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March 13, 2011 - Industry News

EOBR Alliance Decries Unfairness of DOT's Plan to Pay for EOBRs on Mexican Trucks

A group of carriers that has been pushing mandatory electronic onboard recorders is crying foul when it comes to the Department of Transportation's plan to fund the devices on Mexican trucks that will be operating in the U.S. under long-delayed aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement

March 13, 2011 - Industry News

Connecticut Truckers Ask for Study of Corrosive De-Icers

State lawmakers in Connecticut are scheduled to hear testimony today on a bill that addresses the issue of corrosive de-icers being used on state highways

Tags: Highways

March 11, 2011 - Industry News

Peterbilt Dealer Continues Growth; Announces Location in Northern Virginia

The Pete Store has opened a full-service Peterbilt truck dealership in Springfield, Va

March 11, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Condition Index Remains in Low Territory

FTR's Shippers Condition Index remained in low territory in February, meaning carriers are continuing to gain leverage over rates. FTR expects the index, which was at -5.2 in February, to fall further as the outlook for capacity shortages worsen in the seasonally strong spring months

Tags: Economy

March 11, 2011 - Industry News

TSC Rebrands Barjan and ETW

TSC Group LLC, which markets and distributes to retailers and travel centers, announced its plan to rebrand the combined company to TSC Global

March 11, 2011 - Industry News

Japan Quake, Tsunami Prompt Oil Prices to Fall

The massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan has pushed down the price of oil today and may affect traffic at the West Coast intermodal ports. Crude oil futures fell below $100 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange earlier today for the first time in more than a week. Japan is the world's third largest oil importer, and there is concern the disaster could slow its economy, one of the world' largest

March 10, 2011 - Industry News

Rep. Defazio Opposes Funding for Mexican EOBRs, Questions Authority to Grant Mexican Carriers Permanent Access

In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), expressed concern of U.S. DOT funding or EOBRs for Mexican carriers participating in the pilot program

March 10, 2011 - Industry News

Strong Commercial Vehicle Order Intake Reiterates Current Market Strength

The fundamentals that support heavy-duty commercial vehicle demand continue to signal the start of an up-cycle for the market, according to ACT Research Co

March 10, 2011 - Industry News

Weekly Spot Market Freight Volumes Hit Two-Year High

Truckload freight availability on TransCore's DAT Network of load boards increased by 12 percent nationwide in the week ending March 5, showing the strongest load volume for a single week since TransCore began reporting weekly levels in January 2008

Tags: Economy

March 10, 2011 - Industry News

RWI Transportation Opens New Terminal in Dallas

RWI Transportation has opened a new terminal in the Dallas/Fort Worth market

March 10, 2011 - Industry News

Hendrickson Announces So-Cal Training Sessions for April

Hendrickson has scheduled its next round of technical suspension training for the heavy-duty transportation industry with its eighth edition of the Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute (HVSI)

March 10, 2011 - Industry News

Why Low Cabovers in a Conventional-Cab Market?

Why do the Japan-based importers continue trying to sell low cab-over-engine trucks when North America is conventional-cab territory? The short answer is that LCOEs are what they have to sell

March 9, 2011 - Industry News

February PCI Continues to Signal Slow Growth

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index fell in January and February, but was still the 15th straight month of year over year growth, indicating that economic recovery, while fragile, remains under way

Tags: Economy

March 9, 2011 - Industry News

Navistar Reports 1Q Profit, Before Engineering Integration Costs

Navistar International Corp. reported adjusted net income for the first quarter ended Jan. 31, 2011, totaled $12 million, equal to $0.16 diluted earnings per share, excluding the impact of costs to integrate its truck and engine engineering operation

March 9, 2011 - Industry News

Navistar Offers Electric, Hybrid and Natural Gas Power, Hebe Notes

Navistar International has "the broadest, most energy-efficient line of trucks in the industry, helping deliver real-world savings to the bottom line," declares Jim Hebe, senior vice president, North American sales operations, in a statement issued during NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

March 9, 2011 - Industry News

NPR Gas Re-enters Production April 18

Isuzu says its NPR Gas low-cabover-engine truck will return this spring by way of an assembly agreement with Spartan Motors

March 9, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Up in January; Largest Annual Increase Since 2002

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.9 percent in January from a revised December level, rising for the second consecutive month, reported the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Tags: Economy

March 9, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA, Small Carrier Groups Settle CSA Suit

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has settled a suit by three trucking associations over information published in the CSA program. The agency said in the Wednesday announcement that it will change the way it displays CSA safety scores, in response to the carrier groups' contention that the original plan was flawed and should have gone through a public-comment procedure

March 8, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Asks PHMSA to Block Roadside Hazmat Package Inspections

The American Trucking Associations asked the Obama administration to prevent the opening and inspection of hazardous materials shipments along the roadside, unless it is believed the shipment poses an imminent danger or does not comply with the hazardous materials regulations

March 8, 2011 - Industry News

2010 Cargo Theft Shows Significant Increase

The first annual cargo theft report from CargoNet shows a significant increase in cargo theft in 2010 compared to 2009, as well as some interesting comparisons. In 2010 there were 1035 cargo theft incidents, a significant increase over 2009, when there were 700 thefts

March 8, 2011 - Industry News

DOE Raises Diesel Forecast to $3.81

Continuing unrest in Libya as well as other North African and Middle Eastern countries has led to the highest crude oil prices since 2008

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 8, 2011 - Industry News

TCP: Just Another Cycle, or New Beginning for Trucking?

"Not since deregulation in 1981 has the trucking industry faced the degree of growing demand coupled with unbridled opportunity, over-written with the degree of uncertainty of new regulations, rising costs and an economy emerging from a recession," begins a new white paper from Richard Mikes and Lana Batts of Transport Capital Partners

March 8, 2011 - Industry News

Mexican Trucks Will Have EOBRs

Additional details are emerging on the agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to reopen the border to long-distance trucking. A Department of Transportation official speaking on background confirmed that under the plan, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require Mexican trucks to use electronic onboard recorders as part of their satellite tracking systems

March 8, 2011 - Industry News

Gridlock Returns: INRIX National Traffic Scorecard

INRIX, a provider of traffic and navigation services, released its 4th Annual INRIX National Traffic Scorecard revealing gridlock and longer commute times returning to America's roads

Tags: Highways

March 8, 2011 - Industry News

BAE Developing Parallel Electric Hybrid System for Class 6-8 Trucks

BAE’s motor generator and controller are integrated with a Cat CX automatic transmission. Energy storage is in li-ion batteries.

BAE Systems announced a parallel electric-drive hybrid system for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks that's based on HybriDrive series hybrid that's now working in 3,000 transit buses worldwide

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