Monthly Archives: September 2012

Study finds Aluminum Wheels Can Cut Carbon Footprints

Alcoa released the findings of a peer-reviewed life cycle assessment, which concluded that aluminum wheels substantially cut the carbon footprint of commercial vehicles. In North America, the study found that substituting 18 conventional steel truck wheels with Alcoa aluminum wheels cut carbon emissions by 16.3 metric tons over the lifetime of the wheels. In Europe, [...]

CARB Extends GHG Regulation Registration Deadline for Small Fleets

The California Air Resources Board has extended the registration deadline for the Small Fleet Compliance Plan to Jan. 1. This extension will provide fleets that have not already registered to use a compliance option under the regulation to participate in the extended phase-in option of the Small Fleet Compliance Plan that begins in 2013 and [...]

Traffic Deaths up by 9% First Half of Year

By Kate Harlow, Associate Editor U.S. traffic deaths jumped by 9% in the first six months of this year, with a total of 16,290 traffic deaths reported. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Administration, this increase "represents the largest such increase during the first half of the year in recorded history." NHTSA [...]

Red light. Green light. Whoops, red light!

On the Road Blog by Jim Park, Equipment Editor Anyone who has ever thumped his or her steering wheel in frustration at a green light turning red for no apparent reason just as you approach an intersection will appreciate this recent achievement from Carnegie Mellon University. Researchers and engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed [...]

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier for HOS Violations

9/17/2012 1:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Federal regulators have shut down HP Distribution LLP and HP Distribution LLC, two Kansas City, Kan., trucking companies that operate under one roof, for “flagrantly falsifyingâ€� log books and violating federal hours-of-service rules. “The evidence demonstrates that you refuse to comply with [...]

Register for Live Webcast on September 27 of Public Listening Session for Hours of Service Oilfield Exceptions

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Volvo Drops UD, Plans to Cut R&D as Part of Strategic Trucks Changes

UD Trucks won't be available in the U.S. under a new Volvo strategic plan. Volvo Group announced it's making changes in its trucks strategy to achieve its goal of improving its operating margin by 3 percentage points, including ending production of UD medium-duty trucks for the U.S. market. Volvo is taking approximately SEK 600 M [...]

Diesel Rises 0.3¢ to $4.135 a Gallon

9/18/2012 8:00:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Gasoline Gains 3.1¢ to $3.878 Tweet Print This   Tom Biery/Trans PixsDiesel rose 0.3 cent to $4.135 a gallon and gasoline gained 3.1 cents to $3.878 — the 11th straight increases for both fuels, the Department of Energy reported Monday. The diesel gain increase leaves it [...]

Cummins Ready for Euro 6, But Not to Buy Navistar

Tom Linebarger Engine Smarts Commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Editor HANOVER, Germany -- "We're ready for Euro 6," declared Tom Linebarger, the pleasant, polite and straight-talking CEO of Cummins Inc., in leading off his press conference during the IAA show in Hanover last week. Well, I thought, you have to be if you're gonna sell [...]

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