A Substitude for rearview mirrors

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering allowing cameras to replace both rearview and sideview mirrors on trucks.
NHTSA announced it will be opening a 60-day comment period to gather technical information and analysis on camera monitoring systems so that the agency can determine whether these systems can provide the same level of safety as the rearview mirrors.

Prior research on rearview cameras the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) is being issued in response to a 2014 petition filed jointly by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Tesla to replace outside rearview mirrors on cars, and a similar petition filed in 2015 by Daimler Trucks North America for heavy trucks.
However, “both of these petitions cited improved fuel economy (not safety) as the primary benefit of allowing this change,” NHTSA points out in the proposal. “Neither petition provided objective data or analysis to aid the agency in determining the net effect on safety of amending FMVSS No. 111 to permit a CMS compliance option for rear visibility.”

NHTSA stated that while it sees CMS as “promising” technology, “the agency has some lingering safety concerns that it believes should be addressed prior to deciding whether to propose amending FMVSS No. 111 to permit CMS as a compliance option for rear visibility.”

For example, it cited a news report in which the CEO of a CMS manufacturer found that 5 to 10% of motorists suffer motion sickness or have depth-of-vision problems when viewing the CMS video image. “NHTSA is not aware of any research having been done in this area, but the possibility that some percentage of drivers cannot use a CMS is something that NHTSA believes deserves further research.”

The agency is also encouraging comments on the potential economic effects of CMS, including the cost difference between a vehicle equipped with CMS compared with rearview mirrors, and the extent to which the improved fuel economy provided by using cameras instead of mirrors would offset that increased cost.

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Fuel tax increase, starting today in Arkansas

Gas and diesel fuel taxes are going up. Starting from today, October 1, taxes on both gasoline and diesel fuel will be increasing throughout the state of Arkansas. The diesel fuel tax will increase 6 cents to 28.5 cents per gallon. The gasoline tax will also increase by 3 cents to 24.5 cents per gallon. Increases are part of a $95 million highway funding for maintaining roads and bridges according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation. In the past 20 Years this is the first fuel tax increase in the state of Arkansas

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Weekend Blizzard in Montana

According to the Weather forecasters,
the greatest amount of snowfall is predicted to occur in north and central parts of Montana, where at least a foot of snow is possible.
In some areas even multiple feet of snow are possible
The blizzard could also bring wind gusts of up to 40 m.p.h.

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Interstate 10 has re-opened between Beaumont and Winnie after it was flooded  last week. Parts of the highway continue to hold water and are only open to one lane.                         Interstate 10 remains closed in both directions at the San Jacinto River.                                  Westbound lanes are detoured south on Spur 330 to SH146 southbound and then to SH 225 westbound.

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Oil price storm under control

Working with members of OPEC and the potential for offsetting oil shortages using emergency crude reserves should be enough to keep oil prices in control in the U.S., according to the country’s chief business lobbyist.

Chamber of Commerce CEO, Tom Donohue said the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil processing facilities are causing concerns about oil prices.

“However, President Trump has indicated willingness to user our national oil reserves to balance some of that, and I’m sure we’ll move together with OPEC to produce more oil as necessary,” Donohue said.

“I think in the next few days Saudis will get their system up and going again, and I think it’s going to result in others being very careful and more alert to protecting their resources".

While Trump reportedly authorized a release of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserves “if needed,” Secretary of Energy Rick Perry told CNBC today it’s “premature” to know whether such action is warranted.

- ATA considers raising diesel tax for truck-only lanes -

 

Darren Hawkins,

President and CEO of YRC Worldwide said trucking industry must work with lawmakers to ensure congestion mitigation measures take into account other factors such as the environment For trucks, predictability of shipments would be greatly enhanced, with the potential for drafting and platooning, not to mention the safety of separating the cars and the trucks,” Pence said. They would be paid for by “walling off” a portion of the funds generated from an increase in the diesel fuel tax that would be used for the lanes. Tolls will not solve the most important challenge facing this committee: the impending bankruptcy of the highway trust fund [HTF],” Hawkins said. “Failure to address the shortfall will continue to induce states to consider bad options like tolls. ATA and nearly every organization that cares about surface transportation efficiency has proposed an increase in the fuel tax to address these needs.”

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