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PACCAR celebrates Distribution Center opening

RENTON, WA – More than 500 people joined PACCAR Parts in celebrating the grand opening of a new $32-million Distribution Center in Renton, Washington. The 160,000 square-foot facility began operations this April, serving 92 dealerships in Western Canada and the Northwestern U.S. It is one of 17 such Distribution Centers worldwide, and can store 38,000 aftermarket parts for all makes of trucks, trailers and buses.
7 Jul by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

California Launches Study to Look at Mileage-Based Tax

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The California Department of Transportation has launched a nine-month pilot program to test a pay-by-the-mile financing model to possibly replace the gas tax in the state.

The Road Charge Pilot Program currently has 5,000 volunteers taking part in the study and will examine the viability of charging people per mile instead of per gallon as a more representative way to fund infrastructure costs.

The gas tax is currently the primary source of funding for annual maintenance to California's state highway system, but increasing fuel efficiency standards have decreased its effectiveness. The increasingly smaller funding source has left the state $5.7 billion short in annual maintenance needs, according to Caltrans.

Volunteers in the program are being given different options to report mileage so the state can determine which recording method is most effective:

• A time permit option will allow users unlimited road use for a specific period of time, such as a year, month or week.

• A mileage permit option gives a driver a block of miles to use based on expected use of California's roads.

• The odometer charge option requires the driver to submit periodic manual odometer readings and pay based on the information.

• An automated mileage reporting option will give drivers a choice of in-vehicle technology to invoice the amount of miles driven. This can be attained with or without general location data that reports mileage traveled to a third-party account manager.

Once the trial program is over the California Transportation Agency will submit a report to the legislature by July 2017 and the California Transportation Commission will provide its recommendations by December 2017. The state legislature will make the final decision on whether and how to enact a full-scale permanent road charge program.

For more information on the program, click here.

Related: California Aims to Regulate Sustainability Into Freight System

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Charges Dropped Against Fleet in Fatal Georgia Crash

Criminal charges have been dropped against Total Transportation of Mississippi in relation to a fatal accident involving one of its drivers that killed five people in April 2015.

Five Georgia Southern University nursing students were killed in the seven-vehicle crash on Interstate 16 when the truck driver, John Wayne Johnson, failed to stop in time, careening into traffic slowed on the interstate. In addition to the five deaths, three other students were injured in the crash.

The District Attorney General of Georgia Atlantic Judicial Circuit decided against pursuing criminal charges after Total Transportation agreed to spend $200,000 to set up a nonprofit group to offer nursing students financial aid, according to a report in the Savannah Morning News.

The company has already settled wrongful death lawsuits related to the case, with at least one victim receiving $14 million.

Johnson was indicted on multiple charges of vehicular homicide as well as a slew of other counts, including reckless driving.

In depositions from the civil suits, it was revealed that Johnson was hired by Total Transportation after he disclosed to the company that he had been fired for falling asleep at the wheel.

Related: Murder Indictments for Driver, Fleet in Fatal Georgia Crash

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