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May 11, 2011 - Industry News

DOT's Freight Index: Shipments Highest Since July 2008

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry increased 1.9 percent in March from February to reach the highest level since July 2008, according to the DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index

May 11, 2011 - Industry News

Jason's Law Reintroduced; Would Address Truck Parking Problems

U.S. Reps Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Erik Paulsen (R-MN) have reintroduced Jason's Law, which would create a grant program to help alleviate the parking shortages and pay for safety improvements at existing rest areas

May 11, 2011 - Industry News

GAO Investigators Drive Through Holes in Port Security

An official at the Port of Tacoma checks a driver's TWIC card.

An investigation by the General Accountability Office has raised serious concerns about the ability of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program to safeguard the nation's ports

May 11, 2011 - Industry News

Meritor, Pressure Systems International Renew Strategic Alliance

Meritor and Pressure Systems International announced the renewal of their strategic alliance covering the distribution of the Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI in North America

May 10, 2011 - Industry News

DOE Lowers Oil, Diesel Predictions, Still Expects Higher 2011 Prices

As oil prices have fallen on the futures market recently, the Department of Energy has revised its oil price outlook for the year downward -- but says we still are looking at higher petroleum product prices for the year overall compared to 2010

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 10, 2011 - Industry News

Utility Reopens Glade Spring Facility After Tornado

Utility Trailer Manufacturing reopened its dry van manufacturing facility in Glade Spring, Va., following damage from a recent tornado

May 10, 2011 - Industry News

Rugged TRAX MT-10 Telematics-Based Asset Manager

Combining GPS & cellular tracking, the Morey Corp. announced the company's newest product, the Rugged TRAX MT-10 Asset Tracker

May 10, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Technology Forum Hosts Congressional Luncheon Series

A three-part Congressional luncheon series of seminars focusing on making U.S. transportation and goods movement more fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly will be hosted by the Diesel Technology Forum in May, June and July

Tags: Events

May 10, 2011 - Industry News

TA Q1 2011 Losses Improve Over Q1 2010

TravelCenters of America saw its losses shrink in the first quarter, thanks largely to savings in real estate rent and improved margins on fuel

May 10, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Enhances Public Access With Searchable Database

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched a new web page that improves free public access to orders and decisions on FMCSA civil penalty and safety rating cases

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

NAFA Honors Fleets for Sustainability Efforts

The NAFA Fleet Management Association honored four fleets with its 2011 Sustainable Fleet Awards

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Container Drayage Facility in Tennessee

Old Dominion Freight Line opened a new container drayage site in Memphis, Tenn. This new operation will serve all rail heads in the Memphis area and will offer pick-up and delivery to any point in the continental United States

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Peterbilt Offering RollTek Side Rollover Protection

IMMI RollTek side rollover protection is now available on all Peterbilt Class 8 vehicles. The RollTek protection system has been integrated in the Atlas Premium Air Ride high-back driver's seat

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Charter Fuels Joins Alliance AutoGas

Wisconsin energy provider Charter Fuels has partnered with the Alliance AutoGas network to supply regional fleet customers with propane autogas

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

CV Safety Technology Bill Would Offer Incentives for Safety Technology

Two U.S. representatives have introduced a bill that would provide a tax credit for commercial vehicle owners to purchase and install specific advanced safety technology, including brake stroke monitoring systems, vehicle stability systems, lane departure warning systems and collision warning or mitigation systems

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Expert Defines Keys to Growth in Trucking Industry at Conference

Satish Jindel, president of SJ Consulting Group, defined the keys to growth in the trucking industry at the Carrier Logistics' recent Group Conference in White Plains, N.Y

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down, Oil Recovering From Significant Fall

National on-highway diesel prices fell by 2 cents from last week to $4.104, according to the Energy Information Administration

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Lease-Accounting Rules Change Delayed as Complexity Complaints Addressed

It looks like proposed changes in accounting practices that would affect fleets that lease trucks will not go into effect as soon as originally expected

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Arkansas I-40 Eastbound Reopened

Arkansas highway officials have re-opened Interstate 40's eastbound lanes, which were closed for 23 miles between Little Rock and Memphis due to flooding

Tags: Highways

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Illinois Lawmakers Approve Uniform Speed Limits for Four-Lane Non-Interstate Highways

Legislation which received final approval today by the General Assembly and was sent to the Governor would expand the uniform 65 MPH speed limit to those 4-lane divided highways outside of the Chicago-area that currently have a split speed limit

Tags: Highways

May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Ryder Opens First Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance Facility

Ryder System celebrated the grand opening of its first natural gas vehicle maintenance facility and took an initial delivery of natural gas vehicles in Southern California on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May 8, 2011 - Industry News

CVSA Considering Out-of-Service Citation for Drivers Who Don't Have Medical Certificate

Under new guidelines being considered by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, a truck driver who twice fails to have a medical certificate on hand could be placed out of service

May 8, 2011 - Industry News

The Future Has No Bounds

As a newcomer to the trucking industry, it's difficult for me to imagine logistics in an era pre hyper-connectivity. Last week at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit, I got to see some of the best minds in trucking technology sharpen the cutting edge and debate the issues of the day.

May 6, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Reopens HOS Docket; Comments Sought on Four New Fatigue Studies

Four new fatigue studies have surfaced, and on Friday afternoon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reopened the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking comment period to allow for review of the newly presented research

May 6, 2011 - Industry News

Arkansas Flooding: I-40 Remains Closed in East Arkansas

Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas remains closed in both directions today around the flooded section at the White River Bridge, located near mile marker 202 at Hazen, Ark.

Tags: Highways

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