Monthly Archives: December 2010

OOIDA Wonders Why Speed Limiters Get the Green Light While Driver Training Standards Languish

An announcement to consider speed limiting heavy trucks to 68 mph has small business truckers wondering why this unproven science is moving forward while minimum training standards for drivers are still not on the books. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agreed to initiate a rulemaking today based on pleas from big trucking entities even [...]

FMCSA Posts Proposed Hours-of-Service Rule

 Updated: 12/29/2010 3:00:00 PM The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published its proposed hours-of-service rule in Wednesday’s Federal Register, outlining the details of the proposal it first released last week. FMCSA, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, said last week that it has not yet decided if truckers should be allowed 10 or 11 [...]

Happy New Year, Diesel Fuel Prices!

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group The good news about diesel fuel prices is they are only $3.294 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy's weekly report. Prices could be $4.854, like they were the summer of 2008. The bad news about diesel fuel prices is they are at the highest they've been all year. [...]

Manufacturers Reply to Stringent Rules with Technology, as Truck Sales Rise

 Updated: 12/29/2010 11:30:00 AM By Dan Leone, Staff Reporter This story appears in the Dec. 20 27 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today. As the most stringent emission rules yet took effect in 2010, manufacturers brought their latest emissions technology to U.S. buyers against a backdrop of recovering truck sales and [...]

Meet some FedEx Ground Entrepreneurs

A court ruling has bolstered FedEx Ground's use of independent contractors. Drivers or employees? Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled in favor of FedEx in a number of lawsuits that alleged the company improperly classified delivery drivers as independent contractors. Below are some videos that illustrate the entrepreneurial nature of these contractors. On Dec. [...]

Medium-Duty Truck Purchases Rose 30.4% in November

 Updated: 12/22/2010 11:40:00 AM By Dan Leone, Staff Reporter This story appears in the Dec. 20 27 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today. A total of 22,902 medium-duty trucks were sold in the United States during November, a year-over-year increase of 30.4% that was again propelled by Classes 3 and 5, [...]

And They Wonder Why We’re Cynical

Truckers who work at night might as well kiss the 34-hour restart goodbye. "On the Road" blog by Jim Park, Equipment Editor For all the fretting and hand-wringing, and for the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on listening sessions and research and fact finding, what we got from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [...]

Third-Quarter GDP Revised Upward Again to 2.6%

 Updated: 12/22/2010 11:45:00 AM The U.S. gross domestic product rose at a 2.6% annual rate in the third quarter, higher than previous estimates, the Commerce Department said Wednesday in its final revision. Commerce last month estimated third-quarter GDP growth at a 2.5% rate, and its first figure a month earlier was 2%. Second-quarter GDP growth [...]

NY Judge Blocks Diesel-retrofit Mandate

A New York Supreme Court judge recently blocked a Department of Environmental Conservation mandate requiring the owners of heavy-duty diesel vehicles to retrofit their fleets with costly new equipment. The plaintiffs said the agency mistakenly applied a law intended to address state-owned vehicles to private owners. Justice Donald A. Greenwood agreed in a decision released [...]

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons