Top issues in 2011
Top 10 Issues in 2011 based on reader interest in Bulk Transporterís online content
Oilfield boom fires up tank truck industry in 2011
Growing numbers of tank truck fleets and other trucking companies are being lured by the siren song of riches in the latest oilfield boom. It's just plain wild, especially in the areas that contain the largest oil and gas shale formations.
Tank truck industry struggles with labor issues in 2011
With the Obama Administrationís clear anti-business and pro-union focus, tank truck carriers and the companies serving them saw a significant increase in labor issues over the past year. The challenges continue to grow as the Department of Labor uses the regulatory process to impose job-killing programs like card-check.
More tank fleets eyeing natural gas as truck fuel
By Charles E. Wilson
Tank fleets finding growth, expansion opportunities
Tank truck carriers are outpacing the rest of the trucking industry, according to Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Associations. In fact, tank truck activity was up around 20% in 2011, and the sector was in full economic recovery.
Federal regulatory activity frustrates carriers
One of the most blatant examples of regulatory overreach by the Obama Administration came when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed giving states the authority to require commercial driver licenses for farmers and farm workers moving farm equipment over rural roads.
Other top issues in 2011
Nov 16, 2011 1:45 PM, By Rick Weber
Truck drivers need to be courted through sophisticated searches, compensated more lavishly, and treated as equal partners and valuable resources, according to a panel on a webinar hosted by Bulk Transporter and National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC)...
Aug 10, 2011 10:46 AM
Trucking industry groups voiced general support for the fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks and other commercial vehicles that were announced August 9 by the Obama Administration. The proposed standards were jointly developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportationís National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The plan calls for commercial trucks to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gases by as much as 20%. If adopted, the rules would apply to vehicles manufactured between 2014 and 2018...
Aug 17, 2011 9:37 AM
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released a report detailing the extent to which the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program has exerted an influence on the daily lives of commercial drivers. ATRIís report also describes and analyzes driver attitudes toward and comprehension of FMCSAís new regulatory program, based on survey data collected from 4,555 US truck drivers...
Jun 1, 2011 12:00 PM, By Charles E Wilson
Safety is always a critical factor for tank truck carriers. A&R Transport was honored in 2011 by National Tank Truck Carriers for having one of the best safety programs in the industry...
Nov 22, 2011 4:57 PM
This virtual non-issue just wonít go away. Despite a lack of compelling safety or economic justification, officials at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ...