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August 3, 2009 - Industry News

GAO: Highway Trust Fund Not All Spend on Highways

The U.S. Department of Transportation allocated $78 billion in Highway Trust Fund money toward purposes other than construction and maintenance of highways and bridges during the fiscal years 2004 through 2008

July 31, 2009 - Industry News

Congress Votes to Give Highway Trust Fund $7 Billion Boost

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives voted this week to shore up the Highway Trust Fund with a $7 billion boost, to complete highway construction projects planned for the rest of the 2009 fiscal year

July 31, 2009 - Industry News

Lawmakers Take Action Against Texting Following Virginia Tech Study

In response to a recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute that highlights the dangers of texting while driving, lawmakers have rolled out new legislation that would ban texting on a cell phone or other device while driving. A new federal bill, known as the Avoiding Life-Endangering and Reckless Texting by Drivers Ac

July 30, 2009 - Industry News

ATA Supports Tax Credits for Idle Reduction Devices

The American Trucking Associations voiced its support of H.R. 3383, which gives tax credits for the purchase of idling reduction systems for diesel-powered on-highway vehicles

July 29, 2009 - Industry News

DOT Drug Testing Rules Back Into Effect Aug. 31

The Department of Transportation passed a final rule, reinstating the requirements for observation collection of urine samples for all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests, effective August 31

July 28, 2009 - Industry News

Deferred Prosecution Means a Conviction for Washington CDL Holders

Under new legislation already in effect, Commercial Driver License holders in Washington State who enter a DUI deferred prosecution program will have a conviction on their hands

July 27, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Back Up After Month-long Fall

Average national diesel prices were up 3.2 cents this week, the first jump since June 22, according to the Department of Energy

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July 27, 2009 - Industry News

New Texas Laws Affecting Truckers Effective Sept. 1

The Texas Motor Transportation Association reports that the state's recent 81st Legislative Session resulted in a number of laws affecting the trucking industry

July 27, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Confirms Hersman as NTSB Chairman

Deborah Hersman was confirmed by the Senate as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board Friday

July 24, 2009 - Industry News

NHTSA Posts Brake Rule

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has finished work on its long-awaited rule requiring shorter stopping distances for air-braked heavy trucks

July 22, 2009 - Industry News

McCaskill Brings Back 'Hot Fuel' Bill

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has reintroduced legislation requiring the installation of automatic temperature compensation equipment in all retail fuel pumps

July 20, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue to Decline

The average price of diesel dropped another 4.6 cents in the last week, the fourth consecutive weekly declin

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July 20, 2009 - Industry News

Senators Working on Amendments to Labor Legislation

From Capitol Hill come hints of a possible compromise on labor legislation

July 17, 2009 - Industry News

Standards Group Removes Temperature Compensation From Agenda

The National Conference on Weights and Measures will not consider installing automatic temperature compensation devices at retail fuel pumps

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July 17, 2009 - Industry News

Pilot Gears Up For New DEF Locations

Pilot Travel Centers plans to install diesel exhaust fluid "at the pump" at 100 locations starting in the third quarter

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July 15, 2009 - Industry News

Sluggish Economy Pushes U.S. Oil Demand to Lowest Level in Decade

U.S. petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) plummeted nearly 6 percent for the first half of 2009, to the lowest level for the January-to-June period in more than a decade, as the sluggish economy continued to stifle oil consumption

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 15, 2009 - Industry News

Poll Finds Americans Sympathetic to Weight Limit Increase -- IF it Helps Economy, Safety

The majority of Americans favor raising truck weight limits, according to a survey by the Coalition for Transportation Productivity - if such an increase would contribute to improvements in safety, fuel economy and congestio

July 14, 2009 - Industry News

Trucking Raises Concern About Cost of Cap-and-Trade

The effort to create a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions is generating more questions than answers right now, including whether or not Congress will be able to actually pass a bill

July 14, 2009 - Industry News

Three Biodiesel Companies Receive Quality Accreditation

The National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission has recognized Louis Dreyfus and Blackhawk Biofuels as BQ-9000 biodiesel producers as well as West Coast Reduction as a BQ-9000 marketer

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 14, 2009 - Industry News

New Website Educates on Agricultural Exemption

The Agricultural Education Group has introduced a website designed to educate the public on the agricultural exemption to the federal hours of service rule

July 14, 2009 - Industry News

ExxonMobil to Develop Algae-Based BioFuels

ExxonMobil has formed an alliance with Synthetic Genomics to research and develop biofuels using photosynthetic algae

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 13, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Confirms Mendez as FHWA Administrator

Victor Mendez, President Barack Obama's choice as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, was confirmed by the Senate in his new role Monda

July 13, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Down 5.2 Cents From Last Week

Diesel is down another 5.2 cents per gallon from last week, a 7.4-cent drop from a high of $2.616 on June 2

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July 9, 2009 - Industry News

Michigan Cops Plan Weeklong Enforcement of UCR

The Michigan State Police Traffic Safety Division will perform a weeklong enforcement blitz, checking for Unified Carrier Registration, starting July 12

July 8, 2009 - Industry News

Fleets Fearful of Future Fuel Prices

While diesel and crude oil prices may have been stable lately, economists predict a spike is ahead, and some fleets may want to consider locking in current prices via fuel hedging. The Department of Energy's latest short-term energy forecast predicts prices will be higher next year, but price spikes could be a problem as speculators sway diesel prices as much as supply and demand, says the Oil Price Information Service

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