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March 3, 2011 - Industry News

Obama, Calderon Announce Border Trucking Agreement

Mexican trucks would be able to operate beyond the U.S.-Mexico border zone under agreement announced by U.S. and Mexican leaders. (Photo courtesy Mexicotrucker.com)

President Obama and President Calderon of Mexico yesterday made official their commitment to resolve the cross-border long-haul trucking dispute between the two countries. The plan, the outline of which was unveiled in January, calls for a program similar to the pilot project that Congress killed in 2009.

March 3, 2011 - Industry News

Action Urgently Needed on Highway Program, Says ATA's Graves

As Congress passed a seven-month extension of the federal highway program, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves called for a robust, multi-year program - and acknowledged that something less than that might have to do. "Our failure to get our arms around transportation infrastructure needs of this country will be a significant drain on our collective quality of life and our nation's economic competitiveness," Graves said in remarks Wednesda

Tags: Highways

March 3, 2011 - Industry News

Peterbilt Names Dealers of the Year

Peterbilt named the Dealer of the Year and the Medium-Duty Dealer of the Year at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held at Paccar's new engine plant in Columbus, Miss.

March 3, 2011 - Industry News

Retailers Say Shorter Hours for Truck Drivers Would Increase Costs and Congestion

The National Retail Federation told federal transportation officials this week that a proposal to limit the number of hours truck drivers spend behind the wheel each day would increase costs for businesses and consumer

March 3, 2011 - Industry News

Terminal Exchange Services Announces New Secure Parking in Detroit

Terminal Exchange Services, TXS, the parent company of the Secure Trailer Parking Network, announced the opening of Oasis Trucking Centers in Detroit

March 3, 2011 - Industry News

Discounted Tolls for Truckers in Austin, Texas

Discounted tolls went into effect Tuesday, March 1, for trucks using State Highways 130 and 45 in Austin, Texas

Tags: Highways

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

Oil Rises Above $102 as Libyan Supply Fears Escalate

Oil prices settled above $102 per barrel on Tuesday for the first time since September of 2008 as fighting escalated in Libya and petroleum demand grew in the U.S

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

UPS Pays $1.3 million to Settle New York State Maintenance Violation Case

Following a four-year investigation by the New York State Attorney General's office alleging that UPS failed to maintain it vehicles and ignored out-of-service orders issued by its own mechanics, the company says it agreed to settle rather than spend additional time and money on the case.

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

'Next Generation' Program for Truck Dealers to Launch at ATD Convention

The American Truck Dealers (ATD) announced a new program aimed at developing the next wave of medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers to effectively run their own businesses

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

Wingfoot Commercial Tire Opens New Truck Care Center

Wingfoot Commercial Tire has continued its on-highway expansion by opening a Truck Care Center in Kenly, N.C.

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Orders Continue Strong in February

A preliminary reading of heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles net orders for North American markets totaled 24,300 units in February, according to ACT Research Co.

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

Bipartisan Group Urges Administration to Abandon Proposed HOS Changes

A bipartisan group of Congressmen and Senators called on the Obama administration to abandon its controversial hours-of-service proposal and retain the current safety rules. "The rules currently in place are working well and do not need to be changed," 122 representatives wrote to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

Increase in U.S. Driving Underscores Need for Infrastructure Investment

Americans drove 3 trillion miles in 2010, the most vehicle miles traveled since 2007 and the third-highest ever recorded, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Wednesday.

Tags: Highways

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Association Offers Anti-Harassment Guidelines for Driver Trainers

The Women In Trucking Association released new anti-harassment guidelines to its members that focus on employee training

March 2, 2011 - Industry News

Marten Transport Increases Driver Pay

Marten Transport, a Wisconsin-based carrier, raised driver pay effective April 1.

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

Insurance Institute Wants Underride Guard Improvements

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is petitioning the federal government to require stronger underride guards on the back of tractor-trailers, following a series of tests the group says demonstrate that underride guards on tractor-trailers can fail in relatively low-speed crashes

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

Cost of CSA Will Rise as Program Ramps Up

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration created and launched its new CSA safety enforcement program with a small number of staff, outside contractors and existing budget, but now that the program is ramping up it will require considerably more resources, said the Government Accountability Office

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

GAO Study Examines Societal Costs of Transportation Modes

A study by the Government Accountability Office finds that shippers do not pay the full societal cost of freight service in any mode, but particularly in trucking. External trucking costs, such as accidents, pollution and congestion, are six times greater than similar costs created by railroads and at least nine times greater than those created by waterways, GAO said in its report to the House Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore Reports Van and Flatbed Rates Continue to Rise

Van rates nationwide increased 2.6 percent in the last two weeks as markets affected by recent winter storms recovered.

Tags: Economy

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

TA Launches TruckSmart iPhone App

TravelCenters of America announced a new smart phone application, called TruckSmart.

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

Texting Ban Announced for Hazmat Drivers

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule this week prohibiting texting on electronic devices by drivers transporting hazardous materials

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

North American Surface Trade Up Nearly 14% Year Over Year in December

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 13.8 percent higher in December 2010 than in December 2009, reaching $66.5 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Economy

March 1, 2011 - Industry News

Midwest Wheel Companies Turns 100

George Koons, Fred Prior and staff during the early days of Midwest Wheel Companies.

Midwest Wheel Companies of Des Moines, Iowa, celebrated its 100th anniversary yesterday

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Spikes 14 Cents, Passes $3.71 a Gallon

Diesel fuel took its biggest hike since June 2009 this week, rising 14.3 cents over last week's Department of Energy price survey. The national average price reported by the Energy Information Administration on Monday was $3.716 per gallon

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

Lynden Transport Expands Service to and from Oklahoma and North Dakota

In response to customer and industry demand, Lynden Transport is offering new scheduled Less-than-Truckload (LTL) service to Oklahoma and North Dakota

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