|Truckers gear up for March 31 fuel-price rally at Pennsylvania Capitol
A group of truckers near Harrisburg, PA, are putting the finishing touches on a plan to bobtail to
the state Capitol building on Monday, March 31. The truckers want to draw attention to high fuel
prices and the opposition of truckers to plans by the governor to toll Interstate 80 and/or lease
the Pennsylvania Turnpike to private investors.
|Cattle hauler calling for April 1 shutdown
There are a lot of different dates bouncing around for a shutdown by truckers to protest fuel
prices. But most of the mainstream media is going with April 1 - the date that a Carrollton, MO,
cattle hauler is publicizing.
|Small-business trucker understands frustration, but won't join shutdown
By 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, Carol Edwards of Brookhaven Transportation Inc. had already
received the same e-mail three separate times from different people who were forwarding the
message, which calls for a national truck shutdown on April 1. Although, as she said, "everyone
she knows" is talking about the shutdown, Edwards said none of the truckers she personally
knows are going to participate.
|OOIDA official testifies against tolling of I-70 in Colorado
OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Specialist Joe Rajkovacz spoke before a Colorado state Senate
committee in opposition to two bills aimed at converting part of Interstate 70 west of Denver into
a toll road.
|Interstate 10 near Phoenix reopens 10 hours after crash
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 west of Phoenix were closed for 10 hours following two
crashes in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 27.
|Missouri seeks truckers to participate in retrofitting pilot program
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Grace Hill Clean Air Program are
looking for truckers from the St. Louis area that are interested in participating in a retrofitting
pilot program aimed at reducing diesel emissions. Interested truckers can find out more
information at the St. Louis Diesel Retrofit Workshop and Expo, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. to
4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at the Anheuser-Busch Visitor Center in St. Louis.
|New Jersey bill would crack down on road rage
A bill in the New Jersey Assembly is intended to help curb road rage. Dubbed "Jessica's Law,"
the measure would make such offenses as tailgating and making obscene gestures while
driving primary offenses. Under the measure, it would be illegal for motorists to make audible
verbal threats, flash headlights, use demeaning gestures or other such actions directed at
persons driving lawfully.
|New Mexico governor signs bill diverting ticket camera profit
An effort to remove incentives to post red-light and speeding cameras in the city of Albuquerque
now is law. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill that funnels profit from the
program away from the only city in the state to use the enforcement tool. Albuquerque Mayor
Martin Chavez said the rules adopted in the new law, previously SB442, won't change anything.
He said the automated cameras will stay because they make roads safer.
|New Utah law intended to reduce littering along roadsides
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has signed a bill into law boosting the fine for littering on highways in
the state. The increase in fines will apply to "trucker bombs." The new law, previously SB44,
won widespread support in the Senate and House after changes were made. It takes effect July
|OOIDA officials attend annual CVSA meeting this week
While much attention in the trucking industry is turned to Louisville this week for the annual
MATS madness, another event that is possibly even more crucial to truckers' daily operations is
under way in Denver. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has a full lineup of
heavy hitters in the Mile High City to represent the interests of drivers.
|Mum's the word on program specifics with XM, Sirius merger deal
For those interested in the possible merger between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite
Radio, there have been plenty of reports and opinions flying since the Justice Department
announced it was no longer standing in the way of the deal. But for listeners who want to know
about the future of their favorite satellite radio programs, little information is available now and
even less is expected in the near future.