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November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Rolls Out I-Shift, Mack Launches Vision, for Mexican Market

Mack unveils its Vision model for the Mexican market at Expo Transporte on Tuesday. Photo: Evan Lockridge

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- Volvo Trucks North America officially introduced its I-Shift automated manual transmissions for the Mexican market and rolled out a truck model from sister company Mack to address the Mexican on-highway market.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Mexico, Cross-Border Trucking, Transmissions

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Mexican Trucking: More Professional Than You May Think

Two of the new Volvo VNL trucks with the I-Shift transmission at Transportes Monroy Schiavon. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MEXICO CITY -- For some people in the United States, say "Mexican trucking company" and they envision ramshackle trucks, drivers who are reckless and fleets that don’t care about safety. A visit to one of the country's largest fleets shows a professional, safety-focused operation with a focus on drivers.

Tags: Mexico, Fleets, Volvo Trucks, Cross-Border Trucking

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop Again

Diesel prices continue to slide this week as the national average dropped to $3.83 per gallon, which is down 2.5 cents from last week and 14.8 cents from last year at this time.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, DOE, Crude Oil Prices, Energy Information Administration, Fuel and Oil

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Project to Expand Missouri's I-70 Truck Parking Awarded

Citing safety and economic benefits, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a project to expand the Interstate 70 truck parking facilities near Mineola.

Tags: Missouri, I-70, Road Construction, Truck Parking

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

California Considers Easing Some Emissions Rules

Truckers who don't run a lot of miles in California may get more time to comply with emissions rules.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, DPF, Safety & Compliance, Engines

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Strong October Job Growth, Consumer Spending Edge Higher

UPDATED -- A new U.S. Labor Department report shows there was a net gain of 204,000 jobs in the country during October, far more than economists were predicting, while trucking added just a few jobs.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Spending

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Continues Positive Trend Ahead of Expected Late Year Decline

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.97 in September continues to show a positive environment for trucking. The index is expected to peak in October after which the full impact of the newly enacted hours-of-service rules negatively affect trucking.

Tags: HOS, FTR, TCI

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Re-opens in Clayton, N.M.

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a brand-new facility in Clayton, N.M., on Hw. 87. The raze and rebuild replaces the Love’s that opened in Clayton in 1974.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

BTS Releases August North American Freight Numbers

Credit: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Trucking, which carries three-fifths of U.S.-NAFTA trade, rose 0.7% while rail rose 3%. Vessel declined 2.6% and air 2.4%.

Tags: NAFTA, Freight, BTS, Cross-Border Trucking

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Capitol Christmas Tree is Bound for Washington, D.C. on a Mack Pinnacle

The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was harvested from the Colville National Forest in Washington State to begin its multi-state trek to Washington, D.C. with the help of a 2014 Mack Pinnacle model truck.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree began its cross-country journey this week from the Colville National Forest near Usk, Wash., to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on a 2014 Mack Pinnacle Axle Back model with a custom trailer.

Tags: Mack, Capitol Christmas Tree

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Calls for Audit of FMCSA's Safety Oversight

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the board investigated, saying the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, ATA

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Economic Indicators Increase

Conditions for the American economy are improving and may continue doing so, according to a new report out from one private research group.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Conditions Slightly Better from Week Before

Total spot market loads available to haul increased 4.9% Oct. 27 through Nov. 2 compared to the previous seven days, while spot market capacity fell 2.3%.

Tags: Freight, Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Over $8 million Available to Reduce Emissions in Bay Area in Calif.

The California Bay Area Air Quality Management District is announcing that funding is now available to help Bay Area truck owners reduce emissions and meet upcoming state air quality requirements.

Tags: CARB, Intermodal

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

South Carolina Ports Launch Clean Trucks Program

One of South Carolina's ports. Credit: S.C. Ports Authority

The South Carolina Ports Authority has announced a new Clean Truck Certification Program to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Tags: Clean Truck Program, South Carolina, Fleets, Ports, Owner-Operators, Port Trucking

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders N.C. Carrier to Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Cherryville, N.C.-based trucking company, to immediately cease operations, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CDL, Drug Testing

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices at Lowest Level in Four Months

The average cost of diesel is down for the second straight week and is at it lowest level since early July.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Paschall Truck Lines Sold to Employees

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Kentucky-based Paschall Truck Lines President and CEO Randall A. Waller has sold 100% percent of his stock in the company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

New York State Tightens Rules for Electronic Device Use by CDL Holders

New York has set forth more stringent prohibitions on the use of portable electronic devices for commercial driver’s license holders, including prohibiting their use when stopped in traffic

Tags: Drivers, New York, Texting, Cell Phones, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Inspection Results Show Lowest Brake System Out-of-Service Rate Yet

This year, participating agencies inspected 20,067 vehicles throughout Brake Safety Week and placed 2,714 commercial vehicles out-of-service for brake violations. The rate for brake violations ties with May 2013 and September 2010 for the lowest OOS rates recorded since similar events began in 1998.

Tags: FMCSA, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, OOS, Operation Airbrake

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Asks for Supreme Court Review of Mexican Trucking Program

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review a recent lower court decision upholding the federal government’s long-haul, cross-border trucking program with Mexico.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Supreme Court, Teamsters

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Steps Up Pursuit of USA Truck

Knight Transportation is keeping up its public campaign to buy rival truckload carrier USA Truck, despite being told the company is not interested in being purchased.

Tags: Fleets, USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: October Auto Sales Jump

Sales of new automobiles in the United States increased 10.6% in October from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Auto Sales

November 1, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear's Fleet Smart Program Levels the Tire-Buying Playing Field

Goodyear's Smart Fleet Program provides full access to many benefits enjoyed by larger fleets, including premium Goodyear tires, published pricing, 24/7 road service and more.

Tags: Goodyear, Smart Fleet, Tires

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond Companies and Roberts Truck Center to Merge

Diamond Companies, a holding company for International Truck and IC Bus dealerships in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee, and Roberts Truck Center LLC, a holding company for truck and bus dealerships in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas will merge effective Jan. 1, 2014.

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