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October 11, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Reefer Deadline Approaching

The California Air Resources Board is reminding model year 2006 transport refrigeration unit owners if they want to qualify for compliance extensions, only about three weeks remain before the purchase order deadline for ordering Level 3 verified diesel emissions control strategies, such as diesel particulate filters, for retrofitting engines.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, Reefers

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

Smattering of Protest Trucks Arrive in Washington Area

An anti-government protest that organizers had said would bring "thousands" of truckers to Washington, D.C., appears to have attracted only a few dozen, according to reports from local media.

Tags: District of Columbia

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Sues Knight for Using Confidential Info in 'Creeping Hostile Acquisition'

USA Truck says Knight Transportion violated confidentiality agreements.

Truckload carrier USA Truck has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Knight Transportation, claiming Knight used USA Truck's confidential information to begin what it calls a “creeping hostile acquisition” of the Arkansas-based fleet.

Tags: USA Truck, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index up in September, but Don't Expect Strong Q4

Freight costs continued to rise in September, showing the largest month-to-month increase since March, but it's not due to a raise in rates. Meanwhile, North American shipment volumes also rose for the second month in a row, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Index Tracks Change in Q3 Seasonal Patterns

A shift in seasonal trends drove spot market freight volumes down 5.3% in September, as reported by the DAT North American Freight Index. Freight volumes remained stable throughout much of the third quarter, instead of a more typical decline in July that is followed by mixed trends in August and September.

Tags: Vans, DAT, Reefer, Flatbed, Freight Index

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

TMC Transportation Becomes Employee Owned

TMC Transportation, a private, family-owned company for 41 years announced that it will transition to an employee stock ownership plan, becoming an employee-owned company.

Tags: Leadership

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Strengthens Anti-Cargo Theft Strategy

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. joined CargoNet to provide customers with a proactive approach to strengthening security around sensitive and high value product freight. CargoNet is a division of Verisk Crime Analytics, a Verisk Analytics company.

Tags: CargoNet, C.H. Robinson

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

ATA’s Safety Management Council Announces 2013 Award Recipients

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council announced its 2013 award winners at its Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Sparks, Nev. last week.

Tags: ATA, Safety

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

J.J. Taylor Announces Fleet Expansion

J.J. Taylor Companies Inc. annouced the expansion of its CNG powered fleet and the building of a second CNG station in Ft. Myers, Fla. The company will receive 10 new 2014 Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with the new Cummins-Westport ISX 12G engine and the Allison 4000 HS automatic transmission by January 2014.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Allison, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Cummins-Westport

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Forecast to Average $3.76 in 2014

Credit: DOE/EIA

A new forecast is calling for lower fuel prices, due in large part to lower prices for crude oil.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Ohio Carrier Latest to Sue Pilot Flying J, More Litigation Expected

Photo: Evan Lockridge, eelcom, inc.

The umpteenth lawsuit has been filed against Pilot Flying J in the wake of a federal investigation into the company going public in mid-April following a raid on the company’s headquarters by the FBI.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Expeditors CEO Peter Rose Announces Retirement

Peter J. Rose, chairman and CEO of Expeditors International of Washington Inc., a global logistics company, announced his retirement as the company’s CEO effective March 1, 2014.

Tags: Leadership

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

TransAxle Opens 24th Branch Location

TransAxle is opening the 24th branch location in the Metro Atlanta, Ga., market. The location is suited to extend their geographic coverage to include Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida.

Tags: Aftermarket, Expansion, TransAxle

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Wayside Auto and Truck Parts to celebrate 30 years

Wayside Auto and Truck Parts in Houston, Texas, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. Wayside specializes in heavy-duty truck and equipment parts in the greater Houston area.Their reach also extends into the global truck and equipment parts markets.

Tags: Aftermarket, Anniversary

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Disavow Plans for Washington Protest

Several trucking groups have issued statements disavowing Internet-fueled plans for a trucking protest on Washington, D.C., this weekend, as spokespeople send mixed signals about exactly what's planned for this anti-government rally.

Tags: Legislation, Regulations, District of Columbia

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Index Hits Near All-Time High

Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry in the U.S. rose 0.4% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month to reach the second highest level in the history of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index which goes back to 2000.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Cop Laptops to be Shutoff While on the Move in Iowa

Those in trucking who want to pull out their hair when they see a law enforcement officer using a laptop computer while going down the road will soon be able to keep from going bald in one state.

Tags: Iowa, Safety & Compliance

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Knight Expects Lower Third and Fourth Quarter Business

Kevin Knight, Knight Transportation, chairman and CEO. Photo: Knight Transportation

A number of factors negatively impacted the third quarter of 2013, it said in a release, which has resulted in expected earnings below original estimates.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Earnings, Knight Transportation

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Achates Power Raises $35.2 Million in Series C Financing

Achates Power, Inc.—developer of internal combustion engines that increase fuel efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are lower cost—announced growing market traction for its opposed-piston engine technology with the addition of $35.2 million in Series C financing.

Tags: Engine

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Increased as September Ended

Credit: DAT

Freight rates are generally up on the spot market while the amount of available freight has declined a little.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

Capacity Additions Remain Conservative

Modest optimism regarding rates and volumes, and a rising number of unseated trucks, continues to influence whether carriers will add capacity.

Tags: TCP, Driver Pay

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Highway Angel Helps Motorist Extinguish Flames Beneath His Van

Robert Barrett

The Truckload Carriers Association has nameed Robert Barrett of Paris, Tenn., as a Highway Angel. Barrett drives for Milan Express and is being recognized for acting quickly to put out a fire for a fellow motorist.

Tags: TCA, TCA Highway Angel

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Encouraging Carriers to Update Their Registration

It notes that all companies under FMCSA jurisdiction are required to perform the update every two years as part of the new Unified Registration System...

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Owner-Operators

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Adding to Natural Gas Fueling Network, Adding More Tractors

UPS LNG tractor being refueled. Photo: UPS

UPS plans to invest approximately $50 million to build an additional nine liquefied natural gas fueling stations, bringing the total number of stations to 13. Four were announced in April, and all should be operational by the end of 2014.

Tags: Natural Gas, UPS, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 8, 2013 - Industry News

Former Driver Trainee Files Lawsuit Against Roehl Transport

A $5 million lawsuit has been filed against Roehl Transport over allegations that it payed student truck drivers less than the federal minimum wage.

Tags: Driver Training, Roehl Transport

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