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December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Truckers Get More Time to Meet California Emission Rules

CARB says diesel particulate matter emissions will be reduced from today's levels by 50 percent by 2014 and 70 percent by 2020. (Photo by Jim Park)

The California Air Resources Board amended its regulations targeting diesel emissions last week, in some cases extending deadlines for compliance, but in some cases making rules stricter

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Congress Renews Incentives for Alternative Fuels, But Not For Vehicles

Tax credits 50-cents per gallon apply for compressed and liquefied natural gas when used as a vehicle fuel. (Photo by Jim Park)

The much publicized tax and unemployment-benefits measure passed by Congress last week also contains tax breaks for use of automotive alternative fuels, but not for the vehicles themselves

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Hours Proposal Cleared by OMB

The hours of service proposal on track to be published before the end of the year. (Photo by Jim Park)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's hours of service proposal was cleared by the Office of Management and Budget on Friday, which means that it is on track to be published before the end of the year as the agency expects

December 17, 2010 - Industry News

California Board Approves Cap-and-Trade Program

The California Air Resources Board has endorsed a cap-and-trade program that will eventually set limits on emissions by transportation fuels

December 17, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Middle Approach to Cell Phone Restriction

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has chosen the middle path in its proposal to restrict cell phone use by commercial drivers. The proposal essentially says that truck and bus drivers could only use a hands-free phone while driving. It would prohibit a driver from reaching for, dialing or holding a mobile phone while the truck is moving

December 17, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Proposes Rule to Ban Hand-Held Cell Phone Use for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation today proposed a new safety regulation that would specifically prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

Swift Shares Close Up 10 Cents Above IPO Price in NYSE Debut

Shares of Swift Transportation Co (SWFT.N) rose slightly in their stock market debut on Thursday after a delayed and downsized IPO

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

LA Harbor Commission Closes Clean Truck Class-7 Loophole

Class 7 trucks now have to comply with the same Clean Air requirements as their Class 8 brothers.

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission voted Thursday to include Class 7 trucks in the same emissions rules that already apply to Class 8 trucks

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

Wingfoot Commercial Tire Opens 34th and 35th Truck Care Centers

Wingfoot Commercial Tire has opened two new truck maintenance centers -- Russellville, Ark., and Tuscaloosa, Ala

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

Red Dot Expands Test Facilities for Truck and Off-Highway HVAC

Red Dot Corp. has expanded its advanced engineering and test center to include dedicated facilities for conducting vibration, acoustics, electromagnetic and radio frequency interference (EMI/RFI), and blower-lifecycle validation. The new test areas are part of the company's H.G. Runnings Technical Center in Seattle

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

Xantrex Launches new Custom Power Solutions team

Xantrex Technology USA Inc., a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, announces the recent launch of a dedicated Custom Power Solutions team organized expressly to support corporate clients in multiple markets including commercial truck, electric vehicle, consumer electronic, back-up, military, and automotive

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

Peterbilt Donates Model 365 Dump Truck to the First Response Team of America

Peterbilt general manager, Bill Jackson (3rd from right), presents the keys to a Model 365 dump truck to Tad Agoglia, president and founder of the First Response Team of America.

Peterbilt donated a Peterbilt Model 365 to the First Response Team of America to help in their ongoing disaster relief efforts throughout the United States

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

North Florida Western Star Now Open for Business

Tom Nehl Truck Company has just opened a Western Star dealership in Jacksonville, Fla. on the site of the Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison's former branch at 5040 West University Boulevard

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

Peterbilt Dealer Group Opens Columbia, SC Location

Columbia, S.C. - December 15, 2010 - The Pete Store, one of the largest truck dealers in the United States, has opened its newest location at 1300 Buckner Road in Columbia, South Carolina

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

The Scully Companies, Inc. to be Acquired by Ryder System

Ryder System, Inc., has reached an agreement to acquire the full service lease, contract maintenance, commercial rental and dedicated contract carriage businesses of The Scully Companies, Inc

December 16, 2010 - Industry News

CRST Malone Opens New Ohio Office

CRST Malone has opened an additional company terminal in Middletown, Ohio, that will assist in CRST Malone's operations and driver recruitment for the northern region

December 15, 2010 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Launches Industry Promotion Campaign

The Truckload Carriers Association is coordinating two large-scale publicity campaign aimed at highlighting TCA and the trucking industry to the general public

December 15, 2010 - Industry News

ATA's Moskowitz Named Chairman of Consumer Energy Alliance

American Trucking Associations' Vice President and Regulatory Affairs Counsel, Rich Moskowitz, was recently selected as first-ever Chairman of the Consumer Energy Alliance, an organization focused on showcasing the needs consumers and the overall economy have for a long-term U.S. energy policy

December 15, 2010 - Industry News

Green Group, Truck Dealerships Join Forces to Put Cleaner Rigs on Southern Roads

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $5 million to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) to help Southern truckers and small businesses to buy cleaner big rigs

December 14, 2010 - Industry News

Redesigned Mack-Shop Website Powers up Merchandise Sales

Mack Trucks is putting more muscle behind the company's iconic bulldog logo and brand with the launch of an expanded Mack Shop website

December 14, 2010 - Industry News

Retail Container Traffic Showing Strong Seasonal and Annual Gains

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports for 2010 should see a 17 percent increase over last year. -- Global Port Tracker report.

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be up 9 percent in December over the same month last year, and 2010 should end with a 17 percent increase over last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report

Tags: Intermodal

December 14, 2010 - Industry News

TCP Carrier Survey: Labor Shortage Worrying Carriers

Contractor availability is declining, and staff drivers could soon be expecting raises. (Photo by Jim Park)

The recent Business Expectations Survey completed by Transport Capital Partners found that concerns over the future supply of independent contractors and the potential for wage hike demands by staff drivers are keeping carrier executives awake at night

December 14, 2010 - Industry News

TA Travel Centers Automates Fuel Receipt Collection

TravelCenters of America has a new system in place to enhance the professional drivers' experience and time management at all TA and Petro full-service locations

December 14, 2010 - Industry News

Bendix Lauds Copper Limits in Brake Friction Materials

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake applauds the recent state laws passed in California and Washington that reduce the amount of copper allowed in brake friction materials beginning in 2021

December 14, 2010 - Industry News

PSI Names FedEx Freight as Fleet of the Year

Pressure Systems International (PSI) has recognized Fed Ex Freight as their Fleet of the Year for the 2nd consecutive time

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