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  • Tracy Morgan Crash Among Hundreds Involving Walmart Trucks In Past 2 Years (380 Crashes, 9 Deaths)

    06/10/2014 4:12:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    CBS New York ^ | June 9, 2014
    The accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed a passenger on his limo bus was one of hundreds of crashes involving Walmart trucks in the past two years. Walmart trucks have been involved in 380 crashes in that time, federal data shows. Nine people have been killed; 129 have been injured.
  • This High-Paying Job Has 235,600 Unfilled Positions Across The US

    05/11/2014 7:19:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2014 | RICH SMITH, THE MOTLEY FOOL
    You wouldn't think that the old saw, "Good help is hard to find," had anything left to it, what with last week's unemployment report out of the U.S. Department of Labor showing unemployment in America is still 6.3%. The fact that hourly wages in America grew a measly 1.9% over the past 12 months tends to suggest there's little slack in the jobs market, too. (After all, if it was hard to find good help, wouldn't it stand to reason that employers would be paying through the nose to attract workers?) In one industry, they may have to: trucking. Help...
  • Scalia’s factual error not only one in recent Supreme Court decisions

    05/03/2014 1:11:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    Constitution Daily ^ | 5/2/14 | Scott Bomboy
    The legal press is up in arms over a factual error made by Justice Antonin Scalia in a Supreme Court decision this week. But Scalia isn’t alone among justices who’ve been corrected by academics and even a few bloggers. In Scalia’s case, the problem in his dissenting opinion in EPA v. Homer was magnified by the fact that he mistaking categorized a decision he wrote himself in 2001 called Whitman v. American Trucking. The miscue didn’t get by Harvard law professor Richard J. Lazarus, who took the step of formally writing the Supreme Court to correct the errors after Tuesday’s...
  • Is Walmart's WAVE Concept Truck The Fuel-Efficient Future Of Semis?

    03/03/2014 12:37:37 PM PST · by posterchild · 48 replies
    Green Car Reports via autos.yahoo.com ^ | Mon Mar 3, 2014 | Stephen Edelstein
    Heavy-duty trucks spend more time on the road than passenger vehicles, so improving their efficiency can have a major effect on emissions--and their owners' bottom lines. That's why Walmart is getting into the truck-design business with the WAVE--Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience--concept. With its aerodynamic cab, the WAVE certainly doesn't look like any other large truck currently on U.S. roads.
  • Walmart Revolutionizes Its Fleet With This New Design

    02/20/2014 8:07:55 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 86 replies
    Walmart recently unveiled their new concept big rig, called the WAVE. Short for Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen on the road. Not only does it have a radical new appearance, but many of the internal features are also unprecedented. The steering wheel is positioned directly in the center of the cab, with a completely digital dashboard displayed on monitors on either side of the wheel. On the outside, the trailer is made of carbon fiber and sheds 4,000 pounds off the weight of traditional semi trucks, allowing it to haul more goods. The aerodynamic design...
  • Sydney tunnels have giant water holograms. [video only]

    10/22/2013 2:10:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 10-22-2013 | tennews.com.au
    Basically, it appears that certain tunnel entrances in Sydney have a system that monitors the height of vehicles as they are approaching the tunnel entrance. If a vehicle such as a truck is too high to clear the roof of the tunnel a series of lighted signs warn the driver to stop. If the driver ignores these signs there is one final sign that appears. A curtain of water is sprayed down at the tunnel entrance and a huge STOP sign is projected onto it. It's a good idea in my opinion and I can appreciate the thinking behind this...
  • Trucking industry leader: Tea party a 'corrosive' force (RINO former KS Gov. Bill Graves)

    10/22/2013 12:04:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 21, 2013 | Kevin Robillard
    So much for the great trucker-tea party alliance. Barely a week after conservative activists were counting on a massive protest by truck drivers to snarl the Beltway and bring President Barack Obama to heel, the head of the nation’s largest trucking industry organization denounced the right-wing movement Monday as a “corrosive” force that threatens the business community’s ties to the GOP. “What’s most alarming is the collapse of the Republican Party and the emergence of the conservative wing of the party, most often referred to as the Tea Party, and its emergence as a very corrosive force,” American Trucking Associations...
  • Truckers demand Impeachment!

