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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

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates at Highest Levels in Last Four Weeks

A hike in the average rate for refrigerated cargo leads increases in all three categories for spot freight, according to new figures released by the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Registrations Jump 8.3%

Credit: IHS Automotive/R.L. Polk

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3 through Class 8 vehicles for the first quarter of the 2014 amounted 143,245, an increase of 8.3% over the first quarter of 2013, according to new figures released by R.L. Polk.

Tags: Vehicle Registration, R.L. Polk

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

N.Y. Man Sentenced in $1.7 Million Trucking Skimming Scheme

A New York man was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution for his role in a conspiracy that skimmed more than $1.7 million from trucking companies.

Tags: New York, Crime & Fraud

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

BestPass Expands Management Team

BestPass, providers of bulk purchasing and streamlined toll management services to commercial fleets, had made two additions to its management team.

Tags: People, Bestpass, Information Technology

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Maine Speed Limits Moving Higher, Minnesota Studying Higher Limits

Click to enlarge. Credit: Maine DOT.

Speed limits along some Interstate routes in Maine as well as one non-Interstate route are increasing, some immediately. The move by the state transportation department follows a study of crash numbers and speeds it claims most people are already driving.

Tags: Minnesota, Maine, Speed Limits

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Bergstrom Names Joe Kirby General Manager of Aftermarket Sales

As a result of continued growth, Bergstrom, a designer and and supplier of climate systems to the commercial vehicle industry, has promoted Joe Kirby to general manager of aftermarket sales.

Tags: People, Bergstrom, Aftermarket

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Purchases 550 New Trucks, Most Automated

Con-way Truckload has purchased 550 new Kenworth, Volvo, Freightliner and Navistar tractors, most of which will be equipped with automated transmissions and all with 6x4 axles.

Tags: Drivers, Transmissions, Con-way Truckload, Automated Manual Transmissions

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Marathon’s Speedway Purchasing Hess for Nearly $2.9 Billion

Hess is the largest operator of convenience stores along the East Coast and the fifth largest in the U.S. by number of company-operated sites with 1,256 stores located in 16 states. Speedway is the nation's fourth-largest convenience store chain by number of company-owned and operated sites, with approximately 1,480 stores located in nine states.

Tags: Gasoline, Hess Corporation, Truckstops, Diesel Fuel, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Connecticut Diesel Tax to Edge Downward

After moving more than 12 cents higher per gallon over the past three years, Connecticut’s diesel tax is set to drop slightly on July 1.

Tags: Connecticut, Diesel Tax

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Commerce Schedules Highway Hearing

Work on the highway bill continues next week with a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on safety policy. The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will convene Tuesday, June 3 to take testimony on “The Safety and Effectiveness of our Transportation Systems.” Witnesses have not yet been named.

Tags: FMCSA, Senate, Highway Bill, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 April Sales Post Best Performance in Six Months

Retail sales for Classes 5 through 8 in North American posted solid gains in April according to the latest State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research

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