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  • Hillary Clinton: We Cannot End Terrorism Without Gun Control

    09/24/2016 6:42:05 AM PDT · by detective · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Sep 2016 | AWR Hawkins
    In response to questions from AARP Bulletin, Hillary Clinton made clear her position that to be successful, policies for ending terrorism must include gun control for all Americans. AARP Bulletin asked, “What would you do to address terrorism?” Clinton responded: Well, these are legitimate fears. I believe that people are rightly concerned about violence. Terrorism is part of that violence, and we have to do the best job we can to keep America safe. So I’ve laid out a very comprehensive plan about taking on the terrorists, going after them where they operate, doing everything we can to take away...
  • EU slaps record cartel fine of $3.24 billion on truck firms

    07/20/2016 10:01:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 19, 2016 10:45 AM EDT | Raf Casert
    The European Union has slapped its biggest ever cartel fine, worth $3.24 billion and twice the previous record, on several of Europe’s top truck producers for colluding to keep prices artificially high at the expense of consumers. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said EU-based MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF “colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers.” Germany’s Daimler received the biggest fine of €1 billion ($1.1 billion), followed by €752 million ($832 million) for DAF of the Netherlands, €670 million ($741 million) for Volvo/Renault and €494 million ($546 million) for...
  • EV’s Won’t Kill Diesel – Electric Highways Will

    07/14/2016 3:03:07 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 34 replies ^ | 14-07-2016 | Harvey
    There are millions of trucks on the world’s highways at any given time, carrying cargo from one place to another and spewing diesel exhaust fumes. That’s how it’s been since the dawn of trucking, that’s how it still is. But that’s not necessarily how it will be in the future. Electric trucks are a fact, though not a very popular one, which is undeserved to a certain degree. While short-haul deliveries are perfect for utilizing electric freight carriers, a long-haul electric truck would need a battery weighing 23 tons to be able to make a 500-mile journey in one go....
  • (From May 6, 2016) More crashes reported in wake of construction on Interstate 75

    07/14/2016 2:40:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Local 10 News ^ | May 6, 2016 | Todd Tongen
    BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - The Interstate 75 express lanes construction project has created a 10-mile stretch of road that is ripe with hazards. "We believe we have had an increase in some crashes," Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky said. "We have had several people that have been seriously injured from debris." Earlier this week, Jessica Gabe was hit by a large rock, but amazingly she wasn't hurt. "A car hit a big boulder in the middle of the road, split it in two and half of the boulder came through my windshield and hit me," Gabe said. "Next thing...
  • How many must die on I-81? An open letter to government leaders

    07/10/2016 8:13:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | July 6, 2016 | Andy Bruns
    Dear Gov. Hogan, Rep. Delaney, Rep. Shuster … somebody: I'm Andy Bruns, and I run The Herald-Mail. I need to tell you something disturbing about myself. At least 10 times a week, I put a bullet in the revolver, spin the cylinder, put the gun to my head and pull the trigger. One of these days, the gun will go off. My friends and family will be devastated, and my children will be fatherless. No, I’m not suicidal. I, along with thousands of others in the region, simply commute to work on Interstate 81. The gun is only a metaphor,...
  • What you need to know about driving on Interstate 95 during the DNC

    07/02/2016 10:11:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 24, 2016 | Emily Babay
    Motorists on Interstate 95 during the Democratic National Convention should be prepared for weight restrictions and ramp closures. PennDot has outlined what drivers on the interstate should expect before, during and after the DNC, which will be held July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. Here's what you need to know: Open to passenger vehicles Like other highways in the area, I-95 will be open to passenger vehicles. No vehicles weighing more than 5 tons Vehicles that weigh more than five tons won't be permitted on I-95 between Exit 13 (for Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and...
  • Vice President Biden applauds RhodeWorks during visit

    05/30/2016 12:39:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Turn To 10 ^ | May 27, 2016 | Associated Press
    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Vice President Joe Biden said Rhode Island needs to invest in its transportation infrastructure after touring a dilapidated highway bridge he joked is being held up by a children's toy. "For 10 years, you've had Lincoln Logs holding the damn thing up. Go look at it," he told a crowd of local politicians and construction trade and labor leaders who gathered Friday to hear him speak.
  • Where did ISIS get all those Toyotas? US Treasury investigates.

