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April 24, 2011 - Industry News

John Hill Talks About Life at the FMCSA

When John Hill went to Washington to serve on the still-relatively-new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2006, he says, "I thought I would have a lot of say in truck safety in this country." But, he now says, he discovered that decisions in Washington are politically driven in most cases

April 24, 2011 - Industry News

Polar Corp. Enhances Manufacturing, Hires 500 Employees

Tank trailer maker Polar Corp. has expanded its production capabilities and added employees to reduce production lead times

April 24, 2011 - Industry News

NTTC Supports Mandatory Electronic Logging Devices

The National Tank Truck Carriers announced that its membership supports mandatory electronic logging devices for documentary compliance with hours of service rules

April 24, 2011 - Industry News

Paccar First Quarter Profits Jump

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Paccar reported improved quarterly revenues and net income that beat Wall Street estimates as sales of trucks and truck parts improved, and company officials noted that Class 8 sales forecasts have improved to the point that capacity may have a hard time meeting demand

April 22, 2011 - Industry News

Volvo Honors Dealers of the Year

Volvo Trucks North America Announced General Truck Sales of Muncie, Ind., and Expressway Trucks of Waterloo and Windsor, Ontario, 2010 Dealer of the Year in the U.S. and Canada respectively

April 22, 2011 - Industry News

Eaton First Quarter Income Up 80 Percent

Eaton's first quarter net income per share rose to $0.83, an increase of 80 percent over the first quarter of 2010

April 21, 2011 - Industry News

Jubitz Travel Center Upgrades Driver Lounge

Jubitz Travel Center is upgrading the Driver Services Lounge at its Portland, Ore., facility

April 21, 2011 - Industry News

Political Analyst Charlie Cook Kicks Off First-Ever Legislative/Regulatory Session at ATD Convention

Charlie Cook addresses the general session at the ATD Convention and Expo on April 18.

As legislative and regulatory challenges continue to grow in the nation's capital, it's more important than ever for commercial truck dealers to learn about issues that affect their dealerships and help shape sound policy decisions. That's why political analyst Charlie Cook was invited to kick off the first-ever general session covering legislative and regulatory affairs issues at the ATD Convention and Expo earlier this week

April 20, 2011 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Order Backlog Approaches 108,000 Units

Strong order volume pushed the Class 8 backlog to almost 108,000 units in March, according to ACT Research

April 20, 2011 - Industry News

Research Links Truck Crash Involvement to Driver History

A study by the American Transportation Research Institute reveals that truck drivers with poor driving records are more susceptible to being involved in a future truck crash than their peers with clean driving records

April 20, 2011 - Industry News

Delaware Opens State's First Electrified Truck Parking

Governor Jack Markell announced the opening of Delaware's first electrified parking area for trucks at the Smyrna Rest Area on U.S. Route 13

April 20, 2011 - Industry News

New Jersey Idling Ban to Start May 1

A ban on idling in New Jersey will go into effect on May 1 for pre-2007 model year trucks, despite local truckers' efforts to get the law modified

April 19, 2011 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Chief Speaks out on HOS, EOBRs

Former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator John Hill believes it's going to take Congressional action to put an end to the never-ending cycle of hours of service litigation and rewrites

April 19, 2011 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Partners with Wounded Warrior Project as Platinum Sponsor

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Chattanooga, Tenn., has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project as a Platinum Sponsor -- a $50,000 commitment

April 19, 2011 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Puts 144 Trucks OOS in One-Day Rural Enforcement Effort

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 144 trucks and 32 drivers out of service during a one-day enforcement effort that focused on commercial vehicles traveling on rural roads and non-interstate highways

April 19, 2011 - Industry News

Trucking Companies Relying Less on Broker Services

Carriers are using less broker services, another sign of tightening capacity, according to a survey by Transport Capital Partners. The recent First Quarter Business Expectations Survey by the transportation advisory firm found 87 percent of carriers said they have used less broker services during the past three months

April 19, 2011 - Industry News

Small Percentage of Drivers Represent Highest Distracted Driving Risk

A study of drivers observed through an in-cab video/vehicle data safety system found that a small percent of drivers are most likely to be involved in a distracted driving behavior when they do something dangerous like swerve or slam on the brakes

April 19, 2011 - Industry News

Ryder Opens 16th Facility in Southern California

Ryder System has opened a truck rental, leasing, and maintenance facility in Ventura, Calif

April 18, 2011 - Industry News

NPTC Supports Mandatory EOBR Rule

Paper logs may soon be a thing of the past as industry groups embrace the idea of mandatory electronic onboard recorders to track driver hours of service. (Photo by Jim Park)

The National Private Truck Council has followed the lead of the American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association, coming out with a policy endorsing the federal government's proposal to mandate electronic onboard recorders to track driver hours of service for nearly all carriers

April 18, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Pushes Higher, Crude Continues Modest Decline

The price of on-highway diesel fuel continued to push higher last week, though the national average price increase of 2.7 cents was modest compared to the previous week's 10-cent jump. The national average price is currently $1.031 higher, or 33.5 percent, than this time last year

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April 18, 2011 - Industry News

Natural Gas Advocates Go To Capitol Hill

Natural gas advocate T. Boone Pickens speaks at the NGVs Take the Hill event.

Capitol Hill was the venue last week for a gathering of natural gas vehicle advocates trying to educate the public, media, and policy- and decision-makers about the use of natural gas as a clean, domestic and abundant transportation fuel that is a viable and available alternative to foreign oil

April 18, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore's Canadian Freight Index Sets New Record

TransCore's Canadian Freight Index set a new record in March, topping previous record from May 2008. Volumes for March 2011 were up 35 percent from the previous year and 36 percent from the prior month

April 18, 2011 - Industry News

Saltchuk Resources to Acquire Interstate Distributor Co.

Interstate Distributor Co. announced that the 78-year-old trucking company owned by the McLean family has agreed to be acquired by Saltchuk Resources based in Seattle

April 18, 2011 - Industry News

Mack Names Distributor of the Year

Mack Trucks named Tri-State Truck Center of Memphis, Tenn., as its 2010 North American Distributor of the Year

April 17, 2011 - Industry News

Obama Signs Repeal of 1099 Provision of Healthcare Reform

President Obama signed into law a bill last Thursday repealing the healthcare reform law's 1099 tax reporting requirement, relieving small businesses of future paperwork burdens

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