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Overdrive Staff | June 01, 2010

Restarts will be at independent truck stops, Pilot Travel Centers, All American Travel Plazas and franchises at TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers. Five of the reopenings would be in Texas and five more in Pennsylvania.

A manager for one store where Idleaire is scheduled to restart, Sapp Bros. of Salt Lake City, said she was told May 17 her location would have electrification available in four weeks.

Thomas O’Brien, who heads TravelCenters of America, said in a May 10 conference call with stock analysts that he expected Idleaire equipment to eventually be removed from TA locations.

Tennessee-based Idleaire, the major provider of shore power at truck stops, closed Jan. 29 after its owners the previous 18 months did not find a buyer.

The operation had served 150,000 truckers and more than 1,000 fleets using its 131 locations in 34 states.

— Jill Dunn



SHORT HAULS

A SIGNIFICANT PORTION of the strong demand for truck production in the first half of 2010 was due to fleets taking advantage of build slots for power units with pre-2010 engine technology, pulling demand from the second half of the year, says FTR Associates. ACT Research Co. forecasts significant demand for new equipment in 2011. The firm pointed to a growing North American economy and rapidly tightening capacity in the truckload sector as factors leading to increased demand.

 U.S. TRUCK TONNAGE ROSE 7.5 percent in March from a year earlier, the fourth straight year-over-year monthly increase, the American Trucking Associations said. The increase was the biggest since January 2005. For the first quarter, tonnage gained 4.9 percent over last year’s first quarter, says ATA.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION announced $49 billion in highway funds is available to state departments of transportation for federal projects through the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act.

THE TRUCK DRIVER who crossed a median and crashed into a van on March 26 on Interstate 65 south of Louisville, Ky., killing 10 people and himself, was talking on a cell phone and may have been speeding, according to a state police accident report. The Louisville Courier-Journal obtained the report that says the truck’s driver, Kenneth E. Laymon, was distracted and did not have his tractor-trailer under control. n

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