Rep. Ryan Favors Allowing States to Implement Tolls

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March 2, 2015

Transpo Leaders Urged to Pressure Congress On Highway Bill
Lobbying by officials of State transportation departments can help get a long-term highway bill passed this year, say key U.S. Representatives and Senators at an annual Washington briefing presented by AASHTO.

Rep. Ryan Favors Allowing States to Implement Tolls
<p><strong>U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.</strong> <em>Official Photo</em></p> Rep. Paul Ryan has stated that he favors changing federal law to afford state governments the “freedom to choose” to implement tolled highways.

California Approves DME for Use as Vehicle Fuel
<p><em>Graphic via Oberon</em></p> The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved the dimethyl ether for legal use as a vehicle fuel.

Used Class 8 Truck Sales Fall 12% in January
Used Class 8 truck sales fell to 2,239 units in January - a 12% decline from December and a 3% decline year-over-year, according to a report from ACT Research.

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High
<p><em><strong>Graphic courtesy of GHSA.</strong></em></p> A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

FMCSA Extends Deadline for Student Art Contest
<p><strong>Art by&nbsp;Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."</strong></p> The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Faulty Doors
<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.</strong></em></p> The action, set to begin in March, affects 5,586 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2015 model year.

Memorial Tribute to Ed Bobit
Watch this memorial tribute to fleet icon Ed Bobit, who founded Bobit Business Media and Automotive Fleet and passed away in 2014. Read the full story here.

Kenworth Offers Rebate to OOIDA Members on Sleepers
<p><strong>Kenworth - W900L Studio Sleeper. </strong><em>Photo: Kenworth</em></p> Kenworth is offering a $1,000 rebate on qualifying purchases of new Kenworth sleeper trucks to members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association during 2015.

Texas NGV Grants Produce Economic Benefits
A trio of Texas grant programs that funded the construction of natural gas fueling stations and the adoption of natural gas vehicles produced major economic benefits for the state, according to a new study.

Using Technology To Grow and Stay Competitive
<p><strong>Sweetland Transport&nbsp;</strong><strong>anticipates a growth rate </strong><strong>of more than 150% this </strong><strong>year over last.</strong></p> Sweetland Transport is a small trucking company relying on new technology not only to survive but to continue growing.

EPA Awards $20 Million Contract For Emissions Research
<p><strong>Southwest Research Institute will conduct analytical services in emissions and fuel consumption on light- and heavy-duty vehicles and components under a five-year, $20.1 million contract from the EPA. </strong><em>Photo via Soutwest Research Institute</em></p> The Southwest Research Institute was awarded a five-year $20.16 million contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide testing and analytical services related to emissions and fuel consumption.

HDT Top 20 Products of 2015
These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Got Questions Q. What precautions can I take to protect my equipment from cold temperatures?

A. With temperatures on the decline and arctic air blasting most of the country, fleet owners in particular need to take special precautions to help protect their rigs and livelihood. READ MORE

Got Questions Q. What's the best suspension for keeping axles and wheels aligned to preserve tires?

A. There's no evidence to suggest that certain types of suspensions – air, mechanical, axle-under-air, leading arm, trailing arm or parallelogram - have any particular adverse impact on tire life. READ MORE


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What's the Best Thing Ever to Happen to Cargo Securement?

Of all the rules truckers must abide by, the cargo securement rules are likely the most often misinterpreted. In many cases, citations result not from willful neglect or negligence, but from simple ignorance or misunderstanding. And it's not always only the driver who's to blame.

How Low Can Oil Prices Go?

Economist and financial analyst Gary Shilling set off a bit of a furor recently when he said the price of crude oil could go as low as $10 a barrel. Deborah Lockridge explores the likelihood of that in her All That's Trucking blog.

Hello CARB, Are You Listening?

John Dutra is a one-man band, running his custom-upfit 1991 Isuzu FSR for construction work in the South Bay of San Francisco. Dutra couldn’t have known when he bought his truck so many years ago that today he’d be staring down a government mandate to (in all practicality) buy a cleaner truck.

Myths vs. Reality of Driver Monitoring: a Whitepaper

Understand the difference between OAT and N-OAT coolants

Improve Fleet Performance by Changing Driver Behavior

How to Use Telematics to Control Fleet Costs

Tri State Truck Center in  Shrewsbury, Mass.
Photos: Truck Dealer of the Year Nominees
Lonestar truck display.
Photos: McCandless Truck Center
Kenworth claims the T680 Advantage is the most aerodynamic truck it has ever produced, boasting a 5% improvement over the standard T680.
Test Drive Photos: Kenworth T680 Advantage
This giant pickup truck was a custom project done by plant employees for fun. (Read more here.) The latest project is a custom fire truck.
Photos: Visiting Volvo's New River Valley Plant
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