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May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates and Loads Generally Higher Over Past Week

Spot market freight availability is increasing while rates have generally headed higher. New figures from the freight matching service provider DAT TransCore show spot market loads increased 11% for the seven days ending May 25 from the week before.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Family of Driver Killed in Crash Gets $6 Million Settlement

Two trucking companies have agreed to pay a total of more than $6 million to the family of a truck driver killed in a 2011 crash with a truck that had bald tires and improperly adjusted brakes.

Tags: Litigation, California, Drivers, Brakes, Tires

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

TA, Petro Offer 10W-30 Synthetic Blend Engine Oil

TravelCenters of America is offering low-viscosity, 10W-30 synthetic blend diesel engine oil, which can deliver fuel economy and other benefits, at all participating 24/7/365 TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube truck service facilities.

Tags: Maintenance, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Buys 525 New Tractors Based on Driver Input

Con-way Truckload has purchased 525 new tractors in a replacement cycle that it says will maintain its 2,700-tractor fleet as one of the youngest and most modern in the truckload market.

Tags: Con-way Truckload, Drivers

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. Economy Grew at 2.4% Rate in Q1, Down Slightly from First Estimate

The U.S. Commerce Department reports the gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 2.4%, down from 2.5% reported last month. The rate is still much higher than the 0.4% rate reported in the final quarter of last year.

Tags: Economy, GDP

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Ford: Moisture in Cooler Causing Loss of Power in F-150 EcoBoost Engines

Customer complaints about loss of power with Ford’s EcoBoost V-6 engine in its F-150 pickups, reported by the general news media over the Memorial Day weekend, stem from moisture accumulation in the trucks’ charge-air cooler, Ford Motor Co. says. Dealers have been informed of a fix and will do the work under warranty.

Tags: Ford, Light & Medium, Engines

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Size & Weight Study Draws Active Participation

Caitlin Rayman, director of the FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations speaking to those attending the first public session of the agency's truck size and weight study.

“We know there are diverse views.” So said Jeffrey Paniati, executive director of the Federal Highway Administration, as he opened the first public session of the agency’s comprehensive size and weight study, and he was 100% correct.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, FHWA, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Research: Medium-Duty Crash Numbers Could be Dragging Down Heavy-Duty Stats

The American Transportation Research Institute has just released research findings that looked into variations in safety trends across different classes of large trucks. The study separated and evaluated a decade of medium- and heavy-duty truck crash records and identified trends, with medium-duty trucks generally performing worse than heavy-duty.

Tags: Truck Safety, ATRI, Light & Medium

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Two Pilot Flying J Employees Plead Guilty Following Investigation

(Photo by Robert Whitlock via Wikimedia Commons)

UPDATED, 5:36 p.m., Eastern--A regional sales director and an account representative for the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J have pleaded guilty to charges in federal court, following a federal investigation into allegations the company cheated customers out of fuel rebates they were due.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. House Panel to Hold California Hearing Thursday on Freight Movements

A Congressional panel will hold a hearing in Southern California on Thursday to examine how the region’s unique transportation challenges impact the movement of freight throughout the entire nation.

Tags: Freight, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, California

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

IdleAir Hikes Prices Due to Higher Costs, Continues Expanding Network

A provider of in-cab heating, cooling, entertainment and other services for truckers while they are parked without them having to idle, IdleAir, has announced new prices that will begin on June 3 and are frozen through at least the end of the year.

Tags: IdleAir, Idle Reduction

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Continues as Dominant Freight Transportation Mode

A new report issued by the American Trucking Associations shows trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation in the United States as even more goods were delivered by truck.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Movements Between U.S. & NAFTA Countries Mixed, Trucking Still Dominates

A new U.S. Transportation Department report shows the value of goods moving between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners by all modes of transportation decreased by 4% in March compared to a year ago, but rose 63.7% compared to March 2009.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight, NAFTA, Canada, Mexico, Economy

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA's CSA and Motorcoach HOS Subcommittees to Meet in June

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability and Motorcoach Hours of Service subcommittees have set a meeting for next month.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Awards 10 Scholarships

Ten students who are children and dependents of people affiliated with USA Truck have been awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year through the USA Truck Scholarship Program offered by the Arkansas-based carrier.

Tags: USA Truck

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Cascade Sierra Solutions Teams With Texas Governments to Open Outreach Center

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is partnering with Cascade Sierra Solutions to open the region's first Freight Efficiency Outreach Center, designed to give the trucking industry education and programs to improve efficiency, save money and reduce its impact on regional air quality.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Texas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Cascade Sierra Solutions, Going Green

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Webb Wheel Names Plank as New OEM President

Chad Plank has been named president for Webb Wheel Products' OEM business following the promotion of Kent Finkbiner to group president, Marmon Highway Technologies, Commercial Truck business.

Tags: Webb Wheel, Marmon Highway Technologies, Leadership, Wheels

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Santa Clara County to Construct CNG Fueling Station & Convert Fleet

Santa Clara County in California will construct a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the fleet management facility in San Jose and has plans to convert 25% of its vehicles to CNG within 10 years.

Tags: Santa Clara County, CNG Fueling Stations, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas, California

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline, Oil Prices Move Lower

The average cost of diesel and gasoline in the United State has retreated slightly after some recent gains, while crude oil futures are down slightly from the week before. The average price of a gallon of diesel has fallen 1 cent to $3.88 per gallon, following two straight weekly increases totaling 4.5 cents.

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

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Hosts Size and Weight Study Session

The Federal Highway Administration is kicking off the public phase of its two-year study of the truck size and weight issue. At Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday the agency is hosting the first of four planned public listening sessions on size and weight issues.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

Truckworx Kenworth Opens Seventh Location in Southwest Alabama

Truckworx Kenworth has opened a new parts and service facility in Thomasville, Ala.

Truckworx Kenworth has opened a new parts and service facility in Thomasville, Ala. The new facility is located in Joe Davis Industrial Park just off of U.S. Route 43 in Clarke County, Ala.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealers, Alabama

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

In 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit vacated the FMCSA's plan to mandate electronic recorders for hours of service because it had not addressed harassment.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, EOBR

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

New Equity Partner for Transplace

Third-party logistics company Transplace has selected the New York-based private investment firm Greenbriar Equity Group as its new equity partner. Greenbriar acquired Transplace from an affiliate of CI Capital Partners, who joined with Transplace management in 2009 to buy the company from its original owners.

Tags: Transplace, 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

Consumer Confidence Hits Five-Year High

Despite federal budget cutbacks and people getting hit with Social Security taxes returning to normal, consumers feel better about the American economy than they have in five years.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Prosecutors in Pilot Flying J Probe Get High Marks; Another Lawsuit Filed

Two prosecutors known for having a top-notch track record are leading the federal investigation into claims that truckstop chain Pilot Flying J bilked some trucking customers out of financial rebates from fuel purchases. Meanwhile, another lawsuit has been filed against the company.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Fraud

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