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Diesel price climbs again

For a second week, the national average retail price of a gallon of diesel increased. The price gained 2.9 cents to $2.861, according to the Department of Energy.  All regions reported higher prices, ranging from 0.7 cent in New England to 4.6 cents in Central Atlantic. area for fuel. California climbed 4.3 cents to the most expensive area at $3.023 a gallon, while New England and Central Atlantic are also above $3 a gallon. The cheapest ...

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Sample texting bill unveiled

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood  Feb. 22 unveiled sample legislation to be used as a starting point for states crafting new laws to prohibit texting while behind-the-wheel.   The sample state law, prepared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a cross-section of safety and industry organizations, would authorize law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle and issue a citation to drivers who are texting while driving.    There is heightened concern about the ...

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Load restriction on U.S. 101

Beginning March 22, U.S. 101 in Oregon between mileposts 305.9 and 306.6 south of Port Orford will be restricted to loads no wider than 14 feet. Estimated completion date is May 15. For routing or permit information, contact the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Over Dimension Permit Unit at (503) 373-0000.

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Drug test changes proposed

The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed amending provisions of its urine drug testing procedures, included testing for lower amounts of amphetamines and cocaine. Some proposals will apply to collectors and medical review officers and are meant to create consistency with new requirements established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The proposal would allow DOT employers to choose between a full service laboratory and Instrumented Initial Test Facilities. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking makes changes ...

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‘SuperTruck’ draws Navistar attention

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – When Navistar’s Steve Bruford envisions the truck of the future, he sees a tractor-trailer getting over 10 mpg. The truck manufacturer is taking the first step toward hitting that goal through testing it’s been performing here the past 15 months in the world’s largest wind tunnel at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Under a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, Navistar has been testing commercially available and proposed aerodynamic devices attached to ...

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Iowa starts carrier rule

Iowa has begun requiring intrastate carriers display their company or farm operation name and USDOT registration number, but won’t enforce this rule until 2011. The state’s transportation department’s Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement will issue verbal warnings only until 2011. After that, a citation could be issued, which carries a $25 fine and court costs. This new requirement affects anyone transporting persons or property in commerce with a commercial motor vehicle. The department initiated an intrastate audit program ...

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Paccar to open engine plant

Paccar announced the official introduction of its MX series diesel engines and the opening this summer of its new engine plant in Columbus, Miss., during a press event at the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Feb. 5. Not many companies are taking such steps during “the worst economy in decades,” said Paccar Chairman and CEO Mark Pigott. He credited Paccar’s ability to invest more than $1 billion in its engine initiative over the ...

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FMCSA may schedule March hours-of-service session

The head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in future years, the agency may consider driver safety ratings in its Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program and could have a fifth hours-of-service listening session next month. In a Feb. 5 speech to the Mid-West Truckers Association Annual Convention, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said CSA uses driver violation data to help target interventions with carriers using unsafe drivers. “We are not at this time proposing to ...

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Survey: Intermodal transport gains

Intermodal transport gained market share against trucks in the fourth quarter of 2009, reaching a new high in the process, an analysis by FTR Associates shows. Intermodal’s share of U.S. long-haul (550-plus miles) movements of international and domestic containerized freight was estimated to be 13.3 percent in the fourth quarter, up 0.2 percent from the third quarter and slightly above the previous high-water mark achieved in the 2008 fourth quarter. “Intermodal has gained share for three consecutive ...

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Oil, trucking groups file California fuel suit

The American Trucking Associations on Feb. 2 joined petroleum refiners and other end-users in a legal challenge to California’s recently enacted low-carbon fuel standard. The regulation adopted by the California Air Resources Board requires annual reductions in the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel over the next 10 years. The LCFS regulation falls directly upon fuel providers (refiners, importers and blenders of fuel), but is likely to impact end-users because of associated fuel price increases. ATA says ...

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