Fuel prices top $5/gallon nationwide

Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, March 16, 2022:

Diesel prices top $5/gal nationwide

A week after diesel fuel prices soared nearly 75 cents, the U.S. national average rose another 40 cents in the week ending March 14, according to the Weekly Update. Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy.

The national average for a gallon of on-road diesel is now $5.25, marking the first time diesel has crossed the $5 threshold nationally.

Prices rose in all regions of the country last week, with the largest increase seen in California, where prices jumped 50.5 cents. The West Coast minus California saw the second highest increase last week with a 43.8 cent increase.

With the increase, California becomes the first state to average over $6 per gallon at $6.264 per gallon. The Mid-Atlantic region holds the second-highest average at $5.474 per gallon.

The cheapest diesel is found in the Rocky Mountain region at $4.966 per gallon, followed by the Midwest region at $5.044 per gallon.

Prices in other regions, according to the EIA, are:

  • New England – $5,231
  • Lower Atlantic — $5,264
  • Gulf Coast – $5.11
  • West Coast minus California – $5,416

Figures from ProMiles in the same week saw fuel prices rise 73.8 cents, bringing its national average to $4.935 per gallon.

According to ProMiles Fuel Surcharge Indexthe most expensive diesel is in California at $5,974 per gallon, and the cheapest is in the Rocky Mountain region at $4,741 per gallon.

ATA, OOIDA and other trucking groups call on CARB for relief from emissions regulations

With the California Air Resources Board’s final phase of truck and bus regulations requiring 2007, 2008 and 2009 model year engines to be upgraded to a 2010 model year or newer engine taking effect at the end of the year. year, a coalition of 26 trucking groups request CARB to consider delaying the requirement due to continued supply chain disruptions.

Groups that have signed the letter include the American Trucking Associations, Truckload Carriers Association, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, National Association of Small Trucking Companies, Western States Trucking Association and more.

“The well-documented shortage of new truck availability has forced larger fleets to hold on to their old trucks longer than usual, which has reduced the number of used trucks on the secondary market, driving up the prices of available trucks skyrocket,” the groups said. noted. “In fact, ACT Research has reported that average used truck prices are currently up 83% from January 2021. Compounding this issue further, the fact that major OEMs have reduced allowances for building new trucks to their dealership partners who have subsequently closed order books and will not be accepting any additional orders for new heavy vehicle builds at this time.

The groups added that if the requirement remains in place, truck owners who have difficulty finding or buying used equipment would be squeezed out of the market.

To help owners who have yet to upgrade their equipment to comply with the regulations, the groups proposed that CARB consider the following:

  • A provision that would allow covered fleets to demonstrate intent to purchase a used vehicle with compliance considerations similar to those that exist under the manufacturer delay provision in the California Code of Regulations.
  • Provide alternative documentation for manufacturing delays when a dealer/manufacturer cannot provide a purchase order due to a lack of construction slots.

“Providing this consideration in the final phase of the truck and bus regulations will hopefully allow truck markets to return to pre-pandemic availability levels and, more importantly, affordability” , the coalition said.

A. Duie Pyle grows in Virginia

A. Duie Pyle opens three new facilities to expand services in Virginia.

With the opening of locations in Richmond, Roanoke and Manassas, the company is expanding its supply chain solutions to strengthen routes and freight movement, while creating jobs and bolstering Virginia’s growing economic infrastructure.

The strategic move to Virginia provides Pyle with the ability to offer direct trucking and warehousing services to key points in the East Coast supply chain, the company said, while acquiring direct service to and from from ports in Virginia connecting key metropolitan areas like Washington DC and Baltimore.

Pyle said the expansion will add 96 service doors and 75 new jobs at the three sites.

“We are thrilled to make such a significant investment in bringing our industry-leading expertise to the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said John Luciani, COO of LTL Solutions at A. Duie Pyle. “Through our service-oriented approach, which has earned industry recognition and awards throughout the company’s 98-year history, we have established ourselves as a leading supply chain solutions provider. supply. This expansion further enables us to provide exceptional service to our customers, expanding our footprint to new regions.

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