Freight Act of 2010 pushes up diesel fuel 12 cents


With the cost of diesel set to increase another 12 cents with the introduction of the FREIGHT Act it’s an opportune time to once again visit the subject of how your fleet can minimize its fuel consumption.

The FREIGHT Act promises some great reforms for the supply and logistics industry, and has the full support of business groups such as the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). There are good reasons why it has garnered an enthusiastic response from the business community – a good logistics network is the backbone to a recovering economy.

Some highlights of what the incoming bill intends to do:

  • Reduce delays of goods and commodities entering into and out of intermodal connectors that serve international points of entry.
  • Increase travel time reliability on major freight corridors that connect major population centers with freight generators and international gateways.
  • Reduce by 10% the number of freight transportation-related fatalities by 2015.
  • Reduce national freight transportation-related carbon dioxide levels by 40% by 2030.
  • Reduce freight transportation-related air, water, and noise pollution and impacts on ecosystems and communities on an annual basis.

Read more about the anticipated changes that will be introduced with the FREIGHT Act of 2010.

Progress costs – FREIGHT Act of 2010 raising diesel prices

But while the FREIGHT Act is good news for business it won’t come cheap. The billions of dollars required to achieve the noble outcomes of the bill need to come from somewhere and one source of revenue will be in the form diesel tax.

So with the anticipated increase in diesel prices here are five top tips that could help your fleet use less fuel.

1 – Monitor traffic ahead to minimize gear changes

By keeping an eye on upcoming traffic conditions, drivers can anticipate having to slow down. It is more efficient to keep the truck moving that to start from a complete stop. It also reduces the number of gear changes you need to make.

2 – Obeying posted speed limits

Speeding decreases the fuel economy of vehicles. One study reports that every 5 mph driven over 65 mph represents a 7% decrease in fuel economy.

3 – Use your momentum

The momentum your vehicle collects on the flat can be used to get over hills more economically. In some cases it can be used to roll to a stop at traffic lights as well. It also means you’re not wasting fuel through heavy braking.

4 – Avoid excessive idling

An idling truck consumes about a gallon of fuel every hour. That can quickly add up. Pause to check if you really do need your engine running. If you don’t need then turn it off.

5 – Keep your tires inflated correctly

Making sure the tires on your vehicle are kept at the correct pressure helps improve fuel economy, improves the life of the tire and reduces the chance of an accident.

You can find a few more tips on how to reduce fuel consumption here.

Reducing fuel consumption – It’s not going away

Using less fuel is obviously an important priority for fleet managers not just because it constitutes a significant operating expense but because there are no signs the cost of diesel will be dropping, if these price charts are anything to go by.

The best thing you can do for your fleet is focus on ways to reduce your dependence on fuel and the most effective way to do that is train your drivers to drive more economically – the key is having a comprehensive fleet management program like Telogis Fleet™ to make it happen.