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September 16, 2011 - Industry News

Peterbilt Model 386 First Smartway-Designated Alternative Fuel Vehicle

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Peterbilt's Model 386 liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck as its first SmartWay-designated alternative fuel vehicle, according to the company

September 16, 2011 - Industry News

Georgia Inspections to be Done by State Officials

Georgia is ending a program that has allowed local police departments to inspect commercial vehicles for safety violations, reports an Atlanta TV station

September 16, 2011 - Industry News

PTDI Recertifies Five Driver Training Courses

Five truck driver training programs that recently received course recertification from the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) expect the driver shortage and increased regulations will benefit their programs and the driving public

September 16, 2011 - Industry News

Daimler's New Actros for Europe: Will We See Any Tech Here?

The Gigaspace cab of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros is almost a full 4 meters tall (13 feet). The inside headroom is 2.3 meters (6.5 ft).

Daimler's new Actros heavy-duty truck, the result of a $1.4 billion investment, was launched in Europe with a huge press event that echoed Daimler exec Andreas Renschler's Mid-America Trucking Show comment, "Size matters.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Global, Daimler Trucks

September 16, 2011 - Industry News

New Petro Stopping Center in Indiana

TravelCenters of America completed the renovations and rebranding of the newest Petro full-service travel center at Exit 23 off I-70, 1035 West State Road 42, Brazil, Ind

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 15, 2011 - Industry News

Congress Clears Highway Program Extension

The Senate yesterday approved, 92 to 6, a measure that will extend the current highway program through next March, clearing the way for final passage

September 15, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Fleets Will Power Global Natural Gas Vehicle Market Through 2016

Worldwide sales of natural gas vehicles are expected to grow rapidly over the next five years, to 3.2 million units annually by 2016 from 1.9 million in 2010, according to a recent report from Pike Research

September 15, 2011 - Industry News

Love's Travel Stop Opens in Bennett, Colo.

Love's Travel Stops opened a new truckstop in Bennett, Colo., located at I-70, Exit 304

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 15, 2011 - Industry News

A. Duie Pyle to Celebrate Allentown, Penn., Expansion

A. Duie Pyle is planning a celebration of its expanding capabilities in Pennsylvania with the recent opening of the company's newest Service Center in Allentown. A special event for local customers and dignitaries will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12

September 15, 2011 - Industry News

Paccar Earns #1 Technology Ranking in InformationWeek Magazine

Paccar has earned the top technology ranking in InformationWeek magazine's 2011 Top 500 company listing for its in-dash SmartNav and NavPlus navigation/infotainment units and its new TruckerLink application that builds upon the Paccar Connected Truck program

September 15, 2011 - Industry News

UPS To Offer Customer-Controlled Package Delivery Service

UPS announced the launch of UPS My Choice, a new service that places greater control over home delivery in the hands of the consumer

September 15, 2011 - Industry News

Worldwide Equipment Relocates and Expands Charleston, W.Va., Parts & Service

Worldwide Equipment has relocated and expanded its parts facility in the Charleston area to a new location that includes 12 service bays and room for additional parts inventory

September 14, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Sales Up 14.5% in August; Market Poised to Out-Sell 2010

August heavy-duty truck sales were up 14.5% in August from July, reaching 15,085 vehicles, the highest monthly sales this year, according to Ward's Communications

September 14, 2011 - Industry News

Idealease Offers Capacity Terminal Tractors

Idealease has expanded its product offering to include diesel-powered Capacity terminal tractors

September 14, 2011 - Industry News

MoDOT Working to Get Flooded Routes Open

Missouri Department of Transportation has begun working to get flooded roads open as quickly as possible

Tags: Highways

September 14, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore Freight Index Reflects Continued Strength in Truckload Spot Market

TransCore's North American Freight Index climbed 47% in August compared to the same month in 2010, marking the eighth consecutive month that spot market freight availability reached an all-time same-month high

September 14, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Shows Shipments Flat in July from June

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry remained the same in July as in June, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index

September 14, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Enterprises Roanoke Now Offers Hino Trucks

Truck Enterprises Roanoke has announced Hino Trucks as their newest truck franchise

September 14, 2011 - Industry News

Cummins Expects 14% Growth Rate as it Takes Advantage of Global Trends

Senior leaders of Cummins predict 2011 will be a record year for the company and expects to grow by 14% per year between now and 2015. While global trends will help make that happen, they said, at the same time, the global economy could throw a wrench in those plans

September 14, 2011 - Industry News

Western Star Adds Fuel Efficiency Package to 4900, Introduces Auto-Hauler

The 4900 series set-back-axle configuration gets a fuel-efficient facelift.

Daimler Truck North America says it's revitalizing the Western Star brand. In Portland, Ore. yesterday, the company showed its renewed commitment to the 40-year-old brand by announcing a bold new website along with several product enhancements to 4900-series trucks

September 13, 2011 - Industry News

House Passes Short-Term Highway Funding Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday easily passed a short-term extension of highway funding through March 31

Tags: Highways

September 13, 2011 - Industry News

McLane-NATSO Quarterly Index Increases 24%

Total merchandise purchases by truckstops nationwide served by McLane increased 24% during the 2011 second quarter, compared with a year earlier, led largely by hot and cold beverage sales along with commissary, food service, dairy and deli sales, according to the McLane-NATSO Index

September 13, 2011 - Industry News

Iowa DOT Announces I-680 Flood Repair Plan

The Iowa Department of Transportation announced it will be undertaking a project to rebuild Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie County, which was severely damaged by the Missouri River flooding. The roadway has been closed since early June

Tags: Highways

September 13, 2011 - Industry News

NHTSA Rejects Petition to Amend Antilock Brake Rule

Rising to the defense of the heavy truck antilock brake requirement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week rejected a petition to drop the standard or give drivers the option not to use it

September 13, 2011 - Industry News

ATA: Jobs Proposal No Replacement for Action on a Highway Bill

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said that while President Obama's jobs proposal could boost employment temporarily, it is no replacement for passing long-overdue multiyear transportation legislation

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