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October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Fall for Vans and Reefers, Flatbeds Recovering

Credit: DAT Transcore

The amount of freight, along with rates, are both generally down on the spot market, according to one of the nation’s largest freight matching services.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Auto Sales Slip

A more than two-year streak in U.S. auto sale gains came to an end in September, but don’t read too much into the decline, say analysts. Early estimates show new sales fell 4% in September compared to the same time a year ago, to a little more than 1.1 million vehicles.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Auto Sales

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference: Gridlock, Obama, and What it Means for Green Fleets

The attractive price of natural gas fuel, like that used in this bi-fuel Ford F-550, could put pressure on other "green" alternatives.

PHOENIX -- What should you expect in President Obama's second term? A single word: gridlock. The current government shutdown is just one more symptom of a Congress that hasn't passed a budget since 2007. Yet that might not affect green fleets' investments in clean-burning and alternative fueled vehicles as much as you might think.

Tags: Regulations, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Faces Up to Changes in Health Care

Carriers are gradually coming to terms with the effects of the new health care law, and what they must do to comply, according to the Transport Capital Partners Third Quarter Survey.

Tags: TCP, Health Care

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Kenan Transport Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination and Retaliation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against an operation of the tanker-hauler Kenan Advantage Group, claiming it violated federal law by discriminating against a female employee because she was pregnant.

Tags: Litigation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Florida Approves $150 Million in Seaport Improvements

Port of Miami via Wikimedia Commons

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet have approved $150 million in bond proceeds to finance projects at Florida ports through the Seaport Investment Program

Tags: Florida, Freight, Ports

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

GM to Expand CNG Offerings in Vans, Pickups

With the 2015 Silverado 3500 customers can chose from gasoline, CNG or diesel power.

General Motors will offer bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks and dedicated compressed natural gas versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size passenger vans next year.

Tags: Chevrolet, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, GMC Sierra, GMC Savana, Chevrolet Express, Chevrolet Silverado

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Continues Expanding Canadian LTL Service

The less-than-truckload operation of FedEx continues growing with service in and out of Canada.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, FedEx

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Higher Fines Are Among FMCSA Rule Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of rule changes required by last year’s highway law, including higher fines for various violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Fines

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

ABF and Teamsters Agree to Another Extension

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System and the Teamsters Union have reached another contract extension through October 29, as the two work through the process for resolving the two remaining supplemental agreements to the ABF National Master Freight Agreement.

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Announces New Leasing Locations

Volvo Trucks recently expanded its network of leasing locations in the United States and Canada to include 10 new sites to better serve customers.

Tags: Leasing, Volvo Trucks

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Oil and Fuel Prices Continue Recent Declines

Credit: DOE/EIA

The price of oil keeps edging toward going back below the $100 per barrel mark, bringing fuel prices along for the ride. Crude lost 54 cents in trading in New York on Monday, settling at $102.33 per barrel, hitting near a three-month low

Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Love's Raises $2 Million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Love’s Travel Stops and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announced a $2 million donation that will benefit 92 CMN Hospitals across the country. Love’s recently wrapped up a five-week fundraising campaign at its 304 travel stop and country store locations.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, fundraising

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Kenworth of Peterborough Opens New Dealership

Kenworth of Peterborough, a new full-service dealership, has opened at a newly renovated facility that offers easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway 7 and 115.

Tags: Paccar, Dealer, Truck Dealers

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Clarify ‘Tank Vehicle’ Definition

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a new definition of a “tank vehicle” to clarify concerns about the impact of the definition on Commercial Drivers License requirements.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CDL, Hazmat, Tankers

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Truck Safety Program Will Continue Despite Shutdown

By Diliff via Wikimedia Commons

UPDATED—12:00 a.m., Federal truck safety programs will continue to operate despite a partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, U.S. DOT

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Declaration of Emergency Signed Over I-43 Bridge Closing

Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker has signed a declaration of emergency for the Leo Frigo Bridge along Interstate 43 in Green Bay.

Tags: Wisconsin, Road Construction, Bridge, I-43

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J CEO Appears Before Reporters

“Embarrassing” and “humbling” is how embattled Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam described the past few months since federal agents served a series of search warrants against the company, as part of an investigation into allegations of cheating trucking companies out of rebates.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Diesel Prices

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Knight “Disappointed” Over USA Truck’s Rejection

Phoenix-based truckload carrier Knight Transportation, has responded to USA Truck’s recent rejection of its purchase offer, saying it's disappointed and announcing it's upped its ownership share of the company.

Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Mitsubishi Fuso and Terex Trucks

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America is recalling 600 2013-2014 FEC52, FEC72, FEC92, and FGB72 trucks. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin says the transmission oil cooler hoses may leak transmission fluid.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Terex, Recalls

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Jaltest ‘All-Brands’ Diagnostic Tool from Spain Covers Many Trucks, Components

Jaltest diagnostic scanner comes in a kit that includes connector cables and an interface box. It runs on an optional Windows-based tablet or a customer’s own tablet or laptop PC.

The “all-brands” diagnostic system adopted by the WheelTime Network of service shops comes from a Spanish company whose leaders saw the need for a versatile testing device as adjuncts to their growing line of commercial truck components for the aftermarket.

Tags: WheelTime Network, Managing the Shop

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Study Shows Trucking Among Wealthiest Political Contributors

Companies directly in trucking, as well as those that have an interest in it, are among many of the nation’s wealthiest public companies and are increasingly revealing their campaign-related contributions and political policies, and doing so voluntarily.

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

EEOC Appeals Ruling in Favor of CRST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is appealing a ruling that it has to repay more than $4.5 million dollars for legal costs to the trucking company CRST Van Expedited.

Tags: Drivers, Litigation, CRST, EEOC

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference This Week in Phoenix

The 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 1, and for the first time features a truck track aimed at medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. If you plan to attend, here is a list of key things to remember.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Arizona, Events, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

California Governor Signs Clean Transportation Funding Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 8, a measure that will continue the state's clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023, providing more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and consumers buy clean-burning low-carbon vehicles.

Tags: Emissions, Legislation, California, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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