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June 6, 2012 - Industry News

Bridgestone's Ecopia Road Show in Full Swing

Bridgestone plans 24 stops for its Ecopia Roadshow Tour.

Belle Tire in Allen Park, Mich., hosted the fifth stop on Bridgestone's Ecopia Road Show tour, yesterday. The event brought customers and sales people together to discover the benefits of Ecopia low-rolling-resistance tires

June 6, 2012 - Industry News

Economist Offers Mixed News at Vision Conference

Infrastructure spending could help the economy, but such a measure is not likely to make it through the current Congress, Gin said.

The economy is growing, albeit not enough to put a major dent in unemployment, says one economist, who also believes international events may have more influence on the U.S. economy than President Obama

Tags: Economy

June 6, 2012 - Industry News

Biodiesel Curriculum Earns Certification

The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation officially awarded the Automotive Service Excellence accreditation to the National Biodiesel Board's Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 6, 2012 - Industry News

Maryland I-895 Summer Bridge Work to Cause Major Delays

Motorists should anticipate major delays, especially during morning and evening rush hours and weekend peak-travel periods MAT and use I-95 and I-695 (Francis Scott Key Bridge) as alternate routes to I-895.

The Maryland Transportation authority is warning drivers that a repair project on the I-895 "K-truss" bridge over CSX Transportation, between Exit 8 and Exit 7, south of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel toll plaza, will cause major delays this summer

Tags: Highways

June 6, 2012 - Industry News

Western Nevada Kenworth Opens Dealership in Reno-Sparks Area

Western Nevada Kenworth opened a 20,000-square-foot, full-service dealership in Sparks, Nev

June 6, 2012 - Industry News

NTSB Recommends 10-Year Driving Record, Use of Safety Technology Following Bus Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board called for states to provide a 10-year driving history on prospective employees of motor carriers, along with onboard safety monitoring and speed limiting systems in commercial vehicles, as part of its report on a 2011 bus crash in New York, N.Y

June 6, 2012 - Industry News

Oak Grove, Mo. Truckers Jamboree Kicks Off Tomorrow

The Oak Grove 70 Petro, located at I-70 Exit 28 in Oak Grove, Mo., will hold its 14th Annual Truckers Jamboree June 8-9, rain or shine

Tags: Events

June 5, 2012 - Industry News

Qualcomm Hours of Service Used by More Than 500 Fleets

SAN DIEGO - More than 500 fleets encompassing more than 140,000 users now use Qualcomm's Hours of Service application, QHOS, the company announced at its Vision 2012 User's Conference this week

June 5, 2012 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Trucks Still in Demand

When it comes to aerodynamic versus traditionally-styled sleeper tractors, owner-operator trucks are still commanding a premium in the used-truck market despite the importance of fuel economy, according toa blog post by the National Automobile Dealer Association

June 5, 2012 - Industry News

Massachusetts Right to Repair Surpasses Ballot Petition Goal

The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition achieved its final goal of attaining 20,000 voter signatures in its ballot campaign, well above the 11,000 required. The final batch of certified signatures will be delivered to the state Secretary of State's office ahead of the early-July deadline

June 5, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Comment Period for SMS Preview

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is giving carriers more time to comment on the proposed changes to its Safety Measurement System.

June 5, 2012 - Industry News

DOT: Trucks Hauling Sand, Water for Fracking Not Exempt from HOS Rules

Drivers of tankers delivering to fracking sites are not eligible for the oil-field hours of service exemption.

Truck drivers hauling water and sand to U.S. oil and natural gas shale drilling sites don't qualify for a special oil-field service equipment exemption to extend their daily driving hours.

June 5, 2012 - Industry News

Truck Orders up Moderately in May

After four months of decline, North American Class 8 truck orders took a modest upturn in May. Order activity is not where many hoped it would be at this point in the recovery, but analysts say the industry is still relatively healthy

Tags: Economy

June 5, 2012 - Industry News

PHH FirstFleet Hires Vice President of Sales

PHH Arval hired Mike Quimby as vice president of sales for PHH FirstFleet, the truck and equipment division of PHH Arval

June 5, 2012 - Industry News

University of the Aftermarket Recruiting for Leadership Class

The University of the Aftermarket is recruiting for its next Leadership 2.0 class, an intensive post-graduate style leadership and business skills education experience designed to promote the development of the next generation of aftermarket leaders

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

Power Plants Switching Fast to Gas, Reports Say

Generation of electricity by natural gas grew dramatically last year, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Pushes for FMCSA Response on Crash Accountability

The American Trucking Associations continues to prod the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to change its approach to measuring crash accountability in its CSA safety enforcement program. Yesterday, the association challenged the agency to release a study it has done on the feasibility of using police reports to gauge crash accountability

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Continue Downward Trend; Oil Ends Higher

Diesel and gasoline prices continued to fall this week, with both fuels dropping about 30 cents since April, according to the Energy Information Administration's weekly fuel update. Oil prices, which have fallen sharply in the past few months, ended higher on Monday after the euro rose against the dollar

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel Retrofit Sales Down in 2011

DPF retrofits were not as popular in 2011 as some had expected.

Diesel retrofit sales were down in 2011 from the previous year, except in California, and even there sales were not as high as many expected.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

FleetPride Acquires Catco Parts & Service

FleetPride Inc., retailer of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, has acquired the assets of Clutch and Transmission Service Inc., which operates as Catco Parts & Service. This acquisition includes 18 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

Potomac River's Woodrow Wilson Bridge Maintenance to Cause Lane Closures

Crews will periodically close one traffic lane during off-peak hours Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As part of the regularly scheduled review and maintenance cycle, crews will inspect the I-95/I-495 Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River beginning this week and continuing through fall. Crews will periodically close one traffic lane during off-peak hours Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tags: Highways

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

MD 295 Construction Will Cause Nighttime Closures

Crews will work during nighttime hours only between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Multiple lane closures will not occur until 10 p.m.

The nighttime resurfacing of MD 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) north of I-695 and the Baltimore City line will continue through mid-June, causing some delays and lane closures, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. MSHA says drivers should consider using I-95 US 1 or MD

Tags: Highways

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

GE Opens Innovation Center for Alternative Fuel Technologies

GE Capital Fleet Services officially opened its Vehicle Innovation Center, a facility that provides businesses, industry groups and researchers with a first-hand experience with alternative-fuel vehicles

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

Love's Opens Location in Anthony, Texas

Love's invested approximately $7.5 million in the new travel stop, which includes 100 new truck parking spaces, two on-site restaurants and a truck tire care center.

Love's Travel Stops opened a new travel stop in Anthony, Texas, at Interstate 10, Exit 0

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 4, 2012 - Industry News

Nuss Truck & Equipment Appoints New VPs

Nuss Truck Group, which operates seven heavy‐duty truck and construction equipment dealerships in the upper Midwest, announced the promotions of Brian Nuss to vice president, truck sales and leasing; Phil Watkins to vice president, customer support

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