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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

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Summit Opens Today

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will convene a second National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., today

September 20, 2010 - Industry News

Illinois Task Force to Address GPS Use by Truckers

A new Illinois task force is looking at the issue of truckers straying off of truck-friendly routes when using consumer GPS routing systems

September 19, 2010 - Industry News

Obama Administration Asks to Make Truck Weight Increase Permanent

The Obama Administration has included a provision in the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution that formally asks Congress make permanent two pilot programs that give heavier, six-axle trucks full access to interstate highways in Maine and Vermont

September 19, 2010 - Industry News

Navistar Signs Joint Venture Agreements with China's JAC

International's MaxxForce engines will make their debut in China as part of a joint venture agreement between an affiliate of Navistar International and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC).

September 17, 2010 - Industry News

CVSA Vision: Safety Is More than Enforcement

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is best known as the outfit that issues those clearance stickers to trucks that pass a roadside inspection. That has been the alliance's core program since it was founded in 1980. But over the years it has developed safety policy expertise, and now it's preparing to step onto an even larger stage

September 17, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Files Appeal of LA Port Decision

The American Trucking Associations has filed formal notice that it is appealing last month's ruling declaring the banning of owner-operators at the Port of Los Angeles legal

Tags: Intermodal

September 16, 2010 - Industry News

TA/Petro to Accept Fuelman, CFN FleetWide Cards

Fuelman Network, a division of FleetCor Technologies, and TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers announced a new program that allows Fuelman and CFN FleetWide fleet card customers to purchase at all participating Travel Centers of America/Petro Stopping Centers locations

September 16, 2010 - Industry News

Western Star Makes Push in the Body-Building Business

Members of the National Truck Equipment Association check out a rugged Western Star 4900-109 displayed at the 2010 Product Conference. It was the builder’s first appearance at an NTEA meeting. (Photo by Tom Berg)

Western Star, for many years a low-volume and largely obscure builder of premium severe-service trucks and over-the-road tractors, is aiming for more attention and market share in the work truck industry

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