The American Driver
From Drivers - For Drivers
What's News - July 2008
TA, Petro restaurants join trend of cutting midnight hours
Counting on a hot meal and table service 24 hours a day has become a bit more difficult for
professional truck drivers in recent months. TravelCenters of America is cutting midnight hours
for 19 truck stop restaurants, and 25 restaurants total among TA and Petro currently have
limited midnight hours of operation.
Missouri waives HOS, expedites oversized loads for flood relief efforts
An emergency declaration waiving hours-of-service regs and expediting
over-dimension/overweight loads has been issued for truckers hauling relief supplies to
select Missouri counties hit by the recent flooding. For a copy of the declaration, click
here.
Alvan Motor Freight of Kalamazoo, MI, ceases operations
A Kalamazoo, Michigan-based trucking company, which has been operating for 67 years, shut
its doors and filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy during the weekend. Alvan Motor Freight Inc.
employed about 525 people and had terminals in Indianapolis, South Bend, Chicago and
several other locations in Michigan and Ohio.
Trucking topics advance at Louisiana statehouse
The Louisiana Legislature recently wrapped up the regular session but not before approving a
handful of bills of interest to truck drivers. One new law prohibits the issuance of commercial
driver's licenses for hauling hazardous materials to people who fail to pass background tests.
Another new law that takes effect Aug. 15 amends rules on motor carriers who allow drivers to
violate out-of-service orders or get behind the wheel without a valid CDL.
Michigan bills seek expanded price gouging protections
Two bills introduced in the Michigan House seek to further help protect consumers in the state
from being gouged at the fuel pump. Two House lawmakers have introduced legislation that
would expand the state attorney general's authority to investigate excessive fuel prices.
CARB schedules hearings for new truck engine rule
The California Air Resources Board has planned several upcoming public workshops to
discuss "technical methodologies" of its ever-changing, in-use, on-road, heavy-duty diesel
truck rule. The proposed rule would essentially require 1.5 million trucks to meet 2007
emission standards by the year 2012 - although several other regulatory possibilities are also
proposed.
New Hampshire bill stalls; would have banned on-road texting
A bill has died in the New Hampshire statehouse that was intended to curb drivers' text
messaging in the state. The Senate voted 15-8 to table the bill, effectively killing it. The House
previously approved it on a 176-149 vote.
Truckers, motorcyclists overseas protest fuel costs
Truckers in several countries overseas have resumed their protests of high diesel fuel prices,
and motorcyclists in Scotland have also gotten into the act.
 
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Late for UCR? Could be pricey
On Tuesday, July 1, motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies who
have failed to register with the Unified Carrier Registration Program became subject to fines.
OOIDA members who haven't registered yet can do so by visiting the UCR Web site by clicking
here or by calling OOIDA at 1-800-444-5791.
Truckers rescue victims from fiery crash scene
Two truckers are credited with saving the lives of two injured people who were trapped in a
burning car in Blendon Township, MI, on Monday, June 30.
Global fuel protests continue
Fuel protests by truckers around the world continued on Wednesday, July 2. In India, The
Associated Press reported, literally millions of truckers went on strike to protest rising fuel
prices and rising toll road charges.
Truck stop quandary: Four-hour parking limit in Virginia county
OOIDA member Dennis Sullivan was minutes away from being out of hours on Monday, June
30, when he pulled in to get his scale ticket at the Pilot Travel Center in New Kent, VA. His plan
was to stop and take his 10-hour break at the truck stop before heading back home to
Marquand, MO, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. However, he said a sign he saw posted at
the truck stop stopped him in his tracks.
California resolution discourages longer, heavier trucks
An effort in the California Senate that is nearing passage urges the resistance of any attempts
to allow longer, heavier trucks on roadways throughout the state.
New Ohio law allows heavier loads of steel coils
A new law now in effect in Ohio allows trucks loaded with three steel coils to run heavier on
certain highways.
Legislation to implement biodiesel standard dies in Missouri
A bill that has died in the Missouri House called for a mandate of biodiesel use in the state.
Missouri already requires that gasoline sold in the state contain 10 percent ethanol.
Fergus Truck Show set for July 24-27 in Canada
One of the biggest truck shows in North America is just three weeks off. The Fergus, Ontario,
truck show in Canada is scheduled for July 24-27. For additional information, visit
fergustruckshow.com.
Australian toll operator admits to illegal contributions
Officials with Australian toll road operator Transurban have admitted to making $172,000 in
illegal contributions to 90 political campaigns in the state of Virginia.
Pennsylvania House OKs privatization bill for roads, bridges
While lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House were busy ripping a bill to authorize a lease of the
Pennsylvania Turnpike, the state's Senate passed a bill that would allow for public-private
partnerships.
New Alabama law boosts car insurance requirements
Gov. Bob Riley has signed a bill into law that requires motorists in Alabama to carry more
liability insurance.
Proposed fuel tax holidays a no-go in Louisiana
Multiple efforts in the Louisiana House that have died sought to appease constituents who are
feeling pain in their pocketbooks at each fill-up. One resolution sought to offer people fueling
with gas or diesel a four-month break on fuel taxes while another effort called for a respite
during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Truck stop quandary: Four-hour parking limit in Virginia county
OOIDA member Dennis Sullivan was minutes away from being out of hours on Monday, June
30, when he pulled in to get his scale ticket at the Pilot Travel Center in New Kent, VA. "There
were signs posted everywhere that said there was a four-hour maximum on parking because
of a county ordinance that limits the number of hours trucks can park there," Sullivan told Land
Line on Wednesday, July 2.
Truckers' input encouraged at CHP's safety summit in August
Although many truckers go out of their way to avoid any interaction with highway patrol officers,
an upcoming summit hosted by the California Highway Patrol actually encourages truckers to
participate. The CHP will host the Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit on Aug. 19-21 at the Hyatt
Regency Newport Beach Hotel in Newport Beach, CA.
CARB schedules hearings for new truck engine rule
The California Air Resources Board has planned several upcoming public workshops to
discuss "technical methodologies" of its ever-changing, in-use, on-road, heavy-duty diesel truck
rule. The proposed rule would essentially require 1.5 million trucks to meet 2007 emission
standards by the year 2012.
Mark your calendar, HVUT tax time is here
Truckers are all too familiar with the federal highway use tax for heavy vehicles, also known as
the HUT or HVUT tax. It's that $550 fee you pay each year when you file an IRS Form 2290. For
trucks and other taxable vehicles in use during July, the Form 2290 and payment are due on
Aug. 31.
