Industry Briefs

Fleet research indicates slow demand for 2010 equipment

The 2009 Fleet Study conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research indicates a likely slow demand for new 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-compliant power units when they are initially introduced. Respondents to the study were wary of committing to placing orders for the new equipment in the first half of 2010, according to CKCVR; even the 42 percent of respondents who said they might place orders characterized, on average, the actual probability that trucks would be purchased ...

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Gulf Coast Filters now at TA centers

Gulf Coast Filters products are now available in Travel Centers of America truck stops nationwide. Gulf Coast Filter products, including the Model O-2 By-Pass Oil Filter, are stocked at 144 TA centers in 41 states. Gulf Coast Filters, www.gulfcoastfilters.com, (800) 398-8114.

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TCA honored with race title

A horserace in Toronto was renamed, briefly, The Truckload Carriers Association Race as part of an industry promotion.

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Averitt wins clean diesel award

Averitt Express, based in Cookeville, Tenn., was among other fleets honored with the Clean Diesel Leadership Award from the Tennessee Trucking Association. The new award recognizes transportation companies that have made "significant, measurable improvements in air quality through the development and/or implementation of clean diesel actions," a Tennessee Trucking Association statement says.  

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Peterbilt wins environmental award

Peterbilt Motors received the 2009 Clean Air Champion Award from the North Texas Clean Air Coalition (NTCAC) for the second consecutive year, as well as their Innovative Business of the Year Award, at the NTCAC Annual Awards presentation in Fort Worth, Texas. Peterbilt was chosen as Clean Air Champion for voluntarily working to lower the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing processes in the greater North Texas area.

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Randall-Reilly donates to Trucker Buddy

Trucker Buddy International has received a large donation from Randall-Reilly Publishing in the form of office and operational support. Randall-Reilly will provide support for telephone systems, computers and computer services, office administration, as well as many of the day-to-day expenses. "Randall Reilly has graciously offered to allow us to operate our program from their offices in Tuscaloosa thus reducing our operational expenses and allowing more value to be reinvested into the program," says Randy Schwartzenburg, executive director. "We ...

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Oregon adds chain rule

In inclement weather, single-drive axle trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds gross weight or vehicles towing trailers will now be required to use chains in Oregon, the state’s Department of Transportation announced. Under this regulation, chains are not required on tandem drive axle vehicles. Details on snow zone notices, chain requirements and diagrams are posted on Oregon’s travel information website, http://www.tripcheck.com/.  Snow zone notices and road condition updates are also available by calling 511 or 1-800-977-ODOT (6368) within ...

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Illinois state Route 50 closed at Cicero Avenue

Illinois state Route 50 (Cicero Avenue) will be closed roughly one-quarter mile north of I-55 at 39th Street in Chicago at 6 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2, until noon, Sunday, Nov. 8. The Canadian National Railroad will repair the railroad crossing at this location during the closure.  The posted detour for southbound Illinois Route 50 traffic will direct traffic to turn left (west) on 39th Street from Illinois Route 50, continue west on 39th Street to Central Avenue, ...

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ACS’s TripPak promo to end Nov. 30

The Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., TripPak promotional campaign that has awarded retail gift certificates to more than a dozen drivers continues through Nov. 30, the company announced. As part of the contest, a drawing for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle will be held and a winner announced in early December, said company spokeswoman Priscilla Shrader-Peters. Truckers who use the TripPak scanning services at TravelCenters of American, Petro, Flying J or other participating truck stops automatically are entered in ...

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Medium-duty Petes rank high

Peterbilt ranks highest in customer satisfaction in conventional medium-duty trucks, according to a 2009 survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates. The fleet has received the highest customer satisfaction rating in the medium-duty segment for three out of the last four years. The fleet's ranking includes the highest scores in vehicle performance and cost of ownership factors, J.D. Power and Associates reported. Survey researchers interviewed nearly 1,600 fleet managers or owner-operators, of two-year-old conventional cab medium-duty trucks.

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