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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

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Calls for Shipping Fee for Infrastructure Improvements

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.

Legislation has been offered up in the U.S. House that backers say will support improvements to infrastructure and transportation in the national freight mobility network through a new tax on freight shipments.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure Funding, Congress, Infrastructure

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Freight Teamsters Approve New Contract

Teamsters union members at the trucking operation, UPS Freight, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new national five-year master agreement that increases wages, significantly strengthens pension benefits and takes on the issue of subcontracting.

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, UPS Freight

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Capacity Growth An Inevitable Result of Lowered Utilization

The fourth-quarter Transport Capital Partners survey finds a large majority of carriers expecting to grow capacity, and many moving to replace their aging vehicles.

Tags: HOS, TCP

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Mahle Clevite Inc. Transitions Name to Mahle Aftermarket Inc.

Mahle Clevite Inc. announced the transition of its company name to Mahle Aftermarket Inc. The changeover to the company’s name was effective Jan. 1, and serves a dual purpose: to bring Mahle in line with all of the Mahle Global Aftermarket divisions, and to highlight the substantial diversification of the Mahle Aftermarket product mix.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Mahle Clevite

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Missouri DOT Closes I-70 Downtown Jan. 17-20

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes of I-70 downtown between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, weather permitting.

Tags: Missouri, I-70, Highway Construction

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

More States Issue Emergency Fuel Hauling Waivers

While record-setting cold weather has let up across many affected portions of the United States, the number of waivers to trucking rules issued by states continues growing.

Tags: Minnesota, Regulations, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Vermont, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, New York

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Light Vehicle Sales Forecast to Increase for Fifth Straight Year

Anyone associated with getting to market new light vehicles, (cars, light trucks and SUVs), not to mention sales and manufacturing of them, has reason to be hopeful about business prospects in the New Year.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Auto Sales, Auto Haulers

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Down but Job Growth Weak

While new figures show the nation’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since October 2008, job growth in December was the slowest in nearly three years.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Dave Osiecki to Lead ATA’s Legislative Affairs Office

UPDATED -- Dave Osiecki, senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs at American Trucking Associations, will take charge of the association’s lobbying shop.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Congress, Highway Funding, People

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Proposed Coercion Rule Closer to Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one step closer to proposing a rule that would prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. The proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review before publication.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Elog

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Vote Down YRC Contract Extension

Teamsters Union truck drivers and other workers at the parent of less-than-truckload carriers, YRC Worldwide, have rejected the company’s proposal that would have extended and modified the existing labor contract until 2019, putting the company in jeopardy of having to file for bankruptcy.

Tags: Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Settles Case Filed by Western Express

Photo: Evan Lockridge

After settling an $85 million class action lawsuit in November over allegations it bilked trucking customers out money in the form of rebates from fuel purchases, truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has settled separate litigation brought by one trucking company.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Rises to Best Level on Record

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2008-November 2013. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in November from October, rebounding from a one-month decline to reach its highest all-time level, according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation report.

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

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Must Hold Copy of Medical Certification for Another Year

UPDATED -- Drivers are going to have to keep a copy of their medical certificate on hand for another year, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Med Card, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

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