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June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Group Challenges Call for Ferro Resignation

A group of a dozen owner-operators is challenging the call of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for resignation of the top federal truck safety official. “Most of us are members of OOIDA and we respectfully disagree with our leadership on this issue,” the group said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, Owner-Operators, Drivers, Regulations

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Post Biggest Jump Since 1992

Sales of new single-family houses in May 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, its strongest pace in six years and the largest one month increase since 1992, while a separate report shows consumer confidence hit its highest level in more than six-years this month.

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Declines to Review Mexico Border Petition

UPDATED -- The Supreme Court declined to review a bid by the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld the Mexico cross-border trucking program.

Tags: FMCSA, Mexican Trucking, Supreme Court, OOIDA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Up 52% from a Year Ago

The trailer industry booked 22,300 net orders in the U.S. during May, according to new figures published by the commercial vehicle research company ACT Research.

Tags: Research, Trailers, ACT Research

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Grote Creates Director of Business Development Position

Eric Thorstensen

Truck lighting manufacturer Grote has named long-time Grote executive Eric Thorstensen to the newly created position of director of business development. Kent Bode, another career Grote manager, has been named director of OEM sales, filling the slot left open by Thorstensen.

Tags: Grote, People

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Larry Smith to Lead Mitsubishi Fuso America Sales

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has promoted Larry Smith to director of fleet operations to lead the company’s fleet sales efforts. For the past 5 years, Smith has held the position of district sales manager for the company, managing dealer operations and sales activities for the upper Midwest.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, People

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Adopts New Plan Replacing 'Poison Pill'

Truck and engine maker Navistar International on Tuesday said its board of directors has amended the company's stockholder rights plan, also known as a "poison pill," giving it a new protection against someone acquiring a significant portion of the company.

Tags: Navistar

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Canadian Truckers Slam Increasing U.S. Border Fees

Canadian truckers have blasted a U.S. proposal that would greatly hike some fees at the border. The fleet group, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, says it strongly objects to a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to substantially raise the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service fees.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Surface Trade

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Some Idaho Speed Limits Moving Higher on July 1

Drivers in Idaho will see the first change to interstate speed limits in nearly two decades beginning July 1 with an increase on most rural stretches of interstate across Southern Idaho, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Tags: Safety, Idaho, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Moves Higher After Seven Weekly Declines

Regular gasoline prices. Credit: U.S. DOE

The average cost of on-highway diesel has moved higher after falling for seven straight weeks. Trucking's main fuel is up 3.7 cents from last week at $3.919 per gallon. Compared to a year ago it is 8.1 cents higher.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Head Supports Restart Amendment, Slams Critics for 'Political Opportunism'

Annette M. Sandberg, principle, TransSafe Consulting.

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg supports the trucking industry's push for a study on the impact of the current restart provision while rolling the restart rules back to pre-July 2013. Sandberg says the trucking industry supports suspending the restart restrictions because they believe that good public policy comes from good data and a good understancfing of the facts, not from emotional appeals.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS, Safety and Compliance, 34 Hour Restart

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

New Georgia Law Takes Effect July 1 to Deter Cargo Thefts

Effective July 1, offenders who steal cargo from trucks loaded with controlled substances, or pharmaceuticals, valued at less than $10,000 would face fines up to $100,000 and/or up to 10 years in prison

Tags: Georgia, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Looking for Applicants in Lead Program

The program provides exclusive educational opportunities designed to highlight how the regulatory and legislative process affects the trucking industry and the important role ATA plays in shaping both, as well as demonstrating the many tools available to industry executives through ATA, according to the group.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Education

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Wabash Expands Dealer Network

Prime Trailer is authorized to sell and service Wabash National dry van trailers, refrigerated trailers, and Transcraft and Benson brand platform trailers in Utah and Nevada.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, Wabash National

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Reshuffling Engineering Team with Charlton Retirement

Steve Charlton

Truck engine manufacturer Cummins announced on Monday that Steve Charlton, vice president and chief technical officer, engine business, plans to retire from the company July 1

Tags: Cummins, People

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Intermodal Rail Traffic Hits Weekly Record High

The Association of American Railroads reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 14, with 295,132 total carloads, up 2.2% compared with the same week last year. This was the highest week in history for total U.S. intermodal volume, reaching 270,243 units.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Existing Home Sales Post Strong Upturns

New June data points to a robust and accelerated improvement in the performance of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor, ZF Settle Lawsuit Against Eaton for $500 Million

Truck component makers Meritor and Eaton have reached a settlement agreement relating to an antitrust lawsuit filed in 2006.

Tags: Eaton, Meritor, Eaton Corp., Litigation

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

Three-Year Warranty Coverage Now on Standard and Flex Reman Eaton Transmissions

Power management company Eaton Corporation has expanded its three-year bundled warranty program for remanufactured transmissions to now include all commercial truck vocations in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Eaton, Eaton Corp., Transmissions

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

New Models Selling Well, Natural Gas ‘Happening,’ KW Reps Say

Roomy, comfortable T680 is a sales “home run” for Kenworth as it’s quickly edging out the older T660. Photo: Tom Berg

Revival in construction activity is driving healthy sales of vocational trucks, a recently launched highway tractor has become a “home run,” and interest in natural gas power should cause that segment to grow to 15-20% of heavy truck sales by 2020, Kenworth Truck Co. representatives said at a briefing for reporters Friday morning.

Tags: T880, T680, Cummins Westport, Chillicothe, Kenworth, Natural Gas

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

Bergstrom Names Gordon Global Vice President of Truck Sales

As a result of enhanced global collaboration and coordination within the trucking industry, Bergstrom has promoted Bill Gordon to Global Vice President Truck.

Tags: People, Global, Bergstrom

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

Premier Trailer Leasing Buys Trailer Fleet International

Premier Trailer Leasing earlier this month acquired certain assets of Trailer Fleet International, a provider of trailer rental and leasing services on the west coast, with nearly 3,000 trailers and locations in Los Angeles, Rancho Cucamonga, Portland and Seattle.

Tags: Trailers, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trailer Leasing

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

Bridger Group Acquires Occidental Petroleum’s Trucking Operation

Integrated crude oil midstream logistics company, Bridger Group, has reached an agreement to provide dedicated trucking services for the crude oil marketing business of Occidental Energy Marketing.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

NLRB Charges Trucking Company with Dozens of Labor Law Violations

The National Labor Relations Board is charging a California trucking company committed more than 50 labor law violations against its drivers. The action is against port trucking company Green Fleet Systems, which hauls containers in and out of the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Fleets, Labor Unions

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Honors Military Veteran Drivers, Plans to Hire 350 More

Attended by national, state and local military and government officials, and hundreds of C.R. England drivers and employees, the company unveiled five new military-themed trucks and trailers to be driven exclusively by former members of the military and announced the goal of adding 350 veterans to their driver force by the end of 2014.

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