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September 22, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA Announces New Officers

2013-2014 CVSA officers: Capt. Jay Thompsonof the Arkansas Highway Police is CVSA secretary (on left); Capt. William "Bill" Reese of the Idaho State Police (center) is CVSA vice president; and Sgt.Tom Fuller of the New York State Police is CVSA president.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced its officers for the 2013-2014 term. The transition took place during the CVSA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Denver, Co.

Tags: Leadership, CVSA

September 22, 2013 - Industry News

Lane Restrictions on I-24 Ohio River Bridge at Paducah-Metropolis

The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert drivers traveling I-24, East and Westbound in Massac County of upcoming lane reductions on the Ohio River Bridge at Paducah-Metropolis.

Tags: Ohio, Illinois, Road Construction

September 22, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Expands Service at Drivetrain Express Wholesale Outlet in Canada

Meritor Inc. is expanding its first wholesale aftermarket parts outlet in North America to provide OEM dealers, warehouse distributors and area rebuilders with a complete parts selection and fast delivery of all-makes drivetrain components and related replacement parts.

Tags: Meritor, Aftermarket, Expansion

September 20, 2013 - Industry News

Survey: More Truck Drivers Embracing Technology and Eco-Friendly Practices

Today's professional truck drivers are more environmentally conscious and staying more connected than ever through technology, according to a new survey of Atlas Van Lines drivers.

Tags: Recycling, Technology, Information Technology, Atlas Van Lines

September 20, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Executives Named to Inaugural Lead ATA Class

American Trucking Associations announced the first 17 trucking industry executives who have been accepted into Lead ATA, the trucking group’s new program to educate and engage future leaders.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, Idle Reduction

September 20, 2013 - Industry News

DAT North American Freight Index Maintains Late-Season Strength

Spot market freight volumes reported by the DAT North American Freight Index rose another 0.4% in August, edging above July levels. Freight volume typically peaks on the spot market in June, but this year has extended through the entire summer.

Tags: DAT, Freight Index

September 20, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J CEO Makes First Public Comments in Months on Rebate Allegations

Embattled Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam made a rare public appearance this week, some five months after the company was raided by federal agents, but it’s only one of the latest developments for the truckstop chain that's facing a myriad of legal problems.

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

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Classes 5-8 Orders Good in August; Orders Placed with Short Lead Times

As expected from the preliminary report, August was a good month for Classes 5-8 orders. However, the absence of sustained economic strength remains a limitation for Class 8 demand, and build expectations have been sharply curtailed over the past two months.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

World’s Largest Truck Convoy to Raise Funds for Special Olympics

More than 100 truckers will hit the road on Saturday, Sept. 21, and an entourage of law enforcement officials will accompany them as part of the 2013 World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Tags: Wisconsin, Special Olympics, World's Largest Truck Convoy

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Flammable Cargo Prohibited on I-90 Between Seattle and Mercer Island

Flammable cargo will be prohibited from traveling in both directions of I-90 inside the Mount Baker tunnel and the Mercer Island lid until 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The same restriction will go into place from the evening of Friday, Sept. 20 through the morning of Saturday, Sept. 21.

Tags: Washington, Seattle, Road Construction

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of Bridge Terminal Transport

Platinum Equity has completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Bridge Terminal Transport Inc. from Maersk Inc., a subsidiary of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The business will continue to operate under the Bridge Terminal Transport brand going forward.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Bridge Terminal Transport

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Wheels Acquires Highway Brokerage, BBL Worldwide

Wheels Group, a North American non-asset third party logistics provider, has acquired BBL Worldwide, a non-asset 3PL company providing specialized cross border truck brokerage services.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Is Working on Restart Study, Foxx Says

U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study of the 34-hour restart rule when it has finished its analysis and review of the data...

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, FMCSA, Anthony Foxx, U.S. DOT

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Address Sleep Apnea Through Rulemaking

Who says government is slow and unresponsive? A week ago two Representatives introduced a bill that that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, rather than issue a guidance. Now there has been some movement.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Truckers Supposedly Aware of Biodiesel Scheme, Six Indicted

Truck drivers supposedly knew of an alleged fuel scheme involving fraud in biofuels was going on but may not have said a word.

Tags: Biodiesel, Drivers, taxes, Fraud

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

SAE Fuel Economy Tests Reveal Aero Device Performance

Tests show trailers with side skirts consumed almost 7% less fuel than trailer without skirts

User-paid and impartial SAE Type II tests reveal the trailer side skirts tested are more effective at reducing fuel consumption than undercarriage aerodynamic devices.

Tags: PIT, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Fuel Savings

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Upheld

A three-judge federal panel on Wednesday upheld California’s controversial and first-in-the-nation law requiring fuel-makers to reduce carbon, that detractors say will lead to higher prices for diesel and gasoline.

Tags: CARB, ATA, California, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Long Beach Port Volume Hits Six-Year High, Exports up Dramatically

Containers at the Port of Long Beach. Photo: Port of Long Beach

Containerized cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach surged 16% in August compared to the same month a year ago, with double-digit percentage gains in both imports and exports.

Tags: Freight, Ports, Exports, Port of Long Beach, Imports

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Continues Expansion with Massachusetts Carrier Purchase

The asset-light and logistics service provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Cudahy, Wisc., has acquired Yes Trans, a refrigerated truckload service provider based in Salisbury, Mass.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, Owner-Operators, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Bankruptcy Court Approves Sale of Vehicle Hauler Allied to Jack Cooper Transport

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware has given vehicle hauler Allied Systems Holdings the go-ahead to sell most of its assets to a rival auto transporter for $135 million.

Tags: Drivers, Bankruptcy, Teamsters

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Illinois DOT Establishes State Freight Advisory Council

The Illinois Department of Transportation has established the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council to provide a standing forum for coordination of freight multimodal planning in Illinois.

Tags: Illinois, Multimodal

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, GE Join Forces

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, GE Ventures and GE Energy Financial Services announced a consortium to jointly deliver liquefied natural gas in the United States.

Tags: GE, Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Fueling Station, Eagle LNG, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

DTNA Goes Beyond Trucks and Components with New Detroit Telematics Suite

The 7-inch touchscreen can be used by drivers wearing gloves.

Building on the success of its Virtual Technician product, Daimler Trucks North America is going full-bore ahead with telematics. It unveiled the Detroit Connect On-Board Tablet, which not only integrates with Virtual Technician and the Visibility fleet back-office software, but also offers hours of service, pre-and post-trip inspections, two-way messaging and navigation.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Detroit Diesel, Zonar, Daimler Trucks North America

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Withdraws Driver Training Proposal, Will Start Over

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is withdrawing its proposed rule for entry-level driver training and will start over with a new proposal. The agency explained in a Federal Register announcement that there are substantive problems with the proposal it has been working on since 2007.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Detroit DT12 Automated Manual Transmission Now Available for DD13 Engine

The Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission went into production earlier this year.

Detroit, Mich.--Detroit Diesel Corp. announced that the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission is now available for the Freightliner Cascadia equipped with the Detroit DD13 engine.

Tags: Transmissions, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America, Detroit Diesel

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