Logistics News: Where can you find gas tax savings and what industry regulations are changing?

Posted by RMX Global

Stay up-to-date on freight information that can impact your haul.

By Kelly Greenlee


Gas Tax Savings for Truckers

Some states have reduced fuel taxes which offers truckers a way to save some money at the pump. Here are the states and times you can look for these savings:

New Jersey – October 2022: The state is cutting an automotive fuel tax by 1 cent per gallon starting October 1st. The state’s separate moto fuels tax is being reduced after consumer demand was higher than projected.

New York – Through 2022: New York announced a suspension of certain taxes on motor fuel and diesel motor fuel through December of 2022. The state estimates it will provide a reduction of at least $0.16 per gallon statewide.

Florida – October 2022: Florida plans to have a one-month fuel tax holiday in October of this year. This will lower the price of gas by 25.3 cents per gallon.

Illinois: Motor fuel taxes are frozen until 2023 which means they cannot be increased for the rest of the year. This delays the two-cent increase slated to take place this year.

Kentucky: Gas taxes are also frozen in the state of Kentucky until January 2023.

Unfortunately, Missouri and South Carolina are increasing their gas taxes. And Pennsylvania has the highest state gas tax. You may want to fuel up elsewhere on your travels.

New, Updated, and Challenged Regulations to Be Aware Of

Underride Guard Rule Challenged: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) passed a rule scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 11, 2023, for rear impact guards. They say the rear guards will be required to “provide sufficient strength and energy absorption to protect occupants of compact and subcompact passenger cars impacting the rear of trailers” at 35 mph (56 km/hour).

Safety advocates are challenging the NHTSA’s final rule and saying it is only minimally improving the requirements, and 94% of trucks already have compliant guards. The Truck Safety Coalition and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety both argue the final rule should have made a tighter standard for underride guards to better protect cars in a crash. They have asked them to postpone the ruling.

SOURCE: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/safety-groups-urge-nhtsa-to-reconsider-underride-guard-rule

Hair Testing for Drugs? The FMCSA is taking comments on a request to allow for hair testing for drugs to determine if a person is fit to drive. A few large trucking companies have asked for this type of testing to be allowed to be uploaded into the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Currently, hair testing is excluded from the database. They are currently accepting public comments, but they may or may not make any changes based on the feedback they receive.

SOURCE: https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2022-18257.pdf

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