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Fleets Struggle to Achieve Productivity Gains

The ability to track the location and contents of trailers, in theory, can help carriers haul more goods in fewer trailers.

March 23, 2009
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

ATRI Study for FMCSA Gauges Value of Safety Systems

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released the results of a study led by the American Transportation Research Institute that quantifies the potential return on investment offered by three types of onboard truck safety systems.

March 16, 2009
Government, Business, Safety, Technology, Logistics, Fuel, Equipment

EPA Rule Would Track Emissions as First Step to Cap-and-Trade

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week took the first step toward creating a national cap-and-trade system, proposing a new rule that would establish a federal system for reporting carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases produced by large stationary and mobile sources.

March 16, 2009
Government, Business, Safety, Technology, Equipment

EPA to Require OBD Systems Starting in 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency will require onboard diagnostics systems on at least one engine family per manufacturer starting in 2010.

March 9, 2009
Business, Safety, Technology, Government, Logistics

Medallion Logistics Is Created to Offer Trucking, Brokerage

Gary Weilheimer and Tom Tranovich, who have more than 40 years combined transportation experience, said they are opening linked non-asset-based businesses to serve the logistics industry.

March 3, 2009
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

PeopleNet Rolls Out Tethered Trailer Tracking

PeopleNet, Chaska, Minn., said Feb. 24 it launched its tethered trailer-tracking system, known as Trailer ID.

March 3, 2009
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Xata Adds Navigation to Mobile Comm. Systems

Mobile communications provider Xata Corp., Minneapolis, said Feb. 24 it had integrated ALK Technologies’ CoPilot Truck navigation system into its Xatanet and MobileMax software.

March 3, 2009
Business, Safety, Fuel, Technology, Equipment, Government

Obama’s Call for Cap-and-Trade a Concern for ATA Chairman

President Obama called on Congress to approve legislation creating a cap-and-trade system aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Obama spoke on Feb. 24 to Congress in a joint session and invited spectators, who included the chairman of American Trucking Associations.

March 2, 2009
Fuel, Business, Technology

Diesel Drops 5.6¢ to $2.13

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Diesel fuel continued its downward track Monday, falling 5.6 cents from a week ago to an average $2.13 gallon nationwide, Department of Energy reported.

February 23, 2009
Business, Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

State Registration Fee Plan Would Double Fleet Charges

State truck registration fees would more than double under a proposal being prepared for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration under a two-year-old system Congress set up to reduce fees for for-hire carriers.

February 23, 2009