    10/13/2013 5:32:51 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 32 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/13/2013 | Dr. Eowyn
    Did you know that Pres. Lucifer closed the World War II Memorial in D.C., although the memorial had been built with private (not government) funds? Did you know, however, that illegals were allowed to demonstrate in the National Mall just a few feet away from the WWII Memorial, on Tuesday, Oct. 7 — notwithstanding the supposed government shutdown? Illegals at National Mall Here’s an update of the Truckers Ride For the Constitution movement: These are the demands of RideForTheConstitution.org: Our Constitutional demands are simple: We want our legislators to follow the law. Independent truckers are leading this convoy to deliver...
  • Ride for the Constitution truckers slow D.C. traffic

    10/11/2013 8:45:09 AM PDT · by yoe · 37 replies
    WTVR ^ | October 11, 2013 | Scott Wise & Jerrita Patterson
    A group of truckers left Doswell, Virginia Friday morning to take part in the ‘Ride for the Constitution’ in Washington, D.C. They planned to join truckers from across the country slowing down traffic around the nation’s capital. Virginia State Police, who beefed up patrols ahead of the planned demonstration, pulled over at least one group of truckers, according to WTOP.com. “Four commercial vehicles began driving side-by-side across all four northbound lanes of I-495 on the Inner Loop slowing traffic to 15 mph. Virginia State Police stopped the four tractor-trailers at the 53 mile marker (Fairfax County) and warned them not...
  • Truck Convoy Protest Causing Traffic Problems on Capital Beltway (Live Thread)

    10/11/2013 6:30:47 AM PDT · by kristinn · 109 replies
    CBS ^ | Friday, October 11, 2013
    A convoy of tractor-trailers planning to circle the Capital Beltway in protest of the federal government has begun its descent on the Washington area and is causing some traffic problems for the morning commute. The “Truckers Ride for the Constitution,” which organizer Zeeda Andrews said could attract as many as 3,000 big rigs to the nation’s capital, only had about 10 participants as of 8:30 a.m. Andrews insists the convoy is meant to be a peaceful protest rather than a traffic clog. The organizer said Thursday that reports of the trucks planning to take up three lanes of the Beltway...
  • Truckers’ Capital Beltway protest isn’t a hoax, organizers say

    10/10/2013 4:17:57 PM PDT · by yoe · 86 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2013 | Lori Aratani,
    So it wasn’t a hoax after all? Organizers of the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally say they are indeed coming to Washington on Friday — but whether they will shut down the Beltway or just make a lot of noise remains to be seen.[snip]The protest group’s agenda has evolved since the story began making the rounds of news outlets across the country early this week with a story in U.S. News & World Report, which said the truckers wanted members of Congress to be arrested, while others called for the ouster of President Obama. Andrews said the group still...
  • Truckers to Shutdown America

    09/19/2013 12:35:37 PM PDT · by maddog55 · 46 replies
    FaceBook ^ | 09/19/2013 | Truckers
    The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers! We won't be rolling 11-13!!! (55k+ likes!!
  • 1 Million Truckers to Protest Obama by Shutting America Down for 3 Days in October

    09/19/2013 8:14:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 9/19/13 | Suzanne Hamner
    As someone whose family operates a trucking company, there was no surprise when the announcement to organize a one million trucker march in October appeared online at reagancoalition.com and on a Facebook page. According to reagancoalition.com: There is a Facebook page called "Truckers to Shutdown America." This is one of the messages they posted: My fellow patriot this effort is to support the truckers in a major shut down of America ion [sic] a 3 day strike October 11th thru 13th. Obamacare will be in effect and most people will be ready to take action. No commerce on those days...
  • Daddy, What Was a Truck Driver?

    07/27/2013 10:36:25 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2013 | DENNIS K. BERMAN
    <p>Over the Next Two Decades, the Machines Themselves Will Take Over the Driving.</p> <p>Caterpillar will have 45 self-directed trucks at a mine in Australia.</p> <p>And then one day, man went the way of the mule.</p> <p>Some 5.7 million Americans are licensed as professional drivers, steering the country's vast fleets of delivery vans, UPS trucks and tractor-trailers.</p>
  • U.S. crude oil increasingly moves by barge, truck and rail

