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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

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

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