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Diesel Jumps 6.3¢ to $2.991 a Gallon
Fleets Say Drive-Time Cut Would Boost Freight Costs  
ATRI Survey Seeks Trucking Industry’s Top Concerns
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Diesel Jumps 6.3¢ to $2.991 a Gallon
Spurred by higher oil prices, diesel’s national average retail price rose for a third straight week, jumping 6.3 cents to $2.991 a gallon, its biggest increase in four months, the Department of Energy said.

Fleets Say Drive-Time Cut Would Boost Freight Costs  
While the trucking industry waits for the Obama administration to complete its review of a new hours-of-service proposal, executives with some of the nation’s largest fleets warned that a cut in driving time would result in higher consumer costs, reduced efficiency and increased pollution.

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Breaking through the wall
Drastic increase in fuel consumption over 55 mph is to a great extent caused by resonating suspensions with out of balanced wheel assemblies. The longer the run is at highway speeds with balanced wheel assemblies the greater the fuel saving. See Auburn University (PAVE) type ll SAE and TMC fuel test. 1-800-572-8952

ATRI Survey Seeks Trucking Industry’s Top Concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute on Tuesday released its annual survey to gauge the trucking industry’s top concerns.

Opinion: Safety Doesn’t Excuse Prejudice
“Alto! ¿Habla usted español?” Imagine this scenario: You and your rig cross the border into Mexico. Along the highway, the police stop you. You haven’t broken any laws, but you’re nervous. Your Spanish is enough to get by, but not all Mexican police officers speak fluent English.

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Caterpillar Sued Over Heavy-Duty Engines  

Three trucking companies are suing Caterpillar Inc. over the sale of what their legal counsel says are “defective” 13- and 15- liter diesel engines for heavy-duty trucks. The Texas law firm representing the companies now is looking for fleets to join the litigation.

Productivity Rate Declines in Second Quarter
U.S. workers’ productivity decreased second-quarter, the first drop since the end of 2008, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

Wholesale Inventories Rise in June
Wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in June, while sales fell, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

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ATA Technology & Maintenance Council

The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations is a diverse group of industry professionals who work to improve truck equipment and technology. TMC develops recommended practices used by fleet managers to maintain vehicles and by manufacturers to design equipment.
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