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Overdrive staff | September 01, 2009

The study finds the percentage of Class 8 customers who say they “definitely will” purchase a new Class 8 truck in the next 12 months is down from 25 percent in 2008 to only 16 percent in 2009. This marks the lowest purchase intention level since 2002. Sales, which have plummeted since 2008, continue to be slow in 2009.

“Freight tonnage continues to decline, and fleets are increasing the length of time they keep their trucks operating – both of which lower demand for new trucks,” said Brian Etchells, a senior research manager at J.D. Power and Associates.

— Staff reports

 

Short Hauls

COLORADO. Construction is under way to replace four bridges on Interstate 76 over State Highway 224 and over the Union Pacific Railroad north of Denver. Work is scheduled for completion by January 2011.

ILLINOIS. The state is the last in adopting a uniform 80,000-pound truck weight limit law for state routes and other local roads. The new weight law will take effect Jan. 1. Currently, municipalities can enforce the state’s existing weight limit of 73,280 pounds once trucks travel off interstate highways, where 80,000-pound trucks are allowed.

MARYLAND. Expect delays during resurfacing of all six lanes of Interstate 495 (the Capital Beltway) between the American Legion Bridge and I-270. Work will continue into summer 2010.

MICHIGAN. I-75 under the 9 Mile overpass has reopened to traffic after the July 15 tanker explosion that melted part of the bridge. The road surface will be repaved and the overpass will be rebuilt this year.

NEW JERSEY. The governor was expected to sign a bill that would allow fines up to $75 for drivers who fail to clear snow and ice off their vehicles. Current law doesn’t address that specifically, but does assess fines of $500 to $1,500 for truck drivers if ice falls from a vehicle and causes injury or property damage.

OKLAHOMA. Tolls on the state’s turnpikes have increased 16 percent. Tolls are the only source of revenue for the Turnpike Authority.

OREGON. Nine counties in northwest Oregon are selling diesel fuel that contains at least 2 percent biodiesel. The rest of the state will make the switch Oct. 1. The city of Portland has required a 5 percent biodiesel blend to be sold at stations since 2007. Most gasoline sold in the state is mixed with 10 percent ethanol.

 

Trucks banned from highway near L.A.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill banning large trucks from running on State Route 2 in Los Angeles County near where an auto carrier slammed into several vehicles April 1, killing a man and his daughter.

The law fines commercial vehicles with three or more axles, or weighing more than 9,000 pounds, $1,000 if caught traveling on the section between Big Pines Highway and Interstate 210 in La Cañada Flintridge near Pasadena.

— Staff reports

 

Mark your Calendar

SEPT. 9-13: WHITE RIVER ANTIQUE ASSOCIATION TRUCK & TRACTOR SHOW, Daviess County Fairgrounds, Elnora, Ind., (812) 381-0983.

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