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August 27, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Installs DataQs Fix

Carriers and drivers can now get a violation removed from their CSA scores if a court has dismissed it. Under a system that went live August 23, carriers and drivers can submit proof of dismissal or a not-guilty finding through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s DataQs portal.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

West Coast Port Workers, Shipping Companies Agree on Healthcare

Talks between representatives for longshoreman at West Coast ports and shipping companies have resulted in an agreement on at least one topic as they continue to try and hammer out a new labor contract.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Hold, Freight Availability Down Slightly

The summer doldrums appear to have kicked in on the spot freight market, with rates barely moving for the second straight week, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Celebrates 3 Millionth Vehicle

Photo via DTNA.

Daimler Trucks North America marked the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in North America.

Tags: Freightliner, Truck Sales, Schneider, Daimler Trucks North America, 6X2, Detroit Diesel

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Truck Sales Up 2% in July

Sales of used Class 8 trucks sold in July were 2% better than the month before, as selling prices remained high.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Trucks

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Industry Pushes to Hide CSA Data from Public

A coalition of industry groups is putting pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In an August 22 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, American Trucking Associations and 10 other groups said the scores are not likely to provide an accurate assessment of a carrier’s safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, ATA, CSA, OOIDA

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

CVSA Announces Brake Safety Week is Sept. 7-13

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that the Annual Brake Safety Week will run Sept. 7-13.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Brake Safety Week, Operation Airbrake, Brakes

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Alabama Moves to Expand Container Capacity at Port of Mobile

Aerial view of Alabama State Port Authority's land acquisitions this week.

The Alabama State Port Authority finalized its purchase this week of two industrial properties including a 35-acre tract fronting the seaport’s channel and a 63-acre industrial tract within one mile of the harbor for expansion.

Tags: Alabama, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Lower Fuel Prices Forecast for 2015

If you have been enjoying the recent drop in fuel prices, expect it to continue into next year, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Department of Energy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Minority Shareholder Calls for Changes, CEO Ouster

One of USA Truck’s minority investors and its manager are calling for changes within the trucking company, including selling off all or part of to ousting its current leader.

Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleets

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Patriot Transportation Holding Closer to Spinoff of Bulk Carrier Operation

The parent company of bulk tanker carrier Florida Rock and Tank Lines filed papers a few days ago to spin off the trucking business into a new holding company that is separate from its real estate ventures.

Tags: Fleets, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

YRC’s New Penn Names Foust as New President

Former Roadrunner executive Donald R. Foust has been named as the new president of YRC Worldwide’s regional less-than truckload operation New Penn, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tags: Fleets, People, YRC Worldwide, New Penn

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durables Surge, Consumer Confidence Best Since 2007

Aircraft bumped up orders and shipments of durable goods.

UPDATED -- Shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods continue moving higher, with both hitting record levels -- but the numbers may not be as bright as they seem.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Confidence

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Healthy Trucking Association Launches Hepatitis C Initiative

The Healthy Trucking Association of America, in conjunction with OraSure Technologies and AbbVie, has launched the Truckers Rolling Against Hepatitis C nationwide initiative.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Healthy Trucking Association

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Lowest Price in More Than a Year

There seems to be no letting up when it comes to recent declines in the average price of on-highway diesel, with it hitting its lowest level since July 2013.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Vicarious Liability Applies in Lawsuit Against Carrier

What one media outlet calls a “landmark decision” by a federal court pushes aside a nearly decade-long federal protection for vehicle leasing companies. It's expected to affect trucking companies whose owner-operators are involved in accidents when certain leasing arrangements are used.

Tags: Accidents, Liability, Drivers, New York, Litigation, Leasing, Owner-Operators

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Delaware I-495 Fully Reopen

The northbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington have been reopened following the successful realignment of the bridge spanning the Christina River.

Tags: Delaware, Road Construction

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Two Upper Midwest Parts Distributors Team up Under Auto Value Name

John Bartlet, CEO of APH, Corey Bartlett, president of APH, Dick Beirne, president of United Auto Supply and Jim Becker, operations manager at United Auto Supply. Photo via APH.

Two automotive and truck parts distributors in the Upper Midwest, Automotive Parts Headquarters and United Auto Supply, are joining forces.

Tags: APH, Distributors, Aftermarket Parts

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Fall During July

Photo: Evan Lockridge

New home sales in the U.S. declined in July, according to the Commerce Department, falling for the second month in a row and hitting a four-month low.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

IdleAir Continuing Growth with Truckstop, Dedicated Terminal Facilities

Photo: IdleAir Facebook page

Truckstop electrification services provider IdleAir reports it continues to grow its number of locations since reopening under a new owner about four years ago.

Tags: Truckstops, IdleAir, Idle Reduction

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Progressive Announces Trucking Hero Contest

Progressive Insurance announced its third annual Real Life Trucking Contest to recognize unsung heroes in the transportation industry.

Tags: Progressive Insurance, Real Life Trucking Hero Contest, Image

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Makes New ‘Best-in-Class’ Claims for HD Pickups

Cummins Turbo Diesel now produces 5 more pound-feet than Ford's PowerStroke diesel, Ram Truck proclaims.

Ram Truck has hopped ahead of competitors with new torque and payload ratings for its 2015-model Heavy Duty pickups, and continues the highest mpg claim in light-duty pickups with its V-6 EcoDiesel, according to the division’s top executive.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, Ram Truck, Cummins Turbo Diesel

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Minimizer Celebrating 30 Years

Thirty years ago, Lorraine Kruckeberg backed her vehicle over a Rubbermaid trash can, inspiring her husband Dick Kruckeberg to invent heavy-duty poly truck fenders.

Tags: Minimizer, Accessories, Company Anniversaries, Fenders

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Names Acting Administrator

Darling in a photo from Clarke University, which was featuring an interview with the alumnus in 2011 when he was still with MBTA.

As Anne Ferro wraps up her time as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, the agency has named the agency's chief counsel, Scott Darling, to serve as acting administrator until a permanent administrator can be named.

Tags: FMCSA, People

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction Starts Index Hits Highest Level of the Year

New construction starts in July climbed 6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $588.8 billion, according to industry date provider McGraw Hill Construction.

Tags: Economy, Construction

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