    10/14/2015 6:59:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 67 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/07/15 | Annika Fredrikson
    While Toyota’s own figures show a tripling of sales of the Hilux in Iraq during 2013, US authorities are also investigating other sources from which the cars could have originated, as part of a broader effort to “prevent Western-made goods from ending up in the hands of the terror group.” But the US has, in fact, knowingly exported Toyotas that could now potentially be in the terrorist group’s fleet. In April 2014, a report published by Public Radio International announced that US State Department aid sent to Syrian rebels included 43 Toyota trucks. At the time, the Hiluxes were meant...
  • Semi truck Driver Tackles Historic South Carolina Flooding (title shortened)

    10/05/2015 1:37:10 PM PDT · by Cowman · 10 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 10/5/2015 | Liz Klimas
    Video at link
  • Police: Dog Rescued After Driving Owner's Pickup Into Lake

    09/29/2015 2:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 29, 2015 | Ben Hoope
    Police in Maine said a small dog was to blame for driving its owners pickup truck into a lake by knocking the vehicle out of gear. The Ellsworth Police Department said the Yorkie's owner had been walking the dog around Branch Lake Saturday afternoon and he put the canine back into his pickup truck while it was idling. Lt. Harold Page told the Ellsworth American the dog "knocked the truck out of gear and it rolled down the parking lot into the lake." The Ellsworth Police Department said in a Facebook post the dog was rescued from the submerged pickup...
  • Regime running terror weapons factory in Sudan?

    07/01/2010 5:40:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    The Sudanese newspaper Rai al-Shaab (Opinion of the People), owned and controlled by Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi, recently published an article that potentially provides new and important insight into Sudan's terrorist ties to Iran. The article alleges that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, is operating a secret weapons factory in Sudan to funnel weapons to Iran-sponsored terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. Several Arab bloggers circulated the article last week. Today, these blogs are the only evidence that the article ever existed. Soon after it was published, Sudanese authorities shut down the...
  • Local Governments Look To Cash In On Commercial Truck Inspections

    08/14/2015 8:48:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/13/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Local police departments that get into the truck inspection business insist their only interest is safety. But truckers and traffic enforcement watchdogs believe there is another agenda in play — money. “Local enforcement of commercial motor vehicle safety standards is about revenue, not about safety," said Mike Matousek of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. "There is a greater chance that local law enforcement officials will wrongfully issue a citation. It can effectively force professional truck drivers out of the industry and impact consumers." James Walker of the National Motorist Association has a related message: “This is a very complex area...
  • ‘Operation Truck Stop’ enforcement effort targets off-toll-road traffic in Northern Indiana

    08/12/2015 5:01:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Overdrive ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Dills
    Indiana is known for its targeting of truckers relative to the behavioral aspects of on-highway safety — no state devotes a larger share of its focus to ticketing and issuing warnings to drivers for moving-type violations. When officials in the northern part of the state in late June announced a weeklong “Operation Truck Stop” three-county enforcement effort during the July 4 holiday week along U.S. 20, a common Indiana Toll Road alternate, in late June, regular readers could have been forgiven for seeing little news there. As Overdrive‘s reports on the state made clear in the last year, such efforts...
  • GOP measure would permit longer tandem trucks

    06/25/2015 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 3:34 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Over the objections of safety advocates, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a trucking industry bid to allow longer tandem trucks on the nation’s highways. The change, sought by the American Trucking Associations and large haulers such as FedEx Corp., would increase the permitted length of trailers hauled in tandem from 28 feet to 33 feet. […] Pushing the measure were large trucking operations that stand to profit from lower costs. In opposition were unions such as the Teamsters, many states and local governments, and safety advocates. Many smaller trucking companies were against it as well. …
  • EPA proposes tougher mileage standards for trucks (to prevent global warming)

