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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #025, 2011-08-12
August 12, 2011

Issue #25 | August 12, 2011

Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips

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    Every professional truck driver has a story about saving money or spending too much money in trucking. While we share our own successes and bone-headed mistakes on our website to help you, our site isn't just about us. Our goal is for it to become a clearinghouse of how truckers around the world save money. Perhaps you've mastered something we haven't or you have knowledge about something we don't.

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    • In our July 2011 email newsletter, we highlighted in one article the difference in warranty periods between similar products marketed and sold to truck drivers. We asked, "What were the products and the warranty periods?"
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    • Since our last newsletter, we wrote an article about drag on tractor trailer rigs. When you read the article, you should be able to easily answer these two questions:
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Please note that in some articles, symbols such as a % [percent] sign were inadvertantly stripped out. If you see a number in a paragraph that doesn't seem to flow well without a symbol, please let it be understood that one belongs there.



Truck Stop Coupons app now on Android

Randall-Reilly recently introduced its Truck Stop Coupons app on the Android platform. The free app, developed in conjunction with Salebug.com and ProMiles, already is in use daily by truckers with iPhones and Blackberries. Also new to the app are accurate real-time diesel fuel prices for 5,000-plus truckstop locations. ...



IdleAir opens two new locations

IdleAir has two new locations, one in Shepherd, TX, and one in Claysville, PA. IdleAir now operates 21 sites in nine states (Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Utah). ... The company plans to expand to 30 sites by year-end, including new sites in Colorado, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia and Arizona. ...



Georgia trucker arrested in NY for carrying gun without permit

A truck driver from Georgia was arrested in upstate New York recently after admitting he was carrying a 9 mm gun in his truck that he purchased for protection. ... Even if Davis had had the proper permit in Georgia, it still wouldn't have been recognized by New York because there is no reciprocity between the two states, according to Road Law attorney Jeff McConnell. In recent years, many truckers hauling high-dollar loads have found themselves targets for criminals looking to make a quick buck by robbing them of their possessions, freight and - in some cases - their lives. ... McConnell said many drivers who have concealed carry permits from their home states don't realize that taking their guns across state lines can prove costly, both financially and to their trucking careers. ...



How to spot flood-damaged trucks

Used truck experts say flood-damaged passenger vehicles are much more common on the market than flood-damaged trucks, but truck customers still should use caution. ...



New emissions rule to drive truck prices higher

The first-ever regulation for truck fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, announced Aug. 9, is expected to cut diesel use by 4 gallons per 100 miles traveled by the time 2018 models are sold. New trucks are expected to cost $6,220 more because of the rule. ...



ANALYSIS: Fuel economy rulemaking declares destination with no roadmap

... In a backgrounder call with the press held on Monday afternoon, the added cost for complying with the regulation was estimated to be approximately $6,620 per truck. However, it should be noted that with the three-tiered emission regulations announced in 2001, the cost of compliance was estimated at $1,200 to $1,900 per truck. Yet, comparable 2011 models cost $30,000 to $40,000 more than the 2001 trucks. ... Despite scientific support for the idea of a driver's role in fuel economy, EPA ignored the findings of the National Academy of Sciences and instead developed a rule that will cause many small businesses to keep and rebuild older equipment. In 2010, the academy found evidence that driver training offers potential fuel savings for the trucking sector that rivals the savings available from technology add-ons and mandates. The Academy called for consideration of this alternative before any regulation was developed. "But EPA ignored this recommendation," said Rajkovacz. "The new rule is just another example of big moneyed interests working with government to protect their own bottom line. Instead of standing up for all motor carriers, regardless of size, the American Trucking Associations was out in front in their support of this regulation." Rajkovacz added, "This rulemaking basically takes EPA's SmartWay program and mandates participation - regardless of whether certain technologies are appropriate for a particular operation." ... Conversely, OOIDA would like congressional appropriators to seriously consider defunding EPA's SmartWay program because the adoption of this rulemaking makes the program obsolete and a waste of taxpayer money. In fact, when the final rule is looked at closely, it is long (958 pages) on rhetoric, but short on details of how the mandate should be accomplished. ...



US sets fuel economy targets for heavy vehicles

... Obama said the industry will enjoy US$50 billion in net benefits from the program over the life of model year 2014 to 2018 trucks. The technology required to meet the standards will pay for itself in one year, the Administration estimates. Semi-trucks will be required to achieve a 20 improvement in fuel economy by 2018 while vocational trucks will be expected to improve their fuel economy by 10 by the model year 2018. Reaction from the industry came quickly and was mostly positive. ... ... But not everyone was happy. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OODIA) suggested small business truckers will be hurt by a "flawed, one-size-fits-all rule." "By totally ignoring the impact on small-business trucking, the EPA has demonstrated yet another example of our wretchedly broken regulatory process," said Joe Rajkovacz, director of regulatory affairs for OOIDA. "Congress should take action when they return in September to rein in the bureaucracy and push forward regulatory reform legislation that has already been introduced." OOIDA said decision makers didn't consider the impact the rules will have on small business truckers, who may have to pay more for new trucks. "They also totally overlooked the most effective fuel-savings method of all," added Rajkovacz. "Driver training, which is responsible for 35 of fuel economy and which costs far less than any new technology, should have been the priority." ...



Federal fuel efficiency rules revealed

In two years, buses, medium- and heavy-duty trucks will be required to meet federally mandated fuel efficiency rules designed to reduce the level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions they produce. ... Most, but not all, tractor-trailers will be required to achieve up to approximately a 20 reduction in fuel consumption and GHG emissions by model year 2018, saving up to 4 gals. of fuel for every 100 mi. traveled. ...



