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November 20, 2013 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Faces Test

The stage is set for a political grilling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at a House hearing Thursday on the hours-of-service rule. Amid relentless criticism of the 34-hour restart and 30-minute break provisions of the rule, agency administrator Anne Ferro will be called on to explain and defend the agency’s decision-making.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, ATRI

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Drop Despite More Available Freight

While there was more freight to haul over the past week on the spot market, freight rates moved little, according to the freight matching service provider DAT

Tags: Freight, DAT, Spot Freight

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

No Objections to Pilot Flying J Settlement, Some Opt-Out

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As red-letter day approaches in Federal Court in Arkansas next week for a judge to approve a class action settlement between the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J and trucking companies that claim they were cheated out of rebates from diesel purchases, no one in the class has yet to object to the deal, but some are pursuing their own remedies.

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Classes 5-8 Orders Strong in October; Market “Good but Not Great”

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As expected from the preliminary report, Classes 5-8 orders were strong in October. This updated status of the North America commercial vehicle market was included in the State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Sales

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider Upgrades Mexico Direct Intermodal Service

Trucking company Schneider National has unveiled a new interchange offering for moving freight across the U.S.-Mexico border that it says is a faster, more efficient option for shippers.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Intermodal, Schneider National

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

FreightWatch Advises Caution About Thanksgiving Cargo Thefts

It notes year after year the holiday shipping season shows an increase in cargo theft risks for transportation companies, shippers and manufacturers.

Tags: Security, Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Pop, Consumer Prices Drop

Despite a partial government shut down last month, resulting in hundreds of thousands of people being out of work and with no paychecks, retail sales in the U.S. unexpectedly increased.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight, Consumer Prices, Home Sales

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Kalmbach Feeds Opens CNG Station in Ohio

TruStar Energy logo

Kalmbach Feeds Inc. and TruStar Energy are celebrating the grand opening of a new compressed natural gas public fueling station. The station, designed and constructed by TruStar Energy, is located at 11790 County Highway 4, Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Online Best Practice Forum for Trucking Fleets Scheduled

During the week of Dec. 2, CK Commercial Vehicle Research will be facilitating an online best practice forum for heavy-duty trucking fleets. This will be an opportunity for them to share ideas about equipment, technology, spec'ing options, maintenance practices and outstanding service issues.

Tags: Best Practices, CK Commercial Vehicle Research

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Two Truckers Awarded $302,000 for Wrongful Termination

Under terms of a consent judgment, a now defunct North Canton, Ohio-based carrier, Star Air, and owner Robert R. Custer, will pay two Ohio truck drivers $302,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor for terminating two of the company's drivers in violation of federal whistleblower provisions.

Tags: Drivers, OSHA, Department of Labor, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

Lubecore International Victorious in Trademark Case

Lubecore's EP-0 grease pump for parallel pneumatic automated lubrication systems. A court rejected claims that the pump’s shape and appearance violated trademark laws.

In a victory for Lubecore International, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s ruling and lifted restrictions on Lubecore’s ability to freely market its complete line of automated lubrication systems for heavy trucks and off-highway equipment in the United States.

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Decreased 2.8% in October

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.8% in October, the first decrease since July. In September, the index was up 0.5%. September’s increase was less than the preliminary 1.4% gain ATA reported on Oct. 22.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Edges Higher in September

Even though FTR's Shippers Conditions Index improved marginally in September along with a small improvement in the environment affecting shippers it is not expected to hold.

Tags: Driver Shortage, HOS, FTR, SCI

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Considered in Washington

Washington could be headed in the direction of having the second highest state diesel and gasoline taxes in the nation. Legislation has been introduced in the state senate to boosting the current 37.5 cents per gallon levy by 11.5 cents, totaling 49 cents per gallon.

Tags: Washington, Fuel Tax, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

Minnesota Announces “Corridors of Commerce” Projects

List of Corridors of Commerce projects. Credit: Minn. DOT.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have announced ten highway construction projects will receive funding through the state’s new $300 million Corridors of Commerce program.

Tags: Minnesota, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Freight CEO: U.S. Trucking Curbed by Infrastructure

The upcoming years will be tough for the transportation industry in the United States, FedEx Freight president and CEO William Logue said at the annual National Industrial Transportation League conference in Houston.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highway Funding, FedEx

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Levies $1 Million Fine Against Carrier for Firing Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Gaines Motor Lines of N.C., along with company officials Tim Gaines and Rick Tompkins, to compensate four former truck drivers who were fired in violation of federal whistleblower laws.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, OSHA, Safety & Compliance

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Fails to Advance for 11th Straight Week

The average cost of fuel in the U.S. continues falling with diesel hitting its lowest price since early July.

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

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Proposes Key Freight Highways

The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a series of key highways to serve as a highway Primary Freight Network, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The notice appeared in today’s Federal Register.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, MAP-21, Freight

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Bosselman Boss Shop Opens in Sullivan, Mo.

Bosselman Boss Truck Shops Inc. announced its newest location in Sullivan, Mo. The new shop is located adjacent to the Flying J Travel Plaza.

Tags: Expansion

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Rob Phillips Takes Helm of Phillips Industries

Rob Phillips is the fourth generation Phillips family member to lead the company.

Phillips Industries, a manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake interface equipment for commercial vehicles, has appointed Rob Phillips as its new president and COO.

Tags: Leadership, Phillips Industries

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Proposes to Cut Renewable Fuel Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to cut the volume of renewable fuels next year. The agency is required to set annual standards for cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewables. It gave two reasons why it needs to reduce the percentage of these fuels next year.

Tags: Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, EPA

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Celadon Acquires N. Yanke Transfer Limited in Canada

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U.S. trucking operation, Celadon Group, has announced an agreement to acquire selected assets of N. Yanke Transfer Limited based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Tags: Celadon Trucking Services

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New HOS Rules Result in Productivity Losses

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its latest analysis of the operational and economic impacts resulting from the new hours-of-service rules that went into effect July 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Cooper Appeal Granted in Apollo Case

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced that the Delaware Supreme Court has granted its request for an expedited hearing of its appeal to a partial ruling rendered by Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III in the case Cooper filed against Apollo Tyres.

Tags: Tires, Litigation

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