|SPECIAL REPORT: OOIDA says Quebec reneged on speed limiter pledge
OOIDA officials say Quebec Transportation Minister Julie Boulet has reneged on previous
statements that she would wait on the rest of Canada before implementing a speed-limiter
mandate for heavy trucks in her province. "Our members are furious," OOIDA Director of
Regulatory Affairs Rick Craig said. "Not only is Minister Boulet going back on her word, she is
also disregarding the grim implications this decision will have on trade at a time when Canada
and the U.S. can least afford it."
|2008 retail container traffic to be lowest since 2004
WASHINGTON — Cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports fell again in
October, and 2008 is now expected to be the slowest year since 2004 as the downturn in the
nation’s economy continues, according to the monthly Port Tracker report released today by the
National Retail Federation and IHS Global Insight.
|Optimistic" views follow Election Day; poll worker inspired by process
Key lawmakers and officials with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are
expressing hope that a change in the country's administration will mean a change for the better
for highway users and truckers.
|Key transportation committee members retain seats in House, Senate
The general election of 2008 didn't shake things up very much in the two congressional
committees that wrangle with transportation issues. "Overall, the Democrats increased majority
in the House and the Senate presents us with new opportunities, but also new challenges as
well," said Rod Nofziger, OOIDA's director of government affairs.
|Infrastructure PPPs riskier than ever, some lawmakers say
If ever there was a time for the U.S. DOT and state governments to be cautious about leasing
public infrastructure to private investors, it's during financial uncertainty, two top lawmakers said
Tuesday, Nov. 4. They sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, urging her to
tighten up the guidelines and develop stricter criteria for public-private partnerships for
|EPA fines waste hauler for idling in Massachusetts
The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a trash hauling company in Massachusetts for
exceeding the state's five-minute idling limit. Waste Management of Massachusetts Inc., was
fined $27,200 for excessive idling at its depots in Stoughton, Taunton and West Boylston, MA.
The EPA has collected $329,500 in idling penalties from Capitol Waste Services, Allied Waste
Services and Waste Management.
|California voters decide on several ballot questions to fund transportation
While Californians cast ballots for president and several other elected officials on Tuesday,
Nov. 4, voters in several counties throughout the state also decided on transportation-related
questions. Included below is a sampling of the results for some of those initiatives.
|More truckers plan to bypass Mount Vernon fuel stops
One Texas trucking company's recent decision not to fuel up in Mount Vernon, IL, because of a
2-cent-per-gallon tax on diesel fuel there, has prompted other truckers to follow suit. After
reading about Texas-based Clark Freight Line Inc.'s decision not to fuel up their 200-plus
trucks, as well as their leased trucks, in Mount Vernon, OOIDA member Doug Geeting decided
to take action, too.
|OOIDA Member says Ohio permit fees are oversize, overweight
One state's recent announcement of steep price increases for oversize and overweight permits
appears to have come with little notice, although truckers with oversize and overweight loads
have begun making their voices heard. Ohio is no longer issuing 365-day permits and the
90-day permit fee jumped from $20 to $306 on Oct. 16, and will rise to $528 in March and $750
in July, which will be 36 times the previous cost.
|One toke over the line: Waiver or not, CARB reefer rule hits next month
Trucking businesses with reefer units from California take heed - the California Air Resources
Board will begin collecting data from you next month. More information about the rule is
available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/status_update_07_08.pdf
|Agency seeks toll increases in Illinois; requests public comments
Illinois Tollway officials are proposing to increase tolls for heavy trucks by 60 percent - from $4
to $6.40 - by 2015. Officials with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority recently have opened a
public comment period on the issue and will have 12 public hearings throughout the state.
Click here to visit the Illinois Tollway site, which has the meeting schedule and an online
|Michigan bills seek expanded price gouging protections
Time is running out on a pair of bills in the Michigan House that are intended to further help
protect consumers in the state from being gouged at the fuel pump. The legislative session is
scheduled to wrap up in December.