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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 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

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

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

CEVA Logistics Expanding San Diego Facility

Supply chain management company, CEVA Logistics, said Tuesday it will expand its presence in the San Diego market with a new freight management and logistics facility totaling 125,000 square feet and 23 dock doors.

Tags: California, CEVA Logistics, Fleets, Logistics

August 27, 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 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

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, FMCSA Responds

UPDATED -- 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

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