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Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Works With Fleets on Electronic Driver Checks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working with fleets to develop an employee notification system that would allow a fleet to download an applicant’s complete driving record before hiring, an FMCSA researcher said last week.

Frederick Kiel | Staff Reporter
October 1, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Technology, Equipment

Cummins Taps EGR for 2010 Engines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cummins Inc. said it will not use selective catalytic reduction for its 2010 heavy-duty engines, making it the first manufacturer to reject the urea-based system widely used in Europe to cut emissions.

October 1, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Technology

FMCSA to Track Mexican Trucks

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Thursday it would be tracking Mexican trucks participating in a cross-border trucking program with satellite technology.

Transport Topics
September 28, 2007
Business, Safety, Technology, Equipment

Melton to Make Iteris’ System Standard

Iteris Inc., which makes safety systems for trucks, said Wednesday that flatbed carrier Melton Truck Lines will make Iteris’ lane departure warning systems standard equipment on about 1,000 new trucks over the next three years.

Transport Topics
September 26, 2007
Business, Technology, Fuel

Crude Tops $83 in Latest Record

Crude oil hit a new closing record Thursday, its sixth in seven trading days, as a tropical depression formed in the Gulf of Mexico that was on track to make landfall near New Orleans, Bloomberg reported.

Transport Topics
September 21, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

TMW Buys IDSC; Upgrades TruckMate Program

Transportation technology provider TMW Systems said Monday it acquired Integrated Support Decision Corporation, for an undisclosed sum.

Transport Topics
September 17, 2007
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Trucking’s Interest in GPS Devices Growing to Meet Needs of Shippers, Survey Finds

Global Positioning System equipment has not yet become standard for all motor carriers, but more fleets are showing interest in the technology to meet the demands of shippers, and those who use it already rate their systems highly, a recent survey showed.

September 17, 2007
Business, Technology, Logistics, Government

Schneider Unit Buys Chinese Logistics Firm

Schneider National unit Schneider Logistics (Tianjin) Co. said Monday it has purchased the operating assets of Chinese firm BaoYun Logistics.

Transport Topics
September 10, 2007
Business, Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Ryder to Manage China Operations for Italian Firm

An Italian manufacturer chose Ryder System to manage its supply chain operations in China, Ryder said late Tuesday.

Transport Topics
September 5, 2007
Government, Business, Fuel, Technology

Tweaking Specifications on Truck Engines Can Raise Fuel Economy, Study Finds

Fleets can save fuel — possibly by as much as 5% — by “overspec’ing” engines, according to PHH FirstFleet, an asset, financial and technology management company for fleets.

September 4, 2007