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December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Increase 1.8% in November

Truckload linehaul rates in November were 1.8% above the same month last year, according to the latest Cass Truckload Linehaul index.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Port Trucking Companies Say They’re Exempt From California Laws

Trucking companies accused by California of intentionally misclassifying truck drivers a independent contractors, rather than employee drivers, say there is nothing the state can do about it.

Tags: Port Trucking, Owner Operators, Independent Contractors, California

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Insurance Company Founder Indicted

The founder and one-time head of a group that sells insurance to truck drivers has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using numerous foreign trusts and secret Cayman Island bank accounts as part of a scheme to avoid paying more than $7 million in income taxes and for lying to federal authorities.

Tags: Drivers, Insurance, FBI, Owner-Operators

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Slide, Fed Eases Back on Economic Stimulus

UPDATED -- Existing home sales in the United States have fallen for the third straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors, but it’s not due to lack of interest from prospective buyers.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Federal Reserve

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Switching from Expansion to Integration Following Dealer Purchases

From left, All-Around Grand Champion Jason Swann is congratulated by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and company Chairman Rusty Rush at the Tech Skills Rodeo banquet on Tuesday night. Building team spirit is part of the Rush culture.

Rush Enterprises must integrate its new Navistar dealerships into the company's operations and "culture" in the coming year, Chairman and CEO Rusty Rush says.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, NASCAR, Technician, Parts

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Chooses Configurations for Size and Weight Study

The Federal Highway Administration will look at eight types of tractor-trailer combinations in its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights.

Tags: FMCSA, FHWA, Size and Weight

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Transport America Files for Initial Public Offering

Truckload and logistics services provider, Transport America, has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.

Tags: IPO, Transport America

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Recalling Some ProStar Models

Navistar is recalling more than 2,800 model year 2013-2014 International ProStar sleeper cab vehicles manufactured Dec. 12, 2012, through Aug. 8, of this year.

Tags: International, Navistar, Recalls, NHTSA

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Considers Changing Driver Vision Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to ease its standards for granting exemptions to driver vision requirements.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, driver safety

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Eases Enforcement of Break Requirement for Short-Haul Drivers

Short-haul drivers who find that they unexpectedly exceed their daily limits can get relief from enforcement of the 30-minute break requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Hours of Service, driver safety

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Dallas Technician Wins Grand Champion Awards at Rush Competition

Jason Swann, a technician at Rush Truck Center Dallas, had to rise from a dinner table last night and walk to a stage to accept top awards not once or twice, but three times. But those walks, and the diagnostic and repair performance he showed during Rush Enterprises’ Tech Skills Rodeo, earned him $9,500 in prizes plus a racing suit and helmet presented by Nascar driver Tony Stewart.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Video: The Environmental Benefits of Retreading

The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau joined forces with the American Commercial Tire Network to launch a video that highlights the massive environmental benefits of tire retreading.

Tags: TRIB, Tires, Retreads

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Increases Fiscal Second Quarter Profit, Freight Segment Business Up

The FedEx Ground segment reported revenue of $2.85 billion, up 10% from last year and operating income of $424 million, up 3%. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking and parcel delivery provider FedEx has released second quarter fiscal earnings showing gains in both revenue and profit. FedEx is increasing its forecast of full-year earnings per share growth to 8% to 14% above last year's adjusted results.

Tags: Earnings, FedEx, Fleet Financials, LTL

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Booming, Inflation Remains Tame

New housing starts in the United States during November surged 22.7% higher than the October rate, hitting its best level in five-years, according to new figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Investor Reportedly Selling Off Shares

One of the world’s largest private investment firms says it plans to sell its $2 billion stake in the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks November Deliveries Jump 16%

Just released figures show deliveries from the Volvo Group’s truck operations in November 2013 amounted to 20,356 vehicles. This is an increase of 16% compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Levels Continue Improving, Rates Up in Majority of Segments

Spot market freight activity continued picking up steam the second week of December, following some improvements the week before as well as in November.

Tags: DAT Transcore, Spot Freight, Freight, Freight Rates

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Express Concern About Sysco's Purchase of US Foods

The Teamsters Union is saying Sysco's acquisition of US Foods announced last week raises serious concerns for workers, stakeholders and customers as the combined company becomes the country's largest institutional/restaurant food service provider and one of the nation’s largest private truck fleets.

Tags: Teamsters, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Fleets, Sysco, US Foods

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

AmpCNG to Build Public-Access CNG Station

AmpCNG (formally known as AMP Americas) announced that it has signed a deal with Venture Logistics to build CNG fueling infrastructure at an existing gasoline station in Lafayette, Ind.

Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, ampCNG

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear Adds New Commercial Tire & Service Center In Tulsa

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has added a new Commercial Tire & Service Center to its network in Tulsa, Okla., expanding its offerings in the state.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Wheels, Expansion

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

DAT Analyst Sees Truckload Rates Reflecting Hours Rule

Truckload carriers are raising their rates to cover increased costs from the new hours-of service rule, but not enough to keep up with the estimated loss of productivity, says Mark Montague of DAT, the load matching and analytic services company.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Jacobs Executive Announces Retirement

Jacobs Vehicle Systems has announced the retirement of Bob Perkins after nearly 29 years of service. Perkins began his career at Jacobs in 1985 as a Product Manager.

Tags: Leadership, Jacobs Vehicle Systems

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

States Use Technology and Smart Solutions to Battle Winter Weather

Photo courtesy of MnDOT

Winter does not officially begin until Saturday, however state transportation departments have been working hard to remove snow and ice from the nation's roadways for weeks.

Tags: Winter Driving, Information Technology

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Seeks HOS Exemption

A team driver based in Washington state has asked for an exemption to the hours-of-service rule for himself and his co-driver.

Tags: HOS, Federal Register

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

20 Technicians Make Semi-Final Level at Rush Skills Event

Twenty technicians have emerged from the original 106 competitors at Rush Enterprise's Tech Skills Rodeo in San Antonio. The semi-finalists are in nine testing categories, senior editor Tom Berg reports.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, Rush Truck Centers, Dealers, Technicians

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