|Kansas House approves bill to require drug testing in 'major' wrecks
Drivers and passengers involved in "major" traffic wrecks in Kansas would be required to
submit to drug testing, if a bill approved by the state's House becomes law. State law now
allows law enforcement officers to order drug testing, frequently a blood sample, if there is
"reasonable suspicion" that the person is under the influence. If the bill becomes law, officers
would no longer need a presumption of a drug violation to force drivers to submit to the testing.
[ This is another step to removing your 4th amendment right. ]
|FBI mum on raids in Memphis; Swift says it is not the target
The FBI still isn't saying why it raided the offices of two truck driving schools and a licensing
office in the Memphis area on Monday. No arrests have been made. The two driving schools
are operated by Swift. A Swift official says he's been told the company, is not the focus of the
|National average diesel price sets new record two days in a row
The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel increased more than 27 cents
per gallon in just two weeks, reaching a new all-time high of $3.552 per gallon for the week
ending Monday, Feb. 25. Then, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, ProMiles reported that the price had gone
up again overnight, hitting a new national average of $3.59. That means a 200-gallon fill-up will
cost you $718.
|Meatpacker may close its doors; truckers may not be paid
The meatpacking company involved in the largest meat recall ever may have to close its doors.
The news that Hallmark/Westland may close could prove financially devastating for truckers
who may not be paid for hauling cattle to a California slaughterhouse or transporting the
finished meat products across the country.
|Nebraska panel advances bill to add wholesale fuel tax
A bill on the move in the Nebraska Legislature would add a new tax to wholesale fuel
purchases. The Revenue Committee voted 6-1 to advance a bill to the full Legislature that
would add Nebraska to the list of nine other states that apply a general sales tax on motor fuels
at retail or wholesale levels.
[ This action is double taxation. Fuel tax & sales tax. ]
|Company to pay almost $65,000 for CARB truck violations
One California company will pay almost $65,000 to settle with the California Air Resources
Board after failing to test emissions of its fleet in 2006 and 2007.
|Crude prices affect all oil-based products
It's no surprise that fuel prices are going up as the price of crude oil rises, but the realization
that everything else that's made from oil is going up, too, is sinking in for many.
|New St. Louis bridge expected; tolls reportedly not part of the plan
Political leaders in Missouri and Illinois are expected to announce on Thursday that they've
reached an agreement to build a new bridge across the Mississippi River at St. Louis. U.S.
Rep. Jerry Costello, D-IL, said the bridge will not be privatized or tolled.
|South Carolina bills seek road funding solutions
Lawmakers in South Carolina are pursuing different paths to solve the state's funding crisis.
One lawmaker is looking to take the toll route to ease the state's funding crisis and has
introduced a bill that would require the South Carolina DOT to collect tolls at one location along
|Delaware bill would prohibit 'texting' while driving
In an attempt to improve safety on Delaware roadways, a state lawmaker has offered
legislation that would prohibit drivers from text messaging while behind the wheel. Exceptions
would be made for emergency calls. Of particular interest to truckers, the bill also would make
exceptions for Qualcomm-type devices.