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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

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Florida Approves $150 Million in Seaport Improvements

Port of Miami via Wikimedia Commons

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

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Higher Fines Are Among FMCSA Rule Changes

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 Announces New Leasing Locations

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

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Oil and Fuel Prices Continue Recent Declines

Credit: DOE/EIA

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

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Love's Raises $2 Million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

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

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Clarify ‘Tank Vehicle’ Definition

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

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Truck Safety Program Will Continue Despite Shutdown

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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

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Declaration of Emergency Signed Over I-43 Bridge Closing

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

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J CEO Appears Before Reporters

“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

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Knight “Disappointed” Over USA Truck’s Rejection

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

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

EEOC Appeals Ruling in Favor of CRST

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

11 Arrested, Charged in Alleged CDL Scheme

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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

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Down, Personal Spending Lackluster

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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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