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December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Begins Construction of Customer Experience Track at New River Valley Plant

Volvo plans to open its Customer Experience Track during the third quarter of 2014.

Volvo’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va., are constructing a Customer Experience Track, set to open during the third quarter of 2014. The track will feature a 1.1-mile paved road course and an off-highway area, allowing Volvo to showcase its entire Class 8 lineup during customer tours and other events.

Tags: Volvo, Expansion

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Order Activity Solid over Past Few Months

The robust 43% month-over-month gain in net orders in October was followed by November’s less vigorous 3% month-over-month improvement. Strength was concentrated in dry vans, flats and liquid tanks.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Delivers 1,300 Bikes to Local Kids for Christmas

For the eighth consecutive year, some 1,300 underprivileged kids in an Akron neighborhood experienced the Christmas spirit first-hand with the gift of a new bicycle, thanks to non-profit organization Elves and More of Northeastern Ohio, the Akron Police Department and a host of local businesses, including local trucking company, Con-way Freight.

Tags: Con-way Freight

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Leadership Changes Announced by J. J. Keller & Associates Inc.

J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. is announcing key succession changes on its executive leadership team to support its continued nationwide success as the most respected name in safety and regulatory compliance.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Leadership

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Holiday Theft Awareness Warning

The holiday shipping season has historically been one of the most dangerous times for cargo theft. This year, however, the holidays pose an additional risk in that both Christmas Day fell and New Year’s Day will fall in the middle of the week, complicating business schedules and likely leaving more opportunity for shipments to be left unattended or parked in unsecured locations.

Tags: Theft, FreightWatch

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Nominations Open for Influential Woman in Trucking Award

The Women in Trucking Association and Navistar are seeking candidates for the 2014 Influential Woman In Trucking award.

Tags: Navistar, WIT

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Western-based Diamond Transportation Expanding Eastward

Diamond Transportation, based in Stockton, Calif., is expanding its services from the Western region of the country to serve to the Midwestern and Northeastern United States.

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 1

As we look back at 2013, here's 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, CDL, Sleep Apnea, Legislation, Regulations, Insurance

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Crete, Shaffer to Offer On-the-Job Training for Veterans

A truck from Crete's Patriot Fleet.

Crete Carrier Corp. and its refrigerated division, Shaffer Trucking, have gotten approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide on-the-job training to veterans and other eligible trainees through the GI Bill.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Veterans, Crete Carrier Corp.

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

PIT Announces First Energotest in the United States

Spring 2013 PIT Energotest in Canada.

FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group, a not-for-profit engineering and research group for the North American trucking industry, announced it will hold its first U.S. Energotest at the Continental Truck Tires Uvalde Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas, Feb. 3-7.

Tags: Fuel Economy, PIT

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Consumers Blast UPS and FedEx for Missed Christmas Deliveries

Package delivery giants UPS and FedEx may wind up getting a lump of coal in their stocking next Christmas after failing to delivery many shipments in time for this year’s holiday.

Tags: UPS, FedEx, Delivery Fleets, Holiday Driving

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Looking for Ideas on New Entrant Testing

FMCSA wants to know whether the new-entrant exam should include just regulations or industry best practices as well. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scheduled a public listening session on how to test the trucking knowledge of would-be carriers, brokers and freight forwarders.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Brokers, Freight Forwarders Seek Relief from Bond

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on requests to exempt brokers and some freight forwarders from the new $75,000 bond requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Brokers, Household Goods Movers

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

Average Diesel and Gasoline Prices Move Higher After Brief Drops

Credit: DOE

After falling for two straight weeks the price of diesel has turned higher as oil is approaching the $100 per barrel mark once again.

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Reaches Agreement to Reduce Debt by $300 Million

Christmas came a couple of days early for the parent of several less-than-truckload carriers, saying it has reached an agreement with certain holders of notes that will allow it to reduce debt by approximately $300 million.

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

Supreme Court Schedules January Vote on Mexico Petition

The Supreme Court will decide January 10 whether or not to hear a petition to overturn the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Teamsters

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

Kumho Wants a Bigger Piece of U.S. Truck Tire Market

Kumho's most recent commercial truck tire introduction was the 2012 launch of the KMD41 for on and off road applications such as refuse, construction and mining and logging.

Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is not a significant player in the medium truck tire market. But CEO and President H.E. “Harry” Choi hopes to change that, as he explains in an interview with HDT sister publication Modern Tire Dealer.

Tags: Kumho Tire U.S.A., Tires

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Decline, Value of Each Skyrockets

A total of 222 cargo thefts were recorded in the United States from September through November, according to the logistics security services security provider FreightWatch International, a slight drop from the previous three-month period.

Tags: Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

AAA: Record Number of People Traveling During the Holidays

AAA projects 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 0.6% from the 94 million people who traveled last year. This upward trend marks the fifth consecutive year of increases and the highest travel volume recorded for the season

Tags: AAA, Highways, Holiday Driving

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro Headline Speaker 2014 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show

The 2014 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show has been set for Jan. 31 & Feb 1, 2014 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill., located just off I-74 in downtown Peoria, Ill.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

APH Launches New Commercial Vehicle Division

Automotive Parts Headquarters Inc., a family-owned aftermarket auto parts distributor and store group, is expanding into the heavy-duty market with the creation of its new commercial vehicle division.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Expansion, APH

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

Digiboo and Pilot Flying J Partner to Bring Entertainment to Travelers

Digiboo, a digital retail entertainment download service, announced it is partnering with Pilot Flying J to bring its entertainment service to the southeast region of the United States. Digiboo has installed nine interactive touchscreen kiosks in Pilot Flying J locations along the I-75 from Corbin, Ky. to Cordele, Ga.

Tags: Pilot Flying J

December 22, 2013 - Industry News

TransForce Ups Offer for Vitran

Trucking company TransForce has made a new offer to purchase rival Canadian carrier Vitran and it just may push Manitoulin Transport’s recent deal straight off the table.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, TransForce, Vitran, Manitoulin

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Sleeper Berth Test

UPDATED (2) -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working on a field test of alternatives to the current sleeper berth rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Minnesota, Regulations, ATA, Hours of Service

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Ayotte Introduces Bill to Suspend 34-Hour Restart

Sen. Kelley Ayotte, R-N.H., has introduced companion legislation to the House bill aimed at suspending the 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.

Tags: Legislation, HOS

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