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July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Projects Slow, Steady Growth for NAFTA-market Air Disc Brakes

Air disc brakes are not yet the dominant choice for trailer brakes, but market share is increasing.

Fleet interest in air disc brakes is growing, Meritor says, but time-tested and trusted drum brakes will dominate the market for some time to come.

Tags: Brakes, Meritor, Air Disc Brake

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Jacobs Vehicle Systems Appoints New President

Jacobs Vehicle Systems, a manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation mechanisms, announced that Sergio Sgarbi was appointed President effective July 22 after completing his three month immersion process.

Tags: Leadership, Jacobs Vehicle Systems

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates and Loads Show a Few Signs Of Improvement

Credit: DAT.

DAT reports from July 7-13 the number of loads increased in the U.S. by 2.7% compared to the previous seven days, however, two out of three sectors showed a drop in number of loads to trucks.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Prime Launches Military Fast Track Campaign in North Carolina

At the beginning of 2013, an estimated 844,000 veterans were unemployed and looking for work, including 252,000 post 9/11 veterans. According to the White House report, “Fast Track to Civilian Employment,” there is somewhere between 240,000 to 360,000 service members who separate from the military each year. A million more are expected over the next several years.

Tags: Veterans, Prime Inc.

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Revised Pilot Flying J Settlement Covers Longer Period for Claims

The truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has revised a settlement it reached last week with eight trucking companies that filed suit against it earlier this year over claims it cheated them out of fuel rebates and discounts.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fraud, Fuel and Oil

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Industry Net Orders Up 7% in June

Nearly 15,400 net trailer orders were received in June, up 7% from May. This update on industry performance was reported in the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Knight Profit Edges Downward in Second Quarter

Knight's non-asset service offerings saw revenue growth of 64%, says Kevin Knight, chairman and CEO.

Phoenix-based truckload and logistics services provider Knight Transportation reports profit in the second quarter of the year declined slightly, despite an uptick in revenue.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Earnings, Knight Transportation

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driving Jobs Ranked as One of Toughest to Fill

More than a third of hiring managers currently have positions that have remained open for 12 weeks or longer, according to new research by the online lob listing service CareerBuilder. Among the hardest to fill are slots for truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Congress Working on Highway Funding for Next Year

Congress is wrestling with two highway funding bills for the 2014 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, but only one has gotten an endorsement from President Obama.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure, Legislation

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Looks for Highway Trust Fund Fix

At a hearing on the Highway Trust Fund Tuesday it was clear that the key House transportation committee has some distance to go before it can achieve consensus on how the fund could be made whole, or even if it should be preserved.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Infrastructure, Highways, Infrastructure Funding

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Major Court Decision Against Three 'Hot Fuel' Claims

Late last week a federal judge in California ruled to dismiss three cases against Chevron filed by plaintiffs who claimed the oil and fuel giant failed to disclose the effect warmer temperatures have when it comes to dispensing fuel at the pumps causing customers to overpay.

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

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hair Testing More Reliable for Detecting Illegal Drug Use, HHS Panel Told

Five years of dual testing data from the trucking industry, which included over 200,000 DOT driver candidates from more than 25 different motor carriers, demonstrates that urine testing by itself is no longer effective for pre-employment screening.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

NTEA Presents Two Industry Events in September

The New Model Truck Product Conference is scheduled for Sept. 10-12, 2013, at the Adoba Hotel Dearborn/Detroit (formerly Hyatt Dearborn Hotel) in Dearborn, Mich.

Tags: NTEA, Events

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

TransForce Driver Staffing Acquires DriveForce

TransForce Inc. has acquired the assets of DriveForce Transportation Services and DriveForce Transportation Services of Tulsa, Okla. DriveForce is a regional provider of high-quality commercial truck drivers and skilled industrial personnel with operations throughout Oklahoma.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Whiskey Pete’s Stateline Stop Opens Truck Stop

The Flying J Truck Stop at Whiskey Pete’s Stateline Stop is now open, adding a professional drivers’ lounge with flat screen televisions as well as seven private showers and commercial laundry facility to the new Primm Valley travel center.

Tags: Pilot Flying J Truck Travel Centers, Expansion

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

NTEA Announces Work Truck Show 2014 and 2015 Dates

NTEA, the association for the Work Truck Industry, has announced dates for the next two years of The Work Truck Show, which will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Events

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Report Says to Expect Three FMCSA Proposals Soon

The U.S. Transportation Department has released its semi-annual regulatory agenda summarizing of all current and projected rulemakings. On the near-term agenda are a drug and alcohol testing database, no-defect DVIRs and electronic driver logs.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, EOBR, ELD, Regulations

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Carrier for Firing Driver Who Refused to Run Over Hours

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston has ordered Massachusetts-based motor carrier Brillo Motor Transportation and its owner to reinstate a former employee and pay him $96,864 in back wages and interest, $9,669 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, Hours of Service, Enforcement, Drivers

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Legislation Would Allow Heavier Trucks on Route After Interstate Designation

The U.S. House has passed a measure that would allow Wisconsin to continue its practice of allowing trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds along a section of U.S. 41 when the route is designated as an Interstate roadway, most likely next year.

Tags: Wisconsin, Highways, Legislation

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Index Increases for Second Straight Month

The amount of freight moved in June moved barely higher after surging in May, but it still managed to hit a record high, according to the American Trucking Associations. But that partly reflects a heavier freight mix.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Economy

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Profit Falls Slightly in Second Quarter

Parcel and freight transport giant UPS has reported a slight drop in its second quarter profit, falling from $1.79 billion in 2012 to $1.74 billion for the most recent quarter.

Tags: UPS, Earnings, Fleet Financials

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Werner Second-Quarter Profit and Revenue Fall

Werner Enterprises saw its total revenue fall 3% to $506.6 million in the second quarter compared to last year, while net income dropped 16% to $25.8 million. A cold, wet April was the primary culprit.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Earnings, Fleet Financials

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

More Goodyear Tires from TravelCenters

Thanks to a new agreement between Goodyear and TravelCenters of America, TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube locations will carry three additional Goodyear Fuel Max truck tires.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Rises For Third Straight Week as Oil Eases From Recent High

Credit: DOE/EIA.

Prices for diesel and gasoline moved higher again over the past week as the cost of oil eased back Monday following its highest closing price on Friday since March 2012.

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

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Up Again In July

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 59.4, an increase from the June index of 57.3, reflecting industry participants’ increasing optimism despite continued moderate demand for equipment.

Tags: Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

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