Late for UCR? Could be pricey
On Tuesday, July 1, motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies who
have failed to register with the Unified Carrier Registration Program became subject to fines.
Missouri waives HOS, expedites oversized loads for flood relief efforts
An emergency declaration waiving hours-of-service regs and expediting
over-dimension/overweight loads has been issued for truckers hauling relief supplies to select
Missouri counties hit by the recent flooding.
National average price of diesel shoots up 8 cents per gallon
The short-lived downward trend in the national average of on-highway diesel prices came
abruptly to an end when the national average shot up 8 cents per gallon, setting yet another
record high.
House committee chairman stalls Pennsylvania Turnpike lease
Gov. Ed Rendell's proposed lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has stalled and is effectively
dead according to House Transportation Committee Chairman Joseph Markosek,
D-Allegheny-Wesmoreland.
Virginia Senate OKs fuel tax increase
Meeting in a special session to work on hammering out a deal for transportation funding, the
Virginia Senate approved a bill that would increase the state's fuel tax to 23.5 cents per gallon.
Missouri bill dies that called for putting in place price gouging protections
A failed attempt at the Missouri statehouse sought to help protect consumers in the state from
being gouged at the fuel pump. For the second straight year, a bill intended to prevent price
gouging in the state during state or federal emergencies stalled in committee.
Michigan bills target driver distractions
To improve safety on roadways, a legislative package making its way through the Michigan
House is intended to limit driver distractions. Another bill would put limits on the state's
youngest drivers.
Indian truckers call off strike after government agrees to deal
Millions of truck drivers in India called off a nationwide strike Friday after the government agreed
to their demands.
Cummins' plant in Indiana hit hard by floods
Heavy truck engine-maker Cummins took a big hit from flooding at its Columbus, IN, plant.
SPECIAL REPORT: OOIDA to challenge speed limiter law in Canada
OOIDA has retained legal counsel in Canada to pursue potential court action to challenge
legislation in Ontario that caps the top road speed of trucks at 105 km/h, or 65 km/h. The
provincial law known as Bill 41 was approved June 16. OOIDA officials said today that Bill 41
discriminates against truckers on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border and violates trade
laws including the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Louisiana bills focused on trucking permits, operations and more
Several bills offered in the Louisiana Legislature during the recently completed regular session
are of interest to truck drivers. Topics included permits for intermodal containers,
indemnification contracts, the Unified Carrier Registration program, and restricting truck traffic
in one town.
CARB schedules more workshops for proposed retrofit rule
The California Air Resources Board has scheduled another wave of workshop meetings to
discuss the agency's proposed in-use on-road diesel engine rule. The rule would essentially
require 1.5 million trucks to meet 2007 emission standards by the year 2012, although several
other compliance possibilities have recently been proposed.
Long Beach port buys 300 new trucks for $35 million
The Port of Long Beach has placed a $35 million order for 300 brand-new heavy-duty trucks as
part of its plan to replace thousands of older, more polluting drayage trucks. One hundred of the
new trucks will run on liquid natural gas, and the others are clean-burning diesel models.
California bills advance; would mandate ignition interlocks in DUI cases
Multiple measures on the move in the California statehouse would mandate the use of ignition
interlock devices for drunken drivers. The Assembly voted 75-1 to advance one bill to the
Senate that would require first-time offenders of the state's drunken driving law to install ignition
interlocks on their vehicles if they want to continue to drive.
Walcott Truckers Jamboree begins Thursday at Iowa 80 Truckstop
For the 29th year in a row truckers are preparing for the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, set for
Thursday and Friday, July 10-11, at the Iowa 80 Truckstop. The truck stop is on Interstate 80 at
Exit 284. Admission and parking are free for the jamboree. Shuttles will be provided from the
parking area.
Motorists taking chances with the fuel gauge on 'E'
As fuel prices soar and budgets become tighter, many motorists are putting less in their tanks
and trying to squeeze a few more miles out of their last fill-up. Both AAA and the Allstate motor
club are reporting huge increases in the number of "out of gas" calls they are receiving.
Clarification
A Web story published June 26 on landlinemag.com about a proposed toll road through a state
park beach in California incorrectly identified Transportation Corridor Agencies. It is a nonprofit
government agency. Agency officials also clarified that, if approved, the tolls from the proposed
extension to state Route 241 would be used to pay off the debt created by the project.
SPECIAL REPORT: OOIDA again battles push for longer, heavier trucks
If you thought that the debate about allowing longer, heavier trucks on the nation's highways
was settled, think again. A series of recent events in Washington, DC, put the issue squarely
back on the table.
New Jersey lawmakers suggest truck-only lanes
With funding proposals falling by the wayside, including one that called for an 800-percent toll
increase on New Jersey toll roads and another to "monetize" the New Jersey Turnpike, Gov.
Jon Corzine is still on the hunt for transportation funding and a way to restructure $30 billion in
state debt.
New Louisiana law outlaws ticket quotas
Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill into law that is intended to prevent law enforcement officers
from going on ticket-writing sprees. It took effect June 25. The new law, previously SB799,
prohibits law enforcement agencies from evaluating, promoting or compensating personnel
based on the number of tickets written or arrests made.
Rhode Island OKs removal of sunset clause on red-light cameras
The Rhode Island General Assembly has approved a bill that ensures that red light cameras in
the state will be around longer. It now moves to Gov. Donald Carcieri's desk. State law already
allows cities to install red-light cameras. Approved as a pilot program, the automated cameras
that trigger tickets for drivers who run red lights are slated to end this month, unless the bill on
the governor's desk is signed into law.
Navistar increases truck prices
Commodity prices that have as much as doubled in the past six months have led Navistar
International Corp. to increase prices on International trucks, effective immediately. Price
increases will vary by model, topping out at $1,600 per truck, according to a Navistar press
release.
SPECIAL REPORT: Sen. Dorgan takes aim at cross-border program
Sen. Byron Dorgan doesn't forget things easily. When the U.S. DOT used a word game to
sidestep legislation he sponsored in 2007 to cut off funding to the cross-border program with
Mexico, he wasn't pleased. He is trying to prevent the same word game end-around with an
amendment to the 2009 transportation appropriations legislation that is currently in the works.
SPECIAL REPORT: Study shows pros and cons of speed limiters
Transport Canada has completed its highly anticipated study on speed limiters. In simple
terms, the study acknowledges some of the safety and environmental benefits promoted by
large motor carrier associations, but it also acknowledges many of the problems that
owner-operator groups have brought to the discussion.
