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June 17, 2010 - Industry News

Rail Activity Continues to Improve Over 2009

Intermodal traffic on U.S. freight railroads gained 17.7 percent last week compared to the same week last yea

Tags: Intermodal

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

California's Copper Brake Bill Returns to Negotiating Table

California's brake copper bill has moved through the California State Assembly's Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials this week, with plans to return to the negotiating table with the brake manufacturing industry

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

OOIDA Takes EOBR Rule to Court

Owner-operators believe the costs of EOBRs may outweigh the benefits. (Photo by Teletrac)

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has challenged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic onboard recorder rule with a petition filed in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

House Passes Small Business Lending Bill

Small trucking companies may catch a break with this new bill, backed by President Obama. The legislation still has to go through the Senate. (Photo by Corcentric)

The House of Representatives has passed the Small Business Lending Fund Act, which sets up a fund to help banks increase small business capital investment lending

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

NationaLease Sets Theme For Annual Meeting As 'Together Toward Tomorrow'

Dan Baker, often called the "senior statesman of driver issues" in the transportation industry, is the keynote speaker at NationaLease's 66th Annual Meeting in Chicago.

NationaLease, a full service truck leasing company, has set the theme for its Annual Meeting as "Together Toward Tomorrow," during which independent truck leasing organizations will share ideas and experiences and prepare their businesses for the future

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June 17, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Focuses on Unsafe Drivers During Operation Road Check

During last week's Operation Road Check, the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission placed 689 commercial vehicles and 137 drivers out of service in a three-day enforcement effort

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

Sustainability Initiatives Have Not Slowed from Last Year

The industry is seeing more of a link between sustainability and good business practices. (Photo by Averitt Express)

Shippers and third-party logistics providers have not slowed down their sustainability efforts this year, with similar levels of activity to 2009

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

Mack Offers Tours of Macungie Plant

Mack Trucks will offers tours of its Macungie Assembly Operations as part of the Antique Truck Club of America's 31st Annual Antique Truck Show, which will be held June 18 to 20 in Macungie, Pa

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

PacLease Celebrates 30 Years in Truck Leasing

PacLease, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in June 2010, offers aerodynamic trucks such as the Peterbilt Model 286 and the Kenworth T660 to help operators reduce their diesel fuel expenses.

Paccar Leasing is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1980, the company has grown from 17 locations to more than 400 locations in the U.S. Canada, Mexico and Germany today

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking's Carbon Footprint Goes Beyond On-Road Vehicles

A trucking company's carbon footprint goes beyond its on-road vehicle fleet to include other direct emissions, indirect emissions and the optional "life-cycle" emission

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Expediter Services Creates Program to Support Owner-Operators

Expediter Services has created its Owner-Operator Program, the fleet's new management and support program

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Love's Now Accepts TCH Fuel Cards

Through a new agreement, Love's Travel Stops are now accepting TCH payment product

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

States Ramping Up Distracted Driving Efforts

States are aggressively pursuing solutions to distracted driving including: stronger laws, increased data collection, new education programs, public/private partnerships and a growing reliance on new media to spread the message. (Photo by Jim Park)

States are ramping up their efforts to combat distracted driving, with 28 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam now banning text messaging by all driver

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

FedEx Capitalizes on International Recovery in 4Q

FedEx said its FedEx Express segment reported revenue of $5.88 billion, a 23 percent boost from last year's $4.80 billion.

FedEx Corp. continued to see an improvement in its performance during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, posting net income of $419 million, or $1.33 a share

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Technology Activity to Pick Up Among Fleets This Year

Eyefortransport's recent report shows that increased IT spending has begun. (Photo courtesy of TransCore)

Trucking executives are more optimistic about the use of technology in the year ahead, with 44 percent planning to boost their information technology investment in the next 12 months

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

TIA Pens Deal With Comdata

The Tire Industry Association has entered into an agreement with Comdata Corporation to endorse the Comdata Maintenance Discount Network

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Kenly 95 Truckstop to Become a Petro

Kenly 95 Truckstop in Kenly, N.C., will become a Petro Stopping Center on July 1

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

NHTSA to Analyze Environmental Impacts of Fuel Efficiency Improvement Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working on an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the potential environmental impacts of its new fuel efficiency improvement program for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and work trucks

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

Wisconsin Technician Takes Top Honors At Navistar Rodeo

2010 Rodeo Winner Jason Kleman

During Navistar's Service-Technician Rodeo held last week in Schaumburg, Ill., Jason Kleman of Mid-State Truck Service in Plover, Wis., took top honors

Tags: Events

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

Double Coin's Drive Position Tire Verified by SmartWay

Double Coin Holdings' FD405 tire has been verified by SmartWay as a low-rolling resistance drive position tire

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

Denver Adds Freightliner Hybrids to Medium-Duty Fleet

The Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid trucks will be used for forestry, traffic signal and traffic sign repair.

The City of Denver has added four Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid trucks to its fleet of more than 1,900 vehicles and pieces of equipment

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

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