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2013-07-08

Transportation bill has some ‘dirty little secrets’ * USA

* West Virginia - "Dirty little secrets" that Congress doesn't want you to know about... 

Elkins,WV,USA -The Inter-Mountain, by Michael McRae -July 6, 2013: -- There are "dirty little secrets" in the new 2014 transportation bill that Congress doesn't want you to know about... The new programs that are being passed around in this bill are larger weight limits for trucks, Vehicle Miles Traveled or VTMs, a straight sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. And, oh yes, it would not be complete without the all new vehicle's rule passed in the current transportation bill MAP-21 of requiring all of the new vehicles sold after 2014 to have onboard recording devices for safety... Congress has even let some states place tollbooths on the current highway system that collect tolls for your traveling on a highway system that was already paid for by our tax dollars... By increasing the weight limits for the trucking industry only serves the trucking companies by allowing them to increase their hauling weight, plus increase the length from 54 inches to 67 inches... This means you will be seeing triple-trailers being pulled by a single tractor on our highways. I don't know about you, but I for one feel this is not something the transportation committee should be looking at. Our highways and bridges could not stand the increased weight, as the federal Department of Transportation has already stated, 70 percent of the bridges in the United States are deficient... These are just a few of the things that the Transportation Committee has been talking about in its meetings. I can assure you there are many more issues, and you all need to know that some of these will finally become law...


* DC - Trucking sheds 3,500 jobs in June

Washington,DC,USA -CCJ, by Avery Vise -July 5, 2013: -- The for-hire trucking industry continued to pull back from its recent hiring binge, cutting another 3,500 payroll jobs in June, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The 1.3797 million payroll jobs in for-hire trucking is up by 30,300 jobs, or 2.2%, from June 2012. Trucking employment is up by 145,700 jobs, or 11.8%, from the bottom in March 2010, but it remains 73,700 jobs, or 5.1%, below the peak in January 2007... The BLS numbers for trucking reflect all payroll employment in for-hire trucking, but they don’t include trucking-related jobs in other industries, such as a truck driver for a private fleet...

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