a driver is doing in a truck cab above him. That's only one of several concerns the enforcement community has about the guidance issued last month by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. But drivers and carriers should be aware that the policy does have teeth

February 17, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Fines California Company For Emissions Violations

Petaluma, Calif.-based Golden State Lumber has been fined $20,000 by the California Air Resources Board for failing to inspect its diesel trucks in accordance with the state's smoke emissions standards

February 16, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall About a Cent in Fifth Straight Dip

Oil closed higher Tuesday on a weak dollar, a gain in stocks and concerns about Iran's nuclear plans.

Following last week's delay in diesel price reporting amid severe winter storms, the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration said diesel prices were down for the fifth week in a row Tuesda

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 12, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Takes Fourth Straight Dive Amid Winter Storms

Diesel continued its downward trend last week, falling 1.2 cents in the fuel's fourth straight weekly dro

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February 10, 2010 - Industry News

EIA: Diesel Prices to Reflect Recovery in Fuel Demand

The EIA expects diesel prices to average $2.95 per gallon in 2010 and $3.16 in 2011.

In the February edition of its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook released this week, the DOE's Energy Information Administration slightly lowered its expectation for diesel prices in 2010 and slightly raised its projection for 2011

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February 9, 2010 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Administrator Gives Inside Look Into Trucking Regs

During a conference call hosted by Stifel Nicolaus Friday morning, Annette Sandberg, the former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, provided an insider's thoughts on some of the most influential and pressing regulatory issues

February 5, 2010 - Industry News

Crude Reaches Seven-Week Low on Strong Dollar, Weak Job Market

U.S. crude fell 2.67 percent Friday to $71.19 a barrel.

Crude oil reached a seven-week low at the end of trading Friday, on a strengthening dollar and concerns about the U.S. labor market, prompted by a government jobs repor

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February 5, 2010 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Administrator Gives Inside Look Into Trucking Regs

Annette Sandberg

During a conference call hosted by Stifel Nicolaus Friday morning, Annette Sandberg, the former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, provided an insider's thoughts on some of the most influential and pressing regulatory issues facing the trucking industry

February 4, 2010 - Industry News

PHMSA Considers Fee Hike For Hazmat Carriers

In the Feb. 2 Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to more than triple the annual registration fee for shippers and carriers of hazardous materials

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