Andrea Fischer

Business, Autonomous

Stuart Named TMC Chairman; Says More Technicians Needed

TAMPA, Fla. — Trucking executives are not doing enough to attract talented, younger technicians to the increasingly complex field of truck maintenance, said Darry Stuart, incoming chairman of the Technology & Maintenance Council.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

TMC Group Says Onboard Recorder Rule May Be Costly

TAMPA, Fla. — A Technology & Maintenance Council task force said several provisions of the proposed federal requirement for electronic onboard recorders need clarification, and the rule’s required data-display equipment could be a costly and ineffective expense for trucking companies.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel

EPA Boosts Enforcement of ULSD Labeling Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency said it has increased enforcement of its fuel-pump labeling rule after finding that the majority of retail diesel pumps it tested did not display ultra-low-sulfur-diesel labels, even though they were dispensing ULSD.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2007
Business, Government, Fuel, Autonomous

Calif. Aims to Cut Emissions, Improve Four Freight Corridors

Trucks operating in California would be required to meet tighter emission standards under a plan proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to spend $3.1 billion in bond money to improve four key freight corridors.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

Several Northeast States Take Steps Toward Privatized Highways, New Tolls

As the federal government moved last week to help states promote private transportation investment, several states in the Northeast took initial steps toward adding toll roads or privatizing existing highways.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
January 19, 2007
Business, Fuel, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Truck Officials Wrestle With In-Cab Systems for Monitoring Sophisticated Diesel Engines

Engine manufacturers and trucking officials said they recognize the need for onboard diagnostic systems to monitor the performance of emission-treatment systems because diesel engines are growing in complexity.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
January 4, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Logistics

HOS Rules in Canada Took Effect This Week

New Canadian hours-of-service rules for commercial drivers took effect Monday, but officials said it was not clear when most provinces would adopt and enforce them.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
January 3, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel

EPA Issues Guidelines for 2010 Engine Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency issued guidelines to engine manufacturers governing the use of new technology to meet 2010 emission standards. It also said it will approve pollution rules governing railroad emissions in 2007.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
January 2, 2007

Overlapping Security Requirements Impede Flow of Goods, Trucking Groups Say

The Customs and Border Protection Agency said it had increased security measures at the nation’s land borders, while truckers and other transportation groups said overlapping security requirements at ports, airports and railroads slowed the flow and movement of goods.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
December 26, 2006

States Encourage Use of Soy-Based Fuel

More than a year after Minnesota’s biodiesel law took effect — drawing attention to quality-control problems with the production and distribution of the typically soy-based fuel — several states across the nation passed tax credits to encourage the use of biodiesel and considered legislation to establish their own statewide fuel mandates.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
December 22, 2006