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April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Seven Lawsuits Against Pilot Flying J Consolidated

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Seven lawsuits alleging truckstop operator Pilot Flying J cheated customers out of rebates from diesel fuel purchased have been consolidated into one.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Sen. Durbin Seeks Review of FMCSA Investigative Practices

Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., asked the Transportation Department’s Inspector General to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices. The agency dropped the ball on an investigation of a carrier that later was involved in a fatal crash, Durbin said in his April 9 letter to IG Calvin Scovel.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Emissions Nonprofit Cascade Sierra Solutions Closes Up

Cascade Sierra Solutions helped truck owners pay for EPA SmartWay equipment, update port trucks, electrify truckstops and other "green" technology.

A nonprofit company whose mission was to reduce diesel exhaust from heavy-trucks is no more following a federal audit and financial problems.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Cascade Sierra Solutions, Shorepower Technologies, Grants, SmartWay

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

New State Legislation Director Joins OOIDA Staff

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced a new director of state legislative affairs. Mike Matousek will be responsible for tracking and analyzing state legislative initiatives and proactively fighting for the rights of all truckers within state legislatures.

Tags: OOIDA, People

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Drops Many Recent Emergency Trucking Rule Exemptions

After consulting with representatives of state governors The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rescinded certain emergency exemptions to trucking regulations, but is keeping them for half a dozen states, following heating fuel shortages.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Propane Transport, Hours of Service

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: First Time Jobless Benefit Claims Plummet

The number of Americans filing first-time jobless claims in the U.S. for the week ending April 5 posted its largest weekly decline since December 2012 with the lowest level of claims hit since March 2007.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment, Federal Reserve

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Inspection Data Systems Debuts

Tom Heine, CEO of Aljex Software, has announced the launch of a new transportation technology company, Inspection Data Systems, or IDS. IDS will develop and market cloud-based transportation equipment inspection solutions for smartphones and tablets.

Tags: Information Technology, Aljex Software, Inspection Data Systems

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

EVO Trillium Opens New CNG Fueling Station in Oak Creek, Wis.

EVO CNG and its joint venture partner, Trillium CNG, have announced the opening of a new compressed natural gas fueling station located in Oak Creek, Wis.

Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Trillium CNG, Cummins-Westport, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, EVO CNG

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Deploying Trailer Skirts

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced it is outfitting its line haul trailer fleet with DuraPlate AeroSkirts to increase overall fleet fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Tags: Wabash, Con-Way, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts, Con-way Freight, Fuel Economy

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Ending “Poison Pill” Plan

The board of directors for trucking and logistics provider USA Truck has unanimously voted to terminate the company's stockholders' rights plan, effective April 11.

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Port of Baltimore Handled Record Amount of Containers, Autos in 2013

The total amount of general cargo at the port’s public marine terminals reached 9.6 million tons, matching last year’s record.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Port Trucking, Port of Baltimore

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Declines in February

2014 may be a very volatile year requiring increased shipper attention to market conditions. FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for February, at a reading of -8.8, reflects an earlier than normal tightening of capacity created by the debilitating effects of winter storms in early 2014.

Tags: FTR, Capacity, Shipper Conditions Index

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Trucks Names Brian Layman VP Business Development

Brian Layman

Mack Trucks named Brian Layman its new vice president of business development. In this newly created role, Layman will be responsible for product segmentation, development and management of sales programs, dealer measurements and new truck sales pricing and quoting activities for truck sales in North America.

Tags: Mack Trucks, People

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Awards $4.2 Million for Six Clean Diesel Port Projects

The announcement was made Wednesday during the EPA’s inaugural Port Stakeholders Summit in Baltimore.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Diesel Engines, EPA, Ports, Clean Diesel

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

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A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight, Transportation Research Board, Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Flatbed Rates Continue Leading Spot Freight Market

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Spot market freight rates for flatbed loads continue soaring, despite a decline in the amount of overall freight, according to new figures released by the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Hits Third Highest Level on Record

Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in February from January, rising after two consecutive monthly declines.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Legislators Study Public Private Partnerships

Public Private Partnerships will be part of the funding mix in the next highway program but the precise role they will play is not clear. Transportation legislators got a range of views from partnership experts in a Tuesday session before members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Public-private partnership, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Highway Funding, Congress

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

CEVA Logistics Opens New Foreign Trade Zone in Miami

The new facility joins Ceva’s existing network of foreign trade zone operations in Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago.

Tags: CEVA Logistics, Fleets

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Expected to Average $3.87 This Summer

Diesel and gasoline prices are expected be slightly less this summer than during the same time last year, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins, Foton Launch Engine Joint Venture for China

Jointly developed by Foton Motor and Daimler AG for sale in the huge China market, Auman GTL cabovers and their Cummins ISG diesels were tested in China, Tibet and the U.S

The world’s largest independent engine maker, Cummins Inc., is partnering with the biggest truck builder, Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd. of China, in a joint venture that will see Foton use Cummins ISG diesels in a new truck series developed with Daimler of Germany.

Tags: Diesel, Cummins, China, Foton Motor, Global, Engines

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Strong Volume Reflected in Cass Freight Index

March freight shipment volume in the U.S. increased 6.6% over the prior month, on top of the 7.3% rise seen in February, according to the just released Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Will ODFL Underprice its LTL Rivals Once Again?

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The less-than-truckload industry is watching to see what move Old Dominion Freight Lines makes in the annual spring tariff-hike season.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Freight Rates

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Can Now Use Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass at 20 Florida Sites

Drivewyze announced that Florida has become the 21st state to offer the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service. Drivewyze PreClear uses electronic on-board devices, including Electronic Logging Devices, tablets and smartphones, to provide commercial vehicles with inspection site bypass opportunities.

Tags: Florida, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Citing Low Medical Examiner Numbers, OOIDA Calls for Registry Delay

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extend the registration deadline for certified medical examiners, claiming there is a shortage of medical examiners that have been accepted into the new national registry.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, OOIDA, Driver Health

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