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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

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Releases Report on I-5 Bridge Collapse

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report into the May 23 bridge collapse along Interstate 5 in Washington, sending two vehicles into the Skagit River below.

Tags: I-5, Interstate 5, Washington, NTSB, Skagit River Bridge

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Supreme Court Partially Upholds ATA in L.A. Port Case

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Port of Los Angeles may not impose the placarding and parking requires of its concession plan on trucking companies. This in effect upholds part of the position American Trucking Associations took in pushing for the high court’s review of the port’s concession agreement.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Port of Los Angeles, Port Trucking, Ports, Intermodal, Owner-Operators, Supreme Court, Litigation

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

April Freight Index Falls After Five Straight Monthly Hikes

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1.2% in April from March, declining after five consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Freight, TSI

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Action Truck Parts Joins Vipar Heavy Duty

Action Truck Parts, a full-line distributor of heavy duty truck and trailer components, has joined the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Jason Ding Joins Drivewyze as CFO

Drivewyze has announced the appointment of Jason Ding as its chief financial officer and VP of administration.

Drivewyze, which offers weigh station and inspection site bypass opportunities at both fixed weigh stations and roadside mobile inspection sites, has announced the appointment of Jason Ding as its chief financial officer and VP of administration.

Tags: Leadership, Drivewyze

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Port of L.A. to Spend $400 Million on Capital Improvements

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has adopted a 2013-14 fiscal year (FY) budget of approximately $1.1 billion for the Port of Los Angeles, including one of the largest annual Capital Improvement Programs - $399.9 million or 37% of the total budget - in the port's history.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Intermodal, Terex Construction

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Calstart to Test Advanced Battery Tech from Military in Commercial Trucks

Tests to integrate large military starter batteries in commercial trucks could yield more efficient, cost-effective power for both military and commercial applications

Tags: CALSTART, Lithium-Ion Batteries

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Impco Announces Production of Bi-Fuel CNG Crew Cab Configuration

Impco Automotive's proprietary CNG bi-fuel system will be integrated into the pickups at the company's production facility in Union City, Ind. These crew cab configurations are available for order today.

Tags: Chevrolet, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Impco, General Motors, GMC

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Begins Truck Production in Brazil

Navistar International’s Brazilian subsidiary has begun assembling medium- and heavy-duty trucks that were formerly built by a contract manufacturer.

Tags: Navistar, Brazil, Manufacturing

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