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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

September 13, 2011 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Down 1.4% in August

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index fell 1.4% in August on a seasonally and workday adjusted basis, following a 0.2% decline in July

September 13, 2011 - Industry News

NTSB Recommends Trucker Cellphone Ban in Wake of Kentucky Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended banning mobile phone use by commercial drivers Tuesday following its investigation of 2010 cross-median truck crash that claimed 11 lives

September 12, 2011 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Service Center in Madison, Wis.

Old Dominion Freight Line opened its newest service center in Madison, WIs., after experiencing sustained growth in the region

September 12, 2011 - Industry News

Utility Fleet Sales of Texas Acquires Missouri Bucket Truck Dealer

Utility Fleet Sales has acquired the assets of Powerline Equipment Sales based in Wentzville, Mo

September 12, 2011 - Industry News

GE Capital Fleet Services To Host Webinar on the Impact of CSA

GE Capital Fleet Services will host a webinar on Sept. 20, focusing on the U.S. Department of Transportation's Compliance, Safety, Accountability safety enforcement program

Tags: Events

September 12, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Down; Oil Up Despite Demand Slide; Europe on the Brink

National on-highway diesel prices dropped six-tenths of a cent from last week to $3.862, following a rise of more than 4 cents the week previous

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 12, 2011 - Industry News

Congress to Take Up 6-Month Highway Extension

Congress is considering a clean six-month extension of the federal highway program, which would fund the program at its current level until March 31, 2012. The House bill, introduced by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be taken up this week, according to a schedule posted by the Rules Committee

September 12, 2011 - Industry News

Mexican Carrier Clears Audit for Cross-Border Trucking

A Mexican trucking company, Grupo Behr de Baja California, has cleared its pre-authorization audit for providing long-distance service into the U.S. as part of the pending cross-border pilot program

September 11, 2011 - Industry News

Structural Defects Prompt Closure of I-64 Bridge Between Indiana and Kentucky

The Sherman Minton Bridge carrying traffic over the Ohio River on I-64 is closed indefinitely.

A nearly 50-year-old bridge taking I-64 across the Ohio River between New Albany, Ind., and Louisville, Ky., has been closed after cracks were found in two support beams

Tags: Highways

September 11, 2011 - Industry News

Bendix to Hold Safety Technology Demo in Washington, D.C.

Bendix this week will give legislators, governmental agencies and others in the Washington, D.C., area a chance to experience current and future safety technologies

Tags: Events

September 9, 2011 - Industry News

Natural Gas for Trucking Building Momentum

Ryder is making 202 natural gas vehicles available for lease or rent in Southern California with the help of a public/private partnership.

Sales of trucks powered by natural gas will grow faster than the rest of the North American Market over the next several years, according to Frost & Sullivan, an industry analysis firm. A new report predicts that North American sales of Class 6-8 LNG and CNG vehicles will rise to nearly 30,000 by 2017. That's up from just 1,950 last year, slightly less than 1% of North American sales

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 9, 2011 - Industry News

Pacer Testing LNG Trucks in Southern California Operations

Pacer International is testing a number of liquefied natural gas powered trucks for its Southern California Cartage fleet. The trucks will operate through Pacer's cartage subsidiary, Pacer Cartage

September 9, 2011 - Industry News

Survey: Engine Choice Likely to be First Factor in Purchase Decisions When Replacing Aging Fleet

More than half of American commercial heavy trucks are six to nine years old or more and seemingly ripe for replacement, according to a survey of fleet executives by Newport Business Media

September 9, 2011 - Industry News

Transportation and Logistics Outlook: Slow but Positive, with Significant Change

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, an equity research firm, predicted a good future for the freight transportation industry, despite the bad economy, in its Transportation and Logistics Outlook for 2011 and Beyond

Tags: Economy

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

Michigan Study Suggests CSA Improvements

An analysis of the CSA safety enforcement system finds that most elements are working well but improvements still are needed. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute prepared an in-depth study of the 30-month field test of CSA, then known as CSA 2010. As expected, it found that the system worked better than the old SafeStat system, improved carrier behavior and reached more carriers

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week to Target Brake Adjustment

Next week is Brake Safety Week, when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance works to improve industry knowledge, regulatory compliance and performance of commercial vehicle braking systems

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

JOC: Import Trade to Stagnate for Rest of 2011

The Journal of Commerce and PIERS revised estimates for containerized import growth for 2011 and 2012 downward on Thursday, citing weaker economic data reported by the U.S. government that will lead to a nearly stagnant import trade for the rest of this year

Tags: Economy

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

Nominations Now Open for Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year

The Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year Award will be given out at the Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group Summit Jan. 23 in Las Vegas

Tags: Events

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