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July 10, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Schedule for Crash Accountability Research Due This Month

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is edging closer to action on weighing carrier fault in the CSA safety enforcement database. This month, the agency should announce a research schedule for figuring out how to separate at-fault crashes from not-at-fault crashes when it looks at a carrier's safety performance

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

Mesilla Valley Retrofits 4,000 Tractor-Trailers with TrailerTails

TrailerTail is a lightweight, thermoplastic composite fairing installed at the back of a tractor-trailer to streamline airflow behind the trailer, reducing aerodynamic drag and reducing fuel consumption.

Mesilla Valley Transportation has completed the retrofit of its entire fleet of 4,000 tractor-trailers with fuel saving TrailerTail aerodynamic technology, manufactured by ATDynamics

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

What to Expect at the Walcott, Iowa, Truckers Jamboree

This year, BP Products North America Inc. has partnered with Iowa 80 Truckstop for the Team USA Experience, which gives Jamboree attendees the opportunity to step into the shoes of Team USA Olympic hopefuls.

Truckers are gearing up for the 33rd Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree, July 12-13, celebrating America's drivers. The two-day event, taking place at Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa, will include an antique truck display, a Super Truck Beauty Contest, more than 175 exhibits, an Iowa pork chop cookout

Tags: Events

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Spike After Three Months of Decreases

Diesel prices are up this week after a three-month-long downward trend, but gasoline prices continue to decline. Oil prices rose on Monday due to concerns that a labor dispute in Norway could lead to a complete shutdown of the country's oil production

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

TMD Friction CEO Stepping Down

TMD Friction announced that CEO and board member Derek Whitworth has decided to pursue new opportunities outside the automotive supply industry and will be leaving the group.

TMD Friction CEO and board member Derek Whitworth has decided to pursue new opportunities outside the automotive supply industry and will be leaving the group

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan: By 2018 One in Three Trucks to Feature Platform-Based Lineage

Global heavy-duty truck production from global truck platforms is forecast to reach approximately 612,000 units by 2018, which would nearly double global platform-based truck production levels from 2011, according to analysis by research firm Frost & Sullivan

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

ACT Research Adds Senior Staff Statistician

Fluharty has more than three decades of experience in the motor vehicle industry at several Tier One suppliers and a US automotive OEM.

Dave Fluharty has joined ACT Research as senior staff statistician.

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Forecast: Trucking Will See Gains Through 2023

After a significant dip during the recession and a mild economic recovery, the U.S. freight economy, particularly for trucking, is projected to grow significantly in the years ahead, according to American Trucking Associations' U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2023

Tags: Economy

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

Nominations Open for Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year

Nominations are open for the Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year award, to be presented during the Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group Summit in Las Vegas on Jan. 21, 2013

Tags: Events

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Falls Significantly in May

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for May fell markedly from the previous month to a reading of 5.1, down nearly four points, as reported in the July 2012 Trucking Update. April's strong performance was not sustained, and the TCI has dropped to the lowest level in six months

Tags: Economy

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

Highway Angel Helps Driver of Flipped Flatbed

Blair, who drives for Pegasus Transportation of Louisville, Ky., helped a driver out of his overturned flatbed, which was leaking diesel fuel.

The Truckload Carriers Association has added Bryan Blair to its roster of Highway Angels, professional truck drivers who have gone above and beyond to help fellow motorists while on the road. Blair, who is from Bardstown, Ky., drives for Pegasus Transportation of Louisville, Ky

July 6, 2012 - Industry News

President Signs Highway Bill

President Obama signed the long-awaited highway bill into law at the White House this afternoon. The bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, funds transportation programs through September 2014

Tags: Highways

July 6, 2012 - Industry News

EOBR Cut-Off Faces Opposition in Senate

A bid by owner-operators to cut off funding for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic onboard recorder rule appears unlikely to pass. Close followers of the issue note that while it is not wise to say "never" in Washington, the cutoff faces stiff opposition in the Senate

July 6, 2012 - Industry News

Interstate Distributor Co. Announces New Driver Pay Package

Interstate Distributor Co., Tacoma, Wash., announced a new pay package for over-the-road regional drivers. The new "My Pay" package provides drivers a competitive base rate per mile and the ability to add an additional 3 cents per mile quarterly.

July 6, 2012 - Industry News

Xata Cuts 29 Employees As it Shifts Toward Mobile Devices

Xata is focusing on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Xata Corp. has let go 29 employees as part of a shift away from onboard devices in favor of mobile technology, reports Twin Cities Business Magazine. The layoffs affected employees working on the company's older technology

July 6, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Adds 2,000 Jobs in June

Trucking added 2,000 for-hire jobs in June after adding 7,300 jobs in May. June numbers are up 3.1% from one year ago, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: Economy

July 5, 2012 - Industry News

UPS Uses Plastic to Lighten Loads, Save Fuel

One year of testing showed the UPS composite vehicles are durable, work well in various climates (especially where corrosion from road salt is a problem) and are easily repairable because they are modular.

UPS is introducing composite materials to replace certain metal components into its trucks, a move that is improving the company's fuel efficiency by 40%, according to a UPS blog post

July 5, 2012 - Industry News

Researchers Identify Common Factors in Truck-Related Crashes

Two Kansas State University civil engineers are working to make Kansas roads and highways safer by reducing the number and severity of vehicular crashes that involve large, cargo-carrying trucks

July 5, 2012 - Industry News

Class 8 Preliminary Net Orders Remain Soft; Classes 5-7 Fall Below Trend

North American Class 8 commercial vehicle preliminary net orders for June remained soft, according to two major industry research firms.< net="" orders="" for="" classes="" 5-7="" also="" fell="" below="" trend,="" but="" the="" decline="" was="" expected,="" as="" medium-duty="" activity="" typically="" tapers="" off="" during="" the="" summer="">

Tags: Economy

July 5, 2012 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum Celebrates 100th Birthday for Saurer and Mack Jr. Trucks

The Mack Jr. Model (above) was the first one that Mack produced that had the steering on the left side.  Prior to that, all trucks had the steering wheel on the right; the same side horses were driven from.

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum will host a 100th Birthday party for its 1912 Saurer and 1912 Mack Jr. trucks on Friday, July 13 at 2:30 pm. The event will coincide with this year's Walcott Truckers Jamboree, July 12-13, an event to celebrate professional drivers.

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Happy Independence Day!

There will be no news posted for July 4 due to the Independence Day holiday

Tags: Events

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens New California, Florida Service Centers

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened today opened two new service centers in Pensacola, Fla., and Orange, Calif.

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

IdleAir Adds More Than 100 Spaces at 13 Locations

In response to customer demand, IdleAir is opening more than 100 additional spaces at 13 locations this summer

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Right to Repair Submits Final Signatures for Ballot Initiative

Right to Repair would require Massachusetts manufacturers to sell to vehicle owners and independent repair facilities the same diagnostic and repair information they provide to dealers and authorized repair facilities.

The Right to Repair Coalition today submitted 16,000 signatures to the Massachusetts secretary of state to secure the initiative's place on the November ballot

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

May Used Class 8 Truck Sales Slide, Dealer Inventories Shrink

May showed a continued decline in the availability of low-mileage used heavy-duty trucks, according to analysts with Great American Group LLC. According to the American Truck Dealers and Used Truck associations, the average mileage for May was 560,000 miles, which is a historic high compared to a year ago, when the average mileage was 514,000 miles

Tags: Economy

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