Becoming a Successful Owner/Operator Part 7: Buying a Truck

... New owner/operators who find the lifestyle is not for them will have a difficult time getting out of a new truck without taking a considerable loss, Haight explained. "If you buy a truck that's two or three years old, you can sell that truck if it's not for you. But try getting out of a four- or five-year lease. The payout on that lease is going to be very large," he warned. ... [Ray Haight, CEO of ATBS Canada] also urged owner/operators to make fuel mileage a priority when choosing a truck. ...



Public could soon own troubled California toll road

A California toll road that was once hailed as a flagship for public-private partnerships is on the verge of being sold back to the public just months after emerging from bankruptcy. The South Bay Expressway in San Diego County has been operated by Macquarie Infrastructure Group of Australia and has never been profitable. ... The operator has used toll increases to offset financial losses across its network of toll road concessions around the country, but has recently lowered the rates on the South Bay Expressway to attract more traffic. The most recent toll adjustment occurred June 1 of this year. Truck tolls had been as high as $11.25 for a full-length trip but have more recently averaged $8. ...



Federal fuel tax and other taxes set to expire Sept. 30

Members of Congress will have another important expiration date to deal with when they return from summer recess, and this one affects all highway users. The taxes the feds collect on gasoline, diesel fuel, truck tires, heavy equipment and heavy-vehicle road use are all set to expire Sept. 30. The transportation law known as SAFETEA-LU - the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users - expired in 2009, but it allowed the taxes going into the Highway Trust Fund to be collected for an additional two years. Those two years are just about up. The Association is weighing the implications of what the expiration could mean, Executive Vice President Todd Spencer said. ...



Cheers all around as Obama sets fuel efficiency goals for big trucks

-- First US fuel efficiency rules for heavy-duty trucks, unveiled Tuesday, are embraced by trucking firms, manufacturers, and environmentalists. They'll cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions. ... Coming on the heels of the administration's move to require better mileage for cars and light trucks, the new standards for heavy trucks are calculated to save 530 million barrels of oil, cut $50 billion from fuel costs, and slash greenhouse gas emissions by about 270 million tons over the lifetimes of trucks built from 2014 to 2018. The standards call for commercial trucks to reduce by up to 20 percent fuel consumption and pollution emissions, beginning with 2014 models. Heavy-duty pickups and vans, a separate class of vehicles, will need to curb fuel use and emissions to achieve up to a 15 percent reduction by 2018. So-called "vocational vehicles," such as garbage trucks or fire engines, will have to cut emissions and fuel use by about 10 percent by 2018. ...



Conti rolls out new fuel-saving light truck tire

Continental Tire is introducing a new light truck all-season tire model designed to improve fuel economy, extend tread life, and beef up traction on rainy/snowy road conditions. The new CrossContact Lx20 that incorporates Continental's EcoPlus technology can save the average driver up to 2,500 mi. worth of fuel over the life of the tire, the company said. ... ...



Man who robbed deliverymen gets 158 years

A 25-year-old Reading man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Allentown to 158 years in prison for a series of armed robberies of delivery truck drivers in Reading. Robert J. Pennington of the 200 block of North Front Street also was ordered by Judge James Knoll Gardner to pay $3,651 in restitution. Pennington was convicted Dec. 10 of multiple robberies and armed assaults of the drivers from Dec. 27, 2007, to Feb. 4, 2008. ...



South Carolina official indicted in CDL scheme

A former South Carolina official has fled a federal court's jurisdiction after a grand jury indicted her on multiple counts related to issuing commercial drivers licenses to unqualified applicants. ... Officials instituted Administrative Revocations of the drivers' credentials and offered re-examinations of drivers believed to have received fraudulent CDLs. ...



Low-cost EOBR introduced

Late in 2010, Rand McNally took an ownership stake in DriverTech, an in-vehicle mobile computing technology. That pairing has produced TruckPC, a solution that uses DriverTech's secure onboard computing platform combined with Rand McNally's IntelliRoute TND truck navigation solution. ... The Rand McNally TND 760 Fleet Edition is a mobile communication and truck navigation device that will retail for less than $800, Rand McNally said. ...



Shorepower seeks truck stops for electrification

Shorepower Technologies is seeking truck stops with at least 75 parking spaces to participate in a national truck stop electrification program to reduce idling. Through the federally funded Shorepower Truck Electrification Project, qualifying truck stops can receive a complete TSE system at no cost to them. Shorepower will handle everything from construction through grand opening. Truck stop operators will share revenues with Shorepower. Installations will take place over the next 18 months, but Shorepower needs to select the sites by September, the company said. ... ... Drivers will be able to access 120-volt, 208-volt or 240-volt AC power sources. Power will be sold at $1 an hour, and cable TV will be included at most locations, with wireless Internet available for an additional charge. Access and payment can be handled with a card, smartphone, laptop or telephone activation system. ...



Hybrids to rule the alternative power world by 2020

A new study by global research firm Frost & Sullivan indicates that hybrid propulsion technology is far and away going to be the leading alternative power choice in the world's medium-heavy commercial truck and bus market by 2020. ...



Better Stopping Performance Now Built Into Highway Tractors as New Rules Take Effect

Emerging from truck factories in the U.S. right now are road tractors that can stop in substantially shorter distances than those built last week. That's because new government stopping-distance requirements took effect August 1st. The changes to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 121, the air-brake performance regulation, require most highway tractors to stop in about 30 less distance than before during high-speed panic situations. ...



FreightWatch: Cargo Thefts Declined Slightly in 2011's First Half

FreightWatch recorded 433 cargo theft incidents in the first half of 2011, a 6.8 decline from the same time period in 2010. The average value per recorded incident from January to June of 2011 was $447,346. By comparison, the average loss value in the first half of 2010, if the $76 million warehouse burglary is included in the calculations, is $584,875. However, if the Enfield loss is discarded as an outlier, then the value is $286,791. Although the overall number of thefts is down slightly for the time period, it is vital that shippers, logistics providers and transportation companies be aware of several trends that emerged or continued to plague the supply chain industry during the period, FreightWatch says. ...