    06/19/2015 8:04:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19, 2015
    The Obama administration is issuing new rules intended to improve fuel efficiency for medium and heavy-duty trucks and cut pollution blamed for global warming. The proposed standards are expected to lower cardon dioxide emissions by about 1 billion metric tons ...
  • Virginia Opens Its Roads To Self Driving Cars

    06/06/2015 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 3, 2015 | Mary Beth Griggs
    Self-driving cars are taking to the streets in California this summer, but the Golden State isn't the only one opening its roads to autonomous cars.Virginia just announced that 70 miles of highway in the Commonwealth would be open to self-driving cars, like the cars in Google's fleet. Any autonomous vehicle wanting to travel those routes, called the Virginia Automated Corridors, will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which helped the state government plan the project.As the Richmond Times-Dispatchreports the plan is for companies to test how their cars react in real-world situations on highways packed with human drivers....
  • 18 wheeler with over 32 tons of weight achieved 12.2 mpg which is over double regular efficiency

    04/01/2015 4:20:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | March 30, 2015 | Brian Wang
    Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) SuperTruck program has achieved 115 percent freight efficiency improvement – surpassing the Department of Energy (DOE) program’s goal of 50 percent improvement and exhibiting the best results of all reporting OEMs. Testing was also conducted at the DTNA Detroit engineering facility to demonstrate engine efficiency by achieving 50.2 percent engine brake thermal efficiency. The final SuperTruck demonstrator ran a five-day, 312-mile round trip route on Texas Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Dallas, at a weight of 65,000 lbs GVWR at a speed of 65 mph, where it achieved an average result of 12.2 mpg.Solutions...
  • Toddler Idolizes the Garbage Men

    03/25/2015 9:31:45 AM PDT · by apoliticalone · 30 replies
    AOL-Huffington ^ | 3-24-2015 | Cameron Keady
    Some things in life are just too good to handle. Quincy Kroner had that exact feeling on March 13 when he met his local heroes -- the neighborhood garbage men, Mark Davis and Eddie Washington. The Cincinnati 2-year-old has been fascinated by the garbage truck “since about the age he could walk,” the toddler’s father, Ollie Kroner, told The Huffington Post in an email. But this was the first time he met the garbage men in person, and it was all too much for him -- resulting in the adorably priceless photo above. “He was all smiles as the garbage...
  • Document: Iraqi Dissident Talks About WMD Moved to Syria (Translation)

    07/25/2006 8:40:08 AM PDT · by jveritas · 146 replies · 13,940+ views
    <p>Document that was written sometimes after the Iraq war talks about an Iraqi decedent named “Abu Abdallah” who says that Iraqi WMD were moved to Syria before the war on the month of 10 Mouharam (Islamic calendar) i.e. March 10. The document was apparently reviewed by the Department of Defense as you the word D.O.D (in Latin letters) written on the side of the document.</p>
  • Horror Crash Shows Why You Never, Ever Pass A Truck Before Your Exit

    10/16/2014 11:20:22 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies ^ | october 15, 2014 | Raphael Orlove
    To every single human being I have seen cutting across multiple lanes to rush to their highway exit: this could happen to you. Amazingly the person driving this Ford Focus, 25-year-old Jasmien Claeys, survived the multiple-impact wreck. As Carscoopsreports, she told Belgian HLN that the crash put her in a coma, shattered her hand, and broke her top two vertebrae, but she is recovering.
  • The 20 Cars Most Likely To Last 200,000 Miles

    10/03/2014 7:27:35 AM PDT · by blam · 168 replies
    Bi ^ | 10-3-2014
    Alex Davies October 3, 2014 If you're going to buy a new or used car, it's good to know that it's not going to break down after a few thousand miles. Even better is knowing that it'll have a good shot at crossing the 200,000 mile mark. To find the vehicles mostly likely to reach that milestone, iSeeCars, which helps shoppers find good deals on used cars, analyzed listings for 30 million used vehicles from the past year. Turns out that if you want to go the distance, your best choice is the Ford F-250, followed by the Chevy Silverado...
  • NHTSA Lists 1,895 Complaints for GM Brake Lines, GM Denies Problem

