5 Advantages of Using Fuel Cards vs. Credit Cards

By Mecca Burris, TruckersB2B

Even with diesel prices dropping, fuel is still one of the largest expenses for carriers. The better you’re able to control that cost, the more profitable your business will be. One of the easiest ways to manage fuel costs is using a fuel card rather than relying on a corporate credit card or cash for diesel purchases. Read more

Big Changes Coming To BIT Program

There will be some important changes to the Basic Inspection of Terminals (BIT) Program effective January 1, 2016. Due to this, it is important to be vigilant about keeping close track of your company’s safety data because it monitored by the Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) Enforcement Program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Read more

Oregon Leading the Way On California VMT Planning

States are taking the question of highway funding into their own hands as the federal government dithers and one of the leading ideas is charging motorists for the miles they travel—vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
This is especially important with the increasing fuel economy numbers reducing the take on the gas tax, not to mention hybrids and electric vehicles that pay little to maintain the roads they use. Read more

California Construction Trucking Association Will Appeal Ninth Circuit Decision To U.S. Supreme Court

UPLAND, Calif., March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its decision on March 3, 2015 regarding the California Construction Trucking Association (formerly the California Dump Truck Owners Association) ongoing litigation (CDTOA v. Nichols) challenging the legality of the California Air Resource Boards (CARB) burdensome Statewide Truck and Bus regulation banning from California highways all diesel powered trucks not meeting post manufacturing emissions requirements. Read more

California Central Valley To Ban Fossil Fuels?

A recent article in the Fresno Bee forecasts that the area of the state with some of the worst air quality is seriously considering banning the use of gasoline and diesel fuels to meet proposed U. S. Environmental Protection Agency ozone and nitrogen oxide (NOX) standards. Read more

Drivers Under the Influence of Drugs On the Rise

Many Blame the Legalization Of Marijuana

For many years, campaigns and extra patrolling throughout the U.S. has been done in an effort to put a stop to drunk driving and the horrific accidents that such actions cause.

Today at almost every sobriety checkpoint stops are also checking for drivers under the influence of drugs, and there’s been a change to what the law enforcement community is finding. The number of people driving under the influence of drugs is on the rise. It’s a statistic that many in the law enforcement community finds alarming. Read more

CARB Options in 2015

by Sean Edgar, CleanFleets.net

By the time you read this, the January 2015 window to “opt into” CARB extensions for older diesel trucks is closed. This article summarizes the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Truck and Bus Regulation implementation in 2015 and new grant funding for small fleets in the LA, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside chapters. Read more

What Truck Drivers Must Do At All CARB Inspection Stops

Sean Edgar – Updated from CTN, April 2014

Over the last month, we have received numerous calls from truckers (and CCTA members) with questions about CARB enforcement practices. From on-highway inspections in the entire state to inspections on private property such as dumps, truck stops, material plants and construction job-sites; many have seen an increased CARB presence. Read more

US DOT Announces Mexican Motor Carriers Can Apply for US Authority

Washington D.C. – On January 9, 2015 the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) announced it would end a decades old ban on Mexico based motor carriers getting operating authority to run throughout the U.S. Read more

CARB Loses Court Ruling Over Safety Concerns of Truck & Bus Regulation

Alliance for California Business Press Release

On November 28, 2014, a truck cab suddenly caught fire on Highway 101 in Los Angeles.  The following day, onlookers at a truck stop in Natomas watched as flames from a parked burning big rig truck cab spread to two adjoining trucks, destroying all three vehicles.  One day later, at a fueling station in Dunnigan, another big rig truck cab burst into flames, resulting in the vehicle’s total loss and subsequent shutdown of the fueling station itself – fortunately without injury or loss of life. Read more