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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

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Tarpstop Adds Director of Outside Sales

Tarpstop, a U.S. manufacturer of tarps and tarping systems, announced that Bob Abrahamson, formerly with Ancra International, has joined the company as director of outside sales

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Students Promote Safety Belts in FMCSA Art Contest

FMCSA's annual Be Ready, Be Buckled art contests gives children of truck and bus drivers a chance to get creative with safety. Here, a 2011 winner from Darby Kim of Centreville, Va.

Two youngsters were honored for their posters urging truck drivers to buckle up

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Fontaine Names New VP of Sales and Marketing

Fontaine promoted Alan Briley to vice president of sales and marketing.

Fontaine Trailer Company has promoted Alan Briley to vice president of sales and marketing

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Domestic Intermodal Container Volume Surges 14.9% in First Quarter

Domestic container volume gained a "remarkable" 14.9% in the first quarter compared to a year ago, according to the Intermodal Association of North America's Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report

Tags: Intermodal

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Increases in Retail Container Traffic Expected Through Back-to-School Season

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports will be flat in May compared with the same month last year, but is expected to see solid year-over-year increases through this summer and the back-to-school season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracke

Tags: Economy

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Peterbilt Hands Out Annual Dealer Awards

Left to right: Robert Woodall, Peterbilt director of sales and marketing; Eddy Stahl, Jr., Dealer Principal and President; Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President

Peterbilt Motors recognized dealers with its annual Dealer of the Year awards at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held in Frisco, Texas

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Hendrickson Announces Suspension Training Program for June

The sessions will be hands-on training covering the PrimMaxx Ex vocational truck air suspension and HaulMaxx rubber block truck suspension, as well as suspension system performance analysis.

Hendrickson has scheduled its next round of technical suspension training for the heavy-duty transportation industry with its ninth session of the Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities to Reach Record Low

There were an estimated 32,310 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2011 versus 32,885 fatalities that occurred in 2010, which is a decline of about 1.7%.

The number of highway deaths in the U.S. is on track to be at its lowest on record, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's early estimate of 2011 traffic fatalities

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Industry and Safety Groups Press for Recorder Mandate

Trucking and safety interests are pressing congressional negotiators to include an electronic onboard recorder mandate in the highway bill they are drafting. In a letter to leaders of the House-Senate conference committee, industry interest groups strongly urged that the mandate be kept in the bill

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel and Gas Prices Down, Oil Hits 2012 Low

Gasoline and diesel fuel prices dropped for the fourth straight week, and the price of oil hit its lowest point this year due to more concerns over the state of Europe's economy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Stability Control Proposal Nearing Publication

Major suppliers of stability control systems, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (seen above), estimate that perhaps as many as 25% of new trucks have stability controls.

A proposal to require stability control systems on heavy-duty tractors is nearing publication. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposal has been cleared by the White House Office of Management and Budget, the last step in the review process

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Motor Carriers Asked to Weigh in on CSA

This week, the American Transportation Research Institute launched its second annual motor carrier survey to identify CSA impacts on trucking operations, as well as carrier perceptions and attitudes toward FMCSA's maturing regulatory program

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Penray Announces New CEO

David Sholtis, previously leading Bosch's Filtration business, is Penray's new CEO. The company's current CEO, Howard Laga, will be transitioning to the position of senior advisor to the board

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

TravelCenters Q1 Loss Eases, Trucking Activity Up

Although TravelCenters of America reported a 1Q loss, results were better than those of a year ago. TA had a net loss of $14.2 million for the first quarter of 2012 that reflected an improvement of $2.4 million as compared to the net loss in previous year's quarter

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Oregon Adds Two New Electric Charging Stations

Each charging station includes one AeroVironment charger, such as the one above, and one level-two charger. (Photo courtesy of ODOT)

Two additional electric vehicle charging stations are now open in Oregon's Willamette Valley along Interstate 5, extending the West Coast Electric Highway for EV owners. The new stations are located at the Pioneer Villa Truck Plaza in Halsey and at the Gateway Marketplace in Springfield

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

TravelCenters Gives $30,000 Grant to Trucker's Development & Relief Fund

TravelCenters of America, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers, presented a BP Fueling Communities grant donation of $30,000 to The St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund

May 6, 2012 - Industry News

Plenty of Freight, but Fleets Worry About Driver Shortage, High Fuel Costs

Finding quality drivers is one factor causing fleets to hold off ordering new trucks.

Although very few fleets are expecting a shortage of freight to haul, lack of drivers, higher fuel and insurance costs appear to be dampening carriers' enthusiasm to buy new power units in the near future, according to CK Commercial Vehicle Research's Q2 2012 Fleet Sentiment Report

May 4, 2012 - Industry News

Meritor Adds to Commercial Truck Segment

Meritor made three personnel announcements for its Commercial Truck division: Joe Plomin is the new vice president, Global Brakes; Chris Snodgrass is the new vice president, Axles & Drivelines; and Chris Villavarayan is the new vice president, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

May 4, 2012 - Industry News

Study: Large Trucks at Greater Risk of Fire in High-Speed Crashes

Larger vehicles' weight may result in greater impact forces in collisions.  These forces may compromise vulnerable fuel tanks, and leaking fuel is more likely to ignite.

Large trucks - semi-trucks in particular - are more likely to catch fire in higher speed vehicle crashes compared to light trucks and passenger vehicles, according to a recent study by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center

May 4, 2012 - Industry News

Arnold Hires New Vice President of Capacity

Arnold Transportation Services announced Paul Rasmussen as its new vice president of capacity. Rasmussen, who has been with the company for about a month, has more than 13 years of recruiting experience in the transportation industry

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