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July 2, 2012 - Industry News

Saddle Creek Corp. Adds Freightliner CNG Tractors to its For-Hire Fleet

Saddle Creek's tractors will be outfitted with a 140-gallon fuel system, allowing for an approximate range of 550 to 575 miles per day, depending on the application.

Saddle Creek Corp. has added 40 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas tractors, doubling its fleet of Freightliner CNG tractors

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens New Michigan Locations

TravelCenters of America has announced the opening of two new TA-branded locations in Tekonsha, Mich., and Battle Creek, Mich

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

Smith Electric Adds to Board of Directors, Names New President

Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. producer of all-electric commercial vehicles, announced the appointment of John F. Smith to its board of directors. The company also announced Robin Mackie's appointment to president

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

Bendix Names New COO

Hungria joins Bendix after a 30-year career as a part of the Volvo organization.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has appointed Carlos Hungria chief operating officer and a member of the Bendix executive board.

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

OnRamp Transportation Services Announces New President

OnRamp Transportation Services has promoted Spencer Angerbauer to the role of president. Angerbauer is a 14-year veteran of multiple industries, including transportation, technology, commercial real estate and property management

July 1, 2012 - Industry News

Congress Passes Highway Bill; House Bill Would Block EOBR Mandate

The House and Senate passed the highway reauthorization bill Friday afternoon. The bill easily cleared both chambers: The House vote was 373-52, and the Senate vote was 74-19. It now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it

July 1, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Shuts Down Tennessee Trucking Company

The U.S. DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week shut down a Tennessee-based trucking company, Three Angels Farms, after an extensive review found multiple federal violations in hours-of-service compliance, driver qualification requirements, drug and alcohol testing and vehicle maintenance

June 29, 2012 - Industry News

Congress Passes Highway Bill

The House and Senate passed the highway reauthorization bill this afternoon. The bill easily cleared both chambers: The House vote was 373-52, and the Senate vote was 74-19. It now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it

June 29, 2012 - Industry News

Jacobs Partners with Indian Manufacturer

Jacobs Vehicle Systems, manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation mechanisms, has signed its first development agreement with one of India's largest commercial vehicle manufacturers

June 29, 2012 - Industry News

DEF Pump Price Up 15 Cents Since February

The average U.S. DEF pump price increased by 7 cents, to $2.88 per gallon, in June. The price has risen by 15 cents to $2.88 per gallon between February and June, 2012, in response to raw material costs.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 29, 2012 - Industry News

Roadrunner Announces 6.9% Rate Increase

Roadrunner Transportation Systems announced it will implement a 6.9% rate increase, effective July 16. This follows announcements by several other LTL carriers about similar rate increases

June 29, 2012 - Industry News

Eaton and Dana Marketing Partnership Ends

Eaton and Dana will support their product lines independently beginning July 1, 2012

June 29, 2012 - Industry News

CARB Approves Rebate Funding for Hybrid and Zero-Emission Vehicles

The California Air Resources Board has approved $27 million for its Air Quality Improvement Program, a statewide effort to provide incentives for the purchase of advanced-technology passenger cars and heavy-duty trucks.

June 29, 2012 - Industry News

Talbert Names New Director of Business Development

Rothwell brings more than 22 years of inside/outside sales and dealer development experience to Talbert.

Talbert Manufacturing appointed industry veteran Gerald (Jerry) Rothwell as director of business development. This position is designed to create and expand markets for the Talbert trailer lines throughout North America

June 29, 2012 - Industry News

Fras-Le Announces New VP and General Manager

This position at Fras-le is new, and Meirelles will serve as the company's first vice president and general manager, and will report directly to CEO and director of investor relations, Daniel Randon.

Fras-le has appointed Rodrigo Meirelles as vice president and general manager for its North American and European operations. Meirelles will oversee the growth of Fras-le's business in both markets, effective immediately.

June 28, 2012 - Industry News

Agreement Sets New Course for Highway Program

Congress finally reached a compromise on the highway bill, a two-year agreement instead of the usual six.

It turns out that Congress can compromise after all. At the last moment, House and Senate negotiators wheeled and dealed their way to a highway agreement in which no one gets everything and everyone gets something

June 28, 2012 - Industry News

Natural-Gas Testing on Agenda for Major National Laboratory

Expanding the number of natural gas vehicles on the roads could provide a number of benefits, including cheaper fuel prices, fewer emissions and domestic production, and some trucks and buses are already on board.

The Energy Department national laboratory that developed the battery technology for the Chevrolet Volt and other hybrid-electric vehicles has set its sights on another potential player in the alternative-fuel market: natural gas.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 28, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA to Conduct Fireworks Roadside Inspections

FMCSA inspectors, in partnership with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and state law enforcement, will examine the driver, vehicle and hazardous materials loads.

From June 28 through July 8, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a nationwide roadside inspection sweep targeting commercial trucks transporting fireworks categorized as Class 1 Explosives

June 28, 2012 - Industry News

Texas Offers $5.7 million in Grants for Alt-Fuel, Hybrid Vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering $5.7 million in grants to eligible individuals, businesses, governmental entities and school districts to replace older diesel vehicles with new alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 28, 2012 - Industry News

JX Peterbilt- Green Bay Names New General Manager

Shoemaker was most recently service director for all 15 JXE dealership locations. Other previous positions with the company include service technician, service advisor and service manager.

Dan Shoemaker was appointed general manager of JX Peterbilt - Green Bay, located in DePere, Wis. Shoemaker is a 24-year veteran with JX Enterprises, the company that owns and operates the full-service Peterbilt commercial vehicle dealership

June 28, 2012 - Industry News

ACS Advertising Announces Promotions

Erin Young (left) was promoted to vice president, account management and Lori Furnell was promoted to vice president, business development.

ACS Advertising, A Xerox company, announced the promotion of eight team members as the agency develops its client service team

June 28, 2012 - Industry News

Truckstop Electrification Installed at Four New Sites

Shorepower Technologies now operates about 20 plug-in sites. Fifty sites will be added under the STEP program by the end of 2012.

Truckstop electrification continues to expand, with four more sites in the Mid-South and central U.S. now added to the growing national network of places at which drivers can plug in to reduce idling and save money

June 27, 2012 - Industry News

Study: No Correlation Between CSA BASIC Data and Crash Performance

A new study says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's safety data under its new Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program does not accurately predict crashes

June 27, 2012 - Industry News

Congress Signals Agreement on Highway Bill

The details of the highway compromise have not been made public, but reports indicate a deal has been reached for a two-year program.(Photo courtesy of MNDOT)

CORRECTED -- Congress appears close to agreement on reauthorization of the federal highway program. Reports from various sources last evening indicated congressional leaders had a tentative agreement on a two-year bill. It appears that the bill will not include a controversial provision requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline

June 27, 2012 - Industry News

Texas Inspects 8,000 Trucks and Buses During Roadcheck

The Texas Department of Public Safety inspected more than 8,000 commercial motor vehicles during a three-day inspection effort earlier this month as part of Roadcheck 2012

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