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July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Allison Buys Equity Stake in Odyne Systems

Allison Transmission has invested in a non-controlling equity stake in Odyne Systems LLC, which designed and developed a plug-in hybrid power system that interfaces with the Allison family of commercial vehicle transmissions

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Navistar Friday Announcement Could Signal Emissions-Strategy Switch

The EPA has yet to certify Navistar's MaxxForce 13 to its 0.2g NOx regs.

Amid rumors that it will switch its engine-emissions strategy, Navistar International has scheduled a webcast for Friday to announce "an update to various operational matters related to the company.

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

CARB Extends Reporting Deadline for Greenhouse Gas Regulation

The California Air Resources Board has extended the reporting deadline to September 1, 2012, for its greenhouse gas tractor-trailer regulation so that small fleets can take advantage of flexibility options

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Caltrans Proposes Truck-Only Expressway on I-710

In its proposal for improvements to Interstate 710 in Los Angeles County between Ocean Boulevard and State Route 60, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is looking at a provision of a separate four-lane freight corridor to be used by conventional or zero-emission trucks

Tags: Highways

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Saia Acquires Brokerage and 3PL Business

Saia Inc., a multi-regional less-than-truckload carrier, has acquired Robart Transportation Inc. and its subsidiary, The RL Services Group LLC (the Robart Companies). Headquartered in Duluth, Ga., the Robart Companies have been in operation since 1981

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Wholesale Prices Continue to Slide

Wholesale values for medium- and heavy-duty duty models are decreasing this month, reports Ricky Beggs, editor at Black Book, in his report on specialty markets

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Kinetic Energy Technology Could Save Fleets Fuel

Volvo Trucks says it's developed technology that uses kinetic energy to help propel a truck. Volvo's I-See technology operates like an autopilot, taking over gearchanging and using gradients to save fuel. The technology will first be released in the European market in 2013, but could eventually be seen in North America

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Expands Footprint with Altorfer Cat

HDA Truck Pride announced the addition of Altorfer Cat.

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Northwood University Offers New Aftermarket Scholarship Program

Northwood University will offer a $3,000 scholarship awarded to any qualified and admitted student whose parent or parents work in the automotive or heavy-duty aftermarket

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

TCA to Host Second Weight Loss Showdown

Truckload Carriers Association will launch a second Showdown in the fall of 2012, and applications are now being accepted through July 31

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

ADS Announces New Director of Training

The Association of Diesel Specialists appointed Tony Salas as director of training

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

FreightWatch Warns of Cargo Theft During Holiday Weekend

During the past five years, the Fourth of July weekend has one of the highest rates of cargo theft for any weekend of the year, according to FreightWatch International.

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Continue Three-Month Downward Trend

Diesel and gasoline prices fell this week after three straight months of decreases, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Oil prices fell back down Monday after a surprising spike on Friday

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

UPS Freight Announces 5.9% General Rate Increase

UPS Freight, the nation's fourth largest less-than-truckload carrier, announced a general rate increase averaging 5.9% covering non-contractual shipments in the U.S., Canada and Mexico

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

Continued Weakness for China Heavy Truck Demand in Q1

With a freight transportation slump and operational costs rising, China's heavy-duty market continued the downward spiral that began last year, according to the recently released China Commercial Vehicle Outlook, which is jointly published quarterly by ACT and SIC, China's State Information Center.

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

NHTSA Announces Public Hearing on Proposed Stability Control Systems Rule

The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a public hearing on the proposed rule for heavy vehicle electronic stability control systems

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

YRC Freight Settles Chicago Lawsuits

YRC Freight, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., has voluntarily settled two class action lawsuits alleging racial discrimination and harassment at its Chicago Ridge, Ill., terminal, which closed in 2009.

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

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