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November 17, 2010 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Rise to Highest Level of Year

October net orders of heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles for North American markets were 18,914 units, up 24 percent month-over-month from September, according to ACT Research Co. That's the second highest monthly total since April of 2008 and the highest this year

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

Oberstar Says Farewell, Talks About Future of Infrastructure Debate

Rep. James Oberstar talks about Minnesota transportation projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act during a 2009 press conference..

Minnesota Democrat James Oberstar, the 36-year veteran legislator who has used his encyclopedic knowledge of transportation issues to shape generations of highway legislation, bid an emotional farewell in an hour-long conference with the transportation press yesterday afternoon

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

South Carolina to Require Intrastate DOT Numbers

South Carolina Trucking Association President Rick Todd announced his group's support of the new program.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety's State Transport Police division is going to start requiring registration of intrastate commercial motor vehicles

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

Prolong Super Duty Diesel Treatment

Prolong Super Lubricants offers its Super Duty Diesel Fuel Treatment for use in long-haul truck applications

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Partners With Community College to Launch Training Program

Laredo Community College President Dr. Juan L. Maldonado (left) receives the keys to a Peterbilt tractor with a Utility trailer from Rush Truck Center – Laredo General Manager Lewis Woodul

Rush Truck Center-Laredo (Texas) has made a significant donation to help Laredo Community College launch a Professional Truck Driving Training Program and upgrade its Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair Program training curriculu

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

P.A.M. Gets Approval for Mexican Operations

P.A.M. Transportation Services announced that its primary operating subsidiary, P.A.M. Transport, has received authorization from the Mexico Department of Economy to establish a network of offices in Mexico

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

Ryder to Offer DEF at All Full-Service Locations

Ryder System will soon be offering diesel exhaust fluid, needed for operation of many EPA-2010 engines, at every full service Ryder location in North America

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 16, 2010 - Industry News

LaHood Launches 'Faces of Distracted Driving' Campaign

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today launched "Faces of Distracted Driving," an online video series exploring the tragic consequences of texting and cell phone use while driving

November 15, 2010 - Industry News

October Spot Freight Index Up Year Over Year; Slow Growth From September

In October, TransCore's market research shows a 69 percent increase in spot market freight availability, compared to October 2009. For the third consecutive month, spot freight achieved the highest level for the month of October since 2005

November 15, 2010 - Industry News

Daimler Financial Changes Name

Daimler Financial Services announced that it changed its legal entity name to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC

November 15, 2010 - Industry News

PeopleNet Becomes a Trucker Buddy Sponsor

PeopleNet has become one of Trucker Buddy's newest donors for 2010

November 15, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up Third Week in Row

The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel rose for the third week in a row, by 6.8 cents last week, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 15, 2010 - Industry News

Bridgestone Bandag to Relocate Headquarters

Bridgestone Americas plans to relocate members of its senior management team and other functions of its Muscatine, Iowa-based Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions operations to locations in the Nashville, Tenn., area, including BSAM's headquarters facility in Nashville

November 15, 2010 - Industry News

New Driver Distraction Study Looks at Cell Phone Use in the Cab

New study finds activities like dialing and reaching for phone while driving are more risky than  simply talking or listening on phone. (Photo by Jim Park)

The amount of visual distraction is a key factor in whether in-cab technology increases crash risk for commercial drivers, according to a new study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

November 14, 2010 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Matter of When, Not If

The economy and freight may be sluggish right now, but by 2012, the industry will be looking at shortage of 400,000 drivers, according to Eric Starks, president of FTR Associates

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

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