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February 22, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Sees First Boost in Five Weeks; Oil Hovers Around $80

After falling for five straight weeks, diesel prices picked up this week, rising 7.6 cent

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 22, 2010 - Industry News

Domestic Container Activity Improves in Fourth Quarter

Signs of slight improvement may be pointing to a recovery for the intermodal market, especially with domestic containers.

The intermodal market saw some modest improvement in the fourth quarter, with domestic container volume up 9 percent from the year-ago quarter

Tags: Intermodal

February 22, 2010 - Industry News

DOT's New Sample Bill Encourages States to Ban Texting

The language of the sample bill calls for a ban on texting while operating a motor vehicle on the travel portion of public streets, roads and highways. (Photo by Jim Park)

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a sample bill for state legislatures to use when prohibiting texting while driving

February 22, 2010 - Industry News

GreenRoad Secures Financing For GreenRoad 360

GreenRoad, which provides driver safety technology, has secured $10 million in financing to continue the deployment of its GreenRoad 360 service among existing and new customers

February 22, 2010 - Industry News

DTNA Gives Western Star Its Own Engineering Arm

Daimler Trucks North America has launched a new engineering division dedicated to Western Star Truck

February 22, 2010 - Industry News

CRST Malone Offers Lease Purchase Program, Sign-On Bonus

Truckload carrier CRST Malone has introduced a new lease purchase program as well as a sign-on bonus offer of up to $1,000 through mid-March for new owner-operators

February 21, 2010 - Industry News

Recession's Silver Lining: Highways Are Safer

Photo courtesy Michelin

It turns out that recession is not unrelieved misery. Amid the layoffs, business failures and bankruptcies, belt-tightening and anxiety there is some good news. When we go into a recession, highway safety improves

February 19, 2010 - Industry News

Brenntag Adds SCR Truck to Northeast Fleet

Brenntag will monitor and measure the SCR truck's performance against other trucks in its fleet.

Brenntag North America, Inc., a supplier of diesel exhaust fluid, has taken delivery of a new Freightliner Cascadia SCR tractor with a Detroit Diesel DD15 engine

February 19, 2010 - Industry News

Polk: New Vehicle Market Bleak in '09; Used Shows Promise

Fleets seemed to back off from registering new trucks last year, as registrations were at the lowest level in a single year since 1985. (Photo courtesy of Michelin)

The newest Polk Commercial Vehicle Solutions report paints a bleak picture of the commercial vehicle market in 2009, with the number of new commercial vehicle registrations for Classes 3-8 down 36.8 percent from 2008 to 312,400 units

February 19, 2010 - Industry News

Kansas Court Rules in Favor of Furniture Company on Driver Status

A Kansas Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Nebraska Furniture Mart, ruling that NFM was not an "employer" as defined by the Kansas Minimum Wage and Maximum Hours Law, and had no obligation to pay the truck driver

February 19, 2010 - Industry News

Cascade Sierra Offers Rebates For SmartWay Upgrades in New England

After being awarded over $1 million in Recovery Act/Clean Diesel funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cascade Sierra Solutions will provide instant rebates for installing SmartWay-verified technology updates on diesel trucks registered in New England

February 19, 2010 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Data on Truck Speed Limiters

The American Transportation Research Institute is collecting data from fleets on truck speed limiters and fuel consumption as part of a research initiative aimed at documenting the impact of speed limiters on a fleet's safety and operation

February 19, 2010 - Industry News

West Side Transport Names 2009 Driver of the Year

West Side 2009 Driver of the Year Will Parrish receives his award from West Side President and CEO Don Vogt.

West Side Transport has honored Will Parrish from Yadkinville, N.C., as its 2009 Driver of the Year, based on his outstanding achievement in driven miles, fuel management, service and professionalism

February 18, 2010 - Industry News

Report Points to Benefits of Modern Transportation Network

Buying food from grocery retailers who are part of the modern transportation network is more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly than buying from local sources, according to Roger Cady, Ph.D

February 18, 2010 - Industry News

Navistar Donates To ATA's Driver Recruitment Effort

Navistar International Corporation has donated $10,000 to support the American Trucking Associations' driver recruitment initiative, an effort to promote trucking industry careers among returning military personnel

February 18, 2010 - Industry News

NACFE Outlines Future Plans At First Board Meeting

Don Baldwin was recently appointed to the board of directors for the NACFE.

During the first board meeting of the newly formed North American Council for Freight Efficiency, the council discussed its plans for the near future, including gathering information on freight efficiency technologies, vetting that informatio

February 18, 2010 - Industry News

Highway-Borne Hazmat a Greater Target For Terrorists

Terrorists are turning more to using highway-borne hazardous materials to carry out their terrorist actions, and the government should focus more on this readily available, least protected hazmat, rather than hazmat that can cause catastrophic losse

February 18, 2010 - Industry News

Navistar Joins Effort to Develop Aerodynamic Devices

The wind tunnel at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC)

Navistar has teamed up with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA's Ames Research Center and the U.S. Air Force to develop and test devices for reducing the aerodynamic drag of heavy-duty trucks

February 18, 2010 - Industry News

Freight Index Remains Unchanged

The Freight Transportation Services Index did not change from its November level, staying at 96.2 in December

February 18, 2010 - Industry News

Truck Accessories Maker Suspends Operations

Panelite, Inc., which makes custom truck accessories for heavy-duty vehicles, has suspended all operations, according to a recorded phone message

February 17, 2010 - Industry News

YRC Offers New Green Balance Calculator

YRC Worldwide is now offering its customers the new Green Balance Calculator, an optional tool they can use to help offset emissions associated with their shipments via certified carbon offset projects

February 17, 2010 - Industry News

Texting Ban Is Hard to Enforce But Still Has Teeth

(Photo courtesy of CVSA)

It is not a simple thing for police to enforce the new federal ban on texting. The fact is, a patrolman at automobile level cannot see for sure what a driver is doing in a truck cab above him. That's only one of several concerns the enforcement community has about the guidance issued last month by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. But drivers and carriers should be aware that the policy does have teeth

February 17, 2010 - Industry News

ArvinMeritor Launches New Aftermarket Distribution Center in Mexico

ArvinMeritor has launched a new aftermarket parts distribution center in Cienega de Flores, a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico

February 17, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Fines California Company For Emissions Violations

Petaluma, Calif.-based Golden State Lumber has been fined $20,000 by the California Air Resources Board for failing to inspect its diesel trucks in accordance with the state's smoke emissions standards

February 17, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Announces $1.5 Billion in Funding For Transportation Projects

The recently announced Tiger funds will go toward such initiatives as the National Gateway project. Pictured here is the site for the North Baltimore Intermodal Terminal.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has allocated $1.5 billion to more than 50 transportation projects as part of the Tiger (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program

Tags: Highways

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