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October 20, 2010 - Industry News

TCA to Add Private Carriers to Roster

The Truckload Carriers Association will create a new class of membership for private carriers

October 20, 2010 - Industry News

Volvo Testing LNG Trucks in Sweden

A Volvo FM with a liquified natural gas (methane)- and diesel-powered 13-liter engine with 460 horsepower and I-Shift transmission.

Volvo Trucks has started public field testing in Sweden of diesel trucks that can run on liquefied methane gas, or what is more commonly known in this country as liquefied natural gas or LNG

October 20, 2010 - Industry News

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Eaton-Truck Maker Conspiracy

Lawsuit says Eaton and truck makers conspired to keep ZF Meritor's FreedomLine transmission from being an option for truck buyers.

A class action lawsuit accuses truck makers of conspiring with Eaton to help Eaton maintain a monopoly in the Class 8 truck transmission market, forcing up the price of trucks containing Eaton transmissions

October 20, 2010 - Industry News

Smith Electric Vehicles Delivers All-Electric Trucks To Staples

Office supply chain Staples is adding 41 all-electric trucks to its fleet

October 20, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Inducts First Woman Chairman

The American Trucking Associations this week inducted its first female chairman. Barbara Windsor is president and CEO of Hahn Transportation, New Market, Md., a specialized regional trucking firm that hauls refined petroleum and construction materials throughout the Mid-Atlantic corridor

October 20, 2010 - Industry News

TCA Changes Position on Heavier Trucks

The Truckload Carriers Association has changed its official position on the idea of raising the federal weight limit for trucks, but it's still not willing to go as high as the main proposal in the industry

October 19, 2010 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Lauds North America's Safest Fleets: MacKinnon Transport and Upper Lakes Foods

MacKinnon Transport, Inc. of Guelph, Ont., and Upper Lakes Foods of Cloquet, Minn, recognized for their high standards and demonstrated commitments to safety, were named winners of the 2010 Volvo Trucks Safety Award

October 19, 2010 - Industry News

Bridgestone To Discontinue Dayton Line of Truck Tires

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations says it will discontinue sales of its Dayton brand truck and bus radial tire lin

October 19, 2010 - Industry News

Norfolk Southern Breaks Ground on Greencastle Intermodal Terminal

The Norfolk Southern railway is set to begin construction of a $95 million intermodal facility in Greencastle, PA., located about 20 miles north of Hagerstown, MD

Tags: Intermodal

October 19, 2010 - Industry News

Economic Experts Look at Economy During ATA Session

This economic recovery looks very different in some aspects from the "typical" recovery as a recession - but some of those differences are actually helping trucking recover faster than the general economy. In a panel discussion on the state of the economy during the American Trucking Associations' annual management conference in Phoenix this week, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said he was taking a "glass half full" approach to his outlook.

Tags: Economy

October 19, 2010 - Industry News

ATA's Graves Predicts Industry Rebirth Among Challenges

ATA's Bill Graves predicts an industry rebirth among challenges -- including the question of how to pay for infrastructure improvements. (Photo courtesy Michelin)

Predicting the trucking industry will soon see a rebirth, much like the magical phoenix bird of legend that gives the Arizona city its name, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves offered his views on the state of the industry during ATA's annual management conference this week

October 18, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Continues its Climb as Crude Prices Inch Higher

The national average diesel price posted a seven-cent gain on Monday, hitting $3.073 per gallon as the Department of Energy released its weekly energy survey

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 18, 2010 - Industry News

Mack and Volvo Reaffirm Sponsorship for America's Road Team

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks Inc. have both signed on as exclusive OE sponsors of ATA's America's Road Team for 2011

October 18, 2010 - Industry News

Senator Looks Ahead to Infrastructure Action, Election, Lame Duck Session

One senator predicts that once we get past the mid-term elections and this fall's lame duck session, Congress will finally start seriously working on a highway reauthorization program

October 18, 2010 - Industry News

Union Pacific Opens Intermodal Terminal at Joliet

Union Pacific Railroad officially opened a 785-acre intermodal terminal at Joliet, Ill., expanding its international and domestic container capacity and improving rail traffic efficiencies throughout the Chicago region

Tags: Intermodal

October 18, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Litigation Center Prepares for Future Challenges

As the American Trucking Associations' Litigation Center celebrates its 25th anniversary, it finds itself in need of funding as it prepares to take on challenges such as attacks on independent contractor status and another likely court battle on hours of service regulations

October 18, 2010 - Industry News

Teamwork Key to Operation Safe Driver

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro speaks during the Operation Safe Driver kick-off event at American Trucking Associations convention. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

Enforcement officials across the country this week are cracking down on unsafe fleets, unsafe truck drivers, and car drivers who drive unsafely around large trucks. Operation Safe Driver got an official kick-off during the American Trucking Associations' annual management conference Monday, with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, enforcement officials and ATA emphasizing the enforcement and education effort's team approach

October 18, 2010 - Industry News

Crete, Shaffer Launch "Home Weekly" Fleets

Nebraska-based Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking now have home weekly fleets available in several areas throughout the country.

October 18, 2010 - Industry News

UMTRI: Lane Departure Warning Systems Improve Accident Avoidance

A year-long field test by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Takata Corporation have shown that an integrated system of crash warning technologies can improve crash avoidanc

October 18, 2010 - Industry News

Texas Aid Network Connects Relief Organizations with Transportation Providers

The Texas Aid Network, a program produced by the nonprofit group, NPower Texas, has launched an improved website where Texas-based nonprofits can search for donated goods and transportation providers to ship those goods to needed destinations

October 17, 2010 - Industry News

Not Using PSP Could Be 'Huge Mistake'

At a time when we're dealing with more acronyms than ever from the U.S. Department of Transportation - CSA 2010, HOS, EOBRs - there's one that may be getting overlooked: PSP, or pre-employment screening program

October 17, 2010 - Industry News

Sluggish Economy, CSA 2010 Top Trucking Concerns

CSA 2010 debuted on the ATRI's Top 10 critical issues list this year in the number two slot. (Photo courtesy PrePass)

The sluggishness of the economic recovery and the federal government's new CSA 2010 enforcement program are among the top concerns facing the North American trucking industry, according to an annual survey by the American Transportation Research Institute

October 15, 2010 - Industry News

Roadrunner Announces New Purchase Options

Roadrunner Transportation Services, Cuday, Wisconsin, announced a program with a wider variety of choices for contractors who want to own a truck through lease/purchase or purchase

October 15, 2010 - Industry News

Record Number of Trucks Inspected During Brake Safety Week; Brake OOS Rate Drops

CVSA emphasizes that Brake Safety Week is about education, not just enforcement. Here, a Landstar Brake Safety Week event.

The number of vehicles inspected during Operation Air Brake's "Brake Safety Week" reached a historic high this year, while also showing a significant drop in the number of out-of-service defects for brake components and overall out-of-service defects

October 15, 2010 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Sales Up For Month, YTD; Class 6 Sees Continued Surge

Truck makers sold 9,402 Class 8 trucks in September, up from 8,834 the previous month, making for 77,082 for the first nine months of the year

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