Business, Government, Equipment, Technology, Safety

Eaton Gets $45 Million Grant to Provide Plug-in Hybrid Systems for Class 5 Trucks

Truck component maker Eaton Corp. said that it would provide the electric power systems for 378 Class 5 electric hybrid plug-in vehicles under a federal grant, which it called the “largest commercial hybrid deployment” ever.

August 24, 2009
Business, Equipment

July Truck Sales Fall 32.9%

U.S. Class 8 retail sales fell for the seventh consecutive month — this time by 32.9%, reported, and a market forecaster predicted that no substantial change is likely until the second half of next year.

August 24, 2009
Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment

Rural Highway System Is Vital to Commerce, S.D. Trucking Executive Tells Senate Panel

Future U.S. economic vitality depends on an adequately funded rural road system that can accommodate heavier trucks, a South Dakota trucking company president told a Senate committee last week.

August 17, 2009
Business, Equipment

Accuride Reports 2Q Loss on Soft Demand

Commercial vehicle component maker Accuride Corp. said it lost $36.1 million, or $1 per share, in the second quarter, compared with a profit of $3.4 million, or 10 cents, a year ago.

Transport Topics
August 13, 2009
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

DOT Targets Distractions

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood an-nounced last week he will take steps to try to further curb distracting driving activities such as text messaging or using a cell phone or a Global Positioning System device.

August 10, 2009
Business, Government, Safety, Equipment

ArvinMeritor Posts $162 Million Quarterly Loss

Manufacturer ArvinMeritor Inc. said it lost $162 million in the April-to-June quarter, while also announcing last week it has found a buyer for its light-vehicle wheels business and has stepped up its marketing effort for truck disc and drum brakes ahead of the government’s new truck stopping-distance rule.

August 10, 2009
Business, Equipment

ArvinMeritor Reports 3Q Loss; Will Sell Wheels Business

ArvinMeritor Inc.

Truck components maker ArvinMeritor said Tuesday it lost $162 million, or $2.23 per share, in its fiscal third quarter, compared with a profit of $44 million, or 60 cents per share, a year ago.

Transport Topics
August 4, 2009
Editorial, Business, Safety, Government, Equipment

Stopping Short

There were no surprises in the new federal rule designed to improve the braking power of a standard, fully loaded, tractor-trailer by almost one-third.

August 3, 2009
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel, Equipment, Logistics, Technology

Rule Won’t Require Overhaul of Braking Systems, Experts Say

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s decision to cut the maximum allowed stopping distance for large trucks by 30% will increase truck buyers’ costs somewhat, but will not force a widespread shift to new technology such as air disc brakes, industry groups and manufacturers said.

August 3, 2009
Business, Equipment

Goodyear Takes 2Q Loss

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Thursday it lost $221 million in the second quarter as sales fell 25%.

Transport Topics
July 30, 2009