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May 27, 2010 - Industry News

California Officials Stress Highway Safety This Memorial Day Weekend

In a demonstration held Thursday on a Van Nuys, Calif., thoroughfare, professional drivers highlighted the dangers of driving too close to big rig

May 27, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Schedules Training Sessions on Tractor-Trailer GHG Regulation

The California Air Resources Board has announced it will hold several training sessions for the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulatio

May 27, 2010 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan: Medium-Duty Market Will Lead the Growth in Hybrid Trucks

Medium-duty hybrid trucks, such as this one, are expected to gain even more traction in the years ahead.

Demand for hybrid trucks is expected to grow over the next six years across North America and Europe, and the medium-duty market will likely be the leader, with significant penetration into the hybrid sector, according to Sandeep Kar, global program manager at Frost & Sullivan. "Hybrid trucks in the future will have an expanded role to play," Kar said

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

Not Much Chance of a Highway Bill This Year

It looks like we'll be waiting until next year for a highway bill to come through Congress.

There is practically no chance that Congress will pass a highway bill this year - the will to raise the money is simply not there, said congressional leaders and staffers

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

FHWA Develops New Technology For Identifying Congestion

FPMweb can help fleets avoid congested areas around the country. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Department of Transportation)

The American Transportation Research Institute and the Federal Highway Administration have developed a way to measure truck congestion as a step toward improving freight distribution

Tags: Highways

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Coalition Calls For Comprehensive Solution to Transportation Funding

A Pennsylvania coalition, the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition, has pledged its support for a comprehensive solution to Pennsylvania's transportation funding dilemma and urged the General Assembly to address the issue in the current special legislative session

Tags: Highways

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

Wabash National Announces Support of Fuel Efficiency Standards

A representative from Wabash National is participating in the Heavy-Duty Fuel Efficiency Leadership Group, a coalition of medium-and heavy-duty fleets and technology providers to inform and support a workable national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of truck

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA's Safety Advisory Committee to Hold Distracted Driving Meeting

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hold a three-day meeting to address distracted driving among truck drivers

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

Orders For Manufactured Durable Goods Back Up in April

New orders for manufactured durable goods gained 2.9 percent in April, the fourth boost in the last five month

Tags: Economy

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

Kenworth Dealer Opens New Service Facility in Idaho

Kenworth Sales Company has opened a parts and service facility in Heyburn, Idah

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

Utah DOT Gets to Work on I-15 Construction Project

The Utah Department of Transportation has started to work on the Utah County I-15 Corridor Expansion Project, which involves building 24 miles of freeway improvements on Interstate 15

Tags: Highways

May 26, 2010 - Industry News

OSHA Considers Tightening Rules on Vehicle Fall Protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise its walking working surfaces and fall protection standards

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

McLeod Celebrates 25 Years in the Trucking Software Business

McLeod Software is celebrating 25 years of providing software solutions to the trucking industry

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Prices to Continue Upward Trend in Years Ahead

Petroleum and liquid fuels will continue to be the largest energy source worldwide for the next 25 years.(Photo courtesy of Lubrizol)

U.S. oil prices are expected to rise to $108 per barrel by 2020 and $133 per barrel by 2035, according to the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

History Channel to Feature Mack TerraPro Refuse Truck

Mack's TerraPro model will be featured in this week's episode of Sliced, a new program on the History channel, airing May 27

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

FedEx Implements New Standards For Contractors

FedEx contractors have 180 days to comply with the new business standards.

FedEx has sent a letter to about 12,000 independent contractors notifying them of new business standards they must comply with or risk losing their contract, according to published reports

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

Industry Applauds Fuel Economy Policy

Trucking company and truck maker leaders are on board with the policy President Obama signed last week calling on two federal agencies to develop national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy trucks. "This will bring down costs for transporting goods, serving businesses and consumers alike," Obama said. "We estimate that we can increase fuel economy by as much as 25 percent in tractor-trailers using technologies that already exist.

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

Western Express Chooses Cascadia For Meeting Emissions Standards

Nashville, Tenn.-based Western Express has ordered 900 Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with 2010 Detroit Diesel Corporation DD15 engines featuring BlueTec emissions technology

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Seeks Information From On-Road, Off-Road Fleets

The California Air Resources Board is seeking information and ideas from fleets on possible amendments to the truck and bus regulation and off-road regulation

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

FTR: Fleets Will Face Recruiting Challenges Ahead

Carriers will likely struggle with the driver recruiting process, as the industry's hiring ability has been cut by one third, FTR says.

When freight picks back up and fleets start to struggle to fill previously parked trucks, fleets will be constrained by their ability to hire and train new drivers, according to FTR Associates' Driver Supply Update for May

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

Teamsters Reject ABF Freight's Wage Cuts

With the Teamters' rejection of the LTL carrier's financial relief plan, ABF may now be in a tough spot, analysts say.

Teamsters employed at ABF Freight System rejected the company's proposed changes to the labor contract, which involved a 15 percent pay cut, while protecting pension, health care and welfare benefits

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

Kansas Outlaws Texting While Driving

Kansas has become the 26th state to pass a texting while driving ban, as Gov. Mark Parkinson signed an anti-texting bill into law recently

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Sees Largest One-Week Drop in Over a Year

After reaching its highest level since 2008 recently, diesel took its largest one-week slide in over a year.

Diesel continued to drop for the second week in a row, down 7.3 cents to a national average of $3.021 a gallo

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

ITP Diesel Announces Name Change, New Facility

Diesel retailer ITP Diesel has changed its name to Sinister Diesel and is moving into a 15,000-square-foot retail and warehouse space in Phoenix to open June 1

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

Thermo King's Electric APU Receives SmartWay Verification

TriPacE is the first electric auxiliary power unit offered by Thermo King.

Thermo King has announced that its TriPacE electric auxiliary idle reduction and temperature management system has been verified by the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program as an anti-idling technology

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