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November 19, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Decreased 2.8% in October

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.8% in October, the first decrease since July. In September, the index was up 0.5%. September’s increase was less than the preliminary 1.4% gain ATA reported on Oct. 22.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Edges Higher in September

Even though FTR's Shippers Conditions Index improved marginally in September along with a small improvement in the environment affecting shippers it is not expected to hold.

Tags: HOS, FTR, SCI, Driver Shortage

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Considered in Washington

Washington could be headed in the direction of having the second highest state diesel and gasoline taxes in the nation. Legislation has been introduced in the state senate to boosting the current 37.5 cents per gallon levy by 11.5 cents, totaling 49 cents per gallon.

Tags: Washington, Fuel Tax, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

Minnesota Announces “Corridors of Commerce” Projects

List of Corridors of Commerce projects. Credit: Minn. DOT.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have announced ten highway construction projects will receive funding through the state’s new $300 million Corridors of Commerce program.

Tags: Minnesota, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Freight CEO: U.S. Trucking Curbed by Infrastructure

The upcoming years will be tough for the transportation industry in the United States, FedEx Freight president and CEO William Logue said at the annual National Industrial Transportation League conference in Houston.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highway Funding, FedEx

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Levies $1 Million Fine Against Carrier for Firing Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Gaines Motor Lines of N.C., along with company officials Tim Gaines and Rick Tompkins, to compensate four former truck drivers who were fired in violation of federal whistleblower laws.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, OSHA, Safety & Compliance

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Fails to Advance for 11th Straight Week

The average cost of fuel in the U.S. continues falling with diesel hitting its lowest price since early July.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Proposes Key Freight Highways

The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a series of key highways to serve as a highway Primary Freight Network, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The notice appeared in today’s Federal Register.

Tags: DOT, FHWA, MAP-21, Freight

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Bosselman Boss Shop Opens in Sullivan, Mo.

Bosselman Boss Truck Shops Inc. announced its newest location in Sullivan, Mo. The new shop is located adjacent to the Flying J Travel Plaza.

Tags: Expansion

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Rob Phillips Takes Helm of Phillips Industries

Rob Phillips is the fourth generation Phillips family member to lead the company.

Phillips Industries, a manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake interface equipment for commercial vehicles, has appointed Rob Phillips as its new president and COO.

Tags: Leadership, Phillips Industries

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Proposes to Cut Renewable Fuel Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to cut the volume of renewable fuels next year. The agency is required to set annual standards for cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewables. It gave two reasons why it needs to reduce the percentage of these fuels next year.

Tags: Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, EPA

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Celadon Acquires N. Yanke Transfer Limited in Canada

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. trucking operation, Celadon Group, has announced an agreement to acquire selected assets of N. Yanke Transfer Limited based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Tags: Celadon Trucking Services

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New HOS Rules Result in Productivity Losses

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its latest analysis of the operational and economic impacts resulting from the new hours-of-service rules that went into effect July 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Cooper Appeal Granted in Apollo Case

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced that the Delaware Supreme Court has granted its request for an expedited hearing of its appeal to a partial ruling rendered by Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III in the case Cooper filed against Apollo Tyres.

Tags: Tires, Litigation

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Port of Los Angeles Truckers on Strike

Port of Los Angeles.

Truckers from three companies serving the Port of Los Angeles took to the picket lines Monday for a 36-hour strike that began at 5am, Pacific time.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Teamsters, Port Trucking

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Project to Expand I-70 Truck Parking Awarded

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a project to expand the Interstate 70 truck parking facilities near Mineola.

Tags: Missouri, I-70, Interstate 70, Truck Parking

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Some Mack 2013 and 2014 Models

Two recalls, affecting nearly 1,700 Mack trucks have been issued, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Tags: Mack Trucks, Recalls

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Bullish on Mexican Market

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- With a display reminiscent of the parent company's dominating presence at the giant IAA commercial vehicles exhibition in Germany, Daimler Mexico made its intentions clear at last week's Expo Transporte, the bi-annual Mexican truck show.

Tags: Mexico, Daimler Trucks, Global

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

DTNA Aftermarket Going After 'Undisputed Leadership'

The all-makes Alliance Parts portfolio currently is made up of 32 product lines in three categories: accessories, repair/replacement and maintenance.

Daimler Trucks North America is taking steps to meet a goal of "undisputed leadership" in the aftermarket parts and service business, including revamping inventory and parts delivery and using technology to speed diagnosis and repairs.

Tags: Aftermarket, Daimler Trucks North America, Alliance Truck Parts, fleet maintenance

November 17, 2013 - Industry News

Take a Virtual Stroll Through a Mexican Trucking Show

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- At first glance the photos of this trucking show may look a lot like what you will see at major events in the U.S. But look a little closer at the Spanish writing in the background. These photos were shot in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week during the nation’s largest truck and bus show, Expo Transporte.

Tags: Volvo, Mexico, Daimler Trucks, Global

November 17, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Agrees to Purchase 31 Gas Stations for $67 Million

Travel Centers of America LLC has agreed to acquire 31 convenience stores with retail gasoline stations for $67 million, before closing costs and customary working capital adjustments. The seller is a private company which operates these stores under its proprietary brand name Minit Mart.

Tags: Expansion, Mergers & Acquisitions, Travel Centers of America

November 17, 2013 - Industry News

Landstar Breaks Ground on Orientation Center in Texas

Landstar System Inc. officially broke ground on its new orientation center in Ft. Worth, Texas. The new 12,000 square foot facility in Ft. Worth will be almost double the size of the current orientation center in Grand Prairie, with new and improved truck parking and more restrooms, work and dining space and computers for Landstar Business Capacity Owners.

Tags: Landstar, Expansion

November 17, 2013 - Industry News

Kenan Advantage Group Acquires RTL-Westcan Group

Kenan Advantage Group announced that it has completed the acquisition of RTL-Westcan Group. RTL-Westcan is a hauler of bulk commodities in western and northern Canada, serving more than 500 customers across its operating region.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Kenan Advantage Group

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities Rose 3.3% in 2012

The national highway safety effort lost ground in 2012 as fatalities from both car and truck crashes increased compared to the previous year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a 3.3% increase, from 32,479 to 33,561.

Tags: Accidents, ATA, NHTSA

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Gives Break to Fleets Making 'Good Faith' Efforts to Meet Regulations

The California Air Resources Board announced that it will give a break to some truckers who are working to meet a January deadline for upgrades to their aging diesel fleets.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, DPF

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