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April 29, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Presses Obama on Surface Transportation Funding

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- The American Trucking Associations is calling on the Obama administration to focus on what it says are “the real challenges, and real solutions, to the nation’s infrastructure funding woes.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure, Barack Obama, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Questar Fueling Starts Construction on CNG-Fueling Station in DeSoto, Texas

Questar Fueling Co., a subsidiary of Questar Corp., is building a compressed natural gas fueling station in DeSoto, Texas. The public-access station will provide fast-fill CNG fueling for fleet operators with medium- and heavy-duty trucks as well as motorists who drive light-duty natural gas vehicles. The station will open in July.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Questar Fueling

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Wofford Truck Parts Joins Vipar Heavy Duty

Wofford Truck Parts of El Paso, Texas, has joined the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder. Founded by its president Paul Wofford in 1985, Wofford Truck Parts specializes in heavy-duty and medium-duty truck parts.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket, Wofford Truck Parts

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Consumer Confidence Dips After Hitting Six-Year High

The index now stands at 82.3, down from 83.9 in March. The Present Situation Index decreased to 78.3 from 82.5, while the Expectations Index was virtually unchanged at 84.9.

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

BestPass Expands State Highway Network

BestPass, providers of bulk purchasing and streamlined toll management services to commercial fleets, announced the ongoing expansion of its partnerships with state highway authorities.

Tags: Information Technology, Bestpass

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

SKF Appoints George Garner as VP Automotive Sales

SKF has announced the appointment of George Garner as vice president of automotive sales for the SKF Vehicle Service Market, North America Business Unit, effective immediately.

Tags: People, SKF

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet Announces Integration with Tank Monitoring Technology

Improved efficiencies in tanker fleet operations is one of the benefits of PeopleNet’s new integration with the Titan Logix Corp.’s TD80 mobile liquid-level gauging system.

Tags: Titan, PeopleNet, National Tank Truck Carriers, Information Technology, Tankers

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet’s Crude Oil Workflow Integrated with McLeod Software

An expanded integration between PeopleNet and McLeod Software will include a crude oil workflow application designed to give energy services fleets greater efficiencies by automating certain processes – creating an end-to-end process that integrates dispatch, driver/vehicle activity and accounting

Tags: PeopleNet, McLeod Software, Integration, Information Technology

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Rise, Prices Fall; New Trailer Orders Ease Slightly

UPDATED -- The volume of used Class 8 trucks sold in March rose 8% above February’s volume, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: Equipment, Trailers, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales, Used Trucks

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Continue Surging

Credit: U.S. DOE

The national average cost of on-highway diesel has moved higher for the second straight week, while gasoline is at its highest level in more than a year.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Campaign Surpasses Halfway Point to Fundraising Goal

Following the official launch of the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign in March, organizers say they have raised more than $500,000, which is more than halfway to its annual goal of one million dollars per year over the coming years.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, OOIDA, TCA, Image, Trucking Moves America Forward

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Kraft Foods Discontinuing Private Truck Fleet

Kraft Foods is eliminating its nationwide private truck fleet, resulting in the elimination of around 285 jobs by the end of the year.

Tags: Private Fleets, Kraft

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Atlas Looking to Add 200 Owner Operators This Year

The trucking operation Atlas World Group plans to sign on 200 new owner-operators for its Direct Fleet by the end of the year.

Tags: Atlas Van Lines, Owner-Operators

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Names Dana Vogt Vice President, Manufacturing - Heavy Duty, Mid-Range, and Light Duty Diesel

Cummins Inc. promoted Dana Vogt to vice president - manufacturing - heavy duty, mid-range, and light duty diesel. In this new role, Vogt will also be an officer of the company.

Tags: Cummins, People

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Pending Home Sales, Consumer Confidence Best in Months

After months of stagnant activity, pending home sales rose in March, marking the first gain in the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Whistleblower Truck Driver Reinstated; Back Pay, Damages Owed

The Occupational Safety Health Administration has ordered an Iowa company to reinstate a truck driver and pay him damages after he was fired for raising safety concerns.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Iowa

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

$4.1 Verdict Against R&L Carriers in Texas Crash

A 41-year-old Mississippi woman, seriously injured when her pick-up truck rolled over, after it was rear-ended by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer driver on a Texas interstate highway in 2011, was awarded $4.1 million by a Dallas, Texas jury.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, Texas, Litigation, I-20, Interstate 20, R&L Carriers

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Saia Profit Slips 6.5% Despite Revenue Gain

Georgia-based less-than-truckload carrier Saia reported a downturn in net income while total revenue increased in the first quarter compared to the same time in 2013.

Tags: Earnings, Saia

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Income Falls 29%

The asset-light trucking operation, Universal Truckload Services, has reported first quarter 2014 net income of $8.1 million, or 27 cents per basic and diluted share, on total operating revenues of $279.4 million.

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Port Truckers Staging 48-Hour Strike

Port truck drivers from four of Los Angeles’ leading drayage firms planned to go on a 48-hour strike at marine terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, beginning Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Intermodal, Ports, Owner-Operators, Teamsters, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Former TCA Chairman Kaburick Dies

John Kaburick, owner of Earl L. Henderson Trucking and former chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association, died last week at age 61.

Tags: Obituary, People, Truckload Carriers Association

April 27, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight’s Tom Strissel Reaches 3 Million Consecutive Accident-Free Miles

Con-way Freight announced that Driver Sales Representative, Tom Strissel, surpassed the career milestone of driving 3 million consecutive, accident-free miles.

Tags: Driver Safety, Con-way Freight

April 27, 2014 - Industry News

PGT Trucking Purchasing Kelworth Trucking

Details of the deal have not been released, although PGT expects to complete it by early May.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, PGT Trucking

April 27, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report into Fatal Truck-Bus Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report about the April 10 crash between a FedEx Freight truck and a bus in California killing 10.

Tags: Accidents, California, Investigation, NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, FedEx

April 27, 2014 - Industry News

Professional Truck Driver Helps Subdue a Wanted Criminal

Harry Welker of Broken Arrow, Okla., who is a professional truck driver for Melton Truck Lines, Inc., of Tulsa, Okla., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association. Welker is being recognized for helping to subdue a belligerent man who was involved in a “life and death struggle” with a state trooper.

Tags: TCA Highway Angel, Melton Truck Lines

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