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YRC to provide handheld devices to drivers

YRC Worldwide will deploy more than 10,000 Intermec CN70e handheld mobile devices to drivers at its YRC Freight, Reddaway and Holland subsidiaries. The devices will enhance customer service and optimize pickup-and-delivery operations, YRC said. Drivers will be able to more expediently enter shipment information and communicate it to the dispatch…

Trucking company owner fined in contaminated milk scheme

Dean A. Landis, owner of Pennsylvania-based D.A. Landis Trucking Inc., pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years probation and one year of house arrest for falsifying driver logbooks in a scheme to conceal the sale of contaminated milk to a cheese manufacturer. Landis Trucking hauled at least 20 loads…

DOT says : Transport bill yields up to $17 billion in road projects

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of up to $17 billion in loans for critical infrastructure projects across the country as a result of the recently enacted surface transportation bill. LaHood encouraged states and cities across the country to submit letters of interest for the…

Mexican Carrier Safety Improving

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has reported Mexican-domiciled commercial vehicles entering the United States from 2008-2010 had a significantly improved safety record over previous years. Last month, the agency posted summaries of major safety activities, such as inspections conducted on Mexican trucks and buses crossing the Southern border into…

Western Star 4700: Test Drive

For many years, Western Star Trucks played last fiddle in truck sales symphonies, with U.S. Class 8 market share numbers of 1% and less. The company’s share climbed a bit when it was bought by Freightliner in 2000. Since sibling Sterling Truck fell by the wayside in 2008, parent company…

Exavating company wins Cat CT660

Barging and excavating company LPA Inc. was delivered a Caterpillar CT660 dump truck June 13 at a celebration held for the company’s victory in an online voting competition, the Win a Cat Truck contest. The voting base included more than 300 contractors and haulers around the country and was based…

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel reopens after bomb threat

An international commuter tunnel connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, was closed for nearly four hours Thursday after a bomb threat was phoned in on the Canadian side. No explosives were found. The Detroit Windsor Tunnel, a busy border crossing beneath the Detroit River, was shut down after a duty free…

Credit availability key piece of truck sales puzzle

More restricted access to credit alongside higher sticker prices for post-2010 emission-compliant trucks are two key reasons behind the long slide in Class 8 orders that’s occurred from February through June of this year, according to several industry experts. Placed alongside a slowdown in freight volumes and a broader slump…

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