October 7, 2013 - Industry News
Apollo Tyres Ltd.'s friendly takeover of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is not so friendly anymore. On Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, Cooper filed a complaint in Delaware Chancery Court asking that subsidiaries of Apollo "be required to expeditiously close the pending merger between the two tire companies in accordance with the terms of the definitive merger agreement."
Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Mergers & Acquisitions, Apollo Tyre
According to the latest edition of American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Activity Report, the annualized turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose two percentage points to 99% in the second quarter of 2013.
Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover
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 6, 2013 - Industry News
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
Grand Junction, Colo.-based Mesa Systems has agreed to pay $450,000 and furnish other relief required by a court-ordered consent decree to settle a national origin discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Tags: Fleets, Litigation, EEOC
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
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
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 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
The Truckload Carriers Association has announced the name of its latest Highway Angel: David Kus of Fredericksburg, Penn., who drives for Swift Transportation. Kus is being recognized for acting quickly when a fellow motorist had an accident and then inadvertently put himself in more danger.
Tags: TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Swift Transportation
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
October 2, 2013 - Industry News
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
PHOENIX -- What should you expect in President Obama's second term? A single word: gridlock. The current government shutdown is just one more symptom of a Congress that hasn't passed a budget since 2007. Yet that might not affect green fleets' investments in clean-burning and alternative fueled vehicles as much as you might think.
Tags: Regulations, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids
Carriers are gradually coming to terms with the effects of the new health care law, and what they must do to comply, according to the Transport Capital Partners Third Quarter Survey.
Tags: TCP, Health care
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against an operation of the tanker-hauler Kenan Advantage Group, claiming it violated federal law by discriminating against a female employee because she was pregnant.
Tags: Fleets, Litigation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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 less-than-truckload operation of FedEx continues growing with service in and out of Canada.
Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Fleets, FedEx Freight
Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System and the Teamsters Union have reached another contract extension through October 29, as the two work through the process for resolving the two remaining supplemental agreements to the ABF National Master Freight Agreement.
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
Kenworth of Peterborough, a new full-service dealership, has opened at a newly renovated facility that offers easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway 7 and 115.
Tags: Paccar, Dealer, Kenworth of Petersborough
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