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November 6, 2013 - Industry News

First TA and Petro LNG Locations Announced

An LNG retrofit tank on a heavy truck. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Officials with the truckstop chain, Travel Centers of America, indicated this week when they plan to open their first liquefied natural gas filling stations in cooperation with Shell targeting commercial vehicles.

Tags: Liquefied Natural Gas, Travel Centers of America, Petro Stopping Centers, Shell, Engines

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Economic Indicators Increase

Conditions for the American economy are improving and may continue doing so, according to a new report out from one private research group.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Conditions Slightly Better from Week Before

Total spot market loads available to haul increased 4.9% Oct. 27 through Nov. 2 compared to the previous seven days, while spot market capacity fell 2.3%.

Tags: Freight, Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Profit Declines for Quality Distribution

The parent to bulk chemical haulers, Quality Carriers and Boasso America, has reported net income of $2.8 million, for the third of the year, down sharply from $8.9 million a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, Quality Distribution

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Over $8 million Available to Reduce Emissions in Bay Area in Calif.

The California Bay Area Air Quality Management District is announcing that funding is now available to help Bay Area truck owners reduce emissions and meet upcoming state air quality requirements.

Tags: CARB, Intermodal

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Says Train and Tractor-Trailer/Parade Float Crash and Deaths Due to Poor Planning

A fatal accident in which a freight train struck a tractor-trailer hauling a parade float in Midland, Tex. last November was caused by the failure of both the city and the parade organizer to address the risks associated with routing a parade through an active grade crossing and it serves as a cautionary tale to any trucking operation that volunteers equipment or people for such events.

Tags: Accidents, Texas, NTSB, Safety & Compliance

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Defendants Plead Guilty in Scheme to Steal Trailer-Load of Goods

Two defendants pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Federal court in Kansas for their role in a scheme to steal a load of processed beef from a meatpacker in southwest Kansas.

Tags: Kansas, Cargo Theft, Crime

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing and Manufacturing Sectors Improve

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in October for the 46th consecutive month, according to the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management Report On Business.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Non-Manufacturing

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

South Carolina Ports Launch Clean Trucks Program

One of South Carolina's ports. Credit: S.C. Ports Authority

The South Carolina Ports Authority has announced a new Clean Truck Certification Program to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Tags: Clean Truck Program, South Carolina, Ports, Owner-Operators, Port Trucking

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders N.C. Carrier to Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Cherryville, N.C.-based trucking company, to immediately cease operations, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Drug Testing

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Reviews Benefits, Costs of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

A vehicle-to-vehicle wireless network could improve safety by communicating warnings, but the benefits depend on broad deployment and acceptance by the public.

Tags: DOT, GAO, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications, V2V, UMTRI, NHTSA

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Mack Trucks Reduces Energy Usage Through Climate Corps Program

Mack Trucks’ Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly facility is saving energy and cutting costs through the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps Program.

Mack Trucks is continuing to work toward developing new ways to save energy at its Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly facility in Macungie, Pa.

Tags: Green, Mack Trucks

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide, Teamsters Set to Meet

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A few years ago, YRC Worldwide was able to stay afloat with the help of union workers agreeing to a series of wage and benefit cuts. YRC's back in the same boat, but this time around, lenders are insisting on changes.

Tags: YRC Worldwide, Teamsters, LTL

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Relocates Albuquerque Service Center

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. relocated its Albuquerque Service Center to a larger facility. With 43 employees, the newly constructed service center contains 41 doors – a 40% increase from the previous location.

Tags: Relocation, Old Dominion Freight Line, Expansion, Service Center

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

DriveCam is Now Lytx

DriveCam Inc. has changed its company name to Lytx Inc. The company’s flagship product will now be called DriveCam, powered by Lytx, and the company will continue to offer the same driver safety solutions and service.

Tags: DriveCam, Lytx

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Hazardous Waste Transporter Agrees to Settle Claims, Costing $325,000

A New York-based trucking company has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle claims that it failed to pay the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection fees covering the costs of handling and transporting oil and other hazardous wastes within the state.

Tags: Massachusetts, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Transport America Adds Executive Staff

Chris Duncan has joined Transport America as vice president - dedicated sales, and Laurie Murphy has been hired as vice president - eastern region.

Tags: Leadership, Transport America

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Loss Widens Despite Huge Jump in Revenue

XPO Logistics, which provides freight brokerage, expedited transportation and logistics services, has announced financial results for the third quarter showing total revenue was $194 million, a 173.3% increase from the same period in 2012.

Tags: Earnings, XPO Logistics

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices at Lowest Level in Four Months

The average cost of diesel is down for the second straight week and is at it lowest level since early July.

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

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Fontaine Modification’s Nate Eichinger to Lead Vocational Truck Operations

Fontaine Modifications announced that Nate Eichinger will oversee vocational truck operations for the company. As vocational operations manager, Eichinger will direct production and scheduling at all of Fontaine’s vocational truck facilities nationwide.

Tags: Leadership, Fontaine Modification

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Paschall Truck Lines Sold to Employees

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Kentucky-based Paschall Truck Lines President and CEO Randall A. Waller has sold 100% percent of his stock in the company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Man to Pay Restitution to Con-way Freight, Serve Time for Bomb Hoax

An Illinois man has been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay restitution in the to Con-way Freight after pleading guilty to sending threatening communications over the Internet.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Crime, Con-Way

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

New York State Tightens Rules for Electronic Device Use by CDL Holders

New York has set forth more stringent prohibitions on the use of portable electronic devices for commercial driver’s license holders, including prohibiting their use when stopped in traffic

Tags: Drivers, New York, Texting, Cell Phones, Safety & Compliance

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Prices Nearly Unchanged

The national average price of DEF at truck stops islands was $2.79 per gallon in the U.S., a decline of one-cent from the month before.

Tags: DEF, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Inspection Results Show Lowest Brake System Out-of-Service Rate Yet

This year, participating agencies inspected 20,067 vehicles throughout Brake Safety Week and placed 2,714 commercial vehicles out-of-service for brake violations. The rate for brake violations ties with May 2013 and September 2010 for the lowest OOS rates recorded since similar events began in 1998.

Tags: FMCSA, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, OOS, Operation Airbrake

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