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Research Seeks to Identify Traits of Safe, Younger Drivers

Initial research into the potential of developing a “Younger Driver Assessment Tool”—one that would identify younger drivers who exhibit many of the same characteristics as safe, older commercial drivers—was released in a report by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). To assess the feasibility of identifying safe younger drivers, ATRI reviewed existing scientific literature on driver characteristics and the associated ...

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FMCSA Idles Proposed Rule for Speed Limiters on Heavy-Duty Trucks

The U.S. DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) removed from active consideration a proposed rule that would have mandated installation of speed limiters in all heavy-duty trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds, reports the July 31 issue of the New England Fuel Institute Online Energy News (NEON). “The FMCSA stopped short of a formal withdrawal of the speed limiter proposal ...

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NORA Releases 2018-2019 Budget for Comment

The proposed 2018 and 2019 biennial budget for the National Oilheat Research Alliance has been under development for several months. The NORA Finance Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors have reviewed the budget and it is now being released for public comment. At the conclusion of the public comment period, the budget will be forwarded to the Department of Energy. Anyone ...

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ATA Opposes Efforts to Delay ELD Deadline

American Trucking Associations sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expressing ATA’s staunch opposition to any effort that would delay the December implementation deadline for electronic logging devices. “Over the past week we have heard from our members, loudly and clearly, that they are vehemently opposed to these attempts to delay this important regulation,” said Bill Sullivan, ATA’s ...

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PMAA, Others Applaud Legislation to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit

Bipartisan legislation that would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years “will enable PMAA’s members to charge customers less money for heating oil and motor fuel,” Rob Underwood, president of PMAA, said. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) introduced the bill on July 18, and it was hailed the same day in a statement issued ...

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ATA Backs Major Conclusions from Study of CSA Effectiveness

American Trucking Associations officials said they are pleased to see that the long-awaited review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability safety monitoring system substantiated many of the concerns ATA has raised about the program. “We appreciate the work the National Academies of Science has done in helping motor carriers, FMCSA and the general public learn about ...

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NATSO Asks Administration to Avoid Tolling to Fund Infrastructure

“We encourage the Administration to refrain from widespread tolling of America’s infrastructure and rather to seek sustainable solutions to funding infrastructure that don’t harm American businesses and highway users,” NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings said in a statement following President Trump’s remarks at the Department of Transportation announcing a new infrastructure council. “The truckstop and travel plaza industry is encouraged by ...

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EIA: Earthquake Trends in Some States Likely Related to Wastewater Injection

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the number of earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains has increased dramatically since 2009, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports. More earthquakes in these areas have coincided with the increase in oil and natural gas production from shale formations. Seismic events caused by human activity—also known as induced seismicity—are most often caused by ...

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HVAC Company Promotes ‘National HVAC Tech Day’

American Residential Services (ARS), Memphis, Tenn., a privately-held national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services, is promoting National HVAC Tech Day: Thursday, June 22. National HVAC Tech Day was pioneered by ARS as an official declaration to show appreciation to their hardworking HVAC technicians, the company says. The date chosen is significant as it marks the official first ...

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Proposed Rule on Minimum Motor Carrier Liability Insurance to be Withdrawn

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will withdraw a rulemaking designed to explore the pros and cons of increasing liability insurance minimums for motor carriers, news outlets and trade groups report. The agency is withdrawing the rule because of a lack of data from insurance providers and carriers, according to the reports. John V. Kulik, executive vice president of ...

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