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September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Oil and Fuel Prices Continue Recent Declines

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The price of oil keeps edging toward going back below the $100 per barrel mark, bringing fuel prices along for the ride. Crude lost 54 cents in trading in New York on Monday, settling at $102.33 per barrel, hitting near a three-month low

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

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Love's Raises $2 Million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Love’s Travel Stops and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announced a $2 million donation that will benefit 92 CMN Hospitals across the country. Love’s recently wrapped up a five-week fundraising campaign at its 304 travel stop and country store locations.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, fundraising

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Kenworth of Peterborough Opens New Dealership

Kenworth of Peterborough, a new full-service dealership, has opened at a newly renovated facility that offers easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway 7 and 115.

Tags: Paccar, Dealer, Truck Dealers

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Clarify ‘Tank Vehicle’ Definition

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a new definition of a “tank vehicle” to clarify concerns about the impact of the definition on Commercial Drivers License requirements.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CDL, Hazmat, Tankers

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Truck Safety Program Will Continue Despite Shutdown

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UPDATED—12:00 a.m., Federal truck safety programs will continue to operate despite a partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, U.S. DOT

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Declaration of Emergency Signed Over I-43 Bridge Closing

Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker has signed a declaration of emergency for the Leo Frigo Bridge along Interstate 43 in Green Bay.

Tags: Wisconsin, Road Construction, Bridge, I-43

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J CEO Appears Before Reporters

“Embarrassing” and “humbling” is how embattled Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam described the past few months since federal agents served a series of search warrants against the company, as part of an investigation into allegations of cheating trucking companies out of rebates.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Diesel Prices

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Knight “Disappointed” Over USA Truck’s Rejection

Phoenix-based truckload carrier Knight Transportation, has responded to USA Truck’s recent rejection of its purchase offer, saying it's disappointed and announcing it's upped its ownership share of the company.

Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Mitsubishi Fuso and Terex Trucks

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America is recalling 600 2013-2014 FEC52, FEC72, FEC92, and FGB72 trucks. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin says the transmission oil cooler hoses may leak transmission fluid.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Terex, Recalls

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Jaltest ‘All-Brands’ Diagnostic Tool from Spain Covers Many Trucks, Components

Jaltest diagnostic scanner comes in a kit that includes connector cables and an interface box. It runs on an optional Windows-based tablet or a customer’s own tablet or laptop PC.

The “all-brands” diagnostic system adopted by the WheelTime Network of service shops comes from a Spanish company whose leaders saw the need for a versatile testing device as adjuncts to their growing line of commercial truck components for the aftermarket.

Tags: WheelTime Network, Managing the Shop

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Study Shows Trucking Among Wealthiest Political Contributors

Companies directly in trucking, as well as those that have an interest in it, are among many of the nation’s wealthiest public companies and are increasingly revealing their campaign-related contributions and political policies, and doing so voluntarily.

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

EEOC Appeals Ruling in Favor of CRST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is appealing a ruling that it has to repay more than $4.5 million dollars for legal costs to the trucking company CRST Van Expedited.

Tags: Drivers, Litigation, CRST, EEOC

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference This Week in Phoenix

The 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 1, and for the first time features a truck track aimed at medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. If you plan to attend, here is a list of key things to remember.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Arizona, Events, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

California Governor Signs Clean Transportation Funding Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 8, a measure that will continue the state's clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023, providing more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and consumers buy clean-burning low-carbon vehicles.

Tags: Emissions, Legislation, California, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 29, 2013 - Industry News

11 Arrested, Charged in Alleged CDL Scheme

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In a complaint unsealed last week in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., 11 individuals were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of an extensive scheme to let applicants for New York State commercial driver’s licenses cheat on required tests.

Tags: Drivers, New York, CDL, Fraud

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Waltco Loses Engineering VP, Makes Sourcing Appointments

Liftgate maker Waltco announced the resignation of Bill Kreutinger, vice president of engineering, who has taken a position with another company in the industry.

Tags: Trailers, Idle Reduction, Waltco Lift Corp.

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Fuel Consumption of New Trucks Can Be Reduced by More

Truck, engine and trailer makers already are investigating some of these fuel-saving technologies through the SuperTruck program.

Fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles could be reduced by more than a third by 2025, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, if the next phase of greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards pushes improvements in areas such as trailer aerodynamics and waste-heat energy recovery.

Tags: MPG, Fuel Efficiency, Trailers, Aerodynamics

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Trade up from Year Ago, Trucking Benefits

U.S.-NAFTA trade carried by truck in July was up 5.3% over last year, according to the latest North American Free Trade Agreement freight data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Canada, Mexico, NAFTA, Surface Trade, BTS

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Down, Personal Spending Lackluster

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Following a string of at least slightly encouraging economic reports, two new economic reports are disappointing. U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to a five-month low, while personal spending in August increased for the fourth consecutive month.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Spending

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

California Adds Funding for Cleaner-Burning Trucks

The California Air Resources Board announced millions more in funding for state programs to help truckers comply with the state's emissions regulations through its Truck Loan Assistance Program and its Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-43 Closed in Wisconsin Due to Sagging Bridge

A sagging bridge along a section of I-43 in the Green Bay area has led Wisconsin transportation officials to close a part of the route in both directions, forcing detours, until further notice.

Tags: Wisconsin, Road Construction, Bridges, I-43

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Motor Carrier Input on Efffects of HOS

The American Transportation Research Instituteis asking motor carriers to provide inpu on how the new hours of service regulations that went into effect July 1 are affecting them.

Tags: Hours of Service, ATRI

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Expands in Texas

Con-way Freight announced a major expansion for central Texas and surrounding communities with plans to build a new, 48-door, 18,870-square-foot freight service center in the city of Robinson.

Tags: Con-way Freight, LTL, Con-way Truckload, Texas

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Three New Reports Show Slow Improvements

Growth for the nation’s economy picked up dramatically in the second quarter of the year with the gross domestic product increasing at an annual rate of 2.5%.

Tags: Economy, Freight, GDP, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Buying Dealership Groups in Illinois and Indiana

Texas-based Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, is expanding in the Midwest with the aquisition of several dealerships in Illinois and Indiana.

Tags: Illinois, Rush Enterprises, Indiana, Dealers

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