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December 19, 2010 - Industry News

PacLease to Host Webinar on Lease Accounting Changes for Private Fleet Operators

PacLease will hold a webinar on Jan. 6, 2011, to discuss proposed new lease accounting standards that will be finalized later in the year. The webinar is geared for private fleet operators

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Congress Renews Incentives for Alternative Fuels, But Not For Vehicles

Tax credits 50-cents per gallon apply for compressed and liquefied natural gas when used as a vehicle fuel. (Photo by Jim Park)

The much publicized tax and unemployment-benefits measure passed by Congress last week also contains tax breaks for use of automotive alternative fuels, but not for the vehicles themselves

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December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Hours Proposal Cleared by OMB

The hours of service proposal on track to be published before the end of the year. (Photo by Jim Park)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's hours of service proposal was cleared by the Office of Management and Budget on Friday, which means that it is on track to be published before the end of the year as the agency expects

December 17, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Middle Approach to Cell Phone Restriction

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has chosen the middle path in its proposal to restrict cell phone use by commercial drivers. The proposal essentially says that truck and bus drivers could only use a hands-free phone while driving. It would prohibit a driver from reaching for, dialing or holding a mobile phone while the truck is moving

December 17, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Proposes Rule to Ban Hand-Held Cell Phone Use for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation today proposed a new safety regulation that would specifically prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

LA Harbor Commission Closes Clean Truck Class-7 Loophole

Class 7 trucks now have to comply with the same Clean Air requirements as their Class 8 brothers.

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission voted Thursday to include Class 7 trucks in the same emissions rules that already apply to Class 8 trucks

December 14, 2010 - Industry News

Senators Keep Heavy-Truck Pilot Alive, for Now

Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., have put language into pending legislation that would permit a one-year extension of the pilot program that exempts federal highways in Maine and Vermont from the 80,000-pound truck weight limit.

December 13, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Rises for the Third Straight Week, Up 3.4 cents to $3.231

Department of Energy's Annual Retail On-Highway Diesel Price summary

Diesel prices hit a fresh two-year high on Monday following the release of the weekly Department of Energy's Weekly Retail On-Highway Diesel Price summary, rising 3.4 cents to $3.231 a gallon

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December 13, 2010 - Industry News

Biodiesel Tax Credit Gets a New Lease on Life

The biodiesel tax incentive moved a step closer to being extended Monday

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December 13, 2010 - Industry News

Slowdown at CSA Website Caused by Data Download

If you tried to log on to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA website yesterday and found it slow going, you were not alone. Access to the web-based system was occasionally jammed as commercial interests tapped into the site and started downloading the entire database, an agency official said

December 12, 2010 - Industry News

House Drops Truck Pilot in Maine, Vermont; Senate to Consider

The House passed a 9-month extension of the current federal highway program that would halt the heavy-truck pilot program in Maine and Vermont

December 12, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Opens CSA Data to Public Following Court's Denial of Suit

The next stage of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration's CSA 2010 safety program went live over the weekend, after a federal appeals court denied a suit by several groups of small trucking companies to prevent release of CSA safety data

December 9, 2010 - Industry News

Mica Selected Chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

John L. Mica (R-Fla.) Chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

To hardly anyone's surprise, U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) has been confirmed by vote of the House Republican Conference to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 112th Congress

December 8, 2010 - Industry News

Clean Energy Signs Agreement to Acquire Northstar, Advanced LNG Technology Leader

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement to acquire Wyoming Northstar Incorporated and affiliate

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December 8, 2010 - Industry News

Canadian Carriers Looking to Extended Tractor and Combo Lengths

Canadian length restrictions limit tractor wheelbases and fleet flexibility.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is proposing changes to Canada's vehicle length rules to accommodate longer tractor wheelbases and longer over-all lengths for B-train combinations

December 7, 2010 - Industry News

DOE Energy Forecast Sees Fuel Prices Climbing to $3.23 per Gallon Next Year

Following a recent spike in crude oil and diesel prices, the U.S. Department of Energy's current Short-Term Energy Outlook projects that diesel will run at $3.14 per gallon over the winter months (October 1 to March 31), before leveling out at a projected average for the year of $3.23 per gallon

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December 7, 2010 - Industry News

Court Ruling Pending in Suit to Stop Opening of CSA 2010 Data

FMCSA says carriers will not be irreparably harmed by disclosure of their safety data.   (photo by Ohio State Patrol

The suit by several groups of small trucking companies against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new safety program, CSA 2010, has gone through the argument phase and is approaching a decision by the court

December 7, 2010 - Industry News

HOS Proposal Taking Longer than Expected at OMB

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's hours of service proposal is taking longer than expected

December 6, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Appoints Three New Members to Medical Review Board

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has appointed three new medical experts to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Medical Review Board

December 5, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. Passes ULSD Milestone

December 1 marked a major milestone for the nation's transition to ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel -- all on-highway diesel fuel now complies with the landmark 15 parts-per-million sulfur standard. This represents a 97 percent reduction in sulfur content from 2006 levels

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December 5, 2010 - Industry News

Supporters of Higher Truck Weights Hope that Now is Their Time

Trucking and shipping interests are hoping the time is right for them to win long-sought relief from the 80,000-pound federal restriction on truck weights. The restriction has resisted trucking's best efforts for years, mainly due to opposition from the railroads and safety advocates but also because the trucking industry itself has been of two minds on the issue -- some carriers want to run heavier loads, some don't want the expense of the new equipment

December 2, 2010 - Industry News

Enforcement Community Applauds CSA 2010

Government and law enforcement agencies at the state and local levels are continuing to be fiscally challenged with respect to resources being made available for highway safety activities. The public - and rightly so - has an expectation that a basic responsibility of government is to keep our citizens traveling the roadways safe and secure. The challenge unfortunately is all too often public safety is one of the first areas of government to be cut

December 2, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Toughens Up Requirements for HHG Brokers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a petition by the American Moving & Storage Association to require interstate household goods brokers to comply with a number of rules and consumer requirements already required for household goods carriers

December 2, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Calls for Changes to CSA 2010 Severity Weights

As part of its ongoing effort to improve CSA 2010, ATA submitted a comprehensive letter to FMCSA, Nov. 29, suggesting additional changes to the Agency's evolving program

December 1, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Rings Alarm Bell on Pending Hours of Service Proposal

The American Trucking Associations is concerned that FMCSA does not have justification for making the changes to hours of service that ATA anticipates. (Photo by Jim Park)

American Trucking Associations is alarmed about proposed changes in hours of service regulations it sees coming from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and today will launch a website to coordinate an industry response

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