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January 2, 2014 - Industry News

70 MPH Speed Limit Taking Effect in Illinois

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The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Tollway have announced the locations where Interstate speed limits will increase from 65 to 70 miles-per-hour following a new law that took effect the first of 2014.

Tags: Illinois, Speed Limits

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Fiat Acquires Remaining Interest in Chrysler, Integration Likely to Speed Up

Fiat has announced an agreement under which its wholly owned subsidiary, Fiat North America, will acquire all of the VEBA Trust’s equity in Chrysler, giving the Italian company total control of the U.S. vehicle maker.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Fiat, Chrysler, Ram Truck

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ultimate Test Drive Videos Add New Dimension to Vehicle and Component Evaluations

Heavy Duty Trucking has teamed up with Today's Trucking, an award-winning Canadian magazine published by Newcom, to bring you the Ultimate Test Drive Video series. We're kicking it off with a special two-part "twin sticks" edition. Equipment Editor Jim Park visits Mack's test track in Allentown, Pa., to experience first-hand 50 years of advancements in transmission technology.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Cold Weather Results in Emergency Trucking Waivers

Extremely cold weather in parts of the country has led to some states issuing emergency waivers of federal trucking rules when it comes to hauling different fuels.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Minnesota, Michigan, New Jersey, Propane Autogas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Weather

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Continues Expansion, Construction and Consumer Confidence Jump

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector expanded in December for the seventh consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 55th consecutive month, according to a new report from the nation’s purchasing managers.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Consumer Confidence

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

CRST Purchases Short-Haul Fleet BESL Transfer

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Trucking company owner CRST International has announced the acquisition of privately-held BESL Transfer Company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Mergers & Acquisitions, CRST, Flatbed

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Jumped As 2013 Drew to a Close

Rates on one of the nation’s largest spot freight markets increased in all three major categories, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Freight, Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

ELogs, Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Top Rules List for 2014

Will paper logbooks become a thing of the past?

Trucking will go into 2014 with two major safety proposals pending: electronic logs and a searchable database containing the results of driver drug and alcohol tests.

Tags: Regulations, FMCSA, Drug Testing, Alcohol, Drivers, CSA

December 31, 2013 - Industry News

Fyda Energy Solutions Awarded Grant for Developing CNG Technology

Fyda Energy Solutions has been awarded an Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant for $375,000 to continue its work developing techniques for converting existing gasoline and diesel trucks to run on compressed natural gas.

Tags: CNG, Dual Fuel, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 31, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Declares South Carolina Trucking Companies to be Imminent Hazards

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared two Walterboro, S.C.-based trucking companies, CER Trucking Inc. and Edward Risher Trucking, as well as its owner-driver, Clarence Edward Risher, Jr., to be imminent hazards to public safety and has ordered all three entities to immediately cease interstate commercial operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Imminent Hazard

December 31, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 4

As we look back at 2013, here's the final installment of our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry.

Tags: Natural Gas, Hours of Service, Fuel and Oil, Pilot Flying J, Fraud

December 31, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Year Ending With Positive Economic News

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The final week of 2013 provided some encouraging economic numbers including about holiday sales.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Spending

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Cooper Will Pursue Damages Against Apollo

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. said it will pursue damages against Apollo Tyres Ltd. in a webcast following the announcement of its decision to terminate the merger agreement, according to Modern Tire Dealer, a sister publication of HDT.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Mergers & Acquisitions, Apollo Tyre

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel and Oil Prices Move Higher Over the Past Week

Prices for fuel have moved higher over the past week as crude crossed the $100 barrel level once again.

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Relocates Fort Myers Service Center

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has relocated and expanded its Fort Myers Service Center to accommodate increased demand in the Southwest Florida region.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Expansion, Service Center

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Bakery Fleet Orders AMP Electric Vans

A national bakery company has placed the first orders for the AMP/Workhorse E-100.

AMP Holding Inc. has announced that its AMP Trucks subsidiary has received an initial purchase order for Workhorse E-100 Walk-In Vans from a national bakery company. The Workhorse Electric Vans have a range of up to 100 miles and will be built on the W62 chassis.

Tags: Workhorse, AMP Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Saddle Creek Names CEO

Saddle Creek Logistics Services announced that the company has named current president Cliff Otto as its CEO, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, Saddle Creek

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Some Illinois Highways See Increases in Speed Limit to 70 mph

The Illinois Department of Transportation released a map which highlights those portions of the Illinois interstate highways with the increased 70 mph speed limit, effective Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Tags: Speed limit, Illinois

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Announces Reorganization

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. announced that Brian van Helden has been promoted to chief operating officer. He will immediately assume direct leadership of the company's LTL operation, replacing Scott Dobak who has tendered his resignation effective Dec. 31

Tags: Leadership, Roadrunner Transportation

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 3

As we look back at 2013, here's the third installment in our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry:

Tags: Emissions, Cross-Border Trucking, NAFTA, U.S. DOT

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

New Fleet Of Natural Gas Powered Trucks Now Serving Indianapolis

Republic Services Inc. announced the deployment of 79 compressed natural gas solid waste and recycling trucks that are now serving customers throughout greater Indianapolis. The new CNG fleet replaced older diesel-powered trucks.

Tags: Republic Services, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Completes Acquisition of NLM

XPO Logistics Inc. announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of NLM from Landstar System Inc. The company funded the $87 million cash transaction through its ABL facility and available cash, including approximately $13.4 million of cash acquired on closing.

Tags: Landstar, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

TransForce Scoops Up Vitran, Shuts Out Manitoulin

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After winning a bidding war with Manitoulin Transport, TransForce is buying the Canadian assets of Vitran, TransForce announced Monday.

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Several Truck Models Recalled for Various Problems

Recalls have been issued by several truck makers for range of problems including with seat belts, lighting, tie-rod assemblies and missing certification labels.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Sterling, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Daimler Trucks North America

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 2

As we look back at 2013, here's the second installment in our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry:

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Ford, Fraud

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