Fixed cameras for speeding trucks on South Eastern Freeway

[Australia] Forty-eight truck drivers received formal police cautions during the State Government's education period for the new heavy-vehicle laws which ended at midnight last night. Traffic Support Branch Superintendent Linda Fellows said the laws which took effect on May 1 required heavy vehicles of five axles or more to travel in the left lane on the down track between the Crafers entry and Eagle on the Hill exit. ... Truck drivers failing to keep in the left lane face a fine of about $250 and will receive standard fines and demerit point losses for speeding. ...



Trucking company owner admits he scammed drivers out of $120,000

The owner of two Minnesota-based trucking companies has pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding 27 drivers out of more than $120,000. On Friday, July 29, Marlon Louis Danner, 66, of Inver Grove Heights, MN, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, admitting he forced drivers who received court-ordered payments from his companies to return their checks to him. Danner's companies provided trucks and drivers for state road construction projects in Minnesota. According to the indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis in December 2010, Danner, owner of Danner Inc. and Bull Dog Leasing Inc., underpaid drivers he contracted with in 2008 and 2009 on a joint highway construction project with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Since federal funding was used, Danner was contractually obligated to pay the drivers a certain truck rental rate, but it was later discovered during an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Transportation that he underpaid them. Danner was then required to pay the drivers more than $185,000. ...



Comchek fraud: Former freight broker employee admits stealing

A former employee of a Texas freight broker has admitted to stealing $50,000 from his company through Comdata checks. ...



How to save fuel: 'Fix the roads!' researchers say

We all know the tire makers have done their due in improving truck-tire rolling resistance in recent years to help operators save fuel with tire choices. Two Auburn University researchers say it's time for the paving industry and the governments that allocate funds for roads to step up to the plate. They located a holy grail of sorts in fuel savings via the analytical report they presented at the midyear meeting of the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Smoothing the pavement on the road under your tractor's drives and steers, it turns out, could save a national cumulative $12.5 billion yearly in fuel. That's 3.7 billion gallons of gas and 1.3 of diesel, said Richard Willis and Rob Jackson. ...



Private companies set to bid on U.S. 460 toll road in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation has tapped three private investor groups to submit detailed plans to design and build a 55-mile toll road leading in and out of the Hampton Roads port system. Early indications are that truck tolls could run up to $75 for a full-length trip on U.S. 460 once it is completed in about four years. ...



Wisconsin truckers can apply for idle reduction grants

The state of Wisconsin announced it is accepting applications from motor carriers for grants as part of its Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program. The grants provide Wisconsin-based trucking companies a reimbursement of up to 50 of the cost of idle reduction equipment and installation for heavy-duty diesel truck-tractors. ...



Red-light cameras to be removed in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 on Wednesday, July 27, to terminate its current contract for red-light cameras at 32 intersections. The operator is to begin removing the cameras in short order. The unanimous vote sends a strong signal that the $2.7 million contract with American Traffic Solutions was just not worth it. Despite fines of $466 for violations - many of which were levied against drivers of vehicles making right-hand turns at intersections - the program had been losing money. ...



Illinois Simplifies State Truck Laws

... Senate Bill 1644 standardizes gross weight regulations for trucks. Some confusion arose after previous legislation allowed standard 80,000-pound trucks onto local Illinois roads. The bill also grants a 400-pound weight exemption for trucks fitted with auxiliary power units. ...



Illinois approves uniform speeds on more roadways

Truckers traveling through Illinois soon will be able to drive the same speed as other vehicles on more roadways throughout the state. ... Truckers will be able to drive the same speed as cars on affected roadways starting Jan. 1, 2012. ...



Truckstop Electrification Program Opens First Location on I-84 in Oregon

The Baker Truck Corral on I-84 will provide electric shore power starting August 12. It is the first electrified truckstop parking location to become operational as part of the national Shorepower Truck Electrification Project program funded by the US Dept. of Energy. It is the first of 50 truckstops across the country that will be electrified in the next 12-18 months through the program. The Baker Truck Corral, at milepost 304 on Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon, is located about 450 miles west of Salt Lake City on the way to Portland, Ore. (300 miles) or Seattle (380 miles). ...



ACT: Used truck sales rise

Used Class 3-8 truck sales in June increased 9 percent over May despite a lack of available inventory, said ACT Research Co. For the year, used sales are 6 percent behind last year's pace. ...



Anti-rollover gear on tankers should be mandatory, says NTSB

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Everybody in trucking knows that in emergency situations, tanker trailers are harder to handle. In recognition of same, the American National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is lobbying for more rules that pertain to the manufacture and operation of tankers. This week, the Board issued a list of 20 tanker-trailer suggestions to various regulatory agencies, including the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). ... [Click link for rest of article



NTSB Recommends Rollover/Stability Protection For Tank Trailers

The National Transportation Safety Board says more needs to be done to make tanker trailers less prone to rollovers, including mandatory stability control systems, following its investigation of a 2009 rollover accident involving a tractor and tanker trailer. ...



Illinois DOT Warns of Three-Day I-57 Closure

... On Tuesday, August 16, Interstate 57 will be closed to all traffic, both north and southbound to allow the contractor to make bridge repairs. This is anticipated to be a three-day closure, August 16, 17 and 18. ...



Freight Association Warns Road Haulage Operators to Lock Up

... According to the UKBA it is estimated that criminals who steal lorry loads cost the economy about 250m per year. Coupled with the constant threat of illegal immigration whilst returning from the continent, drivers and haulage companies need to remain vigilant. A new leaflet - titled 'Lorry Crime Prevention' - aimed at drivers has been produced to remind them to get into the habit of making sure that trailers doors and panniers are locked to make their vehicle less of a target for criminals and stowaways. ... Those who fail to provide adequate checks can face a penalty of up to 2,000 per person found. ...



