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July 27, 2010 - Industry News

Latest Truck Tonnage Reading Points to Slow Growth

May and June marked the first back-to-back reductions in truck tonnage since March and April 2009. (Photo by Michelin)

In June, the American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 1.4 percent from May, an indication the economy's growth could be slowing

July 27, 2010 - Industry News

UPS Sets New Fuel Efficiency Goal

UPS has set a new goal to improve the mpg performance of its U.S. package delivery fleet by 20 percent between 2000 and 2020

July 26, 2010 - Industry News

Some Good News, But Not All's Rosy, Managers Tell Fleet Expectations Survey

Fruits of the slow economic recovery are being reaped by large trucking companies, but smaller outfits are still struggling, said Lana Batts, principal partner of Transport Capital Partners, quoting results of her firm's sixth annual Survey of Carrier Expectations during last week's Truckload Carriers Association Refrigerated Division annual meeting

July 26, 2010 - Industry News

How's Business? Better, But Reefer Execs Cautious

While there are some positive signs, executives at refrigerated fleets are cautious about mixed signals in the economy that threaten to seriously interrupt the recovery.

Executives who run temperature-controlled fleets have "much to be optimistic about," said Corey England, chief operating officer of C.R. England Inc., in remarks to colleagues at the Truckload Carriers Association Refrigerated Division's annual meeting last week

July 26, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Says New Freight Bill Would Short-Shrift Highways

The American Trucking Associations has announced its opposition to the FREIGHT Act of 2010, the new Senate legislation that would set a national freight transportation policy

July 26, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Back Up After A Month of Declines; Oil Stays Put

Diesel rose 2 cents this week, breaking its month-long downward tren

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 26, 2010 - Industry News

Study Assesses Natural Gas Use in Refuse Vehicles

An updated white paper produced by consulting firm WIH Resource Group points to the benefits of using compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas for refuse collection fleets

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 26, 2010 - Industry News

Kansas City Law Firm to Investigate TAB Claims Against Arrow

A federal judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa has allowed Arrow Trucking's bankruptcy trustee Patrick Malloy III to hire Stueve Siegel Hanson, a Kansas City, Mo.-based law fir

July 26, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Expands Internship Program For Women in Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation has expanded its internship program designed to encourage young women to pursue careers in transportation. The program will grow from one to 10 regions of the countr

July 26, 2010 - Industry News

SmartWay Adds Double Coin Steer Tire to Verified List

Double Coin Holdings' FR605 steer position tire has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency's list of SmartWay-verified technologies

July 26, 2010 - Industry News

ATD Calls For Stimulus Program to Help New Truck Sales

The American Truck Dealers division of the National Automotive Dealers Association is calling for the creation of a federal stimulus program to boost new truck sales and put cleaner, more fuel-efficient trucks on the road

July 23, 2010 - Industry News

FTR: A Slow Recovery Is Not Concern For a Double Dip

Since demand for air freight is going up, this is a good sign for trucking, as retailers were off about their inventory predictions, FTR says. (Photo by FedEx)

While the economic recovery has been showing signs of slowing, this is not cause for concern that we'll see a double dip recession, FTR Associates pointed out during a webinar Friday

Tags: Economy

July 23, 2010 - Industry News

Elgin Becomes a Navistar Diamond Supplier

Navistar International has honored engine parts maker Elgin Industries as a Navistar Diamond Supplier, one of 37 companies to earn the commercial vehicle manufacturer's award for product quality, delivery performance and cost efficiency

July 23, 2010 - Industry News

Study Points to Effectiveness of LNG Heavy Trucks

Trucks fueled by liquefied natural gas are the most effective option for reducing our nation's oil us

July 23, 2010 - Industry News

Fikes Truck Line Transports Lumber in Haiti Relief Effort

Fikes Truck Line has donated its transportation services to Weyerhaeuser to help with disaster relief in Haiti. After Weyerhaeuser approached the company to take loads at a reduced rate, Fikes offered to donate the services

July 23, 2010 - Industry News

Dupre' Forms Joint Venture With Oiltanking

Dupre' Logistics has formed a joint venture company with Oiltanking, a move that will allow the two to move into dry bulk handling and other refinery service operations

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Second Quarter Earnings Jump 71 Percent For UPS

Delivery package giant UPS said second quarter earnings soared 71 percent over the 2009 quarter, while revenue grew 13 percent

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

FedEx Owes $3 Million to Massachusetts Over Contractor Status

Pittsburgh-based FedEx Ground has agreed to pay over $3 million to the Massachusetts attorney general's office in a settlement over the company's misclassification of drivers as independent contractors

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

New Bill Would Set National Freight Transportation Policy

The new bill would aim to reduce delays at international points of entry, make transit times along freight corridors more reliable, improve safety and reducing air pollution. (Photo courtesy of the Port of New York/New Jersey)

A trio of Democratic Senators introduced legislation that would give freight a seat at the national transportation policy table

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

EPA, CARB Workshop Examines Driver Defeat of SCR Engines

At issue is the question of keeping diesel exhaust fluid in the tank for proper functioning of selective catalytic reduction.

Changes to the EPA's 2010 emissions regulations relating to selective catalytic reduction technology are being proposed as a result of a suit brought against the EPA by Navistar. During a California workshop Tuesday, both sides had a chance to present comments. The Navistar lawsuit challenged guidelines issued during the implementation of the SCR technology. Navistar argued that the guidelines were in effect a rule and that the correct procedure had not been followed in the rulemakin

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Smith Electric to Expand Production Capabilities

As demand has increased for its all-electric vehicles, Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corporation says it is ramping up its production capabilities. Built upon a decentralized manufacturing strategy, the company plans on adding manufacturing plants in each major urban market, starting with one in the fourth quarter of 2010, followed by another in the first quarter of 2011, according to CEO Bryan Hansel

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Alabama Trucking Association Taps Boyd Bros. CEO As Board Chairman

Gail Cooper

The Alabama Trucking Association has named Gail Cooper as the chairman of its Board of Directors for the 2010-2011 fiscal year

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Cargo Theft on the Rise This Year

So far this year, cargo theft gangs are seeking larger payoffs per theft, stealing two, three and even four trailers at a time, most commonly from terminals where trailers are more likely loaded with similar product. (Photo by Jim Park)

For the first six months of 2010, cargo theft increased 5 percent over the same period of 2010, with multi-trailer losses becoming increasingly commo

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Gain Traction in June

In June, trailer orders were up 103 percent on a year-over-year basis, with dry van orders leading the gain

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Passes Advanced Vehicle Technology Act

The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee has passed a bill aimed at helping parts suppliers and vehicle manufacturers develop, implement and manufacture technology for more fuel efficient cars, trucks, and components

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