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December 14, 2011 - Industry News

Rush Celebrates Skills Rodeo Winners, says Program Cuts Turnover

The top two winners of Rush Enterprises' 2011 technicians competition together copped $26,500 in cash, engraved silver belt buckles and possession of traveling champion's cups. The pair were honored in front of 360 cheering colleagues, spouses and sponsor representatives in San Antonio on Tuesday night

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

NHTSA Closer to Posting Stability Control Proposal

A proposal to require stability control systems on truck tractors moved a step closer to publication this week when it was sent over to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final vetting

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Truck Safety Bill

The safety provisions include a mandate for comprehensive electronic onboard recorders. (Photo courtesy Schneider National)

In a contentious session yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee cleared the truck safety section of the pending highway bill. The committee cleared the bill 13 to 11 on a party-line vote, not because the Republican minority opposes the safety provisions, but because the measure includes an amendment concerning freight planning that the minority does not like

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

NTSB Recommendations Include Video Recorders, Collision Prevention

Tucked away in the same document in which the National Transportation Safety Board recommended cell phone bans for all drivers was a reiteration of previous recommendations to require video event recorders in heavy trucks, look at mandating collision avoidance systems, and other truck-specific issues

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America to Offer Fuel Island Manager Cardless Fueling

TravelCenters of America announced it will install RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology at all of its locations nationwide to help fleets manage fuel transactions

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Holiday Shipping Season to End on an Up Note

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports should be up 0.3% in December compared with the same month last year as retailers head to the finish line of the holiday shopping season

Tags: Intermodal

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Great Dane's Distribution Network Extends Reach in Canada

Great Dane has announced the expansion of Universal Truck and Trailer with the opening of its second full-service location in New Brunswick, Canada

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

NSTB Calls for Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving

After investigating a 2010 multi-vehicle highway accident in Gray Summit, Mo, the National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday called for the first-ever nationwide ban on driver use of "personal electronic devices," such as cell phones, while operating a motor vehicle

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

IdleAir Extends Price Freeze Through May 31, 2012

IdleAir will maintain its current price of $1.99/hr through the end of May next year, while Extended Stay Service rates remain at $1.25/hr

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Lion Technology Offering California Hazardous Waste Workshops

To help industry professionals understand and comply with California's stringent hazardous waste regulations, Lion Technology Inc. is presenting a series of two-day workshops on Managing Hazardous Waste in California, beginning in January

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Alliance Truck Parts Merchandise Available Online

Alliance Truck Parts is celebrating the launch of its new online store with a 20% off promotion through December 31, 2011

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Utility Trailer Achieves Safety Milestone

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company's Marion, Va. manufacturing facility has achieved over 2 million hours without a single lost time accident

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Tougher Procedures on Reincarnated Carriers

A new rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would make it tougher for carriers that have been sanctioned to reincarnate themselves under a new identity. The agency is proposing to change its procedures in several areas affecting truck lines, intermodal equipment providers, brokers, freight forwards and hazmat proceedings

December 12, 2011 - Industry News

Maverick Orders 350 Freightliner Cascadias

Maverick Transportation will begin taking delivery of 350 new 2012 and 2013 trucks in the first quarter of 2012. It's also spec'ing automatic tire inflation on all new trailers purchased in 2012

December 12, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Adds Compli's Enterprise Edition-Trucking as Featured Product

Compli's Enterprise Edition-Trucking, and HR and compliance management solution, has been added to the American Trucking Associations' Business Solutions-featured products list

December 12, 2011 - Industry News

NGV Global Recommends RFID Verification for CNG Refuelling

The recommendations follow more than 12 months of study on the subject and are outlined in a 66 page Position Paper released by the association last week

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 12, 2011 - Industry News

Fuel, Oil Prices Fall Again

The national average price of a gallon of diesel dropped nearly 4 cents this week to $3.894, falling for the third week in a row, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 12, 2011 - Industry News

'Occupy' Protesters Target Ports

There were protests and even some arrests Monday at West Coast ports as the anti-Wall Street movement hit tried to slow down container traffic

Tags: Intermodal

December 12, 2011 - Industry News

New Pilot Travel Center Opens in Osceola, Iowa

Pilot Flying J has opened a new Pilot Travel Center in Osceola, Iowa, at Exit 34 off Interstate 35

December 12, 2011 - Industry News

Truckload Turnover Rises for Fourth Straight Quarter

The turnover rate for truckload drivers at large fleets rose to 89% in the third quarter of 2011, the fourth straight quarterly increase, an indication of increased demand and competition for drivers, according to the American Trucking Associations

December 12, 2011 - Industry News

ACT Predicting 252K Class 8 Build for 2011

ACT Research still is predicting 2011 North American Class 8 truck build to wind up at around 252,000, despite some recent good economic news

Tags: Economy

December 11, 2011 - Industry News

Seven Dealers Nominated for National Truck Dealer of the Year

Seven commercial truck dealers from the United States and Canada were nominated by their peers for a national industry award presented by the American Truck Dealers and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

December 11, 2011 - Industry News

TCA Encourages Industry to View, Share New Highway Angel Video

The Truckload Carriers Association is asking everyone in trucking to help change the public's perception of trucking by watching Lindsay Lawler's brand new "Highway Angel" music video on YouTube

December 11, 2011 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Association Calls 2011 a Success

Looking back on 2011, WIT president and CEO, Ellen Voie, says the association made huge strides in promoting women's position in trucking

December 11, 2011 - Industry News

Love's Travel Stop Opens in Kankakee, Ill.

Love's Travel Stops opened a new travel stop in Kankakee, Ill., at Interstate 57, Exit 308

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