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June 2, 2010 - Industry News

Paccar MX Engine Receives CARB Certification

The California Air Resources Board has certified the Paccar MX 12.9-liter diesel engine to the 2010 emission standards

June 2, 2010 - Industry News

Pike: Hybrid Market Looks Promising Ahead

Hybrid vehicles, such as this Peterbilt operated by Tropicana, are on the rise.

Over the next five years, the trucking industry can expect to see more heavy- and medium-duty hybrid trucks on the road, as the market for them is expected to grow from 9,000 units sold in 2010 to more than 100,000 in 201

June 1, 2010 - Industry News

House Approves Bill Extending Biodiesel Credit

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act, (H.R. 4213), which would reinstate the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit through the end of 2010

June 1, 2010 - Industry News

Gegare to Challenge Hoffa for Teamsters Leadership

Fred Gegare, who has been a vice president at large for the Teamsters since 1998, has announced he will challenge James P. Hoffa for the union's presidency in the 2011 election

June 1, 2010 - Industry News

Vermont Bans Texting While Driving

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas has signed an anti-texting-while-driving bill into law for all drivers in his state

June 1, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel, Oil Prices Fall

The average price of a gallon of diesel dropped more than 4 cents over the past week, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 1, 2010 - Industry News

Surface Trade up 37 Percent from Last Year

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 37 percent higher in March 2010 than in March 2009

June 1, 2010 - Industry News

Prairie Farms Testing Hybrid Cold Plate Refrigeration System

Prairie Farms will put the cold plate refrigeration hybrid unit on the road immediately; five more are to come.

Illinois-based Prairie Farms is testing a "zero-carbon-footprint" cold plate refrigeration hybrid unit that will save on fuel and maintenance and drastically cut CO2 emissions

June 1, 2010 - Industry News

Turning CO2 into Diesel Fuel

If a new public-private partnership has its way, you may see plants turning waste C02 into diesel fuel as soon as 2013

May 31, 2010 - Industry News

April Trailer Orders Soften, But Trend Still Looks Good

Trailer orders in April were down 13 percent from March, but 3 percent above the prior year, according to ACT Research

May 28, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Tonnage Index Best Since September 2008

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased for the sixth time in the last seven months, gaining another 0.9 percent in April. This followed a 0.4 percent increase in March

May 28, 2010 - Industry News

TIGER II Grants To Target Major-Impact Transportation Projects, Job Creation

Following on the success of the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of $600 million in TIGER II grants for capital investment in surface transportation projects

Tags: Highways

May 28, 2010 - Industry News

Americans Indicate They Are Cutting Back on Talking and Texting While Driving

U.S. drivers say they are talking and texting less while driving than they did a year ago and they say it's because they are more aware of the dangers of driving while distracted

May 28, 2010 - Industry News

PartSmart Now Offers Online Tax-Exempt Purchases

Tax-exempt customers now have the ability to purchase Navistar's PartSmart parts online without a tax penalty

May 28, 2010 - Industry News

West Virginia Passes Truck Idling Law

West Virginia recently passed a law limiting how long diesel-powered trucks can idle

May 28, 2010 - Industry News

Arizona Pushes for Rest Area Reform

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Department of Transportation are pushing to change the way states operate rest areas without cutting into budgets for public safety services

Tags: Highways

May 27, 2010 - Industry News

Michelin Challenge Bibendum Kicks Off This Weekend in Brazil

The 10th Michelin Challenge Bibendum will be held this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Challenge runs from May 30 to June 3

Tags: Events

May 27, 2010 - Industry News

CVSA Gears Up For Annual Roadcheck

Enforcement officers and inspection crews will be out in full force from June 8 to 10. (Photo by CVSA)

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is gearing up for its annual Roadcheck on June 8 to 10. For 72 continuous hours inspectors and law enforcement officers will be conducting the annual "Roadcheck," which mobilizes thousands of federal, state, provincial and local inspector

Tags: Events

May 27, 2010 - Industry News

Oil Continues to Rise As China Backs Europe

Oil was up about 4.25 percent Thursday; researchers believe prices will only continue to go up over the next few years. (Photo by Lubrizol)

Oil continued to rise Thursday as news that China was not reviewing its investments in the European market hit investor

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 27, 2010 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Can Create Legal Risks for Trucking Companies

Sleep apnea is a public health problem and a truck safety problem that could soon morph into a legal problem for the trucking industry, experts say. Three in 10 truck drivers suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea, says Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. "Drivers with severe sleep apnea are at greater risk of being involved in a crash," Ferro said in remarks at a conference on the disorder last month

May 27, 2010 - Industry News

Energy Symposium to Address Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid vehicles will be among the topics of discussion at the upcoming Energy Evolution: Transforming the Future of Power symposium in Chicago on June 7

Tags: Events

May 27, 2010 - Industry News

SmartWay Verifies Continental Truck Tires As Low Rolling Resistance

Continental's HSL2 Eco Plus (Heavy Steer Long-Haul) tire was recently verified as a low rolling resistance tire.

Continental Tire the Americas has announced that two more of its truck tires have been verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership as low rolling resistance

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

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