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June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Names Jay Craig President, COO; Mark Evans Sr. Director, Aftermarket Field Sales

UPDATED -- Previously, he was senior vice president and president of Meritor's Commercial Truck & Industrial segment. Craig will continue to report directly to Ike Evans, chairman and CEO.

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit’s KC Plant Running Full Steam Ahead

Photo by Stephane Babcock.

Ford's Kansas City assembly plant is moving at full capacity to meet the demand for its Transit full-size van that begins arriving at dealers this summer.

Tags: Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Vehicle Manufacturing, Ride and Drive

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC Wins Lawsuit Against Carrier on Behalf of Female Trucker

Winebrenner Transfer, a Hagerstown, Md.-based trucking company, will pay $42,000 to a female truck driver to resolve a lawsuit for retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Drivers, Litigation, Driver Pay, EEOC

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Sixth Straight Week, Oil Hits Three-Month High

On-highway diesel fuel prices. Credit: U.S. DOE

The average price of on-highway diesel has fallen for the sixth straight week, hitting its lowest price since the latter half of January, according to a new U.S. Energy Department report.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations, one in Dodge City, Kan., at the intersection of U.S. Highways 400, 56 and 283; the other in Grand Junction, Colo., off I-70, at exit 26.

Tags: Diesel, Drivers, Colorado, DEF, Kansas, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Expanding Services in Greensboro, N.C

“North Carolina is home to many commercial trucking fleets, and Greensboro is a very important market for Goodyear,” said Phillip Kane, vice president, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Goodyear, North Carolina, Tires, breakdowns

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

England Van Lines Retrofitting Trucks with Stop-Start Technology

California-based England Van Lines plans to retrofit its fleet of moving trucks in San Jose with new stop-start technology allowing drivers to coast through traffic lights without having to stop.

Tags: Fuel Savings, technology, California, Engines

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA and C.R. England Reach Settlement Over Leases

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the trucking company C.R. England have reached a settlement in a case regarding compliance with federal regulations governing the leasing relationship between motor carriers and truck owner-operators.

Tags: C.R. England, OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Litigation

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier Agrees to Settlement Involving Driver Applicants

The trucking company New England Motor Freight has agreed to pay $870,500 to settle a federal class action lawsuit that it failed to get proper authorization from truck drivers before checking their credit reports and then later denying them employment.

Tags: Drivers, Litigation

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts Drop, Value of Heists Jumps

In this rolling quarter FreightWatch recorded a total of 178 thefts in the United States, with 48 thefts in February, 80 in March and 50 in April. The average loss value per incident during the period was $245,101. Compared with the previous quarter, thefts decreased by 25%, while the average loss value increased by 98%. Graphic: FreightWatch

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. decreased by 25% February through April, but the average loss value increased 98%, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Losses Lower Than Year Ago, Increase from First Quarter

Truck and engine maker Navistar International has reported a fiscal second quarter net loss of $297 million, or $3.65 per diluted share, compared to a fiscal second quarter 2013 net loss of $374 million, or $4.65 per diluted share.

Tags: Navistar, Earnings

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Police: Walmart Trucker Awake More Than 24 Hours Before Crash

UPDATED -- The truck driver for Walmart who faces multiple charges in the early Saturday morning crash that severely injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan had not slept for more than 24 hours, according to court documents filed by police.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, New Jersey, Walmart, Fatigue

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Increases, Shipment Volume Highest Since 2011

North American freight shipments and expenditures continued to buck the historic trend and increased again in May, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Special Snowplow Set for Raffle to Support Military Veterans Group

Western designed a one-of-a-kind Wide-Out plow commemorating the five branches of the U.S. military and their veterans. PPG Industrial Coatings donated the paint for this project, and ICAFe Inc. donated the custom paint job.

Tags: Snow Removal, Snow Plow, Military Support, Western Products

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

David Abney to Take the Reins at UPS

Abney began his UPS career in 1974 as a part-time package loader. Over the course of his 40-year career, he held various operational positions including a five-year stint as president of UPS International.

Tags: UPS

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

SAE 2014 ComVec Features Aerodynamic Panel Discussion

Aerodynamics panel discussion brings industry experts and regulators together for a panel discussion and question and answer session.

Tags: SAE International, Aerodynamics

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Exempts Livestock Haulers from 30-Minute Break Rule

A previous 90-day waiver was completed successfully with no adverse effects to safety. This is the second exemption to be granted by the agency.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

DRIC Bridge Gets Coast Guard Permit

The DRIC bridge Coast Guard permit is a key step in clearing the way for construction to begin. Ambassador Bridge owner, Matt Moroun, had sought an injunction to prevent construction of the new bridge, located several miles downstream of his bridge.

Tags: Ambassador Bridge

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Employment Grows by 217,000, Trucking Adds 1,500 Jobs

Four consecutive +200k monthly non-farm payroll reports is impressive, but it will take more than headline improvement to thrust the economy above current trend growth. Employment gains thus far have not yet led to wage pressures. Without adequate income growth, the consumer remains limited in spending capacity, which is restraining near-term growth prospects.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Employment

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Allow Conviction-based DataQ Challenges

The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.

Tags: FMCSA, DataQ

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Funding Bill Sets Deadline for ELD Mandate: January 30, 2015

The bill that would suspend the new 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule also sets a deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to publish its electronic logging device mandate: January 30, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, ELD, 34-Hour Restart

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Calls for Ferro's Resignation

FMCSA Administrator, Anne Ferrro. Photo by Jim Park

OOIDA says Administrator Ferro’s failure to perform her duties impartially, her failure to lead her agency to fulfill Congressional mandates, and her failure to responsibly prioritize the agency’s tasks left the OOIDA Board of Directors no choice but to call for her resignation.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

"Weeks to Months" before I-495 Bridge Reopens

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The closure of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington, Del. is creating chaos for commuters and driving up costs for truckers forced to divert to New Jersey's toll roads. Officials say the problems will not be fixed anytime soon.

Tags: Bridges

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Panel Votes to Suspend Hours of Service Restart Pending Study

The suspension would start after the bill is passed and FMCSA posts public notice, and last until September 30, 2015, or when FMCSA finishes the study. Photo by Jim Park

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a wide margin to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the impact of the rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34-Hour Restart

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Law Firm's "Serial Killer" Ad Provokes Strong Response from Trucking

An ad placed in Maxim magazine by a Texas-based law firm specializing in truck crash litigation characterized truckers as serial killers. Response from trucking was swift and furious.

Tags: Trucking's image

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