Daily Transportation and Logistics News – June 1, 2011

Industry Groups Challenge Provision of New Licensing Rule

A coalition of industry groups is challenging a provision of the recent federal rule that sets tough new testing standards for commercial licenses. The FMCSA rule contains a provision that prohibits third parties from administering skills tests to the applicants they have trained.

Diesel Continues Falling; Crude Once Again Rising

On-highway diesel prices continued falling last week, although not quite as steeply as the week before. The Energy Information Administration reported that the national average price fell another 4.9 cents to $3.948 last week.

Hours of Service – The Fix is In!

Mike Regan discusses the Hours of Service proposals and puts forward his opinions that the politicians may have already decided what they want to do with the HOS rule and are going to do what it takes to get it done.

DOT Eyes $1 Billion in Rail Regulatory Savings

The Department of Transportation is working on changes in rail regulations that could save the industry more than $1 billion over the next two decades. The most value would come from narrowing the scope of automated train controls.

Nations Urged to Avoid Trade Protectionism

The International Chamber of Commerce is urging G20 leaders to push for conclusion of the Doha Round of trade talks and says a new report shows major nations are violating pledges to restrict protectionism. This comes after a report was released that showed growing trade protectionism since October.

US Manufacturing Index Dipped in May

U.S. manufacturing growth slowed sharply in May amid rising commodity prices and an uncertain economic outlook, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly index.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst