Week in Trucking: Toyota and a fuel cell truck, boosting fuel taxes and Texas requires ELDs

Toyota Hydrogen truck

This Week in Trucking, the CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line suggests boosting federal fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure improvements and Texas is the first state to require ELDs for intrastate commercial drivers. Also, Toyota unveils a hydrogen fuel cell Class 8 tractor.

Hike the fuel tax to pay for infrastructure

David Congdon, CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, told Bloomberg Radio yesterday that a 20 cent a gallon fee should be implemented to pay for infrastructure upgrades in the county. (Bloomberg)

Read: Old Dominion’s Congdon: Infrastructure Fee of 20 Cents A Gallon

Indiana wants more toll roads

There is a push going on in the state of Indiana for more toll roads. Legislative leaders are unsure of how more tolling will be implemented, but it could be truck-only tolls or only new lanes. (Greensburg Daily News)

Read: More toll roads are likely in Indiana's future

Texas to require ELDs in intrastate commerce

Texas is the first state that has announced it will require truck drivers in intrastate operation to use electronic logging devices. The federal ELD rule goes into effect later this year and states, under federal law, have the ability to align state laws with federal laws, which is what Texas seems to be planning. (Overdrive)

Read: Texas to require intrastate drivers to use ELDs by 2019, other states to follow

Storms slow truck tonnage

A series of late March storms held down truck tonnage for March, reported the American Trucking Associations. Still, the index rose by 0.7 points over last March. (Transport Topics)

Read: Truck Tonnage Hurt by Late Winter Storms in March

Toyota to enter the Class 8 truck market?

Engineers with Toyota have been working since last fall on developing a Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle. Test vehicles are now moving freight between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. (Trucks.com)

Read: Secret ‘Project Portal’ Toyota venture launches hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck

Manufacturing groups push for truck weight increase

A group of manufacturers has written to President Donald Trump asking for an increase in truck weight. There is also a push for exemptions from the upcoming ELD requirement. (Fleet Owner)

Read: Manufacturing groups ask Trump to raise truck weights

Carriers list top concerns over medical rule

Certification delays are a top concern for carriers since the implementation of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule in 2014, according to a new survey from the American Transportation Research Institute. (CCJ)

Read: Carriers say delays in driver medical certifications are top issue with registry rule

Cost of diesel rising

For the third consecutive week, the cost of diesel fuel has increased. The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.597 per gallon. (Land Line Magazine)

Read: Diesel prices match 18-month high from January