California bill tackles ‘hot fuel' issue A California state lawmaker is calling for a study to analyze the problem of so-called “hot fuel” along with possible solutions to make sure consumers get what they pay for at the pump.
Tax and fees hikes for Delaware roads sidelined An effort that would have helped Delaware cover a six-year, $1.5 billion shortfall during the next six years for transportation has been scrapped. Among the concerns that led to the bill's demise were higher truck fees.
ATA says driver turnover on the rise Driver turnover among large truckload carriers increased in the first three months of this year, according to the American Trucking Association.
Groups to issue report card on cross-border program Organizations representing U.S. truck drivers, safety advocates and motorists will issue a “report card” and a study detailing how the Bush administration is defying Congress with the U. S. DOT's attempt to open the border to trucks from Mexico.
Port container tax bill advances in California The California Senate approved a bill that would generate more than $525 million annually from shippers at ports in the state. It has been forwarded to the Assembly for further consideration.
U.S. House says passport rule should be delayed The U.S. House Rules Committee chairwoman has announced the House “overwhelmingly” voted to delay implementing the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative – which includes passport rules for North American travel – until at least June 2009.
Road delay bill vetoed in Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue dropped the ax on a bill that sought to get tough with contractors who cause construction delays on Georgia roads.
Toll road bill sent to Tennessee governor With the state struggling to pay for needed transportation work, the Tennessee Legislature approved a bill that would authorize tolling as a method to pay for new road and bridge work in the state.
Several trucking bills put on hold in Illinois A bill in the Illinois House that intended to allow some large trucks access on local roads in the state has stalled. A handful of other truck-related bills also have been sidelined for the year.
Now that's a hot tamale U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized one-and-a-half tons of undeclared Mexican white cheese and a half-ton of frozen pork from a Mexican truck pulling a reefer into the U.S. through the border crossing at Pharr, TX.
Louisiana House OKs plans for road work With the end of the regular session in Louisiana less than two weeks away, a bill still drawing consideration would pump about $450 million more into transportation projects.
Nevada ports of entry bill dies When the clock struck midnight on the Nevada regular session, a bill to establish four ports of entry in the state officially died.
New Nevada law boosts funding for roads Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons signed a bill into law that will cover 20 percent of the state's shortfall in road funding. A provision that would have boosted taxes on truckers was removed before the bill was sent to the governor.
FMCSA limits lighting on trucks, trailers Truckers who have auxiliary lights on either side of the three-lamp cluster on their trucks or trailers face violations, thanks to a revision of the lighting regs issued by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials.
J.B. Hunt sues pickup truck driver It's usually the four-wheeler who sues the trucker after a wreck. But Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt Transport is suing two Canton, MS, men after a Hunt truck collided with the back of a pickup on May 1.
California's next step: low-carbon fuel? The California Air Resources Board is expected to soon issue regulations for new kinds of fuels – diesel and gasoline that will have lower carbon content than today's versions.
Failed Alabama bills addressed fuel taxes, left-lane use and probable cause As the clock winds down on the regular legislative session in Alabama, several bills of interest to the trucking industry have fallen by the wayside. Among the failed efforts were legislation to increase fuel taxes, limit left-lane use and give law enforcement officers more power to arrest people for misdemeanors.
Which border ID will you need? Take your pick The federal government has backed way off from its original plan of requiring returning truckers and other Americans to show a passport at the land border crossings beginning next year.
Canadian rail strike coming to an end A three-week strike by Canadian Pacific Railway workers is effectively over, after the railroad and the Teamster’s union reached a tentative three-year contract on Wednesday, June 6.
Road safety bills die, stall in Delaware An effort intended to improve safety on roadways in Delaware by restricting drivers’ cell phone use has died. Another bill to toughen the state’s open container law is stalled.
Fire destroys MD trucking company A six-alarm fire Sunday night destroyed the offices and warehouse of a trucking company that’ s operated in the Baltimore, MD, area for more than 100 years.
TravelCenters of America acquires Petro There's been a big shake-up in the world of truck stops. Travel Centers of America has announced it acquired Petro Stopping Centers in a $700 million deal that involves both outright ownership of some facilities and the lease of others.
Edwards calls for investigation of big oil Presidential hopeful John Edwards wants the Justice Department to investigate a rash of recent mergers in the oil industry, and determine what impact those mergers may have had on high fuel prices.
Biodiesel producers support bill to define renewable diesel Stakeholders in the biodiesel industry are rejoicing now that a bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect biodiesel producers from losing out to big oil. But the battle over federal tax credits is not over yet.