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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

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Unprecedented Capacity Constraints

A new report shows business conditions in the trucking industry remain positive, despite a slight downturn, amid warnings of a possible capacity shortage.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Capacity, Spot Freight, Manufacturing, Freight Rates, Freight Volume

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

University of Tennessee Confirms 6% Fuel Savings for SmartTruck

The SmartTruck trailer on display during this past October's ATA Management Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck says computational fluid dynamic tests show its undertray aero device produces fuel savings of better than 6%.

Tags: SmartTruck, Mid-America Trucking Show, Aerodynamics, Fuel Economy

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Discusses Split Sleep Study, CSA, Hours of Service, Electronic Logs at MATS Fleet Forum

Anne Ferro during the MATS Fleet Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- While encouraging audience members to file their comments on recently proposed legislation for mandatory electronic logs and the agency's research into new-entrant requirements, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro last week also noted that the agency is going ahead with a pilot study of split sleep.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Fatigue, Anne Ferro, Electronic Logging Devices, Mid-America Trucking Show

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

Wrap-up: Fuel Economy, Robust Truck Orders Highlight Mid-America Trucking Show

Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Fuel economy continued to be a major theme of this year's Mid-America Trucking Show as truck makers and suppliers predicted an improved year of heavy truck sales.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Events, Mid-America Trucking Show

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

By the Numbers: Mid-America Trucking Show 2014

Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Official numbers show this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, held last week in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, was the biggest ever, according to show officials.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Events

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Selling $53 Million in Leases and Tractors to Reduce Debt

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company operator Celadon Group has agreed to sell its independent contractor lease portfolio and associated assets to Element Financial Corporation, an equipment finance company.

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Ready to Recapture On-Highway Market

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Mack says fuel-efficient Pinnacle tractors, along with improved customer support and a larger dealer network, will help push Class 8 market share over 10% in 2014.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

IdleAir Continues Expansion, Adding More Fleet Terminals

Truckstop electrification services provider IdleAir has broken ground with construction at the Flying J in Laredo as part of a wider expansion effort.

Tags: Drivers, Idle Reduction, Truckstops, IdleAir

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

States Going After Those Who Evade Tolls

Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have agreed to crack down on those who blow through toll booths, while a federal deadline is drawing closer mandating toll agencies have technology in place to work together, which will likely help toll collections efforts, according to Stateline.com.

Tags: Drivers, Tolls, Toll Violations

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

Missouri to Close Section of I-64 April 4-7

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes of Interstate 64 in two places in the Chesterfield Valley, west of the St. Louis area, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4.

Tags: Missouri, Detours, Road Construction, I-64, Interstate 64

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Completes Purchase of Pacer International

Brokerage and logistics firm XPO Logistics has completed its previously announced acquisition of intermodal and drayage provider Pacer International in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $335 million.

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Expands, Construction Flat

Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Texas Trucking Company Over Safety Concerns

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the operating authority trucking company on Tuesday, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety, for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their drivers and the motoring public at risk.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, CSA, Safety & Compliance

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Falls for Third Week, Gasoline Posts Eighth Straight Increase

The average cost of diesel in the U.S. has fallen 1.3 cents from last week, according to new figures released late Monday afternoon by the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Ryder’s Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 20 Million Miles

Ryder System has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of over 500 natural gas vehicles surpassing 20 million miles. The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors serving over 40 customer operations in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Georgia, and Louisiana.

Tags: Ryder System, CNG, LNG

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Local Income Tax on Trucking

Motor carriers operating in Ohio can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to taxes following a March 19 ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Tags: taxes, Ohio, Litigation

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Some U.S. Bound Wide-Loads to See Delays at Peace Bridge

(Photo by Óðinn via Wikimedia Commons)

A construction project is set to being Wednesday along the Peace Bride, connecting the U.S. and Canada, running through the end of November and affecting certain wide-load traffic.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Peace Bridge

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending and GDP Gain Among Other Indicators

New figures show biggest driver of the U.S. economy increased last month while the overall economy grew more than estimated a month ago.

Tags: Economy, Freight, GDP, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Spending

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Increased Optimism over Better Freight Rates and Volume

Credit: TCP

Newly published results from a survey conducted by the trucking consultancy group Transport Capital Partners show increased optimism among trucking executives when it comes to higher freight rates and volumes.

Tags: Transport Capital Partners, Freight Rates, Freight Volume, Fleet Executives

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Idaho’s Top Speed Limit Poised to Hit 80 MPH, Truck Limit Slower

Legislation signed into law by Gov. Butch Otter allows an increase of up to 80 mph along interstate routes and 70 mph along state highways, but trucks would continue to be limited up to 10 mph slow

Tags: Idaho, Speed Limits

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Listening Session Draws Ideas for New-Entrant Requirements

Anne Ferro, FMCSA administrator, asks a question while Larry Minor and other agency officials look on. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE – There were a variety of suggestions from industry players on how to implement a new-entrant testing system Friday during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's public listening session at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Mid-America Trucking Show, Brokers

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Travel Centers of America Names Citizen Driver Award Winners

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- TravelCenters of America announced its first annual Citizen Driver Award recipients during the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., on Friday. The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who evoke respect for the truck driving profession.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Truckstops, Image, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

SmartTruck Says UnderTray System Provides SmartWay Elite Level Savings

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck’s UT6Plus aerodynamic device provides the fuel saving performance required by EPA SmartWay to deliver at least 9% improvement in fuel economy, qualifying for SmartWay's new Elite level.

Tags: SmartTruck, Mid-America Trucking Show, Aerodynamics, EPA SmartWay, Trailers

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