    07/02/2014 1:26:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 2, 2014 | Mark Modica
    General Motors continues to deny that there is a problem with rusting brake lines on its vehicles, as noted here yesterday. GM's new Vice President of Global Safety, Jeffrey Boyer, claims that brake line rust "is a maintenance issue that affects the entire automotive industry." However, a search of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website shows that GM vehicles have about ten times the complaints for brake lines than Ford, Toyota and Honda combined! NHTSA has a tool to allow searches for complaints by keyword. While there is an ongoing NHTSA investigation on model year 1999 to 2003...
  • The World Has 53.3 Years of Oil Left

    06/28/2014 9:20:33 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 6-22-2014 | Matt DiLallo
    BP (ticker BP ) has provided an intriguing update to its global oil reserves estimate in the company's latest yearly review of energy statistics. BP raised its reserve estimate by 1.1% to 1,687.9 billion barrels, which is enough oil to last the world 53.3 years at the current production rates. However, there's likely a lot more oil left in the tank beyond what BP sees today. A good portion of the growth in global oil reserves in BP's report comes from the United States. According to BP, the U.S. has 44.2 billion barrels of oil reserves, which is 26% higher...
  • GM CEO Mary Barra Ignores Brake Corrosion Safety Issue

    06/11/2014 3:38:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mark Modica
    Well, it looks like New GM is not much different than Old GM when it comes to addressing serious safety issues on its vehicles. The Associated Press reports that General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, claims that GM has not turned up any other major safety issues. I guess Ms. Barra feels that two tons of steel traveling at high speeds with brake lines that can burst at any moment is nothing to be concerned about. The continued denial by GM that there is no safety issue with their trucks that are prone to brake line corrosion proves that the...
  • Chrysler's Ram gains ground on Silverado

    03/22/2014 8:24:03 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 70 replies
    Automotive News ^ | March 22, 2014 - 12:01 am ET | Larry P. Vellequette
    DETROIT -- The side-view mirror of a Chevrolet Silverado contains this warning: "Objects may be closer than they appear." The warning could be talking about the Ram. The Silverado, the longtime No. 2 in pickup sales, still has a substantial lead on No. 3 Ram. But the Ram is gaining. In the last seven months, after the redesigned Silverado arrived last summer, Ram sales were at 208,414, while the Silverado was at 261,258 -- still a sizable gap of 52,844 units. But consider: In the same period a year earlier, the gap between the two was 97,199 units. In the...
  • Obama orders even more EPA regulations for more fuel-efficient “super trucks”

    02/18/2014 4:32:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/18/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    In keeping with his trending pattern of throwing bureaucratic bones to environmentalist groups whilst doing everything he can think of to “act where Congress won’t” (like his administration’s decision last week to initiate a $1 billion “climate resilience fund” that will combat problems of the Obama administration’s own making the effects of weather around the country), President Obama announced today the latest round of fuel-efficiency regulations to be handed down on high from the ever wise and abstemious Environmental Protection Agency: Speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Maryland, Obama instructed environmental and transportation agencies to get to work on...
  • Obama orders up new mileage standards for big rigs

    02/18/2014 10:32:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 120 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    Linking increased fuel economy to the larger issue of economic growth, President Obama on Tuesday directed his administration to write new rules to improve mileage for the nation’s big-rig trucks. Mr. Obama made the announcement during a speech at a suburban Maryland Safeway distribution center and cast it as the latest move in his so-called “year of action,” a time he’ll act without Congress wherever possible. “Improving gas mileage for these trucks is going to drive down our oil imports even further,” Mr. Obama said. “That reduces carbon pollution even more, cuts down on businesses’ fuel costs, which should pay...
  • Gov’t moving (to) shut down unsafe bus, truck companies

