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Alabama Legislature Approves CNG, LNG Tax At The Pump


A bill approved unanimously by the Alabama state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley is changing the way motor fuel road taxes are collected on natural gas sold in the state.

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U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Campaign


In early April, Arkansas law enforcement officers joined in a 6-day national initiative to crack down on violators who text while driving.

The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign is a twofold initiative that combines additional law enforcement patrols devoted to watching for drivers who are texting along with a national advertising and media outreach plan designed to inform the public about the stepped-up patrols and the driver’s responsibility to obey the law.

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Senators Reach Agreement On Framework For Highway Funding Bill


Four members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced on April 10 that they have reached a bipartisan agreement on the broad principles for legislation and cited their top priority will be to maintain current spending levels.  The current transportation law, MAP-21, is set to expire September 30.

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Arkansas Roads To See $2 Billion In Improvements

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On April 16, state transportation officials kicked off the department's Connecting Arkansas Program, a $1.8 billion project that is funded through a 2012 voter-approved, half-cent sales tax set to expire in 2023.

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ATA Bids Farewell To Kidd


ATA Bids Farewell to Kidd

After serving as president of the Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA) for 22 years, Lane Kidd announced in a joint statement with ATA, plans to leave the organization to devote his full energies to The Kidd Group, LLC, a business investment and public affairs firm he created in 2013.

“I’ve wanted to pursue my own projects for some time now and there are many opportunities out there, so this feels like a good time to say goodbye to the ATA,” said Lane Kidd. “My career as ATA president has been a phenomenal experience, and I’m handing the keys over with ATA looking much better than it did 22 years ago.”

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Conflicting Reports Study CSA Accuracy, Fairness


Conflicting Reports Study CSA Accuracy, Fairness

Days following the release of a study conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed significant flaws in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its own study findings to the contrary.

The GAO report, “Modifying the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program Would Improve the Ability to Identify High Risk Carriers,” supports many of the objections cited by the program’s critics, including: Inconsistency between states’ inspection and enforcement practices; Weak association of Safety Measurement System (SMS) scores to crash risk; Indications that a minority of carriers in a single SMC group are responsible for all crashes in that group; among other concerns.

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Another Study, More Speculation


Another Study, More Speculation

A few days before the GAO and FMCSA released conflicting reports on CSA, the FMCSA was met with criticism for its findings following a study indicating the agency’s current hours-of-service rule is more effective at combating fatigue, a conclusion that trucking groups and several members of Congress immediately disputed.

The final 2011 hours rule, which became effective July 1, requires a driver’s restart to be at least 34 consecutive hours and include two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The study, conducted by the Sleep and Performance Research Center, Washington State University and Pulsar Informatics Inc., looked at 106 commercial drivers employed by three carriers providing 1,260 days of data, driving a total of more than 414,000 miles from January to July 2013.

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Court-Approved Flashing


Court-Approved Flashing

It’s a common practice among drivers who pass through a speed trap: Flash your headlights at approaching cars as a warning to slow down. Now, a federal court judge in Missouri says penalizing drivers for the headlight flash violates their First Amendment right to free speech.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey in St. Louis issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the St. Louis County town of Ellisville from citing and prosecuting drivers who flash their lights to warn of radar and speed traps.

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Arkansans Join Coalition To Back Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

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Arkansans Join Coalition to Back Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Five Democrats, including Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), joined Republicans at a Capitol news conference in February to urge President Obama to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline following a State Department report that raised no major environmental objections. The $7 billion pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Canada to Texas oil refineries.

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Freight Index Rises To Best Level On Record


Freight Index Rises to Best Level on Record

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2 percent in November from October, rebounding from a one-month decline to reach its highest all-time level, according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation report.

The November 2013 Freight Transportation Services Index level of 116.5 was 22.8 percent above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession and exceeds the previous high of 115.4 in September 2013. Records go back to 2000.

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Fleet Failures Increase Despite Higher Freight Demand


Fleet Failures Increase Despite Higher Freight Demand

Despite improved freight demand, ongoing cost and regulatory pressures are to blame for the highest level of fleet failures in more than three years, according to Avondale Partners analyst Donald Broughton.

A total of 335 fleets with 7,775 trucks failed during the fourth quarter, the highest since the third quarter of 2010 and more than double the 150 carriers and 2,515 trucks in the final quarter of 2012.

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Yellow Light For Green Gas


Yellow Light for Green Gas

Blu LNG and Clean Energy, two of the largest developers of natural gas fueling stations, have cut back on expansion efforts.

Blu LNG has laid off 20 percent of its staff, ousted several senior executives and slowed development of fueling stations. The company has a network of about 25 locations, with plans to grow to 40 to 50 by the end of the year, far less than it originally planned. It has cut its number of employees by 40 to 170.

Competitor Clean Energy Fuels is also slowing development of its network, reportedly altering plans to open one station every week-and-a-half to one every two weeks.

The reason? “To let the trucks catch up on us,” said Blu LNG CEO Merritt Norton, as development of the LNG networks has outpaced sales of LNG-powered trucks.

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