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October 28, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants Rest-Break Exemption to Defense Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a rest-break exemption from the hours-of-service rules to carriers serving the Department of Defense.

Tags: FMCSA, Department of Defense, HOS

October 28, 2013 - Industry News

Tax Reform Effort Could Include Infrastructure Funding

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Two congressional leaders who have been working on tax reform for the past couple of years are getting closer to drafting proposals that could include renewed commitment to highway funding.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Highways, Legislation, taxes, Government

October 28, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Durable Goods Shipments and Orders Rise

Industrial production in the United States increased in September, posting its biggest gain in seven months. This follows a report Friday showing shipments of manufactured durable goods hit their highest level on record going back to 1992 -- but consumer confidence took a nosedive.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Industrial Production, Durable Goods, Consumer Sentiment

October 28, 2013 - Industry News

P.A.M. Transportation Income Nearly Triples in Third Quarter

Dry van truckload operation, P.A.M. Transportation Service has reported net income of $2.4 million for the third quarter of the year and net income of $4.6 million the first nine-months of the year

Tags: Earnings

October 28, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Recalling More Than 16,000 2008-2013 Model Trucks

Navistar is recalling 16.107 model year 2008-2013 International LoneStar, ProStar, and TranStar trucks manufactured Feb. 20, 2008, through July 29 of this year, that are and equipped with an electronic fifth wheel jaw release system.

Tags: Navistar, Recalls

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Nickajack Lake, Tenn.

Love’s Travel Stops recently opened a new travel stop in Nickajack Lake, Tenn., on I-24, Exit 158. The Nickajack Lake Love’s includes 94 truck parking spaces, Subway and McDonald’s restaurants and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. The location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

Full-Service Truck Repair and Maintenance Comes to Inland Truck Parts in Tulsa

Inland has expanded its presence in the Tulsa area. After years of serving the truck parts needs of the local community at 5454 South 108th East Avenue, Inland has acquired a second location to provide full-service truck repair and maintenance.

Tags: Aftermarket, Managing the Shop

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

Penray Broadens Management Team

The Penray Companies Inc. has announced the formation of a new management team that will work to grow sales of the company’s chemical additives and functional fluids with a new air of excitement and enthusiasm.

Tags: Leadership, Penray

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Appoints Cade as Vice President, Maintenance

USA Truck Inc., transportation and logistics provider, has named James L. Cade as vice president of maintenance.

Tags: Leadership, USA Truck

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Honors Freight Industry Leaders for Environmental Achievements

EPA is honoring 55 companies as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2013 SmartWay Excellence Awards. These awards go to companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in reducing carbon pollution and other harmful emissions as they move goods across the U.S. more efficiently.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

Peterbilt Announces New Dealer With Two Georgia Locations

John Prince is the newest dealer to join Peterbilt’s network with the purchase of Peterbilt of Albany, quickly followed by the opening of a new dealership, Peterbilt of Tifton.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Dealers, Expansion

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

West Side Transport's Thornton Dixon Reaches 4 Million Accident-free Miles

West Side Transport announces that Thornton Dixon has reached 4 million incident/accident-free miles. Dixon has been with West Side Transport since March 10, 1981, and is from Anderson, S.C.

Tags: Driver Safety

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

Three CNG Fueling Stations to Open in Indiana

New compressed natural gas fueling stations, which opened recently in three Indiana cities, will potentially displace an estimated six million gallons of traditional petroleum fuels annually, offering significant environmental and economic benefits.

Tags: Frito-Lay, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations

October 27, 2013 - Industry News

Penske Truck Leasing Opens Neenah, Wisc., Facility

Penske Truck Leasing has opened a facility in Neenah, Wisc., at 2301 American Drive. Financial terms of the facility were not disclosed. Situated on 4 acres, the 11,000 square-foot structure provides full-service truck leasing,commercial truck rental and contract maintenance services.

Tags: Penske, Penske Truck Leasing, Expansion

October 25, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Declares Imminent Hazard on Three Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration named three truck drivers as imminent hazards for separate crashes in which people were either killed or seriously injured.

Tags: FMCSA, Imminent Hazard

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Average Price of Used Class 8 Trucks Better Than Expected

Used truck prices are still looking good, despite increasing age and mileage. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

Used truck dealers continue to characterize business as “good” or even better than expected, although maybe not quite as strong as they had hoped, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Project to Test 'Platooning' Trucks

A new Federal Highway Administration research project will test "platooning" two trucks with the goal of saving fuel and decreasing traffic congestion. The team will research partial automation for two-truck platooning, integrating vehicle-to-vehicle communications with adaptive cruise control.

Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Smart Highway, FHWA, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Biodiesel Production Tops 1 Billion Gallons

New EPA statistics released resently show the biodiesel industry has cracked the 1 billion gallon mark for the third consecutive year, with several months of production remaining.

Tags: National Biodiesel Board

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Small Fleet Owner Charged with Bribing FMCSA Inspector

A man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Mass with trying to bribe a federal safety investigator in order to avoid negative findings on a safety review of his motor carrier company, but has already decided to pled guilty to avoid a lesser sentence.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Crime

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider: New HOS Rules Hurt Productivity

Since the new hour of service rules implementation on July 1, the fleet Schneider National says it has seen a 3.1% drop in productivity on solo shipments and a 4.3% decline on team shipments.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, Schneider National

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Boosts Third Quarter Profit Nearly 18%

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line has announced revenue was $616.5 million for the third quarter of this year, a 12.0% increase from $550.5 million for the third quarter of 2012.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Landstar Posts $29 Million Profit, Down from $33 Million a Year Ago

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Florida-based trucking company Landstar System has reported 2013 third quarter net income of $29.2 million, down from $33.1 million the same time a year ago, while revenue was $680.5 million, down from $717.2 million, during the same time.

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owners Sentenced for Violating FMCSA OOS Order

The owners of an Alabama trucking company have been sentenced for their roles in running a “chameleon carrier.”

Tags: FMCSA, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company and Owner to Withdraw Retaliatory Lawsuit, Pay Former Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Palumbo Trucking of North Branford, Conn., and owner David Palumbo to withdraw what is says is a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers who raised safety concerns, pay them $60,000 in damages and take other corrective actions.

Tags: OSHA, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Drivers

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Profit Falls Despite More Revenue

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Profit for Arizona-based Swift Transportation fell in the third quarter of the year despite doing more business.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation

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