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PHH FirstFleet to Offer Predictive Modeling Capabilities

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – PHH FirstFleet has launched a new predictive modeling service, which focuses on the need expressed by private truck fleets for new-driver safety analysis and training. The service uses techniques to predict which drivers' behaviors are likely to cause accidents, and then helps prevent those collisions from happening.

CHP Suspends License of Company Involved in Freeway Collapse

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has suspended the hazardous materials license of the company that owns the gasoline tanker involved in a crash and fire that caused a San Francisco Bay area freeway ramp to collapse.

National Motor Freight Traffic Association Publishes 2007 Standard Point Location Code Directory

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (NMFTA) has published the 2007 Continental Directory of Standard Point Location Codes (SPLC). This new issue is designated NMF 102-O. The SPLC is a listing of nine-digit codes designed to uniquely identify freight origination and delivery locations.

UPS Adds 50 Hybrid Electrics to Fleet

ATLANTA – UPS has expanded its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles with the deployment of 50 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks.

NMFTA Requests 14-Month Extension on Proposed Implementation Date for Surface Transportation Board Antitrust Ruling

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) and the National Classification Committee (NCC) requested the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to extend the effective date of its May 7, 2007 decision terminating the agency's approval of the NCC's Section 5a classification-making agreement.

National Motor Freight Traffic Association Publishes 2007 Standard Point Location Code Directory

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (NMFTA) has published the 2007 Continental Directory of Standard Point Location Codes (SPLC). This new issue is designated NMF 102-O. The SPLC is a listing of nine-digit codes designed to uniquely identify freight origination and delivery locations.

New HERO Rescue Response Truck From LDV Features Heavy Rescue Construction

BURLINGTON, WI – Bridging the gap between heavy- and medium-duty trucks, LDV has launched the HERO Multi-Purpose Rescue/Response Truck, featuring the rugged, structural design of a heavy-duty rescue truck.

Superior Signals Adds 5700 Series to Line of Meteorlite Rotating Beacons

OLATHE, KS – The new 5700 Series Meteorlite Rotating Beacons were recently added to warning light systems available from Superior Signals, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of vehicle safety lighting and traffic control products for heavy duty, highway, commercial, construction, utility, and emergency vehicles.

Heil Makes Big Improvements to its Smallest Side Loader

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Heil Environmental has updated its Retriever Satellite side loader to make it more durable, low-maintenance, and operator-friendly. The Retriever Satellite is a small side loader used in parks and recreation areas, airports, tight alleys, gated communities, and other routes where a full-size refuse collection vehicle just won't fit.

TRALA Seeks Lessor Exemption From Massachusetts Idling Bill

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) is seeking an amendment to Massachusetts idling restriction legislation that would exempt lessors from liability for idling violations committed by customers operating leased or rented vehicles. House Bill 866, introduced by Representative Frank Smizik (D–Brookline), would hold the owner and the operator of a vehicle liable for idling violations.

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 www.thepetestore.com 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).





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