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March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Difficult but Not Impossible

It won’t be easy, but there’s at least a glimmer of a way for Congress to come up with money to fund a longer-term highway bill. The Highway Trust Fund is going to run out of money possibly as soon as August, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, legislation, Highways, Infrastructure

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Lawsuits Filed Against Two California Fleets Over Driver Classification

Two class action lawsuits were filed late last month against separate California port trucking companies over claims they wrongly classified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

N.Y. Prosecutors Get Access to Past Driving Ticket Information

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is making additional information available to prosecutors about a driver’s ticket history, according to an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

Tags: Drivers, New York, Safety, Speeding, Citation

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Increase U.S. Port Activity

Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, H.R. 4105. The legislation would replace the current Harbor Maintenance Tax, designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.

Tags: legislation, U.S. House of Representatives, Freight, Ports, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Port Trucking

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Traffic Congestion Climbed in 2013

A new report shows traffic congestion in the U.S. increased last year after two consecutive years of declines and is growing faster than the nation’s economy.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways, Inrix

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada Names New Director

Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada Inc. announced that Andy Craig has been hired to fill the newly-created position of director, Canada Operations. Craig will be responsible for managing Isuzu’s day-to-day operations and strengthening Isuzu’s commitment to the Canadian market.

Tags: Isuzu, Automotive Executives, Canada, New Hire

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Westport and Delphi to Commercialize Natural Gas Injector Technology

Westport Innovations Inc. announced a joint development agreement with Delphi Automotive to combine their intellectual propety to co-develop and manufacture high-pressure natural gas fuel injectors designed for multiple engine original equipment manufacturers.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Westport Innovations, Delphi, Natural Gas Injector

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Barely Lower Following Five Weekly Increases, Oil Surges

After moving higher for five consecutive weeks, the average cost of diesel is down, but only barely.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions Names New Truck & Bus Marketing Director

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions has promoted Matt Loos to director of truck & bus marketing, while Cassandra Kilareski joins the BCS marketing team as senior manager of marketing communications and digital.

Tags: Leadership, Bridgestone, People

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Emergency Hauling Declarations Extended Once Again

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regional offices have once again extended emergency declarations waiving certain federal regulations for those involved in the interstate hauling of emergency relief supplies as cold weather continues in the Midwest and Northeast.

Tags: FMCSA, Diesel, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending and Other Indicators Rise

UPDATED -- Consumers opened their wallets a little more in January than they did in December, according to new figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Auto Sales, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Hiking Rates

FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates by an average of 3.9%, effective March 31.

Tags: Fleets, Freight Rates, FedEx

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins and Westport Recall 25,000 Natural Gas Engines

Cummins and Cummins Westport are recalling just over 25,000 Cummins Westport Model ISL G engines manufactured Sep.12, 2007, through Feb. 2, 2014, and Cummins Westport Model ISX12 G engines manufactured Feb. 19, 2013, through Feb. 2, 2014.

Tags: Natural Gas Engines, Recalls, Cummins, Cummins Westport, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Engines

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Court Allows DataQ Challenge Lawsuit to Proceed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled in favor of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association regarding which court will hear its case on the issue of DataQ challenges.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Litigation, DataQ, CSA

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Introduces Certified VMRS Specialist Program

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is introducing a Certified Specialist Program for users of the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards, the industry standard coding convention for tracking equipment and maintenance information.

Tags: ATA, TMC, VMRS

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Three Convicted in $1 Million Truck, Trailer and Cargo Theft Conspiracy

Three Kansas City, Mo., area men have been convicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to steal nearly $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Tags: FMCSA, Investigation, Cargo Theft, Crime

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Former Trucking Comptroller Admits to Millions in Theft

A former comptroller for a Missouri trucking company pleaded guilty last week to stealing more than $4.9 million from his employer and could face up to 30 years in prison.

Tags: Theft, Fleets, Crime, Fraud

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Official Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme

An official with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has pleaded guilty for her role in a conspiracy to obtain fraudulent tax refunds, sometimes using the personal information of other individuals without their knowledge or permission.

Tags: FMCSA, IRS, Office of Inspector General, Fraud, Crime

March 2, 2014 - Industry News

PHH Arval Opens First Commercial Truck Center in Virginia Beach

PHH Arval, a global fleet management services provider, opened its commercial truck center in Virginia Beach, Va. Commercial Truck Center of Virginia is the company's first in the country to focus on used light, medium and heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: PHH Arval, Expansion, Dealers, Used Trucks, Virginia

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Nominations for America's Road Team

American Trucking Associations announced it is seeking nominations for professional truck drivers to serve on the 2015-2016 America's Road Team.

Tags: ATA, American's Road Team

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fourth Quarter Growth Revised Downward

The estimated level of U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of last year was revised sharply downward by the Commerce Department on Friday.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Spending

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking and Others Renew Fight Against Tolls

Photo: Somerset toll booth, Pennsylvania turnpike, by Doug Kerr, via Wikimedia Commons.

Businesses and organizations from numerous sectors of the U.S. economy, including in trucking, have renewed their efforts opposing tolls on existing federal interstates.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Tolls, Old Dominion Freight Line, Highway Funding, President Obama

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

New Public CNG Station Opens in Orlando, Fla.

A fleet mechanic from Frito-Lay (center) demonstrates the compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling process to Orange County Commissioner Samuel Ings (right) at the amp Trillium CNG, LLC CNG grand opening  in the Princeton Industrial Park, near the Frito Lay Orlando Plant.

A new fast-fill compressed natural gas station located at 2920 Silver Star Road in Orlando has recently opened its doors. The station is located at Lewis Petroleum’s Silver Star Fuelman in the Princeton Industrial Park, just two blocks from Frito-Lay North America’s Orlando plant.

Tags: Frito-Lay, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, ampCNG

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Increases Share of Total NAFTA Trade in December

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, December 2013 compared to December 2012. Credit: U.S. DOT

Trucking increased its dominance over other transportation modes in December when it comes to hauling freight between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico.

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

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Prices Increase for Second Straight Month

Average prices for diesel exhaust fluid in both the U.S. and Canada increased for the second consecutive month, after declining steadily over the last six months, according to new figures from the group Integer Research.

Tags: SCR, DEF, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

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