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Truckers Gain Hazmat Business as Railroads Spurn Toxic Gases

An effort by rail carriers to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals they haul is creating new business for some trucking companies.

March 24, 2008
Business, Safety

Intermodal Traffic Rises for Week

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

Rail intermodal traffic rose 1.4% for the week ended Saturday compared with a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said.

March 21, 2008
Business, Safety, Fuel

ATA Asks for Oil Release from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

American Trucking Associations asked President Bush in a letter this week to help “burst the bubble in the crude oil market” by releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

March 21, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Fuel, Technology, Equipment

Letters to the Editor: SAFER Scores, Fuel Prices, Border Opening

The Opinion column by John Hausladen, “Be Ready to Explain Your SAFER Scores,” is an excellent reminder to fleets about how important the Safety and Fitness Electronic Record System score is — and, how it can be misinterpreted by those uninformed about the industry.

March 19, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Technology, Equipment

DOT Says Delay Hits Progress on Several Key Regulations

A recent Transportation Department report said work on several key new regulations has fallen behind schedule, including shorter stopping distance for heavy trucks, safety reviews of new trucking companies, medical certification of drivers and a new registration system.

March 19, 2008
Business, Safety

N.H. House Votes to Ban Texting While Driving

The New Hampshire House voted Tuesday to make it illegal for drivers to send text messages on cell phones or type on laptop computers or other electronic devices, the Associated Press reported.

March 19, 2008
Business, Fuel, Safety, Government

Forward Air Corp. Completes Acquisition

Forward Air Corp. said Tuesday it closed a deal, first announced last week, to buy transportation firm Pinch Holdings and a related company, AFTCO Enterprises, for an undisclosed sum.

March 18, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

Illinois to Pay $1.2 Million for Rest Stop Security Upgrades

The Illinois Department of Transportation will spend $1.2 million to update and repair security systems at interstate rest stops, the Associated Press reported Monday.

March 18, 2008
Fuel, Business, Safety, Government

ATA Projects Record Diesel Fuel Costs for 2008

American Trucking Associations is projecting a record high diesel fuel bill for the trucking industry this year, at $135 billion.

March 17, 2008
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Navistar, BAE Awarded Military Truck Order

Navistar International Corp. and BAE Systems won 99% of a $1.1 billion Pentagon order for blast-resistant trucks, Bloomberg reported.

March 17, 2008