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October 27, 2013 - Industry News

Three CNG Fueling Stations to Open in Indiana

New compressed natural gas fueling stations, which opened recently in three Indiana cities, will potentially displace an estimated six million gallons of traditional petroleum fuels annually, offering significant environmental and economic benefits.

Tags: Frito-Lay, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

Penske Truck Leasing Opens Neenah, Wisc., Facility

Penske Truck Leasing has opened a facility in Neenah, Wisc., at 2301 American Drive. Financial terms of the facility were not disclosed. Situated on 4 acres, the 11,000 square-foot structure provides full-service truck leasing,commercial truck rental and contract maintenance services.

Tags: Penske, Penske Truck Leasing, Expansion

October 25, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Declares Imminent Hazard on Three Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration named three truck drivers as imminent hazards for separate crashes in which people were either killed or seriously injured.

Tags: FMCSA, Imminent Hazard

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Average Price of Used Class 8 Trucks Better Than Expected

Used truck prices are still looking good, despite increasing age and mileage. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

Used truck dealers continue to characterize business as “good” or even better than expected, although maybe not quite as strong as they had hoped, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Project to Test 'Platooning' Trucks

A new Federal Highway Administration research project will test "platooning" two trucks with the goal of saving fuel and decreasing traffic congestion. The team will research partial automation for two-truck platooning, integrating vehicle-to-vehicle communications with adaptive cruise control.

Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Smart Highway, FHWA, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Biodiesel Production Tops 1 Billion Gallons

New EPA statistics released resently show the biodiesel industry has cracked the 1 billion gallon mark for the third consecutive year, with several months of production remaining.

Tags: National Biodiesel Board

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Small Fleet Owner Charged with Bribing FMCSA Inspector

A man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Mass with trying to bribe a federal safety investigator in order to avoid negative findings on a safety review of his motor carrier company, but has already decided to pled guilty to avoid a lesser sentence.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Crime

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider: New HOS Rules Hurt Productivity

Since the new hour of service rules implementation on July 1, the fleet Schneider National says it has seen a 3.1% drop in productivity on solo shipments and a 4.3% decline on team shipments.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, Schneider National

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Boosts Third Quarter Profit Nearly 18%

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line has announced revenue was $616.5 million for the third quarter of this year, a 12.0% increase from $550.5 million for the third quarter of 2012.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Landstar Posts $29 Million Profit, Down from $33 Million a Year Ago

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Florida-based trucking company Landstar System has reported 2013 third quarter net income of $29.2 million, down from $33.1 million the same time a year ago, while revenue was $680.5 million, down from $717.2 million, during the same time.

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owners Sentenced for Violating FMCSA OOS Order

The owners of an Alabama trucking company have been sentenced for their roles in running a “chameleon carrier.”

Tags: FMCSA, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company and Owner to Withdraw Retaliatory Lawsuit, Pay Former Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Palumbo Trucking of North Branford, Conn., and owner David Palumbo to withdraw what is says is a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers who raised safety concerns, pay them $60,000 in damages and take other corrective actions.

Tags: OSHA, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Drivers

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Profit Falls Despite More Revenue

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Profit for Arizona-based Swift Transportation fell in the third quarter of the year despite doing more business.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation, Central Refrigerated Transportation

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Third Quarter Cargo Thefts Rise from Second Quarter, Value Drops

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The logistics security services company, FreightWatch International, reports in the third quarter of the year it recorded a total of 231 thefts in the United States, the same amount as a year ago, but the value of each theft averaged less.

Tags: Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

PTA Holdings Moves Into Intermodal Rail, Newgistics Rebranded and Expanding

The transportation holding group PTA Holdings, Phoenix, Ariz. has announced it is entering the intermodal transportation rail segment with American Trainco Logistics, initially centered in the Chicago area.

Tags: Intermodal, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Third Quarter Profit Slips

Knight says inflationary cost pressures exceeded the improvement in its revenue per total mile. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

Truckload carrier Knight Transportation has reported slightly higher third quarter revenue while income is lower from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, USA Truck, Knight Transportation, Fleet Financials

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

New York State Considering LNG Permitting

New York could see LNG filling stations under new proposed regulations.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed regulations to allow the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas facilities under DEC permits, according to the New York Motor Truck Association.

Tags: New York, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Fuel and Oil

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

I-43 Bridge Repairs Announced, Reopening Set For January

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced a plan to repair the Leo Frigo Bridge along Interstate 43, which would allow the bridge to reopen in January 2014. The bridge has been closed since Sep. 25, when a pier unexpectedly sank two feet.

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hersman and Hart Sworn in Again at NTSB

Deborah Hersman

Deborah Hersman has been officially sworn in for a third two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Serving as chairman since 2009, Hersman was nominated for a third term by President Barack Obama on Aug. 1, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate Oct. 16.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, NTSB, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Rates Dip, Demand and Capacity Remain Elevated

The chart depicts national average spot market (“broker buy”) rates during the past four weeks. Rates are derived from DAT RateView and the DAT network of load boards.

While national average rates for vans and refrigerated rates dipped slightly, spot market capacity and demand on the DAT network of load boards remained seasonally elevated during the week ending Oct. 19.

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

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Broker Suit Against Bond Is Back in Motion

The suit by small property brokers against new bond requirements is back in motion after a federal magistrate lifted a stay, clearing the way for legal arguments over moving the matter to federal appeals court.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Freight, Owner-Operators, Brokers, Litigation

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

SmartTruck Refutes Recent Test Results

SmartTruck said a recent third-party computational fluid dynamics study conducted by CD-adapco showed SmartTruck’s UT6 trailer aerodynamics system reduces drag by more than 10%, translating into highway fuel savings of approximately 7%

UPDATED -- Officials with SmartTruck fired back at testing results announced a month ago showing trailer undercarriage air deflectors result in fuel savings far less than some manufacturers are claiming, releasing its own third-party research at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention.

Tags: SmartTruck, PIT, Aerodynamics, MPG, Fuel Economy, Trailers

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Dips Overall and for Trucking

The nation’s unemployment rate continues moving lower inch-by-inch, hitting a five-year low, according to the U.S. Labor Department. It fell to 7.2% in September compared to 7.3% in August.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Unemployment

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA to Allow Non-Members in National Truck Driving Championships

The ATA National Truck Driving Championships trophy on display during the group's annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The American Trucking Associations’ board of directors on Tuesday voted to make the National Truck Driving Championships more inclusive by allowing non-ATA members of state trucking associations to compete in the annual safety competition. The decision was made during the group’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Events, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Phil Byrd Elected 69th Chairman of American Trucking Associations

Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C., is ATA's new chairman.

The board of directors of American Trucking Associations has elected Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C., as the federation’s 69th chairman. It happened Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. during the ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, ATA2013, Leadership

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