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May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Performance Truck Opens Kenworth Dealership in Victoria, Texas

Performance Truck has opened a new full-service Kenworth location with six service bays on U.S. Highway 59 in Victoria, Texas.

Tags: Kenworth, Aftermarket, Performance Truck

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Tight Capacity Pushes Trucking Conditions Index Higher

FTR Trucking Conditions Index, Jan. 2013 through March 2014. Credit: FTR

A measure of the health of the trucking industry has increased slightly, reflecting extremely tight capacity in the truckload sector, according to newly released numbers from the freight forecasting firm FTR

Tags: FTR

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Shell and Travel Centers of America Open LNG Fueling Lanes in U.S.

Shell and Travel Centers of America opened their first two liquefied natural gas fueling lanes in the U.S. in Ontario, California. This station is the first of the Shell and TA agreement to sell LNG to heavy-duty road transport customers in the U.S. at TA and Petro fueling centers.

Tags: Shell, TravelCenters of America, LNG Fueling Station, LNG

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Reverses Course, Gasoline Falls After 12 Straight Hikes

UPDATED -- The average cost of on-highway diesel has moved slightly lower over the past week, following two straight weekly increases, according to a new U.S. Energy Department report.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Orbcomm Launching New Generation of Satellites

A company that provides trailer tracking and an array of other information technology services to the trucking industry is scheduled to launch the first phase of a set of satellites on Saturday.

Tags: Information Technology, Trailer Tracking, ORBCOMM

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Dean Kaplan Elected NTTC Chairman

Members of the National Tank Truck Carriers have elected Dean Kaplan as the organization’s new chairman at the association’s recent annual meeting in Las Vegas on April 28.

Tags: National Tank Truck Carriers, People, NTTC

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Roar Logistics Purchases Legend Transportation Group

The acquisition folds LTG, including its third-party logistics model and its online, less-than-truckload services for the retail store openings, mining, high-tech plant movement, gas and oil, and the energy industry into Roar's operations.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Roar Logistics

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Increasing Tanker Company Driver Pay

Most company tanker drivers will earn an additional 8% to 10% per mile, both loaded and unloaded, for an average increase of $4,000 per year.

Tags: Schneider, Tankers, Schneider National, Driver Pay

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Commercial Driver Seat Belt Use Hits Record High

The Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Survey shows that the overall safety belt usage rate for drivers of all medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses rose from 78% in 2010 to new high of 84% in 2013

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Seat Belts, Safety & Compliance

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Volume Rises 2.6% in First Quarter

Total intermodal freight volumes rose 2.6% above the previous year in the first quarter of 2014, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America, despite extreme weather conditions depressing economic activity across much of the continent.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight, IANA

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Reports Class 8 Orders for April Tempered from Hot Pace of Previous Four Months

FTR has released preliminary data showing April 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 24,115, 11% below March results. While orders tempered in April 2014 from the torrid pace set in the previous four months, they were 5% above a year ago, continuing the year over year positive comparisons for a fifteenth consecutive month.

Tags: Class 8, FTR

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

'Clean Trucks Bill' Approved in Colorado

A Clean Trucks Bill has received final approval from Colorado lawmakers and is expected to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Tags: Emissions, Colorado, EPA SmartWay, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Idle Reduction, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens Location in Brooklyn, Iowa

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its network with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA, located at I-80, Exit 197 in Brooklyn, Iowa.

Tags: Fueling Station, TravelCenters of America, Expansion

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing Activity Highest Since August

Economic activity in the nation’s non-manufacturing sector grew in April for the 51st consecutive month, hitting its highest level since last August, according to the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing Report On Business.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Profits Falls 66%

The parent to trucking companies Quality Carriers and Boasso America saw its first quarter income drop by 66%.

Tags: Earnings, Quality Distribution

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Former Rep. James Oberstar Dies

Former Rep. James Oberstar, a 36-year Congressman whose encyclopedic knowledge of transportation helped shape generations of policy, died May 3 at his home in Potomac, Md.

Tags: Obituary, Oberstar

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Surcharges Rising with FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground

The hike by three percentage points will be effective June 2, while FedEx Ground will begin applying dimensional weight pricing to all shipments, effective January 1, 2015.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, Fuel Surcharge

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Average Cargo Theft Loss Jumps 38.5% Despite Fewer Thefts

Cargo theft heat map, first quarter 2014. Credit: FreightWatch International

In the first quarter of 2014 a total of 206 full-truckload cargo theft incidents in the United States were recorded, according to a new report from logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Truckstops, Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

April Classes 5-8 Preliminary Orders 10th Best Month in 8 Years

April North America Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 17,800 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 24,400 units, when actual data are released mid-month.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ed Shea, TMC Activist and Retired Publisher, Dies at 91

Ed Shea, a retired publisher of Owner Operator and The Specialist magazines, passed away April 28 after a period of declining health. He was 91. He was a founding member of what is now the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: People, Obituary, TMC

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Prime Trailer Leasing Acquires OnRamp Trailer From CR England

Prime Trailer Leasing, a provider for the rental and leasing of semi trailers, announced it has purchased OnRamp Trailer Services from CR England.

Tags: Trailers, Prime Trailer, CR England, OnRamp Trailer

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Roadcheck Truck Inspection Blitz Set for June 3-5

It is one of a series of activities that occur year round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Inspections, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Roadcheck

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

NFI and Ocean Spray Open New Distribution Center

NFI announced the grand opening of its Distribution Center in Kutztown, Pennsylvannia. This 1,000,000 square foot facility expands the footprint of NFI in the Lehigh Valley and will serve as the distribution center for 40% of the global volume of Ocean Spray.

Tags: NFI, Expansion

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Fired CARB Critic and Researcher Heading to Court

A tough critic of the California Air Resources Board and its policies over its regulation of diesel emissions, who was fired from his job at a California university, is finally getting his day in court this coming November.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, Litigation

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Target Swift CEO Jerry Moyes' Power

The Teamsters claim Jeffy Moyes has too much power at Swift Transportation, and a stockholders' group is backing them up. Photo by Evan Lockridge

A Teamsters Union proposal that it says addresses trucking company Swift Transportation’s “dual class stock structure” is getting a boost from the country’s largest proxy voting advisory firm.

Tags: Teamsters, Swift Transportation, Labor Unions

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