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June 15, 2010 - Industry News

New Senate Legislation Would Crack Down on Brokers

The new legislation is aimed at protecting owner-operators, in particular, who typically don't have legal recourse to recoup losses from fraudulent brokers. (Photo by Jim Park)

Sens. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have introduced the Motor Carrier Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that would beef up regulatory oversight of brokers and freight forwarders in the trucking industr

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

First Mahindra-Navistar Trucks Roll Off Assembly Line in India

Mahindra-Navistar Automotives (MNAL) has started production of its first truck offering, the 25-ton capacity MN25, which rolled off the assembly line in India

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

Parts Manufacturers Call For Changes in California Copper Brake Bill

In a testimony before the California Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, Terry Heffelfinger, director of product engineering, R&D, and quality for Affinia Global Brake and Chassis, called for different implementation procedures for SB 346, a bill that would mandate a reduction in the use of copper in brake products

June 14, 2010 - Industry News

Load Availability Dips Slightly On Flatbed Decline

Overall load availability fell 3.2 percent from April to May, although spot market freight availability was up 216 percent over the year-ago mont

June 14, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Takes Fifth Straight Tumble

Diesel prices continued to fall this week. Over the last five weeks, prices have slipped 19.9 cents. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

The price of diesel fell 1.8 cents this week, its fifth straight fall, according to the Department of Energy. Trucking's main fuel hasn't fallen this low since mid-March

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 14, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Outreach Meetings On National Registry Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold special outreach meetings for medical examiners and commercial motor vehicle drivers as well as the associations representing these groups

June 14, 2010 - Industry News

Mack Announces International Dealer of the Year

Mack Trucks has named Mack Centro of Valencia, Venezuela, its 2009 International Dealer of the Year

June 14, 2010 - Industry News

Trucker Sweeps Shell Rotella SuperRigs

Attention to detail and presentation gave Roccapriore the SuperRigs top title. (Photo by STF)

At this year's Shell Rotella T SuperRigs, held mid-June at the Lee Hi Travel Center in rural Lexington, Va., Todd Roccapriore nearly pulled off a maximum with his 2004 Peterbilt 379 and Mac end dump trailer

Tags: Events

June 14, 2010 - Industry News

Chrysler Pours $300 Million Into Indiana Facilities

Chrysler Group is pouring $300 million into the company's manufacturing facilities in Kokomo, Ind., to build its new eight-speed automatic transmission for future Chrysler Group vehicles

June 14, 2010 - Industry News

Roadside Medical to Open New Locations

Roadside Medical is opening three new medical clinics in Oklahoma City, East St. Louis, Ill., and Waco, Texas

June 11, 2010 - Industry News

Schneider Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Schneider National President and CEO Chris Lofgren presents a commemorative plaque to Jim Schneider, son of founder Al Schneider, during the company's 75th anniversary event.

Truckload carrier Schneider National celebrated 75 years in the trucking business Thursday, with a gathering of industry leaders, members of the Schneider family and company employees at its Green Bay, Wis., headquarters

June 11, 2010 - Industry News

PacLease Announces Franchise of the Year Awards

Paccar Leasing Company has honored Edmonton Kenworth PacLease and Peterbilt PacLease of Las Vegas with its North American Franchise of the Year Awards

June 11, 2010 - Industry News

Double-Digit Increases in Retail Container Volumes to Continue at Ports

June is expected to be a promising month for container volumes, which are expected to see a 15 percent year-over-year gain.

The nation's major retail container ports can expect double-digit increases in import cargo volume in the months ahead, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker repor

Tags: Intermodal

June 11, 2010 - Industry News

Economic Indicators Mixed On Continued Uncertainty

Economic indicators coming out of the U.S. Census Bureau Friday were mixed, as the government announced that retail and food services sales were down 1.2 percent in May, while business inventories gained 0.4 percent in April

Tags: Economy

June 11, 2010 - Industry News

New York Parks Department Puts Kenworth Hybrids Into Service

Keith Kerman, assistant commissioner for the New York City Parks Department, is shown with one of the department's 17 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrid trucks.

The New York City Parks Department has recently put 17 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrids into service, as part of the city's goal to curb carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2017

June 11, 2010 - Industry News

Ceridian Index Sees Largest Monthly Boost in 10 Years

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index gained 3.1 percent in May, the largest monthly boost in over 10 years

Tags: Economy

June 11, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Votes Down Measure to Block EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) presents her case in support of the measure before the Senate Thursday. Murkowski introduced the legislation in response to the EPA's efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act.

In a 47-53 vote, the U.S. Senate barely voted down a measure Thursday that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions

June 11, 2010 - Industry News

Peterbilt Delivers First Paccar MX-Equipped Vehicle

From left, Corky Mawry, Jeff Hunter and Bob Hunter of Hunter Peterbilt; Bill Jackson, Paccar; Jan and Mark McClymonds of McClymonds Supply & Transit Co.; and Arlen Savitt, Peterbilt.

Peterbilt Motors Company has delivered the first vehicle equipped with the EPA 2010-certified Paccar MX engine to McClymonds Supply & Transit C

June 10, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Eyes Event Data Recorder Rule

The Senate is considering a mandate that would require event data recorders to be installed in medium- and heavy-duty truck

June 10, 2010 - Industry News

Trade Gap Widens in April

April exports fell 0.7 percent, while imports fell 0.4 percent, widening the trade gap from March

Tags: Economy

June 10, 2010 - Industry News

2010 Production Estimates Higher Than Expected As Economy Strengthens

ACT Research has increased its 2010 forecast for heavy-duty vehicle production by 4,500 units, putting year-over-year growth at 23 percent

June 10, 2010 - Industry News

Truckers Are More Hopeful About the Next Year

The industry is starting to have a rosier outlook on the year ahead, with expectations that volumes and rates will improve. (Photo by MTS Driver Recruiters)

Carriers are increasingly hopeful about the year ahead, with about 88 percent expecting volumes to grow over the next year and 84 percent expecting rates to rise, according to Transport Capital Partners Business Expectation Survey for the second quarter 2010

June 10, 2010 - Industry News

New FMCSA Guidance Allows For Scanned Driver Logs

Under the new guidance, drivers can scan their log records at truckstop scanning kiosks, such as this TripPak location. (Photo courtesy of TripPak)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a regulatory guidance simplifying the record keeping and retention requirements for driver logs

June 10, 2010 - Industry News

Class 8 Sales Slip From April; Other Classes Show Improvement

Class 8 truck OEMs saw May sales down 8.5 percent from Apri

June 10, 2010 - Industry News

NTTC Honors Andrews Logistics For Safety Record

The National Tank Truck Carriers has honored Andrews Logistics with multiple safety awards, including the 2009 Outstanding Performance Trophy

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