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June 6, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Allow Conviction-based DataQ Challenges

The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.

Tags: FMCSA, DataQ

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Funding Bill Sets Deadline for ELD Mandate: January 30, 2015

The bill that would suspend the new 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule also sets a deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to publish its electronic logging device mandate: January 30, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, ELD, 34-Hour Restart

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Calls for Ferro's Resignation

FMCSA Administrator, Anne Ferrro. Photo by Jim Park

OOIDA says Administrator Ferro’s failure to perform her duties impartially, her failure to lead her agency to fulfill Congressional mandates, and her failure to responsibly prioritize the agency’s tasks left the OOIDA Board of Directors no choice but to call for her resignation.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

"Weeks to Months" before I-495 Bridge Reopens

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The closure of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington, Del. is creating chaos for commuters and driving up costs for truckers forced to divert to New Jersey's toll roads. Officials say the problems will not be fixed anytime soon.

Tags: Bridges

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Panel Votes to Suspend Hours of Service Restart Pending Study

The suspension would start after the bill is passed and FMCSA posts public notice, and last until September 30, 2015, or when FMCSA finishes the study. Photo by Jim Park

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a wide margin to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the impact of the rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34-Hour Restart

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Law Firm's "Serial Killer" Ad Provokes Strong Response from Trucking

An ad placed in Maxim magazine by a Texas-based law firm specializing in truck crash litigation characterized truckers as serial killers. Response from trucking was swift and furious.

Tags: Trucking's image

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Consumers Buying 'Clean Diesels' for Fuel Economy, Long Range, Diesel Forum Says

Pickups still account for the majority of diesel vehicles, but cars and other passenger vehicles are increasingly powered by the compression-ignition engines.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Diesel Technology Forum, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Clean Diesel Vehicles

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Centers Expands Dealer Network

Truck Centers, which operates a chain of Freightliner/Western Star dealerships in Illinois and Missouri, has added Freightliner of Evansville to its network

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Slips 2 Points, Conditions Still Positive

The TCI took a modest hit during April but is still solidly positive and should stay higher for most of 2014. Much of the reason for the April's dip is the abnormal conditions seen during the winter are leveling off, and having less of an impact on capacity and pricing.

Tags: FTR

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Jeff Rogers Tapped to Succeed Scott Wolfe as CEO of Universal Truckload Services

Scott Wolfe will remain the CEO of Universal for seven months to help Jeff Rogers transition into that position. Scott’s appointment to Universal's Board of Directors ensures that his experience and counsel will continue to benefit Jeff and the company both now and after Scott’s retirement as Universal’s CEO.

Tags: Universal Truckload

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Dart Takes OTR Owner-Operator Rate to $1.00/Mile

The increase brings the loaded mileage rate up 4¢ per mile to $1.00 per mile, and the deadhead rate up 1¢ per mile to $0.91 per mile, effective July 1.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Dart

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed's June Beige Book Report says Economy Expanded In All Districts

Manufacturing activity expanded throughout the nation with a notable improvement along the East Coast. Growth was particularly strong for several Distracts related to motor vehicles, aerospace, and metals. Both non-residential construction activity and commercial real estate markets were generally steady to stronger since the last report.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Social Media Designed Western Star Hits the Road with OOIDA's ‘Spirit of the American Trucker" Trailer

The Western Star 'Design Our Star' truck hits the road pulling OOIDA's Spirit of the American Trucker tour trailer. It will make appearances at truck shows, conferences and truck stops.

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

May Orders Cool for Classes 5-7, Class 8 Still Strong

May's preliminary net order figures for Class 8 are the strongest since February, while Class 5-7 net orders slumped 27% compared to a very strong month in April.

Tags: Class 6, Class 7, Class 8, ACT Research, Class 5

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Restart in Spotlight on Capitol Hill

The companies say they are going to have to drive more during the day as a consequence of the two-night, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. sleep requirement in the new restart provision

Truck driver hours of service took center stage Tuesday as Senators grilled Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the new 34-hour restart provision. The exchanges during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the federal highway program were a prelude to a showdown Thursday on the restart.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, U.S. Senate, ELDs, The Trucking Alliance

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Factory Orders, Construction Spending Rise

New orders for manufactured goods were up for the third consecutive month in April, rising 0.7% to $499.8 billion. April was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 1.5 percent March increase.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Telogis Brings Insight 2.0 to Hino

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A., and Telogis announce a partnership to provide the next generation telematics platform for Hino commercial trucks.

Tags: Telematics, Hino, Fleet Management, Telogis

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck Pricing Slips Slightly in April

Black Book reports modest declines in all medium and heavy duty used truck segments, consistent with good demand and typical depreciation rates.

Tags: Black Book, Used Trucks

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

DEF Pump Pricing Holds, Bulk Pricing Dips

Declining feedstock prices are bring down the delivered price of diesel exhaust fluid in most regions of the country.

Tags: DEF Tracker

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

May Class 8 Orders Show Strongest Performance since 2006

Class 8 orders have now had sixteen consecutive months with year-over-year increases. Class 8 orders for the latest six month period through May annualize to 343,000 units.

Tags: FTR

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Pedro Ferro Named CEO of Friction Manufacturer Fras-le

Perdo Ferro succeeds Daniel Randon, who is now CFO of the Randon Group.

Tags: Fras-le

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Australian Carrier Handed Record $1.25M Speeding Fine

Australians seem to take truck safety pretty seriously. A carrier and two managers were recently fined $1.25 million for repeated speeding offenses and tampering with speed limiters.

Tags: Speed Limiter

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Opens Registration for Fall Meeting, Issues Updated RP Manual

TMC’s 2014 Fall Meeting offers a collection of educational sessions designed to keep your maintenance personnel on the cutting edge of vehicle technology with over 15 educational sessions and more than 100 Industry Task Force meetings.

Tags: TMC, TMCSuperTech

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Partners with Hiring Our Heroes to Hire Career-transitioning Veterans

This partnership with Fastport and Hire Our Heroes enables veterans and military spouses to gain a better understanding of the tremendous employment opportunities available in the transportation industry.

Tags: Hiring Veterans, JB Hunt

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Tilting Support Columns Force Closure of I-495 Bridge in Delaware

The Delaware DOT closed the 1-813 bridge over the Christina today because an inspection showed four of the 37 support columns are tilted as much as four percent out of vertical alignment. Bridge engineers and consultant are on the scene and are placing tilt sensors to monitor the bridge. Detours for north and southbound I-495 traffic have been posted.

Tags: Road Closure

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