Government, Business, Fuel

Lawmakers Say Trump Supports 25-Cent Fuel Tax Increase to Fund Infrastructure

President Trump T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump told lawmakers he would support a 25-cent-per-gallon increase in federal gasoline and diesel taxes to help pay for upgrading American roads, bridges and other public works, Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said Feb. 14.

Bloomberg News
February 14, 2018
Business, Fuel

No Verdict Yet in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - After more than three days of deliberations, a jury deciding the fate of the former president of the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer and three subordinates in a plot to rip off truckers still had not reached a verdict Feb. 14.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
February 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

Uber, Amazon Making Presence Felt in Transportation Industry

Ken Cassar of Slice Intelligence Cassar by Ari Ashe/Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Executives in the truck stop and travel plaza industry see the encroachment of technology giants into the transportation industry, but savvy leaders will find ways to capitalize on this trend to make more money, an analyst said during a presentation at the annual NATSO Connect conference.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2018
Government, Equipment, Fuel

Analysis: How California Guards Its Power on Fuel Standards

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In 2012, the Barack Obama administration imposed regulatory standards that require significant increases in the fuel economy of automobiles. Intent on reducing regulatory costs, the Donald Trump administration is rethinking those standards. But it’s encountering a major roadblock: California.

Cass R. Sunstein | Bloomberg News
February 13, 2018

Diesel Falls 2.3¢ to $3.063 Per Gallon

Trucks fuel up at a Pilot Flying J John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fell 2.3 cents to $3.063 a gallon while oil dipped below $60 a barrel in the face of market concerns over increasing domestic production.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

ELD Mandate Presents Opportunity to Boost Fuel Efficiency, Technology Vendors Say

Orbcomm ELD Carriers can offset the cost of ELDs through added features designed to enable fuel-economy improvements and other operational efficiencies, vendors say. (Blue Tree Systems, an Orbcomm company)

Complying with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate may create new expenses for new adopters of the technology, but the devices also could generate fuel savings for carriers depending on the type of system they deploy and how they use the data.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
February 12, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Fuel Economy in Focus

CFI's Bill Miller helps a driver find fuel economy CFI’s learning and development specialist, Bill Miller (left), discusses telematics data from an onboard computer with driver Mike Wallace. Fleets are finding opportunities to improve fuel economy by tracking vehicle and driver performance data. (CFI)

For many fleets, onboard telematics has become an indispensable tool in the never-ending quest to improve fuel economy.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
February 12, 2018
Business, Fuel, TCA

Former Pilot Flying J Sales Exec Ordered Up Fraud 'Manual'

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – It was getting tough to keep up with the cheating, and getting caught had proven expensive for the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer. But Pilot Flying J sales executive Arnie Ralenkotter had a solution: A fraud “manual.”

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

Trump Administration Said to Eye Big Cuts to Fuel Economy Rules

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President Donald Trump’s administration is looking at ways to reduce future fuel economy standards for automobiles in a move to appease carmakers, who have asked to ease targets put in place under President Barack Obama.

Ryan Beene Alan Levin and John Lippert | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Technology of Tomorrow to Be Key Topic at TMC Annual Meeting

TMC 2017 exhibit floor A view of the exhibit floor during TMC 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. This year's annual meeting will be in Atlanta. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Future advancements in the trucking industry will be at the forefront of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition set for early next month.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
February 9, 2018