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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

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

Right to Repair Supporters Drive for Mass. Ballot Placement

Following certification by the Massachusetts Attorney General of its proposed ballot question, the Right to Repair Coalition will immediately begin collecting signatures to place the issue before state voters

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

TCA Launches NTDAW Event Website

The Truckload Carriers Association and its industry partner, uDrove, have sponsored a central website for all events during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Tags: Events

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

Canada Issues Reminder on "Cabotage" Rules

The Canada Border Services Agency has issued a new Customs Notice on the point-to-point movement of domestic freight in Canada by tractor-trailers owned by foreign-based motor carriers, commonly referred to as cabotage

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

Bendix Launches Consolidated Remanufacturing Business Unit

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems introduced a new business unit solely focused on remanufacturing

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

2011 Diesel Emissions Conference & DEF Forum to Discuss Latest Emissions Technologies

The 4th Diesel Emissions Conference & DEF Forum USA 2011 will bring together stakeholders from around the globe to discuss the latest emissions technologies available to meet current and future legislation

Tags: Events

September 8, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Still Working on Mexico Pilot Details

The Inspector General report said FMCSA needs to develop plans for how it will do pre-authorization on-site safety inspections in Mexico. (photo courtesy www.mexicotrucker.com)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has more work to do before it can start the pilot program for long-distance trucking across the Mexican border. The Inspector General of the Department of Transportation says the agency has met most of the congressional requirements for the pilot program, but still must explain how it will conduct pre-authorization safety audits of Mexican carriers in Mexico

September 7, 2011 - Industry News

EIA Short Term Energy Outlook: Growth is Slowing, Fuel Will Go Up

The Energy Information Administration has significantly changed its predictions based on slower economic growth, and expects fuel prices to rise next year

Tags: Fuel and Oil

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