|EPA approves CARB reefer rule, will be effective July 17
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved California's new limits on reefers entering
and operating inside the Golden State, giving truck owners and drivers six months to prepare
before enforcement will hit on July 17, 2009.
|CDLs improperly awarded in New York
An audit in New York has revealed that the state DMV awarded commercial drivers licenses to
drivers who were not qualified to have them.
|Discounts for some, toll increases for others in Ohio
OOIDA and trucking industry stakeholders warn that heavy trucks will divert to secondary roads
in Ohio once a volume discount is eliminated and the way tolls are calculated changes.
|Stimulus bill goes further than 'better roads'
There's much ado about the proposed stimulus package being considered on Capitol Hill.
Everyone wants to know what's in it for them and truckers are no exception. In the spending bill,
$43.1 billion is proposed for the U.S. Department of Transportation and $30 billion would be
specifically set aside for state highway and bridge projects.
|Traffic tickets: protect and serve or protect and profit?
It was a speeding ticket received while on vacation in Pennsylvania that set economist Thomas
Garrett's mind churning. He wondered about devising a study to prove the theory that local
governments issue more traffic tickets during rocky economic times to make up for their budget
|Colorado proposes 400-pound weight exemption for trucks with APUs
Truckers headed through Colorado may soon find it a little easier to stay under weight while
being able to avoid idling and keep comfortable overnight. The Colorado Department of
Revenue is proposing a rule to allow a 400-pound weight exemption for trucks that have an
|CARB ticketing truckers for violating five-minute idling limit
Because his truck was parked and running for six minutes, a state employee in an unmarked
pickup truck issued Brent DeLarge a citation that will likely cost DeLarge at least $300.
California truck stop visitors, beware - the California Air Resources Board is aggressively
pursuing drivers who idle diesel trucks beyond the state's five-minute limit.
|Expanded speed radar use sought in Mississippi
Multiple bills in the Mississippi Legislature would expand the use of radar by sheriff's deputies
in the state.
|Business, environmental interests advocate 'emissions allowances'
Environmental groups and business leaders announced a comprehensive set of
recommendations for U.S. legislation on Thursday, Jan. 15, that would cut emissions but also
could prove worrisome for trucking companies.
|Arkansas legislation seeks to curb cell phone use
Two Arkansas state lawmakers have offered bills for consideration during the session that
started Monday, Jan. 12. The bills address one of the pet peeves of professional drivers -
chatting on the phone while driving.