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January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Mack Gears Up For Driving Skills Challenge

The challenge gives job site drivers the opportunity to demonstrate their professional driving skills in a competitive setting while driving an EPA 2010-certified Mack Granite mixer.

Mack Trucks will hold its annual "Driving Skills Safety Challenge" during the 2010 World of Concrete show Feb. 2-4

Tags: Events

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Paccar Celebrates 71 Years of Profitability Amid '09 Results

In 2009, Paccar finished construction on its new engine production facility in Columbus, Miss. Paccar engines will be available in Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks in the summer of 2010.

Paccar announced it has reached its 71st consecutive year of net profit, with improved fourth quarter revenue and income from the third quarter

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Texting Ban Is Step One in Campaign Against Distracted Driving

(Photo by Jim Park)

The federal ban on truck driver texting announced Jan. 26 is just the opening salvo in a campaign to control distracted driving. "We take texting while driving as an epidemic," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said last week after he announced that DOT has banned truck and bus drivers from texting while they are driving, and will levy civil and criminal penalties up to $2,750 for violations

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Economic Indicators Provide Positive Signs of Recovery

Last week, changes in a few economic indicators, such as the gross domestic product and consumer confidence, point to better days ahead for the U.S. economy and for the trucking industry

Tags: Economy

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Fleets Put the Good, Bad and Ugly Behind Them After 4Q Results Come Out

Werner, like other carriers, is optimistic about the year ahead.

It's that time again-time for fleets to reveal their financial performance for the last three months and provide investors with an idea of their financial health

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

FreightWatch: Cargo Theft Reaches Highest Level Ever Recorded

Despite many industry efforts to combat cargo theft, an average of 72 cargo theft incidents occurred per month in 2009, a gain of 12 percent, the most ever recorde

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Chevron's Earnings Down on Weak Demand For Fuel

Chevron Corporation's fourth quarter earnings were down 37 percent from the year-ago period due to weak demand for diesel and gasoline coupled with lower crude oil and natural gas price

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Volunteers to Help Clean Up Wreaths

Volunteers from Waste Management, Inc., the American Trucking Associations and others in the trucking industry are helping to clear the wreaths placed in remembrance of U.S. fallen soldiers during the Wreaths Across America campaign this past holiday season

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Landstar Honors 101 As Million Mile Safe Drivers

Landstar System, a non-asset based supply chain solution provider, has honored 101 men and women as Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers

January 29, 2010 - Industry News

Swift Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Independent Contractors

Getman Sweeney, a law firm in New Paltz, N.Y., has filed a class action suit against Swift Transportation and Interstate Equipment Leasing Co., alleging the mistreatment of truckers and misclassification of workers as "independent contractors.

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

CRST Van Expedited's New Lease Purchase Program Aimed at Teams

CRST Van Expedited has announced a new lease purchase program aimed at allowing team drivers to be more profitable

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

AAPA Opts Out of Ports' Efforts to Regulate Trucking

The Ports of Los Angeles, Oakland and New York and New Jersey have been trying to get more control over trucking operations at their harbors, but the AAPA wants no part of it. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

During a meeting of its Legislative Policy Council this week, the American Association of Port Authorities said that it would not be a part of the efforts by the ports of Los Angeles, Oakland and New York-New Jersey to regulat

Tags: Intermodal

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

Iowa Listening Session Allows Drivers to Speak Up

The fourth HOS listening session was held near a truckstop, so drivers could have more of a voice on the issue. (Photo by MTS Driver Recruiters)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's fourth and final listening session on the hours of service rule was focused on hearing insights from drivers themselves on what the agency should do

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

IdleAire Ceases Operations

Eighteen months after a group of investors bought a bankrupt IdleAire, the company will cease operations today after failing to find a buyer for the off-board idle-reduction technology provider

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

Werner Global Logistics Transports Medical Supplies In Haiti Effort

Werner Global Logistics has done its part in the Haiti relief effort by transporting medical supplies to Santiago, Dominican Republic, on Wednesday

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

Wind Energy Cargo Hauler Moves Wind Turbine Blades to Netherlands

In a multi-modal operation, ATS Wind Energy Services recently moved four of the longest wind turbine blades on record, measuring 55 meters in length, the company claims

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

USA Truck Widens Loss From Third Quarter

Despite several cost-savings efforts, USA Truck swung to a loss during the fourth quarter.

Dry van truckload carrier USA Truck incurred a net loss of $2.5 million, or 24 cents per share, during the fourth quarter, a wider loss than the third quarter of 2009

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

Arkansas Best's 4Q Reflects Weak Freight Environment

Arkansas Best's LTL subsidiary, ABF Freight System, lost $32.4 million during the fourth quarter.

Arkansas Best Corporation's fourth quarter was impacted by the weak and uncertain freight environment, with a net loss of $88.7 million, or $3.54 a share, versus a net loss of about $10.97 million for the year-ago period

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

J. B. Hunt Reveals Lower Income, Revenue in 4Q

J. B. Hunt Transport Services revealed its financial performance for the fourth quarter 2009, which was characterized by lower earnings and slightly lower operating revenue compared to the fourth quarter of 2008

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

Old Dominion's 4Q Hit By Tonnage, Fuel Surcharge Drops

Old Dominion Freight Line reported lower revenue and income for the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the year-ago period, a reflection of a drop in tonnage, lower fuel surcharges and a continued competitive pricing environmen

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

NAFTA Land Transportation Trade Down 2.9 Percent

In November, surface transportation trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico was down 2.9 percent from November 2008, landing at $58.9 billio

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

TCA Honors 17 Carriers As Best Fleets to Drive For

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge have named 17 winners of the second annual Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

Knight's Results Signal That Challenges Remain For Truckload

Truckload carrier Knight Transportation saw a slight improvement in revenue during the fourth quarter, but net income was down 18.6 percent from the year-ago quarter, a sign that the near-term challenges are still hitting the truckload sector

January 28, 2010 - Industry News

Pricing Remains Competitive For Werner in 4Q

Werner's loaded miles per truck grew 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter 2009.

For Werner Enterprises, the fourth quarter of 2009 was characterized by lower earnings and revenues compared to the year-ago period, a reflection of continued competitive pricing

January 27, 2010 - Industry News

South Carolina to Shutter Four Rest Areas to Cut Costs

This rest area on I-95 was built in 1975, and would require significant funds to make proper renovations, the state says.

In an effort to cut costs, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has announced it will close four interstate rest areas on Jan. 27, 2010

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