| April 11, 2005

CDL Testing
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has signed a bill that will allow third parties to give the skills tests required to obtain commercial driver’s licenses. The new law permits state police to designate a private driver-training facility or private instructor as qualified to perform the tests. The third-party tester will pay a testing administration fee determined by the state police director.

Anti-idling Grants
Pennsylvania granted $540,000 to IdleAire Technologies for truckstop electrification as part of more than $1 million awarded in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants. These grants leveraged more than $4.2 million in private funding, according to a statement from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection. The funding will also buy hybrid vehicles, install a propane refueling station, support the development of a low-speed hydrogen fuel cell utility vehicle, and finance the demonstration of compressed natural gas and blended fuel in transit buses and vans.

Chattanooga to Lower Speed Limits
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is working with the Hamilton County mayor and the mayor of the county seat, Chattanooga, to reduce the county speed limit from 70 mph to 55 mph for commercial trucks. The move will affect 17 miles of U.S. 27 and 57 miles of Hamilton County interstate, including I-75. The speed limit for automobiles will also be reduced, to 65 mph on interstates and controlled-access highways. New speed-limit signs should be in place around Chattanooga by summer.

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