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September 29, 2010 - Industry News

Webinars to Cover Human Trafficking

Two groups fighting human trafficking -- forced prostitution -- are hosting webinars to help inform truckers and travel plaza employees how they can help

September 29, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Puts 139 Hazmat Trucks Out of Service

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 139 trucks out of service and issued 572 traffic citations during a one-day statewide enforcement effort focusing on commercial vehicles that transport hazardous materials

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index up From Last Year, Down Month-to-Month

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.7 percent in August, which was the largest month-to-month decrease since March 2009. The index is up 2.9 percent compared to the same month a year ago

Tags: Economy

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

Highway Loss Data Institute: "Texting Bans Don't Reduce Crashes"

Louisiana -- Collision claims per 100 insured vehicle years, by month before and after texting law for all drivers, compared with Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas. Courtesy HDLI.

Researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute in Arlington, Va., say laws prohibiting motorists from texting while driving are not bringing down crash rates. In fact, HLDI says crash rates tend to increase after a ban goes into effect

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

LTL Rates on the Way Up at Many Carriers

A number of less-than-truckload carriers announced they are raising rates

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

NTSB Says Driver Fatigue at the Root of Fatal Oklahoma Truck Wreck

The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that driver fatigue stemming from acute sleep loss was to blame in a multi-vehicle crash that claimed 10 lives in Oklahoma last year

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

Port of LA Revises Schedule for Clean Truck Program Concessions

Trucks entering terminal gate at Port of Los Angeles. No owner-operator will be allowed by t he end of 2013.

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission Monday agreed on a new implementation schedule for the provisions of its Clean Truck Program Concession Agreement that had been enjoined by the federal court

Tags: Intermodal

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

Industry Applauds California Brake Lining Legislation

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation aimed at reducing the amount of copper in brake pads -- a bill brake makers applauded after working with legislators to address potential problems with the initial proposal

September 28, 2010 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Continue Strong Year-over-Year Gains

Sales of used Class 8 commercial vehicles were up 55 percent in August compared to the prior year on a "same dealer" basis, according to ACT Research Co

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Governors' Safety Group Sidesteps Cell Phone Ban

The Governors Highway Safety Association declined to follow Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's lead and passed on an opportunity to call for an outright ban on cellphone use and test-messaging while driving

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Economist Predicts Supply Crunch Like Industry's Never Seen

The cream of the crop drivers will be in high demand as increased demand and new regulations collide. (Photo by Jim Park)

Even though he doesn't expect the economy to grow very quickly, the American Trucking Associations' chief economist says we're heading into "a supply side story the likes of which we have probably never seen in our industry." The result will be higher rates, and the best drivers in demand like they've never been before

Tags: Economy

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Journalism Investigation Targets Adoption of NTSB Recommendations

What is being billed as "a major investigation into transportation safety in America," conducted by journalism students from 11 universities, says the National Transportation Safety Board, the federal panel charged with investigating accidents and proposing ways to prevent them, has essentially given up on 1,952 of its safety recommendations - one of every six it has made since 1967

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Program Puts 650 Hybrids to Work in California

The California Air Resources Board says an innovative financial incentive program has helped put more than 650 hybrid trucks and buses on California roads

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down, Oil Futures Flat

The average price of diesel fuel fell for the first time in three weeks, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

FleetPride Acquires Southwest Brake & Parts, Inc.

FleetPride has acquired Southwest Brake & Parts, Inc

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Teamsters, YRC Reach Tentative Agreement

The Teamsters and YRC Worldwide announced Friday that they have reached a tentative agreement

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Heading Back Up

Driver turnover rose measurably during the second quarter for the first time in nearly four years, according to the American Trucking Associations

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

WheelTime Set to "Go Public"

North American Detroit Diesel-Allison and Webasto distributors and will soon be sporting a new imag

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

Jasper Expanding Crawford Facility

Jasper Engines and Transmissions broke ground September 8 on a 41,250-square-foot expansion to its Crawford County, Ind., facility

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

AAR Opposes Proposal to Allow Heavier Trucks

This mockup from Maverick shows how a proposed three-axle, 48-foot flatbed would carry 51,000 pounds on its tridem. AAR doesn't want to see heavier rigs like this allowed on the highways.

The Association of America Railroads voiced its opposition to the Obama administration's request that Congress make permanent programs allowing higher-weight trucks access to the Interstate system in Maine and Vermont

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

ArvinMeritor Unveils Smart Axle

Germany's premier truck show, the bi-annual IAA in Hannover, saw the announcement of the revolutionary Meritor LogixDrive ultra-high efficiency axle, which will be introduced first in Europe within two years, then to the North American trucking market

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

Eaton Hybrid System Going into DAF LF

At the 63rd IAA truck show, held September in Hannover, Germany, DAF showed its medium-duty LF Hybrid in production form

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

New York Closing Rest Areas

Six rest areas on interstate highways in New York State will be closed this fall due to budget cuts. The closures affect several NYSDOT rest stops on Interstates 81, 87, 88 and 90, and do not impact any travel plazas located on the New York State Thruway

Tags: Highways

September 24, 2010 - Industry News

Commercial Trailer Orders Continue Strong Year-over-Year Gains

August commercial trailer net orders were up 55 percent from August of 2009, continuing a healthy rebound from what was one of the worst years in the commercial trailer industry, according to ACT Research Co

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

Apply Now for Next Round of California Truck Replacement Grants

The California Air Resources Board will open a second round of grant requests to help truck owners with pre-2004 diesels meet its 2007 emission standards, and Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) is standing by to help steer truck owners through the application process

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