| January 01, 2011


Trailer Orders Surge

New orders of dry van commercial trailers more than doubled in October from the prior year, leading total net orders of commercial trailers to a 33-month high, according to ACT Research Co. Eight of nine trailer categories tracked by the company increased year over year. ACT noted net orders increased 79 percent over last year to 17,126 units. The strong inflow of orders pushed manufacturer backlogs up by more than 5,000 units.

NAFTA Surface Trade Increases

Surface transportation trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico was 19.3 percent higher in September 2010 than in September 2009, reaching $68.3 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The value of surface trade in September 2010 remained 4.8 percent below the September 2008 level despite the 2009-2010 increase.

Freight Posts Gains in October

Truck tonnage rose from September to October, the American Trucking Associations says. The measurement also rose when adjusted for seasonal factors. Both increases were less than 1 percent.

Year-to-date through October, seasonally adjusted tonnage is up 6.1 percent compared with the same period in 2009.

Used Truck Sales Down

Used Class 8 commercial vehicle sales volume has slowed in recent months, declining 16 percent month-over-month in October, ACT Research Co. said. ACT also reported the average price for units sold increased 4 percent month-over-month as buyers focused on the limited supply of low-mileage vehicles available.

DOT Launches Distracted Driving Video

The U.S. DOT has launched “Faces of Distracted Driving” at, an online video series exploring the consequences of texting and cell phone use while driving. The series features people from across the country who have been injured or lost loved ones in distracted driving crashes. DOT is encouraging others who would like to share their experiences with distracted driving to post videos on YouTube and e-mail the links to

Schneider Increases Tanker Pay Rate

The tanker division at Schneider National, Schneider National Bulk Carriers, announced it was increasing owner-operator compensation by 5 cents a mile. The new rate increases owner-operator compensation to $1.05 a mile, plus fuel surcharge, for loaded and unloaded miles. Schneider says its tanker owner-operators average 125,000 miles a year and, with the increase for this group, could see an extra $6,250 a year in revenue with the new mileage rate.

Class 8 Orders Up

Net orders of heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles for North American markets in October rose 24 percent over September to 18,914 units, said ACT Research Co. Medium-duty Classes 5-7 net orders increased 19 percent during the same period.

National Champion Gets New Ride

Carl Krites, a 31-year veteran and 12-year Con-way Freight driver, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, has won a 2010 Freightliner Cascadia given to him by his fleet for winning the National Truck Driving Championship sponsored by the American Trucking Associations. The customized Cascadia is equipped with a Detroit Diesel DD13 and includes heated admiral seats with built-in massagers, Sirius XM Satellie Radio and power windows. He was also awarded a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup and a cash prize.

Court Rules Against ATA in Port Case

Jill Dunn

A federal court has denied the American Trucking Associations’ request to expedite its appeal in its lawsuit against the Port of Los Angeles. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.