Soaring fuel costs

| August 31, 2006

Because Congress has not mandated EOBRs, the White House Office of Management and Budget has no formal deadline for completing its review. But Bush administration officials likely would want to show substantial progress as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia considers in the coming months a second round of litigation on the hours-of-service revisions adopted last year.

Last year, the American Trucking Associations voiced conditional support for EOBRs, saying in a resolution adopted by its board that nine issues must be “satisfactory addressed” before the organization could support a federal regulation requiring the use of EOBRs for hours compliance.

To view the advance notice of rulemaking and comments submitted in response, visit this site and search Docket No. 18940.
- Avery Vise

TCA Solicits Entries for Driver Awards
The Truckload Carriers Association is accepting pre-applications for the Company Equipment Driver of the Year and Independent Contractor of the Year awards for 2006.

These awards are an opportunity for carriers to honor drivers who have maintained exemplary safety records and who have achieved excellence in their trucking careers.

The Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest, sponsored by TCA and Truckers News, recognizes company drivers who exemplify the best in the industry. Company drivers are selected based on their safety records, work history and past awards and recognition.

The Independent Contractor of the Year contest is sponsored by TCA and Overdrive and rewards owner-operators based on their ability to run a successful business, operate in a safe manner over the public highways and enhance the public image of the trucking industry.

Both awards are open to over-the-road drivers who have driven at least 1 million consecutive, accident-free miles and are employed by a TCA-member company.

This year TCA has narrowed the total list of winners to only five in each category. The winners will be announced during TCA’s convention on March 11-14, 2007 at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas.

Drivers must submit their pre-application forms by Oct. 23, 2006. The online pre-application form is at this site.
- Brittani Tingle

ArvinMeritor To Discontinue Manual Transmissions
ArvinMeritor will stop making Meritor manual transmissions in January 2007. The company says it will place greater emphasis on marketing FreedomLine automated manual transmissions by ZF of Friedrichshafen, Germany.

The company says it will honor all current manual transmission orders, and all orders received prior to September 2006, provided they are to be delivered no later than January 2007. The company also will continue to support its manual transmissions with parts and service.

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