Equipment
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
Business, Equipment

Cummins’ Second-Quarter Profit Plunges

Bloomberg News

Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. said Thursday its second-quarter profit plunged 81% due to sharply lower sales volumes.

Transport Topics
July 30, 2009
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Iteris’ Income Falls for Fiscal 1Q

Iteris Inc., which makes lane-departure warning systems for the trucking industry, said Thursday its fiscal first-quarter profit decreased from a year ago.

Transport Topics
July 27, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business, Government, Safety, Equipment

Letters: Nitrogen in Tires, Brokers Revisited, Impossibly Low Rates, California Reefers, It’s All About Freight, Squeaky Wheels

In reference to the story, “Safeway Fleet Set to Fill Tires With Nitrogen,” which appeared July 6 on p. 8, I have been using nitrogen in my fleet since 2005. We have noticed that the tires stay at a constant pressure, and we have been able to get well over 250,000 miles out of our drive tires and 150,000 miles out of our steer tires.

July 27, 2009
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Ryder’s Second-Quarter Income Drops

Ryder System

Ryder System said Thursday its second-quarter profit fell to $22.9 million, or 41 cents a share, from $62.9 million, or $1.09, a year earlier.

Transport Topics
July 23, 2009

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