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December 28, 2011 - Industry News

Containerized Exports up 5.8%, Asian Imports Almost Flat

The 3.7% gain in overall U.S. international ocean container volume follows an 11.8% year-over-year increase in 2010. Photo by Maersk Lines.

U.S. international containerized trade grew about 3.7% in 2011, a sharp slowdown from double-digit gains from the year before, according to preliminary figures from PIERS

Tags: Intermodal

December 28, 2011 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Wins Grand Prize in TCI's "12 Days of Christmas" Promotion

Ron Phares of Springfield, Ill wins TCI's "12 Days of Christmas" promotion.

Ron Phares of Springfield, IL, was drawn as the grand-prize winner of Illinois-based Truck Centers, Inc.'s "12 Days of Christmas" promotion

December 28, 2011 - Industry News

Trailer Industry Expects Strong Start to 2012

Commercial trailer net orders surged in November, with 28,393 trailers added to the order board

Tags: Economy

December 28, 2011 - Industry News

Poll Finds Tolls More Popular Than Higher Fuel Taxes

In a Reason-Rupe poll of 1,200 adults, 58% of respondents said they would rather pay tolls if and when they use a particular lane or highway, rather than paying higher fuel taxes

December 27, 2011 - Industry News

Study: Early Cellphone Safety Studies Likely Overestimated Crash Risk

A Wayne State University study published in the January 2012 issue of the journal Epidemiology points out that two influential early studies of cellphone use and crash risk may have overestimated the relative risk of conversation on cellphones while driving

December 27, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Drops 4 Cents a Gallon, Gasoline and Crude Oil each Gain

In its fifth straight weekly decline, diesel prices dropped 3.7 cents this week in the Department of Energy's weekly price survey

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 27, 2011 - Industry News

Motorcoach Drivers May be Next to Get New HOS Rules

First, airline pilots were handed a new set of HOS rules. Then trucking got new marching orders from FMCSA. Bus drivers may be next. FMCSA has published a public listening session notice for motorcoach HOS

December 27, 2011 - Industry News

Frustrated Montreal-area Truckers Apply Congestion Surcharges

Truckers in Montreal, Que. have begun charging customers traffic surcharges to compensate for increased operating costs

Tags: Highways

December 27, 2011 - Industry News

New HOS Rule Will Cause Delays for Manufacturers and Cost the Economy

National Association of Manufacturers has come out against trucking's new hours-of-service rule, saying the rule will have a negative impact on manufacturers' supply chains, distribution operations and productivity

December 27, 2011 - Industry News

Study: Refinery Closures Will Drive Fuel Prices Up

A study released on Friday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration suggests gasoline prices could spike and ultra-low sulfur diesel supplies could be compromised by the potential closure of three Delaware Valley refineries

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 27, 2011 - Industry News

Another Chameleon Carrier Owner Indicted

The owner of a suspected chameleon carrier, DDL Transport, LLC, was indicted in Columbus, Ga. on several counts stemming from non-disclosure of information and operating with under an out-of-service order.

December 27, 2011 - Industry News

Used Truck Volumes Continue Slide in November

Older units with more miles may require more refurbishing work, and so will talke longer to make it to market. Photo by Jim Park.

Reported volumes of used Classe 3-8 truck sales continued their slide into negative territory in November

Tags: Economy

December 26, 2011 - Industry News

Second Fatal Wheel-off Raises Questions About Truck Safety in Ontario

The wheel suspected to be involved in Thursday's fatal wheel-off incident, showing elongated stud holes, indicating loose wheel nuts. Photo from CBC.

A woman driving a Honda Civic was killed by a flying truck wheel near Hamilton, Ont. on Thursday. It was the province's second fatal wheel-off incident in as many weeks

December 26, 2011 - Industry News

PETA Urging Memorials for Animals Killed in Highway Crashes

The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to erect highway memorials to the victims" of highway crashes involving animals

Tags: Highways

December 26, 2011 - Industry News

North Carolina DOT Completes I-40 Widening Project

Raleigh area drivers are enjoying a faster commute and smoother drive thanks to the completion of a $49 million highway widening project recently completed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation -- on time and on budget

Tags: Highways

December 26, 2011 - Industry News

Western Star to Host Second Annual 'Serious Trucks Challenge'

Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. will offer customers an opportunity test drive its all-new 4700 truck model and compare it to leading competitor models at World of Concrete 2012

December 26, 2011 - Industry News

Maryland Announces Additional Emergency Truck Parking During Winter Storms

MDOT has announced a new mobile app that gives truckers an easy way to navigate to six new lots and to existing truck parking.

MDOT has released a list of park and ride lots truckers can use during snow storms of six inches or more instead of parking along highway ramps and shoulders

Tags: Highways

December 26, 2011 - Industry News

Top 11 Trucking Stories of 2011

As we near the end of 2011, it's time to take a look back at some of the top stories of the year. To do so, we looked at the most-visited stories on our website, Truckinginfo.com, and combined it with what HDT's editors saw as the most important stories of the year

December 22, 2011 - Industry News

Happy Holidays

There will be no news on Truckinginfo.com Monday, Dec. 26, due to the Christmas holiday

Tags: Events

December 22, 2011 - Industry News

Happy Holidays!

Other than Oliver Patton's analysis of the new hours of service rule, there will be no news on Truckinginfo today due to the Christmas holiday

Tags: Events

December 22, 2011 - Industry News

New Hours Rule Likely Headed Back to Court

There's a good chance the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new hours of service rule is going back to court. Just hours after the new rule was released, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety indicated that it may resume its challenge of the 11-hour limit on driving

December 22, 2011 - Industry News

Final HOS Rule Retains 11-Hour Driving Limit

The long-awaited final rule on revised hours of service has been released, keeping the current 11-hour daily driving limit but cutting by 12 hours the maximum number of hours a truck driver can work within a week

December 22, 2011 - Industry News

Fresh Healthy Cafe Open at California TA

TravelCenters of America has opened a Fresh Healthy Cafe at TA Livingston, located at SR 99, Exit 203 - Winton Parkway, in Livingston, Calif

December 21, 2011 - Industry News

Clean Ports Bill Introduced in Senate

A bill that would give ports more authority over drayage operations has been introduced in the Senate. Among other things, the bill would clear the way for ports to ban owner-operators and require all drivers to be employees of companies.

December 21, 2011 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Adds High-Tech Laundry Facilities

TravelCenters of America is replacing all the washers and dryers in its 190 laundry rooms at company-owned locations by the end of March 2012

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