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November 14, 2010 - Industry News

Outlook for Highway Reauthorization Unclear after Election

The new Congress must wrestle with the fact that the fuel tax, which has not gone up since 1993, does not produce enough revenue to fund ongoing highway needs.

The landslide Republican victory will change the transportation players on the House side, but there is no clear signal that even with this new leadership Congress has the political will to solve the key problem of funding the federal highway program

November 12, 2010 - Industry News

TA Customers, Employees Raise More Than $200,000 to Help Truckers

Customers and employees of TravelCenters of America raised $211,115 for the St. Christopher Trucker Development and Relief Fund, through their first ever Band Together fund raising promotion during October

November 12, 2010 - Industry News

Two Ohio Rest Areas Closing for Six-Month Renovation

Two rest areas on I-90 in Ohio will be closed for six month starting today as crews modernize the facilities

Tags: Highways

November 11, 2010 - Industry News

Deficit Commission Proposes Fuel Tax Hikes

ATA favors fuel taxes over tolls or other way of funding essential highway infrastructure projects.

Flying straight in the face of long-standing opposition by the President himself, a draft report from the bi-partisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform proposes a 15-cent hike in fuel taxes, beginning in 2013, to sustain the Highway Trust Fund

Tags: Highways

November 11, 2010 - Industry News

Mexico Threatens Revolving Tariffs over Lagging Truck Talks

Mexico is rattling trade sabers in an effort to get stalled talks on the cross-border trucking dispute moving again

November 11, 2010 - Industry News

GE to Replace Half its Global Fleet with Electric Vehicles by 2015

Broad deployment of accompanying technologies, like GE's WattStation charging posts, will bring down cost barriers.

GE announced the largest-ever single electric vehicle purchase commitment, pledging to deploy 25,000 cars over the next five years, a move that could eventually help move the company into electric trucks as well

November 11, 2010 - Industry News

Demand for Heavy-Duty Trucks on the Rebound

A combination of factors that are fueling a rebound in demand for Class 8 trucks could push production over 150,000 vehicles for 2010, according to ACT Research Co

Tags: Economy

November 11, 2010 - Industry News

California Suit Alleges Schneider Shorted Drivers on Wages, Mileage, Benefits

A suit filed in U.S. District Court in California in July on behalf of regional drivers employed by Schneider National Carriers says the carrier failed to pay all wages, mileage, and benefits required by state labor laws

November 10, 2010 - Industry News

Roadside Medical Teams with Sleep HealthCenters for Nationwide Sleep Care

Roadside Medical Clinic & Lab has partnered with Sleep HealthCenters to incorporate sleep services such as sleep apnea diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care into its Driver Wellness Program

November 10, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Expert Returns to ATA to Lead Advocacy Efforts

Mary Phillips, ATA's new  senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs

Mary Phillips is returning to the American Trucking Associations to serve as Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs

November 10, 2010 - Industry News

Investing in Driver Health Can Yield Dividends

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

Tags: Events

November 10, 2010 - Industry News

'Extending the Boundaries of Vehicle Maintenance' Theme for TMC Meeting

"Extending the Boundaries of Vehicle Maintenance" is the theme of American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council 2011 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, to be held Feb. 8-11 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla

Tags: Events

November 10, 2010 - Industry News

Shipper Group Calls for Action on HOS Proposal

A major shippers' group is calling on the government to release the hours of service proposal, saying having the rules up in the air is one of the factors creating uncertainty that is stalling economic growth

November 10, 2010 - Industry News

Former Arrow Trucking Employees to Get Back Pay

It looks like nearly 600 former Arrow Trucking Co. employees will be getting an early Christmas present this year, if a proposal to distribute $2 million in back wages and benefits goes through

November 10, 2010 - Industry News

Court Denies Expedited Hearing in Clean Ports Case

The American Trucking Associations' legal challenge to certain aspects of the Port of Los Angeles' Clean Truck Program will remain in legal limbo until late spring or summer

Tags: Intermodal

November 10, 2010 - Industry News

Freight Index Rose 1 Percent in September from August

The federal government's Freight Transportation Services Index rose 1 percent in September from its August level, rising after a one-month decline, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported.

Tags: Economy

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

Nuss Truck & Equipment Names Director of New Truck Sales & Leasing

Nuss Truck & Equipment has announced that Brian Nuss will become director of new truck sales & leasing, effective immediately

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

Bekins Honors Four Brand Champions as Drivers of the Year

In the photo (l-r): Greg Hoover, Bekins CEO; Kurt Kloth; Scott Hostetler; Steve Yacko, Director of Fleet Development, Bekins; Robert Stanton; Jordy Jones; Jim Mazzuca, Sr. VP of BVL Operatons, Bekins.

Bekins Van Lines has recognized four drivers for outstanding customer service and professionalism. The winners of the 2009 Drivers of the Year award are Scott Hostetler, Kurt Kloth, Jordy Jones, and Robert Stanton

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

Qualcomm Newest Trucker Buddy Sponsor

Qualcomm has decided to support Trucker Buddy for 2010 through financial donations and technology programs

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

Joint Enforcement Effort in Pennsylvania Gas-Drilling Areas Nets 1,066 Trucks

The Marcellus Shale is attracting a lot of interest from natural gas producers, and from Pennsylvania truck inspectors, too

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

DOE Ups Oil Price Forecast

The U.S. Department of Energy has raised its oil and diesel price forecasts. The DOE's Energy Information Administration expects the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil to average about $83 per barrel this winter

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

Ice Road Trucker Lisa Kelly to Sign Autographs at UDrove Humanitarian Bowl

UDrove announced more trucking-specific attractions to be held at its Humanitarian Bowl Dec. 18

Tags: Events

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

World Energy Outlook Says More Needs to Be Done to Promote Energy Efficiency

The International Energy Agency predicts that global demand for energy could lead to another oil price spike, unless more is done to use energy more efficiently. The IEA report predicts oil prices will average $113 a barrel (in year-2009 dollars) by 2035 and could go as high as $135 a barrel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 9, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel-Based Economic Index Predicts Weaker Holiday Season

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which tracks diesel fuel purchases as an economic measure, fell 0.6 percent in October following a decline of 0.5 percent in September and a decline of 1 percent in August

Tags: Economy

November 8, 2010 - Industry News

FleetPride Announces Arkansas, Missouri Acquisitions

FleetPride continues to grow with strategic Arkansas and Missouri acquisitions

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