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July 28, 2011 - Industry News

Illinois Simplifies State Truck Laws

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn this week signed laws that simplify trucking rules in the state

July 27, 2011 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Second Quarter Revenues Up Over 100%

Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced results for the second quarter of 2011

July 27, 2011 - Industry News

Civil Engineers: Families Will Suffer if Infrastructure Crumbles

The nation's deteriorating surface transportation infrastructure will cost the American economy more than 870,000 jobs, and suppress the growth of the country's Gross Domestic Product by $3.1 trillion by 2020, according to a new report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers

Tags: Highways

July 27, 2011 - Industry News

More Q2 Fleet Financials: Mostly Positive

More fleets announced financial results for the second quarter of 2011 this week. On the whole, the numbers are good, but not everyone is doing well

July 27, 2011 - Industry News

Equipment Makers Offer Idea to Fund Highways

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says it has an idea for a revenue-neutral solution to rebuild and modernize America's interstates without raising the fuel tax

Tags: Highways

July 27, 2011 - Industry News

Manthey Redmond to Launch U.S. Fuel Economy Initiative

Manthey Redmond, an internal combustion engine designer, will launch a U.S. trucking initiative designed to improve the fuel economy of commercial and industrial trucks across America

July 27, 2011 - Industry News

SmartDrive Research Shows Instant Feedback Helps Drivers Save Fuel

The findings of an ongoing study by SmartDrive show that fleets can reduce fuel consumption by employing more fuel-efficient driving techniques, eliminating unnecessary idling and reducing excessive speeds, and that instant driver feedback can help

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 27, 2011 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks, Vans, Contribute to Parent Company's Glowing 2Q Financials

Daimler AG reported its second-quarter earnings were among the best quarterly results in the group's entire history, and its Trucks division saw revenue grow 14%

July 26, 2011 - Industry News

NTSB Recommends Rollover/Stability Protection For Tank Trailers

The NTSB says stability control systems, like this one demonstrated by Bendix, should be required on tanker trailers.

The National Transportation Safety Board says more needs to be done to make tanker trailers less prone to rollovers, including mandatory stability control systems, following its investigation of a 2009 rollover accident involving a tractor and tanker trailer

July 26, 2011 - Industry News

Cummins Reports Record Sales and Earnings in Second Quarter

Cummins reported record sales and earnings for the second quarter on strong growth in nearly every global market

July 26, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Trailers: Production Strength Continues, Orders Fall for Third Straight Month

June saw the third consecutive monthly decline in total U.S commercial trailer net orders, with the industry posting a 26% decline from May, according to ACT Research

July 26, 2011 - Industry News

Paccar Announces Increased Second Quarter Revenues and Earnings

Paccar reported improved revenues and net income for the second quarter of 2011, but fell short of Wall Street's forecasted earnings

July 26, 2011 - Industry News

Discrete Wireless Becomes NexTraq

NexTraq, formerly Discrete Wireless, unveiled a rebrand initiative that incorporates a new image and messaging as well as a new approach to its website

July 26, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8% in June

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.8% in June after decreasing a revised 2% in May 2011

July 26, 2011 - Industry News

Illinois DOT Warns of Three-Day I-57 Closure

The Illinois Department of Transportation will close Interstate 57 for an expected three days next week

Tags: Highways

July 25, 2011 - Industry News

Werner, ATDynamics Display Aero Tech on Capitol Hill

ATDynamics and Werner Enterprises last week displayed a Werner tractor-trailer equipped with TrailerTail rear-drag aerodynamics technology in Washington, D.C., even as first-ever fuel economy standards for heavy trucks are expected to be issued at any time

July 25, 2011 - Industry News

Eaton Second Quarter Earnings Per Share Increase 47%

Eaton Corp. announced net income per share of $0.97 for the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 47% over the $0.66 earned in the second quarter of 2010

July 25, 2011 - Industry News

Bendix Buying Lane-Departure Warning From Iteris

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is buying certain assets, including SafetyDirect software and the Lane Departure Warning System, from Iteris

July 25, 2011 - Industry News

Freeway Closures Coming to I-710/Long Beach Freeway

The California Department of Transportation will conduct 10 weekends of 53-hour extended closures and full freeway closures on the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) beginning August 5

Tags: Highways

July 25, 2011 - Industry News

TCA Members Accept Challenge to "Pay It Forward" with Charitable Donations

John Christner challenged fellow carriers to start "pay it forward" program.

The Truckload Carriers Association has challenged carriers to give employees money to use for chartable purposes of their own choosing, and 55 have already taken up the challenge

July 25, 2011 - Industry News

Interstate Distributor Guarantees Independent Carriers $1.05

Interstate Distributor announced a rate per mile guarantee for independent carriers operating within their Power Only program

July 25, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Up; Crude Down in Face of Debt Deal Deadlock

National on-highway diesel prices were up 2.6 cents from last week, continuing a recent climb

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 24, 2011 - Industry News

Safety Aspects of Highway Bill Could Include New-Carrier Training, Reincarnated Carriers, Changes to Drug Testing

As Congress last week held hearings that offer some insight into what a transportation reauthorization might look like, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., opened discussions on what will likely be included in the safety portion of the Senate's reauthorization bill. Lautenberg, who chairs the Surface Transportation Subcommittee, said he plans to introduce a bill soon

July 24, 2011 - Industry News

Outlines of Transport Bill Emerge from Senate Hearings

The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee is going forward with a 2-year proposal that would keep funding at its current level of $109 billion. (Photo by Steven Vance)

The outline of a transportation reauthorization bill started to emerge from the haze of Washington's summer heat storm last week. Timing and details will remain blurred for a while yet, at least until the epic struggle over the debt ceiling is resolved, but at several hearings last week Senators began public discussions on highway funding, policy and safety

Tags: Highways

July 22, 2011 - Industry News

YRCW Completes Restructuring Plan

YRC Worldwide has completed its restructuring, a comprehensive, $500 million plan that infused new capital, created additional liquidity, reduced debt and installed a new CEO and board

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