CARB to offer up to $16 million for clean trucks

The California Air Resources Board has approved between $11 and $16 million for the third year of funding toward the purchase of lower-emitting and fuel-efficient hybrid and zero-emissions trucks and buses. The money is part of a $40 million funding for the third year of the program, which promotes the purchase of the next-generation of clean cars, trucks, and off-road equipment. ...



Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Approves 2012 Toll Increas

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a 2012 rate schedule that will result in overall toll-revenue growth of 3. The measure, effective Jan. 1, 2012, is expected to generate approximately $23 million in new revenue for calendar-year 2012. It includes a 10-percent toll increase for cash-paying customers but no rate increase for those who pay with E-ZPass. ... In addition to the 2012 toll increase, the commission also approved overall toll-revenue increases of 3 for 2013 and 2014, though it did not specify precisely how much rates would increase for cash and E-ZPass customers in those years. ...



What do we learn from Roadcheck?

... I'd like to know why the out of service rate isn't 100 percent. This year, the vehicle OOS rate for Level 1 inspections was 19.3, which means that 80.7 of the 70-some-thousand inspections they did during Roadcheck were a waste of time. Why are we throwing money down the drain inspecting perfectly good trucks? For that matter, what's in it for a carrier that runs good equipment and routinely passes inspections to be held up at a scale for 45 minutes to an hour so the cops can crow about the great job they're doing? I think the inspections should be targeted at the carriers needing it most. ... ...



Election News National News World News Top Stories Most Popular Of Interest News Links Home : News : Top Stories EPD Officers cite dozens of truck drivers for not wearing seatbelts

A push from Eugene Police on Thursday in efforts to make Interstate 5 and local roads safer by looking out for commercial truck drivers violating the rules of the road. Several Eugene Police Officers took part in an Interstate 5 commercial truck surveillance operation Thursday, July 21st, 2011, watching for truckers either speeding or not wearing their seatbelts from the I5 footbridge near Gateway Mall. ... ...Getting caught not wearing a seatbelt in Oregon can result in a $142 ticket. For truckers, the citation goes into an international database (Canada, Mexico & USA) that patrol officers have access to. As part of Thursday's operation, any truck pulled over by officers was given a "level 2" inspection by EPD officers, which includes these steps: ...



Hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck enters port duty

Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) has taken delivery of a "zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck," as part of a plan to purchase 100 of the vehicles from Vision Industries Corp. TTSI plans to use the truck to shuttle freight containers from port terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to rail yards and other distribution facilities in the area. ... Back in 2008, eight Kenworth T800 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks operated by TTSI became the first alternative-fueled vehicles to operate in full-time drayage service at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. ...



Diesel prices rise 3rd week in row

For a third straight week, the national average retail price of diesel increased the week ended July 25, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. The national average price gained 2.6 cents to $3.949. ...



Trash trucks fueled by 'trash gas': a growing trend

The company that operates the largest trucking fleet in the waste industry is fueling more and more trucks with so-called trash gas. On Tuesday, Houston-based Waste Management Inc. will add its 1,000th truck fueled with natural gas. Powered with captured and converted methane gas from the company's Altamont, Calif., landfill, the new truck will service Long Beach, picking up recyclables. ...



Customers threaten to cancel trucking contracts because of high CSA scores

It's been a little over six months since the USDOT launched the public availability of its new truck and bus safety measurement system and some motor carriers are reporting unpleasant surprises. ... Another area of surprise to some firms, particularly the ones with poor safety scores, is the reaction of some of their customers. I recently received a frantic call from a Midwest trucking company asking for help in driving their scores down to below intervention threshold levels. ...



New York mandates front-end mirrors for certain trucks

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that is intended to eliminate blind spots for truck drivers traveling in New York City. Starting Jan. 18, 2012, large trucks base-plated in New York will be required to have front-end mirrors installed if traveling through any of the five boroughs. Specifically, the law applies to all affected trucks weighing at least 26,000 pounds with conventional cabs. ... New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in previous comments that the mirrors can be mounted for about $150 apiece. Trucks used by city agencies already use the mirrors. ...



Truck Drivers Work to Stay Cool on Roads

... "It's a hundred degrees outside, inside the bunk area, it might be almost 200, so in that situation we're going to idle. So, the air conditioning will be on," William Herndon, who was driving to Ohio, said. Most of the state and county regulations across the country, including West Virginia, allow truck drivers to idle longer than 15 minutes when temperatures are higher than 75 degrees. Truckers are usually only allowed to idle for 15 minutes in a one hour period. If drivers idle longer they can face fines of up to $300 in West Virginia. ...



Truck Drivers Say New Safety Rules Could Backfire

... The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish new rules just weeks from now. Current proposals limit drive time to only 10 hours and reduce on-duty hours to 13. Virginia Driver Vearl Mullins says that will hit his pocket hard, "We're pinching pennies now to survive out here." A one hour reduction could mean $24 out of each day's paycheck, or more... Experienced drivers average roughly 40 cents per mile. The say these new regs not only cut into their pay, but could force them to take risks. ... The news rules take effect July 26th. Failure to comply could mean a $2750 penalty for drivers and an $11,000 penalty for trucking companies.



