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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, Vehicle Manufacturing, Ride and Drive

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

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

England Van Lines Retrofitting Trucks with Stop-Start Technology

California-based England Van Lines plans to retrofit its fleet of moving trucks in San Jose with new stop-start technology allowing drivers to coast through traffic lights without having to stop.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Technology, California, Engines

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA and C.R. England Reach Settlement Over Leases

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the trucking company C.R. England have reached a settlement in a case regarding compliance with federal regulations governing the leasing relationship between motor carriers and truck owner-operators.

Tags: C.R. England, OOIDA, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Litigation

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier Agrees to Settlement Involving Driver Applicants

The trucking company New England Motor Freight has agreed to pay $870,500 to settle a federal class action lawsuit that it failed to get proper authorization from truck drivers before checking their credit reports and then later denying them employment.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, New England Motor Freight

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts Drop, Value of Heists Jumps

In this rolling quarter FreightWatch recorded a total of 178 thefts in the United States, with 48 thefts in February, 80 in March and 50 in April. The average loss value per incident during the period was $245,101. Compared with the previous quarter, thefts decreased by 25%, while the average loss value increased by 98%. Graphic: FreightWatch

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. decreased by 25% February through April, but the average loss value increased 98%, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Losses Lower Than Year Ago, Increase from First Quarter

Truck and engine maker Navistar International has reported a fiscal second quarter net loss of $297 million, or $3.65 per diluted share, compared to a fiscal second quarter 2013 net loss of $374 million, or $4.65 per diluted share.

Tags: Navistar, Earnings

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Police: Walmart Trucker Awake More Than 24 Hours Before Crash

UPDATED -- The truck driver for Walmart who faces multiple charges in the early Saturday morning crash that severely injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan had not slept for more than 24 hours, according to court documents filed by police.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, New Jersey, Walmart, Fatigue

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