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June 12, 2014 - Industry News

TRALA Reports Progress on D.C. Diesel Ban

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association reports progress on an industry effort to fix the District of Columbia’s move to ban certain diesel engines. TRALA, speaking for a coalition that includes American Trucking Associations as well as local trucking interests, said the D.C. government is willing to rewrite a budget bill that would in effect ban the engines.

Tags: TRALA, Diesel Engines, District of Columbia, Legislation

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Sells Off Ownership in TruckersB2B

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing earlier this month, the sales price was approximately $21 million. Celadon expects to use the proceeds to pay down bank debt.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, TruckersB2B

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

Newton Named Arkansas Trucking Association President

She replaces Lane Kidd, who left earlier this year to focus on a public affairs and investment group he founded. Kidd held the post for 22 years.

Tags: Arkansas, People, Trucking Associations

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Opens New 48,000-Square-Foot Terminal in California

Photo by Joanne Tucker

C.R. England, one of the nation’s largest refrigerated carriers, celebrated the opening of a new terminal in Colton, Calif., Wednesday, and announced the addition of 10 new liquified natural gas powered trucks to the company’s Southern California fleets.

Tags: Natural Gas, California, C.R. England, Fleets, LNG

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Increase for Fourth Straight Month

Retail sales in the U.S. increased for the fourth consecutive month during May increasing 0.3% from the month before and 4.3% from the level the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

David Post Named President, COO of Omnitracs

The fleet management systems company, Omnitracs, has appointed David Post as president and chief operating officer. With nearly two decades of experience in the high technology space, Post will oversee the company's strategic planning and operations, according to the company.

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Pleads Not Guilty

The Walmart truck driver at the center of the media frenzy over a crash that severely injured comedian Tracey Morgan pleaded not guilty to charges on Wednesday.

Tags: Fatigue, Hours of Service, Accidents, 34 Hour Restart, New Jersey, Walmart

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB Releases Documents in I-5 Bridge Collapse Ahead of Final Report

As part of its continuing investigation into the collapse of an interstate highway bridge in Washington State last year, the National Transportation Safety Board opened the public accident docket on Wednesday, releasing over 2,000 pages of documents.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, Washington, Safety & Compliance, I-5, Interstate 5, Skagit River Bridge

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Former Eaton Chief Economist Joins ACT Research

Americas Commercial Transportation Research announced Jim Meil has joined the firm in the position of principal, industry analysis.

Tags: ACT Research, People

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

TBC Adds Three Truck Tire Lines

TBC Wholesale Group has expanded its portfolio of optimized, high-value, and value medium radial truck tire products. Sumitomo, Sailun and Dynacargo branded truck tires are available to dealers now.

Tags: Tires, TBC

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, 34 Hour Restart, FMCSA, 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

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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

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