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December 30, 2010 - Industry News

HOS Proposal Seems Likely to Lead to More Litigation

Early reaction to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed changes in the hours of service rule indicates that the rule is likely to remain in litigation. It is not clear what the proposed changes will do for safety. The agency says they will make trucking safer. The safety advocacy community says they do not go nearly far enough. The trucking industry says they go too far

December 30, 2010 - Industry News

NHTSA to Begin Speed Limiter Rulemaking

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is going to begin a rulemaking that could lead to mandatory speed limiters on heavy trucks, as requested by American Trucking Associations and Road Safe America

December 30, 2010 - Industry News

IFTA Adopts Interest Amendment

Carriers who underpaid fuel taxes will have to pay less interest under a new amendment to the International Fuel Tax Agreement

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 29, 2010 - Industry News

Transportation and Construction Coalition Warns of Highway Funding Cuts

Industry groups agree a GOP funding rule change would destablize the funding stream.

Changes to government spending rules recently proposed by The House Republican Conference has a coalition of highway users and road-building groups up in arms over the possibility that highway funding could be treated as any other spending proposal

Tags: Highways

December 29, 2010 - Industry News

Mullen Group Expanding Oil Field Capabilities in Western Canada

Mullen Group Ltd. announced today a number of transactions that will expand its fluid handling and hauling capabilities in northern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia

December 29, 2010 - Industry News

TA TravelCenters to Install On-island DEF Pumps

TravelCenters of America has confirmed it will soon begin installing on-island Diesel Exhaust Fluid dispensers. TA expects to install about fifty on-island DEF pumps at locations across the country in 2011

December 29, 2010 - Industry News

Investing in Driver Health Can Yield Dividends

One study of mostly long-haul truckers found 28 percent suffer from hypertension compared to 17 percent of manufacturing workers. (Photo courtesy Celadon.)

Some 200 medical researchers, doctors, regulators, trucking executives and others spent two and a half days in Baltimore this week talking about truck and bus drivers. From the blizzard of studies, statistics and analyses came a short message to the trucking industry: Invest in health

December 29, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Answers Questions About Driver Life Expectancy Statistics

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 28, 2010 - Industry News

Safety Group says New HOS Proposal Doesn't Go Far Enough, Canadians say it Could Have Been Worse

Reaction to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration latest HOS proposal isn't exactly inspiring

December 28, 2010 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver finds Speeding Cars Outnumber Trucks Nearly 3 to 1

Law enforcement officers issued more than 8,300 warnings and citations to speeding car drivers, and 1,600 warnings and citations to speeding truck drivers.

Data collected during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's fall Operation Safe Driver campaign showed car drivers show an alarming propensity for speeding around big trucks

December 28, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. Marines Place first Military Order for All-Electric Commercial Truck

Smith Electric vehicles offer a payload of over 16,000 lb, and feature direct drive trains. They produce zero emissions and are nearly silent.

Smith Electric Vehicles announced the purchase of two all-electric Smith Newton trucks by the United States Marine Corps, the first military organization to order Smith Newtons off the General Services Administration (GSA) schedule

December 28, 2010 - Industry News

Economy, Regulations, Top Most Important Trucking Stories of 2010

To help us pick the top trucking-related stories of the year, we looked at what we covered, what articles were the most-viewed on Truckinginfo.com, and the top concerns of the industry as ranked by an annual industry survey

December 27, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Hit Two-Year High

Crude oil is expected to hit $100 in 2011, which will mean higher prices at the pump. (Photo by Jim Park)

The average price of diesel fuel, at $3.294 a gallon, is at its highest level in more than two years, according to weekly figures reported Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 26, 2010 - Industry News

Cole Hersee is Acquired by Chicago-based Littelfuse, Inc.

Cole Hersee Company has been acquired by Littelfuse, Inc. of Chicago. According to Donald Mayer, vice president of Cole Hersee, the combined company will be well-positioned to better serve OEMs and aftermarket customers in the heavy vehicle sector

December 26, 2010 - Industry News

ARI Acquires Auto Truck Group; Merges Fleet Body Equipment into ATG

ARI, Automotive Resources International, has acquired the assets of Auto Truck Group of Bartlett, Ill. ATG will become Auto Truck Group LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ARI

December 26, 2010 - Industry News

Dart Buys Fil-Mor Equipment, Offers Jobs

The Dart Network of companies has purchased assets from Fil-Mor Express, a dry van truckload carrier based in Cannon Falls, Minn. that discontinued service on December 17

December 26, 2010 - Industry News

NY Judge Blocks Diesel-retrofit Mandate

A New York Supreme Court judge recently blocked a Department of Environmental Conservation mandate requiring the owners of heavy-duty diesel vehicles to retrofit their fleets with costly new equipment

December 26, 2010 - Industry News

Wisconsin Kenworth Moves to Menomonie

Wisconsin Kenworth's new location in Menomonie, Wis.

Wisconsin Kenworth has moved its full-service dealership to a new, larger remodeled location in Menonomie, Wis

December 23, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Seven Changes in Hours Rule

ATA says the new HOS proposal disregards the negative safety impacts the proposed changes will have.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing seven changes in the current hours of service rules in order to, it says, give drivers the flexibility to take a break during the day and reduce the health and safety risks of long hours of work

December 23, 2010 - Industry News

Support Building for Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada

The campaign in support of a new pipeline connecting secure sources of energy in Canada to consumers in the United States got a huge boost this week. Members of Congress from Florida to Utah co-signed a letter to the State Department urging the agency to approve the final permitting documents for the Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 23, 2010 - Industry News

Panther Raises $25,000 on Behalf of Toys for Tots

Panther Expedited Services President and CEO, Andrew Clarke, spent a week on the road collecting donations.

Panther Expedited Services has raised and donated $25,000 in cash and more than 200 toys on behalf of Toys for Tots

December 23, 2010 - Industry News

BorgWarner Acquires Haldex Traction Systems

BorgWarner has signed an agreement to acquire the Traction Systems division of Haldex Group, a provider of innovative products for the global vehicle industry headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden

December 23, 2010 - Industry News

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Finalizes Purchase Of Smith Electric U.K.

The Smith Newton is the world's largest electric delivery vehicle with a top speed of 55 mph and 100 miles on a single charge.

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. announced today it will finalize the purchase of its United Kingdom-based parent company, Smith Electric Vehicles (U.K.), creating the world's largest manufacturer and industry leader of commercial electric vehicles

December 23, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Proposed HOS Revisions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted long-awaited proposed revisions to the hours of service rule

December 22, 2010 - Industry News

Webb Renames Business Unit Severe Duty to Reflect Expanded Product Focus

Effective January 1, 2011, Webb Wheel Products Inc. will change the name of its Transit Business Unit to Webb Severe Duty. The change reflects the company's plans to expand their platform and product offering to serve a wider market

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