Computer Problems at World Trade, Colombia Causing Traffic Delays

Special to the Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS- The computer system for Mexican Customs at both World Trade Bridge and Colombia Bridge is causing traffic delays for trailers and others along Mines Road to IH-35 and to Bob Bullock Loop 20. There is no time frame for the computers to come back online. Drivers should exercise extreme caution and patience when driving in the area.

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Extended B-Trains May Be A-OK With Permit In BC
May14

Extended B-Trains May Be A-OK With Permit In BC

Today’s Trucking LANGLEY, BC.- The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) is willing to temporarily allow changes to B-train dimension limits in BC on a permit basis, the BC Trucking Association (BCTA) reports. Last year in May, the BCTA recommended the CVSE support changes to B-train dimensions as follows: a maximum overall length of 27.5 metres for B-trains (including a “moose bumper” or other front-mounted auxiliary equipment); and a maximum tractor wheelbase of up to 6.2 metres with an overall box length of 20.0 metres; or a maximum tractor wheelbase of up to 7.2 metres with box lengths less than 20.0 metres. “Extending the overall length of B-trains is to accommodate longer wheelbase tractors while maintaining the 20-metre box length that is common for this combination,” the BCTA claims. The CVSE is not ready to commit to a regulatory change, but has proposed the extended dimensions be allowed with a permit after running a test pilot. The purpose of a short pilot would be to solidify the permitting process, assess feasibility, and iron out any wrinkles that might exist. The BCTA is looking for a carrier willing to participate in the pilot. If your company would benefit from having access to extended B-train dimensions and you want to see the regulations amended, contact Pedram Mohseni, BCTA’s Policy Analyst, at pedramm@bctrucking.com or 604-888-5319, ext. 217, (or toll-free at 1-800-565-2282) by Friday, June 6,...

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Senate Committee Unveils Six-Year Highway Funding Proposal
May14

Senate Committee Unveils Six-Year Highway Funding Proposal

HDT The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s highway bill picks up on the reforms initiated by its predecessor, MAP-21, and proposes modest funding for a six-year program. The committee calls for current funding levels plus inflation, compared to the $302 billion, four-year program proposed by the Obama administration. These are the first two of the half-dozen bills that will eventually be combined to create the next federal highway program. The Senate Finance Committee is working on how to pay for the program. The Senate Commerce Committee is holding hearings on safety and other provisions. The Senate Banking Committee is responsible for the transit section of the bill. In the House, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee drafts the main bill while the Ways and Means Committee is in charge of the money. Photo: Evan Lockridge The current highway program expires September 30 but there is considerable urgency about getting the replacement done before then since the Highway Trust Fund will run into the red in August. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx this week warned state transportation departments that DOT is planning to institute cash management restrictions on the Fund. These could lead to delays in reimbursements for projects that have already begun, Foxx said. If Congress cannot come to terms on the policy and funding details soon, it may have to pass a continuing resolution to give itself more time. The Commerce Committee’s bill echoes the key themes Congress established in MAP-21: more transparency on how money is spent, quicker project delivery, more support for financing programs such as Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation and more flexibility for state and local governments. In addition, the bill increases funding for core transportation programs and the most important projects. Of particular interest to trucking, the bill proposes more support for the freight program that began with MAP-21. It sets aside $6 billion for fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for the freight program. It addresses some of the concerns that DOT has encountered in designating a Primary Freight Network, such as allowing for additional roadway miles in the network and accommodating intermodal needs. In addition, the bill gives rural and urban areas more flexibility in designating freight corridors beyond the primary network. And it supports efforts by states to identify freight projects with a high return on investment. “I’m particularly proud that we were able to include a formula-based freight program that will provide $2 billion annually for states to improve the flow of freight on key corridors,” said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., in a statement. Carper, a member of the committee, said the freight program is key to supporting economic growth. “These high-value projects will be...

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Texas and Laredo Remain Low On Diesel Prices
May13

Texas and Laredo Remain Low On Diesel Prices

By: Christine Rojas LAREDO, TEXAS – Today’s lowest gas price in Laredo for diesel fueling is at the Corner Store located at 2215 S. Zapata Hwy. and San Luis. St for $3.59 per gallon. The same price can also be found at the Corner Store located at 1601 Chihuahua St. and N. Meadow. For those traveling through North Laredo, the lowest diesel price per gallon can be found at Murphy USA located at 10714 International Blvd by Bob Bullock Lp. at $3.62. Currently, Texas remains in one of the regions for lowest gas costs, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The highest costs can be found in the West Coast region with an average of $4 per...

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PrePass Truck Bypass Service Added To 2 Texas Weigh Stations
May08

PrePass Truck Bypass Service Added To 2 Texas Weigh Stations

FleetOwner TEXAS.- The PrePass weigh station bypass service is now operating at two new Texas weigh stations. The service, which offers e-screening and pre-clearance to commercial vehicles, is now being used at weigh stations on both the northbound and southbound of I-35, approximately five miles south of Devine, TX. Offered by HELP Inc., the non-profit public/private partnership, PrePass is also operational at three additional sites, located at New Waverly northbound I-45 and Riviera northbound and southbound on US-77. Last year, the service provided significant benefits to the 60,569 trucks that successfully bypassed. More than 5,000 hours were saved, representing $24,228 in fuel savings and $525,799 in operational cost savings, HELP said. “In Texas, we know how vital public/private partnerships are and we applaud HELP on its commitment to our state and our industry,” said John D. Esparza, president and CEO of the Texas Trucking Association. “The expansion of this technology speaks volumes for the efficiency and focus on safety that Texans can expect from the trucking industry through HELP’s investment.” Nationally, PrePass bypass services are available at 304 operational weigh stations and inspection facilities in 31 states, with a number of additional sites under construction or in the planning stage in several other...

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New Onboard Electronic Scale Allows Automatic Transfer Of Data
May08

New Onboard Electronic Scale Allows Automatic Transfer Of Data

Fleet Owner A new onboard scale from Air-Weigh captures every lift and download on front-end refuse loaders and downloads that information automatically to an office PC. The BinMaxx XL scale features GPS and Bluetooth technology and can be used by customers who don’t use on onboard computer. It transmits a daily lift report for each vehicle directly to a PC. The BinMaxx XL captures each bin lift location, time, and weight and saves the information. Once the vehicle returns, the simple-to-use office PC software can automatically download the lift report from the truck, the company said. The Bluetooth transceivers provide a range of up to 500 ft., making it easy to connect to trucks parked all around the yard. Lift reports are stored in a standard file format compatible with Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs. It requires no driver interaction. BinMaxx XL is available as a complete scale kit or as an upgrade for existing BinMaxx scales. The complete kit includes the BinMaxx XL scale, BinMaxx XL office PC software, Bluetooth transceivers, and a GPS receiver. “This is an exciting new product,” said Martin Ambros, CEO. “An integrated front-end loader scale that captures and stores lift information, and automatically relays reports to the office, will greatly increase...

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