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July 24, 2011 - Industry News

Safety Aspects of Highway Bill Could Include New-Carrier Training, Reincarnated Carriers, Changes to Drug Testing

As Congress last week held hearings that offer some insight into what a transportation reauthorization might look like, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., opened discussions on what will likely be included in the safety portion of the Senate's reauthorization bill. Lautenberg, who chairs the Surface Transportation Subcommittee, said he plans to introduce a bill soon

July 24, 2011 - Industry News

Outlines of Transport Bill Emerge from Senate Hearings

The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee is going forward with a 2-year proposal that would keep funding at its current level of $109 billion. (Photo by Steven Vance)

The outline of a transportation reauthorization bill started to emerge from the haze of Washington's summer heat storm last week. Timing and details will remain blurred for a while yet, at least until the epic struggle over the debt ceiling is resolved, but at several hearings last week Senators began public discussions on highway funding, policy and safety

Tags: Highways

July 22, 2011 - Industry News

YRCW Completes Restructuring Plan

YRC Worldwide has completed its restructuring, a comprehensive, $500 million plan that infused new capital, created additional liquidity, reduced debt and installed a new CEO and board

July 22, 2011 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Approves 2012 Toll Increase

Truck entering Pennsylvania Turnpike (photo by Ben Schumin).

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a 2012 rate schedule that will result in overall toll-revenue growth of 3%

Tags: Highways

July 22, 2011 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Reopens Travel Plaza in El Paso

Pilot Flying J reopened the newly remodeled Flying J Travel Plaza in El Paso, Texas

July 22, 2011 - Industry News

Navistar Opens Product Support Center in Woodridge, Ill.

Navistar unveiled a new 70,000-square-foot product support center in Woodridge, Ill

July 22, 2011 - Industry News

Progressive Introduces Insurance App

Truckers can now get an insurance estimate on the road with Progressive Insurance's new Insure My Truck iPhone app

July 21, 2011 - Industry News

ALK Wins Freight Management Project Award

ALK Technologies won the prestigious Project of the Year in Freight Management Award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of New York at the 18th Annual ITS-NY Meeting and Technology Exhibition in Saratoga Springs, NY

July 21, 2011 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Added Named to Top 100 Food-Service Chain List

Nation's Restaurant News named Pilot Flying J to its 2011 Top 100 list of food-service chains and companies

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

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