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September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking CFO Gets 30 Months in Prison For Check-Kiting Scheme

The chief financial officer of a trucking company has received a sentence of two and half years in prison in relation to a $3.6 million check kiting scheme.

Tags: Ohio, Fraud

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Digs into Four-Wheeler Confessions

Credit: Insurance.com

If you see a motorist cussing in front of kids in the car or flipping people off, it's most likely to be a woman, but men aren't pillars of polite driving, either -- at least according to one newly released survey.

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

N.J. Governor Vetoes Driver Misclassification Bill

A New Jersey bill attacking the independent contractor model at the ports has been vetoed.

UPDATED--New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has rejected legislation regarding the “misclassification” of some truck drivers in the state as independent contractors rather than employees..

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Port Trucking, Owner-Operators, Ports, Intermodal

September 8, 2013 - Industry News

All-Electric Trucks Planned for Houston

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is partnering with the Center for Transportation and the Environment and Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. to replace existing diesel-powered delivery vehicles with all-electric medium- and heavy-duty Smith Newton trucks in the Houston-Galveston area.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Smith Newton, Alternative Fuels

September 8, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Donates Equipment to N.C. Veteran Truck Driving Program

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. donated a tractor to the Johnston Community College Truck Driving School in support of the school’s driver training program for soldiers.

Tags: FMCSA, Old Dominion Freight Line, Veterans

September 8, 2013 - Industry News

Central Freight Lines Upgrades Fleet with Freightliner CNG Trucks

Central Freight Lines Inc. has added 100 2014 Freightliner M2 112 compressed natural gas tractors equipped with Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engines to its fleet of more than 1,600 trucks.

Tags: Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Central Freight Lines

September 6, 2013 - Industry News

Paccar Parts Unveils New Eco-Friendly Expansion

Paccar Parts unveiled a newly expanded Northeastern Parts Distribution Center, located in Lancaster, Pa. The expansion facilitates future growth and parts availability with environmental and technological enhancements, including daylight harvesting and the latest Radio Frequency technology.

Tags: Expansion, Paccar Parts, eco-friendly

September 6, 2013 - Industry News

STEP Completes Deployment of 50 New Plug-In Locations

Cascade Sierra Solutions and Shorepower Technologies, recently completed installation of power outlets at 50 truck stops nationwide, electrifying 1,397 parking spaces in 30 states. Truckers now have more opportunities to plug in to run air conditioners, heaters or appliances and avoid idling main engines for power. Twenty-nine locations also provide 3-phase power for trailer Transport Refrigeration Units at the power stations.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Shorepower, Cascade Sierra Solutions, Shorepower Technologies

September 6, 2013 - Industry News

August Preliminary Net Orders Up for Class 8 and Classes 5-7

August saw Class 8 orders rise to their highest level in three months with a preliminary reading of 19,500 units (+20%y/y). The August seasonal factor is the third lowest in 2013. When applied, August’s seasonally adjusted Class 8 order total rises to 22,000 units. The August SA reading represents the third best order month in the past 20.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

September 6, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Overall Unemployment Slips, Trucking No Gains

While unemployment in the U.S. fell in August, the trucking industry added no jobs, and the number of jobs added the month before was revised sharply lower, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Stifel: Soft Economy Makes Rate Hikes Tough, Despite Driver Shortage

Although a "cavalcade of regulations" is expected to make it harder than ever to find drivers, an economy that continues to grow at a sub-potential rate means fleets don't have a lot of leverage when it comes to raising rates, according to John Larkin and fellow transportation analysts at the Stifel Nicolaus investment firm.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Stifel Nicolaus

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Timken Spinning Off Engineered Steel Business

The Timken Company's board of directors has approved a plan to pursue a separation of the company's steel business from its bearings and power transmission business through a spinoff, creating two publicly traded companies.

Tags: The Timken Company

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Drivewyze Now Offers Mobile Inspection Site Bypass in Kansas

Drivewyze Inc. announced that Kansas has become the 17th state to adopt the Drivewyze Pre-Clear bypass service, which uses tablets, smartphones and select electronic on-board recorders to provide commercial vehicles with inspection site bypass opportunities.

Tags: Information Technology, Drivewyze PreClear

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Awards Nearly Half-Billion Dollars in TIGER Grants

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery 2013 discretionary grant program, also known as TIGER.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, Road Construction

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Jost Hires Bultemeier to Lead Truck OE Business Development

Jost International has hired Ken Bultemeier Jr. as director of truck OE business development. Bultemeier is a commercial vehicle industry veteran joining Jost with 25-plus years in the industry.

Tags: Leadership, Jost International

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA’s Brake Safety Week is Sept. 8-14

This week is Brake Safety Week, one of two enforcement and outreach campaigns dedicated to promoting truck and bus brake safety held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance each year. The unannounced Brake Check is held each spring and Brake Safety Week each fall.

Tags: Brake Safety Week, CVSA, Brakes

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments Increase While New Orders Decline

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Shipment of factory orders in July increased while new orders fell, according to a new Commerce Department report. Overall shipments saw their second hike in the past three months, but durable goods shipments fell slightly.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Factory Orders

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Revenues Increase in First Half of 2013

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new government report shows revenue in the trucking business increased 1.5% in the first six months of the year in the United States compared to the same time in 2012.

Tags: Economy

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Bent Locking Mechanism Cited in Fatal Tractor-Trailer Separation

A tractor-trailer separation incident in the town of Truxton, N.Y., last May that claimed seven lives happened when the fifth wheel wasn't locked correctly.

Tags: Fifth Wheels, New York

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Availability Jumps While Rates Sit

Credit: DAT

Load availability on one of the nation’s largest spot freight markets shifted into high gear last week, but rates did not follow along.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Research Identifies Barriers to Fuel-saving Technology Uptake

Lack of credible ROI information and reliability concerns are cited as major hurdles to wide-scale adoption of fuel-saving technologies such as 6x2s, idle reduction and tire inflation systems, according to a new report by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tags: Carbon War Room, NACFE, Idle Reduction, HTUF, Tires, CALSTART

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Guidance on New Broker, Freight Forwarder Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is setting an Oct. 1 deadline for compliance with new requirements for brokers and freight forwarders. In a Federal Register notice Thursday, the agency laid out its plan for implementing the terms of last year’s highway law, including a $75,000 bond requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, Brokers

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: August U.S. Auto Sales Best in Nearly Six Years

Sales of cars, light trucks and SUVs in the United States remain high amid signs the public has no intent of cutting back on purchases, good news for fleets that haul everything from raw materials to components to delivering new cars to dealers.

Tags: Economy

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

Former USA Dry Van Execs Charged in Alleged Scheme

Former trucking company executives Sergio Lagos, Aurelio “Jim” Aleman, and Oscar Barbosa were arrested following the return of a six-count federal indictment charging wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Tags: GE Capital, Fraud

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

Early-Bird Discount for Green Fleet Conference Ends Today

On Friday, Sept. 6, the $100 discount for early registration ends for the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo. The Conference is in Phoenix on Oct. 1-2.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Idle Reduction, MPG

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