FHWA selects I-95 and I-5 for truck parking grants
Technology will play a bigger role in helping truckers find parking spaces in two of the nation's
busiest interstate corridors. Federal Highway Administration officials have selected Interstate
95 on the East Coast and Interstate 5 on the West Coast to split an $11 million grant for a
program designed to transmit real-time information to truckers about available parking spaces,
FHWA Acting Administrator Jim Ray announced Wednesday, July 9.
S&P bearish on the trucking industry for the rest of 2008
The U.S. trucking economy is weak, and there probably won't be any marked improvement until
late 2009, according to analysts at Standard & Poor.
TSA sets mandatory TWIC enforcement dates for ports
Some truck drivers wondering when to enroll for the Transportation Worker Identification
Credential program now have a timetable to work from.
Pennsylvania OKs $350 million for bridge fixes
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Ed Rendell signed a bill into law this week that authorizes the state to
borrow $350 million to quicken repairs on more than 400 bridges throughout the state.
New Louisiana laws limit drivers' cell phone use, texting
Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed multiple measures into law in Louisiana that are intended to limit
driver distractions. The three bills affecting the use of mobile communication devices while
driving took effect July 1.
Hearing date set for proposed toll road in California state park
The U.S. Department of Commerce has set the time and date for a public hearing concerning a
proposed toll road in Orange County, CA, that would bisect state parkland in the name of
congestion relief for Interstate 5. The hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 25,
in the Donald Bren Events Center, 100 Bren Events Center at the University of California in
Irvine.
Maverick USA expands tire pressure monitoring system
Maverick USA Inc. has completed its first year of equipping fleet operations with nearly 1,000
integrated vehicle tire pressure monitoring systems and wide-base tires.
INSIDE SCOOP: What the heck is this 'appropriations' process?
Every year, legislation is put together that funds federal government operations for the
upcoming fiscal year - and it's been a long time since that process was completed before the
new fiscal year started. The federal government's fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each
year. Funding for the fiscal year is approved in several different pieces of appropriations
legislation.
Wide-ranging effects of high fuel prices
As of midday Friday, July 11, oil prices reached record highs of $147 per barrel. And the ripple
effect of record-high fuel prices continues to spread through the economy.
Northern Exposure: Minneapolis educates public on new idling rule
Minneapolis officials are taking an education-first approach to enforcing the city's new
anti-idling regulations. The city approved a five-minute idling limit for diesel trucks and buses
this spring, and in June added a three-minute limit for vehicles under 10,000 pounds.
Rhode Island lowers truck weight limit on two bridges
A new law in Rhode Island restricts large trucks from two bridges in the state. The change
coincides with the reposting of weight limits on the bridges. The new law, previously HB8219,
took effect this past month. It will remain in effect until June 12, 2011. Violators will face $3,000
fines. Subsequent offenses will result in up to $5,000 fines.
Louisiana bill calling for split speeds, limiting lane use for trucks dies
The Louisiana Legislature recently wrapped up its work for the year without approving a bill that
sought to make uniform speeds on highways in the state a thing of the past. Big rigs also
would have been limited to the right lane on interstates.
Oregon DOT to offer voluntary truck inspections July 18-19
The Oregon Department of Transportation's Motor Carrier Transportation Division is offering
voluntary truck inspections at seven locations around the state. Each safety inspection can take
up to 30 minutes, so to manage the workload the motor carrier division is requiring that
truckers make appointments. Inspections will be offered from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, July 18,
and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
Long Beach Council balks on $2 billion truck lease program
The Long Beach City Council has reportedly agreed to reconsider the port's truck replacement
plan because of disagreement about the plan's financing.
Truckers in Montgomery County, MD, have chance to speak out on parking
Truckers who live in Montgomery County, MD, may want to make plans to attend a public
meeting in July to voice their opinions regarding a bill that seeks to regulate where drivers can
park their rigs. On Friday, July 11, the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association
issued an information update on the situation and encouraged Maryland truckers to submit
their comments. To read the OOIDA information update, click
here.
Late for UCR? Could be pricey
On Tuesday, July 1, motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies who
have failed to register with the Unified Carrier Registration Program became subject to fines.
OOIDA members who haven't registered yet can do so by visiting the UCR Web site by clicking
here or by calling OOIDA at 1-800-444-5791.
House committee chairman stalls Pennsylvania Turnpike lease
Gov. Ed Rendell's proposed lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has stalled and is effectively
dead according to House Transportation Committee Chairman Joseph Markosek,
D-Allegheny-Wesmoreland.
Truckers' input encouraged at CHP's safety summit in August
Although many truckers go out of their way to avoid any interaction with highway patrol officers,
an upcoming summit hosted by the California Highway Patrol actually encourages truckers to
participate. The CHP will host the Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit on Aug. 19-21. Click
here
for registration information, due by Aug. 1, or call CHP's headquarters at (916) 445-1865.
OOIDA, Volvo, recognize drivers for safe driving records
OOIDA recently announced honorees in the Association's Safe Driving Award program. The
following drivers have been recognized by the Association and program sponsor Volvo Trucks
North America for truck driving excellence.
Missouri approves truck lane restrictions, other provisions of note
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt has signed into law a lengthy bill that includes several provisions of
interest to truck drivers. The new law, previously SB930, prohibits large trucks from traveling in
the far left lane on certain roads through Kansas City and St. Louis . Other provisions of note
attached to the bill include an incentive to reduce idling, allow local enforcement of truck rules
and prohibit certain indemnification agreements.
New Hampshire law allows leeway on truck weights; other bills now law
Gov. John Lynch has signed a bill into law that is intended to allow truckers in New Hampshire
a small helping hand. Two more new laws also are of interest to truck drivers. A new law,
previously SB364, requires law enforcement officers to allow a tolerance of 5 percent above
certain specified weight limitations for vehicles on non-interstates and general highways. It
takes effect July 11, 2008.
Hearing postponed on California toll road through state park beach
U.S. Commerce Department officials have postponed and may be forced to cancel a public
hearing concerning a proposed toll road in Orange County , CA , that would bisect state
parkland at San Onofre State Beach.
Alaska law now requires most drunken drivers to install Interlock devices
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has signed into law a bill that is intended to get tough with drivers who
get behind the wheel after drinking too much. The new law, previously HB19, requires first- and
second-time DUI offenders, and some third-time offenders, to install ignition interlock devices
on their vehicles. The rule affecting misdemeanor offenders takes effect Jan. 1, 2009.
