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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #022, 2011-05-13
May 13, 2011

Issue #22 | May 13, 2011

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  1. The results of our Email Newsletter Poll (which was announced last month) revealed that no one objected to our keeping our free Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter as a monthly publication. This month, we are pleased to offer you over 100 news items submitted through our site. It's an all-time record!
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    We published a free download on our site since our last newsletter to help drivers document something that can be very important inside their trucks.

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    The first person to write with all the info we require -- and the correct answers -- will receive special recognition in our next email newsletter.
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  5. In case you wondered, items in each section of our email newsletter are listed in order from newest at the top to oldest at the bottom. Sometimes we publish a bunch of articles all at the same time and the order matters. This month, we published 9 interrelated pages that had something to do with idling. Just so you know, the best order to read them is from oldest to newest (or first to last).
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Truck Drivers Blame "Tight Right Lane" for Recent Semi Crashes on I-80

A 4.5 mile section of Interstate 80 is once again causing problems for authorities in Johnson County. On Wednesday another semi driver lost control of a truck and rolled into the ditch near the Dodge Street exit. The dangerous stretch is part of a construction zone that spans from the Herbert Hoover Highway to the Iowa River bridge. The DOT is working to widen the roadway from two lanes to three. "I just called my wife and I told her yesterday I counted five trucks in the ditch," Bob Rickert said on Thursday. "Since then I called her again and said I just saw the sixth one." Only westbound trucks have slid off the Interstate. Rickert said he believes the reason the semi's are going into the ditch is because there is not enough room for trucks to drive in the right lane (of the westbound lanes). "They're actually driving on the shoulder and that shoulder leans towards the ditch and it's just a disaster," he said. ...


Protect your diesel fuel

A common trend today is rising prices, but especially prominent is the rising price of gas and diesel fuel. With the increase in fuel prices, oddly enough, I haven't seen an increase in drive offs from gas stations, commonly referred to as "gas and dash," but I would like to take some time to caution you on theft of diesel. Theft of diesel is something that's starting to become more frequent because of the higher prices. I remember at one time not too long ago the price of diesel was a few cents less than the price of regular unleaded gasoline. Diesel is attractive because it can be used as furnace oil as well as to run a diesel-powered engine. My warning mainly goes out to long-haul truck drivers and gas and fuel merchants. I have heard recently stories about long-haul drivers pulling into truck stops for the night and going to bed for a few hours to rest up for the next leg of their journey, only to wake up to empty fuel tanks. ...


Mexican cross-border comments due Friday

Time is running out for submitting comments on the plan to open the border to long-haul trucks from Mexico. The agency's proposal allowed for a 30-day comment period, which expires this Friday, May 13. Effective comments lay out tangible arguments with examples backing them up. Comments submitted with opinion only risk not being adequately considered in the process. ...


Traffic now freely flowing on I-40 in East Arkansas

Traffic began to return to normal about mid-day Wednesday in several small Arkansas towns as the impact of the reopening of the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 was felt throughout the eastern part of the state. ... Highway officials had closed I-40 due to flooding for the first time ever, as the White River broke records across eastern Arkansas. Water from the river spilled onto the interstate, a crucial commercial link between California and North Carolina, and flooded it for days. ...


Senators blast TWIC costs, enrollment problems for truckers

For almost five years, truckers have said the Transportation Worker Identification Credential was burdensome, inefficient and added virtually zero security to American ports and warehouses. On Tuesday, it was the U.S. Senate's turn. TWIC was slammed by nearly every member present during Tuesday's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing, titled "Are our nation's ports secure? Examining the Transportation Worker ID credentialing program." ... TSA has spent $420 million on TWIC, and the federal government and private sector may spend as much as $3.2 billion on TWIC during the next 10 years, not including the card readers themselves. More than 1.8 million U.S. workers have enrolled in TWIC. The program was created after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The first TWIC enrollments began in 2007 and will start expiring in 2012. Several senators questioned the burdens many truckers faced when being required to drive hundreds of miles, twice, to enroll and pick up their TWIC card. ... Among numerous damaging findings, GAO used covert investigators to prove that unqualified individuals could illegally obtain a TWIC card that would give them access to secure facilities that even documented Americans would not have. "All this money, and what we have right now is less secure than a driver's license. ... The fact that we have this card means nothing - or very little," Sen. John Boozman, R-AR, said. "To me it makes us less secure than ever." ...


Here's more scientific and real-world proof that trailer aerodynamics work.

Jack Latimer sells Airtabs, the wishbone-shaped aero enhancers that many truckers apply to the trailing edges of tractors and trailers. He keeps tabs (so to speak) on studies of truck aerodynamics and recently sent us this information: "Now that fuel is of greater concern to drivers and companies, here are some rules of thumb your readers might find interesting. ...


Alternative power is a topic which will change the world: DTNAs Daum

"Alternative power is a topic which will change the world," said Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), "and at DTNA, clean energy is and will be very important for years to come..." ... In his address, Daum also discussed DTNA's role in many diesel efficiency programs and alternative fuel options, making specific note of the company's achievements in these sectors, including BlueTec Emissions technology, hybrid technology and bringing the earliest factory-produced conventional natural gas trucks to market. ... For the future, Daum said that the company is also starting to work on all-electric vehicles and he thanked public and private-sector partners for their past and ongoing support of the company's efforts to build cleaner, more efficient trucks. "We have enjoyed a constructive and productive relationship [with DOE, EPA, CARB, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and others]," he said. "They invested in this before anyone else believed in it." ... Later, Daum told Fleet Owner, that there are three types of innovation: innovations that improve efficiency and make trucks lower cost, which have already been done; innovations that can deliver a 2 to 4 improvement in fuel efficiency and offer a payback within 2-4 years; and "non-feasible innovations," technologies which need diesel to be at $10 per gallon or more to justify the investment. ...


