CALIFORNIA FUEL TAXES JUMP

The above two photos were taken one day apart at a nearby gas station.  The photo on the left depicts fuel prices yesterday, October 31st, and the one on the right is today’s, November 1st, fuel prices.  Why the steep increase? Because California’s legislature and governor approved SB1, The Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017 increasing the state’s sales and excise taxes on fuel.

In a nutshell, the excise tax on gasoline rose from $0.18 to $0.30 while the excise tax on diesel spiked from $0.16 to $0.36 and the sales tax on diesel increased from 9% to 13%.

California’s infrastructure is woefully inadequate….failing freeways, bridges and surface streets.  We could on and on about how we got here by our lawmakers stealing from the transportation fund and putting the money into the general fund to pay for the latest pet project, but, we have been down that road before.

Oh, did we mention, this is not the last of the increases?  We will see more on January 1, 2018, July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020.

CLEAN AIR ACTION PLAN GOES TO A VOTE TOMORROW

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are forging ahead with their Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) requiring zero-emission trucks and terminal equipment. The plan, which has come under fire by everyone in the industry except for the two ports, will be put to a vote by the ports’  harbor commissions at a joint public meeting tomorrow, November 2, 2017.  It is widely anticipated the commissions of both ports will approve the plan.

Click on the video link above featuring John McLaurin, President Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, highlighting the plan’s pitfalls.

PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE

Northern California has a long road ahead to recover from the devastating fires that hit Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties.  It is has been a disastrous fall for many around the country and our thoughts are with you all.

 

It is time for an uplifting story.  Lauren Mesaros was fleeing the fires but had a dilemma.  She had a horse trailer for two and a car but three horses.  Her solution? Put the pony, Stardust, in the car.  

 

Logistics at work, even in the face of adversity.

RICE FIELDS ARE FOR THE BIRDS

Northern California’s rice fields not only produce world-class rice, they are home to millions of birds and other wildlife.

 

Click on the photo above for a short video of just a sampling of what the fields house.

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

ELD’S SHRINK CAPACITY, EXACERBATE DRIVER SHORTAGE AND INCREASE RATES

We have covered the disrupting effects of electronic logging devices (ELD’s) in our newsletter over the past few months.  The requirement will decrease capacity in an already tight market, which is resulting in price hikes.  Rather than have us rehash the issue, read below just a few of the recent headlines on the subject:

Conditions for shippers worsen as rates rise, capacity shrinks
FreightWaves, October 31, 2017

Under pressure, US transport rates keep rising
JOC, October 27, 2017

America’s shortage of truck drivers could affect prices and cause delivery delays
CBS News, October 26,  2017

Shippers ready to “bear the brunt” of higher trucking rates as ELD implementation set to begin Dec
Logistics Management, October 23, 2017

Driver shortage could hit all time high this year
Truckinginfo, October 22, 2017

Freight rates poised for big surge
American Trucker, October 18, 2017

Truckload carriers pitch to hike rates driven by ELDs, driver pay, hot market
Transport Topics, October 16, 2017

NAME THAT PART

Do you know what this part is? It is something used in truck or container transportation.

 

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Good luck!  

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

WILD HORSES COULDN’T DRAG US AWAY

Wild horses are common place in Northern Nevada, especially out in the industrial area of the Tahoe-Reno Industry Center (TRIC).

Paul Enos, CEO Nevada Trucking Association, recently captured them in suburban South Reno.  Click on the picture above for a short video.