Jim Palmer Trucking to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy
A Missoula , MT , trucking company with more than 400 employees planned to file for Chapter
11 bankruptcy Monday, July 14. Jim Palmer Trucking operates using both company drivers and
owner-operators.
Ganja art? Trucker-posing feds find ton of marijuana inside pottery
Eight defendants have pleaded guilty to importing more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana from
Mexico using pottery. The guilty pleas followed an investigation in which federal agents posed
as a trucking company to pick up and deliver the drugs.
Tennessee 's ‘Operation Stop' lives up to its name
Tennessee 's Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security call it
“Operation Stop.” Tuesday morning, July 15, it lived up to its name. Hundreds of trucks backed
up for miles on Interstate 65 at the weigh station north of Nashville as inspectors conducted
Level I inspections and took an especially close look at hazmat trucks.
North Carolina bill advances; would ease length restrictions on some roads
Longer tractor-trailers could be allowed soon on more roads throughout North Carolina . The
House Finance Committee has voted to advance a bill to the chamber floor that would increase
the length of trailers allowed on the state's primary roads to 53 feet. From the main roads,
trucks would be allowed to travel up to three miles on their tributaries.
Louisiana governor signs bill to rein in bridge deals
A new law in Louisiana addresses concerns about the possible sale or lease of the Lake
Pontchartrain Causeway. Other bills of note that failed to gain passage sought to help pay for
road and bridge work and create a truck safety fund. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law that
requires legislative approval of any deals to sell or lease bridges that are more than five miles
long.
Windsor-Detroit tunnel sale on hold
The City Council in Windsor , Ontario , has backed out of negotiations with the city of Detroit to
buy Detroit 's half of the Detroit-Windsor tunnel. Windsor officials told the Ontario government
Friday, July 11, to put its loan application for $75 million on hold.
New Ohio law targets repeat drunken drivers
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has signed into law a bill that is intended to crack down on people
with multiple drunken driving convictions. It takes effect in late September.
GM cuts costs, suspends stock dividends to raise $15 billion by 2009
General Motors Corp. announced Tuesday, July 15, it will cut its salaried work force by 20
percent and will suspend stock dividends for the first time since 1922.
J.B. Hunt officials report 21 percent drop in second quarter
Officials with Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt Transport reported the company's second quarter
income fell by 21 percent this year. The company reported net income of $50.6 million
compared with $63.9 million a year earlier.
SPECIAL REPORT: FMCSA performance criticized by Senate committee
Most kids would be finding a way to dodge the folks if they were coming home with a report card
like the one just handed to the FMCSA by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration isn't doing too hot a job safeguarding the nation's highways
by regulating the motor carrier industry – and the agency isn't living up to the job according to
the report.
Kentucky sends one letter, suspends CDL privileges for many
Maria Arnold was stunned to hear the news from a potential employer. The state of Kentucky
had suspended her commercial driver's license so the carrier couldn't hire her, the manager of
a trucking company told Arnold – an OOIDA member from Springfield , KY. Arnold later learned
the state had sent a letter in May to her home address – not her post office box – while she was
out on the road. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently suspended an unpublicized
number of CDLs just 30 days after mailing a request for information to CDL holders.
FMCSA silent on Arizona enforcement of TV reg on laptops
Officials with the FMCSA won't say whether the agency has told Arizona to stop citing drivers
with laptops in their cabs, more than a month after the state requested guidance from the
federal agency. The issue has the potential to affect thousands of truckers who have
computers, GPS devices or other technology in their cabs to track hours of service and use
mapping technology.
Missouri law mandates English-only CDL tests, forbids ‘sanctuary' cities
Gov. Matt Blunt has signed a bill into law that calls for trucker-hopefuls in Missouri to prove they
have a firm grasp of the English language to obtain a commercial driver's license. It also
outlaws “sanctuary” cities in the state. Previously HB1549, the new law requires the written test
to be offered only in English.
Texas DOT promises reform amid public outcry
Public trust in the Texas Department of Transportation has eroded over the years, but officials
say it's not too late to turn things around. Discussions about the oversight process for TxDOT
culminated on Tuesday, July 15, during a marathon public hearing in Austin by the Texas
Sunset Advisory Commission. The commission reviews state agencies every 12 years and
makes recommendations to the Legislature to abolish wasteful or mismanaged agencies.
Overweight trucks fined as much as $10,000 at NYC bridges, tunnels
Truckers hauling overweight loads are risking heavy fines if they try to cross New York City 's
bridges and tunnels. Truck drivers carrying more than 80,000 pounds can be fined as much as
$10,000 each for crossing MTA facilities.
Avon Mountain truck runaway ramp completed
On Avon Mountain in Connecticut , heavy trucks were allowed back on Route 44 this week now
that a state-of-the-art runaway truck ramp has been completed.
New Louisiana laws require drivers to move over, boosts certain fines
Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law two bills that are intended to make Louisiana roadways
safer when emergency personnel or highway workers are present. Also included is a provision
that is intended to keep roadsides clear. It authorizes the towing of vehicles within 24 hours.
Rhode Island OKs change to license renewal period for older drivers
Gov. Donald Carcieri has signed a bill into law that gives drivers in Rhode Island who turn 70
another five years before being required to renew their driver's licenses every two years.
SPECIAL REPORT: Ontario Registry seeks comments on speed limiter regs
The Regulatory Registry of Ontario, Canada, has opened up a 45-day public comment period
on regulations proposed to accompany a recent government vote to make speed limiters
mandatory on heavy trucks. The Ontario Legislature approved Bill 41 in June as part of a
platform to cap the top road speed of trucks in the province at 105 kilometers per hour, or 65
mph, regardless of where the trucks are based.
Senate considers bill to limit energy futures speculation
To address high fuel prices at the pump, the U.S. Senate is considering a law that goes directly
to the source – oil commodities trading and speculators blamed for rapid increases in oil
prices.
Federal bill urges bridge inspections, repair
A bill scheduled for debate next week in the U.S. House of Representatives would set in motion
a new process for prioritizing the inspection, inventory and repair of structurally deficient and
obsolete bridges on the National Highway System.
