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April 13, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Leaders Call on FMCSA to Retain HOS Rules in Face of New Data

Officials from the American Trucking Associations again called on the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, to abandon their proposed changes to the hours-of-service rules following the release of new data showing significant declines in truck-related crashes

April 13, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Index Continues to Fall

FTR Associates' Shippers' Condition Index continues to decline, reflecting tightening capacity in the trucking sector

Tags: Economy

April 13, 2011 - Industry News

Record Earnings for J.B. Hunt

J.B. Hunt's intermodal operating income was up 32% in the first quarter over last year.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Lowell, Ark., announced record first quarter 2011 net earnings of $50.1 million, compared to first quarter 2010 net earnings of $37.5 million. Total operating revenue for the current quarter was $1 billion, compared with $845 million for the first quarter 2010

April 13, 2011 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso to Resume Production in Japan

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp., the parent company of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, will resume production of vehicles at the company's main Kawasaki Plant in Japan on April 20

April 13, 2011 - Industry News

California DMV Enrolls in Motor Carrier Insurance Database

The California Department of Motor Vehicles recently enrolled with the National Online Registries to electronically receive insurance information for trucking companies that use subscribing insurance companies

April 13, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fall 1.5 Percent in February from January

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry declined 1.5 percent in February from January, falling after two consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Freight Transportation Services Index

Tags: Economy

April 12, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Chairman Windsor Calls for Sensible Hazmat Regulations

American Trucking Associations Chairman Barbara Windsor, president and CEO of Hahn Transportation, told a House panel that changes are needed to the regulations governing hazmat shipments to improve efficiency and relieve unnecessary regulatory burdens

April 12, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on EOBRs and Driver Harassment

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking for additional comments on whether its proposed mandate for electronic onboard recorders sets up the possibility of driver harassment. The agency believes its proposal would ensure that EOBRs are not used to harass drivers, but in reaction to a recent suit challenging its treatment of harassment in an earlier EOBR rule, it wants to be sure that everyone has a chance to comment on the issue

April 12, 2011 - Industry News

Celadon Celebrates Highway 2 Health Program with Medical Center Opening

Celadon Trucking Services expanded its Highway 2 Health program with the addition of a full service medical center located at its Indianapolis headquarters

April 12, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Market Strength to Continue Through 2011 and 2012

The most recent data continues to reflect improved demand across all segments of the heavy-duty commercial vehicle market. Fundamentals, including pent-up demand resulting from deferred replacement, tight freight-carrying capacity, improved fleet financial performance and some easing in credit availability, will combine to support an upcycle for the market, according to ACT Research

April 12, 2011 - Industry News

High Fuel Prices Expected For Summer, But Oil Could Tumble

The Energy Information Administration predicts high fuel prices this summer, but recent price increases may be substantially due to speculation. Crude oil prices hit a 30-month high on Monday at $113.36, but have slipped back to $106.22 after Goldman Sachs fingered speculators on recent price increases

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 12, 2011 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Jumps 2.7 Percent in March

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index rose 2.7 percent on a seasonally and workday adjusted basis in March, more than offsetting the 0.3 percent decline in January and the 1.5 percent decline in February

Tags: Economy

April 12, 2011 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Signs Agreement with SleepSafe Drivers

SleepSafe Drivers, a national provider of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment programs for fleets, has signed a multi-year agreement with J.B. Hunt to make its On-Site Diagnostic Ambulatory testing and Sure Compliance treatment programs available to the carrier's drivers

April 12, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Details of Mexico Trucking Pilot Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed its plan for a three-year pilot program in which Mexican and U.S. carriers could offer long-distance service into each country. The program is the result of an agreement between President Obama and President Calderón of Mexico to resolve the long-standing dispute over cross-border trucking. FMCSA will publish the details of the program in the Federal Register on Thursday and will take comments for 30 days

April 12, 2011 - Industry News

NPTC 2011 Conference Next Week

The National Private Truck Council will hold its 2011 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition April 17-19 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio

Tags: Events

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Biggest Trucking Companies See Revenue Rise 9.4%

The 50 largest U.S. trucking companies saw revenue rise a collective 9.4 percent to $85.4 billion in 2010, after shrinking 17.7 percent during the recession in 2009, according to The Journal of Commerce's list of the Top 50 Trucking Companies of 2010

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Retail Diesel Continues Rise; Oil Falls After 30-Month High

On-highway diesel prices rose by 10 cents last week, more than double the previous week's increase of 4.4 cents. Prices have now topped $4 per gallon on the national average and in every major region

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Right to Repair Act Introduced in Congress

Representatives Todd Platts, R-Pa., and Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., have introduced the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, HR 1449, into the 112th Congress

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

FleetPride Acquires Midway Truck Parts As Industry Consolidates

In its ninth acquisition in 15 months, FleetPride is buying 13 Midway Truck Parts locations in Illinois and one in St. Louis, Mo. Midway Truck Parts was founded in 1978 by Pete Pasdach, president, and Rich Murawski, vice president

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Industry Safety Performance Reached Record Levels in 2009

The rate of truck-involved fatalities on U.S. highways fell to 1.17 per 100 million miles in 2009 - making that year the trucking industry's safest since the federal government began keeping track in 1975. But American Trucking Associations representatives say more can be done, and called for the government to look at incentive-based programs to drive safety technology

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Heckmann Orders 200 LNG Trucks

Heckman Corp. has placed what is believed to be the single largest order for liquefied natural gas trucks by a U.S. customer. Heckmann Water Resources will transition its water-transportation fleet from traditional diesel vehicles to natural gas

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Marten Increases Driver Pay, Contractor Rates

Marten Transport, a Wisconsin-based carrier, announced another raise in driver pay effective April 1, and contractor rate increases as high as 4 cents per mile effective May 1

April 10, 2011 - Industry News

Alliance Truck Parts Rebrands to Emphasize All-Makes Offerings

Alliance Truck Parts unveiled a new brand identity campaign aiming to emphasize its offering of all-makes parts and bring it out from the shadow of parent company Daimler Trucks North America

April 10, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Payments Up 33.6% Over Last Year, Cass Reports

Freight movements soared 6.9 percent in March, the first sizeable rise since August 2010, according to the March 2011 Cass Freight Index

Tags: Economy

April 10, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA to Publish Details of Mexico Trucking Pilot Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week proposed its plan for a three-year pilot program in which Mexican and U.S. carriers could offer long-distance service into each country. The program is the result of an agreement between President Obama and President Calderon of Mexico to resolve the long-standing dispute over cross-border trucking

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