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Overdrive Staff | January 01, 2010

On Oct. 26, Public Citizen and other groups agreed to settle their HOS suit against the FMCSA. The agency agreed to submit a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking within nine months of the agreement and to publish a final rule within 21 months of the settlement. Current HOS regulations are in effect until then.

More information is available by contacting Jack Kostelnik, Office of Policy Plans and Regulation, FMCSA at (202) 366-5730 or emailing mcsac@dot.gov.

— Jill Dunn


SHORT HAULS

NEW YORK extended, for a second time, its comment deadline for feedback on draft regulations that would bar large trucks from seven Finger Lake roadways. The proposals would require these trucks use the National Network, which is primarily the Interstate highway system, except to access terminals or to reach food, fuel, rest or repair locations. When not traveling the network, trucks would utilize the most direct route.

PENNSYLVANIA TROOPERS placed 21 trucks and 20 drivers out of service during a five-day enforcement blitz in November.

CUMMINS IS CUTTING temporarily about 400 jobs this month at its Jamestown Engine plant in western New York that produces heavy-duty diesel engines, says a spokesman. The plant has been manufacturing about 500 ISM and ISX engines daily, which is close to capacity. Cummins expects that total to drop to 100 units daily now as heavy-duty engine orders decline in response to emission regulations that took effect Jan. 1.

THE CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM’S latest phase at the Port of Los Angeles took effect Jan. 1, when trucks equipped with engine model years 1993 and older were banned from the port. Additionally, trucks equipped with engine model years 1994-2003 also will be denied access unless retrofitted with an approved emissions control system. The restrictions coincide with similar regulations to take effect at all ports and rail yards in California, established by the California Air Resources Board.

TOLLS ON SEVEN San Francisco area bridges may increase for a five-axle truck from $11.25 to either $23 or $35. The Bay Area Toll Authority held hearings in December before an expected vote on a toll increase in January. The toll proposal does not affect the Golden Gate Bridge. The proposal would likely be effective July 1.

SCHNEIDER NATIONAL’S upgraded job search website, www.schneiderjobs.com, enables owner-operators to search positions in any state or Canadian province. Visitors who complete a user profile will be alerted via text message or e-mail when a job that meets their criteria becomes available.

IN TWO DAYS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection caught four Mexican truckers attempting to enter Texas with illegal drugs. Officers seized approximately 1,725 pounds of marijuana and 505 pounds of cocaine, at a total value of $17.5 million.

THE AMERICAN Trucking Associations’ advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 0.2 percent in October, following a 0.3 percent contraction in September.


Emissions contribute to threat, EPA says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Dec. 7 announced its findings that greenhouse gases threaten the health and welfare of the American people and that greenhouse gas emissions from on-road vehicles contribute to that threat. The finding’s impact on regulating heavy-duty engine emissions is unclear.

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