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New Pennsylvania law authorizes truck weigh system

Pennsylvania recently became the 48th state to adopt a truck weigh system. Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill to direct the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to establish an electronic weigh station bypass system for trucks moving across the state. Supporters at the statehouse tout bypass services for reducing dangerous congestion at weigh […]
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Steven Cliff leaves NHTSA for CARB

A little more than two months after being confirmed as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 16th administrator, Steven Cliff is leaving the post. The California Air Resources Board announced on Friday, Aug. 12, that Cliff has been named its new executive officer. Cliff was confirmed as NHTSA’s administrator...
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FMCSA set to publish Medical Examiner Handbook

After years of waiting, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is set to publish an updated version of the Medical Examiner Handbook. A notice of proposed regulatory guidance, which features the latest draft of the handbook, is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Once the...
POLITICS

Friendly faces at Great Salt Lake Truck Show

Resting up now in Huntington, Ore., over the weekend Marty Ellis had a lot of people stop by the OOIDA tour trailer. He got to see some familiar faces and some nice-looking trucks too. Ellis and the Spirit of the American Trucker are scheduled through Tuesday, Aug. 16, to be...
HUNTINGTON, OR

Industry group drops CARB lawsuit

The Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association has withdrawn a lawsuit that alleged the California Air Resources Board broke the law by not providing enough notice before implementing new emission standards. The group filed the lawsuit on May 27. On Thursday, Aug. 11, the association announced it was dropping the litigation.
POLITICS

Renewable diesel plant opens in Reno, Nev., area

New Rise Renewables Reno, a renewable diesel plant, has officially started operations at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Sparks, Nev. The plant was developed by retrofitting an existing fuel plant, and is one of the most advanced renewable fuel plants in the country, according to a news release from Greater Commercial Lending.
RENO, NV

Tesla Semi could be on the road by the end of 2022

The wait for the Tesla Semi could be coming to an end. In a recent tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company would begin shipping the 500-mile-range version of its Semi this year. While the announcement is not official – Tesla has yet to issue a news release –...
ECONOMY

What’s happening with AB5? The OOIDA Foundation explains

Saying that California’s Assembly Bill 5 has created confusion in the trucking industry would be quite the understatement. Since the controversial worker classification law was passed in 2019, state officials have been mostly silent on how the law would be applied and enforced on the trucking industry. In an attempt to help truckers navigate some of the confusion, the OOIDA Foundation recently produced a video titled, “Where is AB5 Today?”
CALIFORNIA STATE

California nears extension of rule intended to aid transportation projects

The California Assembly has approved extending a transportation rule that is intended to help get people off the state’s roadways. In 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill to speed up transportation projects considered to be “sustainable.” Specifically, the rule exempts transit projects from stricter review under the California Environmental Quality Act.
CALIFORNIA STATE