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FMCSA admin to testify at congressional hearing

Anne Ferro

Anne Ferro

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Anne Ferro will testify at a March 14 House hearing on progress made on implementing changes included in the 2012 surface transportation authorization act.

Ferro and the heads of other Department of Transportation agencies will speak on reforms and requirements in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act or MAP-21. The House Highways and Transit subcommittee hearing begins at 10 a.m.

Rep. Thomas Petri (R-Wis.) — chairman of the Highways and Transit subcommittee — said in a speech in February that part of the hearings may include covering progress on finding new funding sources, such as a vehicle miles traveled tax. Click here to read more on Petri’s address.

Click here for more information and for link to view the hearing live via webcast.


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Steady as she goes for U.S. DEF prices

The U.S. national pump price for diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) remained at $2.79 per gallon in February, which is the third consecutive month that DEF prices have leveled off, according to Chris Goodfellow, emissions analyst with global consulting firm Integer Research.

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Agency makes GPS training standard for new entry-level drivers

GPSThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued recommendations on Global Positioning Systems and will require entry-level CDL holders receive training on use.

The FMSCA is distributing brochures and flyers with recommendations to truckers that include tips on selecting navigation system designed for trucks and buses.

On March 11, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced the FMCSA will make GPS training mandatory when it issues its entry-level CDL operator rule in upcoming months. The 2012 omnibus transportation reauthorization law prioritizes a rulemaking the agency began in 2007 to revise training requirements for entry-level operators.

The New York Democrat had pushed for training after a state study indicated the dramatic increase in low bridge strikes were caused by trucks using inappropriate GPS systems. The devices widely available to consumers may not have programming showing low bridges, hazmat routes and other information relevant to truckers.

The study indicated GPS systems were faulted in more than 80 percent of these accidents. On the Long Island Expressway alone, it accounted for more than $4.1 million in repairs.

Since 2007, New York has spent $3 million for new bridge warning signs and education targeted at truckers and a state task force engaged GPS companies to implement changes. Still, the accidents continued at an alarming rate, Schumer said.

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2013 Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Results - Pro and Sportsman Motorcycle Class Results from the 27th annual San Felipe 250 Race.

PRO MOTORCYCLES CLASS 22 (450cc or more)—1. Timmy Weigand, Valencia, Calif./Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:37:41 (54.67 mph); 2. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif./Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450SX-F, 4:40:07; 3. Kendall Norman, Gaviota, Calif./Ryan Abbatoye, Ridgecrest, Calif., Honda CRF450X. 4:54:16; 4. Robby Bell, Menifee, Calif./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./ Kawasaki KX450F, [...]
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Fleet Owner wins Neal Award for commentary

NEW YORK. The monthly “Editor’s Page” column by Fleet Owner editor-in-chief Jim Mele was named winner of a 2013 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Commentary.  Sponsored by American Business Media (ABM), the Neal Awards have been honoring excellence in business journalism for 59 years, and are considered “the Pulitzer Prize of business media,” according to ABM.

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