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October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Cop Laptops to be Shutoff While on the Move in Iowa

Those in trucking who want to pull out their hair when they see a law enforcement officer using a laptop computer while going down the road will soon be able to keep from going bald in one state.

Tags: Iowa, Safety & Compliance

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Increased as September Ended

Credit: DAT

Freight rates are generally up on the spot market while the amount of available freight has declined a little.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

Capacity Additions Remain Conservative

Modest optimism regarding rates and volumes, and a rising number of unseated trucks, continues to influence whether carriers will add capacity.

Tags: TCP, Driver pay

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Encouraging Carriers to Update Their Registration

It notes that all companies under FMCSA jurisdiction are required to perform the update every two years as part of the new Unified Registration System...

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Fleets, Owner-Operators

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

Oklahoma Gives OK for Billions in Road Projects

They can rebuild it. They have the technology. They have $6 billion in roadwork ahead. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has voted to approve an eight-year plan that calls for building more than 2,000 individual road projects by 2021.

Tags: Oklahoma, Road Construction

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Down Nearly 8.5 Cents Over the Past Four Weeks

The cost of diesel in the United States has moved lower for the fourth straight week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Intermodal Traffic Hits Near Record High

Intermodal rail traffic in the U.S. during September hit the second-highest weekly average of any month on record, according to new figures from the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Begins with I-35E Expansion Project

The orange and white barrels are being rolled out big time in one part of Texas due a major Interstate expansion project.

Tags: Texas, Road Construction, I-35E

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Minnesota Increasing Biodiesel Blend

Minnesota is moving toward increasing the amount of biodiesel that’s blended into diesel fuel sold in the state during the warmer months of the year.

Tags: Biodiesel, Minnesota, Diesel Prices

October 6, 2013 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval, Awaits President’s Signature

Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Sleep Apnea

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Targeting Toll Scofflaws

The Texas Department of Transportation is notifying top toll violators and giving them a deadline to pay their overdue tolls or be included on a list the agency will publish in the next two weeks

Tags: Texas, Tolls

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Corrosion Led to Bridge’s Sagging and Closure Along I-43

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says an inspection that continues, has so far revealed that pilings located eight feet below the bottom of the concrete footing of the Leo Frigo Bridge, along Interstate 43 in Green Bay, bucked due to corrosion.

Tags: Wisconsin, Road Construction, Bridges, I-43

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Utility Adds New Parts and Services Dealership in Tennessee

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company announced the addition of FTR Inc., a new independent Utility parts and services dealer in White Pine, Tenn.

Tags: Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Service dealer

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Caltrans Completes 90 Miles of I-80 Improvements from Auburn to Nevada

Caltrans has finished rebuilding 90 miles of I-80 between Auburn and the Nevada state line, infrastructure improvements that included rebuilding seven bridges, improving lighting and drainage and adding new traffic monitoring systems.

Tags: Caltrans, California, Road Construction, I-80

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

CRST Announces $10 Million Driver Pay Increase

On Oct. 15, CRST Expedited Inc., the largest operating company of CRST International Inc., will begin delivering a pay increase of $10 million over the next 12 months to its drivers, according to the company.

Tags: CRST, Driver pay

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

September Class 8 Orders to Outpace August, Medium-Duty Orders Reach 16,500

Class 8 orders rose compared to August and a year ago. When actual data is available mid-month, Class 8 orders are expected at 20,100 units.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, FTR, ACT

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Gains Expected This Holiday Season

Photo: David Holmes a.k.a. Renegade Replicant  via Wikimedia Commons.

The nation’s retailers expect sales in the months of November and December to increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion over 2012’s actual 3.5% holiday season sales growth. The forecast is higher than the 10-year average holiday sales growth of 3.3%.

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

New Bridge Weight Limits Causing Headaches in Pennsylvania

Trucks are being forced to take longer non-Interstate routes in Pennsylvania due to new weight restrictions along some 1,000 bridges.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highway Funding, Road Construction, Bridges

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Used Sleeper Tractor Pricing Hits New Record

“2010 model-year sleepers are hitting the meaty part of their trade-in curve." Photo: Evan Lockridge

According to August sales reported to NADA by dealers, auctions, and OEMs, sleeper tractor pricing has set a new record in the retail channel, and returned the best month of the year in the wholesale channel.

Tags: NADA, Used Truck Sales, ATD, Class 8

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights

A panel of legislators looking for ways to improve freight transportation is close to finishing its analysis and will post its report by the end of the month.

Tags: Congress, U.S. DOT, Truck Weights, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Future of Westport 15-Liter is the Talk of Canadian Natural Gas Conference

Westport 15-liter natural gas engine.

Rumors that Westport Innovations was cancelling production of its 15L LNG engine were given wide exposure at the 1st Annual Natural Gas Vehicle Canada Conference on Tuesday.

Tags: Volvo, Natural Gas, Peterbilt, Engines, Westport Innovations

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Steady in July

FTR's Shippers Conditions Index for July, with a reading of -8.3, was basically unchanged from the previous month reflecting relatively modest freight volume growth combined with some capacity constraints caused by new regulations.

Tags: FTR, SCI, Freight capacity

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Project Launched to Link Several Alabama Interstates

Credit: Alabama DOT

After years of planning, construction of a bypass around the northern part of Birmingham, Alabama is finally set to take place, but it will be a long time before it's completed

Tags: Alabama, Road Construction

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Fall for Vans and Reefers, Flatbeds Recovering

Credit: DAT Transcore

The amount of freight, along with rates, are both generally down on the spot market, according to one of the nation’s largest freight matching services.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Auto Sales Slip

A more than two-year streak in U.S. auto sale gains came to an end in September, but don’t read too much into the decline, say analysts. Early estimates show new sales fell 4% in September compared to the same time a year ago, to a little more than 1.1 million vehicles.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Auto Sales

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