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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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Bill will hike diesel prices, Senate hears

ATA executive told a Senate committee the cap-and-trade proposal will increase price and volatility of diesel without significantly cutting carbon emissions.

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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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Danny Herman Trucking wins award

Danny Herman Trucking received the 2009 Tennessee Trucking Association Clean Diesel Leadership Award. The honor was awarded to the fleet, based in Mountain City, Tenn., for its contribution to air quality through fuel savings strategies. Danny Herman also has been a member of EPA’s SmartWay program since May 2008 and has achieved the program's highest score, a 1.25.

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Share the Road delivers for troops

  The national highway safety program Share the Road, in partnership with Operation Interdependence, is once again on the road to deliver leftover nonperishable items to make care packages for American armed forces serving overseas.The donated items were transported by Share the Road drivers last weekend from a convention in Las Vegas, Nev., to OI’s distribution center in Grand Junction, Colo. Volunteers from the Grand Junction community -- including members of the Navy, Marines and Air Force -- were ...

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Kenworth opens Lansing dealership

Central Michigan Kenworth opened recently in Lansing near the intersection of South Cedar Street and East Jolly Road, about one-half mile north of U.S. Interstate 96.The new Kenworth dealership offers full-service and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eastern Michigan Kenworth.  

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Truck driver week started Nov. 1

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2009 began Sunday, Nov. 1, and will run through Nov. 7 in celebration of the nation’s nearly 3.5 million professional truck drivers. The annual event was shifted from its summer date of past years to coincide with the start of the holiday shipping season. Events honoring commercial drivers are intended to remind the public that many goods they rely on daily are delivered by truckers. “This week is a time where companies, customers and the American family can ...

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Bay Bridge remains closed

California’s San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge remains closed to repair the crossbar and two rods that came loose and fell to the pavement yesterday, Oct. 27. Crews completed welding on a section of the bridge but the repair still has to be tested for safety, said a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. The bridge was closed after the rods and a 5,000-pound crossbeam fell during afternoon rush hour traffic on Tuesday. The parts that collapsed were ...

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