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9
May

Trucking Jobs Grow by 1,800 in April

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For-hire trucking companies added 1,800 payroll jobs in April, according to the latest estimates released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comes after a loss of 2,500 in jobs in March, which the BLS adjusted after initially estimating a loss of 1,900 jobs.

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9
May

ATA’s Graves Not Optimistic about Highway Bill

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The country has a lot on the line in the current negotiations over the highway bill, but Bill Graves, president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, is not optimistic that Congress will do what needs to be done.

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9
May

Freight Volumes Show Slow But Continued Growth

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The freight market continued to grow in April at the slow pace we have experienced for most of the recovery, with North American freight volumes rising 1.9% from March to April, according to the Cass Freight Index.

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9
May

Students Promote Safety Belts in FMCSA Art Contest

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Two youngsters were honored for their posters urging truck drivers to buckle up.

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9
May

Fontaine Names New VP of Sales and Marketing

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Fontaine Trailer Company has promoted Alan Briley to vice president of sales and marketing.

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9
May

Hendrickson Announces Suspension Training Program for June

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Hendrickson has scheduled its next round of technical suspension training for the heavy-duty transportation industry with its ninth session of the Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute.

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9
May

Platt Bridge Detours in Place in Southwest Philadelphia

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Commercial trucks over 14,000 pounds and vehicles with a placarded amount of hazardous materials will be prohibited from traveling on the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge (Route 291) over the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia for two years as of Monday, May 7 at 9 a.m.

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9
May

Three States Get $20 Million in Emergency Transportation Funding

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Oregon, Alabama and South Carolina will receive a shared $20 million in federal funds to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

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7
May

Meritor Adds to Commercial Truck Segment

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Meritor made three personnel announcements for its Commercial Truck division: Joe Plomin is the new vice president, Global Brakes; Chris Snodgrass is the new vice president, Axles & Drivelines; and Chris Villavarayan is the new vice president, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.

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7
May

Test Drive: BAE HybriDrive — New and Smooth

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BAE Systems is a multi-national company that claims to have built HybriDrive electric powertrains for more than 3,500 transit buses in cities around the world, plus many thousands of straight diesel trucks for the U.S. Army. And it’s developing hydrogen fuel cells and electric propulsion systems.

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7
May

Study: Large Trucks at Greater Risk of Fire in High-Speed Crashes

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Large trucks – semi-trucks in particular – are more likely to catch fire in higher speed vehicle crashes compared to light trucks and passenger vehicles, according to a recent study by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center.

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7
May

Arnold Hires New Vice President of Capacity

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Arnold Transportation Services announced Paul Rasmussen as its new vice president of capacity. Rasmussen, who has been with the company for about a month, has more than 13 years of recruiting experience in the transportation industry.

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7
May

Plenty of Freight, but Fleets Worry About Driver Shortage, High Fuel Costs

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Although very few fleets are expecting a shortage of freight to haul, lack of drivers, higher fuel and insurance costs appear to be dampening carriers’ enthusiasm to buy new power units in the near future, according to CK Commercial Vehicle Research’s Q2 2012 Fleet Sentiment Report.

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7
May

TA to Honor Women Drivers on Mother’s Day

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TravelCenters of America is giving all professional driving women a complimentary meal on Mother’s Day, May 13, at any participating TA and Petro Stopping Centers sit-down restaurant across the U.S.

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7
May

Natural Gas Support a Mixed Bag, Study Says

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Natural gas in the trucking industry has a high level of awareness, but carriers still recognize obstacles, says a new study from PLS Logistics Services.

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6
May

Schneider to Replace One-Third of Tractor Fleet by Year-End

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Schneider National plans to transform a substantial portion of its fleet by the end of 2012. The company has invested in 3,000 new 2012 and 2013 tractors, primarily manufactured by Freightliner.

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6
May

New I-85 Yadkin River Bridge to Open Saturday in N.C.

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The new I-85 North bridge over the Yadkin River near Salisbury, N.C., will open to traffic for the first time early Saturday morning.

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6
May

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Begins Steady Climb in March

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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for March improved to a reading of 6.4, a half point higher than the previous month, according to the May 2012 Trucking Update.

FTR forecasts the index to continue a steady climb throughout 2012, reaching a double-digit positive reading by early 2013.

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6
May

Commercial Vehicle Orders Soft in April

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North America medium- and heavy-duty GVW Classes 6-7 and Class 8 commercial vehicle preliminary net orders for April dipped down from March, reports ACT Research Co.

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6
May

Fuel Economy Standards Could Reduce Transportation Funds by $57 Billion

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Proposed fuel economy standards could result in a $57 billion drop in tax revenue that goes to federal transportation funds, says the Congressional Budget Office.

New CAFE standards (or corporate average fuel economy standards), proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011, would tighten fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles manufactured from 2017 to 2025.

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6
May

Con-way, Roadrunner See Solid 1Q; YRC Reports Smaller Losses

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Con-way Inc. and Roadrunner Transportation Systems both reported positive financials for the first quarter of 2011. YRC Worldwide reported losses, but the company saw improvements over the previous year’s quarter.

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6
May

DEF Prices Steady in March/April, Will Increase In May

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The average U.S. diesel exhaust fluid pump price remained at $2.74 per gallon between March and April 2012, after declining by 1 cent between February and March, according to discoverDEF.com.