Federal Budget 2011: Truck drivers keep fuel tax credits By Australian Trucking Association

Truck drivers will continue to receive fuel tax credits despite the $22 billion in cuts in the 2011-12 Federal Budget announced last night. Operators in the trucking industry receive fuel tax credits of 15.543 cents per litre on the fuel they use, provided they meet one of four environmental conditions. The fuel tax credit rate is set so the trucking industry pays for its use of the road system, based on figures calculated independently by the National Transport Commission. ...


Bill would allow tax credit for safety systems

A House bill has been re-introduced that would allow truckers a tax credit for some advanced safety systems. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Advanced Safety Technology Tax would provide a tax incentive for brake stroke monitoring, vehicle stability, lane departure warning and collision warning or mitigation systems. ...


New York truck emissions rules struck down by court

Part of a state law in New York aimed at reducing diesel emissions from heavy-duty trucks has been struck down in court. In 2006, the New York legislature approved the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act that required trucks that were contracted by the state to use best available retrofit technology and ultra-low- sulfur diesel fuel. The retrofit rules would have been burdensome, the New York Construction Materials Association asserted in the legal challenge, according to court documents. Only California has similar state law. The emissions law would have required any truck used "on behalf of" the state to mean subcontractors, sub-subcontractors and others who didn't have direct contracts with the state of New York, as enforced by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation. ...


Illinois on verge of authorizing uniform speeds on more roadways

At the encouragement of truckers, the Illinois Legislature has taken the next step toward uniform speeds on roadways in the state. OOIDA leadership says Illinois truckers should be congratulated for their years of hard work pushing lawmakers to rid the state of speed limit differentials. Since 2009, Illinois law has authorized trucks to travel 65 mph on rural, interstate highways - the same speed as smaller vehicles. The House voted 82-29 on Friday, May 6, to approve a bill that would expand the 65 mph speed limit for cars and trucks to include four-lane, divided highways outside of the Chicago area. ... ...


OOIDA calls on White House to address fuel, regulatory burden

Truckers are paying an average of $4.10 for diesel at current prices, and yet truckers are routinely called upon these days to dig even deeper to shoulder the ever-moving target of regulatory burdens. OOIDA has issued a letter urging President Obama to listen to small-business truckers about fuel, energy and counterproductive regulatory actions. ... [OOIDA President and CEO Jim] Johnston notes that diesel prices are $1 higher than they were a year ago, "resulting in an enormous extra burden on small-business truckers, whose average annual income is less than $40,000." ...


Bergstrom celebrates 20,000 Nite no-idle systems

... In production since 2004, the battery-powered Nite no-idle system is designed to help drivers remain comfortable while adhering to anti-idling regulations. Bergstrom says that with the shipment of the 20,000th unit, Nite system users now are saving a total of 75.8 million gallons of fuel per year; that is equivalent to roughly 1.8 million barrels of fuel, or 8,422 gasoline tanker trucks filled with fuel. ...


CVSA Roadcheck coming June 7-9

Roadcheck 2011, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's 72-hour safety blitz, is scheduled for June 7-9, 2011. CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico). Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America perform the truck and bus inspections. ... Since its inception in 1988, the roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered more than 1 million. Learn more about the program at cvsa.org.


FMCSA Reopens HOS Docket; Comments Sought on Four New Fatigue Studies

Four new fatigue studies have surfaced, and on Friday afternoon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reopened the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking comment period to allow for review of the newly presented research. FMCSA says it is committed to receiving and analyzing all public comments on the studies before it completes its work on the final rule. The agency has extended the final rule publication date and extended the comment period, but it did not say how long the additional comment period would last. FMCSA must post a final rule by July 26. The previous HOS comment period closed on March 4. ... Opposition to the current HOS proposal is widespread, coming from industry, law enforcement, and many in the sleep and fatigue research community. ATA opposes the proposal, and has called for a thorough review of the science behind the proposal, because of "serious questions about the research and data used by FMCSA to justify its proposed changes to the regulations. ...


Hours rule deadline extended

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced May 6 it is extending the comment period for its proposed hours of service rule and as a result will be unable to meet a court-negotiated deadline of July 26 to issue a final rule. ... The agency said only comments related to the four additional documents will be considered during the 30-day extension. The four studies are: * "The Impact of Driving, Non-Driving Work, and Rest Breaks on Driving Performance in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations"; * "Hours of Service and Driver Fatigue-Driver Characteristics Research"; * "Analysis of the Relationship Between Operator Cumulative Driving Hours and Involvement in Preventable Collisions"; and * "Potential Causes Of Driver Fatigue: A Study On Transit Bus Operators In Florida." ...


I-40 shutdown affects truckers and their loads

... "It's a major headache, one that can't be avoided, but one that is very disruptive to our commerce," Lane Kidd said. Kidd is the President of the Arkansas Trucking Association. He says 15,000 to 16,000 trucks travel I-40 between Little Rock and Memphis every day. Now he says many drivers are taking alternate highways as far as 100 miles out of the way. "Chances are, of these shipments, the price of these shipments will go up for sure," Kidd said. "Everyone pays a little more if it costs more to deliver the goods, that's just a reality." It's a reality that could hit everyday items we use. ...


Flooding closes I-40 in Ark.

Truckers are advised to seek alternate routes as both eastbound and westbound traffic on busy I-40 in Arkansas has been closed due to flooding. ... The westbound detour stretches 120 miles with drivers reporting average speed at 10 mph. I-40 in Arkansas is one of the busiest highways in the country, according to the Arkansas Trucking Association. ...


