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May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Rival Rail Service Launches for Refrigerated Freight

A new competitor to refrigerated trucking officially launched Monday with the start of TransCold Express, a hub-to-hub refrigerated boxcar service, running in both directions between Wilmington, Ill., and Selma, Calif.

Tags: Trailers, Refrigerated Truck, Railroads, Intermodal, Reefers

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Air Concerns about Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

There’s a big loophole in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse, according to transportation and enforcement interests.

Tags: Drug Testing, FMCSA, Alcohol Testing, Drivers, Regulations, CVSA, National Private Truck Council, NPTC, NTTC, National Tank Truck Carriers, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association, J.B. Hunt, Schneider National, OOIDA, Safety & Compliance

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Smith Electric Vehicles Getting $42 Million Investment, Production to Resume

Following recent reports it suspended production, a producer of all-electric medium commercial vehicles, Smith Electric, has secured a $42 million investment so it can resume operations.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

N.Y. Updates Eligible Vehicles for Alternative Fueled Truck Voucher Program

New York has updated its list of trucks that are eligible under its Voucher Incentive Program, a $19 million “first come, first served” program that aims to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and diesel emission control devices for medium to heavy duty commercial fleets in the state.

Tags: Emissions, Hino, New York, Volvo Trucks, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Emissions Reduction, Daimler Trucks North America

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Facts: To The Moon and Beyond

If you connected all of the loads trucks delivered in 2013, the chain would stretch from the Earth to the Moon…more than 11 times.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

CARB 2013 Heavy-Duty Diesel Fines Totaled Nearly $2.2 Million

The California Air Resources Board announced it settled 256 cases last year involving air quality violations by heavy-duty diesel truck and bus fleets that failed to comply with its various air quality programs with fines totaling nearly $2.2 million.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, Fines, California Air Resources Board, Thermo King

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA: Test Shows Significant Safety Benefit from Electronic Logs

Trucks equipped with electronic driver logs have significantly lower crash rates than those without, according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration test.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Electronic Logging Devices, Research, CVSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Now Open in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Love’s Travel Stops opens its second travel stop in Fort Pierce, Florida, on I-95, at Exit 131. The additional location gives more drivers convenient access to services and amenities such as gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift merchandise and more. The new 24/7 travel stop features 126 truck parking spaces, five showers and a Hardee’s restaurant.

Tags: DEF, Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Introduces Natural Gas Trucks for Rent in Select Markets

Penske Truck Rental has 85 compressed natural gas Freightliner Cascadia semi-tractors available for commercial rental use in select markets. These days cab semi-tractors are equipped with Cummins Westport 12-liter engines.

Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Penske Truck Rental, Cummins Westport, CNG

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Superior Carriers Awarded NTTC Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy

National Tank Truck Carriers announced that Superior Carriers, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, won the coveted Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy in the 2013 calendar year safety competition.

Tags: Awards, NTTC

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Travel Center Opens in Big Lake, Texas

Pilot Flying J announced the opening of a new Pilot Travel Center in Big Lake, Texas, to better serve professional drivers. The Pilot Travel Center is the 43rd location in Texas and will add 60 new jobs to help boost the local economy.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Fall Meeting, TMCSuperTech 2014 Set for Sept. 22-25

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its 2014 Fall Meeting and 10th annual National Technician Skills Competition — TMCSuperTech 2014 — Sept. 22-25 at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Fla.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Events, TMCSuperTech

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Distracted Driving a Growing Problem Along Part of I-95

A new report shows distracted driving is a growing problem along a section of one of America’s most heavily travelled routes.

Tags: Texting, Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, I-95, Interstate 95

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-86 in New York Shutting Down Monday

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced the start of a long-term closure beginning May 12 along of a portion of Interstate 86, between Exits 21 and 23, a distance of about 7 miles

Tags: New York, Road Construction, I-86

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

CAT Faces Fresh Litigation over Repeated C13, C15 ACERT Emissions Failures

Owners of Caterpillar C15 (shown) and C13 engines claim the manufacturer downplayed defects and performance issues with the engines.

Plaintiffs in the latest class-action lawsuit allege Caterpillar hid details of defects and performance issues from customers that the engine maker knew about.

Tags: Caterpillar, Litigation, Engines, Equipment

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Bay and Bay Transportation Purchases Rival J&C Trucking

A trucking company involved in dry bulk hauling in the Midwest has bought up one its main competitors, according to published reports.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Highway Bill Due Monday

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will unveil its highway bill on Monday, May 12, and vote on it the following Thursday, the Committee announced. The bill will propose a six-year highway program that maintains current financing and credit support and adds a strategic freight element to the Department of Transportation’s portfolio.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Congress

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Ryder Purchasing New Natural Gas Fuel Systems

Ryder System has reached a long-term agreement with Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide to purchase compressed natural gas tank systems directly from Quantum for installation onto the company’s CNG-powered vehicles.

Tags: Ryder, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Patriot Transportation Separating Trucking, Real Estate Businesses

Patriot Transportation Holding on Wednesday said it plans to separate its transportation business, the trucking company Florida Rock & Tank Lines, from its real estate businesses.

Tags: Patriot Transportation

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Says It’s Not A Takeover Target Again

USA Truck released a statement about the hedge funds Baker Street Capital and Stone House Capital now holding a joint 28% interest in the company.

Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Study Says Video-Based Safety System Could Cut Fatalities 20%

If every commercial vehicle over 10,000 pounds were equipped with an in-cab video-based driver safety system, about 800 lives could be saved each year and more than 38,000 injuries prevented, according to a new study.

Tags: Accidents, DriveCam, Research, Lytx

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Agreement Signed to Build Illiana Expressway

The Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation, along with the Indiana Finance Authority, have signed an agreement to build the proposed Illiana Corridor.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois, Indiana, Highways, Highway Construction

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Record Sale of International Trucks to Celadon

Navistar has completed its largest one-time sale of International LoneStar trucks to the truckload fleet Celadon Trucking Services.

Tags: LoneStar, Navistar, Truck Sales, Celadon Trucking Services

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Jeff Jones to Retire from Cummins

Jeff Jones during this year's Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The engine manufacturer Cummins announced on Thursday that Jeff Jones, vice president of its North American engine business and marketing communications, will retire from the company on June 30.

Tags: Cummins, People

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

The to-and-fro over highway funding continued in the Senate Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx politely deflecting Sen. John Thune’s attempt to get the Obama administration to say it would accept a fuel tax increase.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highways, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Regulations, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. DOT, Anthony Foxx

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