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February 17, 2012 - Industry News

TransCore's January North American Freight Index Up 5%

TransCore's North American Freight Index was up 5% in January compared to the same month in 2011. This is the third consecutive year of increases in same-month spot market freight volume and marks a record high for the month of January

Tags: Economy

February 17, 2012 - Industry News

Old Dominion Installs Rooftop Solar Power System

Old Dominion Freight Line installed rooftop solar panels on its warehouse in Thomasville, N.C. It's the first solar panel system in the company's nationwide network of facilities

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

Volvo's Crash Cost Calculator Lets Customers Prove Safety Pays

Volvo says seeing the potential cost of a crash clarifies the ROI on safety technology.

Volvo Trucks has developed a cost calculator that allows customers to input fleet crash data to determine real ROI on crash avoidance and stability control systems

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

EPA Challenges Navistar Engine Claims

The Environmental Protection Agency believes that Navistar violated engine certification requirements and may file a complaint that could lead to a fine. The agency signaled its intent in a certified letter to Navistar Jan. 30

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Proposes 'Distraction' Guidelines for Automakers

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the first-ever federally proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

Goodyear Names Finalists for North America Highway Hero Award

Goodyear has named the finalists for its 29th North America Highway Hero Award. The award recognizes professional truck drivers who put their lives on the line to help others, and this year's finalists braved severe winter weather, the threat of explosion, an underwater rescue and a man with a gun

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

2011 New Truck Registrations up 23% from 2010

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3-8 vehicles for 2011 numbered 460,948 units, an 23.3% increase 373,975 units in 2010, according to Polk's Quarterly Commercial Vehicle Report

Tags: Economy

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Safety Award Returns in 2012

For the fourth year in a row, Volvo Trucks will recognize two North American fleets with the Volvo Trucks Safety Award for their commitment to safety

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

Central Freight Lines To Test Peterbilt CNG Tractors

Central Freight Lines, a less-than-truckload for-hire common carrier, will test 15 new compressed natural gas tractors under a grant from the Houston-Galveston Area Council

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 16, 2012 - Industry News

Love's Travel Stop Opens in Seguin, Texas

Love's opened a new travel stop in Seguin, Texas, off I-10, Exit 604.

Love's Travel Stops opened its first new travel stop of 2012 in Seguin, Texas, at Interstate 10, Exit 604

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 15, 2012 - Industry News

Goodyear Wins Award for Retread Innovation

Goodyear was awarded "Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year" by Tire Technology International for its Retread Multi-Piece Cushion technology, designed to extend the life of truck tire retread cushion

February 15, 2012 - Industry News

Retail Container Traffic to Increase in First Half of 2012

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be down 6.8% in February from a year ago, but it should show year-over-year increases through most of the remaining first half of 2012

Tags: Intermodal

February 15, 2012 - Industry News

Short-Haul Truckers Return to Work at Port of Seattle

About 400 truckers decided to end their walkout and return to work after two weeks of protesting unfair treatment from trucking firms, reports The Seattle Times

Tags: Intermodal

February 15, 2012 - Industry News

Truckstops Fight Amendment in Highway Bill

(UPDATED) Truckstop and convenience store interests are opposed to a provision of the House transportation bill that would allow states to privatize interstate rest areas

February 15, 2012 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Record 4Q and Year-End 2011 Results

Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, reported record annual revenues and the highest quarterly pre-tax income in the company's history

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Highway Bills Face Uphill Climb in Congress

Aside from the challenges each bill faces in its own chamber, there is an enormous distance between the structure of the measures.

The Senate and House are taking their highway bills to the floor this week in the face of daunting odds. Passage of this key infrastructure legislation, which sets policy and funding levels, is going to be a near thing at best, given the politics of the bills and considering the March 31 deadline.

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Meritor Names Vice President and Treasurer

Meritor has appointed Carl Anderson to vice president and treasurer

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Nearly 70 Transportation Associations Sign Letter Opposing Tolls

Sixty-eight transportation associations signed a letter to the Senate opposing the use of tolls on the U.S. Interstate Highway System in the Senate's version of the Surface Transportation Bill (S. 1813)

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Kentucky to Adopt PrePass Technology

Kentucky will adopt PrePass truck technology, which allows participating transponder-equipped commercial vehicles to bypass designated weigh stations, port-of-entry facilities and agricultural interdiction facilities

Tags: Highways

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Fikes Ups Contractor Compensation

The Fikes Family of Companies will increase compensation for owner-operators who bring their own trucks, trailers and tags to a contract

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

December Shippers Conditions Index Improves Month-Over-Month

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for December edged up roughly 1.5 points from November to a reading of -4.6, which still reflects a somewhat adverse environment for shippers

Tags: Economy

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Ryder Announces Two Senior-Level Promotions

Ryder promoted Robert E. Sanchez (left) to president and chief operating officer and Dennis C. Cooke to president of global fleet management solutions.

Ryder System Inc. announced the promotions of Robert E. Sanchez to the position of president and chief operating officer and Dennis C. Cooke to president of global fleet management solutions

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Xata Announces Additions to Executive Team

Xata Corp. promoted Scott Meyer from senior vice president, marketing, to chief marketing and strategy officer. The company also hired Steve Chamberlain as executive vice president, field operations

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

New Survey Gauges Industry Reaction to Cellphone Restrictions

The number of commercial fleet operators adopting written policies for employee cellphone use has increased 31% in the past nine months, according to a new survey of 570 fleet managers conducted by ZoomSafer

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Suing to Overturn Hours of Service Rule

American Trucking Associations is suing to overturn the new hours of service rule. ATA is asking the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to set aside the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule as arbitrary and capricious

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