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December 21, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. DOT Releases Latest "Faces of Distracted Driving" Video

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released the latest video in the Department of Transportation's "Faces of Distracted Driving" series

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

Containment Berms Comply with new Federal Tank Truck Regs

New Ultra-Containment Berms from UltraTech International help meet new Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan requirements. The Berms capture small and large spills from tanker trucks, military vehicles and other heavy equipment

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. House Approves Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) now just needs President Obama's signature for the bipartisan legislation to be reauthorized for five more years as the U.S. House of Representatives approved DERA this morning by a voice vote

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

2011 Aftermarket Legislative Summit Rescheduled for June 20-21 in Washington, D.C.

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association's 2011 Aftermarket Legislative Summit has been rescheduled for June 20-21, 201

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

Commercial Trailer Net Orders Surge 23 Percent

Net orders of commercial trailers rose to 21,314 in November, a 23 percent increase over October's performance that was the strongest month in over two years. ACT Research Co. (ACT) also reported that November net orders were up 215 percent from the same month last year

Tags: Economy

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Say Port Registries Violate Federal Law

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the New Jersey Motor Truck Association and the Port Drivers Federation 18 have filed a petition asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) for a determination that mandatory drayage truck registries conducted by various ports and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are pre-empted by federal law

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Cold Weather Pushing Fuel Prices Higher Worldwide

Blame the cold for the escalating cost of fuel. It's cold all over and that's driving up demand for heating oil

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Announces Business Development Team

HDA Truck Pride announces its new business development team. The team's primary focus is to enhance communications to its members and to assist with the organic growth of the business

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

FleetPride Acquires Friction Materials Co of Eugene, Oregon

FleetPride, Inc. has acquired the assets of Friction Materials Co. The acquisition includes the leasing of Friction Materials' 15,000 square foot facility in Eugene, Oregon

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Adds Information to Discussion about Truck Driver Life Expectancy

DOT says a 2007 study puts the median age of death for a group of unionized dock workers and truckers combined was 61.9 years. The median age of death for men nationally in 1992 was 73.2 years.(Photo courtesy of Celedon)

The Department of Transportation has produced a piece of research that to a limited extent supports its claim that truck driving contributes to a shorter life expectancy than other occupations

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Ryder To Acquire California-Based Carmenita Leasing

Ryder System, Inc.has reached an agreement to purchase the full service leasing and rental business of Carmenita Leasing, Inc., of Santa Fe Springs, Calif

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Connecticut Crackdown Nets 28,000 Violations, $3.4 M in Fines

During the first four months of a statewide crackdown on "unsafe" truckers, police in Connecticut have issued 28,000 violations potentially worth more than $3.4 million in revenue for the state

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Prime Inc. Increasing Tanker Driver Starting Pay by 23 Percent

Company drivers at Prime Inc. starting as tanker drivers will now start at 41 cents per mile, the company says. Previously, drivers in the tank division started at 34 cents per mile

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Landstar Names Employees of the Year

Landstar has named Annette Forster, Emily Grantham, Kris Johnson and Zsanett Vasahlik Employees of the Year for 2010

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Bendix Delivers 100,000th ESP System

Marking a major milestone for its full-stability technology and for safety on our nation's highways, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems recently delivered its 100,000th Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program system for tractor-trailers, trucks, and motor coaches

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

ABF Suit Against YRC, Teamsters Dismissed

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit ABF Freight System filed against rival YRC Worldwide and the Teamsters aimed at blocking a labor agreement central to YRC's survival

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Heavy Trucks Forced back onto Maine State Highways

As of midnight Friday Dec. 17, the legal limit weight limit on I-295, I-395 and portions of I-95 dropped back to 80,000 pounds following the failure of the Senate to pass the $1.1 trillion 2011 omnibus budget bill

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

ATA: Truck Tonnage index fell 0.1 Percent in November

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index edged 0.1 percent lower in November after increasing a revised 0.9 percent in October

Tags: Economy

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

PacLease to Host Webinar on Lease Accounting Changes for Private Fleet Operators

PacLease will hold a webinar on Jan. 6, 2011, to discuss proposed new lease accounting standards that will be finalized later in the year. The webinar is geared for private fleet operators

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Peterbilt Donates Over $269,000 to the United Way of Denton County

Peterbilt Motors Company has made $269,814 donation to the United Way of Denton County's 2010 fundraising campaign. Peterbilt's employees raised $159,814, and Peterbilt's parent company, Paccar, contributed an additional $110,000 in support of Peterbilt's efforts

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Truckers Get More Time to Meet California Emission Rules

CARB says diesel particulate matter emissions will be reduced from today's levels by 50 percent by 2014 and 70 percent by 2020. (Photo by Jim Park)

The California Air Resources Board amended its regulations targeting diesel emissions last week, in some cases extending deadlines for compliance, but in some cases making rules stricter

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Congress Renews Incentives for Alternative Fuels, But Not For Vehicles

Tax credits 50-cents per gallon apply for compressed and liquefied natural gas when used as a vehicle fuel. (Photo by Jim Park)

The much publicized tax and unemployment-benefits measure passed by Congress last week also contains tax breaks for use of automotive alternative fuels, but not for the vehicles themselves

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Hours Proposal Cleared by OMB

The hours of service proposal on track to be published before the end of the year. (Photo by Jim Park)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's hours of service proposal was cleared by the Office of Management and Budget on Friday, which means that it is on track to be published before the end of the year as the agency expects

December 17, 2010 - Industry News

California Board Approves Cap-and-Trade Program

The California Air Resources Board has endorsed a cap-and-trade program that will eventually set limits on emissions by transportation fuels

December 17, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Middle Approach to Cell Phone Restriction

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has chosen the middle path in its proposal to restrict cell phone use by commercial drivers. The proposal essentially says that truck and bus drivers could only use a hands-free phone while driving. It would prohibit a driver from reaching for, dialing or holding a mobile phone while the truck is moving

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