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December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Brake Opens Location in Saskatchewan

Fleet Brake announced plans for a new parts distribution center in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Opening in January 2014, the new facility will be an important link in the Fleet Brake parts distribution network.

Tags: Canada, Aftermarket Parts, HDA Truck Pride

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Patriot Transportation Reports Big Spike in Profits

The parent to liquid and dry bulk hauler, Florida Rock & Tank Lines, has reported a huge increase in income for its fiscal fourth quarter as well as for its fiscal year.

Tags: Earnings, Patriot Transportation

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Woman Admits to Double Brokering Scheme

A woman has pleaded guilty to charges in U.S. District Court in Macon, Ga., for her involvement in a double-brokering freight scam. On Nov. 20, Pauline Robinson-Kirkland, of Donalsonville, Ga., admitted to mail fraud. She was indicted in July 2012.

Tags: Freight, Brokers, Fraud

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Looking to Wall Street for Dollars to Help Pay Debt

YRC hopes to raise nearly $29 million by selling 3 million shares of stock. Photo by Evan Lockridge

The financially troubled parent company to several fleets, YRC Worldwide, is looking to investors to help it pay off some debt, according to the Journal of Commerce.

Tags: Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, LTL

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Heavy Truck Orders Top 20K for Second Straight Month

Photo by Jim Park

November Class 8 truck orders totaled 20,915, the second consecutive month above the 20,000 mark, according to preliminary data from transportation forecasting firm FTR. However, the company notes that was below expectations.

Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Orders, FTR, Class 8

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Blumenauer to Propose Diesel and Gasoline Tax Hikes

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will introduce bills to raise federal fuel taxes, index them to inflation and test a vehicle-mile tax. The proposals, which Blumenauer is scheduled to discuss on Capitol Hill Wednesday, come as Congress begins to consider ways to revive funding for U.S. roads and bridges.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, U.S. Congress, Highway Funding, taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Infrastructure

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: November Auto Sales Best Since 2007, Expectations Bright for 2014

Sales of new automobiles, light-trucks and SUV’s in the U.S. picked up their pace dramatically last month, hitting an annual rate of 16.4 million, far above the 15.3 million yearly rate in October and the best since early 2007.

Tags: Economy, Auto Sales

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Calif. Rolling Out $200M for Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure

Photo by Thi Dao.

The California Energy Commission is seeking proposals to spend $200 million starting in 2015 to build out fueling stations and other infrastructure to support hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fueling Stations, Grant Funding, California Energy Commission, Medium-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Heavy-Duty Trucks, California

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Lags When it Comes to Adopting Social Media

Freight haulers are embracing social media but still not a much as other business-to-business companies, according to a new study.

Tags: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, Promotion

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Aggressive Driving by Four-Wheelers Higher During Holidays

There is a new reason for truckers to worry about four-wheelers during the holidays, with a new survey showing aggressive driving is higher during this time of the year.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

ODFL Forecasting Fourth Quarter Tonnage Growth

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line on Tuesday updated its expectations for growth in tons per day and revenue per hundredweight for the fourth quarter of this year, saying it now expects a larger increase in tons per day.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Freight, Fleet Financials, LTL

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Photo Gallery Offers Glimpse into Bi-Annual Tokyo Motor Show

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories. Get a feel for the show with this photo gallery from HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand.

Tags: Japan, Global, Tokyo Motor Show

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Hits Highest Average Cost Since Late October

Credit: DOE

The average price of diesel continues moving higher, hitting its highest average cost since late October. The national average was up 3.9 cents from last week, to $3.883 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

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

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

LTL Freight Source Rebrands to Global Freight Source

Fueled by a growth rate of 665% over the past three years, LTL Freight Services, Milwaukee, is rebranding itself as Global Freight Source as it focuses on becoming a single-source provider of shipping logistics.

Tags: 3PL, Logistics

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Considers More Exemptions from Hearing Regulation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will consider additional applications for exemptions from the federal hearing standard prohibiting deaf truck drivers from interstate operations. The first 40 such individuals to receive these exemptions were approved in February.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Moves to Fix CSA Data Problem

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving to fix a longtime problem in its CSA safety enforcement system. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to start including in its CSA database the results of court rulings on carrier challenges of roadside inspection citations.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Safety & Compliance, SMS

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Tire Makers Yokohama and Kumho Forge Alliance

Yokohama Rubber and Kumho Tire signed a memorandum of understanding on Nov. 29 to start discussions of technology exchanges and a capital alliance premised on cross-shareholdings.

Tags: Kumho Tire U.S.A., Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp.

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Purchasing Westport Axle

Universal Truckload Services announced Monday that it will acquire Westport Axle Corporation from an international industrial group headed in Brazil by SM Brasil Participações S/A.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Universal Truckload, Westport

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Newest Measures Generally Positive

UPDATED -- Total construction spending in the United States hit a four and half year high in October, according to U.S. Commerce Department report released on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Leading Economic Indicators, Construction Spending, Manufacturing

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

New York and New Jersey Bridge and Tunnel Tolls Increase

The George Washington Bridge is one of the bridges and tunnels affected by the rate hike. (Photo: John O'Connel via Wikimedia Commons)

The start of December brought with it higher toll rates for bridges and tunnels operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with cash tolls now running $85 for five-axle trucks.

Tags: New York, New Jersey, Tolls, Port of New York and New Jersey

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Blaine Brothers Acquires Truckaline

Blaine Brothers, a Minnesota-based parts and service company headquartered in the Twin Cities area, has acquired Truckaline in Blaine, Minn. Truckaline specializes in full-service truck alignments, frame work and suspensions, including brakes and springs.

Tags: Minnesota, Aftermarket Parts, Alignment, HDA Truck Pride, Suspensions

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Expands Health Competition’s Scope, Renames it 'Long-Haul Weight Loss Showdown'

After sponsoring three highly successful weight-loss challenges within the trucking industry, with more than 7,600 pounds lost, the Truckload Carriers Association has now added a 30-week maintenance component. Combined with the initial 10 weeks of weight loss, the entire program will last for 10 months in 2014, and will be called the “Long-Haul Weight Loss Showdown.”

Tags: Drivers, Driver Health

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Tokyo Motor Show: Commercial Vehicles Are Back to Basics

The Tokyo Motor Show is held every two years.

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories. HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand returned with this report.

Tags: Japan, Global, Tokyo Motor Show

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Right To Repair Covers Commercial Vehicles

On Nov. 22, the Massachusetts state legislature reconciled differences between two laws that were on the books in the state that mandated that vehicle manufacturers provide affordable access to all tools, software and information used to repair-late model vehicles.

Tags: Right to Repair

December 1, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Barely Improve Despite More Freight

The amount of freight on the spot market has jumped considerably over the last week, but rates have improved little, according to freight matching service provider DAT's latest numbers.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Spot Rates

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