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September 2, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Driving Level Highest in Six Years

Photo: Evan Lockridge

New estimates released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration show that American driving between July 2013 and June 2014 is at levels not seen since 2008.

Tags: Economy, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Funding, Highways, VMT, Anthony Foxx

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction at Highest Level in Years

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, hitting its highest level since March 2011, according to the nation's supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA's Deborah Freund Dead at 57

A driving force behind trucking safety at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Deborah M. "Debbie" Freund, died Thursday of metastatic breast cancer.

Tags: FMCSA, Obituary, People

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitracs to Acquire XRS in $178 Million Deal

XRS allows users to operate the system on a wide variety of mobile devices, such as this Motorola smartphone.

Omnitracs, the original pioneer of tracking and communications in the trucking industry, announced it's buying XRS Corp., which led the industry in going to a mobile platform using the bring-your-own-device strategy.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Vehicle Tracking, XRS, Smartphones, Mergers & Acquisitions, Omnitracs

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar International Extends Tax Asset Protection Plan

Navistar International’s board of directors has approved an amendment to its tax asset protection plan, extending it to November 3, 2014.

Tags: Navistar

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

PierPass Diverts 30 Millionth Truck from So Cal Ports

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PierPass announced that its OffPeak program reached a major milestone, diverting its 30 millionth truck trip at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Intermodal, California, Congestion

August 31, 2014 - Industry News

Happy Labor Day

Making barbecue sandwiches at the free barbecue on Labor Day 1940, Ridgway, Colorado.

Truckinginfo.com and Heavy Duty Trucking are closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Posts First Decline Since January

Consumers unexpectedly backed off on personal spending in July by just a bit, while income moved slightly higher, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, raising concerns that wages are not keeping up with household needs.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Study Driver Pay Impact on Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a study of the relationship between safety and driver pay. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to see if there is a connection between industry pay practices and safe driving.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Pay, Drivers

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

Maryland Pulls Out of Baltimore Intermodal Project Development

The Maryland Department of Transportation has terminated its agreement with railroad operator CSX to locate a new Baltimore Rail Intermodal Facility in the western part of the city and has pulled all state funding from the project.

Tags: Maryland, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Baltimore, CSX

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

New Rules Give Builders ‘More Flexibility’ for DEF Tanks, EPA Says

New rules say the blue-capped DEF tank can be replenished more often, allowing trucks to carry less fluid. Thus tanks could become smaller.

One practical result is that trucks could get smaller DEF tanks than now, because the special fluid is widely available and not as much of it must be carried aboard the vehicle.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, DEF, EPA, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, DEF tanks

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Adds Two More Travel Stops

Photo via Love's.

Love’s Travel Shops announced the opening of two new locations in Mossy Head, Florida, and Fort Stockton, Texas.

Tags: Florida, Texas, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, I-10

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Cracks Down On Violations with Big Fines

The California Air Resources Board has fined the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and DBI Beverage Inc. for environmental violations relating to their diesel fleets.

Tags: CARB, Fines, Air Pollution, California, Emissions, Food & Beverage Fleet

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Boyd Bros Raises Driver Pay

Photo via Boyd Bros.

Boyd Bros. Transportation announced a new pay increase for its drivers.

Tags: Driver Pay, Boyd Bros. Transportation, Employment, Fleets, Flatbeds

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Biodiesel Producers Say Delay in Biofuel Mandate Harms Industry

Photo via Propel Fuels

After running nine months behind schedule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submitted its final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard to the White House.

Tags: Biodiesel, Renewable Energy Group, EPA, Biofuels

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owners Plead Guilty to Violating Out of Service Orders

The owners of two trucking companies pled guilty in federal court recently to violating imminent hazard out of service orders issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration more than two years ago.

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

New Parking System Helps Truckers Find Open Spaces

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is implementing a system for monitoring parking availability at truck stops along a section of Interstate 94.

Tags: Hours of Service, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Truck Parking, Rest Areas, Minnesota, Truckstops

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Adds to 10.2% Gain in U.S.-NAFTA Freight Movements

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode:  June 2013 - June 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $103 billion in June as all five major transportation modes carried more cargo by value than during June 2013, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

CARB’s 2007 Reefer Deadline at End of August

The California Air Resources Board has issued a reminder there are just a few days left before the Aug. 31 deadline for ordering new transport refrigeration units, known commonly as reefers, and engines, if you want to qualify for an extension.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, Reefers, Emissions, Trailers

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Revised Upward, Auto Sales Shrink

UPDATED -- The U.S. gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.2% in the second quarter of the year, according to a second estimate released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department -- its best pace since the third quarter of last year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Auto Sales

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Labor Day Holiday Traffic Expected to be Greatest Since 2008

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Nearly 35 million million Americans are expected to journey 50 miles or more from home Thursday through Monday, a 1.3% percent increase over 2013.

Tags: Security, Safety, Traffic Congestion, Highway Fatalities, Cargo Theft, Holiday Travel

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: Pay Most Important for Drivers in Deciding Where to Work

A new survey asked thousands of truck drivers nationwide what makes them choose one job over another, and pay came out as the top reason, followed by the amount of time they get at home and then benefits.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Recruiting, Retention, National Retail Systems

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

Trailer Net Orders Post Healthy July

Trailer orders fell month-over-month in July, but were up 37% compared to a year ago, according to fictures from ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer orders

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Drivers Are Employees Not Contractors, Court Rules

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled two classes of individuals working for FedEx Ground in California and Oregon were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.

Tags: Litigation, Independent Contractors, FedEx

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

Ruan Names New President, COO

Ruan Transportation Management Systems has announced changes to key leadership positions within the company.

Tags: Ruan, People, Fleets

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