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August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Rates and Freight Generally Down on the Spot Market

Credit: DAT

New figures from the freight matching service provider DAT show available freight on the spot market has fallen over the past week.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Jury Awards More Than a Million Dollars to Man for Truck Accident

An Illinois jury last Friday returned a verdict in favor of a 37 year-old Troy, Illinois man, awarding him nearly $1.3 million that stemmed from him being hit by a tractor-trailer.

Tags: Accidents, Litigation

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-81 in Virginia Remains Closed

Both lanes of southbound Interstate 81 between mile markers 120 and 125 near Blacksburg, Va., remain closed due to an unstable slope. As a safety precaution, traffic is being detoured until enough unstable material can be brought down to stabilize the slope, according to the Virginia DOT.

Tags: Virginia, Highway Construction, I-81, Interstate 81

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

First Half of 2013 Used CV Transactions up 9.1%

Used Commercial Vehicle Registrations (GVW 3-8) Percentage Share of Total Vehicle Registrations<br />

Used commercial vehicle registrations during the first half of the 2013 calendar year are up more than 9% over the same period last year, according to Polk, the global automotive market intelligence firm recently acquired by IHS.

Tags: Used Vehicle Sales, Polk, Used Truck Sales, IHS Automotive

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

New Pilot Travel Center Opens in Tucson

Pilot Flying J announced the opening of a Pilot Travel Center in Tucson, Ariz., featuring full amenities for professional drivers.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Class 8 Used Truck Volumes Recover in July from June Slump

Volumes for used Class 8 trucks sold in July recovered from the steep decline they experienced in June. All three market segments, auction, retail and wholesale, contributed to the sequential gain, with the total market improving 4% month-over-month.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Cueto to Talk About Common Rail Injectors at APRA 2013 Big R Show

Omar Cueto, president of L &amp;amp; J Diesel Service Inc.

Omar Cueto, president of L & J Diesel Service Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla., will present a technical seminar entitled Going the Distance with Common Rail during the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Associations’ 2013 International BIG R Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-4, 2013.

Tags: Events, Remanufacturing, APRA

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Names Randolph VP for North American National Accounts

Mike Randolph, vice president of national accounts for Volvo Trucks in North America.

Volvo Trucks recently named Mike Randolph vice president of national accounts for North America. Randolph will oversee Volvo’s national accounts team, which develops total fleet solutions for less-than-truckload, truckload and private fleets.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Leadership

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Increasing Traffic Congestion Points to Improving Economy

If increased traffic along the nation’s highways is a accurate indicator of increased commerce and an improving economy, then things are better overall than they were the same time a year ago according to one firm, Inrix, which monitors traffic congestion.

Tags: Economy, Traffic Congestion, Freight, Inrix

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

ATDynamics to Export Transportation Technology to Mexico

ATDynamics has partnered with the Mexican firm Andromeda Business Solutions S.A. de C.V. to distribute ATDynamics’ TrailerTail technology in Mexico – one of several international introductions for TrailerTail technology in 2013.

Tags: ATDynamics, Aerodynamics, TrailerTail

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

California Court Closes Book on LA Port Litigation

After five years, the fight over the Port of Los Angeles’s concession plan has come to an end. Last Thursday the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a permanent injunction against the three provisions of the plan that trucking interests adamantly opposed.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Intermodal

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Increases for Second Week

Credit: DOE

The average cost of diesel in the United States has increased for the second straight week, putting it just below where it was four weeks ago.

Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

First Public Access CNG Station Opens in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Trillium CNG and Golden Eagle Distributors Inc. opened Casa Grande's first public access heavy-duty compressed natural gas station.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Expansion

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Walmart Transportation's Gary Harms is National Truck Driving Grand Champion

Gary Harms, a Walmart Transportation professional truck driver based in Olathe, Kan., was named the 2013 National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

Tags: ATA, NTDC, National Truck Driving Championships

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA Names Grand Champion for North American Inspectors Championship

Derek Canard, of the Arkansas Hihgway Police, was awarded the Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion Award at NAIC 2013.

A group of 52 of the best of the best roadside inspectors representing jurisdictions across North America gathered in Salt Lake City, August 19-23, 2013, to compete in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship.

Tags: CVSA, NAIC

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Worker Deaths Fall in 2012, Trucking Still has High Fatality Rate

A preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011, according to a new report from the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Drivers, Highway Fatalities, Indiana Department of Labor

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Halvor Lines Wins TCA’s Third Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown

The Truckload Carriers Association announced the winners of the 3rd North American Battle of Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown. Halvor Lines Inc., of Superior, Wis., swept the competition, with its team winning the company contest and one of its driver managers, Keith Kitch, also a resident of Superior, Wis., taking the top honor for individuals.

Tags: TCA, Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Orders and Shipments Drop in July

New orders for long-lasting durable goods in the United States took a dive in July.

Tags: Economy

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Caltrans to Close I-80/Bay Bridge for Labor Day Weekend

The California Department of Transportation is urging travelers who will be making a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area during Labor Day weekend to plan ahead and choose an alternate route now, because the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, along Interstate 80, will be closed.

Tags: San Francisco, California, I-80, Interstate 80

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Woman Faces Multiple Charges Over Drug Test Results

A federal grand jury returned a 25-count indictment, charging a California woman for falsifying commercial driver drug test results.

Tags: Regulations, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Will Hold Carriers Responsible for Dispatching Non-Compliant Owner Operators

Businesses that dispatch vehicles or owner operators in California must verify that each contracted vehicle is in compliance with the California Truck & Bus regulation or has reported compliance to the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: CARB, California, Owner-Operators, Clean Air Retrofit

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Reminder: Highway Use Tax Return Due Sept. 3

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Tags: IRS, taxes, Trucks

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts New Carrier Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has completed a years-long effort to streamline and simplify its registration system. In a notice posted Friday, the agency spelled out the changes that will take effect when the new regime kicks in a little over two years from now.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Two Recalls Issued for Volvo Trucks

The first of two new recalls by Volvo Trucks involves 381 model year 2013-2014 VNL vehicles manufactured April 2, 2012, through May 3, 2013 that are equipped with a Meritor RPL-20 driveline transmission.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Congressmen Press for Completion of 34-Hour Restart Study

A group of congressmen are pressing the Department of Transportation for a firm date to finish a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS

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