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June 17, 2013 - Industry News

Bendix Solenoid Valves Surpass 100,000-Unit Production Milestone

The Bendix SMS-9700 and the Bendix FCS-9700 feature a streamlined package design, making them approximately 20 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than other models on the market.

Tags: Bendix

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

ICT Holdings Launches Refrigerated Division, Expands Flatbed Division

Since 2011, the company says it has grown to over 100 trucks and 140 trailers and sales have increased 427%.

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Moves Higher in May from April

DAT North American Freight Index rises in May.

Spot market freight volumes reported by the DAT North American Freight Index rose 5.6% from April to May. Compared to May 2012, when freight reached an all-time high, freight volume fell 13%.

Tags: DAT Transcore, Spot Market Freight Volume

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

Changes in the Works for Canadian Shipments to the U.S.

Today’s Trucking--There are two new changes (one official and one potential) that will both help and hinder cross-border trade between Canada and the United States, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

New Research Claims Flaws in HOS Restart Benefit

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its assessment of the regulatory impact analysis used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to justify changes to the 34-hour restart provision, scheduled to take effect July 1.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

Government Affairs Director Named at OOIDA

Ryan Bowley has been named Director of Government Affairs by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Tags: OOIDA

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

Fontaine Heavy-Haul Names R&D Director

Fontaine Heavy-Haul has hired Neil Robertson to be director of research and development. He will report directly to President Randy McGuire.

Tags: Trailers, Fontaine, Heavy Haul

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

New GAO Report Shows High Number of Bridges are in “Poor Condition”

A new report says despite some improvements in the past decade, a substantial number of U.S. bridges are still in poor condition. The report from the Government Accountability Office was in response to the May collapse of a bridge along Interstate 5 in Washington state.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, GAO, Bridge

June 16, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Says: Benefits of Automation Well Recognized Among Truck Fleets

Mangers at trucking fleets of all sizes and applications believe that technology can lead to significant improvements in their operations, according to a survey of trucking firms commissioned by the data capture and information management company, Intermec.

Tags: telematics, RFID, Information Technology, Automation

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

Penske Truck Leasing Opens Davenport, Iowa, Facility

Taking part in a commemoration ceremony for a new Penske Truck Leasing facility in Davenport, Iowa, are from left to right: Paul Weisner, Penske Area Vice President; Dan O'Boyle, Penske Senior Vice President; Bill Gluba, Davenport Mayor; Sam Hubbs, Penske Branch Manager; Gene Meeker, Davenport Alderman at Large; Tom Leto, Penske District Manager. (PRNewsFoto/Penske Truck Leasing)

"We've opened this location because Penske has simply outgrown our previous facility," said Dan O'Boyle, Penske Truck Leasing senior vice pesident for the North Central Region.

Tags: Penske Truck Leasing, Leasing, Iowa

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

New Hours-of-Service: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

The clock is ticking down toward July 1, when truck drivers and carriers must comply with new hours-of-service rules, but a lot of questions about them remain. Below is an outline of the rules and some frequently asked questions, courtesy of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

New Numbers Show Economy May be Better Than Earlier Thought

While not all the recent numbers that measure the health of the U.S. economy are glowing, they are not as bad, and in some cases much better, than analysts were expecting during this second quarter.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Retail Sales, Industrial Production

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

Peace Bridge War Threatens to Ruin Border Improvements

A New York proposal to dissolve the Peace Bridge Authority leaves any planned infrastructure improvements at Canada's second largest border is up in the air. (Photo by Óðinn via Wikimedia Commons)

The New York State Legislature has moved to dissolve the bi-national Peace Bridge Authority, a move that the Ontario Trucking Association is saying will stall progress on key infrastructure improvements at the border crossing.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, New York

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Expanding Service in the Great Plains and Northeast

The asset-light transportation and logistics service provider Roadrunner Transportation Systems is opening service centers in Kansas City, Mo., and Buffalo, N.Y.

Tags: LTL, Roadrunner Transportation, Missouri, New York

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Recalling More Than 7,700 Trucks

Navistar is recalling more than 7,700 2012-2013 International ProStar and TranStar commercial trucks, manufactured from August 1, 2011, through July 10, 2012, that are equipped with front brake linings listed as feature codes 0504501, 0504504, or 04EWM. The brake S-Cam tube bracket assemblies made by Meritor on the steer axles may fracture.

Tags: Navistar, Recalls, NHTSA

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Odyssey Acquires Hawaii Intermodal Tank Transport

Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corp. announced that, through its affiliate, OL&T FoodTrans LLC, OL&T has acquired the bulk liquid food products transportation business of Palmetto, Fla.-based Hawaii Intermodal Tank Transport.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Odyssey Logistics

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Announces 2013 General Rate Increase

Con-way Freight, the nationwide less-than-truckload carrier of Con-way Inc., announced that it will institute a general rate increase averaging 5.9% applicable to non-contractual business, effective June 24.

Tags: Con-way Freight

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider National Increases Tanker Driver Pay

Schneider National Inc. announced it is raising company driver pay rates in its tanker division. The pay increase is effective June 16, 2013, and most new drivers will earn an additional $0.02 to $0.03 per mile.

Tags: Schneider National, Driver Pay

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Invited to the White House

When John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women were earning 59 cents for every dollar earned by men. Women in the trucking industry were scarce, as few even considered becoming a driver or another career within the industry.

Tags: Women in Trucking

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for April Remains in Very Positive Territory

Modest rate increases are expected to resume as freight enjoys reasonable volume growth alongside the reduced trucking productivity that is the result of increased regulations.

Tags: FTR, TCI, Capacity

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Report Claims Success With Diesel Emissions Regulations

Reductions in emissions of black carbon since the late 1980s, mostly from diesel engines as a result of air quality programs, have resulted in a measurable reduction of concentrations of global warming pollutants in the atmosphere, according to a new study from the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Hours of Service Hearing Scheduled

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will hold a hearing next week on pending changes in the hours of service rule. The hearing, which will be chaired by Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., comes as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prepares to implement changes to the hours rule on July 1.

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Officials Guilty In $3.6 Million Check-Kiting Scheme

Two officials with Ohio-based Dart Trucking have been found guilty of bank fraud charges related to a $3.6 million check-kiting scheme.

Tags: Fraud, Ohio

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Apollo Tyres to Acquire Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Apollo Tyres Ltd and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement under which a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apollo will acquire Cooper in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.5 billion.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Mergers & Acquisitions, Apollo Tyre

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Another Week, Another Pilot Flying J Lawsuit; Separate Litigation Dropped

It wouldn’t be a week in trucking lately if there wasn’t some news about the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J. This one has been no exception, with a new lawsuit being filed, one being dropped, and questions arising over who owns the company that’s come under fire following the disclosure of a federal investigation into allegations of shortchanging customers on fuel rebates.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Fraud

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