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April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Fifth Straight Week

The average price of diesel has moved lower for the fifth straight week and is at it lowest level in just over two months, but gasoline has posted its 10th consecutive hike.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt First Quarter Profit Falls Slightly

Multi-mode freight transportation provider J.B. Hunt Transport Services on Monday reported first quarter 2014 net earnings of $68.7 million, or diluted earnings per share of 58 cents, compared to first quarter 2013 net earnings of $73.3 million, or 61 cents per diluted share.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Earnings

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Lawmaker Petri Leaving Congress This Year

Tom Petri, R-Wisc.

Veteran transportation legislator Tom Petri, R-Wisc., will not run for reelection this fall. Rep. Petri is scheduled to make the announcement Monday afternoon at a town hall meeting in Neenah, Wisc.

Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: March Retail Sales Post Biggest Hike Since 2012

The 1.1% increase from the month before comes as February’s figures was revised upward from a 0.3% increase to a 0.7% gain, following declines in January and December.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

DAT: Record Spot Freight Drives Record Rates in March

In a year of a record amount of freight on the spot market, March was no exception with freight availability increasing 56% in March compared to the same time a year ago, according to the DAT North American Index.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Revises Upward First Quarter Expectations

Truckload carrier Knight Transportation has revised upward expectations for its first quarter earnings.

Tags: Earnings, Knight Transportation

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

More than 4,100 Natural Gas Powered Autocar Trucks Recalled

Autocar is recalling 4,100 model year 2008-2014 ACX, WX, and WXLL vehicles manufactured July 30, 2007, through Feb.10, 2014, and equipped with certain Cummins Westport Model ISL G or ISX12 G engines, which are powered by natural gas..

Tags: Cummins, Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Recalls, Autocar, Safety & Compliance, Cummins Westport, NHTSA

April 13, 2014 - Industry News

Many Unanswered Questions Following Fatal FedEx Truck-Bus Crash

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board about a fiery crash between a FedEx Freight tractor-trailer and a bus in California killing 10 won’t be issued for at least about another month.

Tags: Accidents, California, NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, FedEx

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

First Annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award Program Announced

The Women In Trucking association announced the creation of the “Distinguished Woman in Logistics” award, sponsored by transportation software provider TMW Systems.

Tags: TMW Systems, Women in Trucking

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Announces New Full-Service Dealer Facility in New Mexico

The newly opened full-service Bruckner’s Trucks Sales location in Albuquerque, N.M. features 18 service bays and more than $1 million in parts inventory in the 13,000 square-foot parts warehouse.

Volvo Trucks’ service capabilities in the Southwest region of the U.S. have grown with the addition of a new Bruckner’s Truck Sales facility in Albuquerque, N.M.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, New Mexico, Aftermarket, Dealers

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ryder Partners with Decisiv to Create Maintenance Solution for Truck Fleets

Ryder System announced that it has formed a partnership with Decisiv, a provider of Service Relationship Management solutions, to create an enhanced maintenance offering for large and for-hire truck fleets that own their vehicles and manage multiple maintenance providers.

Tags: Information Technology, Ryder System, Decisiv

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Open in Oglesby, Ill.

Love’s Travel Stops opened a new travel stop in Oglesby, Ill., on I-39, at Exit 54, on Thursday, April 10.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Professional Truck Drivers Deliver a Baby Boy at Denny’s

Two professional truck drivers have been credited for delivering a baby in an unusual location and saving his life. For their quick thinking and willingness to help, the men have been added to the Truckload Carriers Association’s roster of Highway Angels, professional drivers who stop to help others.

Tags: TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Challenger Motor Freight, FTC Transport

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Wholesale Prices, Consumer Sentiment Both Rise

UPDATED -- Prices at the wholesale level increased 0.5% in March, the biggest hike since June, according to a new U.S. Labor Department report

Tags: Economy, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

Senators Agree on Highway Bill Principles

A bipartisan group of Senators has agreed on the outline of bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The terms of the deal cover policy principles such as a long-term bill and maintaining existing programs but they do not cover the key question of how to pay for the program.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, U.S. Congress

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

New Tolling System at Ambassador Bridge for Canadian Bound Rigs

The Ambassador Bridge is implementing its non-stop tolling system, known as APASS, for all commercial traffic going into Canada, according to the Ontario Trucking Association.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Ambassador Bridge

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB Investigating FedEx Freight-Bus Crash That Killed 10

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a “go-team” to investigate the cause of a deadly tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Thursday in California, killing at least 10 people.

Tags: Accidents, California, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, I-5, Interstate 5, FedEx

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Seven Lawsuits Against Pilot Flying J Consolidated

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Seven lawsuits alleging truckstop operator Pilot Flying J cheated customers out of rebates from diesel fuel purchased have been consolidated into one.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Sen. Durbin Seeks Review of FMCSA Investigative Practices

Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., asked the Transportation Department’s Inspector General to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices. The agency dropped the ball on an investigation of a carrier that later was involved in a fatal crash, Durbin said in his April 9 letter to IG Calvin Scovel.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Emissions Nonprofit Cascade Sierra Solutions Closes Up

Cascade Sierra Solutions helped truck owners pay for EPA SmartWay equipment, update port trucks, electrify truckstops and other "green" technology.

A nonprofit company whose mission was to reduce diesel exhaust from heavy-trucks is no more following a federal audit and financial problems.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Shorepower Technologies, Grants, SmartWay

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

New State Legislation Director Joins OOIDA Staff

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced a new director of state legislative affairs. Mike Matousek will be responsible for tracking and analyzing state legislative initiatives and proactively fighting for the rights of all truckers within state legislatures.

Tags: OOIDA, People

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Drops Many Recent Emergency Trucking Rule Exemptions

After consulting with representatives of state governors The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rescinded certain emergency exemptions to trucking regulations, but is keeping them for half a dozen states, following heating fuel shortages.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Propane Transport, Hours of Service

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: First Time Jobless Benefit Claims Plummet

The number of Americans filing first-time jobless claims in the U.S. for the week ending April 5 posted its largest weekly decline since December 2012 with the lowest level of claims hit since March 2007.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment, Federal Reserve

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Inspection Data Systems Debuts

Tom Heine, CEO of Aljex Software, has announced the launch of a new transportation technology company, Inspection Data Systems, or IDS. IDS will develop and market cloud-based transportation equipment inspection solutions for smartphones and tablets.

Tags: Information Technology, Inspections, Aljex Software

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

EVO Trillium Opens New CNG Fueling Station in Oak Creek, Wis.

EVO CNG and its joint venture partner, Trillium CNG, have announced the opening of a new compressed natural gas fueling station located in Oak Creek, Wis.

Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Trillium CNG, Cummins-Westport, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations

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