Hope it was worth it, TomTom

One of the world's largest GPS manufacturers is taking some heat after it was revealed they sold user data to law enforcement agencies, including motorist speeds and locations. TomTom, which makes GPS devices for motorists, recently confirmed that it has sold user data to police. The data, in turn, was used by Dutch police to drum up new speed trap locations. ...


Lawmakers protest cross-border trucking plan

At least 35 federal lawmakers have signed a draft of a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood protesting the DOT proposal for a cross-border trucking program with Mexico. ... "The proposal is an undue burden on taxpayers, including buying and monitoring electronic on-board recorders the department will require for Mexican trucks involved in the program," [Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)] wrote. "The cross-border trucking program is a straight handout to Mexico at the expense of American jobs, taxpayer dollars and security," he stated. ...


Delaware Raises Bridge Tolls

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission approved a new toll rate structure that will go into effect July 1. Under the new toll schedule, the Commission will continue to provide discounted E-ZPass rates for regular commuters and for trucks that travel during off-peak periods. ... Under the 2011 toll adjustment, commercial (truck) toll rates will rise by 75 cents per axle - to $3.25 from $2.50 per axle for non-pickup two-axle trucks, and to $4 from $3.25 per axle for trucks with three or more axles. The new rate schedule will maintain the 10-percent discount for trucks that travel across a Commission bridge during off-peak hours - 9:01 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. ...


Truck drivers focus on ways to lower fuel prices

Professional truck drivers aren't just talking about the rising cost of fuel these days. They're taking steps to do something about it. OOIDA leadership along with Washington, DC, staff and the Association's Board of Directors recently drafted a set of driver-focused principles to address high diesel prices. It's a commonsense approach that members can use when they talk to their lawmakers or policymakers about the issues. ... In addition to incentives to increase domestic production, truckers want assurances that those buying the fuel are the ones receiving the fuel surcharges. OOIDA also stresses the role of driver training in fuel consumption, and offers that as an alternative to costly add-on technology. ... The average owner-operator spends more than $50,000 on fuel annually while averaging 107,500 miles. Approximately 16,000 of those miles are logged as empty or unloaded. Add in detention time, mandatory rest periods, idling, down time and personal conveyance and it's easy to see that fuel consumption is not just about highway driving. ...


Scottsdale alters approach to truck routes

Scottsdale is trying a different approach to regulate big trucks on city streets. Instead of telling truck drivers which streets they can use, the city will designate which ones they cannot use. ...


DOT awards grants for truck parking monitoring

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $4.48 million to Michigan's I-94 Truck Parking and Information Management System and almost $2.05 million to Minnesota's Comprehensive System for Assessing Truck Parking Availability. Both systems will deliver real-time information on parking availability through intelligent transportation systems. ...


California hiking bridge tolls

The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) in Northern California is reminding the operators of tractor-trailers and other vehicles with more than two axles that a one-year exemption from an increase in bridge tolls instituted last year comes to an end this summer. The agency said the first step in the two-phase toll increase for multi-axle vehicles takes effect July 1 and will remain in place through June 30, 2012. During this period, BATA said the toll for three-axle vehicles or combinations on the region's seven state-owned toll bridges will increase to ... ...


PennDOT OKs limits on brake retarders

Truck drivers, take notice. Signs in Morrisville will soon be going up to let you know that brake retarders are prohibited on certain borough streets. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation gave Morrisville its blessing to stop the use of brake retarders on portions of state-owned streets - Delmorr, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Trenton avenues and Bridge Street. ...


Committee Urges FMCSA to Seek Jurisdiction Over Shippers

The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee recommended the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seek jurisdiction over shippers, receivers and brokers who 'unduly detain' drivers. In a letter to FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, David Parker, chairman of the MCSAC, said the agency should seek legal authority to take action against entities other than motor carriers or drivers that cause or contribute to FMCSA safety violations. These parties have the power to 'unduly detain' drivers during the loading and unloading of trailers, sometimes days on end. These delays can potentially affect a driver's ability to make delivers on time or comply with hours of service regulations. ...


CSA Part 2: Maintaining your equipment

CSA and YOUR RIG Now more than ever, you're responsible for what you drive, including company trailers. Take control of maintenance with robust inspection procedures and self-education to avoid inspection hassles. ...


Fuel prices threaten U.S. economic recovery Shipping costs, driver shortage could lead to pricier products, spending slowdown

Just as the U.S. economy was showing more traction, renewed worries have surfaced over higher fuel prices - and related transportation concerns - that make it trickier and more expensive to ship consumer goods and raw materials across the country. "We're looking at the kind of inflation squeeze we saw in the mid-'70s after the oil embargo, but retailers then were ultimately able to pass costs along, as salaries were able to catch up," said retail analyst Doug Short. This time, retailers may not be able to fully keep pace by asking consumers to pay more, because so many people are out of work nationally, and salaries aren't rising for others who have jobs. ...


Tornado Outbreak Destroys Truckstop, Affects Carriers, Shippers, Drivers

Tornadoes that ravaged wide swaths of the South Wednesday demolished a Virginia truckstop and dealt damage to several trucking companies. In the worst outbreak since 1974, 164 tornadoes blitzed 13 states on Wednesday, killing at least 230 people. Alabama was hit hardest with an estimated 128 deaths, prompting President Obama to declare a state of emergency there. Varying amounts of damage were inflicted on the trucking industry in several states. A Petro truckstop along I-81 in Glade Spring, Va., was destroyed in a direct hit by one of the twisters. Nearly 40 tractor-trailers were picked up by the storm, some thrown onto the freeway. According to reports, large amounts of diesel fuel were spilled in the roadway and into a nearby sediment pond - teams of hazmat workers were dispatched to clean up the fuel. ...


