Fleet Management The $75K Freight Broker Bond Increase in a Nutshell
Freight brokers, like trucking companies, have traditionally represented the American spirit of independence and entrepreneurship. Some people, however, fear that the changes brought about by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which recently took effect, are about to change this.Read more
Deaths in truck accidents up in 2011, but drop 25% since 2001
That number is up 3 percent from 2010, but is down 12 percent from 2008. It is also down 25 percent from 2001.
Moreover, in the same 10-year span, the number of accidents involving trucks that led to injuries was down 30 percent, and the number of crashes involving trucks that led to property damage was down 34 percent.Read more
One week left for California ’06 reefer-unit extension
Owners of reefers and TRU generator sets must comply with the rule’s in-use performance standards by Dec. 31. Orders for verified diesel emissions control strategies, such as Level 3 diesel particulate filters, must be placed by Oct. 31.Click through the image to use our interactive graphic to determine your options for getting CARB-compliant under the Truck and Bus rule in 2014. For Overdrive‘s accompanying three-part series on the Truck and Bus rule, start with the installment linked here.
The state Air Resources Board stipulates if emissions control equipment is ordered before the deadline, but delivery or installation is delayed, the buyer can apply for an extension. The buyer must register the TRU in CARB’s Equipment Registration system and apply for the extension by Dec. 31.Read more
California Increases Clean Diesel-Truck Loan Funding
The Truck Loan Assistance Program helps Small-business fleet owners in California finance truck upgrades and has provided about $210 million since 2009 to help owners purchase cleaner trucks, exhaust retrofits and efficiency upgrades, according to CARB.s.
“The incentive programs provide critical early investments needed to accelerate the transformation of California’s car, truck and bus fleets to the cleanest advanced technologies,” CARB executive officer Richard Corey said in a statement.
“The Truck Loan Assistance Program complements these long-term investments by providing truckers additional access to loans, helping clean up the legacy fleet of older, higher-polluting diesel trucks,” he said.Read more
Are Truckers About to Get Rich?
As problems go, the U.S. trucking industry is facing a good one. Thanks to a gushing oil industry and a homebuilding renaissance, everyone needs trucks. The industry, however, is running short on supply—specifically drivers.
Trucking outfits are bristling under new federal rules that drastically constrain how long drivers can stay on the road. Since July 1, truckers have been limited to about 70 hours of driving per week, down from 82 hours. And new rest requirements limit how much they can drive in the small hours of the morning, when roads are relatively empty. (more…)Read more