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March 2, 2011 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Association Offers Anti-Harassment Guidelines for Driver Trainers

The Women In Trucking Association released new anti-harassment guidelines to its members that focus on employee training

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

Marten Transport Increases Driver Pay

Marten Transport, a Wisconsin-based carrier, raised driver pay effective April 1.

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

Insurance Institute Wants Underride Guard Improvements

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is petitioning the federal government to require stronger underride guards on the back of tractor-trailers, following a series of tests the group says demonstrate that underride guards on tractor-trailers can fail in relatively low-speed crashes

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

Cost of CSA Will Rise as Program Ramps Up

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration created and launched its new CSA safety enforcement program with a small number of staff, outside contractors and existing budget, but now that the program is ramping up it will require considerably more resources, said the Government Accountability Office

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

GAO Study Examines Societal Costs of Transportation Modes

A study by the Government Accountability Office finds that shippers do not pay the full societal cost of freight service in any mode, but particularly in trucking. External trucking costs, such as accidents, pollution and congestion, are six times greater than similar costs created by railroads and at least nine times greater than those created by waterways, GAO said in its report to the House Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore Reports Van and Flatbed Rates Continue to Rise

Van rates nationwide increased 2.6 percent in the last two weeks as markets affected by recent winter storms recovered.

Tags: Economy

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

TA Launches TruckSmart iPhone App

TravelCenters of America announced a new smart phone application, called TruckSmart.

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

Texting Ban Announced for Hazmat Drivers

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule this week prohibiting texting on electronic devices by drivers transporting hazardous materials

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

North American Surface Trade Up Nearly 14% Year Over Year in December

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 13.8 percent higher in December 2010 than in December 2009, reaching $66.5 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Economy

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

Midwest Wheel Companies Turns 100

George Koons, Fred Prior and staff during the early days of Midwest Wheel Companies.

Midwest Wheel Companies of Des Moines, Iowa, celebrated its 100th anniversary yesterday

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Spikes 14 Cents, Passes $3.71 a Gallon

Diesel fuel took its biggest hike since June 2009 this week, rising 14.3 cents over last week's Department of Energy price survey. The national average price reported by the Energy Information Administration on Monday was $3.716 per gallon

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

Lynden Transport Expands Service to and from Oklahoma and North Dakota

In response to customer and industry demand, Lynden Transport is offering new scheduled Less-than-Truckload (LTL) service to Oklahoma and North Dakota

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

Maryland Truckers to Head to the Capital Today to Protest Fuel Tax & Fee Hikes

Truck drivers from across the state will roll into Annapolis Today (Tuesday) at 11:00 AM to protest legislation that would substantially increase the state's fuel tax and vehicle registration fees

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

YRC Reaches Tentative Agreement on Debt Restructuring

YRC Worldwide has announced it has reached an agreement in principle with major debt holders for a restructuring plan

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Continues to Improve

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index, as reported in the March Trucking Update, rose to 9.1 in January from a December reading of 7.1

Tags: Economy

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

Florida Utility Trailers, Inc. Acquires South Florida Dealership

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company says that Florida Utility Trailers, Inc. has acquired Utility Trailer Sales & Leasing in Miami, Florida

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

'Next Generation' Program for Truck Dealers to Launch at ATD Convention

The American Truck Dealers has announced a new program aimed at developing the next wave of medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers to effectively run their businesses

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Extended Warranty on Medium Duty Models

Paccar Financial and its truck-maker subsidiary, Kenworth, is offering a 2-year/200,000-mile basic vehicle extended warranty program through Dec. 31, 2011

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Challenges Research in Hours of Service Proposal

The American Trucking Associations is upping its campaign against the Federal Motor Carrier Administration's proposed changes to the hours of service rule. ATA asked a researcher whose work the agency cites in support of the proposal to review the agency's findings. Prof. Francesco Cappuccio, an epidemiologist at the Warwick Medical School in Coventry, U.K., replied that the work he participated in does not support the agency's conclusions

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

Advantage Truck Names Adkins President

Ken Adkins (left), president of Advantage Truck Center and Advantage Truck Leasing with Terry Young, principal and owner of the parent company.

Sister companies Advantage Truck Center and Advantage Truck Leasing recently named Ken Adkins as their new President

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

ATA: It's Time to Open Access to Domestic Energy Sources

With world events showing the importance of energy independence, the American Trucking Associations called on the Obama administration to stop blocking access to U.S.-held energy assets

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

Travis Trailer Acquires Everlite Alumatech Assets

Travis Body & Trailer, Inc., of Houston, Texas has just completed the acquisition of the assets of Everlite, Inc., the former manufacturer of the Alumatech Trailer product line

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

TRIB Moves Offices to Washington, DC Area

The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau has moved its offices from Pacific Grove, California to the Washington, DC metropolitan area effective February 25th, 2011

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Expands Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration added a new feature to the screening program that gives carriers a look at the history of a driver who is applying for a job. The agency is making data available on co-driver safety and post-crash violations, in addition to the roadside inspection and crash records that employers already can see.

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

Oil Prices Appear to be Stabilizing, Diesel Up: Crude Closes at $97.28

Oil prices dropped Thursday for the first time in nine days after the International Energy Agency said the rebellion in Libya may have cut oil production less than originally feare

Tags: Fuel and Oil

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