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November 8, 2013 - Industry News

California Considers Easing Some Emissions Rules

Truckers who don't run a lot of miles in California may get more time to comply with emissions rules.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, DPF, Safety & Compliance, Engines

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Strong October Job Growth, Consumer Spending Edge Higher

UPDATED -- A new U.S. Labor Department report shows there was a net gain of 204,000 jobs in the country during October, far more than economists were predicting, while trucking added just a few jobs.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Spending

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

California to Revamp Terminal Inspection Program

Trucking operations based in California or with terminals there are going to get a break from one the state’s regulations staring in a couple of years.

Tags: California, CSA, Inspections

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

ATD and HDT Announce Dealer Nominees for National Award

The American Truck Dealers and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced the nominees for the 2014 Truck Dealer of the Year.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Continues Positive Trend Ahead of Expected Late Year Decline

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.97 in September continues to show a positive environment for trucking. The index is expected to peak in October after which the full impact of the newly enacted hours-of-service rules negatively affect trucking.

Tags: HOS, FTR, TCI

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Re-opens in Clayton, N.M.

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a brand-new facility in Clayton, N.M., on Hw. 87. The raze and rebuild replaces the Love’s that opened in Clayton in 1974.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

BTS Releases August North American Freight Numbers

Credit: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Trucking, which carries three-fifths of U.S.-NAFTA trade, rose 0.7% while rail rose 3%. Vessel declined 2.6% and air 2.4%.

Tags: NAFTA, Freight, BTS, Cross-Border Trucking

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Capitol Christmas Tree is Bound for Washington, D.C. on a Mack Pinnacle

The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was harvested from the Colville National Forest in Washington State to begin its multi-state trek to Washington, D.C. with the help of a 2014 Mack Pinnacle model truck.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree began its cross-country journey this week from the Colville National Forest near Usk, Wash., to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on a 2014 Mack Pinnacle Axle Back model with a custom trailer.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Capitol Christmas Tree

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Calls for Audit of FMCSA's Safety Oversight

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the board investigated, saying the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, ATA

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Third Quarter GDP Rate Jumps

A new report shows the American economy expanded in the third quarter of the year at a surprisingly higher rate than expected.

Tags: Economy, GDP

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

YRC and Teamsters Meet, More Concessions Expected from Union

On Tuesday officials with the parent company to several trucking operations, YRC Worldwide, met with representatives of the Teamsters Union in Dallas to update them on the company's most recent performance, future prospects and corporate refinancing opportunities.

Tags: Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Securement Veteran Abato to Head up New North American Venture

Dolezych, a 78-year-old German-based manufacturer of lifting equipment, slings, ropes and load-securing technologies, announced the creation of Doleco USA, its first sales, distribution and manufacturing presence in North America.

Tags: Leadership

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

North American NGV Conference and Expo Set For Nov. 18-21

The 2013 North American NGV Conference and Expo will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center Nov. 18–21 in Atlanta, Ga. The three-day event will feature a conference, a large exposition hall and numerous social functions.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Events, NGV

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Preliminary October Class 8 Orders Strong

Credit: FTR

FTR and ACT Research released preliminary data showing October Class 8 net orders were up for October. FTR reported that Class 8 preliminary orders rose 39% from September to 25,960 units.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR, Truck Sales

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear Seeks Candidates For Next Highway Hero Award

2012 Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award winner Jason Harte (right), with Gary Medalis, director of marketing, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. Harte rescued a family of six from a smashed minivan.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will continue to accept nominations for the Highway Hero Award through Nov. 29.

Tags: Goodyear, Goodyear Highway Hero

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Settlement Costs Jump to $72 Million

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The price tag for Pilot Flying J to settle lawsuits over allegedly failing to give rebates to trucking customers stemming from fuel purchases is close to doubling.

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

First TA and Petro LNG Locations Announced

An LNG retrofit tank on a heavy truck. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Officials with the truckstop chain, Travel Centers of America, indicated this week when they plan to open their first liquefied natural gas filling stations in cooperation with Shell targeting commercial vehicles.

Tags: Liquefied Natural Gas, Travel Centers of America, Shell, Petro Stopping Centers, Engines

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Economic Indicators Increase

Conditions for the American economy are improving and may continue doing so, according to a new report out from one private research group.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Conditions Slightly Better from Week Before

Total spot market loads available to haul increased 4.9% Oct. 27 through Nov. 2 compared to the previous seven days, while spot market capacity fell 2.3%.

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

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Profit Declines for Quality Distribution

The parent to bulk chemical haulers, Quality Carriers and Boasso America, has reported net income of $2.8 million, for the third of the year, down sharply from $8.9 million a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, Quality Distribution

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Over $8 million Available to Reduce Emissions in Bay Area in Calif.

The California Bay Area Air Quality Management District is announcing that funding is now available to help Bay Area truck owners reduce emissions and meet upcoming state air quality requirements.

Tags: CARB, Intermodal

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Says Train and Tractor-Trailer/Parade Float Crash and Deaths Due to Poor Planning

A fatal accident in which a freight train struck a tractor-trailer hauling a parade float in Midland, Tex. last November was caused by the failure of both the city and the parade organizer to address the risks associated with routing a parade through an active grade crossing and it serves as a cautionary tale to any trucking operation that volunteers equipment or people for such events.

Tags: Accidents, Texas, NTSB, Safety & Compliance

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Defendants Plead Guilty in Scheme to Steal Trailer-Load of Goods

Two defendants pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Federal court in Kansas for their role in a scheme to steal a load of processed beef from a meatpacker in southwest Kansas.

Tags: Kansas, Cargo Theft, Crime

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing and Manufacturing Sectors Improve

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in October for the 46th consecutive month, according to the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management Report On Business.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Non-Manufacturing

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

South Carolina Ports Launch Clean Trucks Program

One of South Carolina's ports. Credit: S.C. Ports Authority

The South Carolina Ports Authority has announced a new Clean Truck Certification Program to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Tags: Clean Truck Program, South Carolina, Ports, Owner-Operators, Port Trucking

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