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October 30, 2009 - Industry News

Congress Gives Highway Authorization Six Weeks

Congress has extended the 2005 highway authorization (popularly known as SAFETEA-LU) to Dec. 18, reports the Journal of Commerce

October 29, 2009 - Industry News

New DOJ Rules on Medical Marijuana Don't Apply to Truckers

New Department of Justice guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that allow the use of medical marijuana do not trump the Department of Transportation's longstanding rules on the use of the drug by safety-sensitive transportation employee

October 29, 2009 - Industry News

ATA: Behavior Changes Key to Fighting Distracted Driving

In a testimony to the House of Representatives on behalf of the American Trucking Associations, Randy Mullett stressed the importance of behavioral changes as key to combating distracted driving in the trucking industry

October 29, 2009 - Industry News

ATA's Windsor Takes Cap-and-Trade Issues to Senate

American Trucking Associations First Vice Chair Barbara Windsor took issues with the cap-and-trade proposal to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today, claiming the legislation would increase the price and volatility of diesel for the trucking industry

October 29, 2009 - Industry News

Alabama Blitz Finds More Crash-Causing Activity Among Passenger Vehicles

Alabama state troopers have distributed 12,288 tickets so far as part of its Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks Campaign, 95 percent of which went to drivers of passenger vehicle

October 28, 2009 - Industry News

Oregon Modifies Chain Regulation

Under the Oregon Department of Transportation's recently modified chain regulation, tandem drive axle trucks are allowed to go without chains when signs are posted

October 27, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Committee Approves Ferro for FMCSA

Anne Ferro

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Anne Ferro to be chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

October 27, 2009 - Industry News

Hours of Service Regulations Being Reviewed Again

The trucking industry's gearing up to go around one more time on hours of service regulations, following Tuesday's announcement from Public Citizen that the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration agreed to conduct a new rulemakin

October 27, 2009 - Industry News

DOT to Revisit Hours of Service Rules

The federal government has agreed to start a new round of rulemaking on hours of service regulations. Public Citizen today announced the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration agreed to revisit the rules to settle a lawsui

October 26, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Climbs to Highest Level in Nearly a Year

Diesel prices continued their climb for the third consecutive week, gaining 9.6 cents to an average of $2.801, the highest since Nov. 17, 200

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 26, 2009 - Industry News

DOT Forms New Safety Council

The Department of Transportation has formed a new Safety Council in an effort to address critical transportation safety issues

October 22, 2009 - Industry News

ATA Rep Calls For Improvement in Border Infrastructure

In a testimony before a congressional panel, Stephen Russell, chairman and CEO of Celadon Group, said there needs to be an improvement to border infrastructure and procedures in order to up security and efficiency of freight transportation across borders

October 22, 2009 - Industry News

MEMA Supports Bill to Raise Loans For Small Businesses

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has voiced its support for a bill that would increase the ceiling on certain loans issued by the Small Business Administration to $5 millio

October 21, 2009 - Industry News

Talking Turkey on Cap-and-Trade

The Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday included Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (center), and from left, Sen. Kit Bond, Barbara Windsor, first vice chairman of American Trucking Associations, and Richard Cortese, a grain and livestock farmer from Texas.

With the Senate starting work on its version of a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions, opponents are gearing up for a fight. "This cap-and-trade is a turkey,

October 21, 2009 - Industry News

ARC to Build New Clean Diesel Production Plant

Advanced Refining Concepts, owners of the ClearRefining technology, a proprietary pollution-free process for liquefying natural gas and other biogases to produce the company's clean fuel products, is building a new production plant in Northern Nevada, the company's first commercial plan

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 20, 2009 - Industry News

NIC Technologies Wins Contract to Build Pre-Screening System

NIC Technologies, which provides official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions, has been tapped by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to create a National Motor Carrier Pre-Employment Screening Syste

October 19, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Gains a Dime in Second Weekly Rise

Diesel prices continued to rise for the second week in a row, gaining 10.5 cents to land at $2.705 on Monda

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 19, 2009 - Industry News

New DEF Study Shows Promise For Truckstops, Retail Service Stations

Fuel island dispensers of DEF like this one will be a major source of DEF for vocational fleets.

Truckstops and retail service stations can expect to get about 80 percent of the vocational market for diesel exhaust fluid when the new EPA 2010 emissions standards goes into effec

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 19, 2009 - Industry News

Chevron Tests Delo 10W-30 Engine Oil

Chevron has found that its Delo 400 LE SAE 10W-30 heavy-duty engine oil can improve fuel economy by 1 percent over 15W-40 oils and by 0.5 percent over 5W-40 grade synthetic lubricants, according to recent laboratory and field testin

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 16, 2009 - Industry News

Oil Continues Upward Trend

Crude oil continued its upward trend Friday, ending the day at $78.53 a barrel and setting another record high for the yea

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 16, 2009 - Industry News

OOIDA Says Bridge Strike Law Unfair

OOIDA questions whether GPS-using drivers ignore signs like these.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is speaking out against recent legislation proposed by New York Gov. David Paterson, aimed at cracking down on truck drivers who use a certain type of GPS to reduce the number of bridge strike

October 16, 2009 - Industry News

IRS Boosts Per Diem Rate For Drivers

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has raised the per diem rate for drivers, or the amount per day that a truck driver can be reimbursed for meals and incidental expenses when the driver is away from home on trave

October 15, 2009 - Industry News

Oil Breaks $77 in New High for Year

After breaking the $75 a barrel mark Wednesday, crude oil futures settled at $77.58 a barrel Thursday, following a fall in U.S. gasoline stocks and a boost in the equity marke

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 15, 2009 - Industry News

Truck Driver Pre-Screening Program Reality After Seven Years

In August 2002, a group of truck safety professionals went to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration with a suggestion. Safety could be improved, they said, by letting employers check a key federal database for a driver applicant's crash and roadside inspection history. It took seven years of persistent effort, and an Act of Congress, but now the agency is moving ahead with a Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program

October 14, 2009 - Industry News

New York Cracks Down on Bridge Strikes

New York Governor David Paterson has proposed legislation that calls for stricter enforcement of driving laws aimed at reducing the number of bridge strikes in Westchester County and across the state

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