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December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Blaine Brothers Acquires Truckaline

Blaine Brothers, a Minnesota-based parts and service company headquartered in the Twin Cities area, has acquired Truckaline in Blaine, Minn. Truckaline specializes in full-service truck alignments, frame work and suspensions, including brakes and springs.

Tags: Minnesota, Aftermarket Parts, Alignment, HDA Truck Pride, Suspensions

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Expands Health Competition’s Scope, Renames it 'Long-Haul Weight Loss Showdown'

After sponsoring three highly successful weight-loss challenges within the trucking industry, with more than 7,600 pounds lost, the Truckload Carriers Association has now added a 30-week maintenance component. Combined with the initial 10 weeks of weight loss, the entire program will last for 10 months in 2014, and will be called the “Long-Haul Weight Loss Showdown.”

Tags: Drivers, Driver Health

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Tokyo Motor Show: Commercial Vehicles Are Back to Basics

The Tokyo Motor Show is held every two years.

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories. HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand returned with this report.

Tags: Japan, Global, Tokyo Motor Show

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Right To Repair Covers Commercial Vehicles

On Nov. 22, the Massachusetts state legislature reconciled differences between two laws that were on the books in the state that mandated that vehicle manufacturers provide affordable access to all tools, software and information used to repair-late model vehicles.

Tags: Right to Repair

December 1, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Barely Improve Despite More Freight

The amount of freight on the spot market has jumped considerably over the last week, but rates have improved little, according to freight matching service provider DAT's latest numbers.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Spot Rates

November 27, 2013 - Industry News

Indiana Opens First LNG Fueling Station

Blu will officially open Indiana’s first liquefied natural gas refueling facility, according to the company. The new Blu LNG Station is located in Sellersburg, Ind.

Tags: Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Blu, LNG Fueling Station

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Contract Proposal to be Reviewed by Teamster Locals

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The parent of trucking companies, YRC Freight and others, YRC Worldwide, announced Tuesday that the Teamsters Union has set a two man committee meeting date of Dec. 6 for local labor leaders to review and to decide to submit the company's proposal to the membership for a ratification vote.

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

Shuster Urges Quiet Approach to Highway Funding

"We will not ignore the funding issue, but I think it’s important that we need to build the case,” said Bill Shuster.

With the House and Senate going to conference on a Water Resources Development bill, the way is clear for transportation committees in both chambers to take up reauthorization of the federal highway program.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highways, Infrastructure Funding

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

New Werner Safe Driver Program Rewards Truckers with New Rigs

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company Werner Enterprises recently introduced a three-tiered Million Mile Safe Driver Truck Program, designed to recognize professional Werner drivers who have achieved safe driving milestones of 1, 2 or 3 million miles.

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

October Average Price and Volumes of Used Class 8 Trucks Up

The average selling price of total reported used Class 8 trucks continues to hold up better than expected, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

Vista Equity Partners Completes Acquisition of Omnitracs

Vista Equity Partners LLC announced it has completed its acquisition of Omnitracs Inc., formerly a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc. In conjunction with this announcement, Omnitracs announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Roadnet Technologies Inc., a provider of fleet management software solutions for private fleets.

Tags: Qualcomm, Information Technology, Roadnet Technologies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Omnitracs

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet to Fight $1 Million Plus OSHA Fine

A trucking company that was fined more than $1 million dollars earlier this month for firing employees who blew the whistle for its illegal activities says it will fight the decision.

Tags: Drivers, OSHA, Safety & Compliance

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

Group Loses Appeal to Stop Broker Bond Hike

The Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents lost a challenge on Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to delay enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new broker bond requirement that takes full effect on Dec. 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Brokers, AIPBA

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Moving Fraud Task Force Shuts Down Five Companies

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Moving Fraud Task Force has shut down five household goods moving companies in Florida, South Carolina and Maryland for holding customer shipments hostage and failing to turn over records related to their investigations.

Tags: FMCSA, Household Goods Movers

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

Millions Hitting the Road for Thanksgiving Travel

AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a decrease of 1.5% from the 44 million people who traveled last year.

Tags: AAA, Traffic Congestion

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Jumps for First Time Since September

The average cost of diesel has turned higher this week for the first time since the first of September while gasoline has increased for the second consecutive week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Bergstrom Buys Innovative Product Development Corp.

Bergstrom Inc. has expanded its design engineering capabilities with the acquisition of Innovative Product Development Corp., an engineering firm based in Troy, Mich.

Tags: HVAC, Mergers & Acquisitions, Bergstrom

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Manitoulin Transport Purchases Smooth Freight

Manitoulin Transport announced Monday that it has purchased fellow Manitoba-based carrier Smooth Freight.

Tags: Canada, Mergers & Acquisitions

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Penn. Governor Signs New Transportation Funding Law Changing Fuel Taxes

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed comprehensive transportation legislation that some say will dramatically hike fuel prices in the state because of a new tax formula.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highway Funding

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Judge Approves Pilot Flying J Settlement

With the sign-off of a judge on a settlement, the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J can finally start to close a chapter in a drama that’s been playing out since mid-April.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Litigation

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

HDAW’14 Sets New Records for Supplier Participation

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week organizers report record-breaking registrations from exhibiting suppliers for the 2014 conference, with a 105 year-to-date increase in the number of supplier-company exhibitors from the previous year.

Tags: Aftermarket, HDAW

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Registrations Increase Nearly 3%, Best Since 2007

New Commercial Registrations (GVW 3-8) Quarterly Volume by Calendar Year

New commercial vehicle registrations in classes 3-8 for the first nine months of the 2013 were 426,718 units, up 2.8% from the same period in the 2012, according to a new report from IHS Automotive/Polk.

Tags: R. L. Polk & Co., Vehicle Registration, IHS Automotive, Class 4, Class 5

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin Clean Cities Annual Meeting Dec. 10

Wisconsin Clean Cities Inc. will host its 8th Annual Stakeholder Meeting and Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Tags: Clean Cities, Events

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Highway 130 Toll Discounts Ending Early

A program to bring in more truck traffic along one toll route has accomplished its goal of getting some traffic off Interstate 35 in Central Texas but is ending earlier than planned.

Tags: Texas, Tolls

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Georgia 400 Tolls Gone

Tolls along the Georgia 400 in metro Atlanta are now gone with the wind, with the final fees being collected on Friday, but it may come with another price.

Tags: Tolls, Georgia

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