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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.

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Love's Travel Stop Opens in Ritzville, Wash.

Love's Travel Stops opened a new travel stop in Ritzville, Wash., on I-90, Exit 221, on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Donates $286,877 to the St. Christopher Fund

TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has turned over $286,877.99 in donations to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund. This is the largest single donation amount the SCF has received to date, and takes the total donations that TravelCenters has helped to raise for the Fund to nearly $1.1 million.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, St. Christopher Fund, fundraising

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

New Report Shows Fatal Crashes Involving Trucks Up from a Year Earlier

Newly released figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show an increase in the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes over the past year, but there are improvements when compared to longer time periods.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Highway Fatalities, Safety and Compliance

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Proposal Would Allow for Hair Testing of Truckers for Illegal Drugs

Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill allowing trucking companies the option of using hair testing for illegal drugs as an approved method of screening drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

House Bill Would Suspend 34-Hour Restart Pending Review

One of the biggest complaints about the new hours of service rules has been the new restrictions for 34-hour restarts. (Photo by Jim Park)

A trio of House legislators introduced a bill that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Accept Contract with ABF

The ABF National Master Freight Agreement will be implemented in the next few days. Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED--The Teamsters ABF Master Negotiating Committee voted Wednesday that in light of the overwhelming vote against authorizing a strike against ABF Freight, the company's last proposal for the Central Region Local Cartage Agreement would be accepted. As a result, the ABF National Master Freight Agreement is now fully ratified.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, ABF

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Michigan Kenworth Opens Full-Service Location in Gaylord

Michigan Kenworth has relocated its parts dealership in Gaylord, Mich., to a full-service facility with expanded customer support.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealer, Michigan Kenworth

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates and Freight Weaken

Credit: DAT

New figures from the freight matching service provider, DAT, show spot market load availability fell 5.7% Oct. 20 through 26, compared to the previous seven days.

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

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Considering Hearing on Hours of Service

A House committee is considering holding a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule in November. The tentative date for the hearing would be Nov. 21, sources said.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, CSA, HOS, Government

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens in Mt. Vernon, Ill.

Pilot Flying J announced the expansion of its brand, offering Flying J diesel fuel in Mt. Vernon, Ill.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Toll Operators Increase Lobbying Efforts

Operators of toll roads, bridges and tunnels aren’t likely to change any minds in trucking when it comes to opponents of having more routes with fees, but they hope to sway some members on Capitol Hill as talk of what to do about highway funding is increasing.

Tags: Congress, Tolls, Highway Funding

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