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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, 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, 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, Government, Safety, Technology

Proposal to Reclassify Equipment Leases Seen as Tough Burden on Small Businesses

Finance and leasing industry officials said a proposal to reclassify equipment leases as a form of debt or asset, rather than an expense, would be difficult and costly for most companies to comply with.

August 3, 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
Business, Technology, Government

So. Calif. Ports Expected to Approve Program to Speed Purchase of 500 More LNG Trucks

Harbor commissioners at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., are expected to approve a plan next month to spend $46.5 million in new grant funding from the state to fast-track the purchase of up to 500 new liquefied natural gas trucks, officials with both ports said.

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
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FedEx Expands Hybrid Fleet

FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. said it has added 92 hybrid-electric trucks to its delivery fleet, the first standard FedEx delivery trucks converted to hybrid-electric systems.

Transport Topics
July 21, 2009
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Ericsson to Receive $5 Bln. to Run Sprint’s Networks

Sprint Nextel Corp., the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, plans to pay Ericsson AB as much as $5 billion to manage its networks, offloading the expense of running its own systems.

Transport Topics
July 20, 2009
Business, Government, Technology, Logistics

Crane Leverages Loss of EGL into New Logistics Success

HOUSTON — During the second half of 2007, when the U.S. economy and stock market were at their respective peaks, a colleague of James Crane said he was — for a brief while — bitter and unhappy. But as gross domestic product and the value of stocks, housing and other assets fell dramatically, the smile returned to Crane’s face as he realized the comfort of cash — hundreds of millions of dollars of it.

July 20, 2009

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