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December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Roll-Tite Is Back in Business Under New Ownership

Roll-Tite offers retractable tarpaulin systems for specialty trucks, drop decks, straight trucks, and flat beds, such as this one.

Retractable tarpaulin manufacturer Roll-Tite is back in business under new ownership and the leadership of Roman Pankiw, president

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Study Ranks the Best and Worst of State Highway Systems

In the U.S., 25 percent of bridges are deficient or functionally obsolete.

North Dakota took the title of best performing highway systems in America for the ninth year in a row, while Alaska had the worst-performing, least cost-effective highway system in the natio

Tags: Highways

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Lautenberg Withdraws EOBR Amendment

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., today withdrew an amendment that would have mandated the use of electronic on-board recorders on all commercial vehicles

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Extra Zzzzs Lead to Healthier Eating Habits Among Drivers, Study Finds

Truck drivers have one of the toughest jobs around. "Motor freight workers often work long hours, and a variety of factors influence their sleep duration and quality: irregular shifts, mealtimes, and sleep patterns; unsatisfactory sleeping accommodations; and anxiety over traffic, schedules, and economic pressures," according to a study conducted by Dr. Orfeu M. Buxton and colleagues at Harvard Medical School. The rigors of the job make drivers even more susceptible to stres

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Switching to Rail Freight May Not Be the Greenest Option

One option for a greener transport system would be a transloading model, where truck is used for local transport and rail for the intercity movement. Photo courtesy of Norfolk Southern

The answer to achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions may not necessarily be the greater use of freight rail, but we should consider improved access to intermodal terminals, equalization of rail and truck standards for production of potent NOx exhaus

Tags: Intermodal

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

SmartWay Adds Continental's HTL1 to Verified Technologies

The EPA's SmartWay program has added Continental Tire North America's HTL1 super single trailer tire to its list of verified technologies for tires

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Lower November Numbers Confirm October Pre-Buy

As expected, net orders for heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles fell sharply to 10,550 units in November, down 50 percent from an October order volume that was inflated by an upcoming EPA emissions mandate

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Port Truckers Can Drive Old Vehicles While Waiting

To qualify for the truck ban extension, the truck must be a Level 3 retrofit and also have a 25 percent NOx reduction capability.

To be consistent with a new California Air Resources Board ruling, the Port of Los Angeles has made another amendment to its tariff to allow certain truck drivers to continue operating their old trucks beyond the Jan. 1, 2010 ba

Tags: Intermodal

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Stricter New-Carrier Rules Are In Effect

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun enforcement of stricter rules for new entrants into the trucking business

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

TCP: Carriers Still Feeling the Cash Pinch

Carriers are still facing a tight squeeze on their cash, with over 50 percent saying their receivables are u

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

FHWA Releases Updated Rules For Traffic Control Devices

New requirements range from changes in highway signs and bike lanes to the color of high-visibility garments worn by road workers.

The Federal Highway Administration has released an updated version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which sets the national standard for all traffic control devices, including traffic signs, pavement markings, signals and any other device

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

YRC Lenders Extend Credit Agreement; New Deadline for Debt Exchange

If successful, the debt-for-equity swap would eliminate a third of YRC's debt.

Amid YRC Worldwide's announcement that it would extend the deadline on its debt-for-equity swap to Thursday night, the less-than-truckload carrier's lenders extended its credit agreement until Jan. 12, giving the company access to $950 million in credi

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Targets Independent Contractor Status With New Bill

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has introduced legislation aimed at preventing employers in industries, including trucking, from misclassifying workers as "independent contractors" in order to avoid paying taxes or benefits

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Schneider National Completes Container Conversion

Schneider National has converted its mixed trailer/container fleet to an all-container fleet, after working on the conversion for three years

Tags: Intermodal

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Leland Expands Distribution Network

Leland Brake and Wheel has added North East Great Dane to its OES dealer/distributor family

December 15, 2009 - Industry News

TransCore Freight Index Up 65 Percent From '08

The availability of spot market freight improved by 65 percent in November over November of last year, according to the TransCore Freight Index

December 15, 2009 - Industry News

Peterbilt Wisconsin & Illinois to Offer Warranties Through NTP

Peterbilt Wisconsin & Illinois, with 11 dealer locations, will offer warranties to the used truck dealers' customers through a new deal with National Truck Protection

December 15, 2009 - Industry News

Roadrunner Purchases Bullet Freight Systems

Wisconsin-based Roadrunner Transportation Services has purchased Bullet Freight Systems, which provides less-than-truckload services through Bullet and truckload services through its Caliber Logistics division

December 15, 2009 - Industry News

CEO of North American Trucks to Present at Heavy Duty Dialogue '10

The organizers of Heavy Duty Dialogue 2010 have lined up Denny Slagle, CEO of North American Trucks, to present a panel discussion on "Trucking - A Ten Year View.

Tags: Events

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Black's Tire Opens New Retread Plant in North Carolina

From left to right, Rick, Ryan, Ricky and Jeremy Benton, stand in the company's new retread plant and distribution center in Clarkton, N.C.

Black's Tire Commercial Division has opened a new 50,000 square-foot retread plant and commercial distribution center in Clarkton, N.C

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Fitch: Positive Growth in Volumes Ahead

The trucking industry can expect positive growth in year-over-year volumes in the first quarter of 201

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Takes Largest Dip in Six Weeks

Diesel loses 2.4 cents, while crude oil hovers around $70 a barrel.

Diesel continued its six-week trend, losing 2.4 cents this week to land at a national average of $2.74

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

TCA Participates in Wreaths Across America

One of the largest of all the Wreaths Across America ceremonies took place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Last week, members of the Truckload Carriers Association delivered about 5,600 wreaths each to 405 cemeteries across the U.S. as part of the Wreaths Across America program

Tags: Events

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Volumes Down From October; Up From Last Year

Freight availability on the spot market fell 4.4 percent in November from October, a better-than-seasonal result, according to TransCore's market research

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Chemrec CEO Calls For Industry Promotion of DME

Studies of various land-use efficiencies for various biofuels and processes by Volvo AB show, in the lower two bars, the high efficiency of DME as a diesel substitute.

During the 2009 World Methanol Conference in Miami, Richard LeBlanc, CEO of Chemrec, advocated for increased efforts to promote the use of dimethyl ether throughout North America as an alternative fuel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

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