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December 15, 2011 - Industry News

TIGER III Produces $511 Million for 46 Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the funding grants on Thursday, months ahead of schedule, so communities can get started on job-creating infrastructure projects

Tags: Highways

December 15, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore's Freight Index Up 36%

TransCore's North American Freight Index climbed 36% last month compared to November 2010, making it the consecutive month with the highest same-month volume since 2005

Tags: Economy

December 15, 2011 - Industry News

Worldwide Equipment Acquires Cherokee Kenworth

Worldwide Equipment, a heavy-duty truck dealer group based in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, has purchased the Columbia and Greenville S.C. locations of Cherokee Kenworth

December 15, 2011 - Industry News

RAIR and ITI Team to Provide Personalized Real-Time Training

RAIR, a division of DriveCam and a provider of web-based safety and compliance solutions, has partnered with Instructional Technologies, Inc. to provide ITI's Pro-TREAD online safety training to DOT-regulated fleets

December 15, 2011 - Industry News

New Petro Opens in Dodge City, Ala.

TravelCenters of America has opened its 69th Petro Stopping Center location at I-65, exit 299 in Dodge City, AL

December 15, 2011 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Sells Glen Moore to Celadon

Indiana-based Celadon continued its recent streak of acquisitions by buying a signifiant portion of the assets of YRC Worldwide's Glen Moore truckload subsidiary

December 15, 2011 - Industry News

Cell Phone Restrictions Now in Effect

Interstate truck and bus drivers are prohibited from using handheld cell phones while driving as of today, Jan. 3, under a final rule posted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

December 15, 2011 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Buys West Texas Peterbilt

Rush Enterprises has acquired certain assets of West Texas Peterbilt, a Peterbilt dealership group with five locations in Texas

December 15, 2011 - Industry News

New Oil Category in the Works for Next Round of Engine Technology

To help meet the federal government's new fuel economy regulations for heavy trucks, engine makers are looking to improved engine oils, including lower-viscosity oils that can perform under more demanding conditions. Earlier this month, a team was formed by the American Petroleum Institute to develop a new API oil-service category, to replace the current CJ-4. And for the first time, there will be two subcategories to deal with the issue of backward compatibility

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 15, 2011 - Industry News

Shipper Group Plans Pro-Trucking Day in D.C.

With pending legislation and advocacy issues threatening to dramatically raise transportation and supply chain costs, more than 10 industry associations, led by the shipper group NASSTRAC, have agreed to participate in a pro-trucking Washington fly-in on Feb. 1

Tags: Events

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Increased 0.1% in November

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, issued on Tuesday by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Ceridian Corporation rose 0.1% in November following a 1.1% increase in October

Tags: Economy

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

ATDynamics Earns California's Highest Environmental Honor

For the development and commercialized the TrailerTail, a four-foot aerodynamic fairing which streamlines airflow at the back of a tractor-trailer, ATDynamics, Inc. is the recipient of the 2011 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

Rush Celebrates Skills Rodeo Winners, says Program Cuts Turnover

The top two winners of Rush Enterprises' 2011 technicians competition together copped $26,500 in cash, engraved silver belt buckles and possession of traveling champion's cups. The pair were honored in front of 360 cheering colleagues, spouses and sponsor representatives in San Antonio on Tuesday night

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

NHTSA Closer to Posting Stability Control Proposal

A proposal to require stability control systems on truck tractors moved a step closer to publication this week when it was sent over to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final vetting

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Truck Safety Bill

The safety provisions include a mandate for comprehensive electronic onboard recorders. (Photo courtesy Schneider National)

In a contentious session yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee cleared the truck safety section of the pending highway bill. The committee cleared the bill 13 to 11 on a party-line vote, not because the Republican minority opposes the safety provisions, but because the measure includes an amendment concerning freight planning that the minority does not like

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

NTSB Recommendations Include Video Recorders, Collision Prevention

Tucked away in the same document in which the National Transportation Safety Board recommended cell phone bans for all drivers was a reiteration of previous recommendations to require video event recorders in heavy trucks, look at mandating collision avoidance systems, and other truck-specific issues

December 14, 2011 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America to Offer Fuel Island Manager Cardless Fueling

TravelCenters of America announced it will install RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology at all of its locations nationwide to help fleets manage fuel transactions

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Holiday Shipping Season to End on an Up Note

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports should be up 0.3% in December compared with the same month last year as retailers head to the finish line of the holiday shopping season

Tags: Intermodal

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Great Dane's Distribution Network Extends Reach in Canada

Great Dane has announced the expansion of Universal Truck and Trailer with the opening of its second full-service location in New Brunswick, Canada

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

NSTB Calls for Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving

After investigating a 2010 multi-vehicle highway accident in Gray Summit, Mo, the National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday called for the first-ever nationwide ban on driver use of "personal electronic devices," such as cell phones, while operating a motor vehicle

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

IdleAir Extends Price Freeze Through May 31, 2012

IdleAir will maintain its current price of $1.99/hr through the end of May next year, while Extended Stay Service rates remain at $1.25/hr

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Lion Technology Offering California Hazardous Waste Workshops

To help industry professionals understand and comply with California's stringent hazardous waste regulations, Lion Technology Inc. is presenting a series of two-day workshops on Managing Hazardous Waste in California, beginning in January

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Alliance Truck Parts Merchandise Available Online

Alliance Truck Parts is celebrating the launch of its new online store with a 20% off promotion through December 31, 2011

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

Utility Trailer Achieves Safety Milestone

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company's Marion, Va. manufacturing facility has achieved over 2 million hours without a single lost time accident

December 13, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Tougher Procedures on Reincarnated Carriers

A new rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would make it tougher for carriers that have been sanctioned to reincarnate themselves under a new identity. The agency is proposing to change its procedures in several areas affecting truck lines, intermodal equipment providers, brokers, freight forwards and hazmat proceedings

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