ATA to host diesel fuel workshop June 19

April 23, 2008
The American Trucking Associations will host a Fuel Strategies Workshop June 19 to help the trucking industry cope with skyrocketing fuel prices

The American Trucking Associations will host a Fuel Strategies Workshop June 19 to help the trucking industry cope with skyrocketing fuel prices. While ATA is taking steps at the federal level to reduce fuel prices, this workshop is designed to educate motor carriers about new technologies and operating practices that will help them conserve diesel fuel and implement cutting edge diesel fuel purchasing strategies to reduce their fuel bill.

The one-day seminar, to be held at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington VA, will provide attendees with practical solutions from industry experts to help conserve fuel, operate more efficiently and ultimately reduce their fuel bills.

Fleet managers, fuel purchasers, economists and policy professionals will provide an overview of technologies and techniques to reduce fuel consumption, fuel purchasing strategies, methods of accurately measuring fuel economy and costs and benefits of alternative fuels.

Featured speakers include:

*Guy Caruso, administrator of the Energy Information Administration, will discuss EIA’s energy outlook during a keynote luncheon address;

*Sara Banaszak, senior economist for the American Petroleum Institute will discuss the economic and geopolitical factors influencing crude oil and diesel prices;

*Steve Graham, vice-president of Schneider National Inc will teach attendees advanced fuel purchasing strategies and discuss how to properly hedge diesel fuel purchases;

*Allen Schaefer, president, Diesel Technology Forum along with Ken Adams, vice- president, Jevic Transportation Inc; Ron Szapacs, maintenance specialist, Air Products & Chemicals Inc; and Dan Umphress, managing director, Maintenance Solutions FedEx Freight, will participate in a panel discussion on how the right truck and engine specifications can reduce fuel consumption;

*Braxton Vick, senior vice-president of Southeastern Freight Lines Inc will present methods for reducing fuel costs by optimizing truck routes;

*John Sullivan; director of service for Boydstun Metal Works Inc will present strategies to conserve fuel by reducing speed and idling time;

*Richard Wood, president of Solus Solutions and Technologies LLC, will discuss trailer specifications and aerodynamic packages that decrease fuel consumption;

*Mark Clark, manager of vehicle/GSE engineering worldwide for FedEx Express, will speak about how using the correct tires can optimize fuel efficiency;

*Kirk Altrichter, vice-president of maintenance for Gordon Trucking Inc will present strategies for implementing driver incentive programs to conserve fuel for your fleet;

*ATA First Vice Chairman Charles "Shorty" Whittington, president of Grammer Industries Inc will speak about the economics of biodiesel and whether alternative fuels could help reduce fleet fueling costs.

ATA’s workshop comes as the trucking industry is experiencing the highest prolonged fuel prices in history. For some motor carriers, fuel is beginning to surpass labor as their largest expense. ATA has called upon the Bush Administration to address this crisis by immediately taking steps to increase diesel fuel supply.

ATA has urged the federal government to help alleviate trucking companies’ hardships by doing the following:

*Stop filling and instead release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve;

*Establish a national diesel fuel standard;

*Allow environmentally responsible exploration of oil-rich areas in the United States that are now off limits;

*Allow environmentally responsible development of crude resources in oil shale and tar sands in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming;

*Work with the 50 state attorneys general to combat any fuel price gouging that might occur;

*Continue to fund EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership Program, which teaches and encourages fuel-saving strategies;

*Streamline EPA’s regulatory framework for reviewing and processing applications for additional refinery operations;

*Require speed limiters set for 68 mph or lower on all new trucks;

*Set a national maximum speed limit of 65 mph;

*Suspend the collection of the 12 percent federal excise tax on motor carriers’ purchase of auxiliary power units (APUs), which cut the consumption of fuels in idling truck engines;

*Require states to grant a weight exemption for APUs; and

*Close a federal loophole that provides a tax benefit for the exportation of biodiesel.