Monthly Archives: August 2011

DOT Proposes to Eliminate Deadlines for Replacing Traffic Signs

The Obama Administration is eliminating dozens of burdensome regulations on traffic signs, which cash-strapped state and local governments expect will save them millions of dollars. The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing that communities replace traffic signs when they are worn out, rather than requiring signs to be replaced by a specific deadline. The proposed [...]

Obama Calls for Highway Bill to Fund Transportation, Infrastructure Projects

 UPDATED: 8/31/2011 3:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   President Obama urged Congress Wednesday to pass a highway funding bill that includes an extension of the federal gasoline tax, claiming the move would protect about 1 million jobs, news services reported. At issue is the renewal of transportation spending bill [...]

Summary of Findings of the Evaluation of the CSA 2010 Operational Model Test

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) independent evaluation of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program’s Operational Model Test (Op-Model Test) on August 31, 2011. UMTRI’s findings confirm that CSA substantially improves FMCSA’s enforcement and compliance model. The results confirm that the [...]

Five words or less

"All That's Trucking" blog by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief On a LinkedIn transportation discussion group, there's been a discussion thread where members answer the simple question: "In five words or less, describe what you do." I wanted to share some of the responses with you, from the simple to the sublime to the just [...]

Volvo’s North American Deliveries Rise 51% in July

 UPDATED: 8/30/2011 1:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Bruce Harmon/Trans PixsVolvo AB’s North American truck sales rose 51% in July from a year ago to 2,553 units, the company said Tuesday. Worldwide deliveries for all the company’s brands rose 18% to almost 17,000 units for the month, Sweden-based Volvo said [...]

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ferro and North Dakota Highway Safety Leaders Announce Over $2 Million in Grants to Boost Commercial Truck and Bus Safety

U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Washington, DC 20590www.dot.gov/briefing-room.html FMCSA 29-11 Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Contact: Candice Tolliver Tel: 202-366-9999 or 202-306-4580 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ferro and North Dakota Highway Safety Leaders Announce Over $2 Million in Grants to Boost Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Grants [...]

Don’t Forget to Factor DEF into Fuel Costs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor 2010-model diesels are running well and turning in better fuel economy than their EPA-'07-spec predecessors, according to reports we've heard at industry meetings and in conversations with fleet managers. Most truck operators who've bought engines whose exhausts are equipped with selective catalytic reduction aftertreatment systems say that fuel economy is [...]

Court Throws Out EOBR Rule

 UPDATED: 8/29/2011 2:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic onboard recorder 2010 final rule for motor carriers with significant hours-of-service violations does not protect truck drivers from potential harassment by their employers, a federal appeals court has ruled. Siding with three truck drivers [...]

Texas Simplifies Vehicle Registration Fee Structure

A new system that standardizes and simplifies registration fees for nearly every vehicle owner in Texas begins September 1. Currently, Texas has 1,745 fee categories for registration. That number is being reduced to nine weight classifications. The simplified structure makes it easier for Texans to know what they owe, and reduces administrative costs for the [...]

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