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June 2, 2014 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Celebrates 50th Anniversary with 1964 Menu Prices

Iowa 80 Kitchen in the Iowa 80 Truckstop will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a special menu featuring opening day menu prices.

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Offers Brake Inspection Tips Ahead of Roadcheck 2014

Brake violations are historically among the top reasons trucks are taken out of service during the Roadcheck inspection blitz. Bendix has a few ideas on how to keep your trucks out of the compound during this year's 72-hour blitz.

Tags: Bendix, CVSA, Roadcheck, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

House Leaders Propose Plan to Plug Highway Gap by Cutting Postal Services

Cutting back on Saturday service, the Postal Service could save $10.7 billion over 10 years. Kevin Payravi, Wikimedia Commons

Republican leaders in the House are proposing a stopgap plan that claims money from postal service reforms to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

TransForce to Acquire Transport America

TransForce says the transaction will provide the Quebec-based carrier with critical mass in the U.S. truckload sector.

Tags: TransForce, Transport America

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

ArcBest Relocating Company Headquarters

ArcBest is under contract to purchase 40 acres of land at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, Ark., for construction of a new corporate headquarters. The company said it has exceeded the capacity at its current Fort Smith general office.

Tags: ABF, ArcBest Corp.

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

New Fee Structure for Pennsylvania Permits Starting July 1

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will implement a new fee structure will be enacted July 1 for all types of permits, ranging from single trip/overdimensional, overweight, to annuals and seasonal permits, according to the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Safety & Compliance, Permits, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Financial Obtains Additional Funding

Navistar Financial Corp. has completed an agreement for $100 million of additional funding in what it calls a “trade receivables securitization program.”

Tags: Navistar, Truck Sales, Navistar Financial Corporation

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Sacks Sales Executive in Wake of Probe

The departures continue to add up at the embattled truckstop chain Pilot Flying J, with the latest involving a key sales figure, according to published reports.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

New Member Appointed to USA Truck Board

The trucking company USA Truck announced the appointment of Alexander D. Greene to its board of directors. With the addition of Greene, the USA Truck Board expands to 10 members.

Tags: People, USA Truck

May 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Sentiment Decline

The 0.1% drop in personal consumption expenditures follows an upwardly revised 1% increase during March, which was the largest gain since August 2009 and is the first decline in a year.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Consumer Sentiment

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Bridgestone Commercial Learning Center Expands Course Options

BCS has expanded the dealer network training programs in its Learning Center to better accommodate students and today's varying learning styles.

Tags: Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, Tires, Training

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Redwine’s Garage Named HDA Truck Pride Truck Service Expert of the Year

During the HDATP Annual Meeting Jim Redwine, owner of Redwine’s Garage and Parts Sale, was presented with the 2013 HDA Truck Pride Truck Service Expert of the Year Award.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, HDA Truck Pride

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Vehicle Crashes Cost $871 Billion

Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday released a new study about the economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States.

Tags: Accidents, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Legislation Calls for Rescinding Idle Transportation Earmarks

Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma

Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., has introduced H.R. 4715, the Orphan Earmarks Act, to rescind and remove idle earmarks for Department of Transportation projects, some of which were approved more than 20 years ago.

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Increases Share with U.S.-NAFTA Trade Hike

Percent Change in Value of U.S.-NAFTA Freight Flows by Mode: March 2013 through March 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

U.S. trade with its next-door neighbors totaled $101.5 billion in March 2014, the second highest amount on record, as four of five transportation modes carried more freight than the same time a year ago, according to new U.S. Transportation Department report.

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

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Would Set National Liability Standard for Shippers, Brokers

Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.

Tags: FMCSA, Liability, TIA, Highway Bill, Congress, Legislation, Shippers, Brokers

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

New Union Pacific Intermodal Facility in N.M. Up and Running

The 2,200 acre site in Santa Teresa, N.M., which officially opened to truck traffic in April, is along the company’s critical Sunset Route, the rail line running 760 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles.

Tags: Railroads, New Mexico, Intermodal

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Pegasus TransTech Purchases TripPak, ACS Advertising

A provider of electronic revenue cycle, document management and invoicing services to the transportation industry, Pegasus TransTech, has acquired TripPak Services and ACS Advertising from Xerox.

Tags: Information Technology, Xerox, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pegasus TransTech, TripPak

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Woman Indicted in $42 Million Freight Payment Scheme

The owner of a group of freight auditing and payment businesses surrendered Wednesday to authorities to face charges she operated them as a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme..

Tags: New Jersey, Crime & Fraud

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: First Quarter GDP Falls 1%, Jobless Claims Hit 2007 Level

UPDATED -- The broadest measure of American economic health shows it throttled back in the first quarter of the year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Unemployment, Employment

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference to Feature Heavy-Duty Truck Sessions

This year's Fleet Safety Conference, July 22-23 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature sessions aimed at heavy-duty truck fleets, such as what you don't know about truck inspections and an update on hours of service and electronic logs.

Tags: Inspections, HOS, Events, ELDs

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

American Central Transport Raising Driver Pay

Effective June 1, company drivers at the Missouri-based ACT will receive a 1 cent per mile pay increase for all miles. Independent contractors will receive 3 cents per mile more for all miles, moving it up to $1.03 per mile.

Tags: Driver Pay, American Central Transport

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Defense Department Needs to Step Up Hazmat Controls, GAO Says

The Department of Defense needs to do a better job handling hazardous materials, says the Government Accountability Office. Hazmat shipments have been improperly documented and packaged, leading to delays and risks to safety and national security, the watchdog agency found.

Tags: FMCSA, Department of Defense, Hazmat, Government Accountability Office, Safety & Compliance

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

APG Books Return Orders for Dual-Fuel Gas-Diesel Systems

Clarke Power assembled this Freightliner glider with a Detroit Series 60 engine equipped with APG’s dual-fuel system, enabling it to run on natural gas and diesel. Gas is stored in liquefied form on this tractor.

The company says its dual-fuel gliders outperform and are more reliable than dedicated natural gas engines that customers are evaluating.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, American Power Group, WheelTime Network, Dual Fuel, Alternative Fuels

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

CNG Vehicles Affected by Fuel Tank Pressure Relief Valve Recall

Certain pressure relief valves for use on compressed natural gas fuel tanks are being recalled by Circor, which does business as Circle Seal Controls. The affected valves have O-rings that could fail after being exposed to cold temperatures, allowing natural gas to leak from the fuel tank.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Recalls, NHTSA, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, Circle Seal Controls

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