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July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Report: Hybrid Truck Viability Hurt by Low Fuel Prices

President Obama has supported tax incentives for hybrid vehicles.

A report from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs finds challenges to the economic viability of medium-sized diesel-electric hybrid trucks. These hybrids have a significantly higher sticker price than conventional diesel-powered trucks. With volatile fuel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Schneider National Launches $6,000 Tuition Reimbursement Program

Schneider National is making it easier for students to turn a dream into reality by offering $6,000 for tuition reimbursement to qualified driving school graduates. The program will cover the full cost of many truck-driving schools to give drivers a leg up as they enter the industry

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Dana's Aftermarket Business Boosts Digital Strategy

Dana Holding Corp. has further developed its digital strategy to help customers - both dealers and consumers - more easily locate and purchase Dana products

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

JX Truck Center Breaks Ground on New Dealership

Members of JXT, JX Enterprises, the Village of Kronenwetter and members of Ghidorzi Companies (architects and construction firm for the new dealership) break ground for the new facility.

JX Truck Center broke ground on a new 28,000 square-foot facility in Kronenwetter, Wis., during a ceremony with village officials and company management. The new site is located approximately six miles south of the commercial truck dealership's current location in Wausau, Wis

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues FMCSA over Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's pre-employment screening program violates drivers' rights, claims the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in a lawsuit. OOIDA told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that under the program, drivers can be in effect found guilty of safety violations before they get due process in court.

July 16, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline, Oil Prices Spike This Week

The average U.S. price of both diesel and gasoline rose this week, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Also, oil prices climbed for a fourth day this week.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 16, 2012 - Industry News

Real Estate Development and Consultancy Companies Partner for 1,000 CNG Stations

Real estate development company DeBartolo Development and real estate consultancy Keystone Consulting Group announced the creation of the CNG Infrastructure Expansion Project, with the goal of significantly increasing the number of compressed natural gas fueling stations in the U.S

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 16, 2012 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Reports Increase in Earnings Year over Year

J. B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., Lowell, Ark., announced second quarter 2012 net earnings of $80.5 million, or diluted earnings per share of 67 cents compared to second quarter 2011 net earnings of $65.7 million, or 53 cents per diluted share

July 16, 2012 - Industry News

Global Commercial Registrations Drop 7% from 1Q 2011 Levels

The global commercial vehicle market declined 7% during the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, according to a recent analysis by Polk, which provides data-driven solutions for the commercial vehicle industry

July 16, 2012 - Industry News

Highway Angel Rescues Badly Injured Motorist

Larry Druckamiller of Warsaw, Ind. drives for Ruan Transportation Management Systems of Des Moines, Iowa, and is credited for saving a man's life on a very cold night.

The Truckload Carriers Association's latest Highway Angel is Larry Druckamiller of Warsaw, Ind. Druckamiller drives for Ruan Transportation Management Systems of Des Moines, Iowa, and is credited for saving a man's life on a very cold night

July 16, 2012 - Industry News

Bridgestone Rubber Tree Research Pays Off

Bridgestone Corp. says it has successfully decoded the main genome sequence for the latex-producing rubber tree. The genome sequence is the "blueprint" of living organisms containing the genetic information needed in maintenance and reproduction

July 16, 2012 - Industry News

Bergstrom Names Director of Test and Development

As a result of ongoing growth, Bergstrom named Alan Leupold director of test and development

July 15, 2012 - Industry News

Mercedes "Steals" the Show

The new Mercedes Antos presented by Georg Weiberg, Head of Truck Product Engineering.

Emphasizing environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient and safer vehicles, Daimler flashed highlights of its commercial vehicle brands in advance of the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicles show that will take place in Hanover, Germany, Sept. 20-27

July 13, 2012 - Industry News

Kenworth Plant Earns Environmental Honor

The Kenworth assembly plant in Renton, Wash., was recently honored with a 2011 Gold Award presented by the King County (Wash.) Industrial Waste Program

July 13, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Chameleon Carrier

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down Alabama-based trucking company MTI Transportation LLC based on evidence that it was a chameleon operation for two unsafe carriers previously shut down by the agency

July 13, 2012 - Industry News

June Spot Freight Volume Increases Year-over-Year, Dips Slightly from May

June spot freight numbers dropped from May, according to TransCore, despite setting a same-month record

Tags: Economy

July 13, 2012 - Industry News

Border Bridge Opponents Submit Signatures to Put it to a Popular Vote

Opponents to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's recent deal with Canada to build a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, have submitted nearly twice as many signatures as needed to get the issue on the November ballot

July 13, 2012 - Industry News

Meritor Offers Instructor-Led Training Courses

Meritor is offering several new in-depth, hands-on, instructor-led training courses

Tags: Events

July 12, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts EOBR FAQ, Says it is Revisiting Cost-Benefit Analysis

Newer devices such as Qualcomm's MCP 50 could lower the FMCSA's estimated cost of a mandatory electronic onboard recorder rule.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates it will re-examine the costs-vs-benefits of mandatory electronic onboard recorders in a new list of frequently asked questions it posted this week on its website

July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Bomb Threat Shuts Down Detroit-Windsor Tunnel

Around 12:30 p.m., employees who work for the tunnel received an anonymous call from someone saying there was a bomb in the tunnel.

UPDATED: A bomb threat closed the tunnel between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit for several hours Thursday, causing traffic backups as drivers on both sides of the border were rerouted,

Tags: Highways

July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Cascade Sierra Solutions Reaches Idle Reduction Milestone with Webtech Wireless

Cascade Sierra Solutions has achieved a significant milestone in its drive to reduce emissions and idling as part of the Port of LA and the Port of Long Beach Clean Air Initiative

July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Fras-Le Purchases $1.5 Million Brake Dynamometer

The new dynamometer, for light- and medium-duty vehicle testing, is designed to reproduce actual vehicle road conditions and will test for durability, wear, performance and NVH

To expand its testing capabilities, friction material manufacturer Fras-le North America Inc. has purchased a new brake NVH dynamometer from Link Engineering Company for $1.5 million

July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Skinner Diesel Services Celebrates 30 Years

Skinner Diesel Services of Columbus, Ohio is celebrating 30 years in business. The company began as a general truck repair facility in 1982. Thirty years later, it has expanded and adapted with additional business segments

July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Volumes Fall Flat as Economy Stalls

North American freight volumes continues to follow the path of general malaise that the economy is experiencing, according to the Cass Freight Index, which measures overall North American freight volumes and expenditures

Tags: Economy

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

Concerns about CSA Aired at House Hearing

Opponents of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA enforcement program took their case to Congress yesterday, charging in a hearing that the program is being misused and harms small carriers

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