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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

May 4, 2012 - Industry News

PressurePro, AWTI to Bring TPMS Options to Market

Advantage PressurePro and Alliance Wireless Technologies, which offers mobile rear vision camera systems and wireless communications products, announced a new partnership agreement to bring PressurePro's stand-alone TPMS units to the waste and commercial markets

May 4, 2012 - Industry News

Natural Gas Support a Mixed Bag, Study Says

Natural gas in the trucking industry has a high level of awareness, but carriers still recognize obstacles, says a new study from PLS Logistics Services

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Begins Steady Climb in March

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for March improved to a reading of 6.4, a half point higher than the previous month, according to the May 2012 Trucking Update. FTR forecasts the index to continue a steady climb throughout 2012, reaching a double-digit positive reading by early 2013.

Tags: Economy

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

DEF Prices Steady in March/April, Will Increase In May

The average U.S. diesel exhaust fluid pump price remained at $2.74 per gallon between March and April 2012, after declining by 1 cent between February and March, according to discoverDEF.com

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

India Truck Sales Expected to Slow

Commercial vehicle sales in India will slow down this year as weak economic activity and higher vehicle prices continue, reports the Times of India

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

CSA Data May Indicate Move by Drivers to Independent Owner-Operators

Federal safety data indicate that carrier registrations have jumped by 7.5% over the past 14 months, possibly reflecting a move by drivers to go into business for themselves, according to an analysis by QualifiedCarriers, a risk management services provider to shippers

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

Return of RAI Amsterdam Truck Show Signals Optimism

After a five-year absence, the Amsterdam Truck Show in Holland is back. Now named BedrijfsautoRAI, it returned late last month with a selection of heavy trucks, light trucks and vans, special vehicles and parts and accessories

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

Fuel Economy Standards Could Reduce Transportation Funds by $57 Billion

(Photo courtesy of MNDOT)

Proposed fuel economy standards could result in a $57 billion drop in tax revenue that goes to federal transportation funds, says the Congressional Budget Office. New CAFE standards (or corporate average fuel economy standards), proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011, would tighten fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles manufactured from 2017 to 2025

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

New I-85 Yadkin River Bridge to Open Saturday in N.C.

This aerial photo shows the newly constructed I-85 North bridge over the Yadkin River in North Carolina's Davidson and Rowan counties. The new bridge, located on the right, will open to traffic this weekend. (Photo courtesy of NCDOT)

The new I-85 North bridge over the Yadkin River near Salisbury, N.C., will open to traffic for the first time early Saturday morning

Tags: Highways

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Orders Soft in April

Orders for Class 6 through 8 trucks dropped from March to April

Tags: Economy

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

Cummins to Purchase SCR Doser Assets from Hilite International

Cummins Inc. will acquire the assets associated with the emissions control products of Germany's Hilite International. Hilite's selective catalytic reduction doser technology will become part of Cummins Emission Solutions

May 3, 2012 - Industry News

TA to Honor Women Drivers on Mother's Day

TravelCenters of America is giving all professional driving women a complimentary meal on Mother's Day, May 13, at any participating TA and Petro Stopping Centers sit-down restaurant across the U.S

Tags: Events

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