USDA, FDA in crisis as outbreaks linked to produce, meat continue
For almost two years now, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has been
critical of the nation's food safety system after truckers were left “holding the bag” with
potentially contaminated bagged spinach on their trailers and nowhere to go with it. And while
food is usually in transit when a recall or consumer advisory is issued, the federal agencies in
charge of protecting the nation's food supply have yet to recognize the importance of including
truckers in meaningful discussions on food safety.
North Carolina bill to governor; would ease length limits on some roads
The North Carolina General Assembly has approved a bill that soon could allow longer tractor-
trailers on more roads throughout the state. The Senate voted 43-1 Wednesday, July 16, to sign
off on changes to a bill that would increase the length of trailers allowed on the state's primary
roads to 53 feet. On Tuesday, July 15, the House approved the bill on a 101-10 vote. The
measure – SB1695 – now moves to Gov. Mike Easley's desk. If signed into law, it would take
effect Sept. 1.
Connecticut lawmaker touts tolling
If a Connecticut state lawmaker gets his way, the state soon would return tolls to certain
highways to bolster revenues for roads. Sen. Thomas Gaffey, D-Meriden, has targeted
over-the-road truck drivers and other travelers to help bridge the funding gap for needed
roadwork.
Oregon DOT to offer voluntary truck inspections July 18-19
The Oregon Department of Transportation's Motor Carrier Transportation Division is offering
voluntary truck inspections Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, at seven locations around the
state.
Simulator is bound for Fergus Truck Show July 24-27
One of the biggest truck shows in North America is just a week off. The Fergus, Ontario , truck
show in Canada is scheduled for July 24-27 at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex.
This year show management has added an amusement park and an 8-cylinder demolition
derby to the agenda, which already included lots of music, truck and tractor pulls, a Show &
Shine and tons of barbeque. But wait, there's more. The Owner-Operator's Business
Association of Canada is bringing the thrill of NASCAR wide-oval racing to the Fergus Truck
Show.
$40 million in grants available for drivers operating in CA trade corridors
Thousands of owner-operators who run through California 's four major trade corridors may be
eligible for a diesel engine grant program that's part of the state's billion dollar Goods
Movement Emission Reduction Program.
Maryland truckers speak out on parking
Truckers who live in Montgomery County , MD , are certain to be interested in a public meeting
next week regarding a bill that seeks to regulate where drivers can park their trucks. The
meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on July 22 at the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building,
100 Maryland Ave. , Rockville , MD.
What would those tolls on I-80 pay for? Pennsylvania officials explain
If the federal government approves the application for tolling I-80, Pennsylvania officials will
have $83.3 billion during the next 50 years for state transportation programs that include
rebuilding the interstate from the ground up.
New Hampshire law will aid road funds
Gov. John Lynch has signed a bill into law in New Hampshire that is intended to help protect
funding for transportation work throughout the state. The new law, previously HB1618, limits the
amount of money that can be transferred from the highway trust fund for non-transportation
uses.
FMCSA silent on Arizona enforcement of TV reg on laptops
Officials with the FMCSA won't say whether the agency has told Arizona to stop citing drivers
with laptops in their cabs, more than a month after the state requested guidance from the
federal agency.
Kentucky sends one letter, suspends CDL privileges for many
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently suspended an unpublicized number of CDLs just
30 days after mailing a request for information to CDL holders.
Missouri law mandates English-only CDL tests, forbids ‘sanctuary' cities
Gov. Matt Blunt has signed a bill into law that calls for trucker-hopefuls in Missouri to prove they
have a firm grasp of the English language to obtain a commercial driver's license. It also
outlaws “sanctuary” cities in the state.
Rhode Island OKs merge bill
Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri has signed a bill into law that mandates a common-sense
practice that road veterans have followed for decades. The new law is designed to protect
police and other emergency personnel during roadside stops.
OOIDA, Volvo, recognize drivers for safe driving records
OOIDA recently announced honorees in the Association's Safe Driving Award program. The
drivers have been recognized by the Association and program sponsor Volvo Trucks North
America for truck driving excellence.
Changes within the U.S. DOT imminent
According to some published reports, Nicole Nason, administrator of the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, told colleagues Tuesday that she plans to leave the agency in
August.
SPECIAL REPORT: GAO study critical of DOT's medical process
A new federal report eyeing the physical fitness of commercial truck drivers is making national
headlines for apparently blaming ill truck drivers for highway safety problems - although a close
examination shows the report is more critical of the medical examination system than the
drivers.
National average price for diesel drops 4.6 cents to $4.71 per gallon
In recent weeks, it seems like truckers have been playing the guessing game when figuring up
their fuel costs before every load as the national average price for diesel continues to fluctuate
up a few cents then back down a few cents.
Canadian truckers urged to comment on speed limiters
A Canadian owner-operator group is urging truckers to submit comments on the controversial
issue of government-mandated speed limiters. Click here to read OBAC's Call to Action.
North Carolina OKs funding for state's first toll road
Gov. Mike Easley has signed into law a budget that includes funding for a toll road in western
Wake County. It will be the state's first toll route.
Rhode Island removes sunset clause on red-light cameras
A new law in Rhode Island ensures that red light cameras in the state will be around longer. It
became law without Gov. Donald Carcieri's signature.
New Louisiana laws aid red-light runners, tighten teen-driving rules
Two new laws in Louisiana are intended to limit the effects of red-light running violations and
tighten driving requirements for teens.
Truckload with $44 million in pharmaceuticals stolen, trailer found empty
A truck loaded with $44 million worth of expensive cancer-fighting medication was stolen
Wednesday, July 16, in what appears to be the latest instance a growing trend of highly
organized truck and trailer thefts.
Boxer, Leahy want EPA chief to explain California global warming waiver
Two U.S. senators are calling for the head of the EPA to explain why the agency denied
California's request to enforce the nation's first car and light truck emissions restrictions based
upon global warming.
Expediter Expo rolls out July 25-26
The transportation industry is noted for its trucking shows, which are found throughout North
America at all times of the year. Only one show, however, focuses solely on a specific area of
trucking. The 2008 Expedite Expo is scheduled for this weekend, July 25-26, at the
climate-controlled Roberts Convention Center in Wilmington, OH.
Texas company admits temporary restroom problem; quickly responds
When Ty Bailey was told the portable toilet was off limits in the staging area at Affiliated Foods
in Amarillo, TX, he thought he was going to have to hold it for a long time. But after being made
aware of the situation, the company responded quickly to resolve the situation.
Former trooper indicted for kicking subdued trucker in the head
A federal grand jury has indicted a former South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper for kicking a
dump truck driver in the head after a high-speed chase in May 2006.
