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Letters to the Editor: Diesel Prices, Truckers’ Strike, Congestion Pricing

I want to know why diesel is so much more expensive than gasoline. Diesel is a byproduct of gasoline. It should be cheaper.

April 18, 2008
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Landstar’s First-Quarter Income Improves

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

Truckload carrier Landstar System’s first-quarter net income rose to $23.7 million, or 45 cents a share, from $21.6 million, or 38 cents, a year earlier.

April 17, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Lovetro to Become USF Holland’s President, YRC Says

YRC Worldwide unit USF Holland’s president, John O’Sullivan, has left his position and will be succeeded by Keith Lovetro, who leads YRC’s Regional Transportation unit, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

April 16, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Opinion: Preparing for DOT’s Driver Physical

For most truckers, the U.S. Department of Transportation physical is just an inconvenience, but for some, it can be a major hurdle. Commercial drivers are understandably concerned, because without the Medical Examiner’s Certificate, they would be out of a job.

April 16, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

ATA Chairman Kuntz Testifies at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON — American Trucking Associations Chairman Ray Kuntz asked a Senate committee Wednesday to make fundamental changes to federal surface transportation programs in order to allow the trucking industry to move freight more efficiently.

April 16, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

TMC Chairman Hilton Says Council Will Seek ‘Heavy-Duty’ Service Members

Brent Hilton, the 2008 chairman of the Technology & Maintenance Council, said one of the focuses of his term will be to increase membership among service dealerships that perform essential “heavy-duty” maintenance for trucking.

April 16, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Feds Set to Meet With SoCal Port Officials on TWIC Enrollment

Federal officials and Port of Long Beach, Calif., executives were scheduled to meet privately this week to develop measures aimed at boosting local enrollment for the government’s Transportation Worker Identification program, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported Tuesday.

April 16, 2008
Business, Fuel, Safety, Government

Larger Trucks More Efficient, Reduce Emissions, Study Says

The use of heavier trucks can be an effective way for the industry to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, a new study by the American Transportation Research Institute said.

April 15, 2008
Business, Safety

ATA, Army Reserve Launch Military-Civilian Partnership for Drivers

American Trucking Associations and the U.S. Army Reserve signed a recruiting partnership agreement they said will provide experienced truck drivers for the military and give career opportunities to truck drivers leaving the military.

April 15, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Issues CDL Learner’s Permit Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it intends to set new minimum standards for issuing learner’s permits to prospective commercial drivers and revise the knowledge and skills tests administered to people seeking commercial driver licenses.

April 15, 2008