Colorado bill would impose idling restriction

An effort to limit unnecessary idling of trucks is winding its way through the Colorado statehouse. A separate measure addresses overweight permits. The city and county of Denver now limit idling to 10 minutes each hour. ... Affected vehicles would be limited to idling for no more than five minutes per hour. ... Supporters say the restriction is needed because excessive truck idling is extremely detrimental to the state's air quality, and costs business more money. The proposed restriction is touted as going a long way in making cleaner air more widely available. Violators would face fines of up to $150. Repeat offenses could result in up to $500 fines. ...


FMCSA Advisory Committee to Make Recommendations on Sleep Apnea

The next step in the federal effort to address sleep apnea in truck drivers will come this summer, when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will ask a panel of advisers for recommendations on how it should proceed. ...


IdleAir Freezes Prices Through 2011

Today IdleAir announced the 2011 Price Guarantee Program, which freezes current prices through the end of 2011. IdleAir Premium Service will remain at $1.99/hr through 12/31/2011 and IdleAir's Extended Stay Service for continuous stays beyond the first 10 hours (at $1.99/hr) will remain at $1.25/hr through 12/31/2011. ...


IdleAir continues plan to differentiate itself from former company

As fuel prices hover above the $4-range, some truckers without APUs are turning off their engines and exploring cheaper alternatives for their heating, cooling and electrification needs. Nearly a year ago, Convoy Solutions LLC bought IdleAir, formerly spelled IdleAire, and has since launched an aggressive campaign to differentiate themselves from the old company. ... IdleAir services are currently being offered at 21 sites in nine states for $1.99 per hour for the first 10 hours of usage. After that time, the price drops to $1.25 per hour as part of the company's new extended stay program. Maurer said the company's "Adapter April" promotion, which ends April 30, has been extremely successful for drivers who may want to use their services, but may not think they can afford one. "The adapters are basically free with this promotion," he said. "We are offering the adapters for $5, then giving them a $5 credit to use toward our services. We don't want cost to be a barrier for anyone to try our services." ...


Pennsylvania Turnpike lease 'off the table'

As officials in Pennsylvania look for ways to balance the transportation budget, the chairman of a governor-appointed task force says leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike to private investors is off the table. So is a hike in fuel taxes. ... Public-private partnerships will be considered, however, including proposals for new lanes and roadways built and financed with tolls. A limited use of tolling on existing roadways may also be considered, but the commission's final report is not due until Aug. 1. OOIDA considers the tolling of existing roadways as double taxation on highway users. The Association also opposes the lease or sale of public roadways to private investors. Increases in fuel taxes, including diesel, are off the table as well, Kirkpatrick said. ...


Fuel cards hacked? Comdata warns of account thefts

Truck driver Albert Yoshimoto received a phone call a couple weeks ago from Comdata, the fuel card service he uses for his San Antonio-based fleet. "Have you been writing a bunch of $1,000 checks?" the voice on the other line asked. "They've cashed a bunch of them overnight." "They" turned out to be thieves who somehow learned enough about Yoshimoto's Comdata account to write $12,000 worth of checks in one night, including several $1,000 checks Hackers have increasingly targeted fuel card and checking service accounts used by truckers, several sources recently told Land Line Magazine. ...


Red-light, greenback light

The issue over red-light cameras has never been hotter than it is right now in Los Angeles as the City Council prepares to review the current camera contracts. The National Motorists Association and OOIDA are pushing against the renewal, saying red-light cameras are more about making money than they are about safety. Approximately 80 percent of the tickets are issued for rolling right turns, says Gary Biller, executive director of the National Motorists Association. Those tickets are $466 a pop. ...


EOBRs controversy over the national airwaves missing extant/emerging solutions

... In the NPR piece, owner-operator Terry Button is featured (click the photo thumbnail of him here, by Maggie Starbard, for the full story), taking the point of view that a mandate is unnecessary. ... As in all such reporting I've seen outside the trade press here, what the report totally misses is that low-cost EOBR options exist, which I've reported on here, and more are quick on the way. ...


Truckers Torn Over Weight Limit Proposal

Fuel efficiency and safety are at the center of a debate over new legislation on truck loads. There's a bill looking to raise the federal weight limits for cargo on interstate highways. The maximum load would increase from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds. ... "It would actually lessen the fuel usage," says truck driver Buddy Saxton. "It would be nicer to have one truck rather than two trucks doing the same load. I think it's a good idea." But not every driver is convinced that carrying an almost 100,000 pound cargo load is a good idea. "Plain and simple, the more freight you haul the heavier it is, and the less fuel mileage you're going to get," says Richard Pratt. "The less fuel mileage you are not going to be able to do as much." ...


OOIDA members testify on fuel and regulatory issues

OOIDA Life Member Dick Pingel has 28 years experience and 3 million safe miles to his credit. The one-truck owner-operator from Plover, WI, recently shared some facts and opinions about trucking during a congressional hearing on the effects of fuel prices on small businesses. Pingel told the U.S. House Small Business Committee's Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade that a nickel increase at the pump can mean $1,000 in additional fuel costs for a small-business trucker. "Small-business truckers always drive with an eye towards saving fuel no matter what the price, because our business survival depends on it," Pingel told the subcommittee. ...


Canadian trucker gets 2 years prison for marijuana

A Canadian truck driver has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for smuggling 240 pounds of marijuana across the border in a load of paper towels. ...


Truckers with prior crashes, convictions 50 more likely to crash again: study

Truck drivers with prior crashes, violations and convictions are more susceptible to being involved in a future truck crash those with clean driving records, according to a recently released report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). The analyses in the report, which draw on data from more than half a million US truck drivers over a two-year timeframe, focus on a dozen driver behaviours that raise a driver's risk of being involved in a truck crash by more than 50. ...