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6
May

CSA Data May Indicate Move by Drivers to Independent Owner-Operators

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Federal safety data indicate that carrier registrations have jumped by 7.5% over the past 14 months, possibly reflecting a move by drivers to go into business for themselves, according to an analysis by QualifiedCarriers, a risk management services provider to shippers.

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6
May

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Could be SoCal Fleet’s Future

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Driver Tim Mabry eases his foot onto the pedal, and what appears to be a plain white Freightliner tractor moves ahead briskly, making only a faint whirring sound. We are being propelled through an industrial neighborhood in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., by an electric motor

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6
May

Cummins to Purchase SCR Doser Assets from Hilite International

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Cummins Inc. will acquire the assets associated with the emissions control products of Germany’s Hilite International. Hilite’s selective catalytic reduction doser technology will become part of Cummins Emission Solutions,

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6
May

India Truck Sales Expected to Slow

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Commercial vehicle sales in India will slow down this year as weak economic activity and higher vehicle prices continue, reports the Times of India.

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1
May

Failure to Communicate

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How can you expect to maintain a good relationship if you never talk with your partner? This is where a marriage has something in common with your relationship with your drivers and owner-operators.

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1
May

Oklahoma Creates Fund for New Ports of Entry

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Last week, by a vote of 65-17, the Oklahoma House passed legislation that will fund nine new Port of Entry weigh and inspection stations in the state, reports The Oklahoman.

The measure creates a fund handled by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission from money redirected from the Higher Education Facilities Fund’s fuel tax revenue. The new fund will receive $500,000 a month until it reaches $51 million, which will take more than eight years, says The Oklahoman.

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1
May

Saia, ABF Freight Report Contrasting 1Q Results

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Two different LTL carriers, Saia Inc. and ABF Freight, reported opposite 1Q financial results. While Saia reported huge increases from 1Q 2011 to 1Q 2012, ABF Freight reported huge losses.

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1
May

Private Fleet Executives Honored

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The National Private Truck Council and Heavy Duty Trucking honored six private fleet executives and one allied member with the 2012 NPTC Leadership Awards during the association’s annual convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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1
May

Diesel Drops for Third Straight Week, Oil Falls Due to Europe Concerns

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Gasoline and diesel fuel prices dropped again this week, according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly fuel update. Oil prices fell because of continuing concerns over Europe’s economy.

The average U.S. diesel price fallen for the third straight week. This week, prices dropped by an average of 1.2 cents to $4.073 a gallon. In the past three weeks, the per-gallon price of diesel fuel has dropped a total of 6.3 cents. All regions experienced decreases this week except California, for which prices increased by an average of 1.2 cents.

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1
May

Dossier Users Group Sets Annual Meeting for New Orleans

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The Dossier User Group, Arsenault Associates’ software producer, will hold its annual Summit this year in New Orleans, Oct. 23-25. The conference will be preceded by an optional Day of Service to help rebuild the city, which is still being restored after Hurricane Katrina.

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1
May

Maverick Transportation Increases Temperature Control Driver Pay

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Citing customer growth and continued company expansion, Maverick Transportation LLC announced a pay raise for its temperature control drivers, effective April 29.

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1
May

Mexican Drivers Protest Double-Trailers

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Independent truckers in Mexico are calling for clearer, better rules on vehicle weights and dimensions, reports the Associated Press. The drivers, who have launched national protests, say they want to do away with permits that let double-trailer vehicles carrying loads as heavy as 100 metric tons drive on two-lane roads.

These protests, organized by the Alliance of Mexican Transport Organizations, come on the heels of two deadly accidents in which the rear units of double trailers came unfastened and crashed into passenger buses, killing a total of 49 people.

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1
May

TransEdge Truck Center Named Mack Distributor of the Year

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Mack Trucks named TransEdge Truck Center of Pittsburgh its 2011 North American Distributor of the Year.

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30
Apr

Watch for Highway Restrictions During Chicago NATO Summit

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The Illinois DOT says during the NATO Summit in Chicago May 20-21, it’s best to avoid the city, especially downtown and South Loop, during that week. It’s also placing certain restrictions (with no permit loads) on oversize and overweight loads.

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30
Apr

Truck Sales Help Daimler Post Profit for First Quarter

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Boosted by booming sales for Daimler Trucks and Mercedes-Benz cars, Daimler reported positive numbers for 1Q 2012 despite higher spending.

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30
Apr

FMCSA Cracks Down on Reincarnated Carriers

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A new rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration makes it tougher for carriers that have been sanctioned to reincarnate themselves under a new identity.

The agency last week posted a final rule that changes its procedures in several areas affecting truck lines, intermodal equipment providers, brokers, freight forwards and hazmat proceedings.

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30
Apr

Drivers Get to Show Off in Driving Skills Safety Challenge

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The Mack Driving Skills Safety Challenge, scheduled for May 1-2 at Waste Expo 2012 in Las Vegas, allows drivers to show off how to safely operating refuse and recycling routes while competing for prizes.

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30
Apr

More Fleets Report Positive 1Q Financials

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(UPDATED) Most carriers are reporting positive first quarter financial results, and some are setting records with their numbers. Paccar, P.A.M, UPS, Old Dominion, Ryder, Celadon, Knight, Landstar and Universal Truckload all reported increased revenues for the first quarter of 2012.

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