Trucking News Central is brought to you by CDLLife.  Hostess Shirley Norris breaks down this week’s top news and entertainment.

*TCA offers cold, hard cash for weight loss.

*Big Announcements are planned to be made at this year’s Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Kentucky. MATS runs from Thursday, March 22-Saturday, March 25.  If you’re out that way, stop by our both 72088 and say hi.  We’d love to see you!

*Good news for the EPA, bad news for truckers. The EPA and truck manufactures have reached an agreement that will increase the fuel economy of large trucks.  Many say the extra cost will be passed on the buyers.  The new, fuel efficient trucks are set to roll out for the 2014 model year.

*Gas prices too high?  Natural gas may ease the pain at the pump. According to JMP Securities LLC’s Shawn Severson, natural gas could cut fuel costs by more than $20,000 for a truck traveling a typical long-haul distance of 100,000 miles or 161,000 kilometers a year.  That’s some serious savings!

*New Transportation Bill faces opposition as the clock is ticking on the current bill, which set to expire March 31, 2012. If congress cannot come to an agreement by then, transportation funding will run out.  Economists estimate more than 800,000 people will lose their jobs by April 1, 2012.

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