Improper signal violation likely to lead to truck crashes: ATRI

A "first-of-its-kind" study by American Transportation Research Institute reveals some not-so-surprising conclusions about truck driver records and the risk of crashes. Truck drivers, the study says, with poor driving records are more susceptible to being involved in a future truck crash than their peers with clean driving records. Researchers drew from several driver-specific databases from 2008-2009 to statistically relate those data to future crash probability. The findings, based on data from 587,772 U.S. truck drivers, single out about 10 behaviors that are up to 50 percent more likely to lead to accidents. ...


Kansas approves 75 mph speed limit

In an effort to make Kansas more competitive with nearby states, a new law allows truckers and others traveling through the state to pick up the pace a bit. Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a bill giving the Kansas Department of Transportation the go-ahead to increase the speed limit by 5 mph on portions of highway. Previously Hb2192, the new law authorizes speeds for all vehicles to be increased from 70 mph to 75 mph on rural stretches of divided four-lane highways as early as July 1. ...


Open for business: Delaware opens 24 truck electrification spaces

Truckers without APUs now have another alternative to idling when stopping at the Smyrna Rest Area in Delaware. On April 19, a grand opening was hosted for 24 electrification spaces for trucks at the site. These are the first of their kind available in Delaware. ...


Can CARB make out-of-state reefer owners upgrade equipment?

Tony Ahlers couldn't believe the letter he received from the California Air Resources Board. Ahlers, a 33-year-old owner operator and OOIDA member from Laurens, IA, was caught in February at a Bakersfield scale house while running a 2001 model year engine reefer. Yes, the air quality agency would accept his $1,000 fine for violating the state's TRU (reefer) Rule in February. However, CARB stated, Ahlers also would be required to upgrade the reefer and prove he had upgraded it - regardless of whether he enters California again. Regardless of whether his reefer continues to meet emissions standards in 49 states. ... CARB fines in-state companies for failing to be registered with its TRU registration system up to $500 for each occurrence, and the agency fines "in-use performance violations" up to $1,000. Repeat offenders can be fined up to $75,000. ...


Research Links Truck Crash Involvement to Driver History

A study by the American Transportation Research Institute reveals that truck drivers with poor driving records are more susceptible to being involved in a future truck crash than their peers with clean driving records. The analyses in the report draw on data from 582,772 U.S. truck drivers over a two-year time frame to expose a dozen driver behaviors that raise a driver's risk of being involved in a truck crash by more than 50 percent. The report shows that a 'failure to use/improper signal' conviction was the leading conviction associated with an increased likelihood of a future crash. When a truck driver was convicted of this offense, the driver's likelihood of a future crash increased 96 percent. Nine additional convictions were also significant crash predictors... ...


Massive strike by truck drivers at Shanghai ports yesterday, mainstream media silent again

Hundreds of angry truck drivers blockaded Shanghai's Baoshan port yesterday as part of a three day strike against rising fuel prices and higher handling fees charged by the port. Entrances to the docks were blocked, preventing the pickup and receipt of containers, and the windows of trucks belonging to other drivers who refused to take part were smashed by protesting drivers. ...


Pennsylvania Puts 144 Trucks OOS in One-Day Rural Enforcement Effort

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 144 trucks and 32 drivers out of service during a one-day enforcement effort that focused on commercial vehicles traveling on rural roads and non-interstate highways. "National statistics show that more than 50 percent of all truck crashes occur in rural areas and on non-interstate highways," said Commissioner Frank Noonan. ... Noonan said the enforcement teams inspected 1,361 vehicles. In addition to placing trucks and drivers out of service, officers issued 651 citations and 1,366 written warnings. The most common violation found by the teams was brakes... ...


Roadcheck set for June 7-9

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold Roadcheck, its annual vehicle inspection program, June 7-9. During a 72-hour period, an estimated 10,000 CVSA-certified federal, state and local enforcement personnel conduct truck and bus inspections at 1,500 North America locations. ...


Trucking Regulations Can Add to Driver Health Problems

... Truck driver health is an important issue that seldom receives the media attention that it deserves. We are all familiar with the health problems that many drivers face, all due to the trucking lifestyle. When you dig a little deeper, you will discover that most of these health issues can be attributed to one single factor: stress. Dig even more, and you will find that truck driver health problems can be brought on by something as seemingly simple as a change or revision within a particular regulation. Serious thought should be given by the FMCSA on the possible health risks that drivers may experience when a new regulation is being considered, such as the proposed hours of service (HOS) change. We are all well informed on the various categories of illnesses that the trucking lifestyle brings, but one really only needs to look at one single element, the stress factor. Clinical research has shown that stress causes as much as sixty to ninety percent of all illnesses. The professional driver is already surrounded by a very stressful environment and perhaps the number one focus of any driver is finances. When regulations are imposed that can cut into the drivers' ability to earn a living, financial stress and worry can lead to serious health complications. ...


Forecast: Good times won't last long

Trucking companies should take advantage of today's economic recovery because it will be relatively brief by historical standards, and then the economy will fall back into recession, an FTR Associates economist forecast said April 19 in a CCJ online seminar. "You better make hay now because after two or three years we'll be right back in recession," said Noel Perry, FTR managing director and senior consultant. "You only have a few years to put aside savings you'll need for the next downturn." One reason he's pessimistic is the weak housing industry outlook. Housing ownership is down and housing starts will remain low for many years to come. Construction and housing, which accounts for 14 percent of trucking freight, represented 37 percent of trucking's decline since 2006. Another problem that will make for a volatile market is the high level of federal debt and its impact on long-term interest rates. ... ...


Texas House OKs uniform speeds all day

Truckers and other drivers in Texas could soon be allowed to travel at the same speed, night and day. ... Todd Spencer, executive vice president for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the only speed limit policy that makes sense is to have all vehicles traveling at the same speed. "In every instance that lawmakers look at the issue of speeds the only policy that makes sense is having all vehicles travel at or close to the same speed," Spencer said. ...


