Monthly Archives: January 2012

Top Dealers Talk about 2010 Engines

Engine Smarts by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief So far, the new engines built to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 emissions mandate are performing far better than their EPA-2007 predecessors. That was the consensus of this year's nominees for the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year. Terry Dotson, president, chairman [...]

Biodiesel Production Hit 1 Billion Gallons in 2011

 UPDATED: 1/30/2012 9:45:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   The U.S. biodiesel industry produced more than 1 billion gallons of fuel in 2011, the National Biodiesel Board said. The record volume of nearly 1.1 billion exceeded the 800 million gallons required by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard, NBB [...]

Double Happyness Bus Company Ordered to Immediately Cease All Operations; FMCSA Obtains Temporary Restraining Order to Shut Down Company

U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Washington, DC 20590www.dot.gov/affairs/index.html FMCSA 01-12 Thursday, January 26, 2012 Contact: Candice T. Burns Tel.: (202) 366-9999 Double Happyness Bus Company Ordered to Immediately Cease All Operations; FMCSA Obtains Temporary Restraining Order to Shut Down Company WASHINGTON, DC - At the request of [...]

Stability Control: Cheap Insurance

Commentary by Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large Some time soon, if we don't already, we'll have a rulemaking proposal that ultimately will put a stability-control system on every new tractor, and maybe retrofit such a system on all tank trailers too, old or new. I'm sold on both ideas. At press time, such a proposal [...]

GDP Rose 2.8% in Fourth Quarter

 UPDATED: 1/27/2012 10:15:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Economy Expands at 1.7% for 2011, Commerce Department Says Tweet Print This   The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8% annual rate in the fourth quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday. The gross domestic product growth rate followed a 1.8% gain in the prior quarter. [...]

President Obama Talks Alternative Fuel in Las Vegas

At a UPS facility in Las Vegas, President Obama's podium included two of UPS's Kenworth T800 LNG trucks. On Thursday, President Obama visited a UPS facility in Las Vegas to pitch a plan to boost the nations' use of natural gas. Obama, who stood in front of two of UPS's Kenworth T800 LNG trucks, proposed [...]

J.B. Hunt’s 4Q Income Rises 25%

 UPDATED: 1/27/2012 10:45:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   TT File PhotoJ.B. Hunt Transport Services’ fourth-quarter profit rose 25% on higher freight income from its trucking and intermodal businesses. Net income rose to $72.6 million, or 61 cents per share, from $52.2 million, or 41 cents, a year ago. The [...]

December Used Truck Volumes Better than November, but Lag Year-over-Year

Reported volumes of used Classes 3-8 truck sales improved in December. Volumes were consistent among channels on a sequential basis. All three segments, auction, retail and wholesale, saw increases compared to November's activity. However, all three segments continued to lag on a year-over-year basis, according to State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, [...]

Arkansas Best Swings to 4Q Profit

 UPDATED: 1/27/2012 11:15:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Tom Biery/Trans PixsArkansas Best Corp. said Friday its fourth-quarter net income improved on stronger less-than-trucking unit performance. Net income was $1.4 million, or 5 cents a share, compared with loss of $3.1 million, or 12 cents, a year ago. Revenue rose [...]

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