More voices in support of raising fuel taxes as a means to fund the nation's attention-starved highways came this week at a Senate committee held to discuss creation of the next highway reauthorization bill.
The Department of Energy has once again upwardly revised its forecast for 2014's average diesel price, pushing it up another 2 cents to $3.83 — still a 9-cent drop from 2013's average — in its Short Term Energy Outlook. 2015's price is expected to fall a dime, too.
Nearly all of the outstanding lawsuits against fuel providers in the "hot fuel" cases have been dismissed by plaintiffs, as 22 lawsuits were dropped against 15 fuel providers.
CARB has filed a motion o dismiss one of three counts the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has brought against it in a lawsuit challenging its emissions regulations.
FMCSA announced it has shut down an Illinois-based driver with an imminent hazard out-of-service order after a fatal crash led to the discovery he had driven well over HOS limits and falsified his logs to conceal the violations.
A proposed rule establishing a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test will soon be published, FMCSA announced Feb. 12. The rule would require carriers to upload positive drug test results and query the database annually and when making new hires.
Reforming employee-driver compensation by removing the FLSA overtime exemption was among top recommendations, likewise expanding truck-parking availability, sleep apnea, further New Entrant attention and more.
FMCSA says it conducted 3.5 million roadside inspections leading to 16,000 estimated prevented crashes. However, crash numbers have steadily risen since 2009, in spite of the efforts of the agency and its CSA program.
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