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December 13, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Court Rules Against EPA in Navistar Engine Case

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lost a fight with truck engine makers over an earlier decision allowing Navistar International to sell earlier models of its engines with exhaust gas recirculation technology, even though they did not meet federal emissions rules.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, EPA, Engines

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Award-Winning Truck Writer Patricia Smith Dies

Trucking journalist/communications specialist Patricia McCullough Smith, who served the trucking industry for nearly three decades, passed away Dec. 10 at the McMinnville, Ore., home she shared with her husband Doug.

Tags: Obituary, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: What a Flashing Yellow Arrow Means

In the past few years, a growing number of cities have begun adding a new signal light to their streets: the flashing yellow arrow. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow lets drivers know that they can legally make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Tags: driver safety, Driving Safety

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Low-Cost Wheel End Brake Components Increasing Penetration in the Aftermarket

The growing Mega Trend of urbanization and the consequent increase in vehicles in operation has culminated in more stop-and-go traffic than ever before. This has lead to higher wear and tear in wheel end brake components, creating a strong case for the class 4-8 commercial vehicle wheel end brake components market, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, Aftermarket, Brakes, Wheel end

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider Shutters San Antonio Sand Hauling Business

Trucking company Schneider National has shut down its San Antonio sand hauling operation, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

Tags: Texas, Fracking, Schneider National

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Three New Locations

Love’s Travel Stops opened three new travel stops in Pecos, Texas, on I-20, at Exit 42; St. Louis, Mo., on I-70, at Exit 246A; and Lexington, S.C., on I-20, at Exit 51, expanding its network to 312 locations nationwide.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Exemptions Issued for North Dakota and Minnesota

An emergency order has been issued in North Dakota for truckers delivering diesel fuel. The move by Gov. Jack Dalrymple is in response to colder-than-normal temperatures leading to extremely low supplies of diesel.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Minnesota, North Dakota, Diesel Fuel, Winter, Propane Transport

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

New Nevada Online Truckstop Maps Now Available

New online truck stop maps are now available from the Nevada Department of Transportation to assist truck drivers traveling Nevada interstates.

Tags: Nevada, Truckstops, I-80, I-15, Interstate 80, Interstate 15

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Jump the Most in Five Months

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The 0.7% gain from the month before comes as figures for October were upwardly revised from an earlier reported 0.4% jump to a 0.6% increase. Year-over-year retail sales are up 4.7%.

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Budget Deal Addresses Oil Drilling and Highways

Shell's Perdido platform in the Gulf of Mexico,  the world's deepest offshore oil drilling and production platform.

UPDATED -- A bipartisan federal budget deal reached Tuesday between members of the U.S. House and Senate to keep the federal government from shutting down, contains a little-known provision on drilling for oil and gas.

Tags: Oil Prices, Congress, Highway Funding, Fuel and Oil, Legislation

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Allstate Peterbilt Group Acquires Steussy Diesel

Minnesota-based Allstate Peterbilt Group is has acquired Steussy Diesel in Alexandria, Minn., and is expanding the parts store into a full-service shop. Effective in January, Steussy Diesel will become Allstate Peterbilt of Alexandria.

Tags: Allstate Peterbilt, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dealers, Aftermarket Parts

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Raises $50,000 for 20th Annual Truckloads of Treasures

Con-way Truckload announced that its employees raised more than $50,000 during the company's 20th Annual Truckloads of Treasures holiday giving campaign.

Tags: Con-Way

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

DOT’s Porcari to Step Down at Year End; Mendez Tapped for Post

Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari is stepping down after four and a half years of service. In a message to DOT employees, Secretary Anthony Foxx thanked Porcari and said he has asked Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez to step in as Acting Deputy Secretary starting Jan. 1.

Tags: DOT, Leadership

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Foreign Tire Sales Recalls Truck Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring Foreign Tire Sales Inc. to recall 2,659 truck tires because of inaccurate load and inflation information on the tires.

Tags: DOT, Recalls, Tires, NHTSA, Foreign Tire Sales

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Truckload Turnover Ticks Down in Third Quarter

According to the latest edition of American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Activity Report, the annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets dipped two percentage points to 97% in the third quarter of 2013.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover, Drivers

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Eyeing Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax

Massachusetts could be the next state of a very small club in using a vehicle miles traveled tax as part of an effort to find alternatives to funding highway projects.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Massachusetts, Oregon, Highway Funding, VMT, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Lower Fuel Prices Forecast for 2014

Credit: U.S. DOE/EIA

Look for fuel prices to be lower next year, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration. It forecasts diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.97 per gallon in 2012, are projected to average $3.92 per gallon this year and $3.77 per gallon in 2014

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Diesel Prices

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Teamsters Inch Closer to Approving Contract

Teamster Union members at UPS parcel delivery business are moving closer bit-by-bit when it comes to approving a new contract.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Drops After Hitting Record High

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.7% in October from September, the first monthly decline after three months of increases, according to a new figures from U.S. Department of Transportation and its Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Landstar Selling Supply Chain Business to XPO Logistics

Logistics and freight brokerage services provider XPO Logistics will buy the Michigan-based supply chain business of Florida-based Landstar System, including NLM, a provider of web-based expedited transportation management in North America, for $87 million.

Tags: Landstar, Logistics, 3PL, Information Technology

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Van Rates Jump First Week in December

Van rates on the spot market surged the first week of December, according to the freight-matching service provider DAT. Total spot market loads available increased 16% and spot market capacity increased 5.2%, while load-to-truck ratios increased across the board.

Tags: DAT, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Enlisting Trucking Volunteers for Wreaths Across America Project

More than 400,000 balsam fir wreaths made in Maine were distributed to cemeteries to decorate graves of military service members in 2012.

Trucking companies are helping with the annual effort to decorate more than 400,000 military graves with balsam fir laurels this Saturday.

Tags: Veterans, Wreaths Across America, Trucking's image, Truckload Carriers Association

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Quaker Steak & Lube and Bosselman Sign Agreement

Quaker Steak & Lube announced it signed an area development agreement with Bosselman Food Services Inc. to open two locations in Nebraska and one in Iowa.

Tags: Expansion

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Remains High in October

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.18 in October, while down marginally from the previous month, remains high due to capacity tightness from regulatory drag.

Tags: FTR, TCI

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Partners with Truckers Against Trafficking

Love’s Travel Stops announced a partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness among professional truck drivers and travel stop employees to combat human trafficking in our country. Love’s also donated $10,000 to help TAT with the costs of producing materials to support its mission.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Truckers Against Trafficking

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