    01/17/2014 12:12:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2014 2:42 PM EST | Joan Lowy
    A federal agency is issuing regulations aimed at making it easier for the government to shut down bus and truck companies with a pattern of safety problems. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration said Friday the regulations give the agency authority to put out of business operators who have a history of problems, even if their most recent inspection alone doesn't quite meet the threshold for closure. …
  • Big trucking companies ready to shift to natural gas across the US

    11/07/2013 8:36:29 PM PST · by bkopto · 49 replies ^ | Nov 7, 2013 | Danny King
    Sales of natural-gas powered big rigs could jump as much as fivefold this year as falling prices for both natural gas and the carbon fuel tanks required for such trucks come down, the Wall Street Journal says. Lowe's, Procter & Gamble, UPS and PepsiCo are among the major US companies that have gone on record saying they're expanding their fleet of trucks that can run on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). For instance, UPS is buying 1,000 natural-gas trucks by year-end, and P&G, whose fleet is about seven percent natural gas, is looking to boost...
  • GM Dealers Say Low Demand, Not Lack of Supply Explain Poor Truck Sales

    10/28/2013 11:27:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 28, 2013 | Mar Modica
    The past month has brought much confusion and concern for General Motors' shareholders regarding the most important and profitable segment of sales for the company. As the company prepares to report earnings for the third quarter this week, media reports are still unclear on just what is going on with GM's new truck lineup; specifically pertaining to the reasons behind the disappointing sales figures that were reported for the month of September when Ford's truck offerings left them in the dust. While GM's Obama-appointed management spun the story ( claiming supply could not keep up with demand ) to some...
  • GM's Advertising Identity Crisis Hurting Sales (FR thread linked)

    10/17/2013 11:01:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 17, 2013 | Mark Modica
    It looks like General Motors is going through an identity crisis as its marketing strategy has flip-flopped by changing its targeted audience. The new General Motors' truck ad, "Strong," targets conservatives by honoring a heroic and manly GM truck buyer with lyrics that describe him as a "love one woman for all his life" type of guy who arrived at work on time for twenty straight years. The rugged, heterosexual identity of today's GM differs greatly from last year's politically correct version when the company won praise for running a "gay" Chevy Volt ad and for flying rainbow banners to...
  • America's truck driver shortage

    08/18/2013 7:21:43 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 31 replies
    Innovation Trail ^ | August 6, 2013 | Kate O'Connell
    America's Truck Driver ShortageBy Kate O'ConnellThe Innovation Trail's Kate O'Connell talks to truckers, industry reps, and analysts about America's trucker shortage. America’s trucking industry’s been experiencing a chronic shortage of drivers for at least 20 years. Conservative estimates put the number of vacancies upward of 20,000, and some say it goes into the hundreds of thousands. But, there are mixed views on the causes and solutions for this challenge to the industry. Kevin Dugan has a college degree in heating and air conditioning, but after graduating he had a similar experience to many young grads. Employers were reluctant to...
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • 'Four trucks filled with bodies' after Reynosa firefight

    03/12/2013 10:34:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    The Monitor ^ | 3/11/13 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    REYNOSA — Fear and panic filled the streets of Reynosa on Sunday night as rival gunmen battled during a three-hour firefight that saw automatic weapons and grenades used. Surprisingly, Mexican authorities were absent for most of the melee. The opening clashes were reported just before 9 p.m. Sunday, when rival factions of the Gulf Cartel consummated what appeared to be a yet another rift within the criminal organization. During the protracted gunbattle, dozens of gunmen were killed, but authorities Monday would only confirm the deaths of two bystanders and the injury of a third. A Tamaulipas law enforcement official, who...
  • How should I sell an old pick-up?