    07/11/2013 10:58:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | July 11, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    U.S. crude oil increasingly moves by barge, truck and rail The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released its annual data series tracking how crude oil reaches the refinery gate. Not surprisingly, the 2012 data show heightened reliance on crude receipts via barge, truck and rail. There has been much discussion about the rise in U.S. crude oil production and the resulting overhang in inventories at Cushing, Oklahoma and elsewhere in the midcontinent because of pipeline infrastructure that has not kept pace with burgeoning domestic crude oil supply. The supply-pipeline mismatch is encouraging market participants to increasingly rely on alternative...
  • Feds, truckers clash over new safety rules

    07/01/2013 12:31:58 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 30, 2013 | By John W. Schoen
    The federal government thinks long-haul truckers like Bryan Spoon need more rest. But with the Department of Transportation's new rules forcing drivers to take longer breaks and cut back on hours behind the wheel, Spoon thinks the government has created a solution looking for a problem. "I wish the government would just quit trying to fix something that's not broken," Spoon said on a recent rest stop in Columbia, Mo., after hauling a load of construction materials on the 48-foot Great Dane flatbed behind his 2009 Volvo 780. "If I get any more breaks out here I won't be able...
  • Truck Drivers Not Revved Up About New Safety Rules

    06/30/2013 5:44:40 PM PDT · by matt04 · 39 replies
    The federal government thinks long-haul truckers like Bryan Spoon need more rest. But with the Department of Transportation's new rules forcing drivers to take longer breaks and cut back on hours behind the wheel, Spoon thinks the government has created a solution looking for a problem. "I wish the government would just quit trying to fix something that's not broken," he said on a recent rest stop in Columbia, Mo., after hauling a load of construction materials on the 48-foot Great Dane flatbed behind his 2009 Volvo 780. "If I get any more breaks out here I won't be able...
  • Uzbek citizen arrested in Idaho, accused of supporting militants

    05/16/2013 6:19:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/16/2013
    U.S. officials charged an Uzbek citizen in Idaho with providing bomb-making knowledge and other support to an Islamist militant group, knowing that it would be used in an attack, authorities said on Thursday. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, a national of Uzbekistan living legally in Idaho, was arrested in Boise and faces a three-count grand jury indictment in Idaho and a single-count indictment in Utah, prosecutors said. They said Kurbanov provided information and money to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which the United States has designated as a foreign terrorist organization. The group supports establishing strict Islamic rule in Uzbekistan. Authorities said...
  • Natural gas considered for trucking fuel

    03/24/2013 4:20:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Amid the nation's shale gas boom, natural gas is being considered as an alternative to diesel to fuel heavy trucks. The "Blueprint for a Clean and Secure Energy Future" unveiled by U.S. President Barack Obama last week calls for "putting in place new incentives" for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that run on natural gas or other alternative fuels and providing a credit for 50 percent of the incremental cost of a dedicated alternative-fuel truck for a 5-year period. "The natural gas vehicle market is already growing but the vehicle incentives the president calls for would help accelerate that growth and...
  • Study shows shale boom provides boost to trucking

    02/05/2013 5:53:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Shale energy exploration, the growing practice of deep horizontal drilling to harvest oil and natural gas previously beyond reach, has changed America’s energy industry and overall economy. The fact that natural gas prices are at a ten-year-low is a strong indicator of this positive change. And in the areas where the actual drilling occurs– Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota– there are even more direct economic impacts of what has been called the “shale boom.” Benesch, an Ohio based firm with expertise in transportation law, recently collaborated with National Tank Truck Carriers in Washington, D.C. and the Ohio Trucking...
  • Experts Warning of Coming Crisis: a Shortage of Drivers.

    11/15/2012 5:00:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Truckers America ^ | November 14, 2012
    Experts are warning of a coming crisis: a shortage of truck drivers. The Associated Press reports demand is so high that more than 100,000 trucking jobs are expected to go unfilled each year through 2016. Mohammed Khan, the Director of the Great American Truck Driving School in Detroit told WWJ’s Sandra McNeil he’s seen a 50-percent jump in enrollment at his school since 2010. “People do want to become truck drivers. The fact is that the demand just ups the supply right now,” said Khan. ”There are a lot of truck driving jobs that are wanting because they just can’t...
  • Navistar to Close Garland, Texas, Plant to Reduce Costs(EPA induced)

