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EPA, DOT outline elevated fuel efficiency standards for trucks

10 Truck 150Environmental Protection Agency- and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-proposed performance standards covering 2021–2027 model year heavy- and medium-duty trucks would achieve up to a 24 percent reduction of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions when measured against a 2018 vehicle. The agencies address concrete mixers and dump trucks within a larger Vocational Vehicles category of heavy- and medium-duty models, representing what officials estimate is about 20 percent of fuel consumption in the transportation universe their proposal covers.

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Feds set deadline for electronic stability control systems on Class 7-8 trucks

8 Bendix 150A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule requires electronic stability control (ESC) systems on trucks exceeding 26,000 lb. in gross weight, and is to be implemented in three phases beginning August 2017. Agency officials estimate it will prevent nearly 50 fatalities and more than 1,700 crashes and 600 injuries annually. They also credit ESC systems’ potential to curtail more than half of untripped, rollover crashes—those caused by striking an obstacle or leaving the road.

 

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Concrete plant exemptions aside, industry cool on Clean Water Rule

In their early reading of the final Clean Water Rule, dubbed “Waters of the U.S.” in its infancy, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Government Affairs staff cite exclusion of certain operations at ready mixed concrete plants, but are reviewing the document for more specifics on industry impact and producer compliance.

 

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¡Adios! author says hello to Pennsylvania producers

6 Ann 150Author and provocateur Ann Coulter offered insight on U.S. immigration policy and the political climate as Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Association members assembled last month for their 2015 Summer Summit at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pa. On immigration matters, platforms and policy, she called 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney “the best Republican since President Dwight Eisenhower;” expressed concern over 2016 GOP presidential contenders, save (yet declared) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; and, hopes Republicans realize that the unpopularity of massive immigration is on par with gun control measures, especially among “fly over” country voters.

 

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Trucking federation supports diesel tax increase, questions tolling

To cap Infrastructure Week, during which business and labor groups staged rallies and public awareness events in Washington, D.C. and around the country, American Trucking Associations CEO and former two-term Kansas Governor Bill Graves weighed in on his members’ position regarding user fee collections, noting “The trucking industry contributes more than $16.5 billion to the Highway Trust Fund … but we’re willing to do more, to pay more at the pump [and] believe the fuel tax is the most efficient way of funding our critical needs, putting 98 percent of all revenue collected into actual construction.

 

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