|Home for the holidays?
At OOIDA headquarters in Grain Valley, MO, staffers who talk to thousands of truckers a day
report while many truckers and OOIDA members will treat Thanksgiving Day like any other
working day this year, on the most part large numbers appear to be planning to spend the
holiday with friends and family.
|Oregon steps up chain enforcement this week
The Oregon State Police are increasing patrols though mountain passes this Thanksgiving
week with a special emphasis on enforcing trucking chain law requirements.
|CARB requests truckers' input on proposed retrofit reg for all trucks
If one proposed California regulation is approved on schedule next year, any heavy truck
entering the Golden State would have to meet 2007 engine emissions standards between the
years 2010 and 2013. The California Air Resources Board is asking truck drivers to fill out an
online survey, which is available by clicking here.
|Ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver propose joint truck restrictions
Just as truckers are seeing major operational changes at the nation's biggest West Coast port
complex, a group of ports in the Pacific Northwest is eyeing a similar plan.
|Industry data is crucial; don't blow off the census
In December, more than four million American businesses are scheduled to receive 2007
economic census forms. It's estimated that 180,000 transportation and warehousing
businesses will be among those, so if you are operating your own small trucking business,
those forms could be in your mailbox.
|Pennsylvania meetings draw opposition to tolls
OOIDA members made their presence known during a series of eight public meetings this
month regarding the proposed tolling of Interstate 80. A Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
spokesman said sometimes four or more people sporting OOIDA logos attended to submit
comments against the tolling proposal.
|Fuel fraud: Thieves use pay-at-pump technology to steal millions
Truck drivers and holiday travelers alike swipe their debit cards rather than stand in line to pay
inside. The move saves time and often a shivery walk through nippy parking lots this time of
|It's not just trucks - CARB hits everything from ships to vacuum cleaners
To be sure, the California Air Resources Board has laid a heavy hand on trucking in recent
months. Trucks aren't alone, however.
|Alabama state lawmaker calls for new direction at DOT
The leading lawmaker in the Alabama House is pushing for changes in the state Department
|Massachusetts legislation pushes biofuels
Top lawmakers in Massachusetts are proposing a combination of first-of-their-kind mandates
and incentives to promote the development and use of biofuels in the state.