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Multiple Markets and Suppliers Help Operators Get the Best Price on Fuel

July 1, 2014

Multiple Markets and Suppliers Help Operators Get the Best Price on Fuel

Diesel fuel and gasoline are the lifeblood of a truckstop and travel plaza. Not only are they high-priced items, there is little margin, so finding the best price on each load is crucial. Plus, operators need to keep a steady supply flowing and work to minimize disruptions during periods of peak demand or bad weather. Diesel fuel and gasoline are too important to truckstop and travel plaza operations to leave the purchasing up to chance. Operators said they are working with multiple suppliers, utilizing contracts and securing lines of credit to ensure they always have product available and are getting it at a good rate.

ITEP Report Calls for Modernizing Federal Fuel Tax

October 7, 2013

ITEP Report Calls for Modernizing Federal Fuel Tax

A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) offers specific policy recommendations for modernizing the federal fuel tax, which hasn't been raised in 20 years.

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

June 20, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

While alternative fuels and technologies may increase in the future, diesel will remain the primary fuel for the trucking industry for decades. The findings were part of a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at the full breadth of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

U.S. Diesel Fuel Prices Dip Below $4 a Gallon for Second Week

April 15, 2013

U.S. Diesel Fuel Prices Dip Below $4 a Gallon for Second Week

U.S. diesel fuel prices dipped below $4 a gallon the past two consecutive weeks, putting diesel 17 cents below its price this time last year.

MD Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Increase

April 1, 2013

MD Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Increase

Maryland lawmakers gave final approval Friday to the first increase in the state’s gas tax in 20 years. Under the bill, which passed the Senate 27 to 20, motorists can expect to pay between 13 and 20 cents more per gallon by mid-2016.

EPA Moves Forward With Tier 3 Rule to Reduce Sulfur in Gasoline

April 1, 2013

EPA Moves Forward With Tier 3 Rule to Reduce Sulfur in Gasoline

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will move forward with its Tier 3 rule that will limit the amount of sulfur in U.S. gasoline by two-thirds and impose fleetwide pollution limits on new vehicles by 2017. EPA aims to reduce the allowable sulfur content in gasoline from 30 parts per million to 10 ppm.

Quick Facts and Figures Relevant to Truckstops, March 18

March 18, 2013

Quick Facts and Figures Relevant to Truckstops, March 18

U.S. retail pump prices for diesel exhaust fluid remained steady in February at $2.79 a gallon, the third straight month they have held at that level, according to the latest DEF Tracker.

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Block Ethanol Increases

February 25, 2013

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Block Ethanol Increases

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-M.S.) and David Vitter (R-La.) have introduced legislation to block an increase in the amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline. The bill would overturn Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waivers that allowed gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be used for many passenger cars and light trucks, and would prohibit the agency from granting future waivers for any blends above 10 percent ethanol.

EPA Releases Requirements for Retailers Planning to Offer E-15

February 18, 2013

EPA Releases Requirements for Retailers Planning to Offer E-15

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined the conditions fuel retailers need to meet to sell higher-ethanol gasoline through a blender pump—one that offers both E10 and E15 through a common hose and nozzle.

Defense Works to Ease N.Y., N.J. Gas Shortages; Waivers Issued

November 5, 2012

Defense Works to Ease N.Y., N.J. Gas Shortages; Waivers Issued

The U.S. Energy Department is working with the Defense Department and National Guard to get emergency generators to gas stations that lost power in New York and New Jersey, creating long lines of customers.

EPA Issues Second ULSD Waiver for New Jersey

November 2, 2012

EPA Issues Second ULSD Waiver for New Jersey

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a second diesel sulfur waiver for the state of New Jersey.

EPA, FMCSA Issue Waivers for Reformulated Gas, Non-Road ULSD and Hours of Service

November 1, 2012

EPA, FMCSA Issue Waivers for Reformulated Gas, Non-Road ULSD and Hours of Service

EPA in consultation with the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a waiver for reformulated gasoline (RFG) in 16 states and the District of Columbia to prevent disruptions of the supply of RFG in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

EPA and NHTSA Finalize Fuel Economy Standards for Light Duty Vehicles

October 22, 2012

EPA and NHTSA Finalize Fuel Economy Standards for Light Duty Vehicles

EPA and NHTSA last week finalized their rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving fuel economy for light-duty vehicles for model years 2017 and beyond.

West Coast Gas Prices Ease

October 22, 2012

West Coast Gas Prices Ease

Wholesale gasoline prices in California have started to decline after Gov. Jerry Brown allowed an early switch to winter-grade fuel.

Ford and GM Approve E-15 Use in Later Model Cars and Trucks

October 8, 2012

Ford and GM Approve E-15 Use in Later Model Cars and Trucks

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors last week announced that they have approved E-15 for use in 2013 model cars and light trucks.

California Marketers Face Gasoline Shortages

October 8, 2012

California Marketers Face Gasoline Shortages

Fuel marketers in California are facing gasoline supply shortages that have driven wholesale spot gas prices to record highs.

Fuel Prices Decline for the First Time in 12 Weeks

October 1, 2012

Fuel Prices Decline for the First Time in 12 Weeks

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), last week diesel and gasoline fuel prices fell for the first time in 12 weeks.

Worldwide Supply and Demand Indicate Higher Fuel Prices for 2011

March 1, 2011

Worldwide Supply and Demand Indicate Higher Fuel Prices for 2011

Worldwide supply and demand indicate higher fuel prices in 2011.

Optimize Your Odds: Fleets are Keeping Track of Fuel Prices and Amenities

November 1, 2010

Optimize Your Odds: Fleets are Keeping Track of Fuel Prices and Amenities

Even half a cent per gallon can add up to thousands of dollars for fleets, which is why more and more carriers are relying on fuel optimization software to direct them to locations where they can get the most bang for their buck. Software providers told Stop Watch that fuel price, location and amenities all factor into a carrier’s decision-making process. To increase their odds of becoming a location of choice, truckstops and travel plazas can ensure information on their amenities, geographical location and fuel prices is correct.

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