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U.S. diesel price tumbles 3rd straight week

For the third straight week, the national average retail price of a gallon of diesel declined. The price dropped 5.2 cents to $2.781, according to the Department of Energy. All regions reported lower average prices, ranging from 2 cents in the Rocky Mountain area to 6 cents in the Central Atlantic. New England is the only region with an average price above $3 at $3.017. The Midwest was the cheapest area at $2.731. For state-by-state diesel prices, updated ...

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GATS adds economic recovery outlook session

The Great American Trucking Show is adding the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference to its lineup of events for August. Presented by the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, CVOC will assemble leaders from all segments of the trucking industry to share insights on the state of the recovery and what the industry must do to survive and thrive in the fourth quarter and beyond.   “The Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference promises to be a high-level event that will attract even ...

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U.S. truck tonnage increases in December

U.S. truck tonnage as calculated by the American Trucking Associations jumped 6.6 percent in December over the same month in 2008, the first year-over-year increase in 15 months, ATA said Jan. 25. ATA’s seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage index increased 2.1 percent in December from November after a 2.6 percent decrease from October to November.

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Swift sued over employee status

A law firm is seeking class action status in its suit against Swift Transportation and Interstate Equipment Leasing it charges wrongly classified truckers as owner-operators instead of employees. Getman and Sweeny, a New York law firm representing employees in labor disputes, filed the suit Dec. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit was filed on behalf of John Doe and Joseph Sheer. Arizona-based Swift owns IEL, which leases ...

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Truckers’ toll hike on Bay Area bridges delayed

San Francisco Bay Area bridges officials will vote Jan. 27 on a recommendation to increase tolls, but will implement it for truckers a year later than for four-wheelers. The Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee voted Jan. 13 to recommend to the full Bay Area Toll Authority toll hikes for the state-owned toll bridges it oversees. Except for truckers, drivers will face a $5 base toll increase on July 1 on six of the state-owned bridges: ...

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Minnesota truckers target distracted driving

The Minnesota Trucking Association announced its yearlong effort to provide information and training to its members and their drivers to improve road safety. The “Keep Both Hands on the Wheel” campaign will focus on reducing distracted driving by asking truckers, their employers, contractors and the public to follow safe driving habits. MTA says the campaign -- which will include Web-based programs, training and other print and face-to-face information sharing about the dangers of distracted driving -- is ...

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U.S. diesel price declines

After three weeks of increase, the national average retail price of a gallon of diesel dipped this week, falling 0.9 cent to $2.87, according to the Department of Energy. Over the previous three weeks, the U.S. average price had gained 15.3 cents. Prices across the U.S. regions were mixed, as California, the West Coast, the Gulf Coast, the Midwest, Central Atlantic and New England declined in price, while the overall East Coast, Rocky Mountain area and Lower ...

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Trucking loses more than 94,000 jobs in 2009

Payroll employment among for-hire trucking companies dropped 7 percent – or 94,200 jobs – in 2009 to approximately 1.247 million workers, according to the latest figures released Friday, Jan. 8, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. For December, payroll employment was down 0.3 percent from November.  With the estimated 3,300 jobs lost in December, the trucking industry has lost 208,000 jobs – or 14.3 percent – since seasonally adjusted trucking employment peaked in ...

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U.S. diesel price surges again, up 8.2 cents

The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel climbed for the third consecutive week, this time jumping 8.2 cents to $2.879 for the week ending Jan. 11. The price, which has climbed 15.3 cents since Dec. 21, is 56.5 cents higher than the same week last year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The price is the highest since Nov. 10, 2008, when it was $2.944. All regions tracked by DOE saw price increases. ...

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States waiving hours rules

Facing abnormal cold temperatures, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri and Mississippi are waiving the hours-of-service rules for truckers.  In Florida driving time was extended to 14 hours to attempt to remove crops from fields and orchards. Farmers are reporting heavy damage to citrus and vegetable crops. The other states are waiving the hours rules to ensure fuel and road treatment chemicals can be delivered.

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