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ATA Praises Rejection of Effort to Delay ELD Implementation

The American Trucking Associations praised the House of Representatives for rejecting an 11th-hour effort to delay implementation of the electronic logging device mandate, slated for December of this year. “ATA has supported, and will support, this important regulation,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said in a statement issued by ATA. Referring to a vote on Sept. 6, Spear said, ...

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​Distracted Driving Survey: Practice and Opinions Don’t Match

About one third of drivers feel confident in their own ability to text and drive, yet the majority believe distracted driving is the biggest cause of auto accidents and more than 90% say it should be illegal, according to a survey by Progressive Insurance, Cleveland, Ohio. The starkest difference in attitudes is between younger and older drivers. More than 60% ...

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‘Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement’ is Subject of FMCSA Public Meeting

“Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement,” a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, will be the subject of a half-day public meeting on Friday, Sept. 8, in Arlington, Va., hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Published on June 27, 2017, the NAS report was commissioned by FMCSA consistent with the requirements of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) ...

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Atlas Oil Deploys Trucks for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Atlas Oil Company’s Emergency Fueling Response Team deployed trucks in response to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday, Aug. 25. More than a dozen trucks were deployed from across the country to safe base camps outside the affected areas, the company says. Atlas, a nationwide company, has access to millions of gallons of relief ...

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VFDA Opposes Restrictions in Shelburne

The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association says it provided additional comments at the Shelburne Select Board meeting this week in response to an ordinance that will be enforced in October. VFDA is working with the Shelburne town manager and Select Board to ensure there are no interruptions of deliveries of diesel fuel, heating oil, kerosene, or propane in Shelburne, the association ...

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AEC: New Gas Pipeline Projects Face Headwinds

For various reasons, some natural gas pipeline projects have been blocked, writes Thomas J. Tubman executive director of the American Energy Coalition, a group that promotes heating oil in comparison to other fuels . The Keystone XL Pipeline has been in the news for many years now; and more recently, the Dakota Access Pipeline headlined the nation’s newspapers. These pipelines, ...

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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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