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May 10, 2012 - Industry News

Total Quality Logistics Donates $1 per Load to the Troops

Total Quality Logistics begins its $1 per load Memorial Day fundraising campaign Monday, May 14. May 14-20, one dollar from every load TQL arranges will be donated to the Yellow Ribbon Support Center and the Let Us Never Forget Scholarship Fund

Tags: Events

May 10, 2012 - Industry News

Georgia Logging Company Ordered to Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Georgia-based Judson Mobley Logging to immediately cease all transportation services, declaring the truck company an imminent hazard to public safety

May 10, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Simplifies Stop Sign Regs

Earlier this year, President Obama called for a government-wide review of regulations in order to identify those that needed to be changed or removed because they were unnecessary, out-of-date, excessively burdensome or overly costly.

The Obama Administration is eliminating 46 regulations on traffic signs to provide more flexibility for state and local governments, including allowing communities to replace traffic signs when they are worn out rather than requiring signs to be replaced by a specific date

May 10, 2012 - Industry News

Carriers Can Preview Proposed CSA Safety Measurement System Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has updated the CSA Safety Measurement System website and the SMS Preview website. Carriers can log in to to CSA's Safety Measurement System site to preview the first package of proposed changes through two websites

May 10, 2012 - Industry News

CARB Urges Tractor-Trailer Owners to Register Early for Flexibility

Tractor-trailer owners who drive in California must install fuel efficient, low-rolling-resistance tires on their trailer fleets by January 1, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Caltrans)

The California Air Resources Board is encouraging small fleet owners of 2010 and older model year 53-foot or longer box-type trailers that operate on California highways to report vehicle information now to gain additional time to comply with the Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas regulation

May 10, 2012 - Industry News

Broadway Flying J Adds Plug-In Power at Iowa Truckstop

Shorepower Technologies has installed 24 electrified parking spaces at Broadway Flying J in Williams, Iowa.

Electrical connections at truckstop parking spaces are now available at the Broadway Flying J Travel Plaza in Williams, Iowa, on Interstate 35 at Exit 144, between Des Moines and the Minnesota state line

May 10, 2012 - Industry News

New Research Identifies Large Truck Rollover Locations

The American Transportation Research Institute has produced a database of locations with the highest frequency of large truck rollovers using more than 50,000 crash records from a nine-year period (from 2001-2009)

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

More Regulations Expected to Strengthen Safety Systems Market

The continuing problem of too many Class 4-8 truck safety technologies chasing too few consumer dollars has stalled their market penetration of integrated safety systems, reports Frost & Sullivan. However, the safety systems market is poised for a steep growth trajectory during the next five to seven years due to a tighter regulatory environment, introduction of integrated safety systems and availability of telematics-based safety applications

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fell 0.8% in March from February

After a one-month increase, the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.8% in March from February, reports the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index. The March level was 16% above the April 2009 low during the recession

Tags: Economy

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Economic Growth to Continue Throughout 2012

Economic growth is expected to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2012, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in their spring 2012 Semiannual Economic Forecast

Tags: Economy

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Rihm Kenworth Opens Fourth Location

Rihm Kenworth, one of Kenworth's oldest continually-operating family-owned truck dealers, has opened its fourth location, a 16,000-square-foot, full-service dealership in Sauk Centre, Minn

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Westport Revenues Up, but Losses Deepen

Westport Innovations Inc. reported mostly growth in its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Xata Corp. Losses for the Quarter

Xata Corp. reported deeper year-over-year losses for the first quarter of 2012, its second fiscal quarter

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Dupre Logistics Recognized by National Tank Truck Carriers

The National Tank Truck Carriers Association awarded Dupre Logistics with the Grand Award in the 21 million - 35 million mile class in Personnel Safety

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Pacer Announces Agreement with CSX

Pacer International entered into a new multi-year agreement with CSX Transportation, under which CSX will continue as Pacer's primary rail carrier in the Eastern U.S

Tags: Intermodal

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Honeywell Green Diesel to be Produced From Bio Feedstocks in U.S. Facility

The UOP/Eni Ecofining process uses hydroprocessing technology to convert non-edible natural oils and animal fats to Honeywell Green Diesel.

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, is licensing technology to Emerald Biofuels to produce Honeywell Green Diesel at a facility in Louisiana

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Reports 1Q Growth

Quality Distribution Inc. reported positive numbers for the first quarter of 2012 compared to last year's first quarter. The company had a net income of $6.7 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Safety Board Highlights Dangers of Hose-Chemical Incompatibility

The National Transportation Safety Board has asked the Department of Transportation to warn trucking companies about the dangers of not using the right hoses for the right chemicals,

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

ATA's Graves Not Optimistic about Highway Bill

Congress's response to the infrastructure challenge has been inadequate, ATA's Graves told shippers.

The country has a lot on the line in the current negotiations over the highway bill, but Bill Graves, president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, is not optimistic that Congress will do what needs to be done

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Government Lowers Diesel Price Estimates for 2012

The Department of Energy expects that on-highway diesel fuel retail prices, which averaged $3.84 per gallon in 2011, will average $4.06 per gallon in 2012, which is 9 cents per gallon lower than in last month's outlook

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Volumes Show Slow But Continued Growth

The freight market continued to grow in April at the slow pace we have experienced for most of the recovery, with North American freight volumes rising 1.9% from March to April, according to the Cass Freight Index

Tags: Economy

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Jobs Grow by 1,800 in April

For-hire trucking companies added 1,800 payroll jobs in April, according to the latest estimates released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comes after a loss of 2,500 in jobs in March, which the BLS adjusted after initially estimating a loss of 1,900 jobs

Tags: Economy

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Platt Bridge Detours in Place in Southwest Philadelphia

The truck and hazardous material restriction on the Platt Bridge will be enforced and will remain in effect until June 2014, when the $42.7 million bridge rehabilitation project is scheduled to be completed. (Photo courtesy of PennDOT)

Commercial trucks over 14,000 pounds and vehicles with a placarded amount of hazardous materials will be prohibited from traveling on the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge (Route 291) over the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia for two years as of Monday, May 7 at 9 a.m

Tags: Highways

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Teamsters Endorse Obama in 2012

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced the union's endorsement of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. (Photo courtesy of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters)

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced the union's endorsement of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. Hoffa made the official announcement to more than 1,500 Teamster members attending the union's annual conference in Las Vegas this week

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Three States Get $20 Million in Emergency Transportation Funding

Oregon will receive $15 million for cleanup from flooding, landslides and erosion that occurred across the state as a result of severe storms in January 2012. (Photo courtesy of ODOT)

Oregon, Alabama and South Carolina will receive a shared $20 million in federal funds to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events

Tags: Highways

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