Small businesses concerned about pending fuel standards for trucks

Two federal agencies that are developing the first ever fuel-mileage and emission standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks could issue a final rule by the end of this week, sources on Capitol Hill said Monday, July 25. OOIDA leadership says small businesses have every right to be concerned with the one-size-fits-all approach and the costs it will add to their operations. ... "Exceptionally high fuel prices, overreaching regulations, and a strained economy have created an environment of deepening uncertainty, and hampered growth for independent truck drivers and motor carriers who live shipment-to-shipment with diminishing profit margins," the lawmakers wrote. Bowley says increasing costs in the industry will force truck owners to hold on to older equipment as long as possible, and may trigger pre-buy conditions right before the new regulations take effect. It is a well-known fact that driving habits have a significant effect on fuel economy. "The government's own studies say you can achieve significant fuel savings, which would have an effect on emissions as well, if you have a trained, experienced driver behind the wheel," Bowley said. Yet the EPA/NHTSA proposal does not go there. Instead, it focuses on costly upgrades to engines and add-on technology at the manufacturing level without considering the end user who purchases and runs the equipment. ...



Truck Drivers Protest Axle Load Charges

[ModernGhana.com] About 20 truck drivers plying the Tema-Paga trunk road yesterday blocked traffic on the portion of the route in Bolgatanga to protest against axle load charges. According to the drivers, they were compelled to pay axle load charges in Bolgatanga, although they had paid similar charges at Yapei in the Northern Region. "We do not understand why, after weighing at Yapei, we should be made to weigh and pay fines one more time in Bolgatanga," they were said to have queried. The drivers were also said to have complained about the exorbitant axle load charges. ...



YouTube: The Carbon Tax will kill the trucking industry

The Transport Union warned a Senate Enquiry the Carbon Tax will cost Australian lives. Tony Sheldon says "we'll see more Australian truck drivers killed on our roads, more people in cars, innocent road users being killed because of pressure that happens in the trucking industry". Also unhappy with the Carbon Tax is power operator Macquarie Generation which told the enquiry the tax will cost the company half a billion dollars.



ATRI Updates Online Idling Regulations Compendium

ARLINGTON, Va., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has updated the listing of state and local idling regulations found on its website, www.atri-online.org. The updated listing is provided in two forms, a cab card which can be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck and the online compendium which provides links to individual regulations. ...



Carbon tax to hit NSW taxpayer: power boss

[Australia] Taxpayers in NSW will lose hundreds of millions in dividends from power generator Macquarie Generation under a carbon tax, with the head of the state-owned company warning its profits could be eaten away. ... The Transport Workers Union (TWU), appearing at the inquiry on behalf of truck drivers, also claimed the carbon tax could "wipe out" profits of owner-operators, fleet operators and some trucking companies. TWU national president Tony Sheldon labelled the carbon tax a "death tax", saying truck drivers would be unable to pass on the $150 to $200 a week impact of the tax. "The issue of whether it is a carbon tax, or any other cost impost on the industry that can't be passed on is that people are sent to their deaths," Mr Sheldon said. "In the trucking industry there has been a history of incapacity ... of being able to pass costs on, and what happens is that truck drivers and trucks get sweated, and when they get sweated, that's what increases the death rates. "A big hit like $150-$200 a week is a death tax."



Carriers dangle incentives for owner-operators

As driver pools tighten, carriers are offering sign-on bonuses as high as $10,000 and other incentives to attract owner-operators. Over the last year, several carriers have increased per-mile and fuel rates, posted bonuses and reduced truck-lease payments to compete for operators or persuade company drivers to convert to ownership. ...



Pennsylvania panel proposes road, bridge funding options

In Pennsylvania, a governor-appointed panel adopted recommendations this week that would raise about $2.5 billion in new funding annually for transportation projects throughout the state. ...



Biodiesel mandate coming to Canada this fall

OTTAWA, Ont. -- It's official: a biodiesel mandate is coming to Canada. Effective 60 days from July 20, diesel fuel sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario will have to contain an average annual biofuel blend of 2. Diesel fuel sold in Quebec and the Maritimes will be exempt until Dec. 31, 2012. There is a permanent exemption for Newfoundland and Labrador. ... ... The CTA is advising carriers to work with their equipment and fuel suppliers to discuss transitional issues including warranty considerations and fuel quality specifications they should be demanding from their fuel suppliers. The group also says it will be monitoring the impact of the mandate over time.



Toll talk continues at statehouses

Each year at statehouses around the country legislators spend a lot of time discussing methods to fund transportation work. One funding option that tends to receive a lot of attention is tolls. State lawmakers in Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are discussing multiple efforts that address needs and concerns associated with revenue generation. ...



New Oregon laws cover truck issues

Oregon has some notable new rules that truckers need to know. New laws cover indemnification clauses, idling, medical certification and driving through roundabouts. ... Starting Jan. 1, 2012, another new law is intended to crack down on unnecessary idling of trucks. It sets a statewide standard for idling. Commercial vehicles will be prohibited from idling for more than five minutes each hour on property open to the public. Violators would face $180 fines. Various exceptions to the rule are included. Examples of circumstances that warrant additional idling are to operate defrosting, heating or air conditioners. An exception would also be made for air conditioning or heating during a rest or sleep period when the outside temperature is below 50 degrees or above 75 degrees. ...



The payback on driver training: Why training should be seen as an investment and not an expense

KING CITY, Ont. -- It's a constant source of frustration for Rick Geller, director of safety and signature services with Markel Insurance. Carrier executives often tell him they're reluctant to invest in driver training programs for fear the driver will move on to another company only to have them benefit from the initial training investment. Geller's response is always the same: "Ask yourself what happens if you don't put that training into them and they stay? That's when they're going to hurt you." Geller was presenting at the recent Private Motor Truck Council of Canada's annual convention on the value of driver training. Too often, he said, training programs are perceived as an expense when they should really be measured by how much value they bring to the company in the form of reduced accidents, lower insurance premiums and improved bottom line. "Let's look at training as a capital investment rather than an expense," he implored delegates before providing some pretty convincing evidence on the value of driver training. Calculating the potential return on investment for a driver training program begins with fully understanding how much accidents are truly costing your business, Geller said. "I can't urge you strongly enough to make sure you are capturing all the costs associated with crashes," he said. "It's very important to collect that data and make sure that the cost doesn't get hidden in a maintenance budget." Even the costs of repairing small dings and scratches should be included in the calculations, Geller pointed out. In addition to the obvious direct costs - such as towing, equipment and cargo damage, medical bills and payment to injured workers - there's also an assortment of indirect costs, which often get overlooked. Indirect costs can include loss of productivity, the cost of training replacement workers, reputational costs and rising insurance premiums. ...



