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July 21, 2011 - Industry News

Tennessee Truckstop Adds Truckstop Electrification

TR Auto Truck Plaza in Dandridge, Tenn., now offers 30 parking spaces equipped with devices that let drivers shut off their engines while they rest

July 21, 2011 - Industry News

SmartWay Drops "Certified," Announces Recognition Program

The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the designation for tractors and trailers it lists as fuel-efficient options, from "SmartWay Certified" to "SmartWay Designated.

July 20, 2011 - Industry News

Second Quarter Results Looking Good

A number of trucking companies announced very healthy second-quarter financial results yesterday

July 20, 2011 - Industry News

Vipar HD's Global Parts Network Adds Second Brake Facility

Global Parts Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vipar Heavy Duty, opened a new manufacturing center in South Bend, Ind., for remanufacturing and distributing truck brake shoes and related components

July 20, 2011 - Industry News

Expedite Meeting: Debt Ceiling, Regulation Top Motor Carrier Concerns

Members of The Expedite Alliance of North America held a town hall session in Nashville with Republican U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Leaders of top expedited transportation services companies attended to learn and act on the latest regulatory concerns and economic conditions impacting the industry

July 20, 2011 - Industry News

Trimble to Acquire PeopleNet

Trimble Navigation is buying privately held PeopleNet, a provider of integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for fleets

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

Judge Rules ATA-Long Beach Settlement Broke State Law

A federal judge has ruled that the Port of Long Beach broke state law when it failed to perform an environmental impact study before settling an American Trucking Associations lawsuit over some components of its Clean Truck Program

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

New York Law Requires Convex Mirrors on Trucks in Big Apple

A new state law requires crossover mirrors on many trucks in NYC.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Monday that requires convex mirrors, or "crossover mirrors," to be placed on the front of trucks being driven in New York City to eliminate blind spots directly in front of the truck

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Order Backlog Eases in June, Breaking Nine-Month Growth Streak

After increasing for nine consecutive months, the North American Class 8 order backlog dropped less than 1% during June

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

Obama Administration Steps Up Action Against Unsafe Motor Carriers

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that in the last two years, the Obama Administration has issued as many imminent hazard orders placing unsafe bus and truck companies out of service as in the previous 10 years combined

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

Utility's Arkansas Dealership Announces New Repair & Paint Facility

Utility Trailer Sales of N.W. Arkansas has expanded its current dealership by adding a new 36,000-square-foot repair and paint facility

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

McLeod Software, Tuskegee University to Analyze Lane Competition Profitability

McLeod Software and The Brimmer College of Business and Information Science at Tuskegee University are conducting a joint research project to analyze how costs and competition impact the overall pricing process for motor carriers

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

Paccar Financial Opens Used Truck Center in Salt Lake City

Paccar Financial opened the Salt Lake Used Truck Center, the company's third national used truck center

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Announces Conference Highlights

American Trucking Associations announced highlights of the annual Management Conference & Exhibition scheduled for October 15-18 in Grapevine, Texas

Tags: Events

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

Carriers Looking at Acquisitions

"Carriers are looking for partners to 'tango' with as volume and rate expectations are very positive." That's the comment of Richard Mikes, partner at Transport Capital Partners, about what the group's most recent Business Expectations Survey says about attitudes toward buying or selling trucking companies

July 19, 2011 - Industry News

Emissions Control Makers Sold Nearly 25,000 Diesel Retrofits Last Year

The Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association recently released the results of its survey showing its member companies sold nearly 25,000 diesel retrofit devices in 2010

July 18, 2011 - Industry News

Driver Celebration Scheduled at Carl's Corner Petro

TravelCenters of America, owner of Petro Stopping Centers, announced a driver celebration event to celebrate the grand opening of its Petro travel center at Exit 374 off I-35 in Carl's Corner, Texas

July 18, 2011 - Industry News

Total Transport Services Plans to Buy 100 Hydrogen-Fuel Class 8s

Total Transportation Services of Rancho Dominguez, Calif., plans to buy 100 zero-emission Tyrano hydrogen fuel cell-electric Class 8 heavy-duty trucks

July 18, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Condition Index Improves for Second Consecutive Month

FTR Associates' Shippers' Condition Index has moved upward again this month, signifying improving conditions for shippers with the current softness in the economy. However, FTR analysts say don't expect that trend to last

July 18, 2011 - Industry News

Tenex Capital Management Acquires LinkAmerica

Tenex Capital Management completed its acquisition of LinkAmerica Corporation, a transportation and logistics provider headquartered in Tulsa, Okla

July 18, 2011 - Industry News

Texas Governor Signs Three Natural Gas Bills

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs a bill encouraging natural gas use in transportation in a ceremony at Peterbilt's Denton, Texas, plant.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed three bills supporting the development of natural gas initiatives in the state

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 18, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Backs MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving

American Trucking Associations announced its support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Drivin

July 18, 2011 - Industry News

IRS Gives Truckers Three-Month Extension; Highway Use Tax Return Due Nov. 30

The Internal Revenue Service advised truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that their next federal highway use tax return, usually due Aug. 31, will instead be due on Nov. 30, 2011

July 18, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up Again; Crude Down as Nation Worries Over Debt

National on-highway diesel prices were up again last week, rising 2.4 cents to a $3.923 average. Prices are now $1.024 more expensive than the same time last year.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 18, 2011 - Industry News

Navistar Sues EPA to Force Re-Test of SCR Engines

Navistar is suing to force the Environmental Protection Agency to go back and re-test SCR engines for compliance with clean air standards and other aspects of the 2010 emission rule. In the suit, filed July 5 at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Navistar contends that EPA failed to comply with requirements for certification testing in clearing selective catalytic reduction systems for production and sale

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