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Business, Safety, Government, Logistics, Technology, Equipment

Bill Would Ban Tolling on Existing Highways

A bill to keep states from tolling existing roads in the National Highway System has been introduced in Congress by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas).

June 1, 2009
Business, Safety, Government, Equipment

Active Transportation Buys Fellow Auto Hauler

Active Transportation said it bought majority ownership in Jack Cooper Transport, a move that consolidates two car haulers at a time when auto industry sales are at the lowest level since 1981.

June 1, 2009
Business, Equipment

Dana Names New CEO

Driveshaft and axle maker Dana Holding Corp. has named James Sweetnam as its new president and chief executive officer.

Transport Topics
May 28, 2009
Business, Safety, Government, Logistics, Technology, Equipment

Senate Bill Would Ban Tolls on National Highway System

Legislation introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) would ban the tolls on the National Highway System.

Transport Topics
May 27, 2009
Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment

Fleets See Longer Tire Life with Monitoring Systems

Trucking fleets and tire makers said increased use of tire-pressure monitoring systems and automatic inflation systems is saving lives and money.

May 25, 2009
Business, Equipment

Two Auto Haulers to Merge

The sluggish automobile industry has led Jack Cooper Transport Co., an automobile carrier for General Motors Corp., to merge with another car hauling company, the Kansas City Star reported.

Transport Topics
May 22, 2009
Business, Government, Fuel, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Volvo Backs Use of Longer, Heavier Trucks

BOSTON — Volvo Trucks joined the argument over allowing longer, heavier trucks on U.S. highways, saying Congress should allow them on the interstate system to relieve congestion, increase productivity, conserve fuel and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

May 18, 2009
Business, Fuel, Safety, Equipment, Government

Executive Cites Factors Affecting Trucking, Class 8 Sales

SAN DIEGO — A “perfect storm” of a weak economy, high fuel prices and governmental missteps have led to a 70% drop in new-truck sales in North America, according to Jim Hebe, senior vice president of North American sales for Navistar.

Howard S. Abramson | Editorial Director
May 12, 2009
Business, Safety, Technology, Equipment

Penske Truck Leasing Hires CEI Group

Penske Truck Leasing Co. has retained accident management firm CEI Group to expand its capabilities for dealing with collision and claims repairs at its 16 North American collision repair centers, Penske said May 4.

Transport Topics
May 12, 2009
Business, Safety, Equipment, Government

R.I. Begins Construction of Replacement Highway Bridge

Rhode Island transportation officials said construction has begun on one of two bridges so deteriorated that trucks are limited to 18 tons and two axles.

May 11, 2009