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March 17, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Joins Rate Increase Bandwagon

Con-way Freight has become the latest less-than-truckload carrier to announce it is increasing rates. It will institute a general rate hike, averaging 5.4%, applicable to non-contractual business, effective March 31.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Freight Rates

March 17, 2014 - Industry News

Fate of Propane Waivers Bill Rests with President Obama

Late last week the Senate unanimously approved H.R. 4076, which extends these waivers through the end of May.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, HOS, Barack Obama, Propane

March 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Posts Biggest Jump Since August

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Manufacturing increased 0.8% compared to the month before, nearly erasing a 0.9% decline in January, which the Fed attributed to extreme weather.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Freight

March 17, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls: Daimler, Paccar Trucks with Natural Gas; Navistar Steering

More details have started to emerge about which trucks models are included in a recall announced earlier this month in which more than 25,000 Cummins and Cummins Westport natural gas powered engines are being recalled.

Tags: Navistar, Freightliner, Sterling, Peterbilt, Recalls, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America, Cummins Westport, Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, Natural Gas

March 17, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Purchases California Logistics Provider

Asset-light trucking company, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has acquired all of the outstanding stock of Unitrans International, a non-asset based provider of international logistics solutions based in Los Angeles, Calif.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 14, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Freight Increasing Rates

UPS Freight will implement a general rate increase effective March 31. The 4.4% increase applies to non-contractual less-than-truckload shipments rated on the current UPS Freight tariffs.

Tags: UPS Freight, Freight Rates

March 14, 2014 - Industry News

John Anderson in Concert at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree on July 11

Iowa 80 Truckstop has announced John Anderson will be performing at the 35th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree on Friday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. The concert is being sponsored by Mobil Delvac.

Tags: Iowa, Events, Walcott Trucker Jamboree

March 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Fall, Consumer Sentiment Weakens

Prices at the wholesale level fell in February, according to a U.S. Labor Department report released Friday, leaving little worry that inflation is a problem.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Producer Prices

March 14, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Driver Turnover Drops but Still High

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers fell six percentage points to 91% in the fourth quarter of 2013, but held above 90% for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: drivers, American Trucking Associations, Driver Turnover

March 14, 2014 - Industry News

Crete Carrier Increasing Driver Compensation

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Crete Carrier Corporation is increasing compensation for all national over the road truck drivers and owner operators at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation.

Tags: drivers, Crete Carrier Corp.

March 14, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens New-Format Travel Stop in Andrews, Texas

Love’s Travel Stops opens a new travel stop in Andrews, Texas, on U.S. Highway 385 on Thursday, March 13. The Andrews location offers 48 truck parking spaces, a McDonald’s restaurant, gourmet coffee, name-brand snacks, fresh fruit, gift merchandise and more.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Texas

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Electronic Log Proposal Takes on Long-Standing Issues

After the agency reviews the comments and publishes a final rule, perhaps later this year, carriers will have two years to comply.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate, unveiled Thursday, takes on a broad range of issues that have dogged the 15-year effort to draft a rule. HDT's Oliver Patton reports on what's in the 256-page proposal that would require drivers who fill out paper logs to eventually switch to electronic logging devices, or ELDs.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, FMCSA, drivers, Safety & Compliance, ELD, Regulations

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Electronic Logbook Regulations

Electronic logs are currently optional but have been adopted by many fleets.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just unveiled its proposal for mandatory electronic logbooks, or "Electronic Logging Devices," for interstate commercial truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Hours of Service, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance, ELD, Regulations, Fatigue

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Matt Bogdan Promoted to AmeriQuest VP of Sales, Private Fleet Carrier Division

Matt Bogdan has been promoted to vice president of sales, private fleet and carrier division, for AmeriQuest Transportation Services, a provider of comprehensive fleet management services, financial solutions, and operational support services.

Tags: Leadership, AmeriQuest, People

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Peterson’s Kristen Goodson named Vice President – Product Management

Peterson Manufacturing has appointed Kristen Goodson as vice president - product management. Goodson’s new role includes creating product strategies and recommendations, involvement in all product decisions, and coordinating crossfunctional team initiatives from initial product planning to engineering, tooling, manufacturing, packaging and sales launches.

Tags: Leadership, People, Peterson Manufacturing, Lighting

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Women in Trucking Announces Finalists for 2014 Influential Woman in Trucking Award

For the fourth consecutive year, the Women in Trucking Association and Navistar are highlighting the achievements of female role models and pioneers in the trucking industry with the Influential Woman in Trucking award.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Names Winner of Leadership Award and Excellence in Maintenance Supervision Award

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council recognized Brent Hilton, director of maintenance for Maverick Transportation, Little Rock, Ark., with its Peggy Fisher Study Group Leadership Award during the Council’s 2014 Annual Meeting, Mar. 10-13, in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Awards, People

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rate Increasing, Intermodal Forecast Higher

Truckload linehaul rates continue to rise, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index. With demand increasing and capacity decreasing, along with the last two quarters showing an unusually high number of carriers exiting the business, capacity is tight,

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Truckload

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Mack's Twin Y Air Suspension Wins TWNA Technical Achievement Award

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The Truck Writers of North America have named Mack Trucks’ Twin Y air suspension as the top technical achievement of 2013. The announcement and presentation took place Wednesday at an awards luncheon during the Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting and exhibition.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Awards, Suspensions, TMC

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Groups Advocate More Highway Funding for Repairs, Not New Roads

As Congress and the Obama administration wrestle over how to fund work on the nation’s roadways for the next several years, two groups have teamed up, issuing a report saying more focus needs to be put on road repairs rather than building new roads.

Tags: Congress, Research, Highway Funding, Highways

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Improve Following Two Monthly Drops

The 0.3% increase follows a downwardly revised 0.6% decline in January while the December drop was revised down to 0.3%.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

The Department of Transportation is worried that states will start slowing their highway and transit programs even before this summer when the Highway Trust Fund is slated to start running out of money.

Tags: HOS, Highway Funding, EOBR, FMCSA, Congress, Highways, Hours of Service

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Michelin Launches Nationwide Truck Care Network

Michelin Americas Truck Tires announced Michelin Truck Care, a national network of mechanical service providers for trucks with dedicated fleet maintenance managers and technicians, along with standardized services that are audited by Michelin.

Tags: maintenance, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Aftermarket, Michelin Truck Care

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Adding Reefers, Test Methods to SmartWay Program

TMC, NASHVILLE – The Environmental Protection Agency is making changes in its voluntary SmartWay program, including adding refrigerated trailers and accepting more testing methods from suppliers who want to get their fuel-saving technologies verified by the agency.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, Trailers, TMC, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Jury Returns $12 Million Plus Verdict Against Frozen Food Express

A more than $12 million jury verdict was recently handed down in a case involving the trucking company Frozen Food Express in a personal injury lawsuit.

Tags: drivers, Litigation, Frozen Food Express, FFE

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