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January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Connecticut Requires Snow and Ice Removal on All Vehicles

In Connecticut a new law that went into affect on Dec. 31 requiring commercial motor vehicles remove snow and ice from hoods, trunks and roofs or their operators will face fines ranging from $75 to $1,250.

Tags: New York, Snow Removal, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

New Prime Fined by OSHA for Retaliating Against Trucker

UPDATED -- An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that New Prime retaliated against a truck driver by blacklisting him in the commercial transport industry after he sought medical attention for a work-related injury.

Tags: Drivers, OSHA, Department of Labor, Prime Inc.

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Call for Session Ideas for 2014 Fleet Safety Conference

Organizers of the 2014 Fleet Safety Conference are seeking ideas for educational sessions for this year’s event. Industry leaders who are interested in presenting at the conference, scheduled for July 22-23 in Schaumburg, Ill., have until Jan. 31 to submit their topic idea and abstract for consideration.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Events

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Highest Since September

The average cost of diesel in the United States started off 2014 slightly higher than where it ended last year, according to a weekly U.S. Energy Department report and is also at its highest level since late September.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Truckstop Celebrates 50 Years

The Iowa 80 Truckstop began serving truckers out of a small white enamel building in 1964 before Interstate 80 was completely built. Bill Moon, Iowa 80 Truckstop founder, located the spot, at what is now Exit 284, for Standard Oil.

Tags: Iowa, Anniversary

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.

Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, Fuel Tax, HOS, Highway Funding

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens New Full-Service TA Location in Georgia

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the grand reopening of its location at I-95, Exit 29 in Brunswick, Ga., as a TA- branded full-service truck stop/travel center.

Tags: Fueling Station, TravelCenters of America, Expansion

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Vipar Heavy Duty Announces Acquisition of Power Heavy Duty

Vipar Heavy Duty announced the acquisition of Power Heavy Duty based in Pearland, Texas. As a result of the transaction, Power Heavy Duty will become part of the Vipar Heavy Duty family of companies and continue to serve the marketplace as a separate brand.

Tags: Aftermarket, Vipar, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Union Pacific Offering New Intermodal Service Between Laredo and Memphis

Union Pacific Railroad recently initiated a new intermodal service between Laredo, Texas and Memphis, Tenn., supporting growing transportation needs for the automotive manufacturing and intermodal marketplaces.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Intermodal, Freight

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments and Orders Hit Record High

Shipments and new orders for manufactured goods in the United States both hit their highest levels on record in November, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report released on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Manufacturing, Factory Orders

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Traffic Down at Ambassador Bridge

The busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada saw fewer trucks during most of last year, amid indications there is less freight flowing south.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Freight, Manufacturing, Ambassador Bridge

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

December Class 8 Preliminary Orders Up 50% M/M and Y/Y

December North American Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 14,200 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 31,800 units, when actual data are released mid-month.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Purchasing Intermodal Provider Pacer International

Trucking and related services provider, XPO Logistics, has entered into an agreement to acquire Pacer Internation, the third largest provider of intermodal transportation services in North America.

Tags: Drivers, Cross-Border Trucking, Intermodal, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics, Pacer International

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-43 Reopens in Green Bay

After closing in late September due to sagging, the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in Green Bay is set to reopen to traffic in both directions on Sunday.

Tags: Wisconsin, Road Construction, I-43

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company to Stop Retaliating Against Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to compensate a worker who refused to drive in violation of safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, whistleblower, Drivers

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Allows Biodiesel Tax Incentive to Lapse Again

Congress has allowed a biodiesel tax incentive to lapse at year’s end. The $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive expired on Dec. 31. The biodiesel incentive also expired in 2010 and 2012.

Tags: Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, EPA, Tax Incentive

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

Eight Finalists Selected for NTTC’s Usher Award

National Tank Truck Carriers has named eight professional tank truck drivers as finalists in the selection process to become the recipient of the Usher Award recognizing the tank truck industry’s professional driver of the year.

Tags: Awards, NTTC, Liquid Tank Trailers, Drivers, Tankers

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Intermodal Rail Traffic Increases in 2013

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Intermodal freight rail traffic in the United States picked up steam in 2013, according to newly figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 2013 Auto Sales Best Since 2007

Sales of new autos in the United States last year should post their performance since 2007, despite a slight dip in December, according to published reports.

Tags: Economy, Auto Sales, Auto Haulers

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

Rates of Return Improve While Credit Remains Tight

Transport Capital Partners’ fourth-quarter industry survey sees more carriers getting adequate rates of return, but tight credit and static accessorials as continuing issues of concern.

Tags: TCP

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

70 MPH Speed Limit Taking Effect in Illinois

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Tollway have announced the locations where Interstate speed limits will increase from 65 to 70 miles-per-hour following a new law that took effect the first of 2014.

Tags: Illinois, Speed Limits

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Fiat Acquires Remaining Interest in Chrysler, Integration Likely to Speed Up

Fiat has announced an agreement under which its wholly owned subsidiary, Fiat North America, will acquire all of the VEBA Trust’s equity in Chrysler, giving the Italian company total control of the U.S. vehicle maker.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Fiat, Chrysler, Ram Truck

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ultimate Test Drive Videos Add New Dimension to Vehicle and Component Evaluations

Heavy Duty Trucking has teamed up with Today's Trucking, an award-winning Canadian magazine published by Newcom, to bring you the Ultimate Test Drive Video series. We're kicking it off with a special two-part "twin sticks" edition. Equipment Editor Jim Park visits Mack's test track in Allentown, Pa., to experience first-hand 50 years of advancements in transmission technology.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Cold Weather Results in Emergency Trucking Waivers

Extremely cold weather in parts of the country has led to some states issuing emergency waivers of federal trucking rules when it comes to hauling different fuels.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Minnesota, Michigan, New Jersey, Propane Autogas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Weather

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Continues Expansion, Construction and Consumer Confidence Jump

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector expanded in December for the seventh consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 55th consecutive month, according to a new report from the nation’s purchasing managers.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Consumer Confidence

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