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Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2010

If passed, S.3884 would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue regulations within 18 months.

Todd Spencer, OOIDA executive vice president, said EOBRs do not track all driver activities and drivers still have to input hours worked.

The American Trucking Associations said it supports the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new rule, effective last June, which requires the devices only for trucking companies with more significant compliance problems.

Craig Harper, chief operating officer of Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt Transport, and Don Osterberg, a senior vice president of Wisconsin-based Schneider National, support the mandate approach.

“The problem isn’t with the HOS (hours of service) rules, but a lack of compliance with the rules,” Osterberg said. “Electronic logs take the non-compliance issues off the table.”

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

— Jill Dunn



SHORT HAULS

HIGHER DIESEL FUEL PRICES for this year and 2011 are forecast by the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE expects diesel to average $3.14 next year.

REPORTED SALES of used Class 8 commercial vehicles were up 55 percent in August compared to the prior year on a “same dealer” basis, according to ACT Research Co. Average sales prices topped $40,000 for the first time since February of 2009, ACT says.

SEPTEMBER CLASS 8 total net orders for all major North American manufacturers increased 22 percent over August and were 39 percent higher than a year earlier, says FTR Associates. The preliminary total was 14,872 units. Net order activity for the six-month period through September measures 163,100 units on an annual basis. 

ESTIMATED PAYROLL employment in trucking was almost unchanged on a seasonally adjusted basis in September, dipping by 100 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since the beginning of March, trucking companies have added 15,200 jobs.

GOODYEAR’S HIGHWAY HERO Program is accepting nominations for trucker valor through Nov. 30. Incidents must have happened between Nov. 16, 2009, and Nov. 15. Call (330) 796-8183 or visit www.goodyear.com/truck/news for a nomination form.



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