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April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Profit Soars

The truckload carrier Knight Transportation saw its first quarter profit surge 26% above the level from the same time a year ago, according to just released numbers.

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

First Lawsuit Filed Over Deadly FedEx Freight-Bus Crash

The first known lawsuit stemming from a crash between a FedEx Freight truck and a bus that killed 10 people earlier this month has been filed.

Tags: Accidents, California, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, I-5, Interstate 5, FedEx

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Carper Will Air Fuel Tax Hike with Senate Colleagues

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., is a longtime supporter of raising federal fuel taxes to pay for highways and will float that idea with his colleagues as they draft the next highway bill. Carper sees a gradual fuel tax increase as a fiscally responsible approach to highway funding but is open to other ideas as well, according to his office.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate, Congress, Fuel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Diesel Tax

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Gibson Tire Service Joins Marangoni Network of Independent Dealers

Marangoni Tread North America announced that Gibson Tire Service in Charleston S.C. has converted their retread operation to the Marangoni family of products.

Tags: Tires, Marangoni, Tires and Wheels

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Smith’s Alive, CEO Plans Volume Production

Smith Electric Vehicles is alive and operating, even if it’s not building trucks for a while, according to Bryan Hensel, the specialty builder’s CEO and co-founder, refuting reports that the company had closed.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, EVs

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters Of America Offers Courtesy WiFi in Some Restaurants

TravelCenters of America is now offering free WiFi in the restaurant dining rooms of 39 TA and Petro locations.

Tags: WIFi, Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

NPTC Elects New Leaders, Board of Directors

Bedford Monday, CTP, general manager of Schwan Food, was elected chair of the National Private Truck Council Board of Directors at the group’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition held April 13-15 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tags: NPTC, People

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Report Finds Problems with FMCSA Hours-of-Service Study

The American Transportation Research Institute on Tuesday released the findings of its evaluation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s field study report on the new hours-of0service rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, American Transportation Research Institute, Hours of Service, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, HOS, ATRI, Safety & Compliance

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Dealership Rush Profit Drops Despite Higher Sales

The largest network of commercial truck dealers in North America saw a drop in its first quarter profit despite a 26.7% gain in its revenue.

Tags: Truck Sales, Rush Enterprises, Dealers, Earnings

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Global Telematics Market to Grow from $17 Billion to $39 Billion in 2019

A new report forecasts the global commercial telematics market to grow from $17.3 billion this year to $39.15 billion in 2019, representing an compounded annual growth rate of 17.7%.

Tags: Telematics, Economy, Information Technology

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Gains, First Quarter Down From Previous One

Credit: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.6% in March, after jumping 1.9% the previous month, according to just released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Freight, Truck Tonnage

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Alabama License Services Offline Starting Friday Afternoon

Anyone planning to conduct business with the state of Alabama involving their driver’s license will be out of luck for a few days beginning late Friday afternoon.

Tags: Drivers, Alabama, Commercial Driver's License

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Fall Slightly

New figures show existing-home sales fell to their lowest level in more than 18 months during March, according to the National Association of Realtors, but the trend may be staring to ease.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Werner Profit Slides 18%

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Severe weather is being blamed for another downturn in profits by one of the nation’s largest trucking companies in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Fleets, Earnings

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Smith Electric Still Alive, CEO Says, But Phones Go Unanswered

Reports of Smith Electric Vehicles’ death may have been exaggerated. Published news stories quote the company’s president as saying it will restart operations in a few months with new financial backing, more efficient manufacturing and a revised line of battery-electric trucks.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, EVs

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Profit Falls Slightly, Ups Second Quarter Expectations

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking and logistics provider Forward Air increased revenue the first quarter of the year but income fell compared to the same time in 2013.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Forward Air

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Posts First Hike in Six Weeks, Oil Hits Seven-Week High

Credit: U.S. DOE

The average cost of diesel has turned around over the past week and decided to follow the path gasoline has been taking for nearly a dozen weeks.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

The Kinetics Hybrid Now Approved for the NYSERDA Voucher Program

The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority announced that Crosspoint Kinetics hybrid electric system qualifies for voucher funding.

Tags: New York City, NYSERDA, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Fuel Smarts

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Marten Transport Enhances Automatic Detention Pay Program

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Marten Transport, a Wisconsin-based carrier, just announced a change to its automatic driver detention pay program, which will now compensate drivers after just one hour.

Tags: Marten Transport, Detention Pay, Drivers, Fleets

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Immediately Hiring 200 drivers

Schneider is immediately hiring 200 professional truck drivers in Houston and the surrounding area to meet a wide variety of growing business needs across its customer base.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, Schneider National

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

PrePass Service Launched at Two New Texas Weigh Stations

Help Inc., the non-profit public/private partnership that provides PrePass weigh station bypass, continues to expand its e-screening and pre-clearance technology with the opening of two new Texas weigh stations.

Tags: Help Inc., PrePass

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Starts New Rule on Insurance Minimums

The time has come to take a close look at the minimum insurance requirements for trucking, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In a new report to Congress the agency said it is clear that the current minimums need to be reevaluated.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, Regulations

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Economic Indicators Surge

A measure of the health of the U.S. economy turned sharply higher last month, according to a report released Monday morning from the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, The Conference Board, Leading Economic Indicators

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Files Petitions for Haz-Mat Exemptions

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is taking comments on two applications from the American Trucking Associations claiming hazardous materials laws in two cities are unfair.

Tags: Regulations, New York City, PHMSA, City of Pittsburgh, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

CARB to Consider Delaying Some Emissions Rules

Air quality regulators in California are set to consider relaxing some of the state’s tough rules in a meeting set for later this week.

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