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February 15, 2012 - Industry News

Truckstops Fight Amendment in Highway Bill

(UPDATED) Truckstop and convenience store interests are opposed to a provision of the House transportation bill that would allow states to privatize interstate rest areas

February 15, 2012 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Record 4Q and Year-End 2011 Results

Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, reported record annual revenues and the highest quarterly pre-tax income in the company's history

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Highway Bills Face Uphill Climb in Congress

Aside from the challenges each bill faces in its own chamber, there is an enormous distance between the structure of the measures.

The Senate and House are taking their highway bills to the floor this week in the face of daunting odds. Passage of this key infrastructure legislation, which sets policy and funding levels, is going to be a near thing at best, given the politics of the bills and considering the March 31 deadline.

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Meritor Names Vice President and Treasurer

Meritor has appointed Carl Anderson to vice president and treasurer

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Nearly 70 Transportation Associations Sign Letter Opposing Tolls

Sixty-eight transportation associations signed a letter to the Senate opposing the use of tolls on the U.S. Interstate Highway System in the Senate's version of the Surface Transportation Bill (S. 1813)

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Kentucky to Adopt PrePass Technology

Kentucky will adopt PrePass truck technology, which allows participating transponder-equipped commercial vehicles to bypass designated weigh stations, port-of-entry facilities and agricultural interdiction facilities

Tags: Highways

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Fikes Ups Contractor Compensation

The Fikes Family of Companies will increase compensation for owner-operators who bring their own trucks, trailers and tags to a contract

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

December Shippers Conditions Index Improves Month-Over-Month

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for December edged up roughly 1.5 points from November to a reading of -4.6, which still reflects a somewhat adverse environment for shippers

Tags: Economy

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Ryder Announces Two Senior-Level Promotions

Ryder promoted Robert E. Sanchez (left) to president and chief operating officer and Dennis C. Cooke to president of global fleet management solutions.

Ryder System Inc. announced the promotions of Robert E. Sanchez to the position of president and chief operating officer and Dennis C. Cooke to president of global fleet management solutions

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Xata Announces Additions to Executive Team

Xata Corp. promoted Scott Meyer from senior vice president, marketing, to chief marketing and strategy officer. The company also hired Steve Chamberlain as executive vice president, field operations

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

New Survey Gauges Industry Reaction to Cellphone Restrictions

The number of commercial fleet operators adopting written policies for employee cellphone use has increased 31% in the past nine months, according to a new survey of 570 fleet managers conducted by ZoomSafer

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Suing to Overturn Hours of Service Rule

American Trucking Associations is suing to overturn the new hours of service rule. ATA is asking the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to set aside the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule as arbitrary and capricious

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

Comdata Installs 500th Point-Of-Sale System

Comdata Corp. installed its 500th Smart Solutions point-of-sale system at a QuikTrip location in Adairsville, Ga

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 14, 2012 - Industry News

TRIB Continues "Spot The Retreads" Competition at TMC Annual Meeting

The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau will again hold its "Spot The Retreads" competition at the Technology and Maintenance Council's Annual Meeting and Exhibition Feb. 20-23 in Tampa, Fla

Tags: Events

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Spike 9 Cents, Oil Prices Highest in 5 Weeks

U.S. diesel prices are up by almost 9 cents per gallon this week, to $3.943 from $3.856. This is the biggest weekly increase since mid-November, according to numbers from the Energy Information Administration's gas and diesel fuel update

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

Seattle Port Truckers Continue to Fight Poor Working Conditions

About 300 truckers, unionists and supporters protested at the Port of Seattle Monday morning at a rally along the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle. The rally was part of an effort among Seattle port drivers to call attention to poor working conditions and wages as well as safety violation

Tags: Intermodal

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

ACT Research Confident About Class 8 Demand

ACT Research Co. remains bullish on Class 8 in the medium to longer term, according to the February issue of the ACT North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook, published by ACT Research

Tags: Economy

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

Panther Expedited Services Offers up to $15,000 Sign-On Bonus

Panther Expedited Services will offer a new owner operator sign-on bonus of up to $15,000 for tractor teams and straight truck teams

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

TransCore Index Shows Strength in Freight Volume and Rates

TransCore's North American Freight index marked a record high for the month of January, up 5% compared to January 2011. Month-over-month, January's spot market freight volume slipped 8% compared to December

Tags: Economy

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

Obama's 2013 Budget Calls for Major Transportation Funding

resident Obama talks about his 2013 budget at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., on Monday. (White House photo)

The White House budget for the fiscal 2013 includes a $476 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill to invest in highway, bridge and mass transit projects through 2018

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans a Third Proposal to Answer EOBR Questions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration decided to take a step back from its pending electronic onboard recorder rules and begin a supplemental process to resolve legal and technical problems

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

HDT Announces '12 Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2012 Top 20 product awards will be given out this week at the Technology and Maintenance Council's Transportation Technology Exhibition in Tampa, Fla

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

New Life announces New VP of Distributor and Intermodal Sales

Joe Melinsky is New Life Transport Parts Center's new vice president, distributor and intermodal sales.

New Life Transport Parts Center promoted Joe Melinsky to vice president, distributor and intermodal sales

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

Panama Canal Expansion Will Likely First Affect New York-to-Ohio-Valley Intermodal

The Port of Baltimore may see increased container traffic from Asia after the Panama Canal starts accepting larger vessels. (Photo by Fatlouie/Wikimedia Commons)

Increased intermodal traffic from the New York/Baltimore area ports to the Ohio River Valley region will likely be the first effect when the Panama Canal opens its new, larger locks in late 2014, according to Scudder Smith, a consultant who has advised the U.S. Maritime Administration and the Panama Canal Authority

Tags: Intermodal

February 13, 2012 - Industry News

Wheaton Van Lines acquires Bekins Van Lines

Wheaton Van Lines Inc. will acquire Hillside, Ill.-based Bekins Van Lines. This agreement, expected to be complete by mid-March, will make the operation the fourth largest household goods carrier in the U.S

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