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April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Deploying Trailer Skirts

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced it is outfitting its line haul trailer fleet with DuraPlate AeroSkirts to increase overall fleet fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Tags: Wabash, Con-Way, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts, Con-way Freight, Fuel Economy

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Ending “Poison Pill” Plan

The board of directors for trucking and logistics provider USA Truck has unanimously voted to terminate the company's stockholders' rights plan, effective April 11.

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Port of Baltimore Handled Record Amount of Containers, Autos in 2013

The total amount of general cargo at the port’s public marine terminals reached 9.6 million tons, matching last year’s record.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Port Trucking, Port of Baltimore

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Declines in February

2014 may be a very volatile year requiring increased shipper attention to market conditions. FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for February, at a reading of -8.8, reflects an earlier than normal tightening of capacity created by the debilitating effects of winter storms in early 2014.

Tags: FTR, Capacity, Shipper Conditions Index

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Trucks Names Brian Layman VP Business Development

Brian Layman

Mack Trucks named Brian Layman its new vice president of business development. In this newly created role, Layman will be responsible for product segmentation, development and management of sales programs, dealer measurements and new truck sales pricing and quoting activities for truck sales in North America.

Tags: Mack Trucks, People

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Awards $4.2 Million for Six Clean Diesel Port Projects

The announcement was made Wednesday during the EPA’s inaugural Port Stakeholders Summit in Baltimore.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Diesel Engines, EPA, Ports, Clean Diesel

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight, U.S. Congress, Safety, Teamsters

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Flatbed Rates Continue Leading Spot Freight Market

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Spot market freight rates for flatbed loads continue soaring, despite a decline in the amount of overall freight, according to new figures released by the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Hits Third Highest Level on Record

Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in February from January, rising after two consecutive monthly declines.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Legislators Study Public Private Partnerships

Public Private Partnerships will be part of the funding mix in the next highway program but the precise role they will play is not clear. Transportation legislators got a range of views from partnership experts in a Tuesday session before members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Public-Private Partnership, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

CEVA Logistics Opens New Foreign Trade Zone in Miami

The new facility joins Ceva’s existing network of foreign trade zone operations in Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago.

Tags: CEVA Logistics

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Expected to Average $3.87 This Summer

Diesel and gasoline prices are expected be slightly less this summer than during the same time last year, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins, Foton Launch Engine Joint Venture for China

Jointly developed by Foton Motor and Daimler AG for sale in the huge China market, Auman GTL cabovers and their Cummins ISG diesels were tested in China, Tibet and the U.S

The world’s largest independent engine maker, Cummins Inc., is partnering with the biggest truck builder, Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd. of China, in a joint venture that will see Foton use Cummins ISG diesels in a new truck series developed with Daimler of Germany.

Tags: Diesel, Cummins, China, Foton Motor, Global, Engines

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Strong Volume Reflected in Cass Freight Index

March freight shipment volume in the U.S. increased 6.6% over the prior month, on top of the 7.3% rise seen in February, according to the just released Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Will ODFL Underprice its LTL Rivals Once Again?

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The less-than-truckload industry is watching to see what move Old Dominion Freight Lines makes in the annual spring tariff-hike season.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Freight Rates

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Can Now Use Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass at 20 Florida Sites

Drivewyze announced that Florida has become the 21st state to offer the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service. Drivewyze PreClear uses electronic on-board devices, including Electronic Logging Devices, tablets and smartphones, to provide commercial vehicles with inspection site bypass opportunities.

Tags: Florida, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Citing Low Medical Examiner Numbers, OOIDA Calls for Registry Delay

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extend the registration deadline for certified medical examiners, claiming there is a shortage of medical examiners that have been accepted into the new national registry.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, OOIDA, Driver Health

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Webb Wheel Severe Duty Announces Leadership Changes

Nate Nielsen

Webb Wheel Severe Duty has announced the appointments of Nate Nielsen as director of sales and Jeremy Zills to manager of engineering. These latest organizational changes at Webb Severe Duty are components in the strategic plans of the business unit to focus on premium value-add brake drum solutions for severe duty applications such as transit bus, motor coach, and refuse trucks.

Tags: Webb Wheel, People, Wheels

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck Prices Fell Slightly in March

Prices for used late model medium and heavy-duty trucks are down slightly, according to vehicle industry data provider Black Book.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Winter’s Toll Felt by Swift Transportation

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company giant Swift Transportation is warning its first quarter earnings will be lower than it previously expected, between 11 cents and 13 cents per share.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

21 Indicted in New York CDL Scheme

Twenty-one people were indicted in New York on April 2 for paying individuals to fraudulently provide them with answers to written commercial driver’s license examinations administered by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Tags: Drivers, New York, Commercial Driver's License, Crime & Fraud

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Driver Input on Two Industry Studies

The American Transportation Research Institute launched two separate online surveys targeting commercial driver input on critical operational issues – impacts from the new hours-of-service rules and detention time impacts on safety and productivity.

Tags: Hours of Service, ATRI

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall While Gasoline Increases Again

The national average price for diesel has fallen for the fourth straight week while gasoline is up for the ninth consecutive week, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers May Use Informal Hearings to Contest FMCSA Penalties

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is again offering carriers the option of using an informal hearing to contest penalties for violations of the safety rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Fines, Enforcement

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Food Safety Rules Could Create Headaches for Carriers

Fleets that haul food products should take a proactive approach with their food service clients to ensure a smooth implementation of rules governing the transport of foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in 2011.

Tags: Telematics, Regulations, FDA, Reefers, Truckload Carriers Association

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