Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

US Chamber of Commerce to Push for Gas Tax Hike for Road and Bridge Upgrades

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will call for increasing the federal gas tax by 25 cents a gallon over the next five years to help pay for rebuilding U.S. roads and bridges as part of its push for a federal infrastructure initiative this year.

Mark Niquette | Bloomberg News
January 16, 2018
Government, Fuel, TCA

Task Force Recommends Raising Missouri’s Gas Tax


In an 87-page report released on Jan. 1, the 21st Century Missouri Transportation Task Force, a 23-member group of lawmakers and industry experts, made a number of recommendations for improving the state’s nearly 34,000-mile highway system and more than 10,000 bridges, including an increase in the state’s gas tax.

Jordan Larimore | The Joplin (Mo.) Globe
January 16, 2018
Business, Fuel, TCA

Former Pilot Flying J President’s Pay Doubled to $26.9 Million During Fraud Scheme, Records Show

Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Federal prosecutors have long insisted the goal of a fraud scheme at Pilot Flying J was to boost the truck stop giant’s profit and market share, and this week they served up numbers to try to prove it.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
January 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Electric Trucks Show Rapid Development

Class 8 International tractor equipped with TransPower electric drive system Class 8 International tractor equipped with a TransPower electric drive system. (TransPower)

WASHINGTON — Electric-vehicle technology for the medium- and heavy-duty sector is developing rapidly, but the price and range of these vehicles must improve for widespread deployment to take hold, industry experts said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 11, 2018
Equipment, Fuel

Blame Animal Fat if Your Diesel Engine Freezes Up This Winter

Biomass Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg News

When freezing weather strikes, cold-weather pros know to treat diesel with additives to prevent the fuel from gumming up their engines.

Laura Blewitt | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2018
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Ford Sued by Truck Owners, Adding It to Diesel Defendants

A 2017 Ford Motor Co. Super Duty F-250 truck stands near an American flag at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Ford Motor Co. rigged at least 500,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks to beat emissions tests, drivers claimed in a lawsuit, adding to the tally of carmakers linked to diesel-cheating allegations worldwide that started in 2015 with Volkswagen AG.

Kartikay Mehrotra | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Alternative-Fuel Station Planning Software Launched

A new project-planning application offers a way for companies, organizations and government entities to harmonize the often-varied requirements attached to long-range initiatives, including some that potentially affect the transportation industry.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
January 9, 2018
Business, Fuel

US Expects Domestic Crude Output to Hit Records in 2018, 2019

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U.S. crude production will soar to a record this year before rising even more in 2019, according to a government forecast published Jan. 9.

Jessica Summers | Bloomberg News
January 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Truck Makers May Test Radically Different Aero Cab Designs With SuperTruck II

DOE SuperTruck Department of Energy via YouTube

Today’s tractors are more efficient due in large part to the aerodynamic concepts and ideas that truck makers were able to test under the Department of Energy’s 21st Century Truck Partnership, also known as SuperTruck.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
January 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Tractor Aerodynamics Continue to Improve

FlowBelow AeroKit FlowBelow's aero equipment on display at a truck show in 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Comparatively speaking, today’s over-the-road tractors are slick machines.Improved aerodynamics enables them to slide through the air better than any earlier generation while offering the potential for double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
January 9, 2018