Officials, residents brace for Tropical Storm Dolly
Texas residents are bracing for Tropical Storm Dolly, which is expected to become a hurricane
late Tuesday, July 22, and reach landfall during the day on Wednesday in the Rio Grande
Valley. Click
here to check road conditions or call TxDOT's automated phone system at
800-452-9292.
Truckers' input encouraged at CHP's safety summit in August
Although many truckers may prefer to avoid any interaction with highway patrol officers, an
upcoming summit hosted by the California Highway Patrol actually encourages truckers to
participate. The registration deadline is Aug. 1.
Massachusetts bill would require drivers to move over
A legislative panel in Massachusetts has approved a bill to mandate a practice that has been
followed by professional truck drivers for decades. Dubbed the "Move Over Act," the measure is
designed to protect police and other emergency personnel during roadside stops.
California bill would allow year-round use of some studded tires
The California Assembly has unanimously approved a bill that would authorize certain studded
tires to be placed on vehicles year-round. A similar rule now is in effect in South Dakota, as well
as six other states.
Arizona governor vetoes bills that would have eased gun controls
In Arizona, Gov. Janet Napolitano has vetoed legislation that sought to ease restrictions on
where people can carry guns in vehicles. Other bills to ease gun controls in the state met the
same fate.
Missouri trucker receives Trucker Buddy's Gary King award
Bruce Barnes, an owner-operator from Troy, MO, is the 2008 recipient of the Gary King
Memorial Trucker Buddy Award. Trucker Buddy International connects grade school students
and professional truckers through pen pal correspondence.
Critics say FHWA report on road privatization is one-sided
Critics to long-term leasing or selling of infrastructure, including OOIDA, came out swinging at a
new FHWA report that paints a rosy picture of public-private partnerships. In a press release,
U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters spoke highly of the report, which touts the benefits of
private-sector leases of toll roads in Indiana, Illinois, Virginia and Colorado.
Filter manufacturers accused of price fixing
An antitrust lawsuit filed in March claims that 12 filter manufacturers were involved in a
"massive conspiracy" to, among other things, fix prices. The lawsuit alleges "a massive
conspiracy among the largest manufacturers of oil, air, fuel and transmission filters in the
aftermarket ... to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize prices, rig bids and allocate customers for filters
in the United States."
Indiana trucking company files bankruptcy, leaves bills behind
Say what you will about Hoosier Tradewinds, but the trucking company didn't leave home
without its plastic. The Indiana trucking firm recently filed for bankruptcy, leaving many drivers
unpaid for loads billed.
Pennsylvania officials resubmit I-80 tolling application
Pennsylvania transportation officials have resubmitted an application to the federal government
seeking approval to convert Interstate 80 into a toll road across the entire state.
Maryland truckers speak out at public hearing on proposed parking ban
Truckers had an opportunity to speak out at a public hearing on Tuesday, July 22, on a proposal
to ban the parking of large vehicles along county roads in Montgomery County, MD. OOIDA
Senior Government Affairs Representative Mike Joyce, who attended the hearing, said the
County Council still needs input from more truckers as this bill heads to the Council's Public
Safety Committee.
L.A. mayor, others call for employee drivers at Port of Oakland
Demonstrators, labor leaders and even the mayor of Los Angeles have reportedly called for
truck drivers at the Port of Oakland to be company employees.
Massachusetts bill would OK statewide use of photo-red cameras
A bill working its way through the Massachusetts House would set statewide standards for
red-light cameras. Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Honan, D-Brighton, the bill would allow
communities to contract with companies to install and maintain cameras. The cameras would
capture an image of a vehicle's license plate and another that shows its progression through
the intersection.
California Senate acts to ban text messaging for all drivers
In California, a bill that would prohibit adults from text messaging while driving is halfway
through the statehouse. The Senate voted 39-31 to approve a bill that was amended to add a
provision that would ban so-called "texting" while at the wheel. The bill would remove the
loophole that allows adults to use hand-held devices to send, receive or read text messages
while driving. If approved, it would take effect Jan. 1.
Louisiana poised to boost vehicle liability coverage
A new law in Louisiana will require automobile drivers to carry more liability insurance. The
increases will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2010. The changes will be implemented upon renewal of
policies after that date.
Dolly slams South Texas; weakens as she heads inland
Hurricane Dolly slammed into extreme south Texas and northeastern Mexico around noon
Wednesday, July 23, reaching Category 2 strength with winds of up to 110 mph. Click
here to
check road conditions or call TxDOT's automated phone system at 800-452-9292. Click
here to
view the latest posting from the National Weather Service.
House approves $8 billion fix for Highway Trust Fund
Truckers and other highway users are applauding the U.S. House of Representatives for
approving a bill that would send $8 billion to the Highway Trust Fund. The intent of HR6532,
approved on a 387-37 vote in the House on Wednesday, July 23, is to return $8 billion to the
Trust Fund that was appropriated out of the fund in 1998 for other purposes, according to a
press release from Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR, chairman of the House Subcommittee on
Highways and Transit.
Fistful of dollars: Wisconsin exhaust retrofit program has room for more
Wisconsin's diesel particulate filter retrofit program has enough money for a few more grants
before closing out the emissions-cutting program for the year. As of Wednesday, July 23, the
Wisconsin Department of Commerce had $26,945 remaining for the state's Diesel Exhaust
Retrofit Grant Program. The state Department of Commerce will accept applications until Aug.
15, but may choose to award the grants on a first-come first-serve basis.
New Jersey legislation would ask voters to decide on transportation funding
Multiple legislative efforts in New Jersey are of interest to truck drivers. Among them are
measures that address transportation funding. In the Senate, a proposed amendment to the
state's Constitution would dedicate at least $500 million annually for transportation projects.
Another effort before lawmakers would dedicate revenue from the fuel tax solely for
transportation.
August weekend construction to keep traffic slow in Seattle
Multiple Seattle-area construction projects scheduled during weekends in August could lead to
traffic back-ups as long as 13 miles, some media outlets are reporting. The Washington
Department of Transportation announced this week that it will close southbound lanes of
Interstate 405 near Interstate 90 from 11 p.m. Fridays to 5 a.m. Mondays on the weekends of
Aug. 8-11, Aug. 15-18 and Aug. 22-25.
