|SPECIAL REPORT: Federal Maritime Commission slows port truck ban?
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 - An environmental plan to restrict trucks entering the ports of Long
Beach and Los Angeles hasn't been stopped by months of political arguments or a federal
lawsuit. However, a low profile federal agency may at least delay the ports' Clean Trucks Plan.
|CVSA announces dates for Brake Safety Week
Truckers will want to note that the CVSA's Brake Safety Week is scheduled to run nationwide
from Sunday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 27.
|Saving your own skin
According to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spokesman, there is an automatic
HOS exemption if an authorized government official issues a declaration of an emergency and
the motor carrier is providing direct relief for the protection of human life or public welfare.
|Hurricane Ike sends gas prices soaring; diesel and oil prices remain steady
Gasoline prices that continue to spike around the country were at first fueled by panic on the
spot markets that sent the price of wholesale gasoline up by as much as a dollar in the Gulf
|President expected to OK Highway Trust Fund fix
President Bush was expected to sign a bill into law Friday, Sept. 12, which transfers $8 billion
from the Treasury's general fund into the Highway Trust Fund.
|60,000 truckers enrolled in TWIC as enforcement looms
The Transportation Security Administration says only 60,000 truck drivers have enrolled in the
Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, although several major ports are
preparing to require TWIC cards next month.
|Judge won't issue injunction; ATA seeks review of port suit denial
A federal judge has officially rejected the American Trucking Association's request for an
injunction to stop a restrictive licensing plan for the trucks that enter the Ports of Los Angeles
and Long Beach every day.
|I-4 downtown Orlando converts to variable speeds
Beginning Monday, Sept. 15, a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 4 in downtown Orlando, FL, will
convert to variable speeds. The idea is to prevent backups by keeping traffic at a steady pace
and avoiding stop-and-go traffic.
|Truckin' for Kids Truck Drags set for Sept. 27-28
The 28th Annual Truckin' for Kids Truck Drags and Show & Shine will be Sept. 27-28 at the
Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA.
|One down, one to go in Pennsylvania
After claiming victory in the fight against I-80 becoming a toll road in Pennsylvania, truckers
turned their attention to other critical transportation issues in the state.
|Nominations sought for Canadian Truck Hero Award
Nominations for the 52nd annual Bridgestone Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award are due
by Sept. 30. The award is designed to give special recognition to a Canadian professional truck
driver who has demonstrated courage, quick thinking and integrity in the face of emergency.
|Quiet! It's time for the 2008 Silent Quilt Auction
The OOIDA Scholarship Committee is once again offering members and drivers everywhere a
chance to bid on a neat quilt, plus contribute to the OOIDA Scholarship Fund.
|Gulf Coast states brace for Hurricane Ike
As more than a million people were evacuating in anticipation of Hurricane Ike - predicted to hit
landfall late Friday or early Saturday - a Texas Department of Transportation spokesman said
evacuation procedures were going "much smoother" than previously during Hurricane Rita.