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August 17, 2011 - Industry News

NHTSA Preparing to Require Stability Control Systems on Tractors

A pending federal proposal to require stability control systems on truck tractors is getting a mixed reaction from the trucking industry. The proposal, scheduled to be published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the end of the year, would specify the details of a technology standard that that a growing number of fleets already have adopted voluntarily because they see safety benefits

August 17, 2011 - Industry News

Old Dominion Freight Line to Expand in Indianapolis

Old Dominion Freight Line announced a major expansion of its regional hub in Indianapolis

August 17, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Announces $417.3 Million in Grants for State Highway Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $417.3 million in grants to fund an array of efforts ranging from interstate maintenance to research into innovative bridge materials and construction methods

Tags: Highways

August 17, 2011 - Industry News

PeopleNet Recognizes Customer Innovators at User Conference

PeopleNet announced the recipients of its Innovator of the Year Award, which the company gives to four organizations in four fleet categories that demonstrate leadership in using PeopleNet to create unique solutions that drive ROI

August 17, 2011 - Industry News

SAE International's Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress Set for Sept. 13-14

SAE International's Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress is set for Sept. 13-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill

Tags: Events

August 17, 2011 - Industry News

Freightliner Says Fuel Economy, Uptime Prime Directives for 2011 and Beyond

When Freightliner's Cascadia hit the street in EPA '07 trim with a Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, it managed 6.3 mpg in the company's internal fuel economy testing program. By model year 2015, Freightliner says Cascadia will average 7.9 mpg under the same test conditions

August 16, 2011 - Industry News

Cargo Terminals at Southern California Ports Reach Settlement With Attorney General

Terminal operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach must reduce their diesel emissions and do a better job of warning the public about the dangers of diesel exhaust under the terms of a lawsuit settlement announced this week

Tags: Intermodal

August 16, 2011 - Industry News

CSX Investing $15 Million for Intermodal Terminal in Louisville

CSX announced it will build a privately-funded $15 million, 34-acre intermodal terminal in Louisville, Ky

Tags: Intermodal

August 16, 2011 - Industry News

Michelin, Ambest Team Up

Michelin Americas Truck Tires and Ambest signed a cooperative agreement where Ambest will feature Michelin truck tires and related products and offer tire and emergency road service at many of their locations

August 16, 2011 - Industry News

New Directors for Women in Trucking

The Women In Trucking association recently approved the addition of two new members of the Board of Directors

August 16, 2011 - Industry News

Oregon Truckstop First of 50 to Offer Shore Power through Government Program

Plug-in and recharging stations installed at a truckstop in Baker City, Ore., will help truckers save on fuel costs while also reducing the emissions that idling vehicles release into the environment

August 16, 2011 - Industry News

Biodiesel Industry Producing Record Volumes

U.S. biodiesel production reached a new monthly high in June of 81 million gallons, marking a third consecutive month of record volumes. Biodiesel production in the first half of 2011 has already eclipsed production for all of 2010

Tags: Fuel and Oil

August 16, 2011 - Industry News

Softening Economic Outlook Moderates Class 8 Expectations Through 2012

Despite positive underlying demand factors and freight growth, current events have impacted commercial vehicle demand, according to the most recent data reported by ACT Research

August 16, 2011 - Industry News

Vigillo Inspection Management System

Vigillo's new Inspection Management System is a Web-based application designed to automatically track and manage all aspects of roadside inspections

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

Meritor Wabco Announces Safety System Ride-n-Drive

Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems is continuing its series of ride-n-drive vehicle demonstrations at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., on Sept. 14

Tags: Events

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Lowest in Nearly Six Months

Diesel prices dropped for the third week in a row and are the lowest they've been since late February. Weekly figures from the Department of Energy show the average retail price of on-highway diesel is $3.937 a gallon, down 6.2 cents from last week and down more than 11 cents over the past three weeks.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

Mack, Volvo to Participate in SuperTruck Development

Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America will work on developing technologies to improve the freight-moving efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a $19 million SuperTruck contract the Volvo Group landed with the U.S. Department of Energy

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

Freightliner Dealer Employees Walk Way to Wellness Award

Fyda Freightliner, a truck dealership with offices in Ohio and Pennsylvania, recently earned a first-place finish in a national wellness competition

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

Red Dot Agrees to Acquire JBAR A/C

Red Dot Corp. has reached an agreement to acquire JBAR A/C Inc. of Valley View, Ohio.

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

Salem Police, ODOT Target Bad Driving Around Trucks

Law enforcement officials are cracking down on aggressive car and truck drivers on Interstate 5 in the Salem area this week

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

Volvo exec sees truck maker well positioned to help fleets with major issues

As Volvo Trucks' U.S. operations enter their fourth decade, Magnus Koeck is extremely optimistic about the future of Volvo Trucks North America. Koeck, vice president of marketing and brand management for VTNA, says the company's forecasts suggest that the market in the coming years will go steadily upwards, peaking in about three years

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Inspectors Compete

NAIC 2011 Grand Champion John Sova from North Dakota. Photo by Ken Carr.

Fifty-four roadside inspectors representing jurisdictions across North America competed in Orlando, Fla., last week in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's North American Inspectors Championship

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

NewWorld Capital Group Acquires Cleaire

NewWorld Capital Group has acquired Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls, which provides emissions retrofit equipment for heavy-duty diesel vehicles

August 15, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Condition Index Improves Slightly

FTR Associates' Shippers Condition Index edged up in June to a current reading of -3.1. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable

August 14, 2011 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Driver is ATA Driving Champ

Paul Phillips, a Con-way Freight driver from Coarsegold, Calif., was named the 2011 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend, beating 428 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the American Trucking Associations' 74th annual National Truck Driving Championships

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