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August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Deaths Decline in First Half of 2014

Preliminary data collected by the National Safety Council indicates deaths from motor vehicle crashes during the first six months of 2014 are down 4%, compared to the same six month period last year, according to newly released figures.

Tags: National Safety Council, Highway Fatalities

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: July Retail Sales Stumble

U.S. retail sales were virtually unchanged in July from the month before, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, but were 3.7% higher than compared to the same time a year earlier.

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Driver In I-55 Crash Pleads Not Guilty

A truck driver has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying his logbooks and failure to maintain proper records resulting from a fatal July crash on I-55 near Chicago, but reckless homicide charges are still possible in the crash that killed five.

Tags: Hours of Service, Illinois, I-55

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

FleetCor Purchasing Comdata for Nearly $3.5 Billion

FleetCor Technologies, a provider of fuel cards and workforce payment services, has signed an agreement to purchase electronic payment services provider Comdata for $3.45 billion.

Tags: Comdata, FleetCor Technologies, Fleet Cards, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bills Would Adjust Truck Weight Limit for Natural Gas

Increased weight is a disincentive for many fleets to buy natural gas powered trucks. Photo courtesy Central Freight Lines.

The House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits to accommodate the heavier fuel systems of natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Weights, U.S. Congress, Legislation

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Posts Usual Summer Decline

The freight logistics sector slowed in July, following a seasonal trend, with both freight shipments and freight payments down 3.9% from the previous month, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Bill Starts 10-Month Countdown

Photo: Evan Lockridge

President Obama has signed the latest short-term extension of the federal highway program, starting a 10-month clock on yet another funding deadline.The $10.8 billion bill, passed by Congress at the last moment before the Highway Trust Fund dipped into the red, will keep the fund solvent until next May.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Anthony Foxx

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Ups Pay for Solo Drivers

U.S. Xpress, Chattanooga, Tenn., is increasing its base mileage pay and making other compensation changes for over-the-road, solo, non-dedicated truck drivers.

Tags: U.S. Xpress, Driver Pay

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Brings Trucking Web Series to America

Volvo is bringing its trucking web series “Welcome to My Cab” to North America with a new episode.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo Trucks, Landstar, Web Series

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference & Expo Announces Speakers and Schedule

Mark Smith (left) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co. will deliver the keynote addresses at his year's Green Fleet Conference.

The Ninth Green Fleet Conference & Expo (GFC) announced its schedule for the annual event Oct. 29-30 in Schaumburg, Ill. The 2014 keynote speakers are Mark Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Makes $100,000 Donation to Trucking Moves America Forward

Photo: Trucking Moves America Forward

The American Trucking Associations has made a $100,000 commitment toward the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign, an industry initiative to showcase the positive side of trucking.

Tags: ATA, Trucking Moves America Forward, Image

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Many Detroit Area Interstates Closed Due to Flooding

Massive rain, described by some media outlets as “historic,” has hit the Detroit area, leading to flooding and closed roads, including many interstate routes.

Tags: Detroit, Weather, Road Closure, Interstate

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Record Imports Expected for August

Trucks serving major container ports can expect to see record import volume this month as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Raising Driver Pay

Con-way Truckload has announced the rollout of an enhanced driver compensation package that raises per-mile pay, effective Sept. 7 for both company drivers and independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Truckload, Driver Pay, Con-way Inc.

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Illinois Governor Vetoes Speed Differential Bill

Illinois' governor has vetoed a bill that would reduce speed differentials between cars and trucks in rural areas near Chicago from 15 mph back down to the previous 10 mph difference.

Tags: Illinois, Speed Limits

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Offering New Lease Options On Canter FE Series Trucks

Photo via Mitsubishi Fuso.

Mitsubishi Fuso is now offering a fair market value lease on the Canter FE Series trucks as a result of its partnership with Daimler Truck Financial.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Closed-End Leases, Canter, Daimler Trucks North America

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Asks Trucking Industry to Rank Top Concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute has launched a new survey asking trucking industry stakeholders to rank their top concerns.

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Industry Concerns, Stakeholders, ATA, Research

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Moves Lower for Sixth Straight Week to $3.843

UPDATED -- The average cost of diesel keeps moving lower, hitting its lowest level since last mid-November, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Moves Higher

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index, Jan. 2013-May 2014.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index showed some positive movement in June after moderating slightly during the prior two months.

Tags: Economy, FTR, GDP

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

FleetPride Acquires Republic Diesel Truck Parts and Service

Photo: FleetPride

FleetPride has acquired the Republic Diesel truck parts and service business, expanding the company’s presence in Indiana and Kentucky.

Tags: FleetPride, Mergers & Acquisitions, Service Center, Republic Diesel, Parts, Aftermarket

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Set for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has designated September 7 through September 13 as Brake Safety Week, an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

Tags: Drivers, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Inspections, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Safety & Compliance, CVSA

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Maine Turnpike Speed Limit Increases to 70

The maximum speed of travel along the Maine Turnpike is increasing by five mph in many locations, the Maine Turnpike Authority has announced.

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Purchasing Active Aero Group for $115 Million

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Active Aero Group from the investment firm Platinum Equity.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Head to Pittsburgh for National Truck Driving Championships

Gary Harms (left), a Walmart driver based in Olathe, Kan. was named the Grand Champion at last year's event. Photo courtesy of ATA.

More than 400 drivers will converge on the Steel City on Tuesday for the 2014 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Bendix, Competition

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Authority of Company for Not Allowing Access to Records

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the operating authority of a single-truck motor carrier after it refused to provide access to company records for an investigation following a highly publicized fatal crash in the Chicago area.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Illinois, Operating Authority

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