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November 23, 2010 - Industry News

Happy Thanksgiving!

There will be no news posted to for Thursday, Nov. 25 or Friday, Nov. 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. In the meantime, check out our new blogs: All That's Trucking; On the Road; and Trailer Talk.

November 23, 2010 - Industry News

Michelin Latest Maker to Raise Truck Tire Prices

Michelin North America is increasing prices on passenger car, light truck and commercial truck replacement tires sold in the United States

November 23, 2010 - Industry News

Commercial Trailer Orders Highest Since February 2008

New orders of dry van commercial trailers more than doubled in October from the prior year, leading total net orders of commercial trailers to a 33-month high, according to ACT Research

November 23, 2010 - Industry News

Georgia Adds Performance-Based Brake Testing

The Georgia Department of Public Safety recently required a performance-based brake tester for field inspections of heavy-duty tractor-trailers

November 23, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Allows Lower-Level Upgrades to '03 Reefer Units

(Photo by Tom Berg)

Owners of model-year 2003 reefer units that run in California can get more legal use out of them for less cost, thanks to a regulations amendment by the state's Air Resources Board

November 22, 2010 - Industry News

Yokohama Raising Tire Prices

Yokohama Tire Corp. will increase prices on its light and medium commercial truck tires in the United States by 6 percent, effective January 1, 2011

November 22, 2010 - Industry News

SSA Honors Cara Giebner at Annual Meeting

The Service Specialists Association has established the Cara Giebner SSA-GAAS Scholarship fund

November 22, 2010 - Industry News

Study Looks at Canadian Logistics Trends

The University of Manitoba Transport Institute and TransCore Link Logistics announced the initial results from their joint research project looking at Canadian trucking and logistics trends using TransCore's Loadlink freight matching data

November 22, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel, Oil Prices Drop Slightly

The price of diesel dropped by 1.3 cents in the past week, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 22, 2010 - Industry News

Tonnage Index Shows Some Bright Spots in Economy

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.8 percent in October after increasing a revised 1.8 percent in September

Tags: Economy

November 22, 2010 - Industry News

Is That Contract Driver Really an Employee? Port Drayage Companies Face Legal Challenge as They Invest in Clean Trucks

As the American Trucking Associations continues its legal struggle to stop the Port of Los Angeles from implementing a concession program that would ban owner-operators from the port, the drayage companies that contract with those drivers will likely be facing new claims that the drivers are just misclassified employees

Tags: Intermodal

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

Kotler's Defending Price Workshop Back at HDMA by Popular Demand

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association will partner once again with the Kotler Marketing Group to offer their "Defending Price" workshop at the Heavy Duty Dialogue conference and Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in January

Tags: Events

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

UPS Logistics Technologies to be Acquired by Thoma Bravo

UPS has agreed to sell its UPS Logistics Technologies unit to Thoma Bravo LLC, a private equity investment firm

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Production Jumped in October

A jump in demand for ultra-low-sulfur diesel in October suggests continued economic recovery, according to the American Petroleum Institute

Tags: Economy

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

DOT's Truck Driver Life Expectancy Statistic Is in Question

Although there are questions about a statistic on trucker life expectancy used by the FMCSA, the agency points out that there are plenty of other statistics indicating driver health is a problem. (Photo courtesy Celadon)

Recent statements from the Department of Transportation concerning the life expectancy of truck drivers lack statistical backing. At a Nov. 8 conference on driver health in Baltimore, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro said in a speech that the life expectancy of a commercial driver is 16 years shorter than the norm

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

NETS Study: Strict Enforcement of Cell Phone Bans Boosts Fleet Safety

A fleet safety study recently released by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, suggests that companies that strictly enforce their no-cell-phone policies have a lower crash rate than companies with milder enforcement policies

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

Meritor Wabco to Supply Air and Coolant Controls for DTNA

Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems announced a supply agreement with Daimler Trucks North America for advanced air and water management valves for SCR-equipped trucks

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

Lanair Acquires Clean Burn Waste Oil Heaters

Lanair Holdings LLC has acquired Clean Burn Inc, a niche manufacturer of waste oil heaters and related equipment based in Lancaster, Pa

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

Melton Looking to Grow Fleet Size By 12 Percent in 2011

Melton Truck Lines has placed a 300-truck order with Kenworth, on top of recent orders of 200 trailers from Utility and Great Dane

November 21, 2010 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Names Executive Committee

The newly combined parts group, HDA Truck Pride, recently held its first Board of Managers meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla., where its executive committee was elected

November 18, 2010 - Industry News

CVSN Pinewood Challenge Returns to HDAW Las Vegas

This year's Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week will once again feature the 18-wheel CVSN Pinewood Challenge

November 18, 2010 - Industry News

Barr-Nunn to Open Columbus Ohio Driver Terminal

Barr-Nunn Transportation will soon be opening their fourth and newest driver terminal, located in Columbus, Ohio

November 18, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Makes Changes in CSA 2010

FMCSA says it will change the severity weighting in Cargo-Related BASICs under CSA 2010. (Photo by Jim Park)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making some changes in the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program it will roll out next month. The agency announced yesterday that based on feedback from the industry and the enforcement community, it is going to address concerns about how the system evaluates carriers in the Cargo-Related safety category

November 18, 2010 - Industry News

Cuomo Announces Transportation Transition Committee

New York State Motor Truck Association Executive Director Kendra Adams has been named to the transition team of New York Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo

November 18, 2010 - Industry News

HDMA Names 2011 Board Chair and New Directors

HDMA, an affiliate of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, has named Jack Shaffer, president and chief operating officer of Bergstrom, 2011 chairman of the HDMA Board


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