    10/31/2012 8:48:47 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/31/12
    Navistar International Corp. (NAV) plans to close its Garland, Texas, assembly plant, as the embattled truck maker shrinks it manufacturing capacity in response to falling demand for commercial trucks. The plant near Dallas employs about 900 workers and has been Navistar's primary site for assembling heavy-duty trucks in recent years. The company intends to cease operations at Garland during first half of next year. Closing Garland is expected to lower Navistar's costs by increasing the utilization of other plants. SNIP Navistar, which also makes military trucks and school buses, has lost $241 million during the first nine months of its...
  • Former Teamsters face racketeering, extortion charges

    09/19/2012 6:17:44 PM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 09/19/2012 | Laurel J. Sweet And Dave Wedge
    Four former members of the Teamsters union were in federal court today to answer charges they behaved like common thugs, committing multiple acts of extortion and racketeering while beating up and bullying their own brotherhood who tried to question their methods and leadership, authorities said. John Perry, 60, of Woburn, Joseph “Jo Jo” Burhoe, 44, of Braintree, James “Jimmy the Bull” Deamicis, 49, of Quincy, and Thomas Flaherty, 49, of Braintree, have been charged in a 30-count indictment with racketeering, conspiracy to extort, extortion, attempted extortion, mail fraud, prohibition against certain persons holding office and theft of government money. The...
  • America's Truckers Have Some Bad News About The US Economy

    08/28/2012 9:13:09 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-28-2012 | Sam Ro
    America's Truckers Have Some Bad News About The US Economy Sam Ro Aug. 28, 2012, 10:50 AM Almost every good we own has been in a truck at one point or another. As such trucking volumes are a key bellwether of the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, truck volumes are looking "weaker than normal" so far in August. This is according to Christian Wetherbee, Citi's trucking analyst. From his note to clients: Last week we conducted a series of channel checks in the Truckload sector and while July freight was in line with expected seasonality, and up from last year’s relative weakness,...
  • RIP: Dale ‘Truckin Bozo’ Sommers

    08/24/2012 11:00:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Cincinnati Enquirer | August 24, 2012 | John Kiesewetter
    Link only per agreement with Gannett.
  • Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting

    07/29/2012 6:54:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2012 | Dane Schiller
    The phone rang before sunrise. It woke Craig Patty, owner of a tiny North Texas trucking company, to vexing news about Truck 793 - a big red semi supposedly getting repairs in Houston. "Your driver was shot in your truck," said the caller, a business colleague. "Your truck was loaded with marijuana. He was shot eight times while sitting in the cab. Do you know anything about your driver hauling marijuana?" "What did you say?" Patty recalled asking. "Could you please repeat that?" The truck, it turned out, had been everywhere but in the repair shop. Commandeered by one of...
  • Tons of trucking jobs ... that nobody wants

    07/24/2012 12:04:38 PM PDT · by Signalman · 60 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 7/24/2012 | Aaron Smith
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- During tough economic times with high unemployment, Americans should be jumping at any chance to work, but trucking companies are struggling to hire drivers. There are as many as 200,000 job openings nationwide for long haul truckers, according to David Heller, director of safety and policy for the Truckload Carriers Association. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also sees the demand for truckers increasing, up from the 1.5 million drivers on the road now. It expects trucking to add 330,100 jobs between 2010 and 2020, an increase of 20%. But these positions are difficult to fill,...
  • One Well-Paying American Industry Can't Find Enough People To Hire (No College degree required)

    06/25/2012 11:40:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/25/2012 | Sam Ro
    The U.S. economy can't function unless goods get from point A to B. That's why we have air carriers like FedEx, railroaders like CSX, and truckers like J.B. Hunt. Truckers are a crucial component in this equation because a plane or train can't exactly back into the loading dock of the local grocery store. Unfortunately, America can't seem to find enough people to fill the cabs of their 18-wheelers. USA Today's Paul Davidson reports: A worsening shortage of truck drivers is pushing up freight rates and delaying some deliveries, defying the weak economy, high unemployment and falling gasoline prices. Davidson...
  • Class-action sex harassment suit against trucking company backfires