Massachusetts state lawmaker calls for cash discounts on fuel
Consumers in Massachusetts would get a break from high fuel prices, if a state lawmaker gets
her way. State Rep. Barbara L'Italien, D-Andover, filed legislation that would allow more fuel
stations throughout the state to offer cash discounts. The discounts would override franchise
agreements between oil companies and fuel stations, thus allowing retailers to offer discounts
to customers who pay cash to fill up.
Dallas-area tanker driver allegedly stole 1,400 gallons of fuel
Private investigators reportedly investigating fuel thefts from an Irving, TX, fuel company
followed a tanker driver to his Dallas-area home, where he promptly unloaded the fuel into
tanks at the house.
TxDOT advises against travel in hurricane region
Transportation officials in Texas closed several roadways and issued travel advisories in the
region hardest hit by Hurricane Dolly's high winds and heavy rains. Click
here to view updated
road conditions and closings posted by the Texas Department of Transportation. Click
here for
the latest report from the National Weather Service.
OOIDA member breaks longest tractor-wheelie record
Mike Hagan is a long-haul trucker by trade, but something of a stuntman in his spare time. For
more than four years now, Hagan, a 25-year trucking veteran and OOIDA member from
Whitehall, MT, has been working toward breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest
farm tractor wheelie - a feat he accomplished by going 5.3 miles on his two rear tires at Elk
Park, north of Butte, MT, on Thursday, July 24.
SPECIAL REPORT: House questions medical self-certification, GAO study
Several members of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee expressed
outrage Thursday at the lax standards used by many states to verify the health of commercial
drivers.
U.S. representative to meet with truckers in Washington state on Aug. 8
In recent months, truckers in Chehalis, WA, have staged two fuel protest rallies in hopes of
gaining media and lawmakers' attention about the dire situation they are facing as they
continue to be squeezed by soaring fuel prices. It seems their efforts are paying off. U.S. Rep.
Brian Baird, D-WA, announced this week that he will be hosting a community forum to discuss
the impact of high fuel costs on truckers in Washington state.
Hoosier Tradewinds owner says company has paid its drivers
The owner of an Indiana trucking firm says the company's recent bankruptcy filing hasn't
stopped owner operators and company drivers from being paid. Hoosier Tradewinds of
Arcadia, IN, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 10. Since then, the company has arranged
payments for drivers who are owed money, according to Ben Cook, owner of Hoosier
Tradewinds.
House approves Rep. Oberstar's bridge funding bill
It's been almost a year since the Interstate 35 bridge in Minneapolis collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007,
killing 13 people including a truck driver. In response to a call to action by U.S. Rep. James
Oberstar, D-MN, the House of Representatives voted 367-55 to approve a bill, HR3999, to
intensify the inspection process and prioritize deficient bridges for repairs. The program
includes $1 billion in new funding.
Take note: Primary election season begins Tuesday
Truckers out on the road across the country should take note of the calendar. Primary elections
are scheduled in several states in the coming days. Oklahoma's primary election is set for
Tuesday, July 29. The following week, on Aug. 5, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri will
have primaries, while Tennessee voters will head to the voting booth Aug. 7.
Massachusetts bridge repair plan advances
The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a bill that would allot nearly $3 billion to
speed up repairs of the most neglected bridges in the state.
August weekend construction to keep traffic slow in Seattle
Multiple Seattle-area construction projects scheduled during weekends in August could lead to
traffic back-ups as long as 13 miles, some media outlets are reporting. The Washington
Department of Transportation announced this week that it will close southbound lanes of
Interstate 405 near Interstate 90 from 11 p.m. Fridays to 5 a.m. Mondays on the weekends of
Aug. 8-11, Aug. 15-18 and Aug. 22-25.
Canadian truckers urged to comment on speed limiters
A Canadian owner-operator group is urging truckers to submit comments on the controversial
issue of government-mandated speed limiters. "It is urgent that you make your views known by
responding to this request for comments" OBAC Executive Director Joanne Ritchie stated in the
call to members.
Missouri trucker receives Trucker Buddy's Gary King award
Bruce Barnes, an owner-operator from Troy, MO, is the 2008 recipient of the Gary King
Memorial Trucker Buddy Award.
OOIDA member breaks longest tractor-wheelie record
Mike Hagan is a long-haul trucker by trade, but something of a stuntman in his spare time. For
more than four years now, Hagan, a 25-year trucking veteran and OOIDA member from
Whitehall, MT, has been working toward breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest
farm tractor wheelie - a feat he accomplished by going 5.3 miles on his two rear tires at Elk
Park, north of Butte, MT, on Thursday, July 24.
National average price for diesel drops 11.5 cents to $4.60
The U.S. Energy Information Administration is reporting a decrease in the average price of
diesel this past week of 11.5 cents to put the average at $4.603 on Monday, July 28. In the past
two weeks, the national average price for diesel has dropped more than 16.1 cents. However, it
is still $1.71 more per gallon than it was at this time in 2007.
Arizona officials say they will wait for CVSA input on laptop rule
Truck drivers who use laptop computers in their cabs apparently won't hear an official federal
opinion on such use after all. A spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Transportation
told Land Line recently that Arizona never "formally requested" an opinion from the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration on whether commercial drivers having laptop computers in
truck cabs violates a federal anti-television screen rule.
North Carolina's first toll road project is double trouble for highway users
Highway users are on the hook to pay twice for a tolled highway loop in Raleigh, NC, because
of a funding mechanism that includes highway trust funds and tolls, critics of the plan contend.
I-35 reopens after concrete falls from overpass in St. Paul
Weather-related erosion and road chemicals are being cited as the primary causes for a chunk
of concrete - that weighed more than a half ton - failing from an overpass above Interstate 35 in
St. Paul this weekend.
New Jersey bills address probable cause, CB use and more
Several issues that have been brought up for consideration at the New Jersey statehouse are
of interest to truck drivers. Among them are bills that would require probable cause for
searches and exempt CB radio use from the state's hand-held device restriction.
Massachusetts legislation pushes biofuels
In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to sign a bill into law Monday, July 28, that
offers a combination of first-of-its-kind mandates and incentives to promote the development
and use of biofuels in the state.
Truckers' input encouraged at CHP's safety summit in August
Although many truckers may go out of their way to avoid any interaction with highway patrol
officers, an upcoming summit hosted by the California Highway Patrol actually encourages
truckers to participate. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 1.
CARB schedules more workshops for proposed retrofit rule
The California Air Resources Board has scheduled another wave of workshop meetings to
discuss the agency's proposed in-use on-road diesel engine rule. The rule would essentially
require 1.5 million trucks to meet 2007 emission standards by the year 2012, although several
other compliance possibilities have recently been proposed.
