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U.S. Bans Texting by Truck and Bus Drivers

WASHINGTON - Truck and bus drivers who travel interstate roadways are now banned from using a handheld device to send text messages, U.S. officials said.

Navistar Selected As Partner in Development of DOE 'Super Truck'

WARRENVILLE, IL - Navistar announced it will receive more than $37 million in federal funding to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to pioneer new fuel efficiency and emissions-reducing technologies.

Detroit Diesel Corporation Family of Advanced Engines with BlueTec 2010 Certified

PORTLAND, OR - Detroit Diesel Corporation's high performance, fuel efficient family of engines, including the DD13, DD15, and DD16 with the BlueTec emissions control system, has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as meeting 2010 emissions regulations.

Xata to Help Manage Schnucks' Fleet

ST. LOUIS, MO - To better manage its fleet of trucks, St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets Inc. has hired Xata Corp., Minneapolis. Xata aims to help customers improve fleets by cutting costs and ensuring compliance with trucking regulations.

Truck Tire Shipments: Nowhere to Go But Up

WASHINGTON - Year to-year replacement truck tire shipments in the United States dropped 19.3 percent in 2009. Shipments were an estimated 12.5 million units, 3 million less than in 2008.

Michelin: 'Retread Market to Rebound Slowly'

GREENVILLE, SC - It's going to take a few years for the retread market to return to 2005-2006 levels. This past year was a challenging one for retreads, but the new truck tire market had it even worse.

2009 Was a Tough Year for Over-the-Road Tires

WASHINGTON - Over-the-Road (OTR) tire shipments in the United States fell dramatically in 2009 vs. 2008. The anti-dumping and anti-subsidiary duties imposed on OTR tire imports had something to do with it.

PALFINGER North America Group Announces New Distribution Company

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO - The PALFINGER North America Group announced the formation of Paltec Truck Equipment Company, which will began business Jan. 1.

Cole Hersee Showcases Surestart LVD Switch at Work Truck Show 2010

BOSTON - Cole Hersee will be showcasing the SureStart Low Voltage Disconnect (LVD) Switch 48513, LVD Switch 48510, and Smart Battery Isolator 48525 at the Work Truck Show 2010 March 9 - 10, 2010 at America's Center in St. Louis, MO.

Steelweld Acquires the Midbox Product

ST. CLAIR, MO - With this latest addition, Steelweld expands its operations to include Shreveport, La.

Yokohama to Increase Prices on Light & Medium-Duty Tires

FULLERTON, CA - Yokohama Tire Corporation announced it will increase prices on its light and medium commercial truck tires by up to 7 percent, effective March 1.

In Memoriam: Frank Fraser Jr., 1924-2009

SANTA MONICA, CA - Frank Fraser Jr., a retired automotive marketing executive and a former truck editor for Automotive Fleet magazine, died Dec. 31. He was 85.

Mercedes-Benz USA Announces New Pricing for 2010 Sprinter Van

MONTVALE, NJ - Mercedes-Benz USA announced new pricing for the 2010 line of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter commercial vans in the U.S. market.

Minnesota Temporarily Waives 5 Percent Biodiesel Mandate

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Department of Commerce has temporarily waived the 5-percent biodiesel mandate for No. 1 diesel fuel in the state due to cold weather.

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Cummins Receives EPA 2010 Certification for Heavy-Duty & Midrange Engines

COLUMBUS, IN - Cummins Inc. received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its 2010 Heavy-Duty big-bore ISX15 and MidRange ISB6.7, ISC8.3 and ISL9 engines.

U.S. DOE Awards Daimler Trucks N.A. & Detroit Diesel Corporation $40 Million for Partnership

PORTLAND, OR - Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced it received nearly $40 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 21st Century Truck Technology Partnership.

International Telematics' Advanced ibright Telemetry System on Mitsubishi Fuso MD Trucks

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) announced it partnered with International Telematics, the provider of the ibright vehicle telemetry system, to provide Mitsubishi Fuso owners with the most advanced telemetry system available.

Toyo Tires Receive U.S. EPA SmartWay Verification for Three Commercial Tires

CYPRESS, CA - Toyo Tires received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay verification for a set of its premium commercial tire products, the M137 steer tire, M127 free rolling tire for trailer axles, and the M657.

OOIDA Members Eligible for $1,500 Rebate & Special Financing on New Volvo Trucks

GREENSBORO, NC - Volvo Trucks North America offers Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) members a $1,500 rebate on new Volvo trucks purchased during 2010.

NTEA Launches Market Data and Industry Statistics Section of Web Site

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), an association for the work truck industry, announced the launch of the new Market Data and Industry Statistics section of

North American Heavy-Duty Truck Net Orders Post Year-over-Year Gain

COLUMBUS, IN - Net orders for heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles rose to 11,919 units in December, up 37 percent from December 2008.

New WEATHER GUARD Van Storage for Ford Transit Connect

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL - WEATHER GUARD is introducing brand new van storage solutions for the Ford Transit Connect van. The new storage solutions are designed and crafted to fit the Transit Connect, a commercial vehicle in Europe now available in the U.S. market.

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FS2: Filter-in-FIlter Fuel System Protection for Dodge Ram

NASHVILLE, TN - Cummins Filtration announced the launch of the Fleetguard FS2: Filter-in-Filter fuel system technology for Dodge Ram trucks with 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel engines.

Alarned Trailer Lock System Protects Cargo

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Next Generation Power, a distributor for Xena Security with strong links to the trucking industry, has developed the alarmingly strong Cargo Door Lock.

UPS Deploys 245 New CNG Trucks

ATLANTA - UPS has deployed 245 new delivery trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) to cities in Colorado and California over the past month.

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