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April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Great Dane Trailers, International Prostar Trucks Recalled

Brackets that could fall off trailers and possible loss of power to the drive wheels on tractors are the problems leading to two of the latest commercial vehicle equipment recalls.

Tags: International, Navistar, Trailers, Recalls, Great Dane

April 6, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Expects Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Mandates

Bendix expects a mandate for collision avoidance systems.

By the time 2020 rolls around, you can expect new trucks to be equipped with mandatory stability control and collision avoidance technology, according to Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs for Bendix.

Tags: Regulations, Electronic Stability Control, Bendix, Mid-America Trucking Show, Collision Avoidance, NHTSA

April 6, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Direct Expands Mobile Fueling Services in Northeast

Diesel Direct, a mobile refueling company headquartered in Massachusetts, recently made an acquisition of mobile refueling assets from New-York-based HOP Energy.

Tags: Diesel, Fuel Management, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Pre-Employment Screening Program Website Updated

NIC Technologies, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have released an enhanced version of the Pre-Employment Screening Program website.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Three Texas Oilfield Trucking Fleets Merge

Three trucking companies have reached a merger agreement, creating what it says is one of the largest hydraulic fracturing proppant logistics companies for the oil field industry in North America.

Tags: Fracking, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Orders for Heavy, Medium-Duty Trucks Post March Gains

Preliminary numbers from two industry data analysts show the number of heavy and medium-duty truck orders in March were solid.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR, OEMs

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Rate Unchanged, Trucking Adds Jobs

The nation overall and the trucking industry both added jobs in March, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures released Friday.

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Alabama Legislature Votes to Shift to Point-of-Sale Tax on CNG, LNG

Alabama senators Thursday approved legislation to change the way motor fuel road taxes are collected on natural gas sold in the state, which supporters say will help expand the market for alternative fuels.

Tags: Natural Gas, taxes, Alabama, Alternative Fuels, State Legislation

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Warns of Improper Medical Exams

Drivers whose medical exams were conducted by the late Dr. Paul Besdansky, Garden City, Ga., need to get a reexamination, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Besdansky was in failing health toward the end of his life and was not conducting proper exams, the agency said.

Tags: CDL, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, FMCSA, Drivers, Health

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Natural Gas, Aerodynamics Will Help Meet Future Fuel Economy Goals

The report recommends that NHTSA and EPA develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles, as is presently the case for diesel and gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, Aerodynamics, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Side Underride Guards Among NTSB Safety Recommendations

These recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on straight-trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well.

Tags: Trailers, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Underride, NHTSA, Accidents, Tractor Trailers, Regulations

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing Activity Increased During March

A measure of the health of the nation’s non-manufacturing sector shows it grew in March for the 50th consecutive month, according to the nation's purchasing and supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Fuels Expanding Natural Gas Fueling Operations

Pumps like this one are going into service in more locations. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Clean Energy Fuels continues to grow its natural-gas fueling network, with expansions in Texas, Pennsylvania and New York, and more fleets signing on to fuel at the nationwide network.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, LNG, Liquified Natural Gas

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

Tags: Hazmat, Tankers, Congress, GAO, NHTSA, ATA

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier Following Driver Ban over Fatal Illinois Crash

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered DND International to immediately shut down, after declaring the Naperville, Illinois-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Stemco Announces Leadership Changes

EnPro Industries announced that Jon Cox, currently president, Stemco, has been named EnPro chief innovation officer effective April 1. Cox will maintain his responsibilities leading Stemco as group president, but will also be responsible for driving innovation across all EnPro operations.

Tags: Stemco, People

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

GAO to Analyze Hours of Service Studies

Transportation leaders in the House are asking the Government Accountability Office to review two studies used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in its hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Commercial Driver's License, CDL

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Hudson Insurance Purchases Motor Transport Underwriters

Hudson Insurance Group has acquired Motor Transport Underwriters an underwriting, claims and risk management specialist in the long-haul trucking arena.

Tags: Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

California Rules Seven Port Truckers Wrongly Classified as Independents

Seven port truck drivers employed by Pacer Cartage who were misclassified as independent contractors have been awarded a total of more than $2.2 million for unlawful deductions, reimbursable business expenses, interest, waiting time penalties and attorneys fees by the California Labor Commissioner, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Names James Mozey Newest Highway Angel

James Mozey

An elderly man survived an accident thanks to the heroism of James Mozey of Niagra, N.D. For his actions, the Truckload Carriers Association is recognizing Mozey as a Highway Angel.

Tags: TCA Highway Angel

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

New Intermodal Terminal Opens in Florida

Evansville Western Railway, an affiliate of CSX, has started operations at a new intermodal terminal located in Winter Haven, Fla.

Tags: Florida, Intermodal, CSX

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Flatbed Spot Market Rates Soar; Vans, Reefers Also Gain

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Rates on the spot market keep heading higher, with all three major sectors posting increases, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Opens New Container Freight Station

Transportation provider FedEx Freight has opened a new container freight station in its Chicago Summit, Ill. facility to consolidate and sort freight bound for Puerto Rico.

Tags: FedEx

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ontario Issues Biodiesel Mandates

The Ontario, Canada government has issued new regulations imposing a provincial biodiesel mandate that came into force April 1.

Tags: Canada, Biodiesel, Cross-Border Trucking, Biofuels, Province of Ontario

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment, Factory Shipments and Orders Post Gains

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 191,000 jobs from February to March, according to the March ADP National Employment Report released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

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