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DOT Says Delay Hits Progress on Several Key Regulations

A recent Transportation Department report said work on several key new regulations has fallen behind schedule, including shorter stopping distance for heavy trucks, safety reviews of new trucking companies, medical certification of drivers and a new registration system.

March 19, 2008
Business, Safety

N.H. House Votes to Ban Texting While Driving

The New Hampshire House voted Tuesday to make it illegal for drivers to send text messages on cell phones or type on laptop computers or other electronic devices, the Associated Press reported.

March 19, 2008
Business, Fuel, Safety, Government

Forward Air Corp. Completes Acquisition

Forward Air Corp. said Tuesday it closed a deal, first announced last week, to buy transportation firm Pinch Holdings and a related company, AFTCO Enterprises, for an undisclosed sum.

March 18, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

Illinois to Pay $1.2 Million for Rest Stop Security Upgrades

The Illinois Department of Transportation will spend $1.2 million to update and repair security systems at interstate rest stops, the Associated Press reported Monday.

March 18, 2008
Fuel, Business, Safety, Government

ATA Projects Record Diesel Fuel Costs for 2008

American Trucking Associations is projecting a record high diesel fuel bill for the trucking industry this year, at $135 billion.

March 17, 2008
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Navistar, BAE Awarded Military Truck Order

Navistar International Corp. and BAE Systems won 99% of a $1.1 billion Pentagon order for blast-resistant trucks, Bloomberg reported.

March 17, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

DOT’s Road-Privatization Policy Draws Criticism

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

The Department of Transportation’s plan to privatize many public roadways by using more tolls has come under intense criticism by those who believe the federal highway system was set up to be paid for by taxpayers, the Washington Post reported Monday.

March 17, 2008
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Trucking Industry Moves From Proprietary Hardware to Open-Systems Approach

Historically, trucking companies have relied on information technology systems — both in the cab and in the office — that run proprietary software on proprietary hardware, effectively making it impossible for one manufacturer’s system to access data gathered by another service.

March 17, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Diesel Jumps to $3.819 a Gallon

The U.S. average retail diesel price broke its record high for the third straight week, surging to $3.819 a gallon and topping $4 a gallon in some places, pushed by soaring crude oil prices that also set all-time highs and closed above $110 a barrel for the first time in history.

March 17, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

EPA Sets Emissions Standards for Trains, Ships

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

Railroad locomotive engines and marine vessels will be subject to new clean air standards that would sharply reduce particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.

March 14, 2008

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