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October 13, 2011 - Industry News

LaHood Says One Term Only

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has made it known that he will not be seeking a second term at that post. He said he would step down at the end of President Obama's current term, whether he is re-elected or defeated in the 2012 presidential election

October 13, 2011 - Industry News

Federal Judge Orders Truck Transmission Antitrust Case to Proceed

Plaintiffs cleared another hurdle in their antitrust lawsuit against truck manufacturers -- Wallach v. Eaton Corp -- when a Delaware federal judge ruled that claims alleging the trucking giants conspired to create a monopoly should stand

October 13, 2011 - Industry News

Ohio Turnpike Tolls Expected to Rise Jan. 1

Despite concerted opposition from trucking concerns and a proposed rate freeze, truckers could be about 10% more to use the Ohio Turnpike come the New Year.

Tags: Highways

October 13, 2011 - Industry News

CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Kicks Off Next Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is calling on all drivers to help reduce aggressive and distracted driving and save lives across North America with its annual Operation Safe Driver campaign mobilization week October 16-22, 2011

October 13, 2011 - Industry News

Mexican Carrier Gets Authority in Cross-Border Pilot

Transportes Olympic SA de CV has been cleared to be the first Mexican carrier in the Department of Transportation's cross-border trucking pilot program. However, another Mexican carrier that has cleared a pre-authorization audit, Grupo Behr de Baja California, must undergo additional review before it gets permission to operate

October 13, 2011 - Industry News

LaHood to be One-term Wonder

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood made it known today that he will be leaving his current post in 2012. In questions that came following a speech at the national press Club in Washington, LaHood told reporters that he would not seek a second term as Transportation Secretary, nor would he be running for any other public office -- including the Governorship of his home state of Illinois

October 13, 2011 - Industry News

J.B. Reports Record Revenues, Earnings

J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced record third-quarter net earnings of $68.7 million and operating revenue of $1.17 billion, up 19% from a year ago, led by growth in its intermodal business

October 13, 2011 - Industry News

GAO Takes on Highway Funding Questions

If you count all the money spent on highways in the last federal transportation program, each state got more than it put in to the Highway Trust Fund. That's because Congress had to make substantial cash infusions from the General Treasury into the trust fund, which did not have enough money to meet its obligations

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Deaf Truck Drivers Can Now Apply for CDL Exemptions

The National Association of the Deaf says more than 20 deaf and hard of hearing truck drivers who submitted applications for an exemption from the DOT hearing requirements are now being considered for full Commercial Driver's Licenses

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Eaton Announces Service Replacement Program for Hybrid Electric Batteries and Auxiliary Power Generation Options

Eaton Corporation now has a program that lowers the replacement cost of batteries for its hybrid power systems. In addition, Eaton now offers two auxiliary power generator options for its hybrid electric power systems that allow engine-off operation of onboard equipment

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Report: Wireless Technology has Potential to Produce Multi-sector Savings, Efficiencies

An emerging wireless-enabled environment could drive billions of dollars in energy savings and reshape how American industry, agriculture and the public sector approach sustainability, according to a report sponsored by CTIA-The Wireless Association

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Vipar Welcomes J&J Operating LLC as Newest Stockholder

J&J Operating LLC, a full-service distributor of heavy duty replacement parts in western North Dakota, is the newest stockholder to join the VIPAR Heavy Duty network of distributors

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Con-way Multimodal Opens Bentonville, Ark. Office

Con-way Multimodal has opened a new branch office in Bentonville, Ark. This is the fourth Con-way Multimodal location in addition to operations in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Portland, Ore.; and Aurora Ill

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

DATIA Launches Online Drug Testing Training

The Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association has a new online training initiative focused on drug testing specimen collection procedures. This online program will benefit all drug and alcohol testing providers as well as end-users of drug and alcohol testing services

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Mack Granite Called to Duty in Support of U.S. Army Contract

Mack Defense, a division of Mack Trucks, Inc., will supply West-Mark with its MACK Granite model truck following an award from the U.S. Army Contracting Command

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

NAFA Wants DOE to Rule on Hybrid Compliance Credits

NAFA Fleet Management Association wants the Department of Energy to clarify its position on the use of hybrid compliance credits. NAFA also urged the agency to proceed with a pending rulemaking covering the use of such credits

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Falls Third Month in a Row

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index fell a full percentage point in September on a seasonally and workday adjusted basis. September's decline follows a 1.4% decline in August and a 0.2% decline in July

Tags: Economy

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Dealers Say August was Second-best Month in 2011

Used-truck retailers recorded their second-best selling month of the year in August. The average selling price of sleeper tractors also improved more than expected to levels on par with the best month of pre-recession 2008

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Infrastructure Bank Going Nowhere in House

The sole proponent of the infrastructure bank testifying at a House hearing yesterday said the Republican reaction to the proposal is a symbol of partisan divide in Congress.

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica convened a hearing yesterday on President Obama's proposal to create a national infrastructure bank, and opened the event by making the situation perfectly clear. "I'm afraid that the national infrastructure bank is dead on arrival in the House," he said

October 12, 2011 - Industry News

Performance Team Adds 1.5 Million Square Feet of Distribution Space

The new Redlands, Calif., Performance Team facility.

Third-party logistics provider Performance Team opened five new locations in three states, adding 1.5 million square feet of new distribution space

October 11, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Drops 2.8 cents Over the Past Week; Oil Prices Stabilize

Diesel prices continue to drop while oil prices seem to be stabilizing in the absence of negative economic news. Photo by Jim Park.

Diesel prices continued their week over week decline, dropping nearly three cents from last week's national average price. The national average price for diesel was $3.721 per gallon, down 2.8 cents from last week.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 11, 2011 - Industry News

North American Class 8 Builds for 2011 Should be About 250,000: ACT

Forecasts for both heavy- and medium-duty vehicles for 2011 remain basically unchanged from last month, according to the October issue of the ACT North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research Co

Tags: Economy

October 11, 2011 - Industry News

PacLease Opens 10 New Franchises

PACCAR Leasing Company continues to expand its franchise network in North America with the opening of 10 new franchise locations in the United States

October 11, 2011 - Industry News

Fewer Truckers Using Brokers: TCP National Survey

Transport Capital Partners Q3 2011 Business Expectations Survey finds that 81% of carriers have become less reliant on load brokers over the past three months. Only 15% have used them more

Tags: Economy

October 11, 2011 - Industry News

Reyco Granning Discards Traditional Corporate Structure

Reyco Granning has realigned its corporate structure in order to increase customer response time and satisfaction

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