Atlanta lands federal loan to add toll lanes to I-75 and I-575

... The proposed Northwest Corridor Project would add express toll lanes to I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The total price tag is close to $1 billion. Once built, it will be the first toll project under the state's new public-private law. The eventual private operator of the managed lanes will repay the federal government using toll revenue. ...



Law Requiring Drivers to Move Over Begins

PHOENIX - A new Arizona law requiring drivers to move over and give stranded motorists along state highways a break is set to begin July 20. Motorists who see a vehicle on the side of the road, displaying alternately flashing lights or warning lights are required to slow down or move over a lane if it's safe to do so. ... If a driver fails to move over, he or she faces a citation fee of $168, according to Maricopa County Justice Court. ...



NRA proposes EIGHT new toll charges

[IrishTrucker] The pain of increased driving costs is set to continue after the NRA admitted it is looking at introducing a staggering eight new toll charges. Drivers will be hit with the new toll charges under proposals aimed at widening the toll net to ensure nobody escapes. The NRA is hiring consultants to examine potential on eight new recommended toll locations. As part of the money-grabbing plan, all drivers using Dublin's M50 will be required to pay a charge, no matter how short their journey on the motorway. Tolls are being planned on... ...



Praise for Volvo crash warning system

Volvo's new forward collision warning system could reduce low-speed crashes by 25. This is according to a study released by the Insurance Industry for Highway Safety in the US. The group found that owners of Volvo Xc60 - which has an advanced forward collision warning system - filed insurance damage claims 27 less often than owners of other midsize luxury SUVs. ...



Golden Ears Bridge toll hike in effect

SURREY, B.C. - If you crossed the Golden Ears Bridge this past weekend in Lower Mainland, B.C., you may have noticed a bump in tolls. That's because effective July 15 TransLink increased the toll for trucks by 30 cents. The charge for commercial vehicles with a transponder is now $8.70 (from $8.40); while pay-as-you-go vehicles will be subject to a toll of $9.85 ...



Texas governor signs natural gas bills

... Senate Bill 20 establishes a natural gas transportation corridor in the Texas Triangle, which includes Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, by increasing the number of natural gas refueling stations and supporting the use of natural gas-powered trucks.



Master Fleet announces 24/7 roadside service

Master Fleet, LLC has announced expansion into a nationwide, one-call emergency roadside assistance service for semi-tractors, trailers and straight trucks that is available around the clock, seven-days-a-week through its toll-free number, ... Master Fleet's Fleet Roadside Assistance features coverage options for drivers and fleet managers that can be tailored to best suit individual business needs, according to Larry Chaplin, Master Fleet's president. ... Chaplin said he's particularly pleased Master Fleet is able to offer Fleet Roadside Assistance with no monthly, yearly or start-up fees. ...



8 ways to manage distractions while driving

Distracted drivers pose a deadly risk to everyone on the road, according to the Governors Highway Safety Assn. The state governors safety group points to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2008 - the most recent year for which data is available - 5,870 people lost their lives and another 515,000 were injured in police-reported crashes in which one form of distraction was noted on the crash report. Drivers engage in a range of distracting activities, according to the safety group, which offers the following tips for managing some of the most common distractions: ...



$150 million gives natural gas infrastructure a boost

The announcement last week that Chesapeake Energy Corp. would be investing $150 million in Clean Energy Fuels is welcomed news to natural gas supporters in this country, particularly in trucking. ... Approximately 150 liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling stations will be built at "strategic truck-stop locations along major trucking corridors" in the U.S. Clean Energy said many of the stations will be built at Pilot Flying J Travel Centers. Clean Energy already has an agreement with Pilot Travel Centers to own and operate public compressed natural gas and LNG stations. Pilot Flying J has more than 440 retail facilities in 40 states. "With the advent of new natural gas truck engines well-suited for heavy-duty, over-the-road trucking, it is time to build America's natural gas highway," said Andrew J. Littlefair, president & CEO of Clean Energy. "The investment by Chesapeake will help us accelerate the development of this important fueling network." ...



International firms show interest in Houston toll road

... Toll opponents point out that taxpayers will be on the hook for billions in subsidies, as much as $4.8 billion, for the toll road while the eventual private operator will benefit from toll revenue for decades to come. "At the end of the day, if there's $4.8 billion in taxpayer money going into the deal, everyone around this state ought to be concerned about it because that's money that's being pulled away from fixing our freeways and keeping them free," Terri Hall, spokeswoman for TURF, the Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, told Land Line Now on Sirius XM. "That's a huge issue for truckers, as you know. They are literally trying to turn Texas into a massive network of toll roads. It's unaffordable and unsustainable." ...



Its not too late to right the ship

... Most of us have learned to scale back. Many people, including small-business owners, have had to tap into savings, eliminate frills and cut costs. Most of us are doing more with less. We're stretching our vehicles and equipment further, we've pinched our pennies and we've taken "staycations." ...



EnviroDock, Inc Announces the Opening of its New Truck Electrification Site at TR Auto Truck Plaza in Dandridge, TN

EnviroDock, Inc is helping drivers save money and helping Tennessee save the environment. With the installation of EnviroDock's E-Dock and PowrDock units, TR Auto Truck Plaza now offers 30 parking spaces equipped with services that enable drivers to shut off their engines while they rest and save money by eliminating the costly practice of idling. ...



