SURFACE TRANSPORTATION TRADE between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 35 percent lower in May 2009 than in May 2008, the biggest 12-month decline on record, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE on Weights and Measures overwhelmingly withdrew proposals that would have mandated or allowed automatic temperature compensation devices on retail fuel dispensers. The main reasons for the action were cost, lack of consumer benefit and absence of marketplace uniformity. Other reasons cited included that states now have more limited budgets because of the economy and cannot expend more resources.
Bills would fund truck technology
Trucking groups have praised legislation that would allow a maximum tax credit of $3,000 for buying idling reduction units, while another bill is moving through Congress that would authorize $590 million in research on medium to heavy-duty truck technologies.
The ATA and the OOIDA supported the Idling Reduction Tax Credit Act of 2009, or HR 3383. The legislation would offer a 50 percent tax credit, capped at $3,000 for truckers buying devices such as auxiliary power units.
Another bill, the “Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009,” or HR 3246, would authorize federal research on medium to heavy-duty truck technologies. The legislation would back investments in technologies that improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
— Jill Dunn
Daimler sets its 2010 engine surcharge
Daimler Trucks North America on Aug. 6 announced pricing for meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010 standards with its Detroit Diesel BlueTec or Cummins mid-range engine emissions technologies.
Emissions technology surcharges for vehicles equipped with Detroit Diesel DD15 and DD16 big bore engines, as well as the medium bore DD13, will be $9,000 per vehicle. A surcharge of $7,300 will be added to vehicles equipped with the Cummins ISC8.3 engine, and a $6,700 surcharge will be added to the price of vehicles equipped with Cummins ISB6.7 engines.
The surcharges reflect costs associated with adding selective catalytic reduction, which Daimler says will significantly improve fuel economy compared to EPA 2007 engines, while meeting the stringent, near-zero emission standards set by the EPA that take effect Jan. 1, 2010.
SCR technology consists of an after-treatment catalyst system that allows engine exhaust to be treated with diesel exhaust fluid that reduces NOx into nitrogen and water. Since virtually no base engine changes are needed for SCR to work, service technicians will also find no engine maintenance changes for EPA 2010, Daimler says.
— Staff reports
MAERSK LINE will expand its new system of charging fees for chassis nationwide before the end of next year, after launching the program in August at Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey ports. Chassis that originate from marine or rail terminals are subject to a daily fee of $11 per chassis. Under the Direct ChassisLink program, the company will offer chassis for use throughout the U.S. to draymen, ocean carriers, marine terminals and railroads.
MISSOURI TRUCKERS may be eligible for a grant to retrofit or upgrade their trucks with emissions-cutting equipment. For more information, contact email@example.com for the St. Louis area; Amanda Graor at agraor@MARC.org for the Kansas City area; Doug Neidigh at (417) 873-7641, or firstname.lastname@example.org for the southwest area; and email@example.com for the southeast area. Truck replacements through the program require 75 percent of cost to be paid by the owner. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 30.
TRUCK OWNERS from Florida can apply for cash back through an auxiliary power unit program designed to help truckers comply with the state’s new idling regulation. Owners of Class 8 on-road trucks of model year 2006 and older can apply for up to three $1,500 rebates for APUs purchased and installed this year through the Florida Clean Diesel Rebate Program. In December, Florida will begin enforcing its new ban on truck idling for drivers who aren’t in their sleeper berth. The sleeper berth exemption expires in 2013.