One Texas trucking company's recent decision not to fuel up in Mount Vernon, IL, because of a 2-cent-per-gallon tax on diesel fuel there, has prompted other truckers to follow suit. After reading about Texas-based Clark Freight Line Inc.'s decision not to fuel up their 200-plus trucks, as well as their leased trucks, in Mount Vernon, OOIDA member Doug Geeting decided to take action, too.
The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a trash hauling company in Massachusetts for exceeding the state's five-minute idling limit. Waste Management of Massachusetts Inc., was fined $27,200 for excessive idling at its depots in Stoughton, Taunton and West Boylston, MA. The EPA has collected $329,500 in idling penalties from Capitol Waste Services, Allied Waste Services and Waste Management.
The general election of 2008 didn't shake things up very much in the two congressional committees that wrangle with transportation issues. "Overall, the Democrats' increased majority in the House and the Senate presents us with new opportunities, but also new challenges as well," said Rod Nofziger, OOIDA's director of government affairs.
If ever there was a time for the U.S. DOT and state governments to be cautious about leasing public infrastructure to private investors, it's during financial uncertainty, two top lawmakers said Tuesday, Nov. 4. They sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, urging her to tighten up the guidelines and develop stricter criteria for public-private partnerships for infrastructure.
One state's recent announcement of steep price increases for oversize and overweight permits appears to have come with little notice, although truckers with oversize and overweight loads have begun making their voices heard. Ohio is no longer issuing 365-day permits and the 90-day permit fee jumped from $20 to $306 on Oct. 16, and will rise to $528 in March and $750 in July, which will be 36 times the previous cost.
First CA went after the O/Os at the port and now this. Yes it is important to be concerned about the environment but forcing the small businessman out is not the answer. We need cost effective alternatives that protect both the environment and the entrepreneur spirit.
The Federal Maritime Commission voted late Wednesday, Oct. 29, to file for an injunction asking the courts to halt parts of the "clean truck" plan at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Illinois Tollway officials are proposing to increase tolls for heavy trucks by 60 percent – from $4 to $6.40 – by 2015. Officials with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority recently have opened a public comment period on the issue and will have 12 public hearings throughout the state. Click here to visit the Illinois Tollway site, which has the meeting schedule and an online comment form.
Increase should be for all or none. Focusing on just the big trucks is not right. NJ is raising their tolls as well.
With the clock winding down on the legislative calendar in New Jersey, the topics of consideration at the statehouse include hazardous materials and trucking on the New Jersey Turnpike. One bill that would give the Delaware River Port Authority the authority to inspect hazmat carriers and cargoes. State law now limits such inspections to the State Police, police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and specially designated state Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection personnel.
The Federal Highway Administration has launched a new taxpayer-funded office dedicated to the tolling of congested roadways. Officials with FHWA announced Friday, Oct. 31, that the new Office of Innovative Program Delivery will promote congestion pricing while working with states to reduce traffic and pay for roadway improvements.
At the national headquarters of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in Grain Valley, MO, officials are predicting that voting by the nation’s long-haul truckers may set records. The truckers’ Association has more than 160,000 dues-paying members and keeps in close touch, fielding more than 1,500 phone calls a day and hundreds of e-mail messages. “It appears more are making it to the polls than in the past,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 4. “One reason is the absentee ballot option and the early voting process offered by a lot of states.”
Glad to see that truckers finally have a REAL option at voting time.
Con-way Freight, a division of Con-way Inc., is shutting the doors on 40 of its service centers nationwide in an effort to cut costs. The move is expected to save Con-way Freight as much as $40 million a year.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has been honored with two silver awards from the Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America. One was given for the “Truckers for Troops Telethon” and another for a project challenging the U.S. DOT’s cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico.
The bad news? Truckers entering most U.S. ports still will need a Transportation Worker Identification Credential at least by April 2009. The good news – a recent power outage may have bought some drivers a few more weeks to enroll in the program. Compliance requirements for workers with TWIC cards at Captain of the Port zones in Buffalo, NY, Detroit, Lake Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie and Duluth, MN, have been postponed from Oct. 31 to Dec. 1.
No one is going to be directly observing truckers - and other transportation workers - giving urine samples for drug testing, at least for now, thanks to an emergency stay granted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
The government of Ontario announced the availability of $15 million over the next four years to truckers who switch to hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicles or who want to retrofit their present truck with anti-idling equipment.
Mandating electronic on-board recorders for the 'bad actors' in the trucking industry isn't enough according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The agency unveiled its annual "Most Wanted" list this week and included mandating EOBRs for all trucks in the industry.
Out of hours and needing to rest for the night, Richard Lohrding was out of options when he pulled into a vacant Goody's store parking lot in Morrow, GA, on Wednesday, Oct. 22. He woke up the next morning only to find a parking ticket for $418 on his windshield.
This is all too common a problem for most OTR drivers especially in the NE and coastly states. Before we ticket drivers, we need to improve the parking options.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's Member Assistance Department recalls countless trucking operations that lost hundreds and thousands of dollars at a time. This past week, John Russell was ordered to serve 51 months in federal prison and to pay $165,000 in restitution to his victims. Russell had previously pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
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