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Gas prices fall while cost of diesel rises SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – For some drivers filling up at the pump is actually not an unpleasant experience. With gas at $2.57 per gallon at most stations in Springfield, fueling up won’t break the bank. “I’m very happy about it and I never thought [gas prices] would go this low again. I think it’s going to be a real blessing to a lot of people because it gives them more disposable income,” said Springfield motorist Dianna Dohmen. But the experience for those operating bigger vehicles is quite different. “[Gas price have] gotten expensive and out of hand. It’s a shame that the prices don’t show how much fuel there quite possibly is out there,” said semi-truck driver Arlo Martens. In Missouri, the average cost for diesel fuel is about $3.60 per gallon. That’s more than a dollar higher than the cost of regular […]

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Comments Off on Alternative propulsion still seen as attractive to trucking

The recent decision by Miami-Dade County, FL, to purchase 29 additional hybrid trucks for its refuse fleet – bringing the total number of such units it operates up to 64 – is an indication at least to some experts that alternative propulsion options will remain attractive to truck-based firms despite the current low price of diesel fuel. “The recent decline in diesel prices is something of an anomaly,” Tom DeCoster, business development manager for the hybrid drive systems division at Parker Hannifin, told Fleet Owner. “There’s really no guarantee on the price of any fuel, be it diesel or natural gas, and whether you talk to municipal or private fleets today, everyone is looking for ways to lower their total cost of operation (TCO) for the long term,” he said. DeCoster added that this is actually the third order Miami-Dade has place for Autocar E3 hybrid refuse trucks equipped with […]

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Comments Off on Navistar introduces new truck designed for disaster relief efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Navistar and Terranova GTS showcased its new International DuraStar multi-purpose vehicle at this week’s Aid and International Development Forum Disaster Relief Summit in Washington, D.C. The new truck was designed to help in disaster relief efforts. It has a water purification system that can clean 5,000 gallons of water a day, as well as firefighting capabilities and a medical unit. “This state-of-the-art multi-purpose vehicle provides a critical resource to aid disaster relief efforts around the world,” said Tom Clevinger, Navistar senior vice-president, global truck and bus. “The first of its kind in the industry, this truck can serve as a life-saving tool and is equipped with a water purification system and firefighting capabilities and includes a mobile medical unit for emergency rescue and triage operations.” The truck’s water purifier is EPA-certified and can remove bacteria, virus and cyst from any water source including ponds, rivers and lakes. “We’re […]

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Comments Off on CalArk Increasing Driver Pay in December

The trucking company CalArk said it will raise pay for drivers in just less than a couple of weeks. The Arkansas-based operation will increase it three cents per mile on Dec. 2 for all company drivers. All company drivers will also be eligible for a bonus of two cents per mile when driving more than 11.250 miles per month. Teams are also eligible, but must drive 19,200 miles per month. An announcement on the company’s web site does not say whether all such miles must be dispatched miles. CalArk also announced starting Jan. 1 it will offer major medical insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield, including prescription coverage, for $45 per week. Source: Trucking Info

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Comments Off on Double Coin’s RT600 and RR202 Meet EPA Requirements

Double Coin recently met the requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Technology Program for its RT600 and RR202 tires. The SmartWay program verifies the performance of vehicles, technologies and equipment that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gases and other air pollutants from freight transport. “Double Coin is continually committed to engineering products that help reduce emissions and improve fuel economy,” said Aaron C. Murphy, vice president of CMA. “The SmartWay Technology program is a positive step in the right direction for our future, and we are proud that Double Coin products are on the list among verified technologies that improve the environment.” Both of Double Coin’s RT600 and RR202 meet the low rolling resistance tire performance criteria. The low profile, all-position RT600 features a five-rib design for improved handling, lateral stability and traction. The ultra premium highway service RR202 tire features standard and low profile sizes that […]

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Comments Off on Higher Fees Coming to Illinois Tollway Authority Routes

Higher fees for trucks and four-wheelers with two-axle and three-axle trailers will take effect with the arrival of the New Year along routes managed by the Illinois Tollway Authority. The phased-in toll rate increase, approved in 2008, will be the first for commercial trucks and trailers since 2005, according to the authority. It includes a 40% increase beginning January 1, 2015, plus an additional 10% increase in rates in 2016 and 2017 from 2014 rates. Beginning in 2018, annual toll rate increases for trucks and trailers will be linked to the Consumer Price Index, the federal government’s primary gauge of inflation. Overnight discounts averaging 25% will still apply to commercial trucks and trucks and cars with trailers traveling between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The Tollway’s truck rates will average 44 cents per mile in 2015, still in the bottom-half of all toll road agencies in the nation, according to […]

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Comments Off on FedEx Delivers Trees for Troops

For the 10th year in a row, FedEx Corp. and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation are making the holidays a little brighter for America’s service members and their families with the Trees for Troops program. The program brings together FedEx, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and tree farmers across America to deliver real Christmas trees to service members stationed across the U.S. and overseas. During the busy weeks leading up to Christmas, FedEx will deliver more than 17,000 live Christmas trees to more than 60 military bases. “Delivering Christmas trees to our troops is one of our most treasured holiday traditions,” said Bill Logue, president and CEO, FedEx Freight. The Trees for Troops initiative kicked off this week in Thorntown, Ind., as FedEx volunteers helped prepare nearly 200 live Christmas trees to be shipped to service members stationed overseas. The Christmas trees, donated by members of the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association, […]

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Comments Off on Economic Watch: Home Starts Drop, Building Permits at Highest Level Since 2008

Housing starts in the U.S. fell in October, but an indicator of future building is at a more than six-year high, according to a new Commerce Department report. The 2.8% drop in overall housing starts from the month before was led by a 15.4% decline in construction of multi-family units. It followed a 14.9% increase in September. Single-family home starts, in contrast, were up 4.2% in October over September. The overall rate was 1.009 million. Total September home starts were revised upward to a 7.8% increase from August after an originally reported 6.3% gain. The number of new home building permits issued in October, an indicator of future construction, gained 4.8% from September for an annual rate of 1.08 million. This includes a 1.4% gain in the single-family category, its best level in nearly a year, while the number of multi-family permits surged 10%. Compared to October 2013, new home […]

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Comments Off on OOIDA Encourages Truckers to Pledge for Positive Values

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is asking its members to “take the pledge” referring to the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign to promote positive values in trucking. The pledge encourages commitment to a list of values that can be incorporated into a driver’s professional and personal code and is meant to be shared with others. “We hope this pledge provides a meaningful message that members will share with others and encourage support for the Trucking Moves America campaign,” said Norita Taylor, spokesperson for the OOIDA. “The pledge is something that not only truck drivers can relate to, but also other types of workers in the trucking industry.” The pledge was introduced at the Great American Trucking show and can be found in the OOIDA publication Land Line Magazine or by clicking here. Source: Trucking Info

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Comments Off on Oregon Seeks EPA Funding For Truck Replacement Program

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is looking for local fleets and owner-operators to participate in a possible truck replacement program to improve the air quality at ports, rail and intermodal facilities in the region. The program offers to pay for half the cost of a replacement truck in order to remove trucks older than model year 2010 from the road. With funding authorized by the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing a grant of up to $2 million for any states that can demonstrate enough interest and need. “The EPA is willing to provide up to half the cost of buying a new truck, provided the old truck is scrapped,” explained Kevin Downing, the Clean Diesel Program Coordinator for the Oregon DEQ. “What the EPA is doing is buying air quality, but we’re buying trucks.” The latest and most significant emissions standards first took effect […]

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