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November 29, 2012 - Industry News

Smith Electric to Open Manufacturing Facility in Chicago

The Newton is one of the all-electric commercial vehicles produced by Smith.

Smith Electric Vehicles announced that it will open an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago, after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a voucher system created to accelerate the conversion from diesel to all-electric commercial vehicles

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Illinois

November 29, 2012 - Industry News

TCA Launches Online Certificate Program

The Truckload Carriers Association's latest Truckload Academy offering is an online certificate program for fleet and driver managers

Tags: TCA, Training

November 29, 2012 - Industry News

Spence Appointed NationaLease VP-National Accounts

M. Jeffrey Spence Appointed NationaLease VP-National Accounts

M. Jeffrey Spence has been named vice president of national accounts for NationaLease, a North American full-service truck leasing organization

November 29, 2012 - Industry News

Fontaine Reopens Modification Center in Springfield, Ohio

Fontaine Modification is reopening its truck modification center in Springfield, Ohio, to provide post-production modifications on Navistar on-highway and vocational trucks for dealers and fleets

Tags: Navistar, Fontaine

November 28, 2012 - Industry News

2013 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show Set for Feb. 1-2

The 2013 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will be held Feb. 1-2 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill.

Tags: Events, Illinois

November 28, 2012 - Industry News

Rep. Bill Shuster Will Take Reins of Key House Transportation Committee

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will replace Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. T&I is the key truck-related panel in the House, with oversight over the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is the committee that will draft the next major highway bill, due in 2014

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. Congress

November 28, 2012 - Industry News

Used Truck Market Back on Track in October

After a brief hiatus in September, the used truck market appears to moving in the right direction, as Class 8 unit sales improved 6% month-over-month

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Used Trucks

November 28, 2012 - Industry News

NAFA Raises Over $8,000 For Victims Of Hurricane Sandy

The NAFA fleet association raised more than $8,000 for victims of Hurricane Sandy

Tags: NAFA, Sandy

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

TBEI Hires Marketing Manager

Nicole Kyle was recently named Marketing Manager or Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc.

Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc. announced the addition of Nicole Kyle as marketing manager

Tags: People

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

Miami-Dade County Orders More Hybrid Refuse Trucks

Miami-Dade County in south Florida has placed a follow-on order for 29 Autocar E3 refuse trucks featuring Parker Hannifin's fuel-saving RunWise hydraulic hybrid technology

Tags: Parker Hannifin, Autocar, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Florida

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

Petroleum Industry Files Suit Challenging Biodiesel Mandate

UPDATED -- The American Petroleum Institute, which represents the petroleum industry, is suing the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging its mandate for the use of 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2013, a 28% increase from the 2012 requirement.

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, API, EPA

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Offers Breakfast and Hot Soup Bars

Breakfast bar ready for customers at Flying J Travel Plaza at Watt Road in Knoxville, Tenn.

Pilot Flying J is offering a new dining experience for its customers with dedicated breakfast and hot soup bars. The new breakfast bar features home-style choices such as biscuits and sausage gravy and southwest egg scramble

Tags: Highways, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

September Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Nearly Same as Last Year's

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 0.1% lower in September 2012 than in September 2011.

Tags: Mexico, NAFTA, Surface Trade, Canada, Economy, BTS

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Shuts Down C&D Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared Illinois-based C&D Transportation Inc. an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered the interstate motor carrier to immediately shut down its operations, after numerous violations involving drivers without CDLs, drivers who couldn't speak English, hours of service and other serious incidents

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Illinois

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

Reason Foundation Says Costs for Fuel Tax, Toll Collection are 'Myths'

All-electronic tolling could be as cheap to operate as collecting fuel tax, says The Reason Foundation. Cash lanes, however, are more expensive to operate. (Photo by Jim Park)

The Reason Foundation, an American libertarian research organization, released a study saying it costs more to collect fuel taxes than is generally believed, and that thanks to new electronic tolling systems, collecting tolls costs less than is thought.

Tags: Highways, Tolls, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

Chicago to Offer Incentives to Convert Fleets to Electric Power

The City of Chicago will launch an incentive program to encourage private and public fleets to convert their diesel trucks to electric operations. The Chicago program will be the first program in the nation based on the size of the battery being placed in the vehicle, according to city officials

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Illinois, Chicago

November 26, 2012 - Industry News

Historic Lincoln Tunnel Undergoes Rehab

Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey side approach and the Helix, circa 1955.

Work is currently under way to repair the aging Lincoln Tunnel "Helix," including overnight closures on this critical link between New York and New Jersey that will last for about a year

Tags: Highways

November 26, 2012 - Industry News

Emergency Plan Helped Keep AT&T Fleet Running Post-Sandy

When major storms and other natural disasters strike, many companies have to spring into action to restore service to their customers. AT&T is no different, and the company's fleet was able to overcome a range of obstacles in the wake of super storm Sandy in the Northeast earlier this month

November 26, 2012 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Officials Cracking Down on Overweight Trucks

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the commonwealth's Department of Environmental Protection are intensifying efforts to stop trucks from bringing overweight loads to Pennsylvania landfills

November 26, 2012 - Industry News

Missouri Nears Official Completion of I-49

Missouri is about to officially get a new Interstate designation, I-49

Tags: Highways, Missouri, I-49

November 26, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Inch Back up Over $4

The price for a gallon of diesel once again rose above $4, with an average 5.8-cent increase at the pump for a national average retail price of $4.03, according to the weekly fuel update from the Energy Information Administration

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Diesel, Gasoline, Oil

November 26, 2012 - Industry News

'Carriers Have No Sense of Their Pricing Power.' A Q&A With Noel Perry

If, as many economists are predicting, we start to see decent economic growth in the second half of 2013, trucking will have an almost unprecedented advantage in the marketplace to adjust rates upward and turn operating ratios on their ear

Tags: Economy, rates

November 26, 2012 - Industry News

Natural Gas Summit This Week

The American Trucking Associations' sold-out Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking will be held this week, Nov. 28-30, featuring natural gas heavyweights such as T. Boone Pickens

Tags: Events, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

November 25, 2012 - Industry News

New Petro on the Way in Gary, Ind.

TravelCenters of America is spending $20 million to build a new full-service Petro Stopping Center in Gary, Ind., on the 28-acre site of the old Steel City Truck Stop.

Tags: Highways

November 25, 2012 - Industry News

Wallwork Kenworth Adds Parts and Service Location in North Dakota

Kenworth opened a new parts and service facility in Dickinson, N.D., to serve oilfield and local agricultural businesses.

Wallwork Kenworth opened a new parts and service facility in Dickinson, N.D., to serve oilfield and local agricultural businesses

Tags: Kenworth, North Dakota, Parts

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