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July 20, 2012 - Industry News

Government Investigating NE Toll Agencies

The George Washington Bridge is one of several that has seen recent toll hikes.

The federal Government Accountability Office is looking into recent toll increases imposed by bi-state agencies on bridges in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, according to published reports

July 20, 2012 - Industry News

Small Carriers, Brokers Launch Legal Challenge to CSA

A group of small carriers and brokers asked a federal appeals court to review a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explanation of its CSA safety enforcement program

July 20, 2012 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J to Acquire Maxum Petroleum

Pilot Flying J will acquire a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum for cash and Pilot Flying J's contribution of Western Petroleum into Maxum. Current investors, including Maxum management, Metalmark Capital and Waud Capital Partners will re-invest in the new venture.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 20, 2012 - Industry News

Clean Emission, Oasis Offer Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel in Detroit

Drivers will be able to choose from two types of biofuel: biodiesel and renewable diesel. Also available will be diesel exhaust fluid.

Detroit-based biodiesel company Clean Emission Fluids Inc. will open fueling stations at the Oasis Trucking Centers in southwest Detroit in the next two weeks, reports Crain's Detroit Business

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 20, 2012 - Industry News

'Carmageddon II' I-405 Freeway Closure Scheduled for September

The second 10-mile closure of both directions of the Los Angeles I-405 over the Sepulveda Pass, popularly known as "Carmageddon II," has been scheduled for Sept. 29-30, when contractors will demolish the remaining side of the Mulholland Bridge

Tags: Highways

July 20, 2012 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Weak in June; Classes 5-7 Consistent

In the Class 8 market, weak orders persisted through June, while activity in the Classes 5-7 markets remained generally unchanged, according to the State of the Industry report released by ACT Research Co. The report covers Class 5 through 8 vehicles for the North American market

Tags: Economy

July 20, 2012 - Industry News

New Life Transport Parts Center Announces Promotion

New Life Transport Parts promoted George Barrett to vice president of operations from his previous position as director of distribution

July 19, 2012 - Industry News

Obama Administration Announces Five Major Port Projects to Be Expedited

As part of its "We Can't Wait" initiative, the Obama Administration announced that seven nationally and regionally significant infrastructure projects will be expedited to help modernize and expand five major U.S. ports

Tags: Intermodal

July 19, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Changes in Pre-Employment Screening Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to make some changes in its handling of data in the Pre-Employment Screening Program

July 19, 2012 - Industry News

Reason Foundation Plan Would Fix Chicago Infrastructure Through Toll Roads

A new study from the Reason Foundation finds Chicago has severely underinvested in expressways and urges the region to embark on an ambitious long-term road-building plan paid for entirely by tolls. It's a financing method that doesn't sit well with some Illinois truckers, while others say avoiding Chicago's notorious congestion might be worth it

Tags: Highways

July 19, 2012 - Industry News

Landstar Recognizes its Safest Drivers at Florida Event

Landstar System Inc., transportation and logistics services, paid tribute to the best and safest of Landstar's owner-operators at a brand new event this month. The Landstar BCO All-Star Weekend featured an exclusive second truck giveaway for 2012, plus an awards progra

Tags: Events

July 19, 2012 - Industry News

East St. Louis Ramp from I-64 to I-55/70 to Close for Six Months

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the ramp from westbound I-64 to eastbound I-55/70 in East St. Louis will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, July 23, 2012, weather permitting.

Tags: Highways

July 19, 2012 - Industry News

Eaton Releases Paper on Role of Clutches in Dampening Harmful Torsional Vibrations

The piece describes how modern damper technology has evolved over the years to effectively reduce driveline resonance that is created naturally in any internal combustion engine.

Eaton Corp. has published a new technical paper on how contemporary mechanical clutches can protect high-value drivetrain components from harmful torsional vibrations in commercial trucks.

July 19, 2012 - Industry News

Fleets Report 2Q Financial Results

CORRECTED, UPDATED -- This week saw quarterly financial reports from a number of large publicly traded truck fleets, with truckload and intermodal giant Swift Transportation reporting profits up 72% from a year ago

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Housing Starts Offer Glimmer Of Hope

The nation's beleaguered housing industry, whose health affects some trucking operations greatly, got some of its best news in quite a while Wednesday , but also shows the industry has a long way to go before seeing a full recovery

Tags: Economy

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Telogis Acquires Navtrak

Telogis, Inc. has acquired Navtrak, provider of mobile resource and fleet management solutions.

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Marten Transport Enhances Driver Compensation Package

Marten Transport has enhanced its driver compensation package, transitioning from quarterly performance and safety bonuses to monthly bonuse

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Public Speaks Out Against Privatizing Ohio Turnpike at Hearing

The Ohio Turnpike stretches 241 miles across Ohio from Indiana to Pennsylvania.

The first public hearing on privatizing the 241-mile Ohio Turnpike displayed the public's disapproval of the plan, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Highways

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

CVSN to Honor Eight 'Century Club' Members

The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network is introducing a new recognition program at its 2012 Summit to honor member companies that have been in business for 100 years or more

Tags: Events

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

NY Group Calls for Delay in Toll Increases

Unshackle Upstate, a taxpayer advocacy organization, wants the New York State Thruway Authority to conduct an audit before it goes through with a proposed 45% increase for trucks with three or more axles

Tags: Highways

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

American Truck Group Builds "Green" Mississippi Dealership

American Truck Group and its CEO, Louis "Louie" J. Normand Jr., have built a new "green" truck dealership in Gulfport, Miss

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Maryland Helps Truckers Go Paperless, Offers E-Hauling Permits

The Maryland State Highway Administration is now providing truckers a way to carry paperless permits, allowing drivers to display them in electronic format during inspections, replacing traditional paper-issued permits and attachments

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Bendix White Paper Offers In-Depth Look at RSD Mandate

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC has released a white paper titled "The Federal Reduced Stopping Distance Mandate: Impact and Solutions." The paper examines the evolution of the mandate, while outlining how the ruling fits within the broader context of industry braking trends

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

NHTSA to Hold Hearing on Electronic Stability Control Proposal

Mack demonstrates how a mixer can start to tip over without stability control.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will host a public hearing in Washington, D.C., next week to get reaction to its proposed mandate for electronic stability control systems on heavy-duty trucks and buses

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Canada, U.S. Launch Technology to Reduce Border Wait Times

New technology has been installed at the Peace and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges to help motorists cross the U.S.-Canadian border faster.

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