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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

Tags: Fuel and Oil

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

Tags: Fuel and Oil

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

February 3, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Is Among Those Calling for Reform of Commodities Markets

Excessive speculation in the commodities markets plays a significant role in the run-up of diesel fuel prices, said Randy Mullett, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Con-way.

Excessive speculation in commodities markets helped create the economic crisis and plays a significant role in fuel price run-ups, and needs to be brought under federal control. That was the message to Congress yesterday from a coalition of commodities consumers

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 3, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Proposes Changes to Drug Testing Procedures

The Department of Transportation is proposing to amend certain provisions of its drug testing procedures, to create consistency with new requirements established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Mandatory Guidelines

February 2, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Challenges California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard

The American Trucking Associations has joined petroleum refiners and other end-users in a legal challenge to California's recently enacted low-carbon fuel standard

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 2, 2010 - Industry News

Improvements to Regulations.gov Make for Easier Access to Federal Regulations

As part of President Obama's commitment to more effective and open government, the public can more quickly access federal regulations at Regulations.gov,

February 1, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Budget Request Includes Infrastructure Bank, CSA 2010 Funding

President Obama's proposed fiscal 2011 budget would create a national infrastructure bank to fund major transportation projects as part of a $79 billion budget, a nearly $2 billion (2 percent) increase

February 1, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop Third Week in a Row

The national average price of diesel dropped again this week for the third week in a row, matching the biggest drop in six months

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Texting Ban Is Step One in Campaign Against Distracted Driving

(Photo by Jim Park)

The federal ban on truck driver texting announced Jan. 26 is just the opening salvo in a campaign to control distracted driving. "We take texting while driving as an epidemic," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said last week after he announced that DOT has banned truck and bus drivers from texting while they are driving, and will levy civil and criminal penalties up to $2,750 for violations

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Chevron's Earnings Down on Weak Demand For Fuel

Chevron Corporation's fourth quarter earnings were down 37 percent from the year-ago period due to weak demand for diesel and gasoline coupled with lower crude oil and natural gas price

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

Iowa Listening Session Allows Drivers to Speak Up

The fourth HOS listening session was held near a truckstop, so drivers could have more of a voice on the issue. (Photo by MTS Driver Recruiters)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's fourth and final listening session on the hours of service rule was focused on hearing insights from drivers themselves on what the agency should do

January 26, 2010 - Industry News

Texting Ban Is Step One in Campaign Against Distracted Driving

From left to right: Bill Graves, president and CEO, American Trucking Associations; Anne Ferro, administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and Ray LaHood, secretary of transportation.

The federal ban on truck driver texting announced yesterday is just the opening salvo in a campaign to control distracted driving

January 26, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Dips Further; Oil Slips As Lending Tightens

The prices of diesel, gasoline and crude oil took a dive this week.

Following last week's first dip in almost a month, diesel prices continued to fall this week, with a loss of 3.7 cents to a national average of $2.833 Monda

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 26, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Dominates HOS Discussion in Los Angeles Listening Session

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration held its third listening session Monday in El Segundo, Calif., to further discuss how to revise the hours of service rule.

January 25, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Bans Texting by Truckers; Penalties up to $2,750

The U.S. Department of Transportation this morning announced a ban on texting or the use of handheld cell phones by drivers of commercial vehicles, effective immediately, with violators subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750

January 25, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Will Ban Texting While Driving

The Department of Transportation is going to ban truck and bus drivers from texting on handheld devices while driving

January 22, 2010 - Industry News

Oregon Takes Weight Enforcement to the Next Level

During a one-day enforcement event of truck size and weight laws on Jan. 14, Oregon Department of Transportation's Motor Carrier Transportation Division and Portland Police Bureau weighed more than 200 trucks

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