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March 12, 2012 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Relatively Flat Month-Over-Month

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for January remained basically unchanged from the previous month with a reading of negative 4.8

Tags: Economy

March 12, 2012 - Industry News

Shippers Group Honors U.S. Xpress

The National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council named U.S. Xpress Enterprises its Truckload Carrier of the Year

March 11, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Stops Plan to Determine Accountability in CSA Crash Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week reversed course on a long-planned correction in its CSA safety enforcement system. The agency was close to proposing a way for carriers to get an assessment of fault in the crashes used to determine their safety rating, but on Thursday Anne Ferro told industry representatives that the agency will not go ahead after all

March 11, 2012 - Industry News

I-75 South Closed in NE Tennessee for About Two Weeks

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has closed both lanes of Interstate 75 South in Campbell County in northeast Tennessee on the Kentucky border, due the collapse of a section of embankment

Tags: Highways

March 11, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel Exhaust Found to be 'Negligible' Contributor to One Type of Pollution

Contrary to what the scientific community expected, the exhaust fumes from gasoline vehicles are a bigger polluter than diesel exhaust when it comes to a specific type of pollution, according to a new study

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 9, 2012 - Industry News

Bridgestone Launches Project to Develop Sustainable Source of Natural Rubber

Guayule (pronounced Why-u-lee) is a perennial shrub native to the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. It produces natural rubber in its bark and roots.

Bridgestone Corp. has plans for a research project in the U.S. to develop the Guayule plant as a commercially viable, renewable source of high-quality natural rubber

March 9, 2012 - Industry News

FTR: Trucking Industry to Fare Adequately in 2012, Oil Prices Will Fall

FTR Associates says the outlook for the 2012 trucking industry is fair. In FTR's "State of Freight" webinar late last week, analysts addressed the overall economy as well as specifics about trucking and oil, a particularly hot topic because of climbing prices

Tags: Economy

March 8, 2012 - Industry News

ATD Study: EPA Grossly Underestimated Emissions Systems Costs

EPA's projected total 2004-2010 heavy-duty compliance costs compared to actual total surcharges for three OEMs.

A report released yesterday by The National Automobile Dealers Association and American Truck Dealers questions the Environmental Protection Agency's cost analysis of 2004-2010 emissions control mandates. Data collected by ATD shows EPA's cost estimates were off by a factor of between two and five

March 8, 2012 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show Drawing Near

There are plenty of events for attendees to enjoy at the Mid-America Trucking Show from seminars to live concerts.

The 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., is almost upon us, with concerts, seminars and a "listening session" on electronic onboard recorders in addition to the extensive exhibit halls

Tags: Events

March 8, 2012 - Industry News

House May Default to Senate's Highway Bill

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) yesterday gave the clearest indication yet that Congress will go with a short-term highway bill like the one the Senate is close to passing. "The current plan is to see what the Senate can produc

March 8, 2012 - Industry News

Great Dane Promotes Three Engineers

From the top: Charlie Fetz, new vice president of design and development; Adam Hill, new vice president of product and sales engineering; Alan Whiten, new director of manufacturing engineering

Great Dane promoted three members of its Savannah, Ga., engineering management team, Charlie Fetz, Adam Hill and Alan Whiten

March 8, 2012 - Industry News

Love's Donates $25,000 to Red Cross for Tornado Disaster Relief

Love's Travel Stops will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross, Louisville, Ky., regional chapter to help communities in the Southern Indiana and Kentucky areas struck by tornadoes on March 2

March 8, 2012 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Completes All-Electric Toll Study

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is considering converting to a cashless, all-electronic toll collection system due to advantages such as enhanced safety, a cleaner environment, reduced travel time and reduced operating costs

Tags: Highways

March 7, 2012 - Industry News

Robert Low Elected TCA Chairman

Robert Low is TCA's new chairman for the 2012-2013 term.

The Truckload Carriers Association has a new chairman: Robert Low, president and founder of Prime Inc., Springfield, Mo. Low, who will serve for the 2012-2013 term, was sworn in during TCA's Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., this week

March 7, 2012 - Industry News

PeopleNet, Vusion Offer Fuel Theft Detection

PeopleNet is getting ready to offer a fuel-theft detection solution with the help of sister company, data analytics provider Vusion

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 7, 2012 - Industry News

Obama Visits DTNA Truck Plant, Addresses Energy Issues

Juan Smith, engine quality assurance specialist, welcomes President Barack Obama to the Mount Holly Manufacturing Plant.

President Barack Obama toured Daimler Trucks North America's Mount Holly, N.C., manufacturing plant Wednesday and spoke on alternative fuel technologies while praising DTNA's commitment to natural gas

March 7, 2012 - Industry News

NTEA Installs Frank Livas as 48th President

Frank Livas was installed as NTEA's 48th president.

Frank Livas, president of Brake & Clutch, Salem, Mass., was installed as the 48th president of the NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry

March 7, 2012 - Industry News

Rocha Transportation, Bison Trucking TCA Safety Award Winners

The Truckload Carriers Association named Rocha Transportation and Bison Transport the grand-prize winners of TCA's National Fleet Safety Awards

March 7, 2012 - Industry News

GE, Chesapeake to Collaborate to Speed Adoption of Natural Gas

GE and Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced they will collaborate to accelerate the adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 7, 2012 - Industry News

CARB Offers New Leasing Option for Cleaner Trucks

The California Air Resources Board is now offering a lease-to-own financing opportunity to encourage early compliance with CARB's on-road diesel vehicle and tractor-trailer greenhouse gas regulations

March 7, 2012 - Industry News

Parker Reports Positive Results for RunWise Hybrid Drive System

Parker Hannifin confirmed a 43% reduction in fuel consumption and 99% uptime for refuse vehicles using its RunWise Advanced Series Hybrid Drive System after more than a year of service for its fleet of pre-production vehicles operating in several communities in South Florida

March 7, 2012 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks First U.S. Manufacturer to Achieve Dual Energy Certifications

Above, assembly of a Volvo VNL 780, equipped with a Volvo D13 engine. Volvo Trucks' New River Valley plant is the first to be certified to the ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance standards.

Volvo Trucks' New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va., is the first U.S. facility to be certified to the ISO 50001 standards under a pilot program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy

March 6, 2012 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers to Support Mandatory Speed Limiters

The Truckload Carriers Association's board of directors this week approved a policy supporting a federal mandate of speed limiters on commercial trucks that would not allow them to exceed 65 mph

March 6, 2012 - Industry News

DTNA Recalls Trucks for Fuel System Problems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall notice on up to 110,000 trucks equipped with Detroit Diesel DD13, DD15 and DD16 engines manufactured from January 20, 2006, through February 20, 2012

March 6, 2012 - Industry News

Joyce Brenny Receives 2012 "Influential Woman in Trucking" Award

Joyce Brenny

Joyce Brenny, owner of Brenny Transportation and Brenny Specialized, received the second annual "Influential Woman in Trucking" award at the Truckload Carriers Association's annual meeting yesterday

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