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December 23, 2010 - Industry News

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Finalizes Purchase Of Smith Electric U.K.

The Smith Newton is the world's largest electric delivery vehicle with a top speed of 55 mph and 100 miles on a single charge.

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. announced today it will finalize the purchase of its United Kingdom-based parent company, Smith Electric Vehicles (U.K.), creating the world's largest manufacturer and industry leader of commercial electric vehicles

December 23, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Proposed HOS Revisions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted long-awaited proposed revisions to the hours of service rule

December 22, 2010 - Industry News

Webb Renames Business Unit Severe Duty to Reflect Expanded Product Focus

Effective January 1, 2011, Webb Wheel Products Inc. will change the name of its Transit Business Unit to Webb Severe Duty. The change reflects the company's plans to expand their platform and product offering to serve a wider market

December 22, 2010 - Industry News

Introducing the Retread Tire Association

TheRetread Tire Association (RTA) is now OFFICIALLY in business with all i's dotted and t's crossed, making RTA a legally recognized Non-Profit Organization

December 22, 2010 - Industry News

Navistar Reports Fourth-Quarter Profit

Navistar International Corp. has reported profitable results for the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, 2010, propelled by the improved performance of its core business and military sales

December 22, 2010 - Industry News

Crude Closes Above $90 on Stockpile Drop, Cold Weather, Good Job Numbers

Oil closed Wednesday at $90.48 a barrel, the highest closing price seen since Oct. 3, 2008

Crude oil settled on the NYMEX on Wednesday at $90.48 a barrel, the highest closing price seen since Oct. 3, 2008. That follows a fourth consecutive day of gains

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. DOT Releases Latest "Faces of Distracted Driving" Video

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released the latest video in the Department of Transportation's "Faces of Distracted Driving" series

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

Containment Berms Comply with new Federal Tank Truck Regs

New Ultra-Containment Berms from UltraTech International help meet new Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan requirements. The Berms capture small and large spills from tanker trucks, military vehicles and other heavy equipment

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. House Approves Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) now just needs President Obama's signature for the bipartisan legislation to be reauthorized for five more years as the U.S. House of Representatives approved DERA this morning by a voice vote

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

2011 Aftermarket Legislative Summit Rescheduled for June 20-21 in Washington, D.C.

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association's 2011 Aftermarket Legislative Summit has been rescheduled for June 20-21, 201

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

Commercial Trailer Net Orders Surge 23 Percent

Net orders of commercial trailers rose to 21,314 in November, a 23 percent increase over October's performance that was the strongest month in over two years. ACT Research Co. (ACT) also reported that November net orders were up 215 percent from the same month last year

Tags: Economy

December 21, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Say Port Registries Violate Federal Law

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the New Jersey Motor Truck Association and the Port Drivers Federation 18 have filed a petition asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) for a determination that mandatory drayage truck registries conducted by various ports and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are pre-empted by federal law

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Cold Weather Pushing Fuel Prices Higher Worldwide

Blame the cold for the escalating cost of fuel. It's cold all over and that's driving up demand for heating oil

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Announces Business Development Team

HDA Truck Pride announces its new business development team. The team's primary focus is to enhance communications to its members and to assist with the organic growth of the business

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

FleetPride Acquires Friction Materials Co of Eugene, Oregon

FleetPride, Inc. has acquired the assets of Friction Materials Co. The acquisition includes the leasing of Friction Materials' 15,000 square foot facility in Eugene, Oregon

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Adds Information to Discussion about Truck Driver Life Expectancy

DOT says a 2007 study puts the median age of death for a group of unionized dock workers and truckers combined was 61.9 years. The median age of death for men nationally in 1992 was 73.2 years.(Photo courtesy of Celedon)

The Department of Transportation has produced a piece of research that to a limited extent supports its claim that truck driving contributes to a shorter life expectancy than other occupations

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Ryder To Acquire California-Based Carmenita Leasing

Ryder System, Inc.has reached an agreement to purchase the full service leasing and rental business of Carmenita Leasing, Inc., of Santa Fe Springs, Calif

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Connecticut Crackdown Nets 28,000 Violations, $3.4 M in Fines

During the first four months of a statewide crackdown on "unsafe" truckers, police in Connecticut have issued 28,000 violations potentially worth more than $3.4 million in revenue for the state

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Prime Inc. Increasing Tanker Driver Starting Pay by 23 Percent

Company drivers at Prime Inc. starting as tanker drivers will now start at 41 cents per mile, the company says. Previously, drivers in the tank division started at 34 cents per mile

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Landstar Names Employees of the Year

Landstar has named Annette Forster, Emily Grantham, Kris Johnson and Zsanett Vasahlik Employees of the Year for 2010

December 20, 2010 - Industry News

Bendix Delivers 100,000th ESP System

Marking a major milestone for its full-stability technology and for safety on our nation's highways, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems recently delivered its 100,000th Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program system for tractor-trailers, trucks, and motor coaches

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

ABF Suit Against YRC, Teamsters Dismissed

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit ABF Freight System filed against rival YRC Worldwide and the Teamsters aimed at blocking a labor agreement central to YRC's survival

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

Heavy Trucks Forced back onto Maine State Highways

As of midnight Friday Dec. 17, the legal limit weight limit on I-295, I-395 and portions of I-95 dropped back to 80,000 pounds following the failure of the Senate to pass the $1.1 trillion 2011 omnibus budget bill

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

ATA: Truck Tonnage index fell 0.1 Percent in November

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index edged 0.1 percent lower in November after increasing a revised 0.9 percent in October

Tags: Economy

December 19, 2010 - Industry News

PacLease to Host Webinar on Lease Accounting Changes for Private Fleet Operators

PacLease will hold a webinar on Jan. 6, 2011, to discuss proposed new lease accounting standards that will be finalized later in the year. The webinar is geared for private fleet operators

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