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Glen P. Kedzie, vice president and associate environmental counsel for the American Trucking
Associations, estimates that compliance with the 2007 standards has resulted in a 2- to 4-
percent reduction in a truck’s average fuel economy, while raising the cost of a new engine by
$8,000 to $10,000 per unit.
|Trucking related fatalities drop 12%, overall fatalities lowest level since 1961
WASHINGTON — The number of overall traffic fatalities reported in 2008 hit the lowest level
since 1961. Additionally the fatality rate, which factors in things such as fewer miles traveled,
also reached the lowest level ever recorded, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration’s 2008 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) which released the
information July 2.
[ Good job, drivers...you're hard work at staying safe is showing. (~SS~) ]
|Nationwide jobless rate hits 26-year high
Sobering news arrived on the jobs front Thursday when U.S. Labor Department figures
revealed the nation's unemployment rate hit 9.5 percent in June - a 26-year high.
Employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs last month. And if that wasn't bad enough,
workers also saw their weekly wages fall, suggesting Americans will have little appetite to
spend and the economy's road to recovery will be bumpy.
|Reader's view: Oberstar sticking it to the little guy
Jim Oberstar proved again he’s more interested in serving special interests than the welfare of
his constituents. Oberstar voted for the so-called climate change bill without having even read
it, just as was the case with the stimulus bill. This bill passes a massive tax on carbon
emissions, notably in areas of energy and agriculture.
|Trying to make border trade, travel a priority
Currently, the House and Senate versions of the FY10 Department of Homeland Security
Appropriations bill are absent funding for critical land port infrastructure upgrades and may fail
to match President Obama's budget request for previously mandated border security initiatives,
BTA officials said.
|Ground broken on $2.7 billion N.J. Turnpike project to ease congestion
EAST WINDSOR, N.J. — Ground was broken Thursday on a $2.7 billion project to ease a long-
standing bottleneck on the New Jersey Turnpike, one of the nation's busiest roads.
[ Now where did NJ come up with $2.7M? (~SS~) ]
|West Virginia Turnpike tolls increase 60 percent
The West Virginia Parkways Authority, which oversees the state turnpike, voted unanimously on
Wednesday, July 1, to increase tolls by 60 percent for cars and trucks.
|North Carolina authorizes temporary fuel tax change
Gov. Beverly Perdue recently signed off on a change to the fuel tax in North Carolina to prevent it
from dropping. Struggling to cope with dwindling funds to pay for roadwork, lawmakers
endorsed legislation to ensure the state's fuel tax rate wouldn't go down this month as
|New Mexico gets serious about 'financial responsibility'
The operating permits of about seven dozen trucking, towing and other transportation
companies have been revoked by the state Public Regulation Commission, reports The
|Happy Canada Day, here's a $390 fine
Ontario trucker Scott Mooney received a "Happy Canada Day" on Wednesday, July 1, as well as
a $390 ticket for violating the province's new speed-limiter law for heavy trucks.
|Bridges in the news
Two bridges in New England and Minnesota are now off-limits to truckers while a bridge in
British Columbia is open to traffic and a new bridge between the U.S. and Mexico is set to open
|Mexico skips Roadcheck this year because of swine flu
The aftermath of the swine flu breakout caused Mexico to skip this year's Roadcheck inspection
blitz according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The 72-hour inspection blitz went
ahead as planned June 2-4 in the U.S. and Canada, and officials in both countries say safety
and compliance continue to improve year upon year.
|EPA grants California waiver for car emissions rule
The Environmental Protection Agency is clearing the way for California and at least 12 other
states to enforce strict new emissions standards for cars, SUVs and pickup trucks. The EPA
announced Tuesday it is granting California's request for a waiver for car emissions standards.
The standards will cover 2012 through 2016 model year engines.
|Lowering Arizona: absence of budget shutters IFTA, IRP
The state of Arizona was shutting down several services Tuesday, June 30, in preparation for
the absence of a state budget by midnight. As of Tuesday afternoon, Arizona’s legislature had
not sent a budget to Gov. Jan Brewer.