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May 27, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Continues to Rise As China Backs Europe

Oil was up about 4.25 percent Thursday; researchers believe prices will only continue to go up over the next few years. (Photo by Lubrizol)

Oil continued to rise Thursday as news that China was not reviewing its investments in the European market hit investor

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May 26, 2010 - Industry News

Not Much Chance of a Highway Bill This Year

It looks like we'll be waiting until next year for a highway bill to come through Congress.

There is practically no chance that Congress will pass a highway bill this year - the will to raise the money is simply not there, said congressional leaders and staffers

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

OSHA Considers Tightening Rules on Vehicle Fall Protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise its walking working surfaces and fall protection standards

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Prices to Continue Upward Trend in Years Ahead

Petroleum and liquid fuels will continue to be the largest energy source worldwide for the next 25 years.(Photo courtesy of Lubrizol)

U.S. oil prices are expected to rise to $108 per barrel by 2020 and $133 per barrel by 2035, according to the U.S. Department of Energy

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May 25, 2010 - Industry News

Industry Applauds Fuel Economy Policy

Trucking company and truck maker leaders are on board with the policy President Obama signed last week calling on two federal agencies to develop national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy trucks. "This will bring down costs for transporting goods, serving businesses and consumers alike," Obama said. "We estimate that we can increase fuel economy by as much as 25 percent in tractor-trailers using technologies that already exist.

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

Kansas Outlaws Texting While Driving

Kansas has become the 26th state to pass a texting while driving ban, as Gov. Mark Parkinson signed an anti-texting bill into law recently

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Sees Largest One-Week Drop in Over a Year

After reaching its highest level since 2008 recently, diesel took its largest one-week slide in over a year.

Diesel continued to drop for the second week in a row, down 7.3 cents to a national average of $3.021 a gallo

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May 21, 2010 - Industry News

Obama Signs Policy Calling for Truck Fuel Economy Standards

At a White House Rose Garden ceremony this morning, President Obama signed a policy calling on two federal agencies to develop national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy trucks

May 20, 2010 - Industry News

White House Will Announce Plans for Truck Fuel Economy Standards Today

Truckers should brace themselves for national fuel economy standards, which are expected today. (Photo by Bette Garber)

The Obama Administration this morning will announce a plan to set national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for heavy- and medium-duty trucks, according to sources familiar with the plan

May 19, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Expands Voucher Incentive Program

The California Air Resources Board has approved changes to its existing $28 million Voucher Incentive Program to make funding available to a larger variety of truck

May 19, 2010 - Industry News

Biodiesel Tax Credit Moves Closer to Publication This Week

The House of Representatives is expected to take up the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act of 2010 this week, which includes the biodiesel tax credit, which lapsed Dec. 31, 2009

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May 17, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Takes First Dip in Seven Weeks; Oil Continues Downward

During trading Monday, oil slipped below $70 for the first time in three months. (Photo by BP)

Diesel prices fell for the first time in seven weeks, dropping 3.3 cents to a national average of $3.094 a gallo

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May 14, 2010 - Industry News

Crude Oil Reaches Three-Month Low on Market Volatility

Crude oil plunged to its lowest level in three months at the close of trading Friday, a reflection of market volatility, which got investors worried about too many supplie

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May 14, 2010 - Industry News

Study on Canadian Biodiesel Mandate Finds Costs Outweigh Benefits

The societal costs of a Canadian two per cent biodiesel mandate would outweigh the benefits by factor of five, according to a study conducted in 2009 by EcoRessources Consultants (ERC) for Environment Canada

May 13, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends HOS Exemption For Haulers of Oil Spill Supplies

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill has affected Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended its hours of service waiver for motor carriers and drivers transporting equipment, materials and supplies to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill area

May 12, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Rejects Boston's Request to Reroute Hazmat Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rejected Boston's request to route trucks carrying hazardous materials around the cit

May 12, 2010 - Industry News

New Climate Legislation Draws Mixed Reactions

The new bill would provide tax incentives for conversion to clean natural gas vehicles, such as these. But the ATA says the incentives wouldn't be enough to spur NG infrastructure.

Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced climate change legislation Wednesday, drawing mixed results from the trucking and construction industries

May 12, 2010 - Industry News

Finding the Needles in the Haystack Under CSA 2010

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, or CSA 2010, the FMCSA is going to be looking at five times the amount of data as under the SafeStat system. In addition, carriers are going to be measured by the seven Behavior Analysis & Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), which are complex measurements of safety performance. For carriers to survive under the new system, they need to understand their CSA 2010 scores

May 11, 2010 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Should Rise on Economic Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has raised its predictions for diesel and oil prices on more optimistic economic growth forecasts, according to the most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook

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May 11, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Opens Pre-Employment Screening Program

The new screening program gives employers five years of an applicant's crash history and three years of his inspection history - with the driver's permission.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now offering trucking companies access to a safety database they can use to screen applicants for driver jobs

May 11, 2010 - Industry News

EIA Projects Greater Use of Renewables By 2035

Over the next 25 years, energy consumption is expected to grow, but there will also be a greater use of renewable fuels within the transportation secto

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May 10, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise Half a Penny; Oil Eases Back Up

Over the last six weeks, diesel prices have gained 18.8 cents. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

Diesel prices changed slightly from last week, rising 0.5 cents to $3.127 a gallon this wee

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May 10, 2010 - Industry News

CSA 2010 and "Clean" Inspections

(Photo courtesy of Kentucky State Police)

Julie Sutton-Hayes understands that roadside inspections will be an important part of CSA 2010. The president of California-based Logistics International Inc., like many carriers, wants to see enforcement officers issue written reports not only for bad inspections, but also for "clean" inspections. So far she's pretty frustrated

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

Illinois Bill Restores Vehicle Access Provision For Length

Last week, the Illinois Senate unanimously voted to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code, providing trucks up to 65 feet in length access to local roads to points of delivery or for food, fuel, rest and repai

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Reaches 11-Week Low Following Market Plunge

One reason investors are shying away from oil is because supplies are outnumbering demand. (Photo courtesy of Shell)

Oil prices dropped even further Friday, following Thursday's stock market plunge. Crude oil closed out the week at $75.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, an 11-week lo

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