    04/05/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Court ruling makes it harder for EEOC to pursue discrimination cases in the Midwest, maybe nationally CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- They were learning to become truck drivers, but wound up in a nightmare. In detailed accounts to a federal agency, dozens of female employees of one of the nation's largest trucking companies told of being propositioned, groped and even assaulted by male drivers during cross-country training rides. "I was beaten, I was fondled, I was humiliated and I was taught nothing," one trainee, Ramona Villareal, said in a deposition. But rather than leading to a workplace discrimination judgment, the Equal...
  • Read This First Before You Decide That Preppers Are Crazy

    04/03/2012 11:13:52 AM PDT · by blam · 166 replies
    TEC ^ | 4-2-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Read This First Before You Decide That Preppers Are CrazyApril 2, 2012Michael Snyder Do you believe that preppers are a few cards short of a full deck? Do you assume that anyone that is "preparing for doomsday" does not have their elevator going all the way to the top floor? Well, you might want to read this first before you make a final decision that all preppers are crazy. The information that you are about to read shook me up a bit when I first looked it over. To be honest, I had no idea how incredibly vulnerable our economic...
  • First look at the House's four-year transportation bill

    02/02/2012 6:31:19 PM PST · by Domandred · 4 replies
    Land Line Mag ^ | 1/31/12 | David Tanner
    At first glance, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s four-year surface transportation bill contains some wins for small-business trucking, but will those be enough to overcome possible deal breakers such as longer and heavier trucks on federal highways? Here’s a look inside the bill released on Tuesday, Jan. 31. For starters, the bill calls for approximately $260 billion in funding for surface transportation, but the exact amount for highways was not known as of press time. From OOIDA’s standpoint, the positives in the bill include provisions for truck parking and driver training, a study of crashworthiness in truck cabs, and...
  • Retailers warn economy will be slowed by new trucker scheduling rules

    01/13/2012 5:23:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/12/12 | Keith Laing
    Retailers warn economy will be slowed by new trucker scheduling rulesBy Keith Laing - 01/12/12 11:27 AM ET New limits on the number of hours truck drivers can work per week enacted by the Department of Transportation will put the brakes on commerce, the lobbying group for retail companies said Thursday. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) announced last month that its new rules for trucker scheduling will limit the number of hours a driver can work to 70 per week. Under the old rules, truckers could drive 82 hours per week. The Washington-based National Retail Federation (NRF) said...
  • The Democratic Party's War on Transportation

    01/08/2012 10:40:38 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 8, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The new "Hours of Service" Rules are a drop in the bucket. We think of the world of transportation -- especially trucking and automobile manufacturing -- as being one of the most fundamental of Democratic Party constituencies. Detroit has long been a party stronghold, with the UAW and Teamsters among Democrats' most powerful union supporters. From the worker at the DMV to the driver he licenses, this is one solid chain of Democrats. But is this political loyalty deserved today, if indeed it ever was? Since the Democratic Party was taken over by environmental extremists a generation ago, there has...
  • Demand revs up for experienced truckers

    01/02/2012 10:54:29 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 2, 2012 | Ken Leiser
    Adam King spent months hunting for a job before landing at Witte Truck Driving School in Troy, Mo., this fall. After King, 23, of O'Fallon, Mo., passed the state commercial drivers license test, he spent the next five or six weeks driving a tractor-trailer under the watchful eye of a trainer before venturing out on his own. "I was unemployed after I got out of the Army for two years," said King, who drove trucks while in the military. "I put in hundreds of applications." For the past three years, employment in the trucking industry has been stuck in low...
  • Truck driver nailed with a 30,855 dollar ticket as another truck passes him also in violation.

    12/31/2011 8:43:00 AM PST · by cableguymn · 49 replies
    FNB ^ | 12/06 | Fox News Business/Myself
    Trucker nailed with a 30,855 dollar over weight fine. did not know the road was weight restricted until it was to late (sign was not visible until he was past the point of no return) while turning around he was stopped by local PD. While being weighed and handed the ticket he watched another truck that was over the limit (road had a 10 ton limit. 18 wheel trucks weigh more than that empty) Police claim he was not doing a local delivery. He was less than 4 miles from his delivery.
  • Mexican Trucks Are on Our Roads

    11/08/2011 10:30:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafly
    After years of negative votes in Congress and the opposition of the American people, on Oct. 21 Barack Obama allowed the first Mexican truck to cross the border at Laredo, Texas, and head north to deliver door-to-door service of its industrial equipment. This was implemented by an agreement quietly signed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Mexico City on July 6 with Mexico's secretary of Communications and Transportation. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., calls this deal a major anti-jobs program saying, "We're literally taking good jobs here in America and passing them over the line to Mexico." Todd Spencer, executive vice...
  • Driven Mad: Trucking Industry Collapsing Under Regulation