    01/28/2013 7:03:40 PM PST · by McGarrett · 43 replies
    01/28/2013 | Mcgarrett
    I have a pair of old 50's era Dodge pick-ups that have been sitting in the woods since the 1960's. Is it worth my while to try to sell them to someone who restores old vehicles, or just sell them to the junk yard?
  • EPA Says Don't Touch the Particulate Filter

    01/25/2013 9:58:02 AM PST · by conservative98 · 27 replies ^ | January 24, 2013 | Mark Williams
    In a court settlement with the EPA, Edge Products, a manufacturer of electronic power modules for diesel engines, has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for manufacturing and selling electronic devices that allowed owners of Chevy, GMC, Ford and Dodge/Ram diesel pickup trucks (2007 and later) to remove the programming for diesel particulate filters from their vehicles. The Ogden, Utah, company is reported to have sold more than 9,000 units from January 2009 through April 2011. This is said to have resulted in an estimated 158 tons of excess particulate matter emissions — the equivalent of 422 new long-haul semitrailers...
  • Truckers Knew We Were In A Once-In-A-Generation Recession Before Anyone Else

    01/23/2013 11:24:27 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-18-2013 | Rob Wile
    Truckers Knew We Were In A Once-In-A-Generation Recession Before Anyone Else Rob WileJanuary 18, 2013, 11:29 AMYoutube If you ever wondered what industry is the American' economy's most accurate bellwether, here's some pretty good evidence that it might be trucking. In the just-released minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee's December 11, 2007 meeting, then-St. Louis Fed Governor William Poole recounted what he was hearing from his nonfinancial business contacts about orders and sales. Most reported softening activity, but nothing dire. But not Poole's trucker. From the December 2007 transcript: UPS is expecting a peak season that is milder than...
  • New California regs forcing trucks off the road

    01/02/2013 10:19:17 AM PST · by lward99 · 39 replies
    Times 247 ^ | Jan. 1, 2013 | Katherine Timpf
    California rang in the New Year by placing certain truck engines, trailers, tires and even entire vehicles on its environmental out list — requiring motor carriers to spend tens of thousands of dollars on new equipment that may never meet the state's ambitious objectives. The new rules apply to trucks registered in other states — and even other countries. “The state is forcing certain trucking companies and operators to make investments that are going to add cost with no return with regard to fuel efficiency, and therefore no impact on their desired policy operative,” said Steve Laskowski, senior vice president...
  • Cities Banning Trucks and New Truck Stops

    12/21/2012 6:53:42 PM PST · by Domandred · 70 replies
    Truckers Report ^ | 12/21/12 | Samuel Barradas
    Despite pumping life into every town and city that they haul freight to, truckers are still looked upon as a nuisance by most areas. They think of big trucks as rolling death-machines that bring pollution, noise, and crime to their towns, not realizing that what they really bring is absolutely everything the town needs to survive. Well, yet another city is taking steps to ban these “nuisances” from their streets entirely. The mayor of Columbiana, Alabama has called for a ban on semi-trucks driving in their downtown area. He says that trucks are the main cause of traffic jams in...
  • City Hall wants diesel drivers to swap for electric vehicles

    11/27/2012 8:04:45 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 66 replies
    WBEZ91.5 ^ | 11-27-12 | Lauren Choolijan
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make a deal with diesel truck owners in the Chicagoland area: give up your truck, and the city will give you a voucher that covers around 60 percent of the cost of a new electric one. Officials say the project could help with air quality and even quieter streets across the city. By next spring, fleets in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties will be able to apply for the program. “The city is encouraging companies to invest in electric vehicles in order to incrementally improve Chicago’s air quality while helping to...
  • VANITY: Freeper input invited re purchase of new (used) work truck

    10/13/2012 8:10:16 AM PDT · by OKSooner · 36 replies
    Vanity ^ | 10-13-2012 | Vanity
    Nowhere on earth better for well-informed input, so this is the deal...My valiant old 1993 F250, 4.9l, is blowing oil out the main seal and is being expected to perform way past its limits pulling my big (17') landscape trailer. So, I'm trying to do some diligence on a new (used) truck. Here's what I'm thinking... Gotta be under $10k, even less if possible. Don't mind if it's ugly so long as it works. If 3/4 ton, 4wd is preferred. (A risky proposition, I know, but I gotta stay within certain parameters.) If 1 ton, rwd is okay. Need to...
  • Simple question here, which monster truck is the greatest of all time? Grave Digger or Bigfoot?

