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June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Safety Becomes Top Priority of Fleet Managers

According to a recent survey by GE Capital Fleet Services, the biggest concern for fleet managers is ensuring the safety of their drivers. With more than a third (36%) of fleet managers citing it as their predominant concern, driver safety outpaced cost-savings goals and workforce productivity (22% each).

Tags: driver safety, GE Capital Fleet Services

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Rail Rates Increased More Than Trucking Rates

New research shows that freight rail rates have skyrocketed over the past decade following dramatic consolidation in the railroad industry.

Tags: Freight Rates

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Webinar Focuses on Improving Trucking's Image

Improving trucking's image is the focus of an upcoming webinar from the Truckload Carriers Association on June 13. The webinar will focus on pride and respect, two of the key factors that are in a fleet's ability to recruit and retain drivers, shape an operating environment and mitigate litigation.

Tags: TCA, Trucking's image

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

Uninsured liabilities increasing for trucking companies, according to a new report. (Graphic: actuarial firm of Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter)

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Insurance, OOIDA, Litigation

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Another Section of I-5 to be Closed in Washington

Section of I-5, north of Vancouver, Wash. set to be closed this weekend. (Illustration: Wash. DOT)

If the trip along Interstate 5 in Washington state hasn’t been frustrating enough with a detour resulting the collapse of a bridge last month, it’s only going to get worse starting Friday evening.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Patrick Biermann Named Executive VP and GM AMS Heavy Duty Group

AMS Automotive has appointed Pat Biermann as executive vice president and general manager of the company’s newly established Heavy Duty Group.

Tags: Leadership

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Begin Production and Testing of Bio-DME Vehicles in North America

Volvo Trucks in North American announced plans to begin production in 2015 of vehicles powered by Dimethyl Ether, a fuel that mirrors the performance qualities and energy efficiency of diesel. DME also burns clean without producing any soot.

Volvo Trucks announced Thursday it plans to begin limited production in 2015 of dimethyl ether (DME) powered heavy-duty commercial vehicles. It's teaming up with Safeway and Oberon Fuels for a test funded with $500,000 from California's San Joaguin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Tags: Volvo, Alternative Fuels, DME, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

A. Duie Pyle's Driver Responds to Amber Alert

The recent rescue of two children who had been abducted and were the subject of an Amber Alert in Southern New England was due in part to a driver with A. duie Pyle.

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Investigation Into I-5 Bridge Collapse Continues, Preliminary Reported Expected By End of June

The National Transportation Safety Board has released an update in its continuing investigation into the May 23 bridge collapse in Mount Vernon, Wash., along Interstate 5.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Vantage Parts and Service Joins Vipar Heavy Duty as New Stockholder Company

Based in Anchorage, Alaska, Vantage Parts and Service has joined the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder.

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Court to Rule in July on Motion to Consolidate Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

The motion was filed last week for lawyers representing Ohio Auto Delivery, which filed a class action earlier this month. Many of the lawsuits that have been filed against Pilot Flying J are seeking class action status, make similar claims and are in federal court in various parts of the country.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Dedicates New Lumberton Service Center

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., recently dedicated its new 65-door service center in Lumberton, N.C.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Expansion

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

North Texas Bans Trucks From Some Left Lanes

Trucks in the Dallas-Forth Worth area in Texas are going to move over and get out of the left lane in certain places on certain highways.

Tags: Texas

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Wayne State University Seeks Impact of Differential Speed Limits

Years of research have produced mixed views on whether different freeway speed limits for cars and trucks make roads safer, but Wayne State University researchers are taking a comprehensive approach to answering that question for state officials.

Tags: Speed limit, Michigan, Industry Research, Wayne State University, Highways

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond International Truck Dealership is Open for Business in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International of Springfield, a local International Truck dealership, has opened its new location in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International of Springfield, a local International Truck dealership, has opened its new location at 2635 E. Diamond Street in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: International, Expansion, Dealer

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Holland Driver Keith Fielding Travels Three Million Accident-Free Miles

Holland professional driver Keith Fielding achieved the accomplishment of driving over three million consecutive miles without a single preventable accident.

Tags: driver safety, Holland

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Available Freight on Spot Market Falls, Rates not Improving

The amount of spot market freight available at the end of May and into the first of June fell dramatically while rates barely changed. New figures from freight-matching service provider DAT TransCore show May 26 through June 1, the number of spot market loads available in the U.S. fell 19% from the previous seven days.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Says Straight-Truck Safety Needs More Attention

Should drivers of trucks like these be required to have a CDL? (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

The National Transportation Safety Board says the government should consider making medium-duty straight truck drivers get a commercial driver's license, following a five-year study that found these trucks were involved in a disproportionate number of fatalities.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, NTSB, Crash-Related Injuries, Truck Safety, Light & Medium, CDL, Regulations

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Factory Shipments Fell in April While New Orders Increased

The overall April increase was less than a consensus forecast of economist polled by Reuters, increasing concerns that these and other economic indicators show the economy is not as robust in the second quarter of the year as it was during the first quarter.

Tags: Economy

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

North Dakota Unveils $878 million Construction Program; Largest in State's History

The North Dakota Department of Transportation unveiled the 2013 construction program for the state, and this year’s program is estimated at approximately $878 million in infrastructure improvements across the state, making this the largest construction program in state history.

Tags: North Dakota, Construction

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Pilot Mexican Trucking Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the largest organization in the U.S. representing the rights of professional truck drivers, filed an appeal in its lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and its cross-border trucking program with Mexico on Monday, June 3.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

May Preliminary Net Orders Flat for Class 8

Both FTR Associates and ACT Research have reported preliminary data for May Class 8 truck net orders that were essentially flat.

Tags: Class 8, FTR Associates, ACT Research

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Oklahoma and Missouri Waivers Added to Growing List from FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended a regional emergency in areas of Oklahoma affected by a series of tornados that hit the area as early as May 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Missouri, Oklahoma, Disaster Relief

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Announces New Division-Stoughton Lease

STI Holdings Inc., parent company of Stoughton Trailers, announced the opening of a new rental and leasing division. Stoughton Rental and Leasing Co. DBA Stoughton Lease, will open its first branch in June in Milwaukee, Wisc. with plans to add several additional locations in the next year.

Tags: Leasing, Stoughton

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Moving Import Southern California Freight to Arizona now Possible Without Trucks

Intermodal freight from overseas destined for the U.S. has a new way to make it farther inland without having to rely as much on trucks, through an inland port in Arizona.

Tags: Arizona, Ports, Intermodal

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