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August 14, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Spells Out Policy on Applications

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spelled out its policy on evaluating applications for authority, listing a half-dozen performance factors that it evaluates

August 14, 2012 - Industry News

A Bid to Have Obama, Romney Debate Infrastructure Investment

President Obama just signed a new highway law, but the program runs for only two years, so either Obama or Mitt Romney is going to have to sign another one. What should that law accomplish? A trio of political leaders is asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to make infrastructure one of the six topics covered in the Obama-Romney debate in Denver on October 3

August 14, 2012 - Industry News

Great Dane Announces New Sales and Branch Operations Structure

Great Dane welcomes Jon Jeffries (left) as vice president and general sales manager, while Dave Durand (right) is in an expanding aftermarket role.

Great Dane announced a new general sales manager and is realigning its branch system to better serve the growing needs of the aftermarket

August 14, 2012 - Industry News

Interstate Distributor Turns up the Speed on Driver Pay

Interstate Distributor Co. announced that effective August 16 it will accelerate driver pay, cutting seven full days off its driver pay cycle

August 13, 2012 - Industry News

HDT Wins Azbee Editorial Honors

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine won two regional and one national award in the American Society of Business Publication Editors' annual Azbee Awards of Excellence

August 13, 2012 - Industry News

Retail Container Imports Expected to Increase 6.3% in August

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 6.3% in August compared with the same month last year, and 2012 should show an increase of 4.8% over last year

Tags: Intermodal

August 13, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Spike

Diesel fuel topped $4 a gallon in three regions and hovered near it in others.

The national average price for a gallon of diesel fuel spiked 11.5 cents this week, according to the Department of Energy's weekly report, while gasoline prices rose a more modest 3.72 cents per gallon

Tags: Fuel and Oil

August 12, 2012 - Industry News

Truck Driving Champs Announced

Don Logan, a FedEx Freight professional truck driver from Topeka, Kan., was named the 2012 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion this weekend in Minneapolis

Tags: Events

August 12, 2012 - Industry News

Canadian Protesters Block Maine Lobster Shipments

Protesters at New Brunswick lobster processing plants last week refused to allow truckers from Maine to offload their lobsters

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Industry Research Favors Roll Stability over Electronic Stability Controls

New research by the trucking industry finds that for some carriers, roll stability control technology may be more effective than electronic stability control

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Interstate Distributor Co. Launches Owner-Operator Program, Adds KC Location

Interstate Distributor Co., Tacoma, Wash., announced a new owner operator-program out of its Lebanon, Tenn., terminal, and opened a new regional operating center in Kansas City, Mo

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Spot Freight Index Defies Economic News

TransCore's DAT Freight Index, which monitors the spot freight market, continues this year's trend of record same-month freight volumes and a double-digit increase on a year-over-year basis. July marked the fifth instance of a same-month record in 2012 and the DAT Index outpaced July 2011 levels by 12%, but lagged June 2012 by 20%, says TransCore.

Tags: Economy

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Studying Electronic Logs

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is studying the safety records of drivers and fleets that have been using electronic onboard recorders to comply with federal hours of service requirements to see if they improve safety and compliance

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Internet Radio Show Extends Reach of TCA's Highway Angel Program

The Truckload Carriers Association's 15-year-old Highway Angels program is getting a boost from the Internet-based radio show hosted by country music singer and official Highway Angel spokesperson Lindsay Lawler

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Expect Nighttime Lane Closures on I-44 in Joplin, Mo.

Reconstruction of the interchange at Interstate 44 and Range Line Road in Joplin, Mo. (Mile Marker 8) begins this week and will result in some nighttime lane closures

Tags: Highways

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Rolls Out More Electric Delivery Trucks in California

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. commends Frito-Lay on the growth of their fleet of all-electric vehicles last week in Torrance, Calif.

California is now home to the largest fleet of Frito-Lay electric delivery trucks

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Top Commercial Vehicle Inspectors Honored

More than 50 commercial vehicle inspectors showed off their skills last week in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's North American Inspectors Championship

August 9, 2012 - Industry News

Massachusetts Right to Repair Bill Excludes Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick recently signed the state's Right to Repair legislation. The Right to Repair Coalition says it is the first-of-its-kind in the country, and will serve as a model for other states. However, the new law exempts vehicles over 10,000 pounds

August 9, 2012 - Industry News

EPA's Navistar Proposal Up for Final Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is close to releasing a revised proposal on whether or not Navistar International can pay penalties on engines that don't meet clean air standards. The proposed rule, which still is under wraps, is awaiting final review at the White House Office of Management and Budget

August 9, 2012 - Industry News

GreenMan Technologies Announces Name Change to American Power Group Corporation

GreenMan Technologies Inc. has changed its name to American Power Group Corp

August 8, 2012 - Industry News

DTNA Expects 2012 Growth in Vocational, Natural Gas, Exports

Freightliner recently ran a trip from LA to DC on compressed natural gas to showcase the new Cascadia 113 day cab tractor and ISX 12 G combination.

While 2012 may look a little sluggish compared to 2011, Mark Lampert, senior vice president-sales and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America, sees plenty of growth opportunity ahead this year

August 8, 2012 - Industry News

Freightliner Trucks Launches Online Drivers' Resource Center

Freightliner Trucks has opened a new online community for drivers, owner-operators and fleet managers offering a wealth of industry resources in a single location

August 8, 2012 - Industry News

Ford Will Have Stake in China Truck Maker

China's Jiangling Motors Corp., which is 30%-owned by Ford Motor Co., will acquire Taiyuan Changan Heavy Truck Co., marking the U.S. car maker's first entry into the world's largest heavy-truck market

August 8, 2012 - Industry News

Ferro Says Bar Raised on Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has "raised the bar on safety," said Administrator Anne Ferro, and those fleets "that don't want to be in compliance are the ones we want to take off the road.

Tags: Events

August 8, 2012 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress, Maritime-Ontario Announce Shipping Partnership

A new deal between Chattanooga, Tenn.-based U.S. Xpress Enterprises and Canada's Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited allows shippers to use one vendor to cover all North American freight, border crossing needs

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