FCC approves merger of XM and Sirius satellite radio operations
It took 412 days for a ruling, but the Federal Communications Commission has approved the
merger of the XM and Sirius satellite radio operations. XM and Sirius officials have assured that
consumers will have choices for equipment and programming if they want to receive both
services. To read the FCC's full statement, click
here.
DOT's new plan for gridlock: 'more slash and burn'
A Bush administration plan that promotes tolling and public-private partnerships is not worth
much with a federal election approaching in November, critics of the proposal said Tuesday,
July 29. Officials with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association say the new plan
just unveiled by U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is nothing more than "slash and
burn" policy. Click
here to read it and other related documents.
Wisconsin APU grant applications due by Aug. 31
Owners of Wisconsin trucking companies can download forms to apply for Wisconsin's $2
million APU grant program - which reimburses trucking companies for 50 percent of the cost of
an APU. According to the state's Web site, the deadline to apply is Thursday, Aug. 31. For more
information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Commerce Web site at
www.commerce.state.wi.us.
Some Australian truckers on strike; threats made against those who aren't
A relatively small group of long-haul truckers in southern Australia has begun a planned
two-week strike, demanding better pay, fuel surcharges and an end to tough new fines aimed
at reducing driver fatigue. The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported that the president of
one of the striking groups sent a letter warning that truck drivers could face violent
repercussions if they defied the call to strike.
ATA sues ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles over truck edict
The American Trucking Association has sued to halt major port restructuring plans being
implemented at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The suit could bring the multi-billion
dollar plan to a grinding halt, slowing economic re-structuring and emissions cuts planned for
the ports.
Illinois city approves additional 2-cent tax on diesel
Known as an oasis for truckers because of the its three large truck stops along Interstates 57
and 64, Mount Vernon, IL, is poised to impose an additional 2-cent per gallon diesel tax,
following a recent City Council meeting. Mount Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley told Land Line
on Tuesday, July 29, that no date has been set on when the new tax will go into effect because
the ordinance has not been signed yet.
West Virginia OKs fuel tax freeze
Truckers and other drivers who fuel up in West Virginia will be spared from a scheduled fuel tax
increase. Gov. Joe Manchin signed a bill into law early this month to stop an increase in the
state's 32.2-cent-per-gallon fuel tax rate that was scheduled for Jan. 1, 2009.
California bill intended to reduce pollution from vehicles
A bill nearing passage at the California statehouse would tap on truckers and other drivers to
help reduce pollution. State law now authorizes air pollution control districts and air quality
management districts to levy a fee of up to $2 on motor vehicle registrations. The measure
would authorize the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District to increase the fee
to as much as $30.
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens faces federal grand jury charge in corruption case
The powerful U.S. senator from Alaska whose name is synonymous with "the bridge to
nowhere" was indicted Tuesday, July 29, on federal charges of lying to investigators during a
public corruption investigation. Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S.
Senate, allegedly accepted gifts from an Alaskan-based oil services company called VECO and
then lied about it. The gifts allegedly included extensive improvements on his home, new cars
at greatly discounted prices and a gas grill.
Truckers want relief from punishing fuel prices as Senate debates issue
As U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle debate whether expanded drilling is the answer to
the ongoing energy crisis in this country, truckers, who are being punished by high diesel
prices, just want relief at the pump – and soon.
Not a UCR host state, Oregon will fine truckers anyway
Motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies that have failed to register
with the Unified Carrier Registration Program became subject to fines effective July 1. And even
though the state of Oregon doesn’t participate in the new program – which replaced the old
Single State Registration System – it will soon begin imposing a fine for UCR non-compliance.
New Jersey Senate OKs requirement to display credit prices for fuel
Fueling stations could be required soon to clearly display both the cash and credit prices for
fuel purchases.
CARB plans webcast Thursday for proposed on-road truck emission rule
Drivers wanting to watch discussion of California’s new emission standards for existing diesel
trucks can fire up their computers and watch a Webcast Thursday, July 31.
Michigan report: transportation spending needs to double
Michigan needs to spend more money to make roads and bridges throughout the state more
viable, according to a report from a special advisory committee.
AASHTO estimates bridges need $140 billion – minimum
State transportation officials from around the country say it will take $140 billion to repair and
modernize 590,000 bridges that are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
Trucking firm, bottled water company fined for emissions violations
A trucking company and a major bottled water maker recently agreed to pay thousands of
dollars for violating air quality standards in California.
No damages to California bridges after quake
California officials say Tuesday’s earthquake near Los Angeles caused no apparent damage
to bridges, roads or rail lines.
Democratic senators: EPA Director Johnson should resign
Several Democratic senators have called for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency
to resign amid complaints that he failed to appear before numerous committee hearings and
“stonewalled” efforts for congressional oversight of his agency.
Highway Trust Fund fix stalls in Senate; but it’s not dead
The U.S. Senate failed to pass a tax-extender bill this week that contained an amendment to
send $8 billion to the Highway Trust Fund.
Senate subcommittee questions value of public-private partnerships
Though public-private partnerships have been discussed at both the state and federal level for
quite some time, there are still some areas of the controversial plans that have yet to be fully
explored.
Deadline is Aug. 15 for Wisconsin exhaust retrofit grant program
Wisconsin’s diesel particulate filter retrofit program has enough money for a few more grants
before closing out the emissions-cutting program for the year. Applications will be accepted
through Aug. 15.
California resolution discourages longer, heavier trucks
An effort in the California Senate that urges the resistance of any attempts to allow longer,
heavier trucks on roadways throughout the state. It will likely draw consideration once
lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday, Aug. 4.
Montana lawmakers seek stricter seat belt rule, 24/7 port of entry
In preparation of the 2009 regular session, Montana state lawmakers have begun drafting bills
for possible consideration.
New York governor urges public-private partnerships
Like the governors of Indiana, Illinois and others before him, and with the governors of
Pennsylvania and New Jersey in a similar bind to find funding, New York Gov. David Paterson
has begun discussing the possibility of leasing of state assets to private investors.
Border agents bust truck with five tons of pot from Mexico
One truck driver from Mexico recently discovered legal limits to the free flow of commerce
between Mexico and the United States.
Rock slide closes Highway 99 for at least five days in British Columbia
Highway officials in British Columbia say it could take five days to clean up a massive rock slide
that shut down Highway 99 near Vancouver late Tuesday night, July 29.