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May 10, 2010 - Industry News

Intermodal Share Reaches Record Highs

Intermodal transport's share of U.S. long-haul truck traffic reached record highs during the first quarter 201

Tags: Intermodal

May 10, 2010 - Industry News

UD Trucks Revamps Web Site Following Name Change

UD Trucks North America has revamped its web site with a new look, logo and streamlined functionality

May 10, 2010 - Industry News

CSA 2010 and "Clean" Inspections

(Photo courtesy of Kentucky State Police)

Julie Sutton-Hayes understands that roadside inspections will be an important part of CSA 2010. The president of California-based Logistics International Inc., like many carriers, wants to see enforcement officers issue written reports not only for bad inspections, but also for "clean" inspections. So far she's pretty frustrated

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

Illinois Bill Restores Vehicle Access Provision For Length

Last week, the Illinois Senate unanimously voted to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code, providing trucks up to 65 feet in length access to local roads to points of delivery or for food, fuel, rest and repai

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

NECS Launches Online Driver Behavior Management Tool

National Energy Control Services has launched Traction, a proprietary web-based application for monitoring and managing driver safety and performance

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Reaches 11-Week Low Following Market Plunge

One reason investors are shying away from oil is because supplies are outnumbering demand. (Photo courtesy of Shell)

Oil prices dropped even further Friday, following Thursday's stock market plunge. Crude oil closed out the week at $75.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, an 11-week lo

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. Sees Labor Improvements Amid Market Volatility

Since December, factory employment has increased by 101,000, according to the Department of Labor.

Aside from the volatility in the stock market Thursday and Friday, last week yielded some positive signs that the economy is getting back on track, including an announcement by the Department of Labor that total employment grew by 290,000 in Apri

Tags: Economy

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

NTDA Hires New Executive Director

The National Trailer Dealers Association has tapped Gwendolyn Kay Brown as its new executive director

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

Connecticut Close to Finalizing Snow-Removal Measure

Connecticut legislators have approved a law punishing drivers for not removing snow and ice from their vehicles

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Voices Concerns Over DOT Shift Toward Rail, Maritime

In a recent letter to the Department of Transportation, the American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves raised several concerns about the department's statements suggesting that freight rail and marine highways replace trucks

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

LaHood: Announcement on Mexico Truck Proposal Is 'Closer Than Soon'

During a hearing of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the Obama Administration was "very close" to announcing a plan that would resolve the cross-border trucking dispute with Mexico

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Navistar Announces Changes in Dealer Network

Navistar has announced several changes to its dealer network, including dealerships in southern Georgia and West Virginia, the pending ownership change in Utah/Idaho and the addition this week of new dealers in Arizona and Indiana

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Trucker Buddy Gets Great Press in Philly

A sixth-grader reads what she wrote about her class's Trucker Buddy, Mark Silva. (Image courtesy Fox 29 News)

Fox 29 TV in Philadelphia recently had a heartwarming story about Trucker Buddy Mark Silva, A Wal-Mart truck driver who goes the extra mile in his pen-pal relationship with a local sixth-grade class

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Deadly Kentucky Crash Has Ties to Cell Phone Use

A Kentucky State Police report has found that trucker Kenneth Laymon, who was involved in a March 26 crash killing 10 people and himself, was taking and receiving cell phone calls up to the crash and could have also been speedin

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

New Towing Network Aims to Bring Carriers and Towing Companies Together

Through a partnership between carriers and towing companies, the Towing Network has been launched in an effort to bring greater collaboration and fairer pricing to the towing services available to motor carriers

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Quality Distribution's Positive Earnings Driven By Stronger Volumes

Quality Distribution, which provides bulk transportation and related services, managed to get its net income up in the first quarter to $0.8 million, or 4 cents a share, on stronger volumes and increased revenue

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Xata Swings to Loss Despite Revenue Growth

Software provider Xata Corporation swung to a loss of $402,000 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, compared to net income of $91,000 in the 2009 quarter, despite a revenue boost over the year-ago period and the addition of 42 new customers

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Top Dealers Offer Tips for Getting the Most from Your Dealer Relationship

Truck owners often complain about the lack of communication from dealers during the truck service and repair process. But some of America's top truck dealers note that communication goes both ways. When we spoke to the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year nominees, we asked them for their tips to help speed along the repair process and other ways to work with your dealer

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Pacer Narrows Loss in First Quarter

While Pacer International saw better year-over-year results during the first quarter, the asset-light transportation and logistics services provider still reported a loss of $0.5 million, up from a loss of $177.4 million in the 2009 quarter

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Despite Success, California Ports' Clean Truck Programs Remain Contentious

Officials from the Port of Long Beach allow owner-operators as well as company drivers under their Clean Truck Program. The Port of Los Angeles wants to ban owner-operators. (Photo courtesy Port of Long Beach.)

By all accounts, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have made great strides toward reducing air pollution caused by the trucks that serve their container facilities. At a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit yesterday, witnesses on all sides of the issue agreed that the ports' efforts to replace old, polluting trucks with cleaner ones have so far been remarkably successful

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Wabash Widens Net Loss in First Quarter

Trailer maker Wabash National posted a net loss of $139 million during the first quarter, on net sales of $78.3 million

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Patriot Gets Income Up Despite Loss of Business

Patriot Transportation Holding said its net income improved 2.3 percent to $1.44 million, or 46 cents a share, during the second quarter of fiscal 2010

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Con-way Reports 1Q Loss on Improved Conditions

Con-way managed to get its net income up from the first quarter of 2009, but the carrier still reported a net loss of $4 million, or 8 cents a share, during the first quarter 2010

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Legislators Come Up With New Tolling Structure

Three Pennsylvania legislators have suggested the state implement new tolls on interstates highways, including a $5 fee for trucks and $1 for passenger vehicles, in response to Pennsylvania's transportation funding crisi

Tags: Highways

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Tax Provision May Burden Small Carriers With Extra Paperwork; Congressman Steps In

(Photo courtesy of Corcentric)

Small businesses are not too pleased with a provision of President's Obama's health care reform bill, which requires businesses to submit a 1099 tax form to the IRS for purchases over $600

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