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January 17, 2014 - Industry News

SmartDrive Expands Sales Team

Michael Stapleton

SmartDrive Systems announced that Michael Stapleton and Kelley Overton have joined its management team as vice president of regional sales and director of regional sales, respectively.

Tags: Leadership, SmartDrive Systems

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

Nearly 350,000 Hybrid and Electric Trucks Will be Sold by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research

According to a new report from Navigant Research, nearly 350,000 light, medium-, and heavy-duty hybrid and electric trucks will be sold in the global commercial fleet market from 2013 through 2020.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Navigant Research, Hybrid, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

CNG Station to be Built Near Birmingham

Evergreen Transport LLC has partnered with U.S. Oil for the construction of a Gain Clean Fuel compressed natural gas station to be located near Birmingham, Ala.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

The Pete Store Acquires Elliott/Wilson Capital Trucks

The Pete Store announced it has acquired certain assets of Elliott/Wilson Capitol Trucks LLC, a truck dealer with locations in Maryland and Virginia. The acquisition adds a full-service facility in Landover, Md., a parts-only location in Manassas, Va., and territory on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the dealers’ network.

Tags: Dealers, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Readies Sanctions Against Repeat Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a rule next week containing tough new sanctions against carriers that disregard safety rules.

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

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

Conway Expects Little Improvement in 4th Quarter Earnings

Trucking and logistics parent company, Con-way Inc. has released guidance ahead of posting fourth quarter earnings, with the expectation they will be around what they were the same time a year ago, 21 cents per share.

Tags: Earnings, Con-Way

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Best Since '07, Industrial Production Jumps

The annual rate registered 923,400 single-family homes and apartments, an 18% increase above 2012 figure of 780,600.

Tags: Freight, Industrial Production, Home Starts, Economy

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Marks 75th Anniversary

In 2014, Peterbilt will celebrate 75 years of being in business with commemorative events throughout the year that include a North American tour with a specialized anniversary trailer, a limited-edition Model 579 and numerous other activities.

Tags: PACCAR, Peterbilt, Anniversary

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

New World Van Lines Named AMSA’s Independent Mover of the Year

New World Van Lines, headquartered in Chicago, has been chosen as the nation’s top independent moving company for 2013 by the American Moving & Storage Association.

Tags: AMSA

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Opens First LNG Station in Florida

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced the opening of the first liquefied natural gas fueling station in Florida, as well as the opening of the company’s America’s Natural Gas Highway stations in Pontoon Beach, Ill., and Fontana, Calif., to fuel heavy-duty natural gas trucks.

Tags: Florida, Clean Energy Fuels, LNG

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

New HOS Rules Continue to Impact Bottom Lines

Transport Capital Partners fourth-quarter survey results show new hours-of-service impacting productivity, carriers expecting wages to climb, and more entry-level drivers to be sought by fleets.

Tags: Driver Shortage, HOS, Driver Turnover, TCP, Driver Pay

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Extends Deadline on Workplace Injury and Illness Proposal

The time to comment on a proposal from The Occupational Safety and Health Administration about a possible new regulation that would change the tracking and reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses has been extended from its original deadline.

Tags: Accidents, Regulations, OSHA, Department of Labor

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Nearly $2 Million in Pension Benefits Returned to 515 Truckers

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division resulted in the restoration of $1,979,779 in 401(k) pension benefits to 515 drivers working on U.S. Postal Service contracts for California-based Lange Trucking.

Tags: Drivers, California, Department of Labor

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB Releases "Most Wanted" Safety List for 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board has just released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness priorities for the agency for the year.

Tags: NTSB, U.S. DOT

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

YRC and Teamsters Back in Talks Following Failed Contract Vote

It’s back to the negotiation table for the financially troubled parent of several trucking companies, YRC Worldwide, following Teamsters Union employees voting down a contract extension.

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Tame, Overall Conditions Improving

Despite the biggest jump in consumer prices in six months and the first hike in wholesale prices in three months, inflation remains tame, according two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Consumer Prices, Wholesale Prices, Federal Reserve

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J: 95% of Customers Owed Money Have Been Paid

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Truckstop chain, Pilot Flying J, provided an update Wednesday on where it stands following a raid on company headquarters last April by federal agents, as part of investigation it allegedly cheated customers out of money they were due.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Work ‘Paused’ on Cummins Natural Gas Engine

Cummins says it has “paused” work on its 14.9-liter natural gas engine because of “uncertainty” of the demand for such power plants amid the expense of fueling stations and on-board tanks.

Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, Cummins ISX15, Cummins Westport, Natural Gas, Engines

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Will Post Trust Fund Balance to Illustrate Infrastructure Deficit

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined the familiar issues surrounding the nation’s “infrastructure deficit” and added a new wrinkle: DOT will post a monthly update on the balance in the shrinking Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, National Freight Strategic Plan, Infrastructure Funding, DOT, Highway Funding

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Marmon Highway Technologies Introduces Fontaine Intermodal

Fontaine Engineered Products, Inc., a Marmon Highway Technologies/Berkshire Hathaway company, recently established a stand-alone division – Fontaine Intermodal – to design and produce innovative products for the growing intermodal transportation market.

Tags: Marmon Highway Technologies, Intermodal, Fontaine

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Aftermarket Sales Will Remain Soft in the Near Term

Commercial Motor Vehicle Consulting's CV Parts Aftermarket Leading Indicator decreased 0.2% in November to 100.82 following 0.3% decrease in October. The downturn in PLI is moderating and appears to bottoming out as the slowing of fleet cyclical factors has abated and some factors, such as industrial production, have recently moderately accelerated.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Kicks Off its 50th Anniversary

Love’s Travel Stops is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. Founder and executive chairman Tom Love announced the company would undergo a record year of building.

Tags: Anniversary, Love's Travel Stops

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. (File photo by Jim Park)

Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s goal of zero truck-related fatalities an ideology or an appropriate aspiration?

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, ATA, HOS, Anne Ferro, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Independent Contractor Bill Signed into Law in New York

Credit: NY Governor's office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, drastically changing how the state classifies independent contractors

Tags: New York, Legislation, Owner-Operators, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Loads Jump 74% Last Week, 2013 Rates and Activity Better Than 2012

Activity on the spot market skyrocketed the first full week of the year, according to new figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT, but rates lagged.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight

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