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Business, Safety, Government

Truckers’ Seat Belt Usage Hits Record 65%, DOT Says

The number of professional truck drivers using safety belts jumped dramatically last year to a record 65%, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

March 25, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

New FHWA Head Says He’s Open to Changes in ’09 Highway Bill’s Size-and-Weight Limits

WASHINGTON — The new head of the Federal Highway Administration said he was open to considering changes to truck size-and-weight limits and other truck productivity issues as part of the Transportation Department’s proposals for the 2009 reauthorization of federal transportation legislation.

March 24, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

N.Y. Gov. Backs Congestion-Fee Plan

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Newly seated New York Gov. David Paterson (D) backs a New York City plan to charge motorists fees in parts of Manhattan during peak business hours, the Associated Press reported.

March 24, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

Ontario Eyeing Mandatory 65-Mph Speed Limiters

The government of Ontario has resurrected a plan to make speed limiters mandating maximum mandatory truck speeds at about 65 miles per hour in the province, according to the Ontario trucking Association, which backs the plan.

March 24, 2008
Business, Government, Fuel, Safety

Opinion: Carbon Tax Limits Trucking’s Green Choices

The trucking industry is part of a grand environmental experiment being conducted in British Columbia — the first North American jurisdiction to introduce a carbon tax on all fossil fuels, including diesel, at the retail level.

March 24, 2008
Fuel, Business, Safety, Government

ATA, Coalition Want California to Ban Temperature Controls at Gas Pumps

American Trucking Associations and the Partnership for Uniform Marketing Practices recently requested that California prohibit the use of automatic temperature compensation equipment in retail fuel sales.

March 24, 2008
Business, Safety

Truckers Gain Hazmat Business as Railroads Spurn Toxic Gases

An effort by rail carriers to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals they haul is creating new business for some trucking companies.

March 24, 2008
Business, Safety

Intermodal Traffic Rises for Week

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

Rail intermodal traffic rose 1.4% for the week ended Saturday compared with a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said.

March 21, 2008
Business, Safety, Fuel

ATA Asks for Oil Release from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

American Trucking Associations asked President Bush in a letter this week to help “burst the bubble in the crude oil market” by releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

March 21, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Fuel, Technology, Equipment

Letters to the Editor: SAFER Scores, Fuel Prices, Border Opening

The Opinion column by John Hausladen, “Be Ready to Explain Your SAFER Scores,” is an excellent reminder to fleets about how important the Safety and Fitness Electronic Record System score is — and, how it can be misinterpreted by those uninformed about the industry.

March 19, 2008

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