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November 22, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Passes Transportation Plan Changing Fuel Tax Structure

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign legislation passed by state lawmakers on Thursday providing $2.3 billion over five years for transportation, about a 40% hike, but it’s leaving some questions unanswered.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-90 in Cleveland Closing This Weekend

Interstate 90 east in Cleveland, Ohio, over the Innerbelt Bridge, between I-490 and I-77, has been closed through the weekend and is expected to reopen onto the new bridge by 6 a.m. Monday.

Tags: Ohio

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Upping Rates, Follows Rivals

Effective Dec 30 UPS’ published rates for its services will increase. For package shipments, ground services and accessorial rates will increase an average net 4.9%.

Tags: UPS, USPS, Freight Rates, FedEx

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Little Common Ground at Restart Hearing

The subject at Thursday’s House hearing was truck driver hours-of-service regulations, but the target was federal regulation of business. Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, testified that the 34-hour restart provision of the rule will save an estimated 19 lives a year.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS, Anne Ferro

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Making Plea to Teamsters Via Video

Executives of the struggling parent to YRC Freight, YRC Worldwide, are taking their case for a new labor contract directly to union employees in video discs mailed to their homes.

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Wreaths Across America Kicks Off Rolling Tribute

In an effort to show support for veterans and honor their families this holiday season, Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization best known for its annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, is teaming up with Truckload Carriers Association and Pilot Flying J to launch the trucking industry’s annual rolling tribute.

Tags: Drivers, TCA

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

New Service to Help with Independent Contractor Misclassification

A provider of information and services ensuring independent contractor best practices, Relevant Business Solutions, has launched its Independent Contractor Information subscription-based service website.

Tags: Owner-Operators

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Republic Services Inc.'s New Fleet Of Natural Gas Powered Trucks Arrives In Houston

New fleet of Republic Services CNG trucks arrives in Houston.

Republic Services Inc. announced the deployment of an additional 49 compressed natural gas solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers throughout greater Houston. The company has introduced a total of 104 new CNG trucks in greater Houston within the past year, replacing older diesel-powered trucks.

Tags: Republic Services, Natural Gas Vehicles

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop now open in Bloomsdale, Mo.

Love’s Travel Stops opened a new travel stop in Bloomsdale, Mo., on I-55, Exit 157, on Thursday, Nov. 21. The Bloomsdale Love’s includes 78 truck parking spaces, Chester’s Chicken and McDonald’s restaurants and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. The location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Port of Long Beach Repeals Cargo Fee

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week unanimously repealed a cargo fee that has been on the Southern California seaport’s books since 2008 but implementation was delayed repeatedly and the fee was never collected.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Port Trucking

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Study Says PSP Program Lowering Crash and Driver OOS Numbers

A recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report shows that motor carriers using the agency’s Pre-Employment Screening Program are seeing a greater decline in crash rates than those who are not using it.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Safety, Safety & Compliance

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Arkansas Rolls Out New Travel Conditions Website

Truckers navigating the Arkansas highway system can now do so more safely and efficiently thanks to a new travel and construction information web site developed by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

Tags: Arkansas, Highway Construction

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Tollway to Ban and Seize Vehicles of Habitual Violators

The North Texas Tollway Authority will ban the vehicles of habitual violators from its roadways beginning in January 2014.

Tags: Drivers, Texas, Tolls

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Offers Support for Construction Diesel Retrofits

The Environmental Protection Agency has $2 million for rebates to encourage emissions retrofitting on diesel construction engines.

Tags: Emissions, EPA

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

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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”

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

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