Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library / via Federal Highway Administration
President Reagan signs the Surface Transportation Assistance Act into law, sparking a fight with the trucking industry.
Automakers like General Motors, BMW, and Volkswagen are making a big effort to get more Americans into diesel-powered cars.
There are lots of reasons to love diesel cars1: They offer a ton of torque and excellent fuel economy, and they’re not as dirty and loud as they once were we were thrilled with the latest diesel Audis2.
But the fact remains that in the U.S., diesel is more expensive than the gasoline that powers nearly all our passenger vehicles and that’s an obstacle to growing its popularity.
Why is that the case, when the reverse is true in Europe?
The difference dates back to a bitter conflict between President Ronald Reagan, Congress, and the trucking industry, and unfortunately it’s not going anywhere.
Entering office in 1981, Reagan soon recognized the need to increase funding for the country s highway system: Four thousand miles of highway needed resurfacing and 23,000 bridges needed repair or replacement.
That need gave birth to the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) of 1982. Because trucks cause more damage to roads than passenger cars, the bill included a higher user tax on heavy trucks, along with a $.05 per gallon increase on gasoline and diesel taxes. At the time, the two fuels were taxed equally.
That fear was confirmed in a 1984 report4 from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which estimated taxes on very heavy trucks (70,000 pounds and up) would jump from $1,506 to $1,742, or from $1.40 to $1.56 per mile driven.
And at least a quarter of that would have to be paid at the start of the fiscal year, adding an extra financial burden.
The powerful American Trucking Associations (ATA) was appalled by the proposal, according to a detailed account of the legislative battle5 by Richard Weingroff, an information liaison specialist at the Federal Highway Administration.
ATA President Bennett C. Whitlock, Jr. talked to quite a few senators,” he told the Washington Post at the time. “We’re asking them to vote against the conference report and to start over again in the next session of Congress in establishing new truck-use fees.
The heavy truck fees were supposed to take effect in July 1984. They never did.
A Tax Is Born
After losing the battle in the legislature, the trucking industry kept up its vocal opposition. Two days after the bill became law, the Washington Post ran a story calling the truck lobby one of the best-financed and strongest interest groups on Capitol Hill.
The article noted that the ATA s political action committee gave nearly $300,000 to 398 congressional candidates during the 1982 elections.
Rep. James J. Howard (D-NJ) told The Post he saw the ATA s loss as an aberration due to the fact there was a tremendous push for a jobs bill and a huge highway and transit bill.
In late January, the issue became violent. Despite opposition from the ATA and other industry groups, the Independent Truckers Association led a strike by drivers around the country, The New York Times reported7.
In addition to striking, opponents of the fee began attacking drivers who continued on their routes. One trucker, George Franklin Capps of North Carolina, was shot through the neck by a sniper and killed while driving. Seven other North Carolina drivers were shot at, according to The New York Times.
California trucker Howard N. Adams was shot in the chest and lived, and a 14-year-old girl was riding in a car near Pittsburgh when she was hit in the head with a brick that was apparently thrown at a truck from an overpass.
The strike did not last long and was never widespread, but the violence it kicked up highlighted the passion among truckers over the use fees.
It didn t take long for popular opinion to shift against the use fee. The month the bill became law, the Department of Transportation signaled it would be willing to see the truck fees replaced with an increased tax on diesel, the fuel used by large trucks and a few passenger cars.
By February of the next year, The New York Times was referring8 to the highly unpopular truck-tax legislation passed in 1982, and Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole put forward a plan to reduce the fee and increase the tax rate on diesel.
The idea behind taxing diesel is that it s used by all trucks, but few passenger cars. That way, trucks still pay their fair share, in accordance with how much time they spend on the road and they re not hit with large fees they must pay up front.
In 1984, Reagan signed the Deficit Reduction Act (raising taxes by $50 billion) into law, sharply cutting the use fee and raising the tax on diesel from $.09/gallon to $.14/gallon. A report from the Joint Committee on Taxation explained the rationale:
Higher rates scheduled to take effect under the Highway Revenue Act of 1982 would have imposed a large tax on trucking operations which did not necessarily relate to the amount of business they might do, and that an alternative form of highway excise taxation should be devised which is more definitely correlated with the use of trucks. Therefore, Congress decided to substitute a high diesel fuel tax for a lower use tax.
Where We Are Now
GM introduced Chevy Cruze Diesel this year.
Since then, diesel has been taxed more heavily than gasoline. Today, the federal excise tax on gasoline is $0.184/gallon. For diesel, it s $0.244/gallon.
The 1984 law included a tax credit to help out owners of diesel-powered light vehicles. That tax credit no longer exists, though you do get a break if you buy diesel9 for use on a farm, a nonprofit educational organization, or an aircraft museum.
And while it s possible that kind of credit could be reinstated, there are more calls for raising fuel taxes than lowering them even from the trucking lobby.
The diesel tax is a fair way to account for the impact trucks have on the road, Darrin Roth, director of highway operations at the American Trucking Associations, said in an interview. We think it should be even higher than it is.
