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February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Vehicle Fatalities Fell Slightly Last Year

A new, preliminary estimate shows approximately 35,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2013, a 3% decrease from the year before, according to the National Safety Council.

Tags: National Safety Council, Fatal Accidents, Highways

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates and Load Availability Jump

Freight rates and the number of load available on the spot market posted impressive gains over the past week, according to just released numbers from the freight-matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Expected Union "Persuader Rule" Angers Business Interests

Business groups are up in arms over a second Obama administration proposal when it comes to union organizing elections.

Tags: Regulations, Department of Labor, NLRB, Labor Unions

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Replacing Some Trucks with LNG Powered Units

Refrigerated carrier C. R. England has announced it will replace some existing diesel trucks serving the southern California market with LNG powered rigs.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, C.R. England, Cummins Westport, LNG

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Ordered Off the Road by FMCSA Following Fatal Crash

Following a Jan. 27 crash killing an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injuring an Illinois State Police trooper, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Illinois-licensed truck driver Renato V. Velasquez to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Hot Fuel Cases Reach Cold Conclusion

A case that began in 2006 over claims that diesel and gasoline retailers were cheating customers out of money has apparently come to an end. Plaintiffs' lawyers in "hot fuel” litigation have voluntarily dismissed the remaining cases against defendants in Kansas City, Kan., according to published reports.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Litigation

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster Vans Recalled Over Stuck Pedal

Chrysler Group is recalling 2014 model-year Ram Promaster full-size vans so dealers can replace the pedal stop and prevent unintended acceleration, the automaker announced.

Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Safety Advisors Post Wish List for Highway Bill

An advisory panel is encouraging federal regulators to push for several dozen safety reforms in the upcoming highway bill, ranging from changing how drivers are paid to establishing an entirely new approach to hours of service.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC, Highway Bill

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Northstar Services and J&E Transportation Services Announce Merger

Northstar Services and J&E Transportation Services announce the merger of their two companies, effective Jan. 31.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia's Route 15 Will Get New Traffic Pattern Feb. 21

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On Feb. 21 the Virginia Department of Transportation will conduct an overnight traffic switch on the Zion Crossroads diverging diamond interchange project on Route 15 in Louisa County.

Tags: Virginia, Road Construction

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Completes First Fast-Fill CNG Station in Texas Triangle Expansion

Love’s Fast-Fill compressed natural gas is now available for heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles at its travel stop in Willis, Texas, located on Interstate 45, Exit 95, thus opening its first Texas Triangle location.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

DOE Projects Fuel Prices to Continue to Drop

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The U.S. Energy Department projects lower prices for diesel fuel this year and in 2015 compared to the average cost in 2013, according to its just-released Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices, U.S. Energy Department, Fuel and Oil

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Profit Up for 2013, Dips Slightly in Fourth Quarter

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Trucking company Forward Air has reported financial results showing a small increase in net income and revenue for all of last year while profit during the final three months of 2013 was close to that from a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, Forward Air

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Pulls Authority of Carrier in Long-Haul Mexico Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the authority of one of 14 Mexico-based trucking companies it approved earlier to run in its long-haul cross-border program.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Safety & Compliance

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear To Announce 31st Highway Hero At MATS

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will announce the winner of the 31st Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award on Thursday, March 27, during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Goodyear, Mid-America Trucking Show, Goodyear Highway Hero

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Fourth Quarter Losses Widen at USA Truck

Trucking and logistics provider USA Truck saw its fourth quarter losses widen compared to a year ago but reduced it 2013 compared to the year before.

Tags: Earnings, USA Truck

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Joseph M. Dagnese Named President of Con-way Truckload

Con-way Inc. has announced that Joseph M. Dagnese has been named president of Con-way Truckload, the company's full truckload subsidiary, succeeding Saul Gonzalez.

Tags: Leadership, People, Con-Way, Con-way Truckload

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Highest Since September, Oil Breaks $100 First Time This Year

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The average cost of diesel has increased for the third consecutive week, hitting its highest level since early September, while oil crossed the century mark for the first time this year.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Opens to Traffic

This past weekend marked the official opening of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. The monumental $695 million bridge provides a different way for millions of drivers to cross the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri.

Tags: Missouri, Illinois, I-70, I-55

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Finalist for Five Neal Business Journalism Awards

Heavy Duty Trucking has landed five finalist spots in the 60th Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards competition for editorial excellence. HDT has five of the 173 finalists selected by a distinguished board of judges for entries in commentary, news, technical, how-to and best theme issue categories.

Tags: HDT, Awards

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Broker Bond Company Owner Indicted

The owner of a freight broker bond company was indicted in U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, Calif. late last month in connection with a trust fund scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Office of Inspector General, Brokers, Crime

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Fontaine Modification Establishes New Business Units

Fontaine Modification has established two new business units: Fontaine Modification Fleet Services and Fontaine Modification Vocational Services. The move is designed to enable Fontaine Modification to respond more nimbly to its customers’ needs in these key market segments.

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Jury Rejects $3.5 Million Lawsuit Against FFE Following Crash

A Texas district court jury has verdict in favor of Dallas-based trucking company FFE Transportation Services after rejecting a $3.5 million lawsuit filed by the City of Saint Jo, following an automobile accident that took place nearly four years ago.

Tags: Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, FFE

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Man Pleads Guilty to Helping to Violate Out-of-Service Order

A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to federal charges filed last year charging he helped violate an out-of-service order, according to the U.S. Transportation Department’s Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Crime

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler and Volvo Report Fourth Quarter Earnings

The parent to Freightliner, Western Star and Detroit Diesel saw a big jump in its fourth quarter earnings while profit fell.

Tags: Volvo, OEM, Daimler AG, Earnings

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