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February 7, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Plan Would Get Oil Companies to Help Foot Infrastructure Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett this week introduced a plan to week that would rely on a tax of oil companies to inject billions of dollars into the state’s transportation system while cutting taxes at the gas pump.

Tags: Infrastructure, Fuel Prices, Pennsylvania, Virginia

February 6, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Deploys 100 Zero-Emission Delivery Vehicles

UPS recently deployed 100 fully electric commercial delivery vehicles throughout California. This event recognizes one of the world's largest deployments of zero-emission commercial trucks.

Tags: CARB, EVI, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 6, 2013 - Industry News

Congestion Cost Trucking $27 billion in 2011

Congestion has a price, and for the trucking industry, It's billions of dollars lost. The total financial cost of congestion in 2011 was $121 billion, up one billion dollars from the year before and translating to $818 per U.S. commuter. Of that total, about $27 billion worth was wasted time and diesel fuel from trucks moving goods on the system.

Tags: Economy, Traffic Congestion, Infrastructure, Highways

February 5, 2013 - Industry News

Biodiesel Board Goal: 10% of Diesel Market in 10 Years

The National Biodiesel Board announced a new goal Tuesday during the Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas: 10% of the on-road diesel market by 2022. The Diesel Technology Forum has signed on to help the industry get there while making sure engines are protected.

Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, Diesel, biodiesel emissions, National Biodiesel Board

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

Study shows shale boom provides boost to trucking

Shale energy exploration, the growing practice of deep horizontal drilling to harvest oil and natural gas previously beyond reach, has changed America’s energy industry and overall economy.

Tags: Fracking, OIl, Natural Gas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Economy

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Florida-Based Beer Distributor Replaces Fleet with Green Tractors

Beer distributor J.J. Taylor Companies Inc. announced it will replace its Tampa-based fleet with compressed natural gas tractors as part of an ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Florida, Alternative Fuels, Freightliner

January 30, 2013 - Industry News

Chevrolet Supports Project to Help Truckers Avoid Idling

As part of its carbon offset program, Chevrolet is supporting IdleAir, a project to help long-haul truckers avoid idling during rest breaks at truckstops.

Tags: Chevrolet, MPG, Idling, Truckstops, IdleAir

January 30, 2013 - Industry News

DPF Maker Cleaire Shuts Down Following Fires and Recalls

Sparks from several Cleaire retrofit DPFs started several forest fires in Washington State. One fire claimed 29 homes.

Brush fires caused by sparks from its diesel particulate filters and expensive recalls have apparently caused Cleaire, Inc., a California specialty manufacturer, to suddenly shut down.

Tags: Recalls, DPF, Cleaire, ARB, Monastery Fire, NewWorld Capital Group, CARB, California

January 24, 2013 - Industry News

Questar to Build CNG Facility in Houston for Swift, Central Freight Lines

Questar Fueling will build, own and operate a compressed natural gas fueling facility in Houston, Texas, that will serve up to 200 natural gas-powered trucks operated by Swift Transportation and Central Freight Lines

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Swift, Central Freight Lines

January 24, 2013 - Industry News

House Transportation Committee Sets Agenda

Trucking issues rank high on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee agenda for the coming year. The committee, which met earlier this week to set its oversight plan and confirm leadership positions, will be keeping an eye on national freight policy, on tolling activities in the states, on the CSA safety enforcement program and on the hours-of-service rule

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress, Hours of Service

January 22, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel prices creep back upward

The price for diesel rose marginally this week with a nationwide average increase of 0.8 cents per gallon. Prices averaged out at $3.90, according to the Energy Information Administration's weekly fuel update

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, crude oil

January 21, 2013 - Industry News

Slight Drop in 2011 Transportation Fatalities

Transportation fatalities in the United States declined in 2011 by approximately 2%, according to preliminary figures released by the National Transportation Safety Board. The data indicates that overall transportation fatalities decreased from 35,043 in 2010 to 34,434 in 2011

Tags: DOT, NTSB

January 21, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Issues First Fine Under 2004 TRU Regs

