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July 7, 2011 - Industry News

ABF, UPS Hike Rates by 6.9%

Both ABF and UPS separately decided to raise shipping rates, averaging 6.9% for each company

July 6, 2011 - Industry News

Standoff over Mexican Trucks Resumes with Pilot Program Announcement

Repeating the pattern that has been established over the past decade and longer, opponents of long-distance trucking across the Mexican border moved quickly yesterday to restrain the latest plan to open the border. Within hours of the

July 6, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Orders Remain at Healthy Levels in June

A preliminary reading of commercial vehicle net orders in June for North American markets indicated continued strength in demand for medium and heavy-duty vehicles according to ACT Research

July 6, 2011 - Industry News

Echo Global Logistics Acquires Advantage Transport

Echo Global Logistics has acquired substantially all of the assets of Advantage Transport, a truckload transportation brokerage firm based in Phoenix

July 6, 2011 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Stabilizes in May

FTR's May Trucking Conditions Index remained basically flat month over month with a reading of 7.3. The Index appears to have stabilized in solidly positive territory after April's sharp one-month drop in response to softened economic conditions

July 6, 2011 - Industry News

Marten Transport Opens New Facility in Kansas City

Marten Transport opened a new terminal facility in Kansas City, Kan., a good location for drivers, according to the company

July 6, 2011 - Industry News

Cross-Border Trucking Program Announced

Mexican trucks like this one will soon be allowed to deliver in the U.S., provided safety restrictions are met. (Photo courtesy Mexico Trucker Online.)

U.S. and Mexican officials today signed agreements resolving the cross-border trucking dispute that had resulted in punitive tariffs imposed two years ago against the U.S. for violating the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, setting up a long-haul, cross-border trucking program

July 5, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore's First Produce Report Tracks Rising Reefer Rates

TransCore released its first in a series of free monthly Produce Season Reports, which shows rates have been rising in most areas of the country

July 5, 2011 - Industry News

Webinar to Outline Recent Updates to Proposed Lease Accounting Standards

Paccar Leasing will hold a webinar on Thursday, July 14 at 9 a.m. PDT to provide an update on the proposed FASB and IASB accounting standard changes regarding the financial treatments of leasing

Tags: Events

July 5, 2011 - Industry News

Marangoni Adds Williams Tire Service to Dealer Network

Marangoni Tread North America added Williams Tire Service located in Fullerton, Calif

July 5, 2011 - Industry News

Dupre Offers Dedicated Cryogenic Transportation Services

Dupre Logistics added Dedicated Cryogenic Transportation to its menu of services

July 5, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Continues Decline; Oil Rises in Spite of Emergency Supplies

Photo courtesy Lubrizol

The price of on-highway diesel dropped significantly again last week, although not quite as steeply as the previous week

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 5, 2011 - Industry News

Buffalo's Peace Bridge to Get Canadian Pre-Screening

The Peace Bridge port of entry spans the Niagara River between Buffalo, N.Y, and Fort Erie, Ontario. It's the fourth busiest border crossing in North America, and congestion on the U.S.-bound lanes caused by truck screening is legendary. That problem could soon be solved.

Tags: Highways

July 4, 2011 - Industry News

ExxonMobil Increasing Biodiesel Offerings

ExxonMobil will begin to sell biodiesel-blended ultra-low-sulfur diesel for the first time at four rack terminals in Texas this summer

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 4, 2011 - Industry News

Arkansas Highway Funding Plan Thrown into Reverse by Anti-Tax Fervor

If you've been wondering why Congress has not been able to reauthorize the federal highway program, take a look at what's happened in Arkansas. There the anti-tax fervor that currently reigns on Capitol Hill has been taken to an instructive extreme

Tags: Highways

July 4, 2011 - Industry News

APL Building New Chicago-Area Intermodal Terminal

APL, the world's seventh largest container shipping carrier, plans to develop its latest U.S. intermodal container terminal in Joliet, Ill

Tags: Intermodal

June 30, 2011 - Industry News

Caribou Coffee Opens at Iowa 80 Truckstop

Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa, has added a Caribou Coffee to its list of offerings at the food court

June 30, 2011 - Industry News

GITI Tire Opens Distribution Center in Tennessee

GITI Tire USA has opened a distribution center in Portland, Tenn., to help support the company's growing footprint in the U.S

June 30, 2011 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Recent Class 8 Truck Quality May Temper Future Customer Satisfaction Gains

According to a study by J.D. Power and Associates, a coming ramp-up in production plus the release of new 2010 EPA-compliant engines may negatively impact truck quality. Overall quality of heavy-duty trucks has improved substantially in 2011,

June 30, 2011 - Industry News

Possible Government Shutdown Causes Minnesota Rest Areas to Close

Truckers in Minnesota may need to find new pit stops this weekend as rest areas shu tdown in the face of a government shutdown

Tags: Highways

June 30, 2011 - Industry News

Pacific Pride, Quality Petroleum Open Green Fuel Center in Alabama

Pacific Pride Services and Quality Petroleum of Alabama the opened a Commercial Fuel Center to offer biodiesel for commercial fleet fueling as well as EPA-approved, ethanol-enhanced unleaded gasoline in Tarrant, Ala

June 29, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Strategic Plan Proposes Comprehensive Safety Effort

FMCSA wants to expand its influence over shippers and receivers.

One of the top items on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's agenda over the next five years is to expand its influence over shippers and receivers. In its draft strategic plan for 2011-2016, the agency introduces the concept of a "commercial motor vehicle transportation life-cycle," which includes not just truck and bus companies but the entities that control or influence those companies

June 29, 2011 - Industry News

Navistar Donates Vehicle To Assist In Alabama Rebuilding Efforts

Navistar donated a used step van valued at $20,000 to the Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization in Hale County, Alabama, to assist rebuilding efforts in the wake of the devastating tornadoes

June 29, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Testing Driver Monitoring Systems

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking a close look at whether onboard driver monitoring systems are an effective way to improve safety. The agency is mid-way through a multi-year research project designed to measure how well drivers respond to feedback from systems that track lane departures, impending collisions and fatigue, among other indicators. The research also will produce the largest continuous collection of naturalistic driving data ever undertaken

June 29, 2011 - Industry News

System Enhancement Will Expedite Permit Process in Maryland

This week, the Maryland State Highway Administration began accepting credit card/e-check payments as an option for its hauling permit customers required to obtain oversized/overweight load permits

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