IOWA80.com holds Dreams of Chrome Sweepstakes

Drivers can register for 25 prizes yet to be given away in IOWA80.com's six-month Dreams of Chrome Sweepstakes. ...



MaxxCare launches 'Million Point Giveaway' promotion

Boss Truck Shops Inc., a subsidiary of Bosselman Inc., and Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems, a subsidiary of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., announced a Million Point Giveaway promotion in association with MaxxCare, their new rewards program. The promotion is being offered in conjunction with Goodyear's launch of its new Uni-Maxx Truck Care network, in which Wingfoot, via the Wingfoot Truck Care Centers, and Boss Shops are the first two participants. ...



Former Swift trucking school students win court battle

Thousands of former students of a truck driving school operated by Swift Transportation are now eligible to join a lawsuit against the trucking giant. On July 1, U.S. District Judge Bernice Donald granted class action status to as many as 8,700 former students of a Swift's driving school. The ruling means the group has the power to combine individual interests for either a settlement or court trial win. The former trucking school students say Swift's testing procedures violated state and federal law, and resulted in Tennessee and other states revoking their licenses after an intense multi-agency raid on Swift offices. ...



CAT Scale introduces free Android app

The CAT Scale Locator application is now available for Android users in the Android Marketplace, CAT Scale Co. announced. The app allows drivers to locate the nearest CAT Scale through GPS on their phone. ... ...



I-75s danger zone for truckers

Truckers should be wary when traveling I-75 in Ohio through Warren and Butler Counties, where a huge highway construction project has led to a dramatic increase in big rig accidents, according to the Oxford Press. Narrowing lanes due to a construction project to widen the highway and the resulting heavy traffic make for a dangerous drive for truckers attempting to navigate the highway between Ohio 129 near Liberty Twp. through Dayton. In the past three years since the road construction began, commercial vehicles were involved in 708 crashes along the route, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. ...



Bosselman, Wingfoot announce MaxxCare rewards program

Boss Truck Shops Inc., a subsidiary of Bosselman Inc., and Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems, a subsidiary of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., announced a new loyalty rewards program called MaxxCare, a card-based loyalty program that rewards drivers for purchases at participating Wingfoot (currently, only Wingfoot Truck Care Centers) and Boss Shop locations. At present, the program rewards 3 points per dollar spent on preventive maintenance services and 1 point per dollar for other repairs at participating locations. ...



Caltrans stresses driver safety in work zones

... Three fatalities in the past three months involving Caltrans workers struck on Southern California highways has officials statewide stressing that drivers have to be aware and cautious in construction zones and where they see maintenance and emergency workers, ranging from police to Caltrans crews and tow truck drivers. CHP and Caltrans officials gathered in San Bernardino on Wednesday to remind drivers that California law requires them, if able, to move one lane away from stopped emergency and maintenance vehicles. ... ...



Trucker sentenced for killing two in 2009, after falsifying logbook and driving over hours of service limit

A few seconds changed Curtis Hawkins' life forever. This husband and father to four children was not paying attention at the wheel of his semi. In October 2009, his truck slammed into cars stopped in a construction zone on I-43 near Belgium. ... Hawkins, now 37-years-old, lied on his log and drove beyond his legal hours limit. ...



Wisconsin opens up diesel idling reduction grant program

Dozens of OOIDA members have obtained grants through Wisconsin's diesel emission reduction programs, and it looks as if trucking businesses will have another crack at grants for the state's 2011-2012 program. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is providing reimbursement grants for up to 50 percent of the cost of idling-reduction equipment such as APUs. Applicants must be ... ...



TSA report: Criminals hijacked 10,000 Mexican truckloads in 2010

Fresh off the recent announcement that the U.S. and Mexico will expand cross-border trucking comes startling figures that show the saturation of organized crime in Mexico and the target that commercial trucks have become. According to TSA, criminals in Mexico hijacked more than 10,000 commercial trucks last year ...



Judge rejects petition to reopen rest areas in MN

Late Monday, July 11, a Minnesota Chief District Judge rejected the Minnesota Trucking Association's petition to reopen the state's safety rest areas during the shutdown, which began on July 1. The judge deemed that they are not a critical core function of the government as state lawmakers continue to haggle over a budget agreement. ... ...



California bill would end warrantless cellphone searches

A bill that is nearing passage in the California Legislature would reverse a court ruling that allows police to search cellphones without a warrant. In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement officers, without a warrant, can search the contents of a cellphone confiscated from anyone under arrest. The majority of justices said arrestees lose their right of privacy in anything they are carrying when taken into custody. Shortly after the decision was handed down an effort was introduced at the California statehouse to counter it. ... ...



States define aggressive driving differently

The term aggressive driving covers a range of unsafe driver behaviors including speeding, running red lights, failure to yield, tailgating and improper passing. To date, 15 states have addressed aggressive driving in their legislatures and 11 states have passed laws specifically defining aggressive driving actions. State laws define what constitutes aggressive driving and stipulate the related fines and penalties. Often, a driver must demonstrate more than one action to be considered aggressive, according the Governors Highway Safety Assn. ...



Recycling 90 per cent of a truck

Volvo Trucks is at the absolute cutting edge when it comes to dealing with old trucks in an environmentally sustainable manner. When a truck is scrapped, almost everything is recycled. Nowadays, no less than 90 per cent of a truck can be recycled... ...



Rising Tolls Hold Freight And Logistics Sector To Ransom As Haulage Operators Hit:: Government Claim to Hold Consultation Appears Laughable

UK - In October last year when we got the first whiff of a massive increase in toll charges at the Dartford River Crossing, the only practical arterial route for M25 motorway and East of London Thames crossing traffic, we posed the question 'Truck tolls to rise 66 as are private cars?' . Now we know the answer is no - they will rise 63, hitting haulage operators during a period in which the Government has claimed they intend to help the freight and logistics sector through difficult times. ...



