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June 11, 2014 - Industry News

No Restart Suspension in House Appropriations Bill

The trucking industry effort to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule missed a gear Tuesday when the House passed an appropriations bill that does not contain such a provision.

Tags: HOS, U.S. Congress, U.S. House, FMCSA, 34 Hour Restart, Legislation, Hours of Service

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

California Sets Dates for Freight Mobility Plan Workshops

California’s Department of Transportation, known as Caltrans, will host eight public workshops between June 17 and July 24 to solicit input on the draft California Freight Mobility Plan, which lays out a vision for all the ways freight is moved, including seaports, air cargo, railroads, and trucking.

Tags: Infrastructure, Caltrans, California, Freight, Highway Construction

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Models 579, 567 Now Available With SmarTire

Bendix SmarTire, which monitors tire pressure and temperature, is now available for Peterbilt Models 579 and 567.

Tags: Peterbilt, Tires, TPMS, Tire Inflation, Bendix

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Near All-Time High

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2009 - April 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.4% in April from March, increasing for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index, Transportation Services Index, U.S

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Now Offering Factoring Services

Love’s Travel Stops has introduced Love’s Financial, becoming the only travel stop company to offer factoring solutions to professional drivers.

Tags: Financing, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Drivers

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Push Back Against 34-Hour Restart Change Following Morgan Crash

In a letter to U.S. House of Representatives members sent this week, Teamsters Union President James Hoffa denounced two potential amendments to legislation saying they will weaken highway safety standards by putting fatigued drivers on the road in bigger, heavier trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Teamsters, 34 Hour Restart

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Delaware I-495 Bridge Set to Reopen by Labor Day

The Delaware Department of Transportation reports the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge spanning the Christina River in Wilmington, could be open as soon as Labor Day this year, and the northbound lanes will be opened several weeks after that.

Tags: Delaware, Road Construction

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Surging

Rates for spot market freight moved significantly higher over the past week following big gains over the past month, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Fleets to Share Experiences with Safety/Productivity Technology in Webinar

A free webinar June 26 will feature trucking industry experts discussing real-world experiences with several different types of cutting-edge truck technologies.

Tags: Information Technology, Tires, Collision Avoidance Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, Roll Stability, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Bolt Express Parent Purchases Truckload Carrier DSE Services

The parent company to Bolt Express and Strike Logistics, Bolt Holdings, has purchased the truckload operation DSE Services, based in Daleville, Ind.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Bolt Holdings, Bolt Express, DSE Services

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Forecast Calls for Lower Diesel Prices Later This Year

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

According to its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.92 per gallon in 2013, are projected to average $3.90 per gallon in 2014 and $3.78 per gallon in 2015.

Tags: Department of Energy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Missouri Expands Parking at I-70 Location

The westbound truck parking facility at Mineola, Mo., located at mile marker 170 on Interstate 70, opened this week for commercial vehicles with an additional 40 spaces bringing the total number of parking spots to 64.

Tags: Drivers, Missouri, Safety & Compliance, I-70, Interstate 70, Truck Parking

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Hankook Tire Building High-Tech R&D Center

Hankook Tire held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuedsay for its new research and development center, the Hankook Technodome, at a construction site in Daejeon, Korea, a key part of its strategic R&D vision of becoming a global top-tier tire brand/

Tags: China, Tires, Hankook Tire, global

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

uShip, ShipWorks Team Up for Shipping Oversized and Palletized Items

The services uShip and ShipWorks have teamed up to address what they say is the problem many sellers face when using e-commerce sites when shipping goods that are too large to easily and affordably ship through conventional methods.

Tags: Information Technology, LTL, uShip, Shipping Service, ShipWorks

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

House Amendment Would Stop FMCSA Insurance Rulemaking

UPDATED -- The U.S. House approved an amendment that would stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from changing insurance minimums. The amendment is a long way from becoming law but it highlights opposition to the agency even considering a change in the minimums.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, Legislation, Regulations

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

New Century Transportation Files for Bankruptcy

In 2006, New Century Transportation's founder, Harry Muhlschlegel, was named an HDT Truck Fleet Innovator.

The trucking company New Century Transportation is shutting down and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Fleets, New Century Transportation, Bankruptcy

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Ignore Rumors of 34-Hour Restart Suspension

Photo: Jim Park

The driver rumor mill and some social media sites are telling drivers that the 34-hour restart has been suspended for one year. This is not the case.

Tags: Legislation, Hours of Service, HNI

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Braves Frigid Temperatures to 
Help Family

Robert Sutton, who drives for ABF Freight System of Fort Smith, Ark., has been honored as a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for helping a family of four involved in a bad accident.

Tags: Drivers, Image, TCA Highway Angel

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Fines Trucking Operation Nearly $141,000 for Violating Air Regulations

When the California Air Resources Board says it is serious about fining trucking companies for violating state regulations over air quality it isn’t kidding.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, Diesel Emissions, California Air Resources Board, Reefers

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Names Jay Craig President, COO; Mark Evans Sr. Director, Aftermarket Field Sales

UPDATED -- Previously, he was senior vice president and president of Meritor's Commercial Truck & Industrial segment. Craig will continue to report directly to Ike Evans, chairman and CEO.

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit’s KC Plant Running Full Steam Ahead

Photo by Stephane Babcock.

Ford's Kansas City assembly plant is moving at full capacity to meet the demand for its Transit full-size van that begins arriving at dealers this summer.

Tags: Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Ride and Drive, Vehicle Manufacturing

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC Wins Lawsuit Against Carrier on Behalf of Female Trucker

Winebrenner Transfer, a Hagerstown, Md.-based trucking company, will pay $42,000 to a female truck driver to resolve a lawsuit for retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, Driver Pay, EEOC

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Sixth Straight Week, Oil Hits Three-Month High

On-highway diesel fuel prices. Credit: U.S. DOE

The average price of on-highway diesel has fallen for the sixth straight week, hitting its lowest price since the latter half of January, according to a new U.S. Energy Department report.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations, one in Dodge City, Kan., at the intersection of U.S. Highways 400, 56 and 283; the other in Grand Junction, Colo., off I-70, at exit 26.

Tags: Diesel, Drivers, Colorado, DEF, Kansas, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Expanding Services in Greensboro, N.C

“North Carolina is home to many commercial trucking fleets, and Greensboro is a very important market for Goodyear,” said Phillip Kane, vice president, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems.

Tags: maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Goodyear, North Carolina, Tires, Goodyear-FleetHQ, breakdowns

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