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January 24, 2011 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Up Again This Week

Diesel prices rose again this week for the eighth week in a row, to a national average of $3.43 per gallon, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy. That's the highest level since Oct. 27, 2008

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 24, 2011 - Industry News

ATRI Suggests Alternative Approach to Safety Compliance

Onboard electronic recorders to track driver logs are among the technology and techniques that could be used for an Alternative Compliance program.

A trucking industry research group has put together a concept for how carriers might improve their safety performance without following traditional compliance requirements

January 23, 2011 - Industry News

New York DOT Official Charged with Accepting Bribes

A DOT official in New York State has been charged with taking bribes from the trucking companies he was supposed to be inspecting

January 23, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Mounts Assault on HOS Proposal

American Trucking Associations is gearing up a multi-front campaign to stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposal to change the hours of service rules

January 18, 2011 - Industry News

President Signs Executive Order Addressing Regulation Concerns

While speakers at a heavy-duty aftermarket event in Las Vegas were discussing how concern about government regulations has given business pause, President Obama yesterday signed an executive order aimed at tackling criticism that regulations are stifling business and the economy

January 16, 2011 - Industry News

Legal Fight Against EOBRs Proceeds

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Group is waging a legal battle against upcoming electronic onboard recorder requirements to track driver logs.

With a proposal to expand the requirement for electronic onboard recorders pending in the regulatory pipeline, owner-operators are fighting a legal action against the limited recorder requirement that is scheduled to take effect next year

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

Cell-phone and Texting Laws Compiled

The American Trucking Associations State Laws Newsletter is reporting that rhe Governors Highway Safety Association has issued a compilation of state laws that limit or prohibit drivers' use of cell phones or texting

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

Go Natural Gas to Open CNG Fueling Station at LAX

Go Natural Gas, in partnership with a large international compressed natural gas equipment manufacturer plans to open a compressed natural gas fueling station near the LA Airport

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 11, 2011 - Industry News

DOE's Short-Term Energy Outlook Sees Diesel at $3.40 Diesel for 2011

Rising crude oil prices are the primary reason for higher retail prices, along with higher refining margins for gasoline and distillate.

The U.S. Department of Energy's short-term energy outlook, released Tuesday, has once again boosted its energy price forecast. Diesel fuel, DOE say, will average $3.40 per gallon for 2011, and $3.52 for 2012

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 10, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Rises for 6th Straight Week to $3.333

Diesel prices in most areas of the country were up again this week, the Department of Energy reported on Monday. The U.S. national average price hit $3.333 per gallon, on the sixth straight week of price increases

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 10, 2011 - Industry News

NC/VA Reciprocity Agreement Cancelled

The American Trucking Associations State Laws Newsletter is reporting that effective January 21, 2011, a permitting reciprocity agreement between North Carolina and Virginia will be cancelled

January 10, 2011 - Industry News

CSA Materials Available at Truckstops

Beginning January 12, brochures and pocket cards about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new CSA enforcement program will be available for commercial motor vehicle drivers at hundreds of travel centers across the country

January 10, 2011 - Industry News

Florida Extends Ease on Trucking Regs Through Jan 14

To give growers more time to haul their crops to packing facilities, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is extending an executive order relaxing trucking restrictions through Jan. 14

January 6, 2011 - Industry News

OOIDA Says Mexican Border Deal Cost American Jobs, Provides No Reciprocal Benefits

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association responded to the Obama Administration's overture to the Mexican truckers saying if the proposed deal goes through, American drivers will lose work to Mexican carriers who do not bear similar compliance costs

January 3, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Begins the Year on an Upswing

The national average price of a gallon of diesel was up again this week, rising 3.7 cents from last week

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 3, 2011 - Industry News

NHTSA Clears Path for Speed-Limiter Proposal

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is moving ahead on a rulemaking on speed limiters for heavy trucks, which had its start four years ago with petitions by two trucking interest groups

December 30, 2010 - Industry News

OOIDA Wonders Why Speed Limiters Get the Green Light While Driver Training Standards Languish

An announcement to consider speed limiting heavy trucks to 68 mph has small business truckers wondering why this unproven science is moving forward while minimum training standards for drivers are still not on the books

December 30, 2010 - Industry News

HOS Proposal Seems Likely to Lead to More Litigation

Early reaction to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed changes in the hours of service rule indicates that the rule is likely to remain in litigation. It is not clear what the proposed changes will do for safety. The agency says they will make trucking safer. The safety advocacy community says they do not go nearly far enough. The trucking industry says they go too far

December 30, 2010 - Industry News

NHTSA to Begin Speed Limiter Rulemaking

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is going to begin a rulemaking that could lead to mandatory speed limiters on heavy trucks, as requested by American Trucking Associations and Road Safe America

December 30, 2010 - Industry News

IFTA Adopts Interest Amendment

Carriers who underpaid fuel taxes will have to pay less interest under a new amendment to the International Fuel Tax Agreement

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 29, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Answers Questions About Driver Life Expectancy Statistics

The Department of Transportation has produced a piece of research that to a limited extent supports its claim that truck driving contributes to a shorter life expectancy than other occupations

December 28, 2010 - Industry News

Safety Group says New HOS Proposal Doesn't Go Far Enough, Canadians say it Could Have Been Worse

Reaction to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration latest HOS proposal isn't exactly inspiring

December 27, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Hit Two-Year High

Crude oil is expected to hit $100 in 2011, which will mean higher prices at the pump. (Photo by Jim Park)

The average price of diesel fuel, at $3.294 a gallon, is at its highest level in more than two years, according to weekly figures reported Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 26, 2010 - Industry News

NY Judge Blocks Diesel-retrofit Mandate

A New York Supreme Court judge recently blocked a Department of Environmental Conservation mandate requiring the owners of heavy-duty diesel vehicles to retrofit their fleets with costly new equipment

December 23, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Seven Changes in Hours Rule

ATA says the new HOS proposal disregards the negative safety impacts the proposed changes will have.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing seven changes in the current hours of service rules in order to, it says, give drivers the flexibility to take a break during the day and reduce the health and safety risks of long hours of work

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