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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

April 26, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Extends Compliance Dates for Small Trucking Operations

The California Air Resources Board on Friday adopted amendments to its Truck and Bus Regulation, giving new compliance options to fleets with three or fewer trucks and owner operators.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California

April 25, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth of South Florida – Riviera Beach Opens New Parts and Service Facility

Kenworth of South Florida – Riviera Beach has opened a new parts and service location with eight service bays and a larger parts department than at its previous location.

Tags: Florida, Aftermarket, Expansion, Service Center

April 25, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Announces Opening of New Service Center

Con-way Freight announced the grand opening of its new Central Texas service center in Robinson. The facility will serve as the local hub from which the company will provide daily freight services for commercial and industrial businesses in the greater metropolitan regions of Waco, Robinson and other Central Texas communities.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Expansion, Service Center

April 25, 2014 - Industry News

Bridge Repairs at Risk if Highway Trust Fund Runs into Red

Another warning about infrastructure funding: 63,000 of the nation’s bridges are structurally compromised and at risk of not being repaired unless the Highway Trust Fund is preserved, says the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Bridges

April 25, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Rule to Allow Electronic Signatures on Documents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a rule change so carriers can sign and maintain important documents electronically. The proposal, part of an effort to cut paperwork, would codify a 2011 guidance in which the agency gave carriers the option of using electronic signatures and storing documents electronically.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Trade Increases, Trucks Gain Most of Any Mode

Percent Change in Value of U.S.-NAFTA Freight Flows by Mode: February 2013 - February 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

Two of five transportation modes, truck and pipeline, carried more U.S.-North American Free Trade Agreement freight in February 2014 than compared to the same time a year earlier, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

New Hampshire Diesel Tax Moving Higher July 1

Gov. Maggie Hassan says she will sign legislation given final approval by state lawmakers this week, raising both by four cents from the current 19.625 cents per gallon.

Tags: Highway Funding, New Hampshire, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

Big Fee Hike to be Proposed for Some U.S. Bound Cross-Border Shipments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced proposed changes to the fees it charges to recoup costs for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections at U.S. ports of entry.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Safety & Compliance, Freight, Canadian Trucking Alliance

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