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October 7, 2010 - Industry News

Bill in House Aims to 'Reduce Barriers to New Truck Acquisition'

New bill would cut costs for equipment acquisition. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

Among the bills introduced on Capitol Hill right before Congress headed out for the election recess was one that would repeal the 12 percent federal excise tax on heavy trucks and trailers, and replace it with a 7.3-cents-per-gallon diesel tax increase

October 6, 2010 - Industry News

PA Police Put 208 Trucks Out of Service During 'Operation FracNET'

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 208 trucks out of service during a three-day enforcement effort that focused on commercial vehicles hauling waste water from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations in the state

October 6, 2010 - Industry News

CR Doesn't Renew Heavier Truck Pilot Program; CVSA Says It's Not Dead Yet

A pilot program allowing heavier trucks to run in Maine and Vermont was not renewed in a funding measure allowing DOT and other federal agencies to operate until after the November elections

October 5, 2010 - Industry News

Crude Oil, Diesel Prices Up Tuesday

Diesel prices jumped more than 3 cents from Monday to Tuesday, according to Promiles, which showed an average price of $3.008 Tuesday, up 3.1 cents from the previous day

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 5, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Considering Amendments to Reefer Regs

The California Air Resources Board has issued proposed amendments to its Transport Refrigeration Unit regulation

October 4, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Highest Since May

The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel was $3, according to weekly figures released Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 4, 2010 - Industry News

HOS Waiver Granted for Fertilizer Delivery

A two-year federal waiver from hours-of-service regulations for truckers delivering anhydrous ammonia fertilizer has been granted to help the agriculture industry

October 3, 2010 - Industry News

New Law Aims to Make CARB More Transparent

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week signed into law a measure to make the California Air Resource Board's enforcement efforts more transparent

October 1, 2010 - Industry News

NHTSA Proposing Truck Tire Standards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a proposed rule to revise and upgrade Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 119, which specifies requirements for new truck tires

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

Rep. Richardson Introduces Highway Freight Bill

Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., has added some new ideas to the ongoing debate over the federal highway program, introducing a bill that would create a Goods Movement Trust Fund funded in part by a 12-cent hike in the diesel tax paid by trucks

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

EIA Analyst Forecasts Diesel Price Increase of 10 to 15 Cents Next Year

The Energy Information Administration is working to improve its forecast reports. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

Diesel prices are likely to go up 10 to 15 cents a gallon next year over this year, said Tancred Lidderdale of the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Lidderdale heads the EIA's analytical team that produces the monthly fuel price forecast that is a key data point for trucking industry planners. He discussed diesel supply and demand at an Oil Price Information Service conference in Atlanta earlier this week

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 29, 2010 - Industry News

Carrier Alliance Pushing for Congress to Pass EOBR Mandate Next Year

A group of carriers is pushing to make electronic logs mandatory. (Photo courtesy PeopleNet)

The group of trucking companies that is pushing legislation to mandate electronic onboard recorders plans to spend the rest of the year gathering allies and building support for passage of the bill next year

September 29, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Puts 139 Hazmat Trucks Out of Service

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 139 trucks out of service and issued 572 traffic citations during a one-day statewide enforcement effort focusing on commercial vehicles that transport hazardous materials

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

Highway Loss Data Institute: "Texting Bans Don't Reduce Crashes"

Louisiana -- Collision claims per 100 insured vehicle years, by month before and after texting law for all drivers, compared with Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas. Courtesy HDLI.

Researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute in Arlington, Va., say laws prohibiting motorists from texting while driving are not bringing down crash rates. In fact, HLDI says crash rates tend to increase after a ban goes into effect

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

Industry Applauds California Brake Lining Legislation

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation aimed at reducing the amount of copper in brake pads -- a bill brake makers applauded after working with legislators to address potential problems with the initial proposal

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Journalism Investigation Targets Adoption of NTSB Recommendations

What is being billed as "a major investigation into transportation safety in America," conducted by journalism students from 11 universities, says the National Transportation Safety Board, the federal panel charged with investigating accidents and proposing ways to prevent them, has essentially given up on 1,952 of its safety recommendations - one of every six it has made since 1967

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down, Oil Futures Flat

The average price of diesel fuel fell for the first time in three weeks, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

AAR Opposes Proposal to Allow Heavier Trucks

This mockup from Maverick shows how a proposed three-axle, 48-foot flatbed would carry 51,000 pounds on its tridem. AAR doesn't want to see heavier rigs like this allowed on the highways.

The Association of America Railroads voiced its opposition to the Obama administration's request that Congress make permanent programs allowing higher-weight trucks access to the Interstate system in Maine and Vermont

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

Apply Now for Next Round of California Truck Replacement Grants

The California Air Resources Board will open a second round of grant requests to help truck owners with pre-2004 diesels meet its 2007 emission standards, and Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) is standing by to help steer truck owners through the application process

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

CSA 2010: Report from the Field

Starting in December, compliance with federal safety regulations is going to get a lot tougher, say carriers that have been participating in the pilot version of the new safety regime, CSA 2010. Pilot carriers in a recent webinar warned that a carrier's performance under the SafeStat measurement system is not a reliable indicator of how it will perform under CSA 2010

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Ban on Texting While Driving

Following up on guidance it issued earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a formal rule banning truck and bus drivers from texting while driving. The rule also prohibits carriers from requiring or allowing their drivers to text

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

Despite CSA 2010 Deadline, Relatively Few Carriers Have Checked Data

Many carriers seem to be waiting until the last minute to check their data under CSA 2010. (Photo by Jim Park)

A new era in truck safety enforcement is going to begin in December, but so far relatively few carriers have taken an active interest in what the new regime will mean to them

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Texting Ban for Hazmat Drivers

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off the 2010 national Distracted Driving Summit today with an announcement that he is initiating a new rulemaking to prohibit commercial truck drivers from texting while transporting hazardous materials

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up for Second Week

Diesel prices rose for the second week in a row, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

Illinois Task Force to Address GPS Use by Truckers

A new Illinois task force is looking at the issue of truckers straying off of truck-friendly routes when using consumer GPS routing systems

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