Fuel prices explode to their highest level for 7 years | Canadian truckers protest cross-border vax mandate

Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, January 25, 2022:

Diesel prices reach highest average since autumn 2014

A gain of 5.5 cents in the most recent week ending Jan. 24 has the national diesel price average at its highest since September 2014, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

The U.S. average for a gallon of on-road diesel is now $3.78, surpassing the 2021 high of $3,734 set in the week ending Nov. 15. The last time the national average for diesel was higher was the week ending September 15, 2014, when prices stood at $3,801 per gallon.

Prices rose in all parts of the country last week, with the biggest increase seen in New England, where prices jumped 7.9 cents.

The most expensive diesel in the country is in California at $4.824 per gallon, followed by the West Coast minus California at $4.11 per gallon.

The cheapest fuel is found in the Gulf Coast region at $3.531 per gallon, followed by the Midwest at $3.656 per gallon.

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

  • New England – $3,777
  • Central Atlantic – $3,934
  • Lower Atlantic – $3,686
  • Rocky Mountain – $3,698

Figures from ProMiles in the same week saw fuel prices rise 6.1 cents, bringing its national average to $3.612 per gallon.

According to ProMiles’ fuel surcharge index, the most expensive diesel is in California at $4,715 per gallon, and the cheapest is in the Gulf Coast region at $3,435 per gallon.

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Canadian truckers protest cross-border vax mandate

Canadian truckers are actively protesting the COVID-19 vaccination requirement that came into effect on January 15 with, among other things, a convoy across the country. However, the protest was not met with the approval of the entire Canadian trucking community.

The 2022 Freedom Convoy left British Columbia in western Canada on Sunday and is en route to the capital Ottawa, where it expects to arrive on Saturday January 29. Other truckers from across the country are also heading to Ottawa, organizers said. .

In a Facebook post late Monday, convoy organizers noted that the group was not protesting the vaccine itself, but rather government mandates requiring the vaccine. The post notes that many participating drivers are already vaccinated. A separate post, seen below, shows a number of trucks leaving British Columbia on Sunday.

Canada’s vaccination/testing requirement took effect Jan. 15 and the Canadian Trucking Alliance says it will result in the loss of 12,000 to 16,000 cross-border drivers. The United States adopted a similar vaccination requirement on January 22.

Despite its opposition to the mandate, the CTA issued a statement against the ongoing protest.

“The Canadian Trucking Alliance does not support and strongly disapproves of any protests on public roads, highways and bridges,” the group said. “The CTA believes that such actions – especially those that interfere with public safety – are not the way in which disagreements with government policies should be expressed. Members of the trucking industry who wish to publicly express their dissatisfaction with government policies can choose to hold an organized and legal event on Parliament Hill or contact their local MP. What is not acceptable is to disrupt the motoring public on the highways and commerce at the border.

The alliance also said that “the vast majority of the Canadian trucking industry is vaccinated, with the overall industry vaccination rate among truckers closely mirroring that of the general public. and inland freight to keep our economy running smoothly. »

A crowdfunding page on the GoFundMe platform was set up to support the protest convoy and raised more than $3.4 million (C$4.3 million) as of Tuesday morning. Organizers say the money will be used to pay for fuel, and possibly food and accommodation for participating truckers. The remaining funds will be donated to a veterans association in Canada, organizers said.

A spokesperson for GoFundMe was quoted in various news outlets as noting that the large amount would be withheld until the organizers document a clear plan for disbursing the funds.

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Reman Air Compressors Benefit from Improved Distribution

Bendix Genuine BA-921 compressors remanufactured for DD13 and DD15 engines to 2007 and 2010 Detroit Diesel emissions specifications are now available for sale in the commercial vehicle aftermarket, the company said. In addition to greater component access, Bendix dealers and distributors will be able to consolidate purchases, expand their offerings and provide customers with greater one-stop shopping convenience.

Over time, a compressor bore wears and scuffs, losing its original precise fit with the piston. Resharpening a piston restores that fit, which is critical to ensuring the piston passes just the right amount of oil during operation, Bendix said of the reman process on the BA-921, pictured here . A small amount of oil is needed to lubricate the compressor, but too much oil can contaminate the air supply, which can cause significant problems.Bendix manufacturer spare parts come with a 24 month warranty. The company also remanufactures basic drum brake shoes, valves, air dryers, steering gears and electronic components.

The pistons, connecting rods, bearings and fasteners used in a truck’s air compressor experience a lot of stress, and the compressor head and wastegate valves can experience carbon buildup, the company said. They remain potential points of failure if not replaced as part of the refurbishment process.

OEM-level remanufacturers like Bendix perform the same post-production testing that is done on OEM components to ensure proper levels of performance.

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