Diesel prices climb past $5.60 a gallon nationwide

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Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, May 11, 2022:

Diesel prices jumped another 11 cents last week

U.S. diesel fuel prices jumped another 11.4 cents in the week ending May 9, bringing the national average to a new record high of $5.62 a gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration. of the Department of Energy.

At $5.62, diesel prices are now $2.44 a gallon higher than the same week a year ago.

For the second week in a row, the largest increases across the country were seen along the East Coast, where the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions each recorded increases of 23.8 cents in course of the week. The Lower Atlantic region, which is also part of the EIA’s East Coast calculation, saw the third biggest jump during the week of 17.9 cents.

The most expensive diesel in the country is in California at $6.46 per gallon, followed by New England at $6.34 per gallon.

The cheapest fuel is found in the Gulf Coast region at $5.34 per gallon, followed by the Midwest region at $5.39.

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

  • Central Atlantic — $6.32
  • Lower Atlantic — $5.58
  • Rocky Mountain — $5.46
  • West Coast minus California — $5.63

ProMiles figures in the week ending May 2 saw fuel prices rise 28.5 cents, bringing its national average to $5.44 a gallon.

According to ProMiles’ fuel surcharge index, the most expensive diesel is in California at $6.38 per gallon, and the cheapest is in the Gulf Coast region at $5.22 per gallon.

Texas fleet closed for ‘gross non-compliance’

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) declared Houston-area Jaypur Logistics an “imminent danger” to public safety and ordered the motor carrier on May 7 to immediately cease operations.

FMCSA has identified Jaypur Logistics for investigation based on the carrier’s widespread violations documented by FMCSA and its partners during roadside inspections. According to the FMCSA, Jaypur Logistics had almost double the national average out-of-service vehicle rate (40%) and more than five times the national average out-of-service driver rate (31.1%).

FMCSA’s review of Jaypur Logistics found the motor carrier “clearly non-compliant with several federal safety regulations, including: controlled substances and alcohol consumption and testing (49 CFR part 382); Commercial Driver License Standards (49 CFR Part 383); Driver Qualification (49 CFR Part 391); Dangerous Driving (49 CFR Part 392); Driver Hours of Service (49 CFR Part 395); and Inspection, vehicle repair and maintenance (49 CFR Part 396).”

During its investigation, the FMCSA accused Jaypur Logistics of “serious lack of oversight of its operations”, noting that the carrier could only identify a fraction of the drivers and vehicles operating under its authority and was not even at the aware that its drivers had transported hazardous materials. “Jaypur Logistics failed to ensure its drivers were cleared to drive, allowing six drivers who were already banned from the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to operate in its name,” FMCSA wrote. Jaypur Logistics drivers have been cited twice for acting under the influence and three times its drivers have been cited for possession of drugs or alcohol while on duty, according to the FMCSA. Jaypur Logistics did not have a program to detect and deter the use of controlled substances by its drivers, did not have an effective program to ensure that its drivers were qualified and licensed, did not have program to monitor the hours of service of its drivers, and had no program to ensure that its vehicles were properly inspected and repaired.

FMCSA’s Imminent Danger Decommissioning Order states that Jaypur Logistics “…total and utter disregard for the [federal safety regulations]greatly increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to your drivers and the motoring public if your operations are not halted immediately.

Recalls announced for Kenworth, Peterbilt, International and Western Star trucks

Three recalls announced recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affect more than 17,600 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, as well as a small number of some International and Western Star trucks.

Paccar has issued a recall of approximately 17,641 trucks equipped with Dana D-Series axles. In the affected trucks, the axle steering arm fasteners that secure the steering arm to the steering knuckle could fail. The recall includes certain Kenworth T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T680, T880, T800, W900, W990 2018-2020; and 2018-20 Peterbilt 330, 337, 348, 365, 367, 389, 520, 567 and 579 vehicles.

The remedy for the problem is still under development. Owners can contact Kenworth Customer Service at 1-425-828-5888 with callback number 22 KWB and Peterbilt Customer Service at 1-940-591-4220 with callback number 22 PBB. The NHTSA recall number is 22V-277.

Another recall affects approximately 45 international HV and MV trucks of the 2022-2023 model year, as well as IC Bus RE 2022 models, built without a front radar unit. The recall states that the warning label informing the driver that the collision mitigation system is inoperative may be missing.

Navistar will provide a warning label and installation instructions free of charge. Owners can contact Navistar Customer Service at 1-800-448-7825 with the recall number 22508. The NHTSA recall number is 22V-282.

Daimler Trucks North America has also issued a recall for approximately 15 2023 model year Western Star 47X and 49X trucks in which the caliper mounting bolts may loosen and detach, which may reduce braking performance.

Dealers will inspect and retorque the caliper mounting bolts, if necessary, free of charge. Owners can contact DTNA Customer Service at 1-800-547-0712 with callback number FL-930. The NHTSA recall number is 22V-299.

Large fleet adds 60 Volvo electric tractors

NFI recently placed an order for 60 Volvo VNR electric tractors that will be used in fleet operations in Ontario, California.NFI (CCJ Top 250, No. 21) is increasing its investment in electromobility solutions with its latest order for 60 Volvo VNR electric trucks.

The battery-electric trucks will be deployed in NFI’s fleet in Ontario, California, throughout 2022 and 2023, in support of its goal to operate the nation’s first 100% zero-emissions freight logistics fleet.

“Volvo Trucks is proud to continue its partnership with NFI on its journey to electromobility as the company truly demonstrates its leadership and commitment to supply chain sustainability,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks. North America. “NFI’s order for 60 Volvo VNR Electrics is a testament to the positive results fleets are achieving with Volvo Trucks’ electromobility solution, and a signal to the market that local and regional freight transport can be reliably achieved with zero emissions. exhaust.

NFI began its journey towards electromobility with Volvo Trucks as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project which began in 2019. NFI began piloting two Volvo VNR electric trucks in its commercial operations, demonstrating the ability of battery electric trucks to reliably transport goods under various operating conditions.

“Our experience with the Volvo LIGHTS project was a major factor in NFI’s decision to purchase VNR electric trucks for our drayage operations,” said Bill Bliem, senior vice president of fleet services at NFI. “NFI began its transition to electrification because we are committed to sustainability initiatives across our operations, and we continue to invest in Volvo Trucks because of the proven viability and success we have had. using Volvo VNR Electrics on our real-world roads.

The 60 trucks ordered by NFI are the upgraded next-generation electric Volvo VNR model with a six-battery configuration, which offers an operational range of up to 275 miles. The improved Volvo VNR Electric, which started production in the second quarter of 2022, also reduces the charging time required, as the 250 kW peak charging capacity delivers an 80% charge in 90 minutes.

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