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July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Whiskey Pete’s Stateline Stop Opens Truck Stop

The Flying J Truck Stop at Whiskey Pete’s Stateline Stop is now open, adding a professional drivers’ lounge with flat screen televisions as well as seven private showers and commercial laundry facility to the new Primm Valley travel center.

Tags: Pilot Flying J Truck Travel Centers, Expansion

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

NTEA Announces Work Truck Show 2014 and 2015 Dates

NTEA, the association for the Work Truck Industry, has announced dates for the next two years of The Work Truck Show, which will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Events

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Report Says to Expect Three FMCSA Proposals Soon

The U.S. Transportation Department has released its semi-annual regulatory agenda summarizing of all current and projected rulemakings. On the near-term agenda are a drug and alcohol testing database, no-defect DVIRs and electronic driver logs.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, EOBR, ELD, Regulations

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Carrier for Firing Driver Who Refused to Run Over Hours

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston has ordered Massachusetts-based motor carrier Brillo Motor Transportation and its owner to reinstate a former employee and pay him $96,864 in back wages and interest, $9,669 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, Hours of Service, Enforcement, drivers

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Legislation Would Allow Heavier Trucks on Route After Interstate Designation

The U.S. House has passed a measure that would allow Wisconsin to continue its practice of allowing trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds along a section of U.S. 41 when the route is designated as an Interstate roadway, most likely next year.

Tags: Wisconsin, Highways, Legislation

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Index Increases for Second Straight Month

The amount of freight moved in June moved barely higher after surging in May, but it still managed to hit a record high, according to the American Trucking Associations. But that partly reflects a heavier freight mix.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Economy

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Profit Falls Slightly in Second Quarter

Parcel and freight transport giant UPS has reported a slight drop in its second quarter profit, falling from $1.79 billion in 2012 to $1.74 billion for the most recent quarter.

Tags: UPS, Earnings, Fleet Financials

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Werner Second-Quarter Profit and Revenue Fall

Werner Enterprises saw its total revenue fall 3% to $506.6 million in the second quarter compared to last year, while net income dropped 16% to $25.8 million. A cold, wet April was the primary culprit.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Earnings, Fleet Financials

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

More Goodyear Tires from TravelCenters

Thanks to a new agreement between Goodyear and TravelCenters of America, TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube locations will carry three additional Goodyear Fuel Max truck tires.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Rises For Third Straight Week as Oil Eases From Recent High

Credit: DOE/EIA.

Prices for diesel and gasoline moved higher again over the past week as the cost of oil eased back Monday following its highest closing price on Friday since March 2012.

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

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Up Again In July

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 59.4, an increase from the June index of 57.3, reflecting industry participants’ increasing optimism despite continued moderate demand for equipment.

Tags: Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Robert Phillips Named TCA Highway Angel

Owner-operator Robert Phillips was named a TCA Highway Angel.

Robert Phillips of Cleburne, Texas, an independent contractor leased to American Central Transport Inc. of Liberty, Mo., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association. Phillips is being recognized for helping an elderly couple involved in an accident.

Tags: TCA Highway Angel, American Central Transport

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

New Travel Plaza Opens Along I-81 in Harrisburg, Penn.

The 35,000-square-foot facility includes eight trailer bays, a driver lounge, parts warehouse and conference room.

Exit 77 Enterprise LLC has opened a new travel plaza located conveniently off exit 77 along Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Penn. The travel plaza features a full-service convenience store, diesel and regular fuel islands, full-service truck and trailer wash and trailer washouts.

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Celebrates 300 Locations in Lenoir City

Love’s Travel Stops will celebrate reaching its milestone of 300 store locations at its newest travel stop in Lenoir City, Tenn.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Drivewyze and Norpass Announce Partnership

Truck operators and fleets using the Norpass weigh station screening service in seven states and two provinces can soon add mobile-based weigh station bypass opportunities in 15 more states following the announcement of a partnership reached between Drivewyze and Norpass.

Tags: Technology, Drivewyze PreClear

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Two LTL Carriers Announce Rate Hikes of Near 6%

Two carriers serving the less-than-truckload markets have announced general rate hikes.

Tags: Freight Rates, LTL

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Wireless Mobile Devices Cleared as Transponders for Electronic Inspection

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially approved mobile devices such as smart phones and GPS navigators as transponders for electronic inspection and weigh station bypass systems.

Tags: FMCSA, Enforcement

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

States Setting Higher Speed Limits

Five state legislatures voted this year to raise speed limits on some divided highways in their states. They’re following the lead of Texas, which last year bumped the speed limit on one stretch to 85 mph, the highest in the nation.

Tags: Speed Limits, Texas, Ohio, Maine, Utah, Illinois, New Hampshire

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Heartland Express Reports Improved Second Quarter Profit

Iowa-based truckload carrier Heartland Express announced financial results for the second quarter of the year, showing net income increased $0.9 million to $19.1 million compared to $18.2 million in the 2012 period, a 5% increase.

Tags: Earnings, Heartland Express, Fleet Financials, Freightliner, Navistar

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin Offering Grants for Truck Idle Reduction Equipment

The Wisconsin Department of Administration has made $1 million is available to common, contract and private motor carriers to reduce diesel truck idling.

Tags: Wisconsin, Idle Reduction

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Trucker Admits Beef Theft Was Bull

Truck driver Artak Medjbarian of Sherman Oaks, Calif., has pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to attempt to steal $163,000 worth of beef products from a Nebraska Beef facility in Omaha.

Tags: Nebraska, Cargo Theft, Security

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Texas DOT Designates Roadway as Part of New I-69

The Texas Department of Transportation has officially designated 67 miles of regional roadways in the Rio Grande Valley as part of the new Interstate 69 -- a corridor that ultimately will become a 1,600-mile-long highway stretching from Michigan to Texas.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Texas, I-69

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

DLS Retreading Opens First ContiTread Franchise in South Carolina

Dawn Watkins inspects a tire at newly opened DLS Retreading in Fort Mill, S.C.

Continental Tire helps establish local South Carolina veteran retreader with the first first all-new ContiTread licensed truck tire retreading facility in the U.S.

Tags: Continental Tire the Americas, ContiTreads, Tires, Retreads

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Legislation Would Up Minimum Truck Insurance Almost 500%

On Friday, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn) introduced a bill that would raise the required insurance minimum for motor carriers, dubbed the Safe and Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels Act (H.R. 2730) otherwise known as “SAFE HAUL."

Tags: Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives, Legislation

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Sales at Nine-Month High While June Orders Drop

Although commercial vehicle orders slipped month over month in June, there was still good news to be had, with heavy-duty retail sales at a nine-month high when seasonally adjusted.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Dealers

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