It s clear, he said, that there isn t enough money going into highways for necessary repairs and expansions, both of which help truckers.
Stephen Comstock, tax policy manager at the American Petroleum Institute, said he is starting to see strong interest in the idea of bumping up taxes. Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called on Congress to raise the gas tax earlier this month.
You ve got to have a big pot of money. We don t have it now.
If those taxes do go up, there s no reason to believe they would suddenly be equaled.
There are other ways to get more funding to the Highway Trust Fund. Oregon has looked at taxation based on vehicle miles, Comstock said, but that s considerably more complicated than just taxing fuel.
And what about going back to the original idea of creating a fee for trucks and taxing gasoline and diesel equally?
We wouldn t be in favor of that, Roth, of the American Trucking Associations, said.
Sorry, automakers. That diesel tax isn t going anywhere.
- ^ lots of reasons to love diesel cars (www.businessinsider.com)
- ^ we were thrilled with the latest diesel Audis (www.businessinsider.com)
- ^ December 1982 New York Times article (www.nytimes.com)
- ^ confirmed in a 1984 report (www.gao.gov)
- ^ detailed account of the legislative battle (www.fhwa.dot.gov)
- ^ Reagan signed the bill into law (www.reagan.utexas.edu)
- ^ The New York Times reported (www.nytimes.com)
- ^ The New York Times was referring (www.nytimes.com)
- ^ you do get a break if you buy diesel (www.irs.gov)
- ^ he said at an event (mobilitylab.org)
- ^ according to The Washington Post (articles.washingtonpost.com)
- ^ according to Bloomberg (www.bloomberg.com)
BC Trucking Association Seeks 25 Immigrant Truck Drivers to Pilot Test New Skills Assessment Tool
Langley, British Columbia The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has developed a new skills assessment tool called IDRIVE and is looking for 25 recent immigrants with professional truck-driving experience to participate in a pilot test to be scheduled in November or December 2013.
BCTA is working with BC motor carriers to find ways to address a shortage of professional drivers that could run as high as 33,000 across Canada by 2020, according to a Conference Board of Canada study1.
Immigrants to Canada are a valuable source of labour for the industry but may need help representing their skills to employers here, says Louise Yako, BCTA President & CEO. And BC employers need to know how driving experience from outside Canada rates in BC, where regulations, equipment, and geography may be quite different.
To assist, BCTA has partnered with the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table to develop a truck driver skill and experience assessment tool with input from motor carriers. IDRIVE stands for Immigrant Driver Readiness Industry Validation and Engagement, and it reviews the professional experience of drivers who are new to Canada, to provide them with a verified report on their readiness for employment in BC. IDRIVE tests industry knowledge, essential skills, employability characteristics (including customer service skills) and driving skills.
IDRIVE is made possible by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
We are pleased to support the BCTA s immigrant driver readiness tool that will help employers understand and benefit from the experience and skills of BC s immigrant labour pool, says Kelly Pollack, Executive Director of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC.
IDRIVE is now ready for a pilot test, and BCTA invites 25 immigrant drivers to participate, to make sure that both drivers and trucking industry employers can depend on its results. Assessments can take place throughout the province depending on where drivers are located.
Participants must not be employed currently in the trucking industry, but must live in BC and have a BC Class 1 commercial driver s licence or be willing to obtain one within the timeframe of the pilot project, which includes a road test. They must have at least one year of professional driving experience, here or in another country, read and write basic English, and be eligible to work in Canada, among a few other requirements.
In return, participants receive a copy of their IDRIVE assessment, and BCTA will work to connect them with motor carriers interested in the pilot and looking for drivers to hire.
Professional truck drivers keep our economy moving and tools like IDRIVE will help ensure we have the skilled drivers to keep the industry strong, and keep goods moving through B.C. and the rest of Canada, says Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. Congratulations to BCTA and its partners for this innovative idea.
SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) A Detroit man has died after being crushed by a dump truck in Southfield.
It happened Monday morning as the 38-year-old was working under his vehicle in a parking lot near 12 Mile Road and Pierce, according to police.
Southfield police said in a statement that officers responded at around 9:30 a.m. Monday to a report of an unresponsive man underneath a parked truck.
A preliminary investigation found that the man was lying under the engine compartment of the vehicle when his clothing got caught in the drive shaft, trapping him.
An investigation is ongoing.
The man s name was not immediately released.
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Babcock aimed to accelerate DAF s heavy-duty vehicle market share from between 1% and 2% currently, to between 8% and 10% within the next four years, Babcock Africa division CEO Roger O Callaghan said on Friday.
Speaking at a press briefing on the sidelines of the Truck and Bus Show, at Nasrec, he said DAF, which focused on delivering a full range of performance-enhancing vehicle solutions under its Advanced Transport Efficiency (ATE) programme, had progressed the development of the right trucks, an efficient and wide net of dealer networks and the right sales and marketing push.
By the end of next year, the group aimed to have established a further 30 dealers, to complement the current 21-strong dealer network, nationwide, with a branch in Cape Town coming on line by the end of this year.
A satisfactory finance option, without which the group s ambitions would likely falter, was currently under development and a proposal would be made public by the end of February.
