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November 29, 2011 - Industry News

NAFTA Surface Trade Continues Year-to-Year Gains

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 13.8 percent higher in September 2011 than in September 2010, totaling $77.7 billion.

Tags: Economy

November 29, 2011 - Industry News

Recalculating ... J.D. Powers Reports High Incidence of Customer Dissatisfaction with Vehicle Navigation Systems

Vehicle owners are experiencing a high number of problems with factory-installed navigation systems, primarily with routing quality and system usability

November 29, 2011 - Industry News

Hino, Allison Sign Long-Term Exclusivity Agreement

Hino Trucks and Allison Transmission, Inc. have signed a multi-year agreement making Allison the preferred and exclusive transmission for all current and future Hino conventional trucks in the United States

November 29, 2011 - Industry News

Con-way Multimodal Opens Texas Office

Con-way Multimodal is opening a new branch office in Frisco, Texas, a growing suburb of Dallas

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Occupy Movement Targets West Coast Ports

The Occupy movement says it will sponsor demonstrations at several coastal port facilities, with the intention being to shut down all of the major gateways

Tags: Intermodal

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Men Versus Machine: World's Strongest Athletes Battle Mack's Titan

The Truck Pull competition at The Met-Rx World's Strongest Man competition, held in Charlotte, NC.

You don't often see a Mack Titan on the end of a hook, but at The Met-Rx World's Strongest Man competition, the hook is a place of honor

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Doles Out More Than $215 Million to Repair Damaged Roads and Bridges

The U.S Department of Transportation will provide more than $215 million to states across the nation to cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters

Tags: Highways

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Biodiesel Industry Sets Production Record

The U.S. biodiesel industry has set a new annual production record, producing more than 802 million gallons of biodiesel in plants from Florida to Iowa to Washington state

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Bergstrom's Jack Shaffer Re-Elected HDMA Chairman

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association has elected its 2012 slate of officers and governors. Jack Shaffer, president and CEO of Bergstrom, has been re-elected for a second term and is 2012 chairman of the HDMA Board of Directors

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Freightliner Trucks Announces Design Competition

Freightliner Trucks is opening its doors to fresh ideas through its "Design the Future of Pride & Profit" truck design contest

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Plans Third Annual Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel

The Women In Trucking Association is making plans for its third annual Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel, to be held in Louisville, Ky., on March 24, 2012, at the Mid-America Trucking Show

Tags: Events

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Third Mexican Carrier Clears Safety Audit

A third Mexican carrier, Moises Alvarez Perez, has cleared a pre-authorization safety audit for long-distance service across the border under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's cross-border pilot program

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Hours Rule Will Get More Hill Scrutiny

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, will hold a hearing to look into the proposed hours of service regulations.

The pending hours of service revision will get more congressional scrutiny at a House hearing scheduled for Wednesday

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

Two Sentenced in SC Johnson Transportation Kickback Case

[CORRECTED] The former transportation director of SC Johnson & Son Inc. has been sentenced to eight years in prison for defrauding the company of millions of dollars in inflated transportation charges

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Gunther-clone Clock Transport

Moving with surprising speed, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration last week issued "an imminent hazard" out-of-service order against Clock Transport LLC of Hanover, Md., based on the company's affiliation with Gunthers Transport

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

Teamsters Sue to Close Border to Mexican Trucks

The Teamsters filed suits last Wednesday to block the U.S. Department of Transportation from opening the U.S. border to what it calls dangerous Mexican trucks through "an illegal pilot program.

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Trailer Orders at Highest Levels in 5 months

New and net trailer orders in October rose to their highest levels since April and May at 19,408 units and 17,384 units, respectively

Tags: Economy

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

ATD Names 2011 Truck of the Year Nominees

The American Truck Dealers association announced the nominees for a national award that recognizes the top truck entries in the heavy- and medium-duty categories. Nine trucks were nominated for the 2012 ATD Commercial Truck of the Year

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

Used Truck Volumes Slip in October

Reported volumes of used Classes 3-8 truck sales slipped back into negative territory in October, after enjoying a recovery in September. Scarce inventory and sustained demand may be the cause

Tags: Economy

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

New Mercedes Actros Named European Truck of the Year 2012

Mercedes' new Actros model last week was named the International Truck of the Year 2012 at the Trailer 2011 exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium

November 23, 2011 - Industry News

Cummins to Expand Test Center in North Carolina

Cummins says it will invest $24 million over three years to expand the research and development capabilities at its technical center in North Charleston, S.C.

November 23, 2011 - Industry News

Happy Thanksgiving

No news will be posted on Truckinginfo.com today due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Please feel free to browse through our blogs or one of our in-depth sections, from Trucks & Trailers to Drivers, or check out digital versions of our print editions in the archives

Tags: Events

November 23, 2011 - Industry News

Final Rule Posted Banning Handheld Cell Phone Use by Truck Drivers

Interstate truck and bus drivers will soon be prohibited from using handheld cell phones while operating their vehicles, under a final joint rule announced today from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

November 22, 2011 - Industry News

Below-Trend Recovery Continues, Hindered by Policy Uncertainty

The National Association for Business Economics expects moderate economic growth through 2012, with little likelihood of another recession or an outbreak of inflation

Tags: Economy

November 22, 2011 - Industry News

OSHA Issues Order, Damages Against Heartland Transportation Inc.

An Andersonville, Tenn.-based contract mail carrier has been ordered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to reinstate a former employee and pay $62,090 in compensatory and punitive damages plus more than two years of back wages, interest, benefits and attorney's fees

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