The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that commercial motor vehicle drivers spend approximately 46.7 million hours each year completing Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs). Eliminating DVIRs will save the trucking industry an estimated $1.7 billion annually.Commercial truck drivers are required to conduct pre- and post-trip inspections of their
The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills in late November, aimed at reducing the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) burdens placed on businesses and sent them to the Senate, which at press time, is not expected to do anything with them.
One of the many statutes impacting the transportation construction industry is the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). Counties, which do not meet CAA standards can have their federal highway funds withheld. This is somewhat ironic, considering that transportation improvements are a key method of reducing congestion, which in turn, improves
The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015 there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why NHTSA is urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. NHTSA’s Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
The biennial study by the Oregon Department of Business and Consumer Services has confirmed that California employers pay the highest workers’ compensation costs in the nation — by a wide margin. California has consistently ranked among the most expensive states in this workers’ compensation rate study for more than a
A detailed breakdown of 2013 federal highway funding obligations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows states used just under 6 percent of the contract authority they received on construction projects that would build new roads or bridges, while the largest portion of the aid went into the existing system.
Four health and environmental groups asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday to reject a clean air plan submitted by the local anti-smog agency, claiming the plan allows polluters to escape strenuous regulations and leaves Angelenos breathing smoggy air.
A new battery that promises to solve two of the biggest grumbles about electric cars – high prices and low driving ranges – is headed for shop floors in just over a year. The lithium battery, which experts say could be a game-changing “killer app” for the global car market,
Despite specious environmental claims and impossible regulations, U.S. oil industry is poised to become world’s leading petroleum producer Well…..so much for M. King Hubbert’s “Peak Oil” proverbs and predications, and the propaganda behind “going green” in the U.S. Jeremy Grantham, a wealthy financier, noted a few years ago that it
Both a First Time in Decades On July 30, a Singapore-flagged tanker BW Zambesi set sail with little fanfare from the port of Galveston, Tex.,loaded with “condensate”. The term refers broadly to any type of oil or gas that “condenses” into a liquid after being freed from high-pressure wells, where