9 Myths About Safety Belts for Truck Drivers

BE READY. BE BUCKLED. ...


TWIC program under fire

The U.S. House transportation committee blasted the Transportation Security Administration for delays in approving TWIC readers. Meanwhile, Congress is considering legislation to address renewal deadlines for TWIC holders. The TSA is still conducting the pilot program for readers to verify the Transportation Worker Identification Credentials' biometric identifiers, Chairman Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said. "Without any readers, TWIC is about as useful as a library card," he said. ... The TSA has issued almost 1.8 million TWIC credentials since 2007. A 2002 Congressional mandate requires truckers and other maritime workers needing unescorted escort at ports obtain the card, valid for five years. A TWIC card is $132.50, but applicants with comparable background checks, such as Free and Secure Trade card holders, pay $105.25. Renewal price and the original price are the same. ...


Comment period extended for EOBR mandate

The FMCSA has extended the comment period for a proposed rule regarding electronic on-board recorders and hours-of-service supporting documents. The comment period that had been scheduled to end April 4 has been extended through May 23 at the request of stakeholder groups. ... OOIDA believes EOBRs will not deliver the safety benefits or solve hours-of-service issues as the FMCSA maintains. Not only that, but EOBRs would add operating costs to businesses and add to the onslaught of burdensome regulations that truckers are already facing. Back in 2007, the FMCSA floated a plan aimed at requiring EOBRs for so-called "bad actor" carriers in the industry, and followed through with a proposed rule in 2010 and a proposed enforcement date in summer 2012. OOIDA filed a legal challenge of that rulemaking in October 2010 on grounds that there is no proof that the devices can accurately or automatically record a driver's hours of service and duty status, and that a 24-hour monitoring is a violation of a driver's Fourth Amendment rights. [See article for links to make comments.] ...


Truckies oppose changes to road user charges

[New Zealand] Truck drivers say proposed changes to road user charges will push up their costs, pose safety risks and threaten many small businesses. The changes, currently before a select committee, would see a truck's road user charges (RUC) calculated on the maximum total weight it is able to carry, regardless of what it is carrying. Currently, companies nominate the gross weights they will be carrying and buy their RUC based on that. ...


Trucking Groups Oppose DC Parking Tax

The American Trucking Associations and three other groups filed comments with the District of Columbia against proposed regulations that would impose a parking tax on the operators of commercial vehicles loading or unloading in the city. The regulations would require motor carriers parking in DC to buy annual or daily permits to do so, would severely restrict the time and place of parking, and would require vehicle decals to evidence payment of the tax. An annual permit would cost a large fleet upwards of $20,000, and the charge would be based on the size of a carrier's entire fleet, not just those vehicles that may park in the District. ...


Truck Drivers Life Expectancy Rate - Where's the Proof?

... If truck drivers are living shorter lives than others, is it because of health issues associated with the trucking lifestyle, or is it due more to the dangers and hazards of life on the road or a combination of the two? Hopefully, this new "study" will settle the truck driver life expectancy rate once and for all and will not doctor the numbers to satisfy desired results. ...


Private companies to bankroll motorway rest stops

PRIVATE companies rather than taxpayers are to bankroll and operate the stalled motorway service areas. The first four service areas were built by the National Roads Authority (NRA) on the M1 (Dublin to Belfast) and M4 (Dublin to Galway/Sligo) motorways. But plans for eight others were shelved last year after the Government ran out of cash. ... The rest areas for drivers are deemed vital for road safety. There has been constant demands for the service areas from truck drivers unable to pull in and rest on long journeys. Car drivers complain that they risk falling asleep behind the wheel because there is nowhere to stop on any of the other newly built motorways. ...


Hands off truck drivers, NTI tells authorities

National Transport Insurance has delivered a rebuke to Australia's road safety agencies over their negative focus on heavy vehicle drivers. The latest Major Accident Investigation Report by the NTI's National Truck Accident Research Centre and authored by the NTI's Industry Relations National Manager, Owen Driscoll, reinforced the fact that, in a hefty majority of cases, truck drivers are not to blame. ...


ATA Leaders Call on FMCSA to Retain HOS Rules in Face of New Data

Officials from the American Trucking Associations again called on the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, to abandon their proposed changes to the hours-of-service rules following the release of new data showing significant declines in truck-related crashes. ...


Mid-America Trucking Show round-up

New products introduced at this year's Mid-America Trucking Show seem to be a sign of increasing economic growth and renewed confidence. ...


ATA: Trucking achieves record best safety performance

The American Trucking Associations has done the math, and the latest data shows trucking is safer than ever. According to an ATA analysis, the rate of truck-involved fatalities on U.S. highways fell to 1.17 per 100 million miles in 2009 - making that year the industry's safest since the federal government began keeping track in 1975. The rate fell 14.1 percent from the revised fatality rate of 1.37 in 2008, according to the analysis of Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. ...


New electric parking spots to reduce pollution

Truckers stopping to rest at the Smyrna Rest Area will now be able to power their trucks without running the diesel engine, saving money on fuel and reducing pollution. The new 24 hour parking spots will provide truckers with electric power, cable TV, connection to the internet, and heat or air conditioning. ...


Driver survives truck-train collision

The driver of a tractor-trailer escaped with his life but went home with a ticket after his race to beat a train was unsuccessful, authorities said. ...


B.C. trucking firm mulls compensation for lengthy highway closure

VICTORIA - The Vancouver Island company that owns a fuel truck involved in a weekend crash northwest of Victoria is offering to compensate drivers affected by a lengthy highway closure. ... The company also says it's working to clean up the mess that was caused when its tanker truck flipped, closing the highway for 22 hours and spilling 42,000 litres of gasoline and more than 3,100 litres of diesel fuel. ...


