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NTSB pushes for sleep apnea program

The National Transportation Safety Board wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to begin a program to identify commercial drivers at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

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FMCSA strikes on drugs, alcohol

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted its first national drug and alcohol strike force in September that removed 77 truck and bus drivers from the road.

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Trucking remains weak, Fed says

In the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book report of national economic activity, transportation services activity generally declined.

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Mack, Volvo to merge, keep brands separate

Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America will merge Nov. 1 into a single organization called North American Trucks.

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Continental eyes wide single market

Continental has enjoyed the reception of its wide single trailer tire, the HTL1, which was introduced early this year, says Dr. Hans-Joachim Nikolin, a member of the Continental Executive Board. The company hopes to introduce a wide single tractor tire by the end of 2010, said Clif Armstrong, marketing director for Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires in the Americas. Nikolin and Armstrong spoke with trucking journalists at Continental booth #18134 at the Great American Trucking Show.

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Rand McNally debuts system

Rand McNally unveiled a new navigation system today, Aug. 20, that is designed for truck drivers. According to the company, the IntelliRoute TND 500 has 35 percent more truck-attributed roads than any other data provider and nearly 13,000 truck-related, geo-coded points of interest. This includes a national truck stop directory that provides more than 50 searchable amenities for each location, such as the presence of a CAT Scale, as well as truck dealer locations. “We believe, through ...

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Engine makers discuss 2010 products

Officials from heavy-duty engine manufacturers Thursday, Aug. 20, gave an audience of drivers and fleet representatives the latest details concerning cost and performance of their technologies for meeting 2010 engine regulations at the Great American Trucking Show. With the exception of Navistar, which is using advanced exhaust gas recirculation, the engine manufacturers are introducing selective catalytic reduction technology to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mandate to reduce NOx emissions to 0.2 grams in 2010. SCR requires ...

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Tracy Lawrence to play GATS concert

Country music artist Tracy Lawrence will headline tonight’s GATS concert sponsored by Mobil Delvac. Tickets for the concert will be distributed at GATS today before the concert and are free for registered attendees. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. The Texas native started his career in 1991 and has released nine studio albums, three compilations, a live album and a Christmas album and has more than 30 singles on the Billboard country music charts, eight of ...

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Roadside Medical plans clinics

Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab, a network of retail health clinics at Pilot Travel Centers, plans to expand after selling licenses for 11 additional sites in six states including Texas and California. A clinic in Oklahoma City will be the first of the 11 to open in October, followed by one in Dallas in the first quarter of 2010. The sites have been licensed to Brough Group International, a Houston-based investment and physician-staffing company. Roadside President Bob ...

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Group advocates for truckers’ health

The Healthy Trucking Association of America was started to advocate for wellness among the professional trucking community, Merck Smith, chairman of the nonprofit's fleet advisory board, told visitors at the group's Great American Trucking Show booth. "Our goal is to take a pro-active approach in the industry before the government steps in and regulates it," Merck says. He and group sponsor Marvin Shefsky say that the group hopes to establish industry standards among fleets for conditions ...

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