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April 8, 2010 - Industry News

CSA 2010 Safety Data Available Monday; Rollout Delayed Until November

On Monday, trucking companies will be able to go online and get a preview of their safety performance data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in preparation for implementation of the CSA 2010 program in November

April 7, 2010 - Industry News

AFVi Survey: Half of Fleets to Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Almost half of fleets plan to purchase alternative fuel vehicles in the next three year

April 7, 2010 - Industry News

Ryder Tapped For Natural Gas Project in Southern California

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board has chosen Ryder System to partner with it on a heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern Californi

April 7, 2010 - Industry News

Broker Activity Stabilizes in 2009

Freight brokers did see some signs of stabilization in 2009, moving an average of 990 loads per month despite the fact that truck freight was down 9 percent from 2008

April 7, 2010 - Industry News

McLeod Joins Descartes' United by Design Program

McLeod Software has joined Descartes Systems Group's United by Design program to offer broader services to its truck carrier brokerage and shipper community throughout North America

April 7, 2010 - Industry News

New Federal Program Aims to Move Some Cargo to Waterways

We may be seeing fewer trucks on the road soon, with a new initiative announced Wednesday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to transfer more cargo on the water than on the U.S. highways

April 7, 2010 - Industry News

Utah Offers Grant Funding For Anti-Idling Devices

The state of Utah has launched a Clean Diesel Trucking initiative, which offers $600,000 in federal and state grants for anti-idling device

April 7, 2010 - Industry News

Despite Fluctuations, Fuel Price Forecasts Remain Stable

Forecasts for crude oil and diesel fuel prices have not changed much from last month, with crude expected to hover above $81 a barrel this summer and diesel to stay around $3 a gallon in 2010.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 6, 2010 - Industry News

Estes Reduces LTL Transit Time

Estes, Richmond, Va., has reduced standard transit times in its less-than-truckload network by a full day from 15 terminals in the Upper Midwest to 47,491 destinations in the U.S

April 6, 2010 - Industry News

Prime to Buy 4,000 Wabash Reefers

Wabash National announced a three-year purchase agreement with refrigerated carrier Prime Inc. to build 4,000 ArcticLite refrigerated van trailers over the next 34 months

April 6, 2010 - Industry News

I-80 Toll Plan Rejected Again

Pennsylvania's efforts to put tolls on Interstate 80 have once again been thwarted, as the federal government rejected the third proposal the state has submitted for approval

Tags: Highways

April 6, 2010 - Industry News

FTR Reports Improved Truck Order Activity

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing March Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEMs at 10,505 units

April 6, 2010 - Industry News

UPS Adds 200 Hybrids to Fleet

UPS has expanded its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles with the deployment of 200 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks in eight U.S. cities

April 6, 2010 - Industry News

Triangle Opens Southeast Regional Distribution Center

Triangle Suspension Systems opened a regional distribution center in Morrow, Ga., to serve the Southeast U.S. leaf spring and suspension market.

April 6, 2010 - Industry News

Four More Truckstops Sign on with Transflo Express

Pegasus TransTech announced the addition of four truckstops that recently signed up to provide Transflo Express truckstop scanning to their customers

April 6, 2010 - Industry News

Expedited Refrigerated Intermodal Service Launches Between Washington and Illinois

Cold Train refrigerated domestic container was so new at the IANA show in December that the fuel tank still had to be fitted. (Photo by STF)

Rail Logistics, Columbia Colstor, Chicago Cold Storage and the Port of Quincy, Wash., have begun to offer a new expedited refrigerated intermodal "Cold Train" container rail and distribution service between Quincy and Chicago

Tags: Intermodal

April 5, 2010 - Industry News

Economic Indicators Point to Positive Road Ahead

Over the last week, the U.S. has been seeing some economic indicators that are cause for celebration, especially for the trucking industry

Tags: Economy

April 5, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Jumps As Fuel Prices Hit New Highs

Diesel prices, along with the price of other fuels, are on the rise as economic indicators prop up demand. (Photo by Ryder)

U.S. fuel prices broke record highs Monday following the Easter holiday weekend and new reports pointing to signs of an economic recovery; diesel was no exception

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 5, 2010 - Industry News

Wingfoot Renames Service Centers; Adds 10 Locations

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems subsidiary has rebranded its on-highway, truckstop network. Wingfoot currently operates 31 truck servicing locations adjacent to Pilot Travel Centers, which will now be known as Wingfoot Truck Care Center

April 5, 2010 - Industry News

Court Denies Petition For Review of California's TRU Rules

Friday's court decision gives CARB free reign to enforce its TRU regulations.

A U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a request by the American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association to reconsider a waiver granted by the Environmental Protection Agency

April 5, 2010 - Industry News

SAF-Holland Posts Lower 2009 Results; 2010 Looking Up

Here, SAF-Holland workers conduct final assembly of the axles on three production lines.

Truck and trailer parts supplier SAF-Holland posted lower sales and earnings in 2009 compared to 2008, but the company said it has seen significantly higher demand at the beginning of fiscal year 2010

April 2, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Chooses Strictest Electronic Recorder Option

The new EOBR rule, which will go into effect June 1, 2012, says carriers that violate hours of service rules 10 percent of the time, based on single compliance review, must use electronic onboard recorders to track driver hours. (Photo by Kristin Ries)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opted for the strictest approach it could take in its new requirement for electronic onboard recorders to track driver hours of service. The final rule announced today will affect nearly 5,700 trucking companies

April 2, 2010 - Industry News

Leadership is Key to a Successful Transition of a Family Business

Dart Transit is one company that has successfully transitioned the family business to a third generation: President David Oren, left, who has largely taken over day to day operations from his father, Chairman Don Oren, right. (Photo by Dart)

Before signing over your family business, make sure you have strong leadership in place to take over the company, said Joe Schmieder, senior associate at The Family Business Consulting Group, who presented a Truckload Carriers Association webinar on the topic of "Transferring a Family-Owned Business." Leadership needs to be a priority over ownership when considering who to transfer the business to

April 1, 2010 - Industry News

Feds Announce Fuel Economy Standards For Light Trucks

As part of President Obama's commitment to clean energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency have established new national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission

April 1, 2010 - Industry News

Study Outlines Approach to Fuel Economy Standards for Trucks

(Photo by Bette Garber)

Trucking moves a step closer to federally mandated fuel economy standards, with publication Wednesday morning of a conceptual approach to the issue by the National Academy of Sciences. The study says considerable fuel efficiency gains are possible through a range of technologies and methods, and recommends that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration employ a fuel economy measurement that takes freight into account

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