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May 17, 2010 - Industry News

Carolina Dealer Changes Name to Advantage

Volvo and GMC Truck Center of Carolina has changed its operating name to Advantage Truck Center

May 17, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Takes First Dip in Seven Weeks; Oil Continues Downward

During trading Monday, oil slipped below $70 for the first time in three months. (Photo by BP)

Diesel prices fell for the first time in seven weeks, dropping 3.3 cents to a national average of $3.094 a gallo

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 17, 2010 - Industry News

NYC Debuts Hydraulic Hybrid CNG Refuse Truck

The New York City Department of Sanitation has taken delivery of the first compressed natural gas-powered refuse truck with Bosch Rexroth's Hydrostatic Regenerative Braking (HRB) parallel hydraulic hybrid system

May 17, 2010 - Industry News

Rair Teams Up With HNI on Risk Management

Rair has established a strategic alliance with HNI to provide risk management services to the trucking industry

May 17, 2010 - Industry News

TMC Gears Up For Fall Meeting and National SuperTech Competition

The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations will hold its 2010 Fall Meeting and TMCSuperTech2010 National Technician Skills Competition from Sept. 20 to 23 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C

Tags: Events

May 17, 2010 - Industry News

Inaugural South Carolina Truck Show Coming Up in June

The Faith Assembly of God Church will hold the inaugural South Carolina Truck Show in Charleston from June 25 to 26 on the church grounds

Tags: Events

May 17, 2010 - Industry News

Paccar Parts Honors Suppliers of the Year

Paccar Parts has named Bergstrom Inc. and Illinois Auto Truck Company as its 2009 suppliers of the year for providing quality idle reduction power systems and HVAC products, and clutches, respectively

May 17, 2010 - Industry News

Transportation Can Expect A Soft Insurance Market Into 2011

Understanding insurance trends and what's expected in the market is a good first step in managing accident risk. (Photo by Ohio State Highway Patrol)

Insurance rates have come down over the past three years, and we can expect the market to stay soft into 2011, said Todd Reiser, vice president of the transportation practice group for Lockton Companies, an insurance broker

May 16, 2010 - Industry News

IdleAire to Reopen in Some Locations

New owners hope to reopen about two dozen IdleAire locations by the end of June.

A group of investors have purchased IdleAire and plan to reopen about two dozen locations by the end of June -- but reopening all the locations may prove difficult, as TA says it plans to dismantle the equipment at its locations

May 14, 2010 - Industry News

Crude Oil Reaches Three-Month Low on Market Volatility

Crude oil plunged to its lowest level in three months at the close of trading Friday, a reflection of market volatility, which got investors worried about too many supplie

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 14, 2010 - Industry News

NTSB Investigation of Deadly Crash Confirms Cell Phone Use

The National Transportation Safety Board issued an update regarding its investigation of the March highway accident that killed 11 people in Kentucky

May 14, 2010 - Industry News

TCA Accepting Applications For Scholarships

The Truckload Carriers Association has opened up the application process for its annual scholarship program, and will accept submissions until the final deadline of Friday, June 1

May 14, 2010 - Industry News

Peterbilt Honors Dealers For 2009

Glenn Larson, dealer principal at Peterbilt of Springfield, was honored with the Dealer of the Year award.

Peterbilt honored its 2009 North American Dealer of the Year and Medium Duty Dealer of the Year at the Peterbilt Annual Dealer Meeting recently

May 14, 2010 - Industry News

April Sees Gains in Retail Sales, Industrial Production

In April, revenue at sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores were down nearly 2 percent. Department store sales were off 1.5 percent, while food and beverage stores saw sales decrease 0.5 percent.

April retail sales were up 0.4 percent over March, the seventh straight gain, while industrial production grew by 0.8 percent in April, higher than expected

Tags: Economy

May 14, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Talks Safety Technology

One of the technologies FMCSA is testing  involved improved rear signaling to prevent rear-end crashes into the back of trucks.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is researching a number of high-tech approaches to truck safety. A webinar last week updated participants on four ongoing projects at the agency's Office of Analysis, Research and Technology: tire inflation and monitoring systems, enhanced rear signaling for commercial motor vehicles, IntelliDrive for CMVs, and a management system for the CDL skills test

May 14, 2010 - Industry News

Study on Canadian Biodiesel Mandate Finds Costs Outweigh Benefits

The societal costs of a Canadian two per cent biodiesel mandate would outweigh the benefits by factor of five, according to a study conducted in 2009 by EcoRessources Consultants (ERC) for Environment Canada

May 14, 2010 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Up 25 Percent From March

In April, spot market freight availability improved by almost 25 percent over March levels, the highest spot market load volume recorded for the month of April in at least eight year

May 13, 2010 - Industry News

Forecast Outlines Growth in Tonnage, Other Economic/Industry Trends

The future's bright looking ahead to 2021, says a new forecast from the American Trucking Associations, as total freight tonnage and trucking will grow (albeit slightly slower than the overall economy) and trucking will continue to dominate modal market share

Tags: Economy

May 13, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends HOS Exemption For Haulers of Oil Spill Supplies

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill has affected Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended its hours of service waiver for motor carriers and drivers transporting equipment, materials and supplies to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill area

May 13, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Announces SCS&LPC Award Winners

American Trucking Associations' Supply Chain Security & Loss Prevention Council has recognized Schneider National with its 2010 Excellence in Security Award

May 13, 2010 - Industry News

Intermodal Volumes Gain Strength in First Quarter on Greater Demand

Over the first quarter, domestic container volume was up 15.7 percent over the 2009 period.

Intermodal volumes jumped 8.4 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, as consumer demand improved and inventory acquisition ros

Tags: Intermodal

May 13, 2010 - Industry News

OD-Global Expands Regional Command Centers

OD-Global, a division of Old Dominion Freight Line, is opening regional command centers in Atlanta, Dallas, New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, in an effort to better serve global customers

May 13, 2010 - Industry News

Kenworth Honors Central Illinois Trucks As Medium Duty Dealer of the Year

Central Illinois Trucks executives receive their award at the Kenworth Dealer Meeting in Seattle.

Kenworth has named Central Illinois Trucks in Normal, Ill., as its 2009 Kenworth Medium Duty Dealer of the Year for the U.S. and Canada

May 13, 2010 - Industry News

Recent Economic Indicators Mixed for April

Disappointing retail sales and a dip in an index that measures diesel purchases have some wondering if the economic recovery slowed in April, but other indicators including manufacturing and durable goods production, increased

Tags: Economy

May 13, 2010 - Industry News

Express-1 Posts Improved Results in 1Q

Express-1 Expedited Solutions said it improved its net income and revenue during the first quarter of 2010

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