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Oil Tops $70 a Barrel

Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News

Oil futures moved briefly past $70 a barrel on Thursday for the first time since September before receding, after an Energy Department report showed that gasoline and distillate fuel inventories declined last week, Bloomberg reported.

June 28, 2007
Business, Fuel, Government, Logistics, Safety

DHL Buys Stake in Polar Air

Package delivery firm DHL said Thursday it acquired a 49% stake Polar Air Cargo Express, a unit of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, to expand its business in the Asia-Pacific region.

June 28, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

L.A. Truckers Run Convoy to Back Ports’ Emissions Plan

A convoy of 100 diesel trucks motored slowly along the Harbor Freeway from South Los Angeles to the Port of Long Beach Wednesday as part of a push for cleaner air and better working conditions for drivers, television station KTLA reported on its Web site.

June 27, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Fuel

Letters to the Editor: SafeStat Scores, Seat Belts

We have had many examples of questionable DOT inspections — including two we had last month in Idaho on the same owner-operator’s tractor-trailer that were clean, but not Level 1s, which are the most thorough standardized inspections.

June 27, 2007
Fuel, Business, Government

Diesel Gains 3¢ to $2.835; Gas Dips 2.7¢ to $2.982

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

The average retail price of U.S. diesel fuel rose 3 cents $2.835 a gallon, the Department of Energy said Monday following its weekly price survey.

June 26, 2007
Business, Fuel

Volvo’s Five-Month Truck Sales Drop 10%

Sweden’s Volvo AB said its truck sales fell 10% first five months of the year, as U.S. deliveries plunged after stricter emissions standards made trucks more expensive, Bloomberg reported.

June 25, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

So. Calif. Emissions Rules Could Boost New Truck Sales

A push for lower emissions from heavy-duty trucks, coupled with grants from state and localities in order to meet Southern California’s air-quality standards, are prompting interest in and sales of new trucks in the region, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported Monday.

June 25, 2007
Fuel, Business

Senate Seeks Mileage Study Before Setting Truck CAFE

The Senate last week weakened legislation that would have set mileage standards for heavy trucks, instead ordering an 18-month study of large-truck fuel economy before the government can set such standards.

June 25, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Equipment

OEMs Promote Disc Brakes as 2007 Option

Class 8 truck makers said they are offering electronically controlled air disc brakes as an option in 2007 models, promoting them as safer and easier to maintain than the drum brakes most U.S. heavy trucks use.

June 25, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Senate Passes Energy Bill

The Senate passed a comprehensive energy bill late Thursday that raises average auto fuel efficiency standards, but the measure did not include a tax on oil companies that would have boosted alternative fuel development, Agence France-Press reported.

June 22, 2007