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

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

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.