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April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Industry Safety Performance Reached Record Levels in 2009

The rate of truck-involved fatalities on U.S. highways fell to 1.17 per 100 million miles in 2009 - making that year the trucking industry's safest since the federal government began keeping track in 1975. But American Trucking Associations representatives say more can be done, and called for the government to look at incentive-based programs to drive safety technology

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Heckmann Orders 200 LNG Trucks

Heckman Corp. has placed what is believed to be the single largest order for liquefied natural gas trucks by a U.S. customer. Heckmann Water Resources will transition its water-transportation fleet from traditional diesel vehicles to natural gas

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Marten Increases Driver Pay, Contractor Rates

Marten Transport, a Wisconsin-based carrier, announced another raise in driver pay effective April 1, and contractor rate increases as high as 4 cents per mile effective May 1

April 10, 2011 - Industry News

Alliance Truck Parts Rebrands to Emphasize All-Makes Offerings

Alliance Truck Parts unveiled a new brand identity campaign aiming to emphasize its offering of all-makes parts and bring it out from the shadow of parent company Daimler Trucks North America

April 10, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Payments Up 33.6% Over Last Year, Cass Reports

Freight movements soared 6.9 percent in March, the first sizeable rise since August 2010, according to the March 2011 Cass Freight Index

Tags: Economy

April 10, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA to Publish Details of Mexico Trucking Pilot Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week proposed its plan for a three-year pilot program in which Mexican and U.S. carriers could offer long-distance service into each country. The program is the result of an agreement between President Obama and President Calderon of Mexico to resolve the long-standing dispute over cross-border trucking

April 10, 2011 - Industry News

Senate Bill Would Create Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Test Results

The Senate last week opened another front in the long-running effort to establish a national clearinghouse for truck driver drug and alcohol test results. The Safe Roads Act of 2011, introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman, both Republicans from Arkansas, would give the Department of Transportation two years after passage to establish the clearinghous

April 10, 2011 - Industry News

WIT Meets With NTSB Chair

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman spent nearly four days recently immersed in activities to help her better understand the trucking industry

April 8, 2011 - Industry News

Western Express Raises Pay

Western Express, Nashville, Tenn., just increased its starting pay for both flatbed and dry van fleets by an additional 2 cents per mile

April 8, 2011 - Industry News

Alternative Fueled Truck Conference Scheduled in N.J.

The New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition and the Mid-Atlantic Truck Centre will hold an Alternate Fuel Truck Conference May 19 at the Mid-Atlantic Truck Centre in Linden, N.J

Tags: Events

April 8, 2011 - Industry News

CLI Conference to Feature "View From the Other Side"

Carrier Logistics Inc. has enhanced its annual user group conference by adding Mike Molitoris, senior transportation purchasing manager of Volvo Logistics North America, as a featured speaker. Molitoris will share his insights on "The View from the Other Side" - what a shipper looks for from a transportation company

Tags: Events

April 8, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Releases Details of Proposed Cross-Border Program

Today the U.S. Department of Transportation released the details of a proposed, phased-in long-haul, cross-border trucking program between the United States and Mexico. It builds upon the progress announced by Presidents Obama and Calderon in early March, according to the announcement

April 7, 2011 - Industry News

Bill Would Allow States to Raise Truck Weight Limits

A bill was introduced in the Senate Thursday that would put an end to the federal freeze on changes in truck sizes and weights, allowing states to allow 97,000-pound, six-axle rigs on their highways

April 7, 2011 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Creates Driving Healthy Resource

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety have created the Driving Healthy resource network on a website, Facebook, and Twitter for commercial motor vehicle drivers

April 7, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Endorses Electronic Logging Requirement

American Trucking Associations announced that its membership has endorsed a policy supporting federal laws and regulations that would require trucking companies to use electronic logging devices -- also known as electronic onboard recorders, or EOBRs -- to monitor driver hours-of-service

April 7, 2011 - Industry News

U.S. Foodservice Acquires Waste Vegetable Oil Processing Company for Fuel

U.S. Foodservice has bought a company that will provide a supply of B20 biodiesel made from used vegetable oil from fryers

April 7, 2011 - Industry News

WIT: Women Could Help Solve Driver Shortage

Ellen Voie, president and CEO and Women In Trucking, said that to help solve the coming driver shortage, the industry needs to promote women in all aspects trucking, from driving to leadership

April 7, 2011 - Industry News

uShip Introduces Brokered Freight

Online transport marketplace uShip introduced brokered loads into its online freight exchange, allowing brokers and 3PLs to use its spot market exchange to connect with thousands of verified and rated carriers

April 6, 2011 - Industry News

Fontaine to Open New Modification Service Center in Denton, Texas

Fontaine Modification Company, a provider of truck modification services for OEMs, dealers and fleets throughout North America, will open a new modification service center on May 1 in Denton, Texas

April 6, 2011 - Industry News

TCP Carrier Survey: Excellent Rates and Volumes Expected

The recent First Quarter Business Expectations Survey completed by Transport Capital Partners found 92 percent expecting volume increases in the next 12 months

April 6, 2011 - Industry News

2011 NAT GAS Act Introduced

A PG&E truck refuels with liquified natural gas. Companies like PG&E would have more incentives to invest in natural gas equipment under the NAT GAS Act.

The New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions of 2011, or NAT GAS, Act, was introduced Wednesday to provide incentives for the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, the purchase of natural-gas-fueled vehicles, and the installation of natural gas vehicle refueling infrastructure

April 6, 2011 - Industry News

Yancey Truck Centers Opens Macon, Ga., Location

Yancey Truck Centers opened its newest full-service International truck sales and service location in Macon, Ga. Located at 1320 Guy Paine Rd, Yancey Truck Centers' Macon store is the fifth Yancey Truck Centers store operating in the state

April 6, 2011 - Industry News

CARB Offers Special Compliance Option for California On-Road Fleets

The California Air Resources Board announced an early action compliance credit for trucking fleets that install a particulate filter by July 1, 2011, or that make a commitment to purchase a particulate filter by May 1, 2011

April 6, 2011 - Industry News

Net Orders, Backlogs, Rise in March

Orders for Class 8 trucks in North America rose to about 29,000 in March, according to industry analysis and forecasting firms, more than 150 percent from a year ago

Tags: Economy

April 6, 2011 - Industry News

Ryder Acquires Portfolio of B.I.T. Leasing

Ryder System completed the acquisition of the lease, rental and maintenance portfolio of B.I.T. Leasing, a privately owned, 58-year-old full-service truck leasing and fleet services company headquartered in Hayward, Calif

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