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October 4, 2010 - Industry News

HOS Waiver Granted for Fertilizer Delivery

A two-year federal waiver from hours-of-service regulations for truckers delivering anhydrous ammonia fertilizer has been granted to help the agriculture industry

October 4, 2010 - Industry News

Scania Collaborating in Biofuel Research

Scania has been granted SEK 30 million -- about $4.43 million -- by Sweden's Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation Initiative to develop a biofuel engine for heavy commercial vehicles

October 3, 2010 - Industry News

Still Time for Second Windsor-Detroit Border Crossing, say Supporters

An artist's rendering of a bridge proposal to connect Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan.

The Ontario Trucking Association says a second border crossing at Windsor-Detroit is not dead, and that it's possible a deal still could be done by the end of the year

October 3, 2010 - Industry News

New Law Aims to Make CARB More Transparent

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week signed into law a measure to make the California Air Resource Board's enforcement efforts more transparent

October 1, 2010 - Industry News

NHTSA Proposing Truck Tire Standards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a proposed rule to revise and upgrade Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 119, which specifies requirements for new truck tires

October 1, 2010 - Industry News

Drive Safely Work Week Kicks Off Today

Oct. 4-8 is Drive Safety Work Week, an annual campaign presented by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety

October 1, 2010 - Industry News

UPS Purchases 130 Hybrid Electric Vehicles

UPS announced the purchase of 130 next-generation hybrid electric vehicles to add to its growing alternative-fuel vehicle (AFV) fleet

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Announces Safety Award Winners

The American Trucking Associations' Safety Management Council announced its 2010 award winners at its Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Rogers, Ark., this week

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Continues Upward Trend

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index edged higher in August to a reading of 2.3. The Trucking Conditions Index from Freight Transportation Research Associates is a compilation of factors affecting trucking companies. The August reading, which is the sixth consecutive reading in positive territory, reflects a healthy environment for trucking.

Tags: Economy

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

Rep. Richardson Introduces Highway Freight Bill

Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., has added some new ideas to the ongoing debate over the federal highway program, introducing a bill that would create a Goods Movement Trust Fund funded in part by a 12-cent hike in the diesel tax paid by trucks

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

Mouthpiece Offers Sleep Apnea Treatment Alternative

Truckers with sleep apnea now have access to an easy-to-use sleep-time mouthpiece that's an alternative to the continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) that is the most common treatment

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

EIA Analyst Forecasts Diesel Price Increase of 10 to 15 Cents Next Year

The Energy Information Administration is working to improve its forecast reports. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

Diesel prices are likely to go up 10 to 15 cents a gallon next year over this year, said Tancred Lidderdale of the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Lidderdale heads the EIA's analytical team that produces the monthly fuel price forecast that is a key data point for trucking industry planners. He discussed diesel supply and demand at an Oil Price Information Service conference in Atlanta earlier this week

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

NAFTA Surface Trade Rose 18.8 Percent YTD in July

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 18.8 percent higher in July 2010 than in July 2009,

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

Food Safety Expert to Address Trucking Group

Government regulation of food transportation practices will be discussed at the meeting of the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference in Phoenix on Oct. 18

Tags: Events

September 30, 2010 - Industry News

BorgWarner Switches to Kit Masters for Aftermarket Distribution

BorgWarner Thermal Systems has selected Kit Masters as the exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada for all BorgWarner aftermarket heavy-duty truck fan drive products, including viscous fan drives, pneumatic fan drives, and fan blades

September 29, 2010 - Industry News

C.R. England Introduces Double-Stack Refrigerated Container-on-Flatcar Service

C.R. England has introduced TempStack, 53-foot temperature-controlled, container-on-flatcar technology to its service offerings. The first shipment scheduled on October 15 from Chicago to Los Angeles

Tags: Intermodal

September 29, 2010 - Industry News

Carrier Alliance Pushing for Congress to Pass EOBR Mandate Next Year

A group of carriers is pushing to make electronic logs mandatory. (Photo courtesy PeopleNet)

The group of trucking companies that is pushing legislation to mandate electronic onboard recorders plans to spend the rest of the year gathering allies and building support for passage of the bill next year

September 29, 2010 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Celebrates Silver Anniversary

September 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America in North America

September 29, 2010 - Industry News

New Bill Would Mandate EOBRs; Backed by Major Trucking Companies

Five major transportation companies today announced their support for legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that would require trucking companies engaged in interstate commerce to install electronic on-board recorders in all trucks

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

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