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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

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in More Than Five Years; Factory Shipments, Auto Sales Up

UPDATED -- Numbers released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department show 288,000 jobs were added, the most since January 2012, with the unemployment rate falling to 6.3% from 6.7% in March.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment, Factory Shipments, Factory Orders, Auto Sales

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ed Saxman Retires After 44 Years of Engineering, Marketing at Volvo and Mack

Photo by Paul Hartley, AddMedia

Ed Saxman, an engineer and product manager at Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks for a combined 44 years, has retired. A mechanical engineer by education, Saxman helped develop powertrain advances, then explained them to customers and journalists.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, People

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Editors Seeking Fuel-Saving Ideas for June Issue

Do you have a sure-fire tip, trick or technique that has helped your company save money on fuel? If so, Heavy Duty Trucking's editors would like to hear about it for our special June issue, featuring "100 Ways to Save on Fuel."

Tags: Fuel Economy, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Fuel and Oil

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Arkansas Best Renamed, Tightens First Quarter Losses

The trucking operation, Arkansas Best, just renamed ArcBest, has reported a first quarter net loss of $2.9 million, or 11 cents per share, compared to a first quarter 2013 net loss of $13.4 million, or 52 cents per share.

Tags: Arkansas, Earnings, Panther, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Turns Around to a Profit, Raises Expectations

Finances for the truck component maker Meritor have turned around compared to a year ago, with it reporting a small profit.

Tags: Meritor, Earnings

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Group Pushing Alternative to Obama Highway Funding Plan

A national coalition of transportation companies formed three years ago to advance trucking fleet safety initiatives announced it supports major components within President Obama’s four-year $302 billion transportation plan released this week, however, there is one area in which it disagrees.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Barack Obama, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, U.S. Congress, The Trucking Alliance

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Announces Funding to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made $9 million in grant funding available for clean diesel projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines.

Tags: Emissions, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Emissions Reduction, Idle Reduction

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