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National price of diesel drops

The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel dipped 1.1 cents last week, falling in most of the regions tracked by the Department of Energy.  All regions recorded minor price declines except New England, where the average price increased less than 1 cent to $2.868. The biggest drop was in the Central Atlantic, which fell 1.4 cents to $2.912. The cheapest diesel is in the Gulf Coast, where the average price dipped 1.3 cents to ...

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Agency overturns Boston hazmat ban

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ruled federal law preempts Boston’s de facto ban on hazmat hauling through the city.  The FMCSA published its determination Monday, Nov. 16, in the Federal Register in response to the American Trucking Associations’ and the Massachusetts Department of Highway’s request for a ruling. Federal law preempts certain highway routing requirements Boston instituted in 2006 because the city failed to comply with FMCSA's standards for establishing or modifying a hazmat route, ...

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Volvo, Mack engines certified

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks announced Monday, Nov. 16, that their diesel engines have been certified by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to meet the near-zero emissions standards that take effect in January 2010. Both Greensboro, N.C.-based truck makers are using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to bring nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions down to EPA 2010 levels. Volvo says both its D11 and D13 engines received EPA and ...

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Fleet research indicates slow demand for 2010 equipment

The 2009 Fleet Study conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research indicates a likely slow demand for new 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-compliant power units when they are initially introduced. Respondents to the study were wary of committing to placing orders for the new equipment in the first half of 2010, according to CKCVR; even the 42 percent of respondents who said they might place orders characterized, on average, the actual probability that trucks would be purchased ...

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Gulf Coast Filters now at TA centers

Gulf Coast Filters products are now available in Travel Centers of America truck stops nationwide. Gulf Coast Filter products, including the Model O-2 By-Pass Oil Filter, are stocked at 144 TA centers in 41 states. Gulf Coast Filters, www.gulfcoastfilters.com, (800) 398-8114.

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Ferro sworn in to head FMCSA

New safety administrator begins job despite opposition from some organizations.

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Freight index down 0.5% in Sept.

The Freight Transportation Services Index declined after three consecutive monthly increases.

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Rhode Island bans texting while driving

Rhode Island became the 19th state, along with the District of Columbia, to pass an anti-texting law.

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7,500 trucking jobs lost in October

Trucking employment is down 9.3 percent from October 2008.

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Higher diesel prices forecast in 2010

Diesel fuel will rise to about $3 a gallon next year.

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