October 3, 2013 - Industry News
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
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
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
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%.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
October 1, 2013 - Industry News
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet have approved $150 million in bond proceeds to finance projects at Florida ports through the Seaport Investment Program
Tags: Florida, Freight, Ports
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of rule changes required by last year’s highway law, including higher fines for various violations.
Tags: FMCSA, Fines
September 30, 2013 - Industry News
Volvo Trucks recently expanded its network of leasing locations in the United States and Canada to include 10 new sites to better serve customers.
Tags: leasing, Volvo Trucks
The price of oil keeps edging toward going back below the $100 per barrel mark, bringing fuel prices along for the ride. Crude lost 54 cents in trading in New York on Monday, settling at $102.33 per barrel, hitting near a three-month low
Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
Love’s Travel Stops and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announced a $2 million donation that will benefit 92 CMN Hospitals across the country. Love’s recently wrapped up a five-week fundraising campaign at its 304 travel stop and country store locations.
Tags: Love's Travel Stops, fundraising
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a new definition of a “tank vehicle” to clarify concerns about the impact of the definition on Commercial Drivers License requirements.
Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CDL, Hazmat, Tankers
UPDATED—12:00 a.m., Federal truck safety programs will continue to operate despite a partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight.
Tags: FMCSA, Congress, U.S. DOT
Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker has signed a declaration of emergency for the Leo Frigo Bridge along Interstate 43 in Green Bay.
Tags: Wisconsin, Road Construction, Bridge, I-43
“Embarrassing” and “humbling” is how embattled Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam described the past few months since federal agents served a series of search warrants against the company, as part of an investigation into allegations of cheating trucking companies out of rebates.
Tags: Pilot Flying J, Diesel Prices
Phoenix-based truckload carrier Knight Transportation, has responded to USA Truck’s recent rejection of its purchase offer, saying it's disappointed and announcing it's upped its ownership share of the company.
Tags: Fleets, USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is appealing a ruling that it has to repay more than $4.5 million dollars for legal costs to the trucking company CRST Van Expedited.
Tags: Drivers, Litigation, CRST, EEOC
September 29, 2013 - Industry News
In a complaint unsealed last week in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., 11 individuals were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of an extensive scheme to let applicants for New York State commercial driver’s licenses cheat on required tests.
Tags: Drivers, New York, CDL, Fraud
September 27, 2013 - Industry News
Following a string of at least slightly encouraging economic reports, two new economic reports are disappointing. U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to a five-month low, while personal spending in August increased for the fourth consecutive month.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Spending
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