Business, Equipment

Class 8 Fleet Size Grows 3.2%

The number of U.S. heavy-duty trucks on the nation’s roads climbed to 3.59 million in the third quarter, a 3.2% increase over last year and a slight increase over the second quarter gain of 2.2%.

December 3, 2007
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Ryder to Combine Supply Chain Units

Ryder System said Friday it will combine its U.S. and International Supply Chain Solutions business units to form a single integrated organization to serve SCS customers globally.

Transport Topics
November 30, 2007
Business, Safety, Technology, Government, Equipment

Allied Systems to Buy PTS

Performance Transportation Services, a Wayne, Mich., auto transporter, said it, along with certain subsidiaries, will file for chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a $67 million deal to sell nearly all of its assets to Allied Systems Holdings.

Transport Topics
November 21, 2007
Business, Equipment

Alcoa Delivers Aluminum Truck Bodies to SIP-WELL

Aluminum manufacturer Alcoa, Pittsburgh, Pa., said Monday that its Alcoa Auto and Truck Structures business in Hungary delivered a aluminum truck bodies to SIP-WELL, a company that delivers water coolers and water to homes and offices.

Transport Topics
November 19, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Logistics, Equipment

Fenway Partners Acquires Consolidated Fastfrate

Private Equity firm Fenway Partners, New York, N.Y., said Monday it acquired Canadian transportation firm Consolidated Fastfrate.

Transport Topics
November 19, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Equipment

Class 8 Truck Sales Drop 53.1% In Oct. on Weak Freight Market

Heavy-duty retail truck sales in the United States fell 53.1% in October, the sixth straight month in which sales fell 50% or more below 2006 levels, according to

November 19, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

UPS Executive Urges Shippers To Back Taxes for Infrastructure

ATLANTA — UPS Inc.’s incoming chief financial officer told shippers here what freight carriers have long heard: The U.S. transportation network is so clogged — and getting worse — that Congress must create an infrastructure improvement plan and pay for it with dedicated taxes on the system’s users.

November 19, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Technology, Equipment

Qualcomm System to Track Trucks in Cross-Border Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Monday that that starting later this month, trucks crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a new demonstration program will use satellite-based technology developed by Qualcomm Inc. to track trucks.

Transport Topics
November 5, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment

Carriers’ Interest in APUs Is Growing

ORLANDO, Fla. — With idling restrictions increasing in states and localities around the country, carriers are increasingly interested in buying systems that will allow drivers to keep their truck cabs cool or heated and to operate electrical “hotel” appliances such as televisions or computers.

November 5, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel, Equipment

Fleets to Face Engine Dilemma as Some Makers Avoid SCR

The decision by two major engine manufacturers, Cummins Inc. and Navistar International, to build 2010 heavy-duty diesel engines without selective catalytic reduction technology has upset truck sales forecasts for the 2009 and 2010 truck markets.

November 5, 2007