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July 1, 2010 - Industry News

Higher Truck Weight Limit in Effect in Florida

Florida has increased the weight limit of trucks on non-interstate roads from 80,000 to 88,000 pounds. (Photo by Michelin)

Trucks weighing up to 88,000 pounds can travel on specific non-interstate routes in Florida, as of yesterday

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Result in Price Shock

A nationwide low carbon fuel standard would significantly increase the costs of transportation and fuel, according to a study conducted by Charles River Associates. The study found that a standard would result in a price shock, including an increase of about 30 to 80 percent in the cost of transportation fuels within five years of the standard being implemented

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Drops Slightly After Last Week's Jump

Following last week's jump in the price of diesel, trucking's main fuel fell half a cent this wee

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June 28, 2010 - Industry News

'Roadability' Rule Takes Effect This Week

The Federal Carrier Motor Safety Administration's "roadability" rule on intermodal container chassis goes into effect June 30

June 25, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Rejects Bill Extending Biodiesel Credit

The next hope for the biodiesel industry to extend the credit is Congress' energy bill.

The Senate has voted down a bill that would have reinstated the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit through the end of 2010, among other tax extender

June 25, 2010 - Industry News

California Funds Go to Reducing Diesel Emissions in Busy Corridors

The California Air Resources Board has allocated $200 million in Proposition 1B funds to go towards reducing diesel emissions from trucks, locomotives and harborcraft in the Los Angeles/Inland Empire, Central Valley, Bay Area and San Diego/Border regions

June 24, 2010 - Industry News

New York Becomes Latest Northeast State to Reduce Sulfur in Heating Oil

More mandates for low sulfur heating oil could mean lower supplies and higher prices of diesel at the truckstop.

Over the last few months, several states have passed legislation to reduce the amount of sulfur in home heating oil, New York being the latest state to adopt such legislation

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June 24, 2010 - Industry News

EPA May Ease National Gas Conversion Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rulemaking to change the certification requirements for natural gas vehicle aftermarket conversions

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

CSA 2010 Gets Hearing on Hill

One of the issues brought up at the hearing by the trucking industry was crash accountability. (Photo by Ohio State Highway Patrol)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new enforcement program, Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, got its first airing on Capitol Hill yesterday, with the agency's chief, Anne Ferro, explaining and defending the program while industry interests expressed general support and specific concerns

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA to Eliminate Cargo Insurance Requirement

Starting March 21, 2011, for-hire carriers and freight forwarders will no longer be required to maintain a minimum in cargo insurance, according to a final rule issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Tuesda

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

California Measure to Stop Diversion of Transportation Funds Goes to Ballot

A measure to prevent California from taking, diverting or borrowing local government, transportation and public transit funds will go on the state ballot in November of this yea

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

White House Releases Comprehensive Plan to Address Counterfeiting

The White House released its first-ever Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday to review the report and the progress of the intellectual property coordinator, a newly created post that was filled by Victoria Espinel

June 21, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Jumps For First Time in Five Weeks

After falling 19.9 cents over the last five weeks, the national average for the price of diesel inched back up, as demand for diesel improves.

Diesel prices jumped for the first time in five weeks, gaining 3.3 cents this wee

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June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Hearing on Employee Misclassification Emphasizes State Efforts

Gary Uber (L) of Family Private Care Inc. outlined some of the negative impacts the rule could have on businesses and contractors. The DOL's Seth Harris (R) said misclassification is depriving employees of benefits and hurting government.

During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act held last Thursday, speakers stressed the importance of state efforts to combat misclassification of independent contractors

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

New LNG Station Opens at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Speedy Fuel has opened its first full service liquefied natural gas fueling station to serve Class 8 trucks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

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June 17, 2010 - Industry News

California's Copper Brake Bill Returns to Negotiating Table

California's brake copper bill has moved through the California State Assembly's Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials this week, with plans to return to the negotiating table with the brake manufacturing industry

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

OOIDA Takes EOBR Rule to Court

Owner-operators believe the costs of EOBRs may outweigh the benefits. (Photo by Teletrac)

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has challenged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic onboard recorder rule with a petition filed in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

House Passes Small Business Lending Bill

Small trucking companies may catch a break with this new bill, backed by President Obama. The legislation still has to go through the Senate. (Photo by Corcentric)

The House of Representatives has passed the Small Business Lending Fund Act, which sets up a fund to help banks increase small business capital investment lending

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

States Ramping Up Distracted Driving Efforts

States are aggressively pursuing solutions to distracted driving including: stronger laws, increased data collection, new education programs, public/private partnerships and a growing reliance on new media to spread the message. (Photo by Jim Park)

States are ramping up their efforts to combat distracted driving, with 28 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam now banning text messaging by all driver

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

New Senate Legislation Would Crack Down on Brokers

The new legislation is aimed at protecting owner-operators, in particular, who typically don't have legal recourse to recoup losses from fraudulent brokers. (Photo by Jim Park)

Sens. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have introduced the Motor Carrier Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that would beef up regulatory oversight of brokers and freight forwarders in the trucking industr

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

Parts Manufacturers Call For Changes in California Copper Brake Bill

In a testimony before the California Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, Terry Heffelfinger, director of product engineering, R&D, and quality for Affinia Global Brake and Chassis, called for different implementation procedures for SB 346, a bill that would mandate a reduction in the use of copper in brake products

June 14, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Takes Fifth Straight Tumble

Diesel prices continued to fall this week. Over the last five weeks, prices have slipped 19.9 cents. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

The price of diesel fell 1.8 cents this week, its fifth straight fall, according to the Department of Energy. Trucking's main fuel hasn't fallen this low since mid-March

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June 11, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Votes Down Measure to Block EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) presents her case in support of the measure before the Senate Thursday. Murkowski introduced the legislation in response to the EPA's efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act.

In a 47-53 vote, the U.S. Senate barely voted down a measure Thursday that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions

June 10, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Eyes Event Data Recorder Rule

The Senate is considering a mandate that would require event data recorders to be installed in medium- and heavy-duty truck

June 10, 2010 - Industry News

New FMCSA Guidance Allows For Scanned Driver Logs

Under the new guidance, drivers can scan their log records at truckstop scanning kiosks, such as this TripPak location. (Photo courtesy of TripPak)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a regulatory guidance simplifying the record keeping and retention requirements for driver logs

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