Trucking News: For the Record
Diesel Price Watch
Prices are the average, self-serve, cash at truckstops November 1 – 30, 2009
NEW HAMPSHIRE 2.75
NEW JERSEY 2.72
NEW MEXICO 2.78
NEW YORK 2.96
NORTH CAROLINA 2.74
NORTH DAKOTA 2.86
RHODE ISLAND 2.83
SOUTH CAROLINA 2.60
SOUTH DAKOTA 2.75
WEST VIRGINIA 2.87
Source: T-Chek Systems Inc., Eden Prairie, MN.
For more information, (877) SOS-CHEK or www.tchek.com
*Some prices may not include certain state taxes
Randall-Reilly Announces Promotions
Randall-Reilly recently announced the promotion of Max Heine, formerly editorial director of Overdrive and Truckers News, to editorial director of the owner-operator/driver group.
In his new position, Heine will set direction for and oversee editorial operations for the group, which includes Overdrive, Truckers News and Custom Rigs magazines. Heine also will set direction for the group’s product extensions, which include digital properties, special issues and numerous live and virtual events.
Heine joined Randall-Reilly in 1999. During his tenure, Heine led Overdrive to two Folio Gold Editorial Excellence Awards, along with numerous awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and several Jesse H. Neal Award certificates. Most recently, he was instrumental in the launch of Custom Rigs magazine.
The company also promoted Jack Roberts from executive editor of Commercial Carrier Journal to executive editor of the company’s Trucking and Construction Divisions. In his new position, Roberts will cover equipment issues for all monthly Randall-Reilly trucking and construction publications, including CCJ, Overdrive, Truckers News, Truck Parts & Service, Successful Dealer, Equipment World and Better Roads.
Long-time Equipment Editor John Baxter will continue his contributions to Overdrive, Truckers News and CCJ.
Roberts is the recipient of numerous editorial excellence honors, including a Jesse H. Neal award, Jesse H. Neal finalist, three Robert F. Boger awards from the Construction Writers Association and several ASBPE awards.
Class-8 Truck Orders Jump in October
FTR Associates released preliminary data showing Class 8 net orders for all major North American OEMs totaled 21,792 units in October, reflecting a definite upsurge in order activity.
October’s order volume is a 104-percent increase over September and a 117-percent year-over-year increase. For the last three months, Class 8 orders were received at an annualized rate of 172,300, significantly better than early 2009. The figure includes orders for the United States, Canada, Mexico and exports.
“All indications are that the October increase is due to the filling up of remaining 2009 production slots for trucks with the older 2007 engine technology and to avoid the new 2010 engines, which, due to tighter emissions standards, will be more expensive and will employ new technology,” said FTR President Eric Starks. “Significantly, the order activity was broad-based among the OEMs from fleets of various sizes and did not appear to be dealer restocking.
“We are encouraged that fleets have developed enough confidence in the economic recovery that they have been willing to make such commitments at this time,” Starks said. “However, we believe this is a temporary situation that may actually take orders away from early 2010, so our forecast for next year remains very conservative until we see economic activity to support solid orders going forward.”
FMCSA Fields Medical Questions
In a December meeting conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Medical Programs aimed at coming changes to medical certification regulations of commercial drivers, the agency’s Chief Medical Officer Bennise Lester and medical programs chief Elaine Papp both repeatedly emphasized the case-by-case nature of most areas of medical disqualification.