Archive for August, 2012


Truck Tonnage Rose in July

According to the American Trucking Associations,truck tonnage rose 3.7 percent from a year ago in July, but was flat compared to June and is likely to decelerate.

The ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index stayed flat in July after rising a revised 1.1 percent in June and contracting in April and May as the economy slowed.

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said last Tuesday:

July’s reading reflects an economy that has lost some steam, but hasn’t stalled. Certainly, there has been some better economic news recently, but I continue to believe we will see some deceleration in tonnage during the second half of the year.

The 3.7 percent annualized growth rate was an improvement from 3.2 percent year-over-year growth in June. The index rose 3.8 percent year-over-year in May.

Per Costello, there will be a 3 to 3.5 percent growth in truck tonnage in 2012 compared with a more robust 2011, especially last year’s August to December shipping surge.

A slowdown in new factory orders and rising inventories will affect truck freight volumes, he said, referring to an increase in inventory-to-sales ratios.

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Here’s some good news:

The price of diesel exhaust fluid dropped in July to the lowest price recorded by DEF Tracker since its October 2011 launch.

DEF Tracker is an independent monthly DEF price reference for the North American market published by Integer Research, a London-based research service firm that analyzes global commodity markets.

The average U.S. price of DEF at the pump fell 28 cents to $2.70 per gallon between June and July after four straight months of rising prices. Christopher Goodfellow of Integer stated the decrease is a reflection of falling raw material costs, due to the price of urea softening in June.

Goodfellow said Love’s Travel Stops sold DEF at the pump for $2.39 per gallon at its 150 available sites during July. As of Aug. 6, the Love’s website shows it sells bulk DEF at 154 of its 290 locations.

Travel Centers of America recently installed its 100th location with bulk DEF dispensers, according to Tom Liutkus of TA. Each dispenser is complete with the 1+1 transaction system, which pumps diesel fuel and DEF at the same time. The company plans to offer DEF at the pump at all its Travel Centers and Petro Stopping Centers locations by the end of 2012.

North of the border, the DEF price remains at 79 cents Canadian per liter ($2.99 per gallon U.S.) at the six Pilot Flying J locations nationwide offering DEF at the pump, reported Goodfellow. Stateside, Pilot offers pump DEF at 312 locations as of Aug. 6, according to its website.

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The ATA (American Trucking Associations) has told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it supports the agency’s proposal to require motor carriers to install devices to record drivers’ hours of service electronically, but, at the same time, they urged the agency to address important device design and performance requirements.

ATA brought up a number of concerns about the supporting documents component of the proposal, while pointing out that the agency’s proposal did not meet requirements mandated by Congress.

ATA said in comments which they released:

ATA supports FMCSA’s proposal to mandate electronic logging devices. However, the agency must address some of the device design and performance specifications which are critical to the success of such a mandate.

The ATA was alluding to issues including a more secure driver identification and authentication process, and improved standards to ensure the devices are not prone to tampering or fraud.

According to ATA, Electronic logging

…will improve compliance with the hours-of-service regulations. This is important since FMCSA data has demonstrated a strong correlation between compliance with the current hours-of-service regulations and safe operations.

ATA is an advocate of retention of the current hours-of-service regulations, the subject of a separate rulemaking, in part on the basis of this data.

In terms of supporting documents, ATA said

FMCSA’s proposal to require carriers retain a document (or documents collectively) to verify the beginning and end of each on-duty/not driving time period is unrealistic. Available documents typically lack such precision. The agency’s suggestion that carriers certify that such documents don’t routinely exist would place those carriers at great risk.

The agency had proposed that carriers make such certifications, but that they also be automatically subject to the maximum civil penalty if found to have made a false certification.

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Ridin’ Down the Highway

On Friday, August 3, 2012, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the federal government is giving more than $363 million in grants to fund a wide variety of highway improvements, from interstate rehabilitation and reconstruction to technologies that result in improved safety and reduced construction congestion.

Per Sec. LaHood,

Investments in transportation projects like these create jobs right away in communities across the country, and lay a foundation for future economic growth. Thanks to these grants, states, cities and local communities can move forward with the transportation projects Americans need to reach their destinations more safely, quickly and efficiently.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) asked states, cities, tribal governments and local planning organizations to apply for federal funding from 12 grant programs. Nearly 1,500 requests poured in from every state, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. totaling approximately $2.5 billion. Grant funding was made available through enactment of the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II.

The 12 programs are:

– Public Lands Highway

– Interstate Maintenance

– Transportation, Community and System Preservation

– Ferry Boat

– National Scenic Byways

– Value Pricing Pilot

– Highways for LIFE

– National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation

– Railway-Highway Crossing Hazard Elimination in High Speed Rail Corridor

– Delta Region Transportation Development

– Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment

– Truck Parking Border Infrastructure

Louisiana received more than $3 million to improve I-10 from the Lafayette Parish Line to the Atchafalaya Floodway Bridge. In addition to new pavement, the project will upgrade the guardrail and add new roadway striping to the route. The road is a high-volume truck corridor and is one of the state’s major hurricane evacuation routes.

Ohio received $3.34 million to improve I-75 in downtown Dayton from Fifth Street to Riverview Avenue. This two-mile stretch of interstate is Ohio’s second-most congested area. The project will improve driver safety and reduce traffic congestion for the 104,000 drivers who use it each day.

Missouri received $2 million for engineering work needed to replace the two bridges on I-44 over the Meramec River and to add an eastbound lane to reduce congestion and improve safety for drivers in St. Louis County.

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