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| August 01, 2005
  • Silver for “The Highway Way of Life” in the Original Research category. It was written by Latta, designed by Street and edited by Grider and Walters.
  • Bronze for “The High Price of Idling” in the Feature Article category.
  • “Our editorial staff continues to be recognized at the highest levels in business and trade fields,” says Publisher Robert Lake. “It’s a tribute to their dedication to the readers and the trucking industry as a whole.”

    Sister publications CCJ and Overdrive also received ASBPE awards.
    -Staff Reports


    Find Biodiesel Locations Online
    The trade association for the biodiesel industry offers a nationwide map of locations where you can fuel up with biodiesel.

    The National Biodiesel Board provides a list of hundreds of locations under “Buying Biodiesel” on its website at www.biodiesel.org or by contacting the NBB at (800) 841-5849.

    Biodiesel can be used as a pure fuel or blended with petroleum in any percentage. It is produced from fat or oil, such as soybean oil, through a refinery process called transesterification.

    Annual U.S. production of the fuel has increased from 500,000 gallons in 1999 to 30 million gallons in 2004, with 500 U.S. commercial and government fleets currently using biodiesel. Sales have been boosted in part by a biodiesel tax incentive that became effective Jan. 1.

    Music legend Willie Nelson has been promoting the fuel under the name BioWillie and in early June, announced Greer, S.C., as his latest location to sell the product.

    Biodiesel proponents say the fuel offers environmental and engine benefits and can be operated in any diesel engine with little or no modification.

    However, the board does warn that Biodiesel has a solvent effect and can release deposits accumulated on tank walls and pipes from previous diesel storage. This release can initially clog filters and precautions should be taken.
    -Jill Dunn


    Texas Lifts Idling Restrictions While Adding Tarp Bill
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a bill to allow idling during rest periods and another bill that makes transporting loose material, aggregates, or refuse untarped a fineable offense. Both bills go into effect Sept. 1.

    The idling bill, supported by the Texas Motor Transportation Association, allows truckers to idle to power a heater or air conditioner when complying with hours-of-service mandated rest periods. The new law supersedes the Texas Environmental Quality commission’s regulation that would have allowed cities to limit idling to five minutes.

    However, the new legislation prohibits drivers, even while using the vehicle’s sleeper berth, to idle in a school zone or within 1,000 feet of a public school during school hours. It sets a maximum fine of $500 for violations. The law expires September 2007, when stricter emission standards begin.

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