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April 29, 2010 - Industry News

Optronics Acquires Defunct Panelite Lighting Brand

Optronics International has acquired the Panelite Millenium Series lighting brand, patents and tooling, as well as the rights to Panelite's custom stainless steel truck accessories

April 29, 2010 - Industry News

Canada Offers to Pay Michigan's Share For Detroit-Windsor Bridge; Partnership Bill Gets Closer to Publication

An artist rendering of the proposed DRIC bridge.

Canada has offered to cover Michigan's share of the costs to build the proposed new bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, up to $550 million

Tags: Highways

April 29, 2010 - Industry News

USDA: Trucks Provide Best Option For Agricultural Shippers

Trucks, such as this reefer operated by TransAm, can provide an efficient way to get agricultural products delivered. (Photo courtesy of Kenworth)

The best way to transport time-sensitive agricultural products is by truck, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Agricultur

April 29, 2010 - Industry News

Saia 1Q Results Point to Continued Difficulty

Saia's LTL tonnage per workday gained 2.8 percent, while LTL yield decreased 0.2 percent, due to competitive pricing, partially offset by higher fuel surcharge.

Although the market has been improving, Saia said conditions were still tough in the first quarter, posting a net loss of $3.2 million, or 21 cents a share, compared to a loss of $6.3 million, or 47 cents a share, in the first quarter of 2009

April 29, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Calls Ferro's CSA 2010 Letter 'A Good Sign'

One of the issues brought up by ATA is that warnings and notices are counted and scored the same as a citation. (Photo courtesy of Ohio State Highway Patrol)

Anne Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has written a letter to the American Trucking Associations outlining the agency's plans to address some the group's concerns over the upcoming Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010

April 29, 2010 - Industry News

BTS Posts Largest Year-Over-Year Rise in Land Transportation Trade Ever

NAFTA trade using surface transportation saw an even greater gain in February of 24.1 percent, the largest year-over-year rise on recor

April 29, 2010 - Industry News

Averitt Express Goes Intermodal

Tennessee-based Averitt Express will now offer intermodal services through strategic relationships with railroads including Union Pacific and BNSF in the West, Norfolk Southern in the East and Midwest, CSX in the East and Midwest, and Florida East Coast in Georgia and Florida

Tags: Intermodal

April 29, 2010 - Industry News

International Dealers Compete in Customer Solutions Rodeo

Navistar International held its Customer Solutions Rodeo last week, an event that allows dealers to demonstrate their expertise and working knowledge of International trucks, as well as OnCommand, the company's newly branded suite of customer service offerings

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Panel Takes on Truck Safety Issues

At a hearing yesterday the Senate Surface Transportation Subcommittee began its work on pending truck safety legislation by covering familiar territory - electronic onboard recorders, hours of service rules, the CSA 2010 reforms, truck size and weight limits, and driver pay

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Covenant Sees Improved Demand in First Quarter

Covenant says it will purchase 900 new trucks this year.

Covenant Transportation Group narrowed its loss in the first quarter 2010, as demand improved and the economy strengthened

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Buyers of Mack TerraPro With Natural Gas Engine Qualify For Tax Credit

The 9-liter ISL-G on the Mack TerraPro is rated at 320 horsepower, can use CNG or LNG, and has a three-way catalytic converter to meet EPA 2010 emissions standards.

The 2011 Mack TerraPro with the Cummins Westport ISL-G natural gas engine is certified for the Qualified Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicle Credit, a $32,000 tax credit that can be claimed on buyers' 2010 Federal Business Income Tax filin

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Governor Calls Special Session to Tackle Transportation Funding Issues

Pennsylvania tried to solve some of its funding problems by tolling Interstate 80, but its proposal has been rejected by the federal government three times.

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell has called a Special Session of the General Assembly starting May 4 to address the state's transportation funding problem

Tags: Highways

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Fleets Ramp Up Recruitment As Freight Shows Signs of Recovery

Fleets are ramping up their recruitment efforts in anticipation of a recovery in freight, according to MTS Driver Recruiters, which said it has seen increased activity among its customer

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Down 32 Percent Among SmartDrive Users

For the first quarter 2010, distracted driving among new commercial drivers in the SmartDrive Safety program was reduced by 32 percent from the 15.8 percent reported in the fourth quarter 2009

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Challenger Group Adds LCV Trailers to Fleet

Conny Weyer of Stoughton Trailers of Canada and Dan Einwechter of Challenger stand in front of a new LCV-equipped trailer.

The Challenger Group, headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, has received the first 300 long combination vehicle trailers from Stoughton Trailers

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

New Mexico May Shutter 14 Rest Areas

New Mexico may be the next state in line to shutter highway rest stop

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Garden State to Shutter Rest Area Bathrooms on Non-Toll Roads

In an effort to save $270,000, New Jersey may close down two rest areas on Interstate 80 at the Pennsylvania border and on I-295 at the Delaware borde

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

P.A.M. Narrows Loss in First Quarter

During the first quarter, P.A.M.'s utilization was up 21 percent over the 2009 period.

P.A.M. Transportation Services narrowed its loss during the first quarter 2010, reporting a net loss of about $300,000, or 3 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $3.3 million, or 36 cents a share in the first quarter 200

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Conference Will Focus on Driver Health and Wellness

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are planning an International Conference on Commercial Driver Health and Wellness for Nov. 8-10 in Baltimore

Tags: Events

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Nissan Diesel America Announces Name Change

Starting May 1, Nissan Diesel America will be known as UD Trucks North America, which reflects the name change of parent company Nissan Diesel Motor Company to UD Trucks Corporation

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

ODFL Income Up on Extended Equipment Life

ODFL extended the useful life of its tractors from seven to nine years and from 12 to 15 years for trailers. (Photo by ODFL)

Old Dominion Freight Line said income and revenue were up during the first quarter 2010, the result of a reduction in depreciation expense as the useful life of the carrier's equipment was extended

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

Prime Slices Rollover and Run-Off-Road Accidents By 62 Percent

Using Iteris' AutoVue Lane Departure Warning system over the last four years, Prime has reduced rollover and run-off-road accidents by more than 62 percen

April 28, 2010 - Industry News

CVSA, CITA Pledge to Share Information

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee to exchange information and experience on vehicle safety inspections with their respective members

April 27, 2010 - Industry News

Seniors Voice Support of 'Right to Repair' Act

The 60 Plus Association has voiced its support of the "Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act." The association said the bill would benefit senior consumers by opening up increased competition in the auto repair industry

April 27, 2010 - Industry News

DTNA Boasts 10,000 New Orders For SCR Vehicles

Daimler Trucks North America said it has reached 10,000 new orders for vehicles equipped with selective catalytic reduction emissions technolog

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