    09/23/2011 6:28:25 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 9/23/2011 | Patrick Richardson
    Foolish laws are hampering America's lifeblood industry, and making drivers more tired to boot. As President Barack Obama is touring the country touting his so-called jobs bill, he’s not talking about one of the largest job killers facing American industry — regulation. PJMedia is working with AmericanJobCreators to bring you stories of how over-regulation is destroying jobs nationwide. One of the most regulated industries in the United States is over-the-road trucking. Nearly anything you have in your house, from light bulbs, to toilet paper, to your flat-screen television, was delivered to where you bought it by truck – indeed, 70...
  • Truckin’ through new EPA regulations

    08/11/2011 4:00:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    NetRight Daily ^ | August 11, 2011 | Rebekah Rast
    By 2018, America’s 18-wheelers will be rolling on getting 20 percent more miles per gallon due to new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules addressing new fuel standards for heavy vehicles. But as nice as it will be for big-rigs to save four gallons of fuel for every 100 miles traveled, fuel efficiency comes at a cost. The Wall Street Journal estimates the costs to be $1,050 for work trucks, $380 for vocational trucks and $6,220 for supercab tractors. President Obama and the EPA promise the upfront costs will more than pay for themselves after a year or two, but some...
  • Mexico, U.S. Sign Cross-Border Trucking Agreement

    07/07/2011 8:39:31 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 32 replies · 1+ views
    MEXICO CITY – Mexico and the United States have signed an agreement that will allow cargo trucks from each country to circulate without restriction on the other nation’s highways, ending a long-running dispute. The memorandum was signed here by the heads of Mexico’s Communications and Transportation Secretariat and the U.S. Department of Transportation as a follow-up to an accord reached in March by Presidents Barack Obama and Felipe Calderon. Under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexican trucks were to have been able to circulate freely throughout the U.S. roadway system as soon as the trade pact...
  • Landmark US-Mexico trucking agreement resolves 15-year conflict

    07/06/2011 5:34:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    cs monitor ^ | 7/6/11 | Howard LaFranchi,
    After years of wrangling, US and Mexican officials signed an agreement Wednesday that allows trucks from each nation to travel on the other country’s highways – a key provision of NAFTA. Washington The United States and Mexico on Wednesday signed an agreement aimed at resolving a cross-border trucking dispute. The longstanding disagreement had come to symbolize growing resistance, especially in the US Congress, to free-trade provisions with America’s southern neighbor. The accord, signed in Mexico City by US and Mexican transportation officials, would end a 15-year-old controversy that on the US side featured fears of unsafe Mexican trucks barreling along...
  • US, Mexico sign cross-border trucking agreement (Has NAFTA SHAFT'd Ya Today? Just Wait!)

    07/06/2011 3:05:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/6/11 | Jonathan M. Katz - ap
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. and Mexican officials signed an agreement Wednesday allowing each country's trucks to traverse the other's highways, implementing a key provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement after nearly two decades of bickering. Transportation secretaries Ray LaHood and Dionisio Perez-Jacome signed the three-year memorandum, which is based on an agreement announced in March by Presidents Barack Obama and Felipe Calderon. NAFTA, signed in 1994, had called for Mexican trucks to have unrestricted access to highways in border states by 1995 and full access to all U.S. highways by January 2000. Canadian trucks have no limits...
  • No Mexican Trucks on U.S. Highways, Lawmakers Tell DOT

    05/16/2011 10:03:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 16, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) – In a recent letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, a bipartisan group of 44 lawmakers urged the Obama administration not to reinstate a cross-border program involving Mexican trucks. The lawmakers cited cost, safety and security concerns as reasons for not reviving the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed program. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) are leading the bi-partisan effort, which includes 13 Republicans and 31 Democrats. “We have concerns that this proposed program could impact the safety and may create a security breach along our southern border,” the lawmakers wrote in a...
  • Feds Pay To Upgrade Mexican Trucks, US Trucks Not So Lucky

