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November 30, 2010 - Industry News

DERA Reauthorization Makes Progress in Senate

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010, introduced Nov. 18, was passed out of committee Tuesday by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

November 30, 2010 - Industry News

Fuel Economy, Emissions Proposal Ready for Comment

The docket is now open for comments on the federal proposal to establish national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy trucks

November 30, 2010 - Industry News

Carrier Groups Sue to Halt CSA 2010 Safety Data Publication

Several groups of small trucking companies have sued to prevent publication of carriers' safety performance data under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program

November 29, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Lower, Oil Futures Higher

The average price of a gallon of diesel dropped for the second week in a row, but only by a less than a penny, according to weekly figures released Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 29, 2010 - Industry News

Inspector General to Look Into FMCSA's Handling of New Entrants

The Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General is initiating an audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's response to National Transportation Safety Board recommendations to improve the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program

November 28, 2010 - Industry News

Alberta's Distracted Driving Bill Leaves CB Radios Turned On

Alberta says it has no issues with truckers using CB radios in the course of their duties. (Photo by Jim Park)

Truckers in the province of Alberta are breathing a sigh of relief. It turns out the government is not planning to take away their CB radios after all

November 23, 2010 - Industry News

Georgia Adds Performance-Based Brake Testing

The Georgia Department of Public Safety recently required a performance-based brake tester for field inspections of heavy-duty tractor-trailers

November 23, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Allows Lower-Level Upgrades to '03 Reefer Units

(Photo by Tom Berg)

Owners of model-year 2003 reefer units that run in California can get more legal use out of them for less cost, thanks to a regulations amendment by the state's Air Resources Board

November 22, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel, Oil Prices Drop Slightly

The price of diesel dropped by 1.3 cents in the past week, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

DOT's Truck Driver Life Expectancy Statistic Is in Question

Although there are questions about a statistic on trucker life expectancy used by the FMCSA, the agency points out that there are plenty of other statistics indicating driver health is a problem. (Photo courtesy Celadon)

Recent statements from the Department of Transportation concerning the life expectancy of truck drivers lack statistical backing. At a Nov. 8 conference on driver health in Baltimore, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro said in a speech that the life expectancy of a commercial driver is 16 years shorter than the norm

November 18, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Makes Changes in CSA 2010

FMCSA says it will change the severity weighting in Cargo-Related BASICs under CSA 2010. (Photo by Jim Park)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making some changes in the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program it will roll out next month. The agency announced yesterday that based on feedback from the industry and the enforcement community, it is going to address concerns about how the system evaluates carriers in the Cargo-Related safety category

November 17, 2010 - Industry News

CNG Gas Valve Integrated with Filter

Parker Fluid Control Division introduces the CNG Natural Gas Valve Integrated With Filter, especially suited for downstream valve installations in CNG-powered transportation

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

Oberstar Says Farewell, Talks About Future of Infrastructure Debate

Rep. James Oberstar talks about Minnesota transportation projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act during a 2009 press conference..

Minnesota Democrat James Oberstar, the 36-year veteran legislator who has used his encyclopedic knowledge of transportation issues to shape generations of highway legislation, bid an emotional farewell in an hour-long conference with the transportation press yesterday afternoon

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

South Carolina to Require Intrastate DOT Numbers

South Carolina Trucking Association President Rick Todd announced his group's support of the new program.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety's State Transport Police division is going to start requiring registration of intrastate commercial motor vehicles

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

Prolong Super Duty Diesel Treatment

Prolong Super Lubricants offers its Super Duty Diesel Fuel Treatment for use in long-haul truck applications

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

Ryder to Offer DEF at All Full-Service Locations

Ryder System will soon be offering diesel exhaust fluid, needed for operation of many EPA-2010 engines, at every full service Ryder location in North America

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

LaHood Launches 'Faces of Distracted Driving' Campaign

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today launched "Faces of Distracted Driving," an online video series exploring the tragic consequences of texting and cell phone use while driving

November 15, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up Third Week in Row

The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel rose for the third week in a row, by 6.8 cents last week, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 14, 2010 - Industry News

Outlook for Highway Reauthorization Unclear after Election

The new Congress must wrestle with the fact that the fuel tax, which has not gone up since 1993, does not produce enough revenue to fund ongoing highway needs.

The landslide Republican victory will change the transportation players on the House side, but there is no clear signal that even with this new leadership Congress has the political will to solve the key problem of funding the federal highway program

November 10, 2010 - Industry News

Shipper Group Calls for Action on HOS Proposal

A major shippers' group is calling on the government to release the hours of service proposal, saying having the rules up in the air is one of the factors creating uncertainty that is stalling economic growth

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

DOE Ups Oil Price Forecast

The U.S. Department of Energy has raised its oil and diesel price forecasts. The DOE's Energy Information Administration expects the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil to average about $83 per barrel this winter

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

World Energy Outlook Says More Needs to Be Done to Promote Energy Efficiency

The International Energy Agency predicts that global demand for energy could lead to another oil price spike, unless more is done to use energy more efficiently. The IEA report predicts oil prices will average $113 a barrel (in year-2009 dollars) by 2035 and could go as high as $135 a barrel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 8, 2010 - Industry News

HOS Proposal Should Clear White House This Month

L-R: Albert Alvarez (FMCSA), Eric Wood (Univ. of Utah), FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, Richard Pain (Transportation Research Board), Rick Ash (owner-operator and chair of Trucking Solutions Group).

The White House Office of Management and Budget should complete work on proposed revisions to the hours of service rule by late November, said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro Monday

November 8, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel, Oil Prices Up

The average price of a gallon of diesel jumped nearly a nickel as crude oil prices hit a new two-year high

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 4, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders JBS Carriers to Install Electronic On-Board Recorders

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered JBS Carriers Inc. of Greeley, Colo., to install electronic on-board recorders on its entire fleet of more than 700 trucks by March 2011 or pay $81,780 in fines

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