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August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Early Reaction to Truck Efficiency Standards Mostly Positive

Trucking interests are still poring through a nearly 1,000-page rule that sets first-of-their-kind fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles, but initial reaction has been largely positive

Tags: Fuel and Oil

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Teamster Carhual Members Ratify National, 51-month Agreement

Teamster carhaulers have ratified a new National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement, securing wage increases for about 4,500 workers

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Retail Container Traffic Drops Below Last Year, Expected to See Gains as Holidays Approach


Year-over-year increases in retail container shipping are expected to resume in September. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports will remain below last year's levels for the remainder of the summer before seeing year-over-year gains again this fall as retailers begin to stock up for the holiday season

Tags: Intermodal

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Increased Fuel Sales, New Rent Agreement Drive Profits for TravelCenters of America

Fuel sales helped drive TA profits in the second quarter. (Photo by  Jim Park)

TravelCenters of America announced financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Earnings were over 17 times higher than the same period last year

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Clean Energy Opens Four New CNG Stations

Clean Energy has opened for new compressed natural gas fueling stations: two in downtown Chicago, one at Las Vegas/McCarran Intl. Airport, and one at Austin-Bergstrom Intl. Airport

Tags: Fuel and Oil

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

12 Flying Js in Canada Join Transflo Express Network

Pegasus TransTech announced that 12 new locations for Transflo Express truckstop scanning have been added in Canada, tripling the number of Pilot Flying Js in the Transflo Express Canadian network

August 8, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Drivers Competing for National Championship

More than 400 top professional truck drivers from all across the U.S. are competing this week in the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships, August 9-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla

Tags: Events

August 8, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore Releases Second Produce Report Tracking Reefer Activity

TransCore released its second in a series of free monthly DAT Produce Reports. Rates this past month rose on the whole

August 8, 2011 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Drayage Facility in Maryland

Old Dominion Freight Line opened a new container drayage site to serve ports and container yards in the Baltimore area

Tags: Intermodal

August 8, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Drops Steeply; Oil Hits Lowest Price This Year

National on-highway diesel prices dropped 4 cents from last week, landing at $3.897, while crude prices fell Monday to their lowest this year. It was the second consecutive weekly drop for diesel prices, according to the Department of Energy's weekly fuel price report. Prices fell in every region.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

August 8, 2011 - Industry News

Obama Administration Announces First Fuel Economy Standards for Medium and Heavy Trucks

President Obama today announced first-of-their-kind fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles, saying the new rules will save American businesses who operate and own these commercial vehicles approximately $50 billion in fuel costs over the life of the program

Tags: GHG emissions

August 7, 2011 - Industry News

Partisan Finger-pointing Draws Credit Downgrade Warnings While Oil Prices Tumble

If the situation weren't serious enough already, the international credit rating agency, Standard & Poors, warns that further bickering and infighting could result in further rating downgrades. Meanwhile, oil prices on Asian markets fell below $84 in Singapore at midday -- more than three dollars lower than Friday's New York close.

Tags: Economy

August 7, 2011 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Expands US Footprint with Performance Truck and Trailer

HDA Truck Pride announces the addition of Performance Truck and Trailer, LLC of Ontario Calif. to the HDA Truck Pride family

August 7, 2011 - Industry News

Compli Expands Comprehensive Suite of Premium Trainings to Meet Clients' Growing Needs

Suite includes Premium Trainings in the areas of: Human Resources, Professional Development and Environmental Health and Safety, among other topics. Compli, a provider of HR and compliance management solutions for the trucking industry, has expanded its list of premium trainings within the Compli platform

August 7, 2011 - Industry News

Speakers List Announced for FTR 2011 Transportation Conference

The list of speakers is already impressive, and it continues to grow for the 2011 "Where Freight Matters" conference, hosted by FTR Associates Sept. 13-15 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Tags: Events

August 7, 2011 - Industry News

Ontario to Investigate Navistar Funding Agreement

Officials in the province of Ontario say they will investigate to determine if Navistar breached any funding agreements with the province following the announcement that it would close the Chatham, Ont., assembly plant

August 6, 2011 - Industry News

Caterpillar Recall Affects Less Than 1,000 Engines

Caterpillar is not recalling 590,000 on-highway and off-road diesel engines, as reported previously. In fact, the number of engines actually recalled is just 925. The company will, however, pay a $2.55 million penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations for shipping some 590,000 engines without the correct emissions controls

August 4, 2011 - Industry News

Survey Shows Driver Shortage Limiting Hauling Capacity, Growth Potential

According to the Q3 2011 Fleet Sentiment Report, conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research, 40% of responding fleets say they are already feeling the impact of the shortage of qualified drivers

Tags: Economy

August 4, 2011 - Industry News

OIG: Public Private Partnerships a Mixed Blessing

In a report issued in late July, the Office of Inspector General found that public-private partnerships have several financial disadvantages when compared to traditional public sector financing, but certain private sector efficiencies can meaningfully offset PPPs' cost disadvantages

Tags: Highways

August 4, 2011 - Industry News

Penske Makes Online Truck Rentals Easier with New Mobile Website

Penske Truck Rental has introduced a new mobile website at that enables consumers to make truck rental reservations from virtually any smartphone

August 4, 2011 - Industry News

APRA Calls on India to Accept Trade in Reman Parts

APRA President, Bill Gager, is calling on the Indian Government to accept trade in remanufactured products on an equal basis with new manufactured products

August 4, 2011 - Industry News

July Preliminary Net Class 8 Orders Lowest Since September 2010

Preliminary data just released by FTR Associates shows July Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEM's at 18,532, the lowest monthly total since September of 2010

Tags: Economy

August 4, 2011 - Industry News

Horton Expands Britton, S.D. Plant

Horton, Inc. is expanding its Britton, S.D., facility by 20,000 square feet in order to the expansion of the company's growing QuickShip regional warehouse program

August 4, 2011 - Industry News

Performance Kenworth Opens New Parts and Service Facility in Rosenberg, Texas

Performance Kenworth has opened a new parts and service location in Rosenberg offering truck fleets and operators easy access from U.S. 59

August 4, 2011 - Industry News

American La France Forms Commercial Arm to Expand Sales of Condor LCFs

American LaFrance, an old-line maker of fire apparatus, has formed a Commercial Truck Division to spur growth of its Condor heavy low-cab-forward series and develop new products

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