July 18, 2013 - Industry News
The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will hold a hearing next Tuesday regarding the current financial status of the Highway Trust Fund and its impact on federal surface transportation programs.
Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Infrastructure Funding
July 17, 2013 - Industry News
Weather permitting, on Friday night, July 19, through Sunday night July 21, starting each night at 9:30 p.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation will begin to close lanes on I-95 south near Exit 148, Marine Corps Base Quantico.
Tags: Virginia, Highway Construction
Safety around trucks takes the spotlight in this summer’s Maryland’s Smooth Operator program. As a heat wave strikes the Baltimore area, the Smooth Operator program is working to put the chill on aggressive driving behaviors through education and enforcement waves of its own.
Tags: Maryland, Safety & Compliance
Trucking fleets are leaving an average of nearly a half-million dollars in operational savings on the table by not taking full advantage of mobile technologies they may already utilize, according to a report from Intermec, Everett, Wash.
Tags: Mobile technology, Intermec
Three Chicago-area household goods moving companies have had their interstate operating authority revoked or suspended due to serious violations of safety and commercial regulations. In addition, all three companies were assessed civil penalties, announced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Tags: FMCSA, Household Goods Movers, Illinois
Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a business unit of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC, is promising up to $1,200 annual savings for operators who equip their vehicles with new Firestone-brand commercial tires.
Tags: Firestone, Bridgestone, Tires
FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for May was basically unchanged from the level of the last few months at a -7.5 reading.
Tags: FTR, Shipper Conditions Index
Spot market freight volumes reported by the DAT North American Freight Index rose 2.2% in June, compared to May, according to newly released figures. Spot market rates rose 4.5% for vans.
Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates
TireStamp Inc. announced the availability of the industry’s first comprehensive Tire and Wheel Maintenance Program that is customizable to each individual fleet’s operating needs.
Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Wheels, TireStamp
Wisconsin-based temperature-controlled trucking company Marten Transport reported an increase in net income to $7.7 million, for the second quarter ended June 30, compared to $7.6 million from the same time last year.
Tags: Fleet Financials, Marten Transport
Truck drivers employed by Australia-based Toll Group at the company’s New Jersey division voted by a margin of nearly 70% to form a union and affiliate with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 469, according to a news release.
Tags: Drivers, Intermodal, Ports, Teamsters
Tom Marx, CEO of Marx Group Advisors will address "Surviving and Thriving During a Merger, Acquisition, Divestiture or Other Change in Ownership" on Wednesday, July 24 at the Northwood University campus in Midland, Mich.
Tags: Events, University of the Aftermarket
July 16, 2013 - Industry News
Love’s Travel Stops now offers diesel exhaust fluid at the pump for professional truck drivers at all 245 travel stops across the country.
Tags: DEF, Love's Travel Stops
Transfac Capital Inc.'s Fund My Freight program is designed to facilitate financing for single truck owner-operators and small trucking companies.
The state of Utah will soon deploy 360SmartView throughout its network of truck inspection facilities. 360SmartView is a cloudbased truck-sorting system that will electronically assess all trucks entering weigh stations and present roadside officers with a real-time, complete and correct snapshot of compliance with state and federal safety and weight requirements.
Con-way Freight has enhanced its Mexico service offering with the introduction of real-time, door-to-door online tracking, a 24-hour Customer Resource Center and new web tools for tendering and managing shipments moving to and from Mexico.
Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Con-way Truckload
A lot can change in 10 years, and for the average owner-operator, a lot has changed. Todd Amen, CEO of ATBS, recently presented at TCA's Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting on how the owner-operator and his world has transformed in a decade's time.
Tags: TCA, Drivers, Owner-Operators
[UPDATED] -- Truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has reached a multi-million dollar settlement agreement with some of the trucking companies that filed suit against it alleging the company cheated them out of fuel rebates.
Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops
Paccar Leasing Company continues its expansion with the announcement of seven new franchises in the United States and Canada.
Tags: PacLease, Dealers, Expansion
Industrial production in the United States has posted its largest increase in four months, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve. The overall performance matched a consensus estimate by economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, while the manufacturing number -- key to truck freight -- was better than expected.
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Home Sales, Industrial Production
California’s Air Resources Board has released a four-page document explaining the requirements for using electric standby and hybrid electric systems as an option for complying with the state’s transportation refrigeration unit, or reefer, regulations.
Tags: CARB, California, Reefers, Trailers
Officials with the Ohio Turnpike have voted to borrow $1.5 billion, and with it will come annual toll hikes to help pay off the debt. Next year’s hike will be 2.7% with further increases tied to the region’s inflation rate.
Tags: Ohio Turnpike, Ohio, Tolls, Highways
Work to install the new permanent span for the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Burlington, Wash., is officially underway, but new delays and detours will happen again in a few weeks.
Tags: I-5, Interstate 5, Washington, Highways, Skagit River Bridge, Infrastructure, Bridges
July 15, 2013 - Industry News
Professional truck drivers see a lot of interesting things on the road. Take, for example, Shelly York of North Little Rock, Ark., who drives for ABF Freight System Inc., of Fort Smith, Ark.
Tags: ABF, TCA Highway Angel
Yara North America Inc. announced the launch of new DEF production and distribution capabilities at its plant in Belle Plaine, Canada. The news follows the successful completion of the first DEF shipments under the Air1 brand earlier this month.
Tags: DEF, Yara North America
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