As Tire Prices Rise, Association Warns of Casing Shortage

The Retread Tire Association is warning of a severe shortage of retreadable truck tires, also known as casings, as the first week of July saw another round of tire price hikes. "Whether or not you retread your tires or buy retreads, this shortage can have a negative impact on you, whether you have one truck or one thousand," says RTA Managing Director Harvey Brodsky. "Retreads act as a brake on new tire prices. Whenever there is a shortage of retreads, new tire manufacturers do not have any reason to hold back on raising their prices, and everyone who purchases truck tires feels the pain in their checkbooks." There are a number of reasons tire makers have recently been raising prices, including ... ...



Maryland to Close Lanes on Southbound I-95 in Greenbelt starting July 13

Beginning Wednesday night, July 13, the Maryland State Highway Administration will close up to three lanes on southbound I-95/I-495 on the Capital Beltway at the MD 201 Bridge, Kenilworth Avenue, weather permitting. SHA will begin with a single right lane closure at 8 p.m. and progress to a three-lane closure by 10 p.m. with one lane open to traffic. The overnight lane closures will be in place Sunday through Thursday nights for approximately two weeks to remove the existing concrete 'deck' on the bridge. Crews will re-open all lanes by 5 a.m. each morning. ...



'Carmageddon' coming to City of Angels

... Between Friday July 15 and Sunday July 17, L.A. is shutting down the city's main artery, I-405, so construction crews can install a 16-km carpool lane. This stretch of road is reputed to be the busiest in America. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, has asked citizens to steer clear of the route. ... ...



Trucks to pass carbon tax buck

[Australia] TRANSPORT companies have been spared in the federal government's carbon tax package. But it's not going to last, with the Prime Minister announcing cuts to the diesel rebate scheme to take effect in 2014. The Transport Workers Union estimates the tax will cost truck drivers up to $200 a week in fuel costs. ...



Drivers Coached To Avoid Bribes

Truck drivers carrying livestock along trade corridors in West Africa would have paid over US$1million in bribes without 'road coaching' during the first quarter of this year, a monitoring report of USAID Agribusiness and Trade Promotion (USAID ATP) project has revealed. "By applying our strategy, they have saved about a quarter million US dollars," said the report. ...



C.R. England offers fuel-saving tips for drivers

With diesel prices exceeding $4 a gal. and rising, every gallon saved is money in the bank for truck operators. Truckload carrier, C.R. England, based in Salt Lake City, has compiled a number of fuel economy tips to help drivers and owner-operators manage their miles per gallon: ...



Cummins fined $500,000 for not retesting in-use engines

Engine-maker Cummins Inc. has paid $500,000 for failing to properly retest its diesel engines from model years 1998 through 2006 after the engines were in use. The penalties are split between the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which received $125,000, and the U.S. EPA, which received $375,000. According to CARB, Cummins failed to test ... ...



Idle reduction contest at U.S. Xpress

Reducing the amount of time a truck idles is one of the most critical factors fleets can control in order to improve fuel economy. But truck drivers are literally in the driver's seat when it comes to how much they actually shut the truck down when out on the road. One fleet has come up with a unique solution as an incentive to get drivers to limit idle time. ...



Angry truckies take to the city to protest tax

[Australia] A convoy of 40 truck drivers cruised through Perth's business district to protest the decay of their industry as low pay and the looming carbon tax threaten to send operators to the wall. ...



Most Carriers Expect Driver Pay to Increase This Year

Two thirds of carriers expect driver wage increases of 1-5 in the recent Second Quarter Business Expectations Survey by Transport Capital Partners. ...



Roadcheck 2011 Saw Lowest Out-of-Service Rates Ever

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Roadcheck 2011 produced the lowest out-of-service rates recorded in its history. Results from the CVSA's Roadcheck 2011, the three-day, commercial vehicle safety enforcement and education campaign, reveal that the commercial motor carrier and motor coach industries continue to improve the maintenance and safety of their operations, with overall out-of-service rates being the lowest since Roadcheck began in 1991. ...



Filing season for HVUT delayed

Before you make a mad dash to the IRS office to file your Form 2290 Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, hold on. A week before filing season for the IRS Form 2290 was due to begin on July 1, the Internal Revenue Service announced a delay. New legislation needs to be passed before IRS can collect the HVUT for the entire year. And right now that tax legislation is tied up in Congress. This means that your normal filing, which was for the tax period beginning July 1, 2011, won't happen. ...



IOWA80.com holds Dreams of Chrome Sweepstakes

Drivers can register for 25 prizes yet to be given away in IOWA80.com's six-month Dreams of Chrome Sweepstakes. The first round of winners has been selected and the second group of 25 more will be awarded in September. Registration for the sweepstakes online at dreamsofchrome.com is ongoing until Aug. 31, 2011. ...



Legislation would prevent U.S. from paying for EOBRs on Mexican trucks

Legislation submitted shortly after the formalization of a new U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking program on Wednesday, July 6, would specifically prevent the use of U.S. funds to pay for electronic onboard recorders on Mexican trucks. U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, says the U.S. Department of Transportation's EOBR measure is an inappropriate use of U.S. funds. ...



Tips for Truck Drivers on Creating Online Applications

JiggyJobs.com provides tips for truck drivers on creating online applications that make carriers want to follow up with them. Whether an applicant is seeking over the road trucking jobs or the highest paying truck driving jobs, it's important to remember to ... ...



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Creating a Small Kitchen and a Small Sink in a Truck Without Plumbing

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Truck Driver Salary: How Much Money Do Professional Truck Drivers Earn?

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