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September 23, 2010 - Industry News

Apply Now for Next Round of California Truck Replacement Grants

The California Air Resources Board will open a second round of grant requests to help truck owners with pre-2004 diesels meet its 2007 emission standards, and Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) is standing by to help steer truck owners through the application process

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

PTDI-Certified Truck Driver Training Courses Expect to Benefit from Economy, CSA 2010

Despite a slow-growth economy, driver training program administrators with recently certified or recertified Professional Truck Driver Institute courses are experiencing an increase in demand for their graduates and expect to benefit from the federal government's new CSA 2010 enforcement initiative

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

Jeffrey Schlecht, Omaha Truck Center, Wins TMC's SuperTech Competition

Jeffrey Schlecht outscored 40 other competitors to win the TMC SuperTech competition. (Photo by Tom Berg)

Jeffrey Schlecht, a technician at Omaha Truck Center's shop in Norfolk, Neb., won the SuperTech competition at the Technology & Maintenance Council's Fall Meeting in Raleigh, N.C., this week. Schlecht outscored 40 other competitors in a series of written and hands-on tests set up by industry volunteers at the Raleigh Convention Center

Tags: Events

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

Chamber of Commerce Releases Indexes Connecting Infrastructure and Economy

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released what it says is a first-of-it-kind annual index designed to look over time at how U.S. transportation infrastructure is serving the needs of the U.S. economy and business community

Tags: Economy

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Webinar to Examine 2009's Historic Truck Crash Decline

The FMCSA Office of Analysis, Research and Technology will host a webinar examining last year's historic decline in truck crashes. The webinar will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

Survey Examines How Regulatory Uncertainty Affects Fleet Business Plans

When asked about whether regulatory uncertainty has caused them to rethink the future of their company, more than half of fleet managers surveyed said they were staying the course. Smaller carriers, however, were more likely to be thinking of selling the company or at least some assets

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

Truck Dealer of the Year Meets with Business Students at Indiana University

Commercial truck dealer Jack Saum of Maryland recently visited Indiana University's Kelley School of Business as a featured speaker, an annual honor bestowed upon the winner of the Truck Dealer of the Year award presented by American Truck Dealers association and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

CSA 2010: Report from the Field

Starting in December, compliance with federal safety regulations is going to get a lot tougher, say carriers that have been participating in the pilot version of the new safety regime, CSA 2010. Pilot carriers in a recent webinar warned that a carrier's performance under the SafeStat measurement system is not a reliable indicator of how it will perform under CSA 2010

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Ban on Texting While Driving

Following up on guidance it issued earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a formal rule banning truck and bus drivers from texting while driving. The rule also prohibits carriers from requiring or allowing their drivers to text

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

Despite CSA 2010 Deadline, Relatively Few Carriers Have Checked Data

Many carriers seem to be waiting until the last minute to check their data under CSA 2010. (Photo by Jim Park)

A new era in truck safety enforcement is going to begin in December, but so far relatively few carriers have taken an active interest in what the new regime will mean to them

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

AxleTech Unveils New Michigan Headquarters

AxleTech International officially unveiled its new world headquarters facility in Troy, Mich., last week

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

More Shippers Turn to Transloading to Streamline Supply Chain

Industry experts report an increase in a tool known as transloading on the West Coast over direct shipping to the Midwest via intermodal rail,

Tags: Intermodal

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

Texting, Eating, Talking Top Distracted Driving Behaviors in Study

When it looked at the most common activities going on in the cab before a crash, SmartDrive Systems found that operating a handheld device, like texting on a phone or operating a GPS, was the most common. Eating/drinking/smoking came in second, and talking on a mobile phone came in third

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

Xata Turnpike Makes Push in Canada with Glentel Agreement

Xata Turnpike, a division of Xata Corp., has added Glentel, a leading wireless provider in Canada, to its list of value-added resellers

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

Dupre' Logistics Ups Driver Pay

Dupre' Logistics Energy Distribution Services group announced a 3 to 6 percent pay increase for its professional drivers

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

NPTC Recognizes Private Fleet Driver All-Stars

Fourteen private fleet truck drivers who have demonstrated high performance standards against their peer drivers throughout the country have been honored by the National Private Truck Council as National Driver All-Stars

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

Highway Angel to be Honored During Humanitarian Bowl

The Truckload Carriers Association announced it will for the third year in a row honor the TCA Highway Angel of the Year during the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Texting Ban for Hazmat Drivers

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off the 2010 national Distracted Driving Summit today with an announcement that he is initiating a new rulemaking to prohibit commercial truck drivers from texting while transporting hazardous materials

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

TMW User Conference Draws Most Attendees Ever

Organizers of TMW Systems' annual TransForum users conference had to add additional overflow housing at hotels in Dallas as the 24th annual event attracted more than 1,400 attendees, up significantly from the approximately 1,000 last year

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up for Second Week

Diesel prices rose for the second week in a row, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

Free Wellness Checks for Truck Driver Appreciation Week

In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week this week, Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab is offering truckers free health and wellness checks

Tags: Events

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Two New Service Centers

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened two new service centers - one in South Houston, Texas, and one in Kalamazoo, Mich., allowing the company to better serve customers in the two areas

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

Good News from Daimler Trucks

Demand in China will help drive growth in the global truck market. Daimler recently celebrated the handover of a Mercedes-Benz Actros at China Railway Logistics.

The world truck market is predicted to grow more than 50 percent by 2015, said Daimler Trucks chief executive Andreas Renschler, speakiing at a press event on the eve of the 2010 Hannover truck show in Germany

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

PacLease Adds 23 Locations

Paccar Leasing Co., known as PacLease, announced 23 new locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Hold Steady in Seasonally Slow Month

August net orders of heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles were up 15 percent from August of 2009, according to ACT Research

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