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OOIDA warns against EPA’s ‘next big rig crackdown’ 

The Owner-Operator Drivers Assn. (OOIDA) spoke out about money earmarked for what it calls EPA’s “next big rig crackdown” in the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.3 billion 2013 budget...

Atlanta road closures begin as BeltLine work progresses 

Truckers who use Ralph McGill Blvd. in Atlanta, GA, should plan on potential traffic back ups and seek detours around the area for the next month. Ralph McGill Blvd. will be closed between Freedom Parkway and Ashley Ave...

Mobile proof-of-delivery app 

A new proof-of-delivery app for iPhone and Android smartphones is available to users of the Red Cheetah suite of business resources within Guided Partner Services ...

Aftermarket leading indicator launched 

Manhasset, NY-based Commercial Motor Vehicle Consulting (CMVC) has developed the new commercial vehicle (CV) Parts Aftermarket Leading Indicator (PLI) by using parts aftermarket sales from a tier-one CV components/parts supplier with a broad product line that expands across several component groups...

Bendix names director of fleet sales 

Todd Swales has been named director of fleet sales for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. Swales will oversee fleet customer accounts and be responsible for introducing them to new Bendix products and modifications to existing products...

Truck tonnage takes a tumble  

That truck tonnage retreated last month is apparently not a cause for concern. The American Trucking Assns.’s (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slid back 4.0% in January—that after jumping 6.4% in December. This contraction puts the SA index at 119.4 (with 2000=100), which is down sharply from December’s record level of 124.4...

ATA files brief in support of FMCSA on EOBR challenge 

The American Trucking Assns. filed an amicus brief Feb. 24 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s defense of electronic logging devices...

Compli names CEO 

David Childers has been named CEO of Compli, a human resource, safety and compliance management software company...

Ohio trucker faces 31 years in prison for fatal crash  

Ohio truck driver Donald P. Williams Jr. faces up to 31 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide among other charges in a March 31, 2010, accident that killed three Marine Corps recruits and injured nine other people, according to a report in the Youngstown Vindicator...

Diesel surpasses $4 nationwide 

The bad news is that diesel fuel prices have surpassed $4/gal. nationally this week, rising 9 cents from a week ago to settle at $4.05/gal. There may be some good news, though, on the horizon...

Weigh-in-motion station opens on I-95  

The South Carolina Dept. of Public Safety officially opened a state-of-the art weigh station in St. George last week...

CSA training program launched for vocational truck drivers 

AlertDriving, a web-based driver risk management service provider, has released a Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) training program designed to reduce the risk of commercial drivers committing violations under CSA regulations. The program has been created specifically for medium-duty vocational truck drivers ...

Roadnet Technologies names regional account manager 

Jeff Pisano has been named regional account manager for the East Coast for Roadnet Technologies, a Baltimore-based vehicle routing, scheduling and fleet management technology company...

Groups cite driver fatigue in HOS suit 

Claiming the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) revamp of the truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rule “fails to address driver fatigue,” the interest groups Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen and the Truck Safety Coalition as well as two individual truck drivers have filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule...

Fred Andersky named director of government affairs for Bendix 

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has named Fred Andersky director of government affairs. Andersky, who most recently was director of marketing for the controls group at Bendix, will now manage the company’s government efforts...

Carrier offers real-time tracking app 

Reddaway is offering a mobile app to customers for real-time shipment tracking and monitoring. The mobile app is free and available for both iOS and Android platforms. There is also a mobile web version...

Kansas moves to create ‘safety corridors’ with enhanced violation penalties 

The Kansas state Senate gave tentative approval Wednesday to a bill that would clear the way for the state to designate the freeway sections of Kellogg Road through Wichita and K-10, the highway linking Lawrence and Lenexa, as “safety corridors” with enhanced penalties for speeding and other moving violations...

4th annual Healthy Trucking Summit announced 

The Healthy Trucking Assn. of America (HTAA) recently announced the details of the 4th annual Healthy Trucking Summit, to be held April 24-26 at Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta, GA...

England: Fuel economy remains the focus 

In a speech given during the 2012 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting this week, Dan England – chairman and president of TL carrier C.R. England – stressed that obtaining better fuel economy must remain a critical core strategy for the trucking industry going forward, and that carriers should devote resources to keep improving it...

Ronald Lhotak, CEO of Reliable Transportation, passes away at 68 

Ronald “Pops” Lhotak, CEO of Reliable Transportation Specialists Inc. (RTSI) and an influential figure in trucking, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, the company announced. He was 68...

New integration offers smaller fleets access to Qualcomm’s expertise 

A new integration between Qualcomm’s Circle of Service Workflow and Sylectus’s Alliance Pro Transportation Management Software will allow smaller fleets to continue to take advantage of management software designed for their needs while providing the broad support of Qualcomm Enterprise Services...

Pilot Flying J acquires Western Petroleum 

Pilot Flying J has acquired fuel and lubricants hauler Western Petroleum. Terms were not disclosed...

I-64 bridge connecting Louisville and Indiana reopens 

The I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River between Southern Indiana and Louisville, KY, has been reopened to traffic, according to the Indiana Dept. of Transportation (INDOT), ending a five-month traffic nightmare caused by the emergency closing of the Interstate crossing between Louisville and New Albany, IN...

Arrow Truck Sales offering 90-day warranty 

Arrow Truck Sales is now offering a 90-day, 25,000-mi. comprehensive warranty program on 2005 or newer Class 8 and medium-duty trucks...

Federal fuel economy rules pose complex challenges  

TAMPA, FL. Despite holding out the promise of fuel savings on the order of $50 billion, the approaching implementation of the federal government’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions/fuel economy rules for heavy and medium-duty trucks continues to pose a series of complex, and potentially costly, challenges for both OEMs and fleets alike...

Volvo bundles support services 

TAMPA, FL. In a move to simplify after-sale support for customers, Volvo Trucks North America has launched what it’s calling Volvo Truck Support Services, an integrated menu of services offered from a single source...

Fuel prices jump again with no end in sight, analysts say 

Fuel prices continued to climb across the U.S. this week, surpassing $4/gal. in some areas to over $5 in California as industry analysts predict that prices will rise further this summer...

ACT Expo announces sponsors for 2012 event 

Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo organizer Gladstein, Neandross & Associates announced the sponsors for the 2012 ACT Expo, yesterday. The event, presented in conjunction with the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be held May 15-17 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA...

Tips for safe winter trucking  

Blinding snowstorms, icy road conditions and strong winds are hazards drivers need to be alert to in the winter months. To help truckers survive, Xata, a trucking technologies and services provider, offers tips for winter trucking highway safety...

Fontaine introduces trailer rebuild program 

TAMPA, FL. Fontaine Trailer is officially introducing a flatbed and intermodal chassis rebuild program that draws from its experience rebuilding similar units under contract for the U.S. military...

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