Decline in truck-related crashes quashes need for HoS changes: ATA

The American Trucking Associations has once again called on the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to abandon their proposed changes to the Hours-of-Service rules following the release of new data showing significant declines in truck-related crashes. "Since FMCSA began its effort to revise these rules, we have said the current rules are working. The Obama Administration's own data now supports that belief," said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. "Since the agency first changed the hours rules in 2004, the truck-involved fatality rate has dropped by 36 - nearly twice as fast as the overall fatality rate on our highways - and that's not a coincidence: the current rules are working. ...


EOBRs an invasion of privacy? DOT wants to know what you think

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking for additional comments on whether its proposed mandate EOBRs sets up the possibility of driver harassment. The agency doesn't believe its proposal would lead to driver harassment and privany violations during roadside inspections, but in reaction to a recent suit challenging that fact, it wants to be sure that everyone has a chance to comment on the issue. The suit was brought by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) against last year's preliminary rule... ...


'Jake brakes' now banned in DeWitt

The approaches to DeWitt may become a little quieter now that the city has adopted an ordinance prohibiting the use of "jake brakes." The DeWitt City Council Monday night adopted Ordinance 724, "prohibiting the practice known as 'jake-braking' [motor-braking]." "Jake brakes" are a device many large trucks use for sudden braking. Although designed for use in emergencies, the device is used by many truck drivers to slow the vehicle suddenly when entering a city or other area with a reduced-speed limit. ...


Driver error main cause of fatalities

[IrishTrucker.com] Driver error is the main contributory factor towards fatal accidents, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The UK's leading road safety charity conducted research which shows that factors such as failure to look properly, loss of control and poor turn or manoeuvre, account for 65.3 of fatal accidents. ...


I-29 detour creates hassle, expense for businesses

The closure of Interstate 29 north of here [Fargo] is more than a headache for area businesses. It's costly. The route between Fargo and Grand Forks that normally is 79 miles for Valley Express truck drivers is now a 116-mile route, said owner Glenn Nelson. That's adding $60 to $80 in shipping costs for each trip, Nelson said. The detour also restricts trucks that are overweight or hauling anything that is over in dimension, Nelson said. ...


Florida lawmakers pursue reversal on red-light camera use

A year after Florida lawmakers gave communities around the state the green light to pursue automated enforcement cameras, a legislative effort at the capitol would repeal the authority. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 21 states have laws permitting at least one type of automated enforcement. Conversely, 10 states have acted to prohibit use of the enforcement tool. The Senate Transportation Committee voted 4-2 to advance a bill that would force local governments in more than 50 cities and counties throughout Florida to yank down cameras at intersections to catch red-light runners. Since July 2010, localities have been authorized to post the cameras at intersections. Violators face $158 fines. ...


Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Creates Driving Healthy Resource

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety have created the Driving Healthy resource network on a website, Facebook, and Twitter for commercial motor vehicle drivers. Sponsored by the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence in accordance with their mission to disseminate advanced transportation safety technologies, Driving Healthy provides practical and free health information and best practices for CMV drivers. ...


OOIDA handed another favorable ruling in C.R. England case

U.S. Magistrate Judge David Nuffer issued an order in late March that ruled in OOIDA's favor on a major issue in the classwide accounting in the case of OOIDA v. C.R. England. Salt Lake City-based C.R. England had been arguing that any moneys tendered to drivers at final settlement constituted the return of escrow funds. OOIDA's attorneys vigorously opposed this approach as "rewarding the wrongdoer." Judge Nuffer agreed with OOIDA and rejected C.R. England's argument. ...


Staying ahead of the inspectors

Under the new CSA program, you don't want to take any chances about whether your equipment will pass inspection. These Overdrive articles explain how to maintain lights, brakes and other common areas of equipment failure. (If the article is not visible in your browser, click ZOOM OUT in the top left): Tires and brakes ... Lights and electrical systems ... Power- and drivetrain ... Trailers and other topics ...


Fines for idling soon could be a reality for Oregon truck drivers

Truck drivers and other commercial vehicle drivers soon may no longer be allowed to let their trucks "idle" for more than five minutes. A proposal, drawn from a Department of Environmental Quality recommendation, would ban such activity and could lead to a $180 fine. The new provision would not apply to trucks operating auxiliary generators or temperature control units for food and other perishable cargo. ...


FMCSA opens comment period on EOBR

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on April 12 requested additional public comment on its Feb. 1 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding mandatory electronic onboard recorders for commercial motor vehicle operators who must keep records of duty status. ...


Truck-involved fatality rate declines 14

A 14 drop in the truck-involved highway crash fatality rate between 2008 and 2009 - the latest years for which finalized data is available - is being viewed both as proof the current regulatory framework for truck-safety procedures is working and validation of trucking's own internal safety efforts. ...


C.R. England and SleepPointe Train Drivers on Fatigue Awareness - Sacramento Bee

C.R. England, a Salt Lake City-based global transportation provider, and SleepPointe, a sleep apnea compliance solutions provider, have joined together to sponsor a Fatigue Awareness Month campaign intended to train semi-truck drivers on fatigue awareness and proper fatigue management through a variety of activities. The Fatigue Awareness month campaign will include a number of activities during April designed to educate and train C.R. England drivers, independent contractors, and employees through training, seminars, safety videos, ... ...


Diesel soars past $4

The national average retail price of diesel surged past $4 a gallon, increasing 10.2 cents to $4.078 a gallon during the week ended April 11, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. All regions reported prices above $4. ...


No-cost parking permits for overnight truckers in Williams

Williams officials approved a no-cost parking permit program Wednesday to help downtown hotel owners make parking available for overnight truckers. The City Council voted 5-0 to restrict parking on Seventh and B streets, except for those who display proper parking passes. ... The new permit parking allows the city to free up and make dependable spaces for regular truckers staying in the downtown hotels at night, and still allow for short term, hourly parking during the day, Bergson said. ...


