A new bill has been proposed by the Washington D.C. City Council that would effectively ban commercial trucks from driving in the city. This ban would result from part of Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC Plan which hopes to turn D.C. into the “healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation over the next 20 years.” [click to continue…]
According to a new report released by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, the average price of diesel fuel is expected to fall 12 cents in 2014 to a national average of $3.77 per gallon. [click to continue…]
A recently published white paper by the American Trucking Association shines a light on some issues with the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) system and calls in to question the validity of using the system to make real-world decisions about how reliable specific carriers are.
According to the ATA, the CSA system produces an “imperfect and unreliable measure of a carrier’s safety record,” and that some researchers have found “virtually no correlation between scores and crash rates in any of the measurement categories.” [click to continue…]
One of the provisions of the MAP-21 Highway Funding Act mandated that the minimum broker surety bond be increased from $10,000 to $75,000. Despite many complaints and legal battles, the December 1st deadline came and the rule remained unchanged. As a result, in the past few weeks, there are over 7,500 fewer authorized brokers with active operating authority. In less than two weeks, over 35% of all freight brokers have closed their doors. [click to continue…]
A new report dealing with the U.S. economic outlook estimates that the economy will grow by about 3% in 2014. The report, which was published by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, shows the fastest rate of growth since the 2008-2009 economic recession. The American Trucking Association claims that the economic recovery will mean both more jobs for drivers and an increase in driver turnover.
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A new bill has been introduced in the House that would see a 15 cent per gallon increase in fuel taxes as a solution to the highway funding deficit. The bill, being called the UPDATE Act, has been presented by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon.
Rep. Blumenauer has said that the fuel tax increase could serve as a short-term stop-gap to keep the Highway Trust Fund alive. According to him, the “short-term” increase would be only temporary until a more stable source of funding can be found by 2024. [click to continue…]