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  • FMCSA set to increase fines for some safety reg violations

    James Jaillet|April 02, 2015

    Violation of certain federal safety regulations is about to get a little more expensive.
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is set to publish April 3 a Final Rule increasing fine levels for a bevy of different violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The increased fines will take effect 60 days from the April 3 publication.
    The increases are meant to account for inflation, FMCSA says, and were mandated by 2012’s MAP-21 highway funding law.
    Here is a chart of all of the violations that will see increases, with their old and new fine levels:

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  • Diesel Price Edges Up in First Gain Since November; Gasoline Jumps 12.3¢

    2/10/2015 9:25:00
    Diesel Price Edges Up in First Gain Since November; Gasoline Jumps 12.3¢
    Oil Climbs Over $52 on OPEC Forecast of Lower US Production





    John Sommers II for TT
    Diesel’s national average retail price rose 0.4 cent to $2.835 a gallon, the first increase since November, while gasoline jumped 12.3 cents to $2.191, the Department of Energy reported.
    Despite the uptick, diesel is $1.142 below a year ago, DOE said Feb. 9 after its weekly survey of fueling stations.
    Last week’s diesel price was the lowest in almost five years, and trucking’s main fuel has fallen more than $1 since June. This week’s increase was just the second since then.
    The gasoline surge — the biggest gain in a year and a half— left the motor fuel at a five-week high but $1.12 below the corresponding week last year.
    Oil, which had been trading below $50 this year until last week, rose $1.17 on Feb. 9 to finish New York Mercantile Exchange trading at $52.86 a barrel — the highest Nymex closing price this year.
    The crude gain was due in part to OPEC cutting its forecast for U.S. oil production this year as low prices curtail drilling, Bloomberg News reported.
    Each week, DOE surveys about 400 diesel filling stations and 800 gasoline stations to compile national average prices.

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    Diesel Price Edges Up in First Gain Since November; Gasoline Jumps 12.3¢
    Oil Climbs Over $52 on OPEC Forecast of Lower US Production





    John Sommers II for TT
    Diesel’s national average retail price rose 0.4 cent to $2.835 a gallon, the first increase since November, while gasoline jumped 12.3 cents to $2.191, the Department of Energy reported.
    Despite the uptick, diesel is $1.142 below a year ago, DOE said Feb. 9 after its weekly survey of fueling stations.
    Last week’s diesel price was the lowest in almost five years, and trucking’s main fuel has fallen more than $1 since June. This week’s increase was just the second since then.
    The gasoline surge — the biggest gain in a year and a half— left the motor fuel at a five-week high but $1.12 below the corresponding week last year.
    Oil, which had been trading below $50 this year until last week, rose $1.17 on Feb. 9 to finish New York Mercantile Exchange trading at $52.86 a barrel — the highest Nymex closing price this year.
    The crude gain was due in part to OPEC cutting its forecast for U.S. oil production this year as low prices curtail drilling, Bloomberg News reported.
    Each week, DOE surveys about 400 diesel filling stations and 800 gasoline stations to compile national average prices.

    http://www.ttnews.com/images/diesel-chart-020915.jpg

    By Michael G. Malloy
    Staff Reporter



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  • Truck Fatal Crash Rate Declines 1.6%, ATA Says


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    Despite a 0.5% rise in the number of large truck-involved crash fatalities in 2013, the actual truck-involved crash fatality rate declined by 1.6% in 2013, according to American Trucking Associations' calculations of Federal Highway Administration data.
    In a statement released Feb. 2, ATA said the 2013 large-truck fatality rate declined to 1.441 per million miles traveled from 1.465 per 100 million miles traveled in 2012.
    Likewise, the 2013 truck injury rate declined to 34.5 per million miles traveled from 38.6 per million miles traveled in 2012, according to ATA calculations.
    “The trucking industry’s efforts to improve safety on our highways are showing results,” ATA President Bill Graves said. “While there is still much work to do, we should feel good that because of the efforts of ATA and others in the industry, our highways are safer, even as our trucks deliver more goods all across our nation.”
    Although the number of large-truck fatalities increased by 20 in 2013 to 3,964, the number of large-truck miles traveled likewise increased to 275 million in 2013 from 269 million in 2012, according to preliminary FHWA data released earlier this month.
    It was the fourth straight yearly uptick in truck-involved deaths since hitting a low point during the recession of 3,380 in 2009. In comparison, there were 5,282 fatalities in truck-involved deaths and 140,000 injuries in 2000.
    ATA said that with 2013’s fatality crash-rate decline, the fatality rate has plummeted 39.2% over the past decade. The injury rate saw a 34.2% decline over the past decade as well.
    “Safety isn’t just job one for trucking, its jobs one, two, and three,” said ATA Chairman Duane Long, also chairman of Longistics, in Raleigh, North Carolina. “The commitment that carriers like mine have made to ensure that not just our drivers, but everyone on the road arrives safely, is producing results.”

    By Eric Miller
    Staff Reporter
  • FMCSA Posts Restart Suspension Notice


    December 18, 2014

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted official notice that the more restrictive version of the 34-hour restart has been suspended.
    The notice confirms the suspension ordered by Congress and says, “Drivers are therefore authorized, as of 12:01 a.m. on December 16, 2014, to resume use of the previous, unlimited restart provision.”
    The controversial provision that was suspended said that when drivers used the restart they had to take two periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., and could use the restart only once a week. The provision now in effect does not have these restrictions.
    The notice also says that the suspension will continue until September 30 or until FMCSA finishes the study that Congress required.
    And it adds that the agency will give notice when the temporary suspension ends and the more restrictive restart goes back into effect.






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