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November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin Clean Cities Annual Meeting Dec. 10

Wisconsin Clean Cities Inc. will host its 8th Annual Stakeholder Meeting and Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Tags: Clean Cities, Events

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Highway 130 Toll Discounts Ending Early

A program to bring in more truck traffic along one toll route has accomplished its goal of getting some traffic off Interstate 35 in Central Texas but is ending earlier than planned.

Tags: Texas, Tolls

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Georgia 400 Tolls Gone

Tolls along the Georgia 400 in metro Atlanta are now gone with the wind, with the final fees being collected on Friday, but it may come with another price.

Tags: Tolls, Georgia

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Decline But Losses Increase Dramatically

This graphic from FreightWatch International shows the locations of reported cargo thefts in August through September. Credit: FreightWatch International.

A new report from the logistics security services provider, FreightWatch International, shows it recorded a total of 212 cargo thefts in the United States in August through September, with 76 thefts in August, 84 in September and 52 in October.

Tags: Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

October Trailer Orders Robust, Up 43% M/M

The fall order season for trailers kicked off with an impressive 43% month-over-month net order gain. Total net orders were 24,900 units. The year-over-year comparison was less robust, but still a solid 6% increase. This information was included in the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

Peterbilt, Universal Technical Institute Team For Training

The first class of the Peterbilt Technician Institute.

Peterbilt Motors Co. has teamed with Universal Technical Institute to create the Peterbilt Technician Institute program, an exclusive curriculum focused on comprehensive service technician training, the company recently announced.

Tags: Peterbilt, Aftermarket, Technician Training, Managing the Shop, Technicians, Universal Technical Institute

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

Fontaine Trailer Announces New President

Fontaine Commercial Platform Trailer announces that Karl Owens has been promoted to company president. Owens began his career with Fontaine Trailer at the Kent, Ohio, facility as operations manager in 2003 and became general manager of the Kent facility a year later.

Tags: Leadership

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

Traffic Congestion Forecast to be Worse in Spots around Thanksgiving

Traffic congestion wasn't even on the radar during Thanksgiving in 1900, about the time this postcard was created. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

For trucking the time before and after holidays often means traffic is heavier at times and this Thanksgiving may be a whopper in some places.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Inrix

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, HOS, Anne Ferro, U.S. Congress

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, HOS, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, ATRI, U.S. Congress

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.

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