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December 5, 2012 - Industry News

House Bill Would Require Pilot Program for DOT Hair Testing for Drugs

Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct a pilot program to evaluate the use of hair samples to test commercial drivers for illicit drug use

Tags: Drivers, Compliance

December 5, 2012 - Industry News

Mack Delivers Christmas to the U.S. Capitol

The 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree was illuminated in an official lighting ceremony Dec. 4 on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, following a 5,300-mile multi-week journey powered by a Mack Pinnacle truck

Tags: Mack

December 5, 2012 - Industry News

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

The advisory committee that is preparing recommendations on the CSA enforcement program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a dense thicket to chop through. The complexities and contradictions of CSA were on full display yesterday as a subcommittee of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee took in testimony from the analysts who designed the program and researchers who have enumerated its flaws

Tags: CSA, Congress

December 5, 2012 - Industry News

November Truck Orders Slow

November truck orders dropped from October's unexpectedly high level, and are expected to be around 20,000 units for Class 8 when final numbers come in

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

December 5, 2012 - Industry News

Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Reopen After Strike

Striking clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are back at work this morning, after they agreed to a new contract with terminal operators last night. The eight-day strike crippled the nation's busiest ports

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, California

December 4, 2012 - Industry News

CARB Deadlines Looms For Trucks and Buses

The California Air Resources Board is reminding truck and bus owners to check now to see if their vehicle fleets are among those that will have new rules to follow as of Jan. 1, 2013. As the new year begins, heavy-duty trucks and buses (more than 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating) with 2000 - 2004 model year engines will likely need diesel soot filter

Tags: CARB

December 4, 2012 - Industry News

Boyd Bros. Acquires Mid Seven Transportation

Boyd Bros. Transportation recently acquired Mid Seven Transportation in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tags: Aquisistion

December 4, 2012 - Industry News

TBEI Appoints New General Manager for Ox Bodies Inc.

Terry Campbell was recently named General Manager of Ox Bodies Inc.

TBEI Inc., a manufacturer of dump truck bodies, equipment and end dump trailers, has named Terry Campbell as its new General Manager of Ox Bodies Inc

December 4, 2012 - Industry News

Baldwin Filters Promotes Yaw To Vice President, International

Brent Yaw was promoted to the Vice President, International of Baldwin Filters.

Baldwin Filters in Kearney announced the promotion of Brent Yaw to the position of Vice President, International, effective immediately.

December 4, 2012 - Industry News

Transplace Acquires Torus Freight Systems

Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, announced it has acquired Torus Freight Systems, a Canadian-based logistics services company focused on Canadian cross-border and intra-Canada freight.

Tags: Transplace, Aquisistion

December 4, 2012 - Industry News

Fleets Gearing up for Wreaths Across America

At least 50 trucking companies, ranging from single-truck owner-operators to some of the largest and best-known fleets in the country, have volunteered to donate transportation for Wreaths Across America on Saturday, Dec. 15

Tags: Events, Wreaths Across America

December 4, 2012 - Industry News

New Volvo Trucks Chief Plans to Take on Vocational Market

Expect Volvo Trucks in North America to work on making inroads into the vocational market as well as enhancing ways to benefit customers as long as they own the truck, under Goran Nyberg, the company's new president of North American Sales & Marketing. After a whirlwind first two months on the job traveling across the country to meet customers and dealers (and finding some time to get behind the wheel of a truck), Nyberg spoke to HDT about Volvo and the North American market

Tags: Volvo, Vocational

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro during today's press conference.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a number of improvements to its CSA safety enforcement program, including dropping the Cargo-Related BASIC and adding a new Hazardous Materials BASIC that is expected to put more scrutiny on carriers hauling hazmat

Tags: FMCSA, CSA

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel prices see slight decrease

Diesel prices dropped in most regions this past week. The national average price for a gallon of diesel slipped 0.7 cents to $4.03, which is still almost about a dime more than last year's prices at this time

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

Minnesota's Lafayette Bridge Closed to Truck Traffic in 2013

Tractor-trailer combinations measuring longer than 35 feet will be restricted from driving on Minnesota's U.S. 52's Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul as construction on their northbound section of the roadway continues

Tags: Highways, Minnesota

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Advisory Panel Takes on Driver Training

Federal regulators have been trying for more than 20 years to set training standards for entry-level truck drivers - without success. Now, under pressure from Congress and the courts, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is trying to reinvigorate the regulatory process by asking its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee for suggestions on how to get the job done

Tags: Drivers, Training, FMCSA

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

Affinia Group Spins Off Brake Business

Affinia Group Inc. announced that it has spun off its brake businesses. The new organization will be led by the management team from Affinia Group's former Global Brake group, with oversight provided by a separate board of directors.

Tags: Brakes

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

TCA Names Highway Angel of the Year

For the fifth year, the Truckload Carriers Association has selected a Highway Angel of the Year who best embodies the spirit of the organization's Highway Angel program. This year's recipient is Kenny Cass, a driver development instructor for FedEx Freight of Portland, Ore.

Tags: Events, TCA, Highway Angel

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

Bosselman Boss Shops Opens 39th Location

Bosselman Boss Truck Shops Inc. announced its newest location in Sayre, Okla. Located adjacent to the Flying J Travel Plaza, this Boss Shop will be part of the Uni-Maxx Truck Care network

Tags: Tires, Truckstops

December 2, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Truck Driver to Stop Operating

A truck driver who admitted to losing consciousness before hitting and killing an Illinois state trooper has been ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to stop driving immediately because he failed to disclose a disqualifying medical condition during his DOT physical

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Health

November 30, 2012 - Industry News

Colorado Attempts new Metering System on I-70

In an attempt to alleviate traffic jams on the mountain road of I-70 at the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnels, the Colorado Department of Transportation is going to take try out a metering method found in large cities

Tags: Highways, Colorado, I-70

November 30, 2012 - Industry News

Cox Petrol Expands in Dallas

The newest brand of independent fuel in Texas, Dallas-based Cox Petrol, continues its North Texas expansion with its sixth location and first trucksto

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Diesel, Truckstops

November 30, 2012 - Industry News

Distribution Panel Participants Announced for Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue

Organizers have announced the participants of the Heavy Duty Distribution Panel, one of three Industry Expert Discussion Panels at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue conference, to be held Jan. 21 immediately preceding Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2013

Tags: Events, HDAD, HDMA, HDAW

November 30, 2012 - Industry News

Wabash Supports Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast , Wabash Corp. immediately reached out to numerous agencies to extend a helping hand with its new DuraPlate portable structures

Tags: Wabash, Sandy

November 30, 2012 - Industry News

Highway Angel Spokesperson Lindsay Lawler to Perform at Capitol Tree Lighting

TCA Highway Angel Spokesperson Lindsay Lawler will perform at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

The Truckload Carriers Association's official Highway Angel spokesperson, country music singer Lindsay Lawler, will perform Dec. 4 at the lighting ceremony of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.

Tags: Events, TCA, Highway Angel

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