    04/12/2011 7:06:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | April 12, 2011 | Steve McGough
    A story broke yesterday concerning the retrofit of more than 100 trucks from Mexico that do not meet United States environmental standards. Our federal government is paying to upgrade these trucks, yet when the state of California and the EPA set new rules for US-owned trucks, they fine companies who do not comply. This post is not about the environment, it concerns how US trucking companies are treated by the federal and state government as compared to Mexican-owned rigs. From AzCentral.com. For air-quality regulators, the border creates a legal barrier. State and federal agencies can’t force vehicles manufactured and bought...
  • U.S. Pays To Upgrade Mexican Trucks (Outrageous)

    04/11/2011 1:42:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 11, 2011
    In the latest effort to accommodate its cherished trade partner in the south, the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise. The Mexican trucks enter the U.S. under a 17-year-old international trade pact known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and they’ve created an air pollution crisis. The air quality in border towns has been especially impacted by the exorbitant levels of exhaust released by the Mexican trucks, which also fail to meet American safety standards. Since the Mexican truckers have no...
  • Chance to ride the rails is a dream come true

    09/02/2010 3:11:27 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 61 replies
    The Dispatch ^ | Thursday, September 02, 2010 | Barbara Presnell
    Trains are as American as apple pie and baseball, which, let's face it, have struggled in popularity since the advent of Breyer's ice cream and ACC basketball. Think Petticoat Junction. Think that old lonesome whistle. Think John Henry, steel-driving man. And don't forget "If you miss the train I'm on, you will know that I am gone," and Boxcar Willie, hoboes, Saturday morning "Soul Train," "Throw Mama from the Train," "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles," "I been working on the railroad" and, of course, Johnny Cash's "I hear that train a' coming." When I was a little starry-eyed girl, my friend...
  • Obama's Plan to Admit Mexican Trucks

    01/18/2011 5:21:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafley
    It is amazing that, with unemployment unacceptably high, the Obama administration has endorsed a plan that will cost U.S. jobs and make highway driving for Americans more dangerous and less pleasant. Barack Obama wants to admit Mexican trucks to drive on all U.S. highways and roads. Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, explained what this means: "U.S. truckers would be forced to forfeit their own economic opportunities, while companies and drivers from Mexico, free from equivalent regulatory burdens, take over their traffic lanes." We wonder if Mexico has any regulatory standards at all. Mexican trucks...
  • DOT Proposes Revised Hours of Service Rule

    12/23/2010 6:48:48 PM PST · by Big E · 3 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | 12/23/2010 | Transport Topics
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday issued its latest hours-of-service proposal, though the agency has yet to decide if truckers should be allowed 10 or 11 hours of daily driving time. The proposal retains the 34-hour restart provision that allows drivers to restart their weekly clocks after 34 consecutive off-duty hours. However, FMCSA said the restart will have to include two consecutive off-duty periods from midnight to 6:00 a.m. In addition, FMCSA said drivers will be allowed to use the restart only once during any seven-day period. As part of an earlier court settlement, FMCSA must publish a...
  • Trucking Volume Collapses, Falls Most Month To Month Since March 2009

    09/28/2010 2:38:28 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 9-28-2010 | Gregory White
    Trucking Volume Collapses, Falls Most Month To Month Since March 2009 Gregory White Sep. 28, 2010, 4:29 PM Truck tonnage may have increased 2.9% year-over-year in August, but the collapse in month-over-month levels is much more illuminating. Tonnage fell by 2.7% from July to August, according to the American Trucking Association. That's the biggest month over month fall since March 2009. The chief economist at the ATA, Bob Costelo, says this slowdown was expected and that it should be slowing further with the economy for the remainder of the year. From the American Trucking Association:[snip]
  • Will Mexican Truck Drivers With Criminal Records Soon Be Driving on U.S. Highways?

    05/25/2010 10:53:29 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 8 replies · 261+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 5-25-10 | Bob McCarty
    Does anyone truly believe corruption will not surface among officials in the Mexican government if a FAST Pass system is part of a cross-border trucking plan?
  • US to announce Mexico trucking plan soon-LaHood

    05/06/2010 6:12:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 617+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/6/10 | Doug Palmer
    WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's adminstration will soon announce its plan to reopen the U.S. border to Mexican trucks and end a dispute that prompted Mexico to slap duties last year on $2.4 billion worth of U.S. goods, a top U.S. official said on Thursday.