    06/16/2012 6:07:23 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 29 replies ^ | February 22, 2011 | Brian Lohnes
    Being that the trucks are no longer competing head to head, this is more a question of fan loyalty and perhaps one that splits down the lines of age. Kids who attending the Monster Jam events coast to coast see Anderson or one of the gaggle of drivers that pilot the trucks at multiple simultaneous events may not even know what the Bigfoot truck is, while older monster truck fans may remember all the movie and television appearances made by ‘Foot and its racing dominance back in the day.
  • CARB’s Mary Nichols disallows presentation of public concerns on cap-and-trade carbon trading

    05/31/2012 5:44:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | May 31, 2012 | Guest post by Lorraine Yapps Cohen
    California Air Resources Board (CARB) met on Thursday, May 24. On the agenda was discussion toward deciding where and how to spend the billions raised from cap-and-trade carbon trading in the state.At the public meeting was Betty Plowman, who attended the meeting to present a letter on behalf of the industries that CARB calls polluters, the California Construction Trucking Association (CCTA) and California Dump Truck Owners Association. The letter describes CARB’s threats to these industries, induced by the Board’s regulations that are, in turn, based on junk science. The letter’s signatories indicate intention to seek reparations for the regulated class...
  • When the Trucks Stop, It’s Over

    05/20/2012 7:41:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 146 replies
    Daily Survival Blog ^ | 5/19/12 | Ken
    Systemic risk. I guarantee that most ordinary folks have no idea that if trucks stopped rolling all across America, within a short period of time nearly all Americans would all be in a life-threatening situation from major delivery shortages. 70% of all freight that is moved in the U.S. is done so by truck. You (we) depend on that ‘stuff’ for our survival. A major disruption in truck travel would immediately impact seven major industries, and would bring America to its knees within days due in part to “just in time manufacturing”, zero-inventory, and the fact that our modern way...
  • I need a truck

    05/13/2012 8:41:05 AM PDT · by waterhill · 108 replies
    me | 5/13/12 | me
    My 02 GMC has 200k+ on her now, she is showing signs of old age. I want to upgrade to a diesel. Just wondering what the FReeper World thinks is the best diesel 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck. I am not picky about brand names. I could go with a Ford for political reasons...... Much as garcias....
  • Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

    03/13/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. Tuesday's vote was the first time in four years that the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
  • Lamborghini Plans SUV

    02/07/2012 6:48:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 7, 2012 | Colin Bird
    Lamborghini Plans SUV Lamborghini is mulling a return to the utilitarian off-road market after being absent from the field for nearly two decades, according to Reuters. The SUV would take stylistic influences from the Lamborghini LM002, shown above, which portends a more rugged, Hummer-like look for the new model rather than a high-performance one. Bentley is also planning an SUV model that'll likely compete with the Lamborghini version. Both Lamborghini and Bentley are owned by parent-company Volkswagen, and both models would likely share mechanical parts with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles, says Reuters. A concept version of the SUV is...
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    02/05/2012 4:46:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 5, 2012 | Bernie Woodall
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  • Trucks, SUVs power strong auto sales in October

    11/01/2011 11:09:30 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday November 1, 2011, 1:14 pm | unattributed
    DETROIT (AP) -- Car buyers were out in force in October, snapping up trucks and SUVs and taking advantage of deals on Japanese cars. U.S. car and truck sales were expected to top 1 million in October, a surprising number for a month when sales are usually slow. When adjusted for seasonal factors, that would be the best pace since the Cash for Clunkers program in August 2009. Pent-up demand drove October sales. Japanese inventories are finally reaching normal levels after the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Many buyers who spent the summer waiting for Japanese cars could finally.......