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Indiana Wheel Tax Defeated

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Indiana legislature adjourned for the 2007 session without taking action on a wheel tax proposal that could have reached up to $60 per vehicle.

Leyman Lift Gates Introduces New Heavy-Duty Large Steel Platform Gate

CINCINNATI, OH – Leyman Lift Gates has released its new heavy-duty large steel platform, which is now available on SLP Heavy Duty Hide-A-Way (Tuck-Under Style Lift Gates). The SLP is the largest platform gate in its application. Leyman Lift Gates has decided to go with two styles, one for low bed height applications and one for high bed height applications.

Dashboards Software Now Available to Small-, Mid-Sized Transportation Firms

PARK RIDGE, IL – Operators of truck fleets and other vehicles can now take advantage of the same type of software used by Fortune 500 companies to display and monitor essential business activity and performance.

DaimlerChrysler and Midway Team Up to Display at Fastenal Trade Show

NASHVILLE, TN – DaimlerChrysler and Midway teamed up to display the 2007 Sprinter van at the Fastenal Industrial & Construction Expo. The Expo was held at the Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Isuzu to Dispose of 110 Trucks From Car-Carrying Ship Cougar Ace

CERRITOS, CA – Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA) will scrap 110 medium-duty N-series trucks that were aboard the Cougar Ace, a car-carrying vessel that developed a list over 60 degrees in July 2006 off the coast of Alaska.

Kenworth T270 Class 6 Hybrid Truck Appears at Two Trade Shows in New York City Area

KIRKLAND, WA – Kenworth Truck Company will introduce its new Kenworth T270 Class 6 hybrid-electric truck in New York City area for the first time at two key trade shows next week. The Kenworth T270 hybrid appeared May 22, at the New York City Annual Truck Show held on Randall's Island.

New WEATHER GUARD Equipment for 2007 Sprinter Vans

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL – WEATHER GUARD Van Solutions has released new products created specifically for the new 2007 Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter vans. A new WEATHER GUARD Bulkhead designed for the 2007 Sprinter van separates the driver compartment from the cargo area.

Enhanced Technology Glass Adopted by General Motors on 2008 Full-Size Vans

DETROIT, MI – Vehicle glazing has evolved from its original task of keeping bugs out of our teeth to the multi-functionality of Enhanced Technology Glass (ETG).

IRS Issues Tax Guidance for Hybrid Trucks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued draft interim guidance for tax credits on hybrid trucks. IRS Notice 2007-46 provides procedures for a vehicle manufacturer to certify to the IRS both: (1) that a heavy-duty vehicle of a particular make, model, and model year meets certain requirements that must be satisfied to claim the new qualified hybrid motor vehicle credit; and (2) the amount of the credit allowable with respect to that vehicle.

Echo Global Logistics, Inc. Acquires Mountain Logistics, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL – Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a technology-driven transportation management outsourcing firm, has acquired Mountain Logistics, Inc., which is doing business as Transportation Management Group, a third party-logistics provider based in Park City, Ut.

Ryder Honors “Best of the Best” Maintenance Managers

MIAMI, FL – Ryder System, Inc. has honored national winners of the company's Maintenance Excellence Award (MEA) for 2006. The MEA recognizes the top-performing maintenance managers for outstanding customer service, maintenance, and safety performance.

Citi's Commercial Business Group to Enter Transportation Fleet Market

IRVING, TX – Citi's Commercial Business Group is entering the transportation fleet financing business. The new division, called Citi Transportation Finance, will provide financing for trucking companies and private fleets that have minimum annual revenues of $5 million and the potential for near-term financing needs of at least $1 million.

Wal-Mart To Use Peterbilt Hybrid Truck

FT.SMITH, AR - Online Peterbilt channel recently announced the delivery of the industry's first Class 8 hybrid truck to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

House Puts Brakes On Full Access For Mexican Trucks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to delay a Bush administration plan to allow Mexican trucks full access to U.S. highways.

National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) and the National Classification Committee (NCC) to Respond to the Surface Transportation Board's Classification Antitrust Ruling

ALEXANDRIA, VA — NMFTA will respond to the STB ruling that would result in the removal of the antitrust immunity granted to the NCC in developing the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC).

Bobit Business Media to Present Managing Fleet Safety, Accident Avoidance, and Driver Training Webinar

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media's latest Webinar in its Web Seminar Series, “Managing Fleet Safety, Accident Avoidance, and Driver Training,” sponsored by CEI, Volvo, and Driver's Alert, will be held May 24, from 2-2:45 p.m. (EST), 11-11:45 a.m. (PDT).

Hino Releases World-First Hybrid Truck in Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Hino has released the world's first production hybrid truck in Australia — a prelude. Hino said its new 6,500kg capacity hybrid will be best suited to urban applications and will provide up to 20 percent improved fuel economy than a similar conventional truck.

DHL Investigates the Use of Biodiesel for its UK Fleet

LONDON, UK – A UK division of the international DHL logistics group, DHL Exel Supply Chain, has started to investigate the possibility of operating its delivery vehicles using 100 percent biodiesel.

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LEER Tonneau Covers Released for 2007 Toyota Tundra

ELKHART, IN – LEER, a Truck Accessories Group Company, has released the new 700 and 800 Series tonneau covers for the 2007 Toyota Tundra. The LEER 700 Series tonneau features an easy-to-use cast metal twist handle with an integral weather cover, linked to automotive-style rotary latches, and hidden lock linkage for reliable, lockable security.

Work Truck and Trailer Industry 2008 Business and Market Planning Summit Slated for Oct. 30–31, 2007

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has changed the date of its 2008 Business and Market Planning Summit to Oct. 30–31, 2007, at Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago-O'Hare Rosemont (Rosemont, IL) location.

Diesel Engine Upgrade Funds Available in California County

YREKA, CA – Carl Moyer Program funds are available to all public and private entities in Siskiyou County. The funds may be applied for directly through the Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control District (APCD). To request an application or to ask questions about the program, contact the APCD at 841-4030.

One-Millionth Duramax Engine Built

DETROIT, MI – Duramax has now built its one-millionth engine, having introduced its first one in 2001. Since then, GM's heavy-duty diesel pickup market share has increased nearly 10 times over the last six years.

The Reading Group Announces New Fleet Service

READING, PA – The Reading Group LLC announces the creation of Reading Fleet Services. Reading Fleet Services provides fleets with a one-stop fleet solution by providing a complete selection of truck mounted equipment and related services, focusing on high quality, exceptional value, quick delivery and exceptional customer satisfaction from a nationwide network of manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Michelin Announces Truck Tire Price Hikes

GREENVILLE, SC – Michelin North America Inc. is increasing prices on two commercial tire product lines. truck tire prices will increase by up to four percent on Michelin and BFGoodrich brand tires sold in the United States, effective Jun. 1.

Bobit Business Media to Present Managing Fleet Safety, Accident Avoidance, and Driver Training Webinar

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media's latest Webinar in its Web Seminar Series, “Managing Fleet Safety, Accident Avoidance, and Driver Training,” sponsored by CEI, Volvo, and Driver's Alert, will be held May 24, from 2-2:45 p.m. (EST), 11-11:45 a.m. (PDT).

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