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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

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Announces Public-Private Partnership Reforms

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Commonwealth Transportation Board has passed a resolution to increase transparency and competition and to better evaluate the public’s risk for projects delivered under public-private partnerships.

Tags: Virginia, Highway Funding

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Raises Second Quarter Expectations

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line on Tuesday increased its outlook for growth in second-quarter revenue per hundredweight, excluding fuel surcharges, to a range of 3% to 3.5% from the same time in 2013.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Freight

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Moves Lower for Fourth Straight Week, Oil Higher Over Past Week

On-highway diesel prices. Credit: U.S. DOE

The average U.S. price for on-highway diesel keeps moving lower, with the Energy Department reporting the fourth consecutive weekly decline. It shed 0.9 cent from a week ago, hitting...

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Werner Enterprises Co-Founder Gloria Werner Dead at 79

Gloria Werner, one of the co-founders of the trucking company Werner Enterprises, died on May 20 at the age of 79.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, People

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Mack, Navistar, Autocar Trucks

Mack Trucks is recalling a little more than 44,000 trucks due to a possible failure of the hazard warning lights. This includes the following trucks, manufactured Feb. 28, 2006 through Nov. 8, 2013, and equipped Hamsar Electronic Flasher: 2010-2014 CHU, CXU, and MRU; 2007 CT and CV; 2008-2014 GU; and 2011-2014 LEU, and TD.

Tags: Navistar, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Autocar, NHTSA

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Wilson County Tire & Retreading Opens New Marangoni Retread Plant

Sumerel Tire Service, Newport, Ky., has expanded its operation to include the middle Tennessee market area with the addition of a new Marangoni retread facility in Lebanon, Tenn.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Marangoni

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Good Orders Up, Shipments Fall; Consumers Upbeat

UPDATED: Shipments for these items designed to last three years or more fell 0.2% from March, following a 1.3% gain. The decline was led by a 1% drop in transportation shipments.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Confidence

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Diesel Vehicle Particulate Matter Small, Declining

The nation’s diesel engine lobby is pointing to the release of new research that shows diesel emissions are often wrongly blamed for causing too much pollution and diseases, while recent efforts to curb them is often misunderstood.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Research, Diesel Emissions, Diesel Technology Forum

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components Division Renamed Federal-Mogul Motorparts

Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation has announced that its the Vehicle Components division will be renamed Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

Tags: Federal Mogul, Aftermarket, OEM, Aftermarket Parts, Parts

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Major Construction, Lane Closures on I-95 in Northern Virginia Continue This Summer

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that drivers traveling on I-95 in Northern Virginia should prepare for more lane closures and traffic impacts this summer.

Tags: I-95, Interstate 95, Virginia, Road Construction

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