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Mack sponsors safety campaign

Mack Trucks, Inc., donated a new Mack Pinnacle axle-back tractor to safety outreach program Share the Road. The SmartWay-certified tractor is equipped with a Mac mDrive automated manual transmission and a 13-liter 505-hp Mack MP8 engine featuring the truck maker’s ClearTech selected catalytic reduction technology and 1760 lb. ft. torque. It also has the Mack Road Stability Advantage by Bendix with adaptive cruise control. The campaign, run by the American Trucking Associations, uses commercial drivers with good ...

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CVSA to conduct inspections

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will conduct roadside inspections Oct. 16-22 as part of its Operation Safe Driver campaign to increase traffic safety awareness, seat belt enforcement and driver regulatory compliance. The inspections will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico as part of the program’s original mission with its 2007 start to decrease crashes involving trucks, buses and cars.

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Analyst expects hours rule changes

FTR consultant said he hears FMCSA will propose to reduce driving and duty hours.

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England unveils LNG fleet

A new fleet of liquefied natural gas tractors will be used in Ontario, Canada, C. R. England announced of its dedicated division there. The tractors and trailers were present for inspection when the announcement and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Ontario Convention Center Oct. 11. The fuel is touted as being nontoxic, abundant and having fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline or diesel fuels.

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Prime driver wins triathlon award

Siphiwe Baleka, a driver for Prime, Inc., won the male 40-44 division of the Powerman Muncie Sprint Triathlon Saturday, Oct. 1, with a time of 1:09:32. The contest includes separate stints in swimming, biking and running. Baleka runs Fitness Trucking Inc., a company that sells DVD exercise videos for drivers that they can do in the truck or outside the cab in 30 minutes or less to keep a regular exercise routine and stay fit while ...

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Trucker Buddy honors teacher

Kristen Belcher, a teacher at Kaufman Elementary School in Spring, Texas, is June’s Teacher of the Month for nonprofit outreach Trucker Buddy International. Belcher’s third-grade class is paired with Titan Express driver Russell James, who shares his trucking experiences with the students. James said he nominated Belcher because she is knowledgeable about trucking, explains the industry’s importance to her students and that she maintains classroom cooperation during James’s visits.

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TransCore: Monthly revenue up 10%

Carriers’ monthly revenue on average was $1,607 higher per truck than in 2010.

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Trucker wins GPS system

Bill Stewart, a St. Louis resident, won a Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND 500 Model Trucker GPS system, Truck Centers Inc. said. The dealer network held a drawing for the GPS system and other prizes in honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation week. Visit Truck Centers online for more information.

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Wood production leads September growth

Manufacturing activity, and the economy in general, kept growing in September, though some related measurements tempered that good news. Wood Products was the leading manufacturing category reporting growth. The monthly analysis comes from the Institute for Supply Management, which also notes slower supplier deliveries and a contraction of new orders last month. The Purchasing Managers Index “registered 51.6 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from August, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 26th consecutive ...

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Taking the per diem deduction

Knowing the per diem basics will help you navigate the tax labyrinth.

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