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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

September 29, 2013 - Industry News

11 Arrested, Charged in Alleged CDL Scheme

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In a complaint unsealed last week in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., 11 individuals were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of an extensive scheme to let applicants for New York State commercial driver’s licenses cheat on required tests.

Tags: Drivers, New York, CDL, Fraud

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Waltco Loses Engineering VP, Makes Sourcing Appointments

Liftgate maker Waltco announced the resignation of Bill Kreutinger, vice president of engineering, who has taken a position with another company in the industry.

Tags: Trailers, Idle Reduction, Waltco Lift Corp.

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Fuel Consumption of New Trucks Can Be Reduced by More

Truck, engine and trailer makers already are investigating some of these fuel-saving technologies through the SuperTruck program.

Fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles could be reduced by more than a third by 2025, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, if the next phase of greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards pushes improvements in areas such as trailer aerodynamics and waste-heat energy recovery.

Tags: MPG, Fuel Efficiency, Trailers, Aerodynamics

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Trade up from Year Ago, Trucking Benefits

U.S.-NAFTA trade carried by truck in July was up 5.3% over last year, according to the latest North American Free Trade Agreement freight data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Canada, Mexico, NAFTA, Surface Trade, BTS

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Down, Personal Spending Lackluster

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Following a string of at least slightly encouraging economic reports, two new economic reports are disappointing. U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to a five-month low, while personal spending in August increased for the fourth consecutive month.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Spending

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

California Adds Funding for Cleaner-Burning Trucks

The California Air Resources Board announced millions more in funding for state programs to help truckers comply with the state's emissions regulations through its Truck Loan Assistance Program and its Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

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

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-43 Closed in Wisconsin Due to Sagging Bridge

A sagging bridge along a section of I-43 in the Green Bay area has led Wisconsin transportation officials to close a part of the route in both directions, forcing detours, until further notice.

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

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Motor Carrier Input on Efffects of HOS

The American Transportation Research Instituteis asking motor carriers to provide inpu on how the new hours of service regulations that went into effect July 1 are affecting them.

Tags: Hours of Service, ATRI

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Expands in Texas

Con-way Freight announced a major expansion for central Texas and surrounding communities with plans to build a new, 48-door, 18,870-square-foot freight service center in the city of Robinson.

Tags: Con-way Freight, LTL, Con-way Truckload, Texas

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Three New Reports Show Slow Improvements

Growth for the nation’s economy picked up dramatically in the second quarter of the year with the gross domestic product increasing at an annual rate of 2.5%.

Tags: Freight, GDP, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Economy

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Buying Dealership Groups in Illinois and Indiana

Texas-based Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, is expanding in the Midwest with the aquisition of several dealerships in Illinois and Indiana.

Tags: Illinois, Rush Enterprises, Indiana, Dealers

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

TransForce Offers to Buy Vitran

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Toronto-based Vitran Corp., which recently decided to sell its U.S. less-than-truckload operations, has received a purchase proposal from TransForce Inc..

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Vitran, Canada

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. House Passes Sleep Apnea Legislation, Senate Bill Introduced

By a vote of 405-0, the U.S. House passed a bill Thursday requiring any Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration action on sleep apnea to go through the usual rulemaking process rather than simply issuing guidance.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Sleep Apnea, Safety & Compliance

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight and Rates Stronger Than Usual for September

DAT map shows where load-to-truck ratios are the best for vans.

DAT overall spot market load availability increased 2.3% September 15-21, compared to the previous seven days. This follows earlier released figures showing August was down 1.8% from the month before but was up 16% compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Rejects Offer from Knight Transportation

UPDATED -- Knight Transportation wants to buy USA Truck, but so far USA Truck hasn't been interested, so Phoenix-based Knight Thursday went public with its proposal to acquire all of the outstanding share of USA Truck.

Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Scott Coyle Named Director, Service Operations at Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has promoted Scott Coyle to director, service operations, for its medium-duty truck business. He will replace Bill Mohr, who is retiring after 25 years with MFTA.

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Market Update: Fleets Still Cautious

INDIANAPOLIS -- As we continue to see mixed signals from the short-term economy, many are suffering from "stable environment anxiety," said Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, in a commercial vehicle market update during FTR's Transportation Conference this week in Indianapolis.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Trailers, Truck Sales, FTR

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Howes Lubricator Buys U.S. Lube

Rhode Island-based Howes Lubricator Products has purchased U.S. Lube of New Brunswick, N.J.

Tags: Lubricants, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

IANA, NITL, TIA Announce Key Educational Session Topics

The Intermodal Association of North America, The National Industrial Transportation League, and the Transportation Intermediaries Association announced a slate of four key educational sessions to be held during three industry co-located events - IANA’s Intermodal Expo, NITL’s TransComp Exhibition, and TIA’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: TIA, Events, IANA, NITL

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

World's Largest Truck Convoy Raises $90,000

The trucking industry and law enforcement raised more than $90,000 when 136 trucks participated in the 9th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Wisconsin presented by Quad/Graphics on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Tags: Special Olympics, World's Largest Truck Convoy

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Stephen Roy Named Mack North American President

Stephen Roy has been named president of North American Sales & Marketing for Mack Trucks.

Mack Trucks Inc. announced that Stephen Roy has been named president of North American Sales & Marketing, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Roy has led the company’s aftermarket business since 2008, and will succeed Kevin Flaherty, who is retiring after more than 40 years with the company.

Tags: Leadership, Mack Trucks

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

Forecast Projects Trucking's Share of Tonnage Will Rise to 70.8% by 2024

Overall freight revenue will grow by 63.6% to $1.3 trillion annually in 2024 and trucking will see its share of those revenues rise to 81% from 80.7% in 2012.

Tags: ATA, Economic Forecast

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

6 Myths About the Economy

“I think it’s pretty astounding this economy continues to grow when you think about the shocks it’s taken," said Bob Costello, chief economist & vice president, American Trucking Associations, speaking at TMW Systems’ Transforum user conference in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, ATA, TMW

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