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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

November 3, 2010 - Industry News

Efforts to Suspend California's Global Warming Law Defeated at Polls

A ballot measure in California that aimed to suspend the state's global warming law, was defeated Tuesday

November 2, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Prices Hit Six-Month High

Crude oil prices hit a six-month high Tuesday, as the value of the dollar dropped against major currencies and there was widespread expectation that the Federal Reserve will announce new measures to stimulate the economy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 1, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Stable

The national average price of a gallon of diesel was unchanged from last week, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 1, 2010 - Industry News

Innovation, Strong Partnerships Key to Meeting Low-Carbon Challenges, Swiger Says

Innovation and strong partnerships are crucial to meet rising global energy demand at a time when there is growing pressure to lower carbon emissions to combat the risks of climate change, Andy Swiger, senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corp

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 28, 2010 - Industry News

Hearings Announced for Fuel Efficiency Proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced public hearings on their proposed Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks

October 26, 2010 - Industry News

Canada Follows U.S. Lead on Fuel Efficiency Standards

Canadian truckers are concerned that if Canada adopts proposed U.S. fuel economy standards word-for-word, it will be impossible to meet with the heavier loads seen there. (Photo by Jim Park)

As expected, Canada has announced plans to follow the U.S. lead in developing CO2 emissions standards - fuel economy standards - for medium and heavy vehicles.

October 25, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop Slightly

The average price of diesel dropped last week for the first time in a month, according to weekly figures released Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 25, 2010 - Industry News

Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards Proposed for Commercial Trucks

Two federal agencies have proposed first-ever national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy trucks. The complementary proposals, announced Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, will establish a new way to measure truck fuel efficiency and emissions

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