|FMCSA proceeding with cross-border plan
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday morning its intent to move
ahead with the Mexican truck pilot program. In a 27-page notice in the Federal Register , the
agency also reported that a necessary piece of final paperwork has been submitted to
Congress and is expected to be made public any day.
|Mexican truckers react to pilot program news
CANACAR, Mexico's national organization of professional truck drivers, weighed in Thursday
on the Mexican government's statement that it would keep to the end of August implementation
date for a cross-border trucking program. CANACAR apparently does not agree that the
program should, or could, happen that soon.
|Peters confirms diversion of highway, bridge money
U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters this week confirmed what OOIDA has already
reported – that a big chunk of fuel tax dollars end up paying for things other than roads and
|Police seeking three suspects in trucker shooting
Police in San Antonio, TX, are seeking three suspects in the shooting of a truck driver that
happened there early Wednesday morning.
|Severe weather blamed for four deaths
Tropical Storm Erin, which caused severe flooding in an already waterlogged Texas on
Thursday and Friday, has been blamed for at least four deaths, including a trucker who died
when his rig plunged into an overflowing pond.
|Produce haulers still need a place at the table
Before last fall's spinach E. coli outbreak left 200 people ill and three dead, spinach was seen
by many as the perfect food – high in vitamins and nutritional value – and also a steady source
of income for produce haulers who depend on the high demand for leafy greens grown in the
|Minnesota governor looks to boost biodiesel mandate
If Gov. Tim Pawlenty gets his way, the biodiesel mandate in Minnesota would increase tenfold
during the next several years.
|Port container tax bill awaits consideration in California
As state lawmakers prepare to head back to the California statehouse Monday, Aug. 20, for
their final push to approve bills before the regular session ends next month, one bill of interest
to truck drivers is likely to draw consideration.