Trucking News: For the Record
“Even though winter is right around the corner, highway and bridge projects are still getting under way, creating thousands of jobs and saving thousands more,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says. “The Recovery Act is helping repair America’s roads and bridges while putting people back to work.”
To date, nearly 8,500 highway projects have been approved, and nearly 5,000 are under way.
FYI — NEWS BRIEFS
NAFTA Trade Drops in September
Trade using surface transportation between the United States and Canada and Mexico was 20.2 percent lower in September than in September 2008, dropping to $57.3 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
National Diesel Prices Decline
The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel retreated for the fourth consecutive week, falling 12 cents over the period to $2.775 for the week ending Nov. 30, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
All regions tracked by DOE declined except one. The lone increase of 0.1 cent was in the New England region, where the price climbed to $2.869.
Volvo, Mack Engines Certified
Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks announced Nov. 16 their diesel engines have been certified by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to meet the near-zero emissions standards that take effect in January 2010. Both Greensboro, N.C.-based truck makers are using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to bring nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions down to EPA 2010 levels.
Daimler Commits to Western Star
Senior officials from Daimler Trucks North America — including new Western Star general manager Michael Jackson — recently confirmed that DTNA is committed to a long-term development plan and the success of Western Star. “Going forward, that includes establishing a separate identity for Western Star within the corporate structure at Daimler Trucks North America,” Jackson said. “We are here to stay and standing behind this truck brand.”
Peterbilt Receives Clean Air Accolade
Peterbilt Motors received the 2009 Clean Air Champion Award from the North Texas Clean Air Coalition (NTCAC) for the second consecutive year, as well as their Innovative Business of the Year Award, at the NTCAC Annual Awards presentation in Fort Worth, Texas. Peterbilt was chosen for the award for voluntarily working to lower the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing processes in the greater North Texas area.
TCA Names New Division
The Truckload Carriers Association, based in Alexandria, Va., will launch a new division to allow member carriers who operate open-haul equipment to meet with their peers to discuss problems, share ideas and seek solutions unique to their specialized area of operations. The open deck division will maintain the same dues structure as TCA’s refrigerated division, which is based on a carrier’s truckload revenue.
Trucker Sick Days Increase
While the number of truckers off work because of illness or injury remained stable between 2007 and 2008, the median number of days truckers were off work because of health issues increased from 15 to 17 days from the previous year.
Jan. 18-21, Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas. (708) 226-1300, http://www.hdaw.org
Jan. 24-28, Cooperative Hazardous Materials Education Conference, sponsored by Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Hyatt Regency San Antonio. (202) 775-1623, www.cvsa.org.
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