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January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Marmon Highway Technologies Introduces Fontaine Intermodal

Fontaine Engineered Products, Inc., a Marmon Highway Technologies/Berkshire Hathaway company, recently established a stand-alone division – Fontaine Intermodal – to design and produce innovative products for the growing intermodal transportation market.

Tags: Marmon Highway Technologies, Intermodal, Fontaine

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Aftermarket Sales Will Remain Soft in the Near Term

Commercial Motor Vehicle Consulting's CV Parts Aftermarket Leading Indicator decreased 0.2% in November to 100.82 following 0.3% decrease in October. The downturn in PLI is moderating and appears to bottoming out as the slowing of fleet cyclical factors has abated and some factors, such as industrial production, have recently moderately accelerated.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Kicks Off its 50th Anniversary

Love’s Travel Stops is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. Founder and executive chairman Tom Love announced the company would undergo a record year of building.

Tags: Anniversary, Love's Travel Stops

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. (File photo by Jim Park)

Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s goal of zero truck-related fatalities an ideology or an appropriate aspiration?

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, ATA, HOS, Anne Ferro, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Independent Contractor Bill Signed into Law in New York

Credit: NY Governor's office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, drastically changing how the state classifies independent contractors

Tags: New York, Legislation, Owner-Operators, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Loads Jump 74% Last Week, 2013 Rates and Activity Better Than 2012

Activity on the spot market skyrocketed the first full week of the year, according to new figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT, but rates lagged.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Names Curtis J. Shewchuk Chairman of Homeland Security Policy Committee

Curtis J. Shewchuk, Con-way's Chief Security Officer, has been appointed chairman of the American Trucking Associations' Homeland Security Policy Committee.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, Con-way Inc.

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Acquires Assets of Dealership Groups in Illinois and Indiana

Rush Enterprises Inc. announced that its subsidiaries have acquired certain assets of CIT Inc., which does business as Chicago International Trucks, Mcgrenho L.L.C., which does business as Indy Truck Sales, and Indiana Mack Leasing, LLC; and the membership interests of Idealease of Chicago, LLC.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Specialized Transportation Renamed CRST Specialized Transportation

Iowa-based parent to several trucking companies, CRST International, has announced has changed the name of Specialized Transportation, which it acquired in 2011, to CRST Specialized Transportation.

Tags: CRST

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

NIOSH Study Points to Significant Health Risks for Long-Haul Drivers

Long-haul drivers are plagued by significant health risks, according to a new study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Almost 70% of these drivers are obese, compared to 31% of other workers, and the prevalence of morbid obesity is twice as high, 17% versus 7%.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Drivers

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Nebraska DMV Announces Release of New Online Trip and Fuel Permits

​The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles announced the launch of a new online application for the issuance of trip and fuel permits.

Tags: Information Technology, Nebraska, Drivers

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Accuride Announces Changes in Sales & Marketing Organization

Drew Hofley, Vice President - Regional Sales<br />

Accuride Corp. announced that it is realigning its Sales & Marketing organization as part of the continued streamlining of the company’s management and cost structure.

Tags: Leadership, Accuride

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. EPA Issues Guidance Letter on Diesel Exhaust Fluid

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a guidance letter late last year to heavy-duty on-highway engine manufacturers outlining how it intends to determine the physical range of adjustment of diesel exhaust fluid quality for certification testing, according to DiscoverDEF.com.

Tags: SCR, DEF, EPA, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Polar Service Centers Names Gary Murphy Director of Business Development

Gary Murphy

Polar Service Centers, a national network of tank trailer parts and service locations, has named Gary Murphy director of business development for the northern half of the United States.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, People, Polar, Tankers

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

California Issues Reminder over Compliance with Reefer Rules

The California Air Resources Board is reminding brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers that hire motor carriers to transport perishable goods on California highways to re-establish due diligence in their hiring practices with the start of 2014.

Tags: Drivers, CARB, California, Safety & Compliance, Reefers, Shippers, Brokers

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Risk Losing Their CDL for Synthetic Marijuana Use

Spice is synthetic marijuana that combines herbal and chemical ingredients.

Truck drivers who use synthetic marijuana or are caught possessing it risk losing their Commercial Drivers License for one at least one year.

Tags: Drivers, Drugged Driving, Safety & Compliance

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Edge Higher in December

Photo: Evan Lockridge

American consumers opened up their wallets a little bit more in December, according to new figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

The Return of the Truck that Never Went Away

Out of sight, out of mind. DTNA never stopped offering the Argosy as a glider, but few knew it was available.

Many thought the Argosy COE went out of production in 2006, but it's still available in NAFTA markets as a glider kit. DTNA says interest in the truck is growing as more customers become aware of its continued availability.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Argosy, Glider Kits, Federal Excise Tax, Cabovers

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls Following Three Weekly Hikes

Despite record setting cold weather in the U.S. last week, which can send fuel and oil prices soaring, diesel and crude prices are down.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Will Not Review Mexico Cross-Border Program

The Supreme Court will not hear an owner-operator petition to overturn the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, NAFTA, OOIDA, U.S. Supreme Court

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Dismisses Many Wright Transportation Claims Against Pilot Flying J

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Embattled truckstop chain, Pilot Flying J, has scored what is being called a “major legal victory” against one trucking company.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

TransForce Purchases Best Drivers

TransForce Inc. has acquired Best Drivers based in Alcoa, Tenn. Best Drivers provides commercial truck drivers throughout the southeastern U.S., with operations in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Alabama.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Drivers

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Announces Division Winners in 2013 National Fleet Safety Awards

Eighteen fleets are being recognized for their excellent safety records; two will now advance to win grand prizes in March.

Tags: Awards, TCA

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Kenworth and Freightliner Trucks

Paccar is recalling more than 5,000 model year 2014 Kenworth trucks, manufactured July 1, 2013 through Sept. 17, 2013.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Freightliner, Recalls, Meritor Wabco, Daimler Trucks North America

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

New Report Forecasts Worldwide Sales of Natural Gas Trucks and Buses

Driven by the lower cost of natural gas and the lower emissions from natural gas engines, compared to diesel fuel, operators of truck and bus fleets are increasingly shifting to natural gas vehicles and a new study quantifies by just how much.

Tags: Research, Truck Sales, Natural Gas Vehicles

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