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February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Drop on Cold Weather, Weak Income Growth

Retail sales in the U.S. have fallen for a second straight month according to new U.S. Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Record Revenue, Profit Declines

Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, reported record annual revenues of $3.4 billion in 2013 compared to $3.1 billion in 2012, while net profit slid to $49.2 million compared to $$62.5 million a year earlier.

Tags: Navistar, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Rush Enterprises, Dealers

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Standard Specification Set for Diesel Alternative DME

DME engine is based on Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which production engine might or might not use. (Photos by Tom Berg)

Testing standards group ASTM International has issued a standard specification for the diesel alternative in truck engines, dimethyl ether.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Advanced Powertrains to Drive Remanufactured Replacement Component Market

The entry of advanced class 6-8 powertrain systems that comply with new emission regulations will drive revenue for the North American remanufactured replacement components market over the next five to seven years.

Tags: OEM, Frost & Sullivan, Aftermarket Parts, Powertrain, Parts, Aftermarket

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Drivers

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license holders.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, Safety & Compliance, Alcohol Testing

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Washington to Get 11 Public Propane Refueling Stations

The state of Washington will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest privately funded propane autogas public refueling networks, and the single largest installation of alternative fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.

Tags: Washington, Propane Autogas, Blue Star Gas

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Counters GAO Critique of Safety Program

The back-and-forth over the Compliance Safety and Accountability enforcement program continues, this time with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration countering recent criticisms by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Allstate Peterbilt Group South Saint Paul Location is Peterbilt Medium-Duty Dealer of the Year

Allstate Peterbilt Group’s South Saint Paul location has received the 2013 Peterbilt Medium-Duty Dealer of the Year award. CEO Don Larson and President Jeff Vanthournout accepted the award at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held in Frisco, Texas.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dealers

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Second Highest Level on Record

Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2008- December 2013. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1% in December from November, declining after a one-month rise, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures, but activity is still very healthy.

Tags: Economy, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

New Study Shows Limited Impact of Simulator Training for Truckers

New research examining the safety impact of simulator training for truck drivers concludes it provides benefits for only up to a year.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Recruiting, Safety & Compliance

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Vehicle Fatalities Fell Slightly Last Year

A new, preliminary estimate shows approximately 35,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2013, a 3% decrease from the year before, according to the National Safety Council.

Tags: National Safety Council, Fatal Accidents, Highways

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates and Load Availability Jump

Freight rates and the number of load available on the spot market posted impressive gains over the past week, according to just released numbers from the freight-matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Expected Union "Persuader Rule" Angers Business Interests

Business groups are up in arms over a second Obama administration proposal when it comes to union organizing elections.

Tags: Regulations, Department of Labor, NLRB, Labor Unions

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Replacing Some Trucks with LNG Powered Units

Refrigerated carrier C. R. England has announced it will replace some existing diesel trucks serving the southern California market with LNG powered rigs.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, C.R. England, Cummins Westport, LNG

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Ordered Off the Road by FMCSA Following Fatal Crash

Following a Jan. 27 crash killing an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injuring an Illinois State Police trooper, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Illinois-licensed truck driver Renato V. Velasquez to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Hot Fuel Cases Reach Cold Conclusion

A case that began in 2006 over claims that diesel and gasoline retailers were cheating customers out of money has apparently come to an end. Plaintiffs' lawyers in "hot fuel” litigation have voluntarily dismissed the remaining cases against defendants in Kansas City, Kan., according to published reports.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Litigation

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster Vans Recalled Over Stuck Pedal

Chrysler Group is recalling 2014 model-year Ram Promaster full-size vans so dealers can replace the pedal stop and prevent unintended acceleration, the automaker announced.

Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Safety Advisors Post Wish List for Highway Bill

An advisory panel is encouraging federal regulators to push for several dozen safety reforms in the upcoming highway bill, ranging from changing how drivers are paid to establishing an entirely new approach to hours of service.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC, Highway Bill

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Northstar Services and J&E Transportation Services Announce Merger

Northstar Services and J&E Transportation Services announce the merger of their two companies, effective Jan. 31.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia's Route 15 Will Get New Traffic Pattern Feb. 21

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

On Feb. 21 the Virginia Department of Transportation will conduct an overnight traffic switch on the Zion Crossroads diverging diamond interchange project on Route 15 in Louisa County.

Tags: Virginia, Road Construction

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Completes First Fast-Fill CNG Station in Texas Triangle Expansion

Love’s Fast-Fill compressed natural gas is now available for heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles at its travel stop in Willis, Texas, located on Interstate 45, Exit 95, thus opening its first Texas Triangle location.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

DOE Projects Fuel Prices to Continue to Drop

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The U.S. Energy Department projects lower prices for diesel fuel this year and in 2015 compared to the average cost in 2013, according to its just-released Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy, Crude Oil Prices, Fuel and Oil

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Profit Up for 2013, Dips Slightly in Fourth Quarter

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company Forward Air has reported financial results showing a small increase in net income and revenue for all of last year while profit during the final three months of 2013 was close to that from a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, Forward Air

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Pulls Authority of Carrier in Long-Haul Mexico Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the authority of one of 14 Mexico-based trucking companies it approved earlier to run in its long-haul cross-border program.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Safety & Compliance

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear To Announce 31st Highway Hero At MATS

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will announce the winner of the 31st Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award on Thursday, March 27, during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Goodyear, Mid-America Trucking Show, Goodyear Highway Hero

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