Truckers: Opening Border To Mexico Is Irresponsible

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is infuriated on behalf of small-business truckers and professional truck drivers at today's announcement by the White House to open up U.S. highways to Mexican trucks. "This is the wrong plan at the wrong time for numerous reasons," said Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of OOIDA. "It's irresponsible and reckless. The Administration must reconsider or Congress must step in again to force them to do the right thing." The majority of trucking companies based in the U.S. are small businesses. As many as 93 of all motor carriers have fewer than 20 trucks in their fleets and 78 of motor carriers have fleets of six or fewer trucks. Owner-operator fleets averaging slightly more than one truck represent nearly half the total number of heavy-duty commercial trucks operated in the U.S. Those trucking companies and truck drivers must contend with ever-increasing safety, homeland security and environmental regulations that dramatically affect their costs of operation as well as their ability to make a living at their chosen profession. Mexico does not have an even remotely equivalent regulatory regime for its trucking industry and drivers. ...


Bill Would Allow States to Raise Truck Weight Limits

A bill was introduced in the Senate Thursday that would put an end to the federal freeze on changes in truck sizes and weights, allowing states to allow 97,000-pound, six-axle rigs on their highways. The Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (SETA) is cosponsored by Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). The bill number is S. 747. Like identical companion legislation pending in the House of Representatives, SETA gives each state the option to selectively raise interstate weight limits from 80,000 pounds to up to 97,000 pounds. The higher limit applies only to vehicles equipped with six axles instead of the typical five. The additional axle does not affect truck size, but it does allow shippers to safely use extra cargo space while maintaining, or improving, all safety and handling characteristics. ... However, some truckload carriers are not in favor of the move, believing it would simply force them to purchase new equipment without being able to charge higher rates. In addition, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the railroad industry and many consumer safety groups oppose such a change. ...


Bill repeals 1099 mandate

The U.S. Senate passed HR 4, a bill to repeal the expanded 1099 tax reporting mandate passed as part of last year's health care law. The 1099 requirement was passed in 2010 as part of the health care reform law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This provision would have forced all businesses to issue a Form 1099 to vendors from whom they buy $600 worth of goods or more on an annual basis, and was scheduled to take effect in 2012. This requirement was expected to result in massive amounts of paperwork and increased compliance costs. ...


Problem Trucking Students Fall Prey to CDL School Greed

Many CDL truck driving schools continue to lure prospective students into class through the promises of big money and guaranteed employment. The fact is, many trucking companies are hiring new CDL school graduates and getting those unemployed from the recession back to work. That is a good thing. The problem is that too many of these truck driver training schools are still taking anyone who walks through their door willing to pay the price ... even when the school knows that their chances of being hired by any motor carrier is next to zero. ...


Carolinas move to forbid ticket cameras

State lawmakers in South Carolina and North Carolina are moving forward with efforts to put a stop to the use of cameras to enforce speed limits and traffic-light violations. In an effort to apply the brakes on a potential speed trap, the South Carolina Senate voted to approve a bill that is intended to put a stop to one town's use of speed cameras. ... In North Carolina, a bill on the move would put a stop to the use of red-light cameras throughout the state. ... OOIDA leadership is encouraged to see legislative efforts to apply the brakes to use of the enforcement tool. The Association believes the focus on ticket cameras ignores the more logical and reasoned approach to roads and traffic. "The goal should be to keep traffic moving in as safe a manner as possible," OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer said. Spencer said communities would be better served to pursue "intelligent traffic lights that actually monitor traffic and are triggered by traffic flow." ...


Right to Repair Act Introduced in Congress

Representatives Todd Platts, R-Pa., and Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., have introduced the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, HR 1449, into the 112th Congress. The Right to Repair Act requires that automakers provide full access at a reasonable cost to all service information, tools, computer codes and safety-related bulletins needed to repair motor vehicles. ... While the bill is aimed at the automotive industry, similar issues exist in the commercial truck repair business, as well. ...

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A Proposition Between Drivers and Trucking Companies Regarding APUs

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A Little Empowerment for Drivers Without Idling Alternatives

What is a professional truck driver who has no idling alternatives supposed to do to stay comfortable in no idle zones? Here's a little empowerment...


Idling Alternatives for Climate Control and Electrification in Trucks

For professional truck drivers who need creature comforts but don't want to bear idle costs, what idling alternatives are there? We explore options...


Addressing Anti Idling Sentiment and No Idling Laws

Many states and jurisdictions have anti idling or no idling laws or ordinances on the books. We address these from a driver's perspective.


Idling Costs: How to Calculate the Need for Idling Alternatives

Climate control and electrification are two reasons to run the engine when a truck is parked. After you calculate idling costs, you'll see the need for an alternative.


Air Quality and Idling: Driver Comfort Bumps Up Against Environmental Concerns

Engine idling for driver comfort often conflicts with air quality and environmental standards. We address some aspects of these...


Home Sweet Home: Addressing Idling and Creature Comforts for Pro Drivers

How can professional drivers set up their own home sweet home in their trucks when creature comfort options are limited?


A Hot Truck: On Summer Heat, Truck Heat and Bake Oven Conditions

When summer heat bears down on your truck, your hot truck can become a bake oven. We document just how bad this can get...


Truck Idling: An Overview of the Need, Problems, Cost and Alternatives

Why do professional truck drivers idle their trucks? What are the problems and costs associated with idling? What alternatives are there? This is an overview...


Maintain a Safe Following Distance Behind Other Vehicles

An unexpected stop by drivers of vehicles in front of you can lead to an accident if you don't maintain a safe following distance. Read our tips...


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