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TRALA Fighting Against New Indiana “Wheel Tax”

ALEXANDRIA, VA – A new “wheel tax” of up to $60 per vehicle in several Northwest Indiana counties would be excessively burdensome.

Bigger Long-Haul Trucks Better for Environment, Study Finds

HALIFAX, CANADA – Longer trucks reduce harmful exhaust emissions and improve highway safety and the Nova Scotia government is taking a look at how longer truck configurations could operate in the province.

ATA Sees Problems with New York City Pricing Plan

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) said it sees problems with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal, announced Apr. 22, to charge a new fee to anyone who drives into Manhattan.

Penske Truck Leasing to Open New Cambridge Location

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Penske Truck Leasing celebrated the opening of its newest facility in Cambridge, Ontario, on Apr. 24. The new 18,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, currently employing 23 associates, offers commercial and consumer truck rental services, full-service truck leasing, and contract maintenance.

Speed, Unbalanced Loads Can Cause Tipping

HALIFAX, CANADA – Drivers of large vehicles, like dump- and garbage-trucks, are more likely to tip when they are driving fast and with heavy, unbalanced loads.

Groups Sue FMCSA Over Mexican-Trucks Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of groups led by Public Citizen the Teamsters Union have filed suit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to block the federal government's plan to allow a pilot program of Mexican trucks into the United States.

Clif Bar Adds Biodiesel Trucks to its Fleet

BERKELEY, CA – Clif Bar has rolled out a fleet of eight new biodiesel-powered trucks for its field marketing team. By converting its field marketing vehicles to biodiesel and eliminating the need for 8,000 gallons of gasoline each year, Clif Bar expects to reduce the fleet's CO2 emissions by about 40 percent, or 60,000 pounds of CO2.

GM Discontinues Hybrid Pickups Until Two-Mode System Debuts in 2008

DETROIT, MI – Despite rising gasoline prices, General Motors (GM) quietly has dropped the hybrid versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.

New Hampshire Truck Registration Fee Increase Opposed by TRALA

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) is opposing a proposed 25 percent increase in truck registration fees in New Hampshire.

Isuzu Commercial Truck Establishes Distributor in Canada

CERRITOS, CA – Beginning this year, commercial vehicle customers throughout Canada will be able to purchase and have serviced the Isuzu industry-leading line of class 3-5 low cab forward medium-duty trucks.

Toyo to Increase Medium Truck Tire Prices

CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tire Corp. will increase its dealer base price list up to five percent on all medium truck tires effective Jun. 1. The company cited worldwide increases in raw materials, energy, and transportation costs as the reason for the price hike.

Bridgestone Firestone and Bandag Will Continue to Service Ryder

NASHVILLE, TN – Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) and Ryder System Inc. have renewed their long-term agreement that began in 1990. Under the new agreement, BFNT will supply Ryder's new tire needs, while Bandag Inc. will provide Ryder with retreading services.

Nevada Bill Would Add Weight-Distance Tax for Trucks

CARSON CITY, NV – To help curve the $3.8 billion worth of road work in Nevada, truckers may soon be required to pay a weight-distance tax of 15 cents-per-mile. The Nevada Assembly Transportation Committee approved a bill that would tax trucks weighing more than 55,000 pounds, including garbage trucks and cement haulers. The levy could generate $1.3 billion through 2015.

City Restricts Diesel Truck Idling After Man Dies From Exhaust-Induced Asthma Attack

NATIONAL CITY, CA – National City officials have passed a law that prohibits diesel trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds from idling more than five minutes. The law is aimed at stopping truck driving schools from practicing maneuvers and idling within 100 feet of a school, but it is also intended to reduce all truck idling in the city.

Cummins Displayed Clean Diesels at Diesel Technology Forum Event

COLUMBUS, IN – Cummins Inc. displayed clean-diesel technology at the Diesel Technology Forum's Clean Diesel Technology Tour held in Sacramento, Calif., on April 18 and 19.

Survey Says Heavy Truck Sales Expected to Drop 43 Percent This Year

LONDON, UK – The U.S. automotive industry is not the only one watching heavy-duty truck sales numbers. U.S. truck manufacturers estimates that this year's sales of Class 8 trucks will dwindle 43 percent to 182,400 units.

Kenworth Names 2007 Parts Council Members

KIRKLAND, WA – Kenworth Truck Company has named its 2007 Kenworth Parts Council members. The council consists of leading parts managers from Kenworth dealerships in the United States and Canada. The council's goal is to further enhance the quality and value of service to Kenworth customers.

Indiana's Truck Seat Belt Bill Still on Hold

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – House members in Indiana recently overwhelmingly voted against sending a bill to the governor requiring all passengers in every vehicle — including pickup trucks — to wear seat belts.

Truck Product Training for Fleet Buyers

CARPINTERIA, CA – The Truck Marketing Institute (TMI) has developed a five lesson correspondence course, LT-2: Light Truck Essentials; the general version addresses the needs of the light commercial and fleet markets.

Meetings Launch in Port Truck Retrofit Program

LONG BEACH, CA – The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles initiated their partnership with a meeting of stakeholders who are committed to decreasing air pollution at the ports by up to 80 percent.

Cummins Tractors Meet EPA SmartWay Requirements

COLUMBUS, IN – Cummins Inc.'s 2007 clean and fuel-efficient on-highway engines are available in Class 8 tractors, which meet requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay-designated highway tractors, part of the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership (

NTEA Offers Market Research Seminar Jun. 26

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) will be conducting a seminar for industry professionals who have marketing and/or marketing research responsibilities in their companies.

PG&E Wins EPA Award for Clean Vehicle Partnership

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – PG&E got a nod from the US Environmental Protection Agency for its clean natural gas vehicle fleet, winning the Environmental Achievement Award for its partnership with Quality Terminal Services (QTS) and CleanAir Transport.

Commercial Truck & Utility Vehicle Tire Pressure Monitoring System Released by Mobile Awareness

CLEVELAND, OH – Mobile Awareness has released a new generation of TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) products geared toward commercial trucks, utility vehicles, RVs, and Trailers.

Speed, Unbalanced Loads Can Cause Tipping

HALIFAX, CANADA – Drivers of large vehicles, like dump- and garbage-trucks, are more likely to tip when they are driving fast and with heavy, unbalanced loads.


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