The San Bernardino County Superior Court has fined Foster Enterprises, an Ontario-based refrigerated transportation and cold storage business, $300,000 after a California Air Resources Board investigation revealed that the company failed to upgrade older diesel engines in its refrigerated trailer fleet as required to meet current emissions standards

Tags: CARB, TRU, Emissions

January 17, 2013 - Industry News

Engineers Warn About the Economic Impact of Not Investing in Infrastructure

A lack of funding in infrastructure will mean more to the people of the United States than a few more potholes in the road. According to the American Society of Civil Engineer's Failure to Act report, "The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future," the U.S. government and its people will be feeling the lack of infrastructure funding in their wallets

Tags: Infrastructure, Economy

January 16, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Inspector General Commences CSA Audit

Following up on a request from Congress, the Department of Transportation's Inspector General has begin work on an audit of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The agency is going to look into the quality of CSA data used to evaluate carrier performance, said Assistant Inspector General Joseph Comé this week in a memo to Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

January 14, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel falls 1.7 cents

Consumers experienced another decrease in prices for diesel this week as prices fell an average of 1.7 cents per gallon across the nation to rest at $3.89

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, crude oil

January 14, 2013 - Industry News

Car Drivers Issued Warnings, Citations at More than Twice the Rate of CMV Drivers

Law enforcement officials who pulled over nearly 35,000 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliances Operation Safe Driver 2012 campaign in October found that passenger car drivers continue to speed at alarming rates around commercial vehicles. Data collected during this years weeklong event indicates that the top three reasons warnings and citations were issued to both commercial and non-commercial vehicle drivers were comparable to last yea

Tags: Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

January 14, 2013 - Industry News

Election Impact 2012: Trucking interests prepare for new committee lineups on the Hill

The November election did not change the balance of power in Washington, but committee leadership in Congress is in flux and trucking lobbyists are alert for what that might mean. Hill committee assignments are particularly important. During the next couple of years, trucking will have to track implementation of 2012's highway law and prepare for the drafting of the next version, due in 2014

January 13, 2013 - Industry News

DOE Asks for HOS Break Rules Exemption

The U.S. Department of Energy is requesting an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations

Tags: Hours of Service, DOE

January 11, 2013 - Industry News

Nearly 1 Million Natural Gas Trucks and Buses Will Be Sold from 2012 to 2019

Because trucks and buses use significant amounts of fuel and tend to emit high levels of greenhouse gases, natural gas vehicles are increasingly attractive options in these commercial markets. At the same time, the rebounding construction industry is pushing growth in the overall truck market while cities and municipalities look to expand their public transit systems

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 11, 2013 - Industry News

MnDOT Testing Technology to Notify Truckers of Parking Availability

Travelers who stop at the Elm Creek rest area off of Interstate 94 two miles northwest of the intersection of I-94 and I-494 may notice cameras in the parking lot. The cameras are part of a research project conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation

January 9, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Suggests Mileage Fees for Trucks

Congress might want to consider a mileage fee for trucks and electric vehicles when it looks for ways to strengthen highway funding, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while privacy concerns and other issues limit the usefulness of such fees for automobiles, Congress should consider a pilot program to test them for trucks and electric cars

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress, VMT, Taxes

January 9, 2013 - Industry News

Crude Oil, Diesel Prices Projected to Fall

In its Short-Term Energy Outlook report, the Energy Information Administration projects that Brent crude along with diesel prices will see a slight decrease in 2013 and 2014. EIA projects that the Brent crude oil spot price, which averaged $112 per barrel in 2012, will fall to an average of $105 per barrel in 2013 and $99 per barrel in 2014.

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, crude oil

January 8, 2013 - Industry News

NHTSA Proposes New Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

As required by the bipartisan Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing that hybrid and electric vehicles meet minimum sound standards in order to help make all pedestrians more aware of the approaching vehicles

Tags: NHTSA

January 8, 2013 - Industry News

Illinois Cell Phone Ban for Truckers Now in Effect

Three important pieces of legislation supported by the Illinois Department of Transportation aimed at reducing cell phone use while driving and clearing lanes of traffic immediately following crashes are now in effect as of Jan. 1

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