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Government, Business, Fuel, Equipment, Autonomous

Diesel Emissions-Reduction Funds Available in SoCal

California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District is offering incentive funding of up to $50,000 for the purchase of a diesel truck or up to $100,000 for the purchase of a natural gas truck, in return for scrapping an older Class 8 diesel truck, the agency said.

March 2, 2010
Business, Logistics, Autonomous

Penske Completes Bright Truck Acquisition

Penske Truck Leasing Co. said that it has completed the acquisition of Bright Truck Leasing & Bright Distribution, a truck leasing, maintenance, rental and logistics company.

March 2, 2010
Government, Business, Autonomous

Pa. Gov. Wants Sales Tax on Trucking, Warehousing

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell (D) has proposed that the state extend the sales tax to services including trucking and warehousing, a move industry leaders said imperils a business sector the state actively recruited and developed.

March 2, 2010
Business, Equipment, Autonomous

Accuride Emerges from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Truck component maker Accuride Corp. said it has successfully completed a reorganization plan and emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy after five months.

March 1, 2010
Editorial, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

CSA 2010 Is Coming

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new enforcement plan, Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, seems destined to be a major step forward in how the federal government oversees truck fleets and drivers.

March 1, 2010
Letters to the Editor, Business, Government, Autonomous

Letters: A True Leader, CSA 2010 (Cont.’d)

Iowa’s trucking industry lost a dear friend and valued leader this past week. John Ruan was one of the three founders of the Iowa Motor Truck Association.

March 1, 2010
Business, Equipment, Autonomous

U.S. Class 8 Fleet Size Contracts; Decline Leaves 3.57 Million in Use

The lengthy and ongoing truck sales drought caused America’s Class 8 truck fleet to contract 2.1% during the fourth quarter, the first such decline since the third quarter of 2008, according to the year-end report on commercial vehicle registrations by R.L. Polk & Co.

March 1, 2010
Business, Safety, Autonomous

January Truck Tonnage Jumps 5.7%

January truck tonnage rose 5.7%, the biggest year-over-year increase in five years and solid evidence of a recovery in the industry and the U.S. economy, American Trucking Associations reported last week.

March 1, 2010
Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

ATA Leaders See Reasons for More Optimism

WASHINGTON — Officials attending American Trucking Associations’ Winter Leadership Meeting here last week said they were more optimistic about the future than they were a year ago, because the economic fortunes and political winds appear to be changing.

March 1, 2010
Government, Business, Safety, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

CSA 2010 to Launch in July Despite ‘Snafus,’ Ferro Says

WASHINGTON — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro said she is committed to launching the agency’s new truck safety rating system in July, although she expects there will be problems at the start.

March 1, 2010