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January 11, 2010 - Industry News

LaHood Points to Flaws in AP Story on Creation of Construction Jobs

According to LaHood, highway and road construction jobs account for about 258,000 out of 132 million jobs nationwide.

In response to an Associated Press story claiming the government's $20 billion infusion into roads and bridges did not result in any significant change in employment rates, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the AP missed the mar

January 6, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Trades at Highest Level in Over a Year

Benchmark crude hasn't been this high since Oct. 9, 2008.

In trading Wednesday, the price of crude oil reached its highest level in over a year, as cold winter weather propped up the pric

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January 4, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Schedules Listening Sessions on HOS Rule

The FMCSA is reviewing the current HOS rule for the third time. (Photo by Jim Park)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold four listening sessions this month to hear comments on the truck driver hours of service rulemakin

January 4, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Starts New Year Up 6.5 Cents

The price of oil is up, and is expected to climb even higher with decreased supplies.

The start of the new year kicked off with diesel prices rising for the second week in a row, gaining 6.5 cents to a national average of $2.79

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January 4, 2010 - Industry News

Expiration of Biodiesel Credit Leaves Producers and Retailers Uncertain

A B20 biodiesel and E85 pump in Alabama along I-65.

The biodiesel tax credit expired at the end of last week, leaving biodiesel producers and truckstops in uncertainty over what the next few months may hold, and truckers concerned about possible price increases

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 3, 2010 - Industry News

New Trucking Regulations in Effect in Illinois

Several new laws affecting trucking operators in Illinois took effect Jan. 1, including uniform 80,000-pound truck access, a uniform speed limit, and a texting while driving ban

January 2, 2010 - Industry News

Wisconsin Making CDL Changes to Meet Federal Regulations

Wisconsin is making several changes to its commercial driver license program, after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found a number of discrepancies between Wisconsin statutes and federal regulations

December 28, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel, Oil Prices Rise

U.S. refineries have cut the amount of petroleum they're importing.

The price of diesel at the pump rose last week for the first time in eight weeks, to a national average of $2.732 per gallon, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

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December 28, 2009 - Industry News

Spending Bill Does Not Include Cross-Border Restriction

The omnibus spending bill for 2010 signed into law last week by President Obama does not include language prohibiting funds for a pilot program to give Mexican trucks limited access to the U.S

December 23, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Tables Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Beyond Expiration Date

The Senate has decided to table the consideration of an extension to the biodiesel tax credit until early next year, a move that has biodiesel producers up in arms, as the current tax credit expires Dec. 31

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

DOE Reports Seventh Weekly Drop in Diesel

Diesel prices dropped another 2.2 cents Monday, continuing the fuel's slow seven-week fal

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December 22, 2009 - Industry News

New Canadian Rule Promotes Flexibility in Trailer and Tire Spec'ing

The Canadian government has reduced the minimum track width requirements for new trailers from 2.5 meters (98.4 inches) to 2.45 meters (96.5 inches). (Photo by Jim Park)

Canadian regulators have made changes to the country's Weights and Dimensions regulations promoting flexibility in tire spec'ing

December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Crude Oil Falls Below $73 on a Strong Dollar

The EIA expects crude oil to land around $75 a barrel early next year.

Crude oil traded lower Monday, a reflection of a strong dollar and news of pipeline snags in Iraq and Nigeri

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December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Congress Postpones Action on Highway Reauthorization for Two Months

Congress extended the current highway program for two months, again postponing action on comprehensive reform of the nation's deteriorating infrastructure system

December 18, 2009 - Industry News

EOBR Rule Moves Closer to Publication

EOBR rule will mean end of paper logs for some truckers. (Photo by Jim Park)

The final rule requiring electronic onboard recorders on some trucks has been sent to the White House for approval, setting the stage for publication probably in February

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Lautenberg Withdraws EOBR Amendment

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., today withdrew an amendment that would have mandated the use of electronic on-board recorders on all commercial vehicles

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Stricter New-Carrier Rules Are In Effect

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun enforcement of stricter rules for new entrants into the trucking business

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

FHWA Releases Updated Rules For Traffic Control Devices

New requirements range from changes in highway signs and bike lanes to the color of high-visibility garments worn by road workers.

The Federal Highway Administration has released an updated version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which sets the national standard for all traffic control devices, including traffic signs, pavement markings, signals and any other device

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Targets Independent Contractor Status With New Bill

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has introduced legislation aimed at preventing employers in industries, including trucking, from misclassifying workers as "independent contractors" in order to avoid paying taxes or benefits

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Takes Largest Dip in Six Weeks

Diesel loses 2.4 cents, while crude oil hovers around $70 a barrel.

Diesel continued its six-week trend, losing 2.4 cents this week to land at a national average of $2.74

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December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Chemrec CEO Calls For Industry Promotion of DME

Studies of various land-use efficiencies for various biofuels and processes by Volvo AB show, in the lower two bars, the high efficiency of DME as a diesel substitute.

During the 2009 World Methanol Conference in Miami, Richard LeBlanc, CEO of Chemrec, advocated for increased efforts to promote the use of dimethyl ether throughout North America as an alternative fuel

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December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Approves Spending Bill For FY2010; $41 Billion Goes to Highways

The recently approved spending bill outlines plans for highway construction funding through September 2010.

On Sunday, the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2010, which includes $41 billion for highway construction, a slight increase from last yea

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

Analyst: Natural Gas Makes Sense For Trucking Industry

Woodburn says natural gas-powered vehicles, such as this one, make sense for the trucking industry. This Kenworth is equipped with the Westport LNG Fuel System.

While passenger cars may be well-suited to hybrid and electric technology, natural gas makes more sense for the trucking industry, and would be taking off among fleets, were it not for the econom

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December 11, 2009 - Industry News

Get Ready For Onslaught of New Rules From OSHA

Photo courtesy of MTS Driver Recruiters

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made it clear that it's back in the rulemaking business, with a sling of new labor rules in the pipeline for 2010 that trucking companies ought to be aware of. That's the message that was presented during the American Trucking Associations' recent webinar "OSHA Outlook: What to Expect from OSHA in the Current Political Climate," lead by Larry Halprin, a partner at Keller and Heckma

December 10, 2009 - Industry News

House Approves Pilot Program to Test Heavy Trucks in Maine, Vermont

This provision of the bill would up the weight limits for big rigs in Maine and Vermont.

The FY2010 Transportation Appropriations bill was approved in the House of Representatives Thursday, moving on to the Senate, which may take up the legislation as early as this weeken


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