The ATE programme had mobilised enhancements to the 12.9-litre Paccar MX engine fitted in DAF s XF105 model which resulted in a 3% improvement in fuel consumption, besides others.
Low operating costs, best possible driver satisfaction and high reliability are the key design criteria behind DAF trucks for the long haul, said Babcock Africa director responsible for the DAF business Wilna Steyn, noting the vehicle s driver comfort and the generation of high revenue per kilometre for the operator.
Babcock is the sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks in the Southern African market.
Meanwhile, DAF planned to increase its trucks sales, from the current financial year s forecast of 200 units, to over 300 during the year to March 2015.
DAF did not plan to venture into the entire sub-Saharan Africa region, but would narrow its focus to the Southern African Development Community countries.
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4 Ways Words Can Win Owner Driver Jobs
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Hermes, the Greek god, tied together two characteristics that seem worlds apart in the modern realm of couriers. He was the divine messenger and yet also the patron of wit and oration, a fleet-footed courier who nevertheless had a golden tongue. The stereotype of the modern courier is blithely bereft of a golden tongue. They are often deemed to be gruff pragmatists who let their hands, wheels and feet do the talking.
But in the modern courier industry there is a vital need for couriers to learn the lingual craftiness of their Olympian patron. There are ways that sharp communication skills can help even small-scale couriers grow their business.
It is widely believed that a majority of information is communicated in everyday life non-verbally rather than verbally. This is significant for those who make a living from owner driver jobs, because at every instance where they can win or retain a client they can use non-verbal communication skills in their favour. An open and confident posture, assured eye-contact, positive yet not overly familiar gestures, and earnest facial expressions can work wonders to cast an image of confidence, reliability and professionalism.
Speed and clarity
When you rely on owner driver jobs to support yourself and your family (and particularly when you operate on a small-scale, with one or maybe two vehicles), you feel the pressure to impress and win over every new potential client you meet. Despite the wealth of background checks, reputation markers and accreditation methods available in the modern industry, clients will often be swayed by your ultimate sales pitch. This often comes down to effective presentation. Clear and fast-paced communication will convince your listeners that you know your routes and you can be trusted.
The best and most influential communicators in personal conversations are the best listeners. Listening may not be skill that is honed by continuously taking on owner driver jobs, but you do not need the ear of a therapist to be able to develop the basic active listening skills that will build rapport with clients and cement trusted working relationships. The ability to reflect what you are hearing from the other person so that you not only understand what they are saying, but also demonstrate to them your understanding, is an effective tool in building strong relationships with clients and potential clients.
Assertiveness over aggression
In every business or industry, there come moments of conflict. Many times, such incidences can be avoided, and many times the ostensible conflict is actually frustration pretending to be a real impasse between two parties. But whether or not the conflict is real or exaggerated, it is important that it does not cost you owner driver jobs. A key communication tactic for engaging in conflict is the use of assertiveness over aggression. This involves making your needs and beliefs clear while respecting the other person’s opinion through active listening and willingness to compromise.
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Desi Trucking Magazine is the only North American, bilingual publication in English and Punjabi that caters to the needs of South-Asian truckers across Canada and the Western US states. Desi Trucking Magazine is published 6 times a year in three separated editions: Western Canada, Eastern Canada, and the US Edition. Since 2008, the Canadian Editions have been distributed across Canada; the US Edition, which launched in 2012, is distributed along the I-5, from Blaine, Washington to San Diego, California. In the near future, the US Edition will be further expanded to other areas of the continental USA.
South-Asian truckers make up the largest ethnic group in both the Canadian and American trucking industries. This industry is growing at a very fast pace and our aim is to become the leading source of information for the changing demography of trucking, as the industry evolves in the future
Our primary goal is to provide our clients with the right medium and tools so that their information will reach the majority of people in the trucking industry. We promise, as your ambassadors, to promote your brand and information in the North-American trucking industry. We will not be satisfied until you are satisfied.
Desi Trucking Magazine is proudly Canadian owned and operated; now with our US media partner, we are proudly a North American company. From the management team to professional designers, our members primary focus is to serve our customers. And, we only hire the best. Our designers, for example, are carefully hand-picked from a vast pool of professionals in the industry. Our sales team members all have a minimum of at least seven years of experience. Finally, our consultants have been involved in the trucking industry from ten to thirty years.
In order to reach the personal needs of our clients, Desi Trucking Magazine has satellite offices in most major centres in Canada, and in California, USA.
Desi Trucking Magazine, the only bilingual trucking magazine in Canada, was launched in 2008. Since South-Asian truckers make up the largest ethnic group in the Canadian trucking industry, there needed to be a publication that was also inclusive to their needs, by providing information and industry updates.
In 2011, the magazine was given a new look, with refreshed logos and a new layout. In addition, noticing that Western Canada and Eastern Canada have different needs, the magazine was branded with Western and Eastern Editions. In 2012, with the launch of the US Edition, we became a North-American publication. Now, more than ever, depending on their needs, businesses have the option to promote themselves in one, two or all three editions.