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Oregon Nonprofit Group Features ‘Green’ Technology for Trucks

Cascade Sierra Solutions, a nonprofit group that promotes the sale of products to help truck drivers save fuel and reduce emissions, said it has opened the first of what could be as many as eight “green truck technology” showrooms along the Interstate 5 corridor in Oregon, Washington and California.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
March 12, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

EPA Proposes Emission Cuts for Train and Marine Engines

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed for the first time sharp cuts in exhaust emissions from railroad locomotive and marine engines in a plan a spokesman said would “follow exactly the same pattern” as environmental regulations for truck engines.

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

Class 8 Fleet Size Grows 5.2% in 2006 as Carriers Stock Up

The number of heavy-duty trucks in use in the United States increased 5.2% to 3.51 million Class 8 commercial vehicles last year, as fleet owners stocked up on new trucks and kept more old vehicles in service, market research firm R.L. Polk & Co. said.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
March 9, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

DOT: Border Plan to Involve Fewer Than 1,000 Mexican Trucks

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters told a congressional panel Thursday that DOT expects the pilot program involving allowing trucks from Mexico to U.S. roads will involve fewer than 1,000 trucks.

Transport Topics
March 8, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

ATA Pushes for Flexibility in HOS Sleeper-Berth Provisions

Truck drivers need greater flexibility within federal driver work and rest rules to allow them to select sleep times and duration based on individual need, according to a study released jointly by American Trucking Associations and a sleep research firm.

Transport Topics
March 8, 2007
Business, Government, Autonomous

Fed ‘Beige Book’ Cites Mixed Picture of Trucking

Federal Reserve districts reported some regional slowdowns in trucking in the first few months this year, the Fed said Wednesday in its latest “beige book” survey of economic conditions.

Transport Topics
March 8, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Editorial: Opening the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Department of Transportation’s move to conduct a broad test of opening the U.S.-Mexican border to truck traffic is a prudent step toward honoring mutual commitments made by both nations when the North American Free Trade Agreement was ratified.

March 7, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Washington State Court Backs Drivers’ Overtime

In a 5-4 opinion, the Washington State Supreme Court has interpreted a state overtime provision to apply to interstate truck drivers who work in excess of 40 hours in a week, regardless of whether a portion of those working hours take place outside of the state.

Transport Topics
March 7, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

DOT Shows Interest in Study of Heavier Trucks’ Effect on Highways

OTAY MESA, Calif. — U.S. Department of Transportation officials said they would be interested in a potential study of larger or heavier trucks, suggested recently by the chairman of the House transportation committee.

Sean McNally | Staff Reporter
March 7, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

DHS Says Security Won’t Lessen When Trucks Enter From Mexico

EL PASO, Texas — The Transportation Department’s pilot project allowing a limited number of Mexican carriers to access U.S. highways would not diminish security at the border, Michael Jackson, deputy secretary of Homeland Security, said at a Feb. 23 press conference.

Sean McNally | Staff Reporter
March 7, 2007

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