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September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Governors' Safety Group Sidesteps Cell Phone Ban

The Governors Highway Safety Association declined to follow Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's lead and passed on an opportunity to call for an outright ban on cellphone use and test-messaging while driving

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Economist Predicts Supply Crunch Like Industry's Never Seen

The cream of the crop drivers will be in high demand as increased demand and new regulations collide. (Photo by Jim Park)

Even though he doesn't expect the economy to grow very quickly, the American Trucking Associations' chief economist says we're heading into "a supply side story the likes of which we have probably never seen in our industry." The result will be higher rates, and the best drivers in demand like they've never been before

Tags: Economy

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Journalism Investigation Targets Adoption of NTSB Recommendations

What is being billed as "a major investigation into transportation safety in America," conducted by journalism students from 11 universities, says the National Transportation Safety Board, the federal panel charged with investigating accidents and proposing ways to prevent them, has essentially given up on 1,952 of its safety recommendations - one of every six it has made since 1967

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Program Puts 650 Hybrids to Work in California

The California Air Resources Board says an innovative financial incentive program has helped put more than 650 hybrid trucks and buses on California roads

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down, Oil Futures Flat

The average price of diesel fuel fell for the first time in three weeks, according to weekly figures from the U.S. Department of Energy

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

FleetPride Acquires Southwest Brake & Parts, Inc.

FleetPride has acquired Southwest Brake & Parts, Inc

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Teamsters, YRC Reach Tentative Agreement

The Teamsters and YRC Worldwide announced Friday that they have reached a tentative agreement

September 27, 2010 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Heading Back Up

Driver turnover rose measurably during the second quarter for the first time in nearly four years, according to the American Trucking Associations

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

WheelTime Set to "Go Public"

North American Detroit Diesel-Allison and Webasto distributors and will soon be sporting a new imag

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

Jasper Expanding Crawford Facility

Jasper Engines and Transmissions broke ground September 8 on a 41,250-square-foot expansion to its Crawford County, Ind., facility

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

AAR Opposes Proposal to Allow Heavier Trucks

This mockup from Maverick shows how a proposed three-axle, 48-foot flatbed would carry 51,000 pounds on its tridem. AAR doesn't want to see heavier rigs like this allowed on the highways.

The Association of America Railroads voiced its opposition to the Obama administration's request that Congress make permanent programs allowing higher-weight trucks access to the Interstate system in Maine and Vermont

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

ArvinMeritor Unveils Smart Axle

Germany's premier truck show, the bi-annual IAA in Hannover, saw the announcement of the revolutionary Meritor LogixDrive ultra-high efficiency axle, which will be introduced first in Europe within two years, then to the North American trucking market

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

Eaton Hybrid System Going into DAF LF

At the 63rd IAA truck show, held September in Hannover, Germany, DAF showed its medium-duty LF Hybrid in production form

September 26, 2010 - Industry News

New York Closing Rest Areas

Six rest areas on interstate highways in New York State will be closed this fall due to budget cuts. The closures affect several NYSDOT rest stops on Interstates 81, 87, 88 and 90, and do not impact any travel plazas located on the New York State Thruway

Tags: Highways

September 24, 2010 - Industry News

Commercial Trailer Orders Continue Strong Year-over-Year Gains

August commercial trailer net orders were up 55 percent from August of 2009, continuing a healthy rebound from what was one of the worst years in the commercial trailer industry, according to ACT Research Co

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

Apply Now for Next Round of California Truck Replacement Grants

The California Air Resources Board will open a second round of grant requests to help truck owners with pre-2004 diesels meet its 2007 emission standards, and Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) is standing by to help steer truck owners through the application process

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

PTDI-Certified Truck Driver Training Courses Expect to Benefit from Economy, CSA 2010

Despite a slow-growth economy, driver training program administrators with recently certified or recertified Professional Truck Driver Institute courses are experiencing an increase in demand for their graduates and expect to benefit from the federal government's new CSA 2010 enforcement initiative

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

Jeffrey Schlecht, Omaha Truck Center, Wins TMC's SuperTech Competition

Jeffrey Schlecht outscored 40 other competitors to win the TMC SuperTech competition. (Photo by Tom Berg)

Jeffrey Schlecht, a technician at Omaha Truck Center's shop in Norfolk, Neb., won the SuperTech competition at the Technology & Maintenance Council's Fall Meeting in Raleigh, N.C., this week. Schlecht outscored 40 other competitors in a series of written and hands-on tests set up by industry volunteers at the Raleigh Convention Center

Tags: Events

September 23, 2010 - Industry News

Chamber of Commerce Releases Indexes Connecting Infrastructure and Economy

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released what it says is a first-of-it-kind annual index designed to look over time at how U.S. transportation infrastructure is serving the needs of the U.S. economy and business community

Tags: Economy

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Webinar to Examine 2009's Historic Truck Crash Decline

The FMCSA Office of Analysis, Research and Technology will host a webinar examining last year's historic decline in truck crashes. The webinar will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

Survey Examines How Regulatory Uncertainty Affects Fleet Business Plans

When asked about whether regulatory uncertainty has caused them to rethink the future of their company, more than half of fleet managers surveyed said they were staying the course. Smaller carriers, however, were more likely to be thinking of selling the company or at least some assets

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

Truck Dealer of the Year Meets with Business Students at Indiana University

Commercial truck dealer Jack Saum of Maryland recently visited Indiana University's Kelley School of Business as a featured speaker, an annual honor bestowed upon the winner of the Truck Dealer of the Year award presented by American Truck Dealers association and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

CSA 2010: Report from the Field

Starting in December, compliance with federal safety regulations is going to get a lot tougher, say carriers that have been participating in the pilot version of the new safety regime, CSA 2010. Pilot carriers in a recent webinar warned that a carrier's performance under the SafeStat measurement system is not a reliable indicator of how it will perform under CSA 2010

September 22, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Ban on Texting While Driving

Following up on guidance it issued earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a formal rule banning truck and bus drivers from texting while driving. The rule also prohibits carriers from requiring or allowing their drivers to text

September 21, 2010 - Industry News

Despite CSA 2010 Deadline, Relatively Few Carriers Have Checked Data

Many carriers seem to be waiting until the last minute to check their data under CSA 2010. (Photo by Jim Park)

A new era in truck safety enforcement is going to begin in December, but so far relatively few carriers have taken an active interest in what the new regime will mean to them

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