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September 14, 2010 - Industry News

Agenda Announced for Distracted Driving Summit

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the agenda for the second national Distracted Driving Summit to be held Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C. Don Osterberg, senior vice president of Schneider National, will be on a panel discussion on "Confronting the Distracted Driving Challenge Moving Forward.

September 14, 2010 - Industry News

Survey: Truckers Rate Recovery in Full Swing; More Foreseen

The third quarter of the year appears to have been a good one for rate increases, according to Transport Capital Partners' Business Expectation Survey. The quarterly survey found that 63 percent of responding carriers experienced rate increases, with 7 percent reporting over 15 percent rate increases

September 13, 2010 - Industry News

1099 Rule Change Stalled in Senate

Two amendments that would have addressed a provision in this healthcare reform legislation that would burden businesses with more tax paperwork failed to move forward in the Senate today

September 13, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Makes Technical Changes in Recorder Rule

Dart Transit is one carrier that has adopted electronic logs voluntarily.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made some technical changes in its new electronic onboard recorder rule in response to concerns raised by makers of electronic onboard recorders and trucking interests

September 13, 2010 - Industry News

Economist: Don't Panic About Recovery; Trucking in for Good Times

Continued high unemployment and three quarters of less-than-3-percent GDP do not mean we are headed into a double-dip recession. In fact, things are looking very good for trucking in this recovery, said trucking economist Noel Perry, speaking at the McLeod Software User Conference in Birmingham, Ala., Monday. However, he said, carriers need to learn how to deal with a more volatile business environment

Tags: Economy

September 13, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise

The average price of a gallon of diesel rose 1.2 cents over the past week, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 13, 2010 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Supplying Carbon Offsets by Shifting Freight to Rail

J.B. Hunt Transport Services is part of a new partnership of corporations and environmentalists that announced a new initiative designed to reduce greenhouse gases and improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region

September 13, 2010 - Industry News

Port of Long Beach, Innovative Chassis Pool Win Intermodal Achievement Award

Trucks entering a pier at the Port of Long Beach.

The Intermodal Association of North America named Direct ChassisLink and the Port of Long Beach as winners of the IANA Intermodal Achievement Award for 2010

Tags: Intermodal

September 13, 2010 - Industry News

Coalition for Transportation Productivity Expands

The Coalition for Transportation Productivity, a group of more than 160 shippers and allied associations dedicated to responsibly increasing federal weight limits on interstate highways, announced a merger with Americans for Safe and Efficient Transportation

September 13, 2010 - Industry News

Trucker Profit Improvement Points to Continued Rebound in Commercial Vehicle Sector

A strong rebound in net margins for publicly traded truckload companies in the second calendar quarter is expected to fuel continued improvement in demand for heavy-duty vehicles and trailers, according to ACT Research Co

Tags: Economy

September 13, 2010 - Industry News

New Business Focused on Improving Brake Performance

Elite Brake Company is a new commercial vehicle brake component supplier developing a full product line of brake block, brake lining, medium-duty hydraulic brake disc pads, heavy-duty air brake disc pad

September 12, 2010 - Industry News

Environmental Groups Call for 35% Improvement in Tractor-Trailer Fuel Efficiency

A coalition of nearly 20 environmental and science organizations sent a letter last week calling on President Obama to establish new vehicle pollution and fuel economy standards, including cutting fuel consumption from long-haul tractors pulling van trailers by 35 percent by model year 2017

September 12, 2010 - Industry News

Colorado Releases Study Detailing Solutions for I-70 West

A look at the future of the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor is now available for public viewing. For the next 60 days, the public can review and comment on the Revised Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, a document that presents a corridor vision, which includes a variety of transit and highway improvements, for I-70 between C-470 and Glenwood Springs

Tags: Highways

September 10, 2010 - Industry News

FleetPride Opens Syracuse Branch

FleetPride officially opened their expanded facility in Syracuse. Left to right: Andy McDougal, FleetPride Area Manager; Bill Vingiano, FleetPride VP Northeast Region; Pat Hogan, Syracuse Common Councilor; Kevin Petrocci, FleetPride Area Sales Manager.

FleetPride recently celebrated the grand opening of the expanded Syracuse, N.Y., branch

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

Fraudulent Medical Review Officer Sentenced

A man who acted as a Medical Review Officer on DOT-regulated drug tests without being a licensed physician has been sentenced to 22 months in federal prison, plus payment of restitution and community service

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

UMTRI, Con-way Study Integrated Crash Warning System

An integrated system of crash warning technologies designed to enhance the safety of commercial trucks was found in a 10-month study to help drivers stay in their lane and avoid crashes

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

Sideways Growth For Now, But Capacity Tightening

Economic growth and freight volumes have been decelerating and will likely move sideways for the next few months, until a hoped-for change in the composition of Congress in November reassures businesses enough to start investing and hiring again. But truckload capacity is tight and will continue to tighten, and we're on the cusp of improved pricing. That was the message of transportation analysts with Stifel Nicolaus in its annual "Shaking the Sand Out" conference call Thursday

Tags: Economy

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

Covenant Transport Teams Up with Roadside Medical

Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab is partnering with Covenant Transport to roll out the Roadside Medical Driver Wellness program, giving drivers and corporate employees access to a trucking wellness program

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

NAFA Creates Corporate Fleet Advisory Council

NAFA Fleet Management Association has created a Corporate Fleet Advisory Council to give corporate fleet managers to voice their concerns and ensure their needs are met

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Condition Index Expected to Remain in Positive Territory

Transportation forecasting group FTR Associates reports its Trucking Condition Index, at 0.8 for July and reported in the September Trucking Update, is expected to remain in positive territory for the remainder of the year

Tags: Economy

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

Freight Index Rose 0.4% in July from June

The Freight Transportation Services Index rose 0.4 percent in July from its June level, rising for the second consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

Survey: Trucker Optimism Runs High, Capacity Additions Muted

Transport Capital Partners' latest Business Expectation Survey found that like the last five quarters, carriers have remained fairly optimistic about future freight volumes. However, the optimism has been somewhat tempered -- although only a fraction believe volumes are going to decrease or that we're heading into a double-dip recession

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

Traffic Deaths Plummet in 2009

The number of truck-involved traffic fatalities fell 20 percent in 2009, to the lowest level since the Department of Transportation started keeping records, while overall highway deaths fell to the lowest number since 1950

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

CVSA Targeting Air Brakes This Week

Kentucky State Police participate in last year's Operation Air Brake.

Brake Safety Week started Sunday and runs through Saturday the 18th. The program is part of the Operation Air Brake Campaign, an ongoing effort by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance dedicated to improving inspection, compliance, maintenance, and performance of commercial vehicle braking systems throughout North America

September 9, 2010 - Industry News

Memphis to Host Trucking/Logistics Expo

Memphis will host its first Annual Trucking Expo in October, showcasing the city's position as "America's Distribution Center."

Tags: Events

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