|Diesel drops a dime; oil flirts with $80
We end the week with the price of diesel fuel down 10 cents from Monday. Oil was trading at
around $81 a barrel today, $66 below its record high.
|DOT promotes freight movement by waterways
U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Thomas Barrett has announced the next DOT plan to
combat congested highways: "America's Marine Highway Program," an initiative to take more
freight and people off the highways and onto ships and river barges. Barrett said that a new
barge line in Norfolk could remove more than 4,000 trucks from Interstate 64.
|Multiple crisis plans floated
The U.S. stock market has lost 40 percent of its value since reaching its record high one year
ago. And one share of Ford Motor Co. stock cost $2.08 on Thursday, Oct. 9, compared with
$7.50 a share five years ago.
|Fuel rationing could continue a few more weeks for truckers in Alberta
Truckers already experiencing lean times in the wake of rocky economic conditions are facing a
new challenge this week - fuel rationing - in the province of Alberta, Canada. As of Friday, Oct.
10, several of the major refineries in Western Canada were shut down because of scheduled
routine maintenance, but unexpected production problems have amplified the fuel shortage
|New York bills would kill some tolls
With the New York Legislature preparing to return from break Monday, Oct. 13, several bills of
interest remain active. One bill would eliminate a toll plaza from Interstate 95 while another
would remove a separate toll facility. Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye, is the sponsor of a
bill that would require the New York State Thruway Authority to stop collecting tolls at the New
Rochelle toll plaza on the New England section of the roadway.
|CARB deploys enforcement officers to ticket truck idlers
California-based trucks and visiting long haulers should take note: Officials with the California
Air Resources Board say the grace period for stricter idling regulations is over. CARB officials
stated in a news release that the agency has sent staffers out on the road "this week" to
enforce recently enacted idling limits throughout the state, including the five-minute limit for
|IRS after California trucking firm for taxes, attempted bribery
A federal grand jury recently indicted three brothers who ran a California trucking business for
allegedly withholding $2.5 million in taxes, in addition to previous charges of trying to bribe an
Internal Revenue Service officer.
|California OKs authorization of GPS installation on windshields
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill allowing drivers in California to take
advantage of technology intended to help with navigation. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2009. The new
law, previously SB1567, allows global positioning system devices to be affixed to vehicle
windshields in specific locations.
|Sen. Boxer hints at 'false' testimony from EPA chief
The final months of President Bush's administration doesn't mean an end to partisan
statements between Republicans and Democrats, and the two-year battle about California's
proposed emissions limits for cars and light trucks is no exception.
|Comment period ends on New York plan that could cost truckers millions
The New York DOT had already received more than 600 comments a day before they were due
on the state's proposed regulation that would force truckers off state roads and onto the New
York Thruway. Jennifer Post, spokeswoman for the NYDOT, told Land Line late Thursday, Oct.
9, that the 612 comments the agency had received so far will be analyzed during the next few
|Police say Mendenhall concocted two death plots from behind bars
Prosecutors say former truck driver Bruce Mendenhall tried to orchestrate two different sets of
murders through two inmates he'd met since being charged with the murder of a Tennessee
woman last summer.
|Bus driver cuts off truck; 14 passengers injured
In Northfield Township, MI - just west of Detroit - 14 members of an Amish church group were
injured Thursday, Oct. 9, in a bus crash. The Associated Press reported the 13-seat bus was
carrying 21 people. Police say the passengers were on their way to a funeral in Ohio.
|HOS exemption set to expire Oct. 15 for fuel deliveries in the South
For truckers who are delivering emergency fuel-related supplies in six southeastern states -
from Louisiana eastward to the Carolinas - the federal exemption from hours-of-service rules
was extended to Wednesday, Oct. 15. To see a copy of the exemption declaration, click here.
|Convoy for a Cure set for one week from Saturday in Ontario
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Canada, and Rachèle Champagne has come
up with a creative way for female drivers to use their driving skills and raise money for breast
cancer research. Champagne is organizing Canada's first-ever all-female convoy, scheduled to
start at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Fifth Wheel Truck Stop in Cornwall, Ontario.
Drivers will then convoy to the 730 Truck Stop in Cardinal, Ontario. Click here for more convoy
|Button, Hart elected to full positions on OOIDA Board
Although the country's election scene is currently dominated by the race to the White House, it's
ballot time, too, for members of the nation's largest trucker association. During the fall meeting
of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Board of Directors on Oct. 1-4 in Grain
Valley, MO, directors voted to fully seat Terry Button of Rushville, NY, and Howard Hart of