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September 4, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Releases Updated Operation Costs of Trucking Report

The average marginal cost per mile in 2012 was $1.63, a slight decrease from the $1.71 found in 2011, according to the American Transportation Research Institute's latest update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.

Tags: ATRI

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

Help Inc. Elects New Leadership

Help Inc., the public-private partnership that provides PrePass and other truck safety services throughout North America, elected new officers and executive committee members during its 20th Annual Meeting in Park City, Utah last week.

Tags: Leadership, Help Inc.

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

Brenntag Adds More DEF Infrastructure

Brenntag, a distributor of Diesel Exhaust Fluid, strengthens their North American DEF infrastructure by adding 10 dedicated DEF tankers and installing 15 additional bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid storage tanks.

Tags: DEF

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

Nominations Needed For Best Fleet to Drive For

Truckload Carriers Association is asking for nominations for its 6th Annual Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest. Company drivers and owner-operators may nominate trucking companies through 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.

Tags: TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Testing New Way to Screen Carrier Applicants

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is testing a new approach to screening new entrants into the business, in hopes of saving money and improving efficiency. In July the agency began a year-long test of a pre-screening process designed to identify high-risk applicants that need an on-site safety review and give low-risk applicants a way to file their information electronically.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Screening

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Moves to Cut Jobs as Third Quarter Loss Widens

Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International announced a fiscal third quarter 2013 net loss of $247 million compared to third quarter 2012 net income of $84 million. Earlier this month, the company began implementing new cost-reduction initiatives, including a reduction in its workforce.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, SCR, Earnings, Engines

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Jack Thiessen, Former Trucking Editor and PR Counselor, Dead at 89

Jack Thiessen died last week surrounded by family.

Jack Thiessen, a former editor with trucking publisher Newport Communications, public relations counsel, newspaper reporter, and infantry veteran of World War II, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, in Temperance, Mich. He was 89.

Tags: Obituary

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Suburban Truck Parts Joins Vipar Heavy Duty

Suburban Truck Parts in the Chicago suburb of Worth, Ill., is now a member of the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors.

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar to Add Cummins ISB to International Trucks; MaxxForce Diesels Continue

The Cummins ISB is available for order immediately in International DuraStar medium-duty trucks.

Navistar International Corp. says it will offer the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter diesel in its International DuraStar medium-duty trucks and CE series IC school buses, but that this doesn't mean it's getting out of the engine business.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, SCR, Light & Medium, Engines

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Alliance Highlights Bumpers with Social Media Campaign

Alliance Truck Parts is running an online contest to highlight its range of customizable bumper options, which include chrome, painted steel and stainless steel options.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Accessories, Daimler Trucks North America, Alliance Truck Parts

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Oil Price Spike Translates Into Higher Diesel and Gasoline Costs

The average cost of diesel is up but is still lower thant he same time a year ago. Credit: DOE

The average cost of diesel has posted its biggest increase since near mid-February and is around a five-month high, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

C.R. England Thins Non-Driver Ranks

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company C.R. England says it is responding to “a stagnant economy, increasing federal regulations and a tightening market for drivers” in making a decision to cut 81 non-driving positions from its workforce.

Tags: C.R. England

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Tops List of Toll Road Scofflaws

The Illinois Tollway has posting a list of toll scofflaws on its website following Gov. Pat Quinn signing legislation allowing the tollway authority to publish the names of toll violators owing $1,000 or more.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Carrier Claims Pilot Flying J Cost it More Than $70 Million

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A Tennessee-based carrier is the latest to file a lawsuit against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J while other legal wrangling continues.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Carrier Claims Pilot Flying J Cost it More Than $70 Million

A Tennessee-based carrier is the latest to file a lawsuit against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J while other legal wrangling continues.

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Backup Warning Devices Soon Required for Delaware-Based Trucks

Trucks based in the one of the nation’s smallest states are going to have to comply with a law requiring them to make a big noise.

Tags: Equipment, Delaware

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-64 to Close Later This Month

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced eastbound I-64 will be closed for approximately 9 days later this month, weather permitting, from the I-55/70/64 split to 18th Street in East St. Louis.

Tags: Illinois, Road Construction, I-64, Interstate 64

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing and Housing Increase Significantly

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the third consecutive month and at its best pace in more than two years, raising hopes about the performance of the American economy during the third quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

ABF Loses Another Teamsters/YRC Challenge, Extends Teamsters Contract

Photo: Evan Lockridge

ABF Freight System has again lost a court challenge against the Teamsters Union and competitor YRC Worldwide for a second time.

Tags: Arkansas, Teamsters, ABF, YRC Worldwide

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Getting Closer to Decision on Crash Accountability

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finished its analysis of crash accountability and is now reviewing the work in preparation for public release.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC, Crash Accountability

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Guest Commentary: Freight Efficiency - Lofty Goals with Little Action

In too many cases we have seen government state laudable goals in its laws while at the same time doing little or in some cases working against those goals from being achieved. This unfortunately appears to be the case with the federal transportation reauthorization act, known as MAP-21, when it comes to freight policy.

Tags: Colorado, MAP-21, Truck Weights

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Nopetro Reports CNG Usage at its Leon Facility 300% More Than Expected

Nopetro anticipated dispensing 100,000 gallons during the initial year. Instead the facility provided an estimated 400,000 gallons of CNG fuel to serve the needs of its growing clientele.

Rapid adoption of compressed natural gas usage by various organizations has led to an exponential increase in use at Nopetro’s Leon County-based fueling facility, announced company CEO Jorge Herrera.

Tags: Florida, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Nopetro

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Eaton Drops Hydraulic Hybrid System

Eaton's Hydraulic Launch Assist was well-suited to the refuse market, but natural gas seems to have overtaken hybrids in this market.

Eaton recently discontinued its Hydraulic Launch Assist system, a parallel hydraulic hybrid well-suited to the stop-and-go world of refuse trucks. That leaves the RunWise Advanced Series Hybrid drive system from Parker to serve the market, where both systems had built up some market share.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Eaton HLA, Eaton, Parker Hannifin, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 30, 2013 - Industry News

Penske Completes Australian CV Group Acquisition

Penske Automotive Group Inc., an international automotive retailer, has completed the acquisition of Western Star Trucks Australia Pty Ltd., a distributor of commercial vehicles, related spare parts and aftermarket support across Australia and New Zealand and portions of Southeast Asia from Transpacific Industries Group Limited.

Tags: Penske, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 30, 2013 - Industry News

Report Concludes Zero-Emissions Trucking Feasible in Europe by 2030

A report commissioned by the International Council on Clean Transportation has found battery-electric and fuel cell electric trucks could be feasible in Europe by 2030. The report was produced by CE Delft in the Netherlands and the German Aerospace Centre and surveyed leading-edge zero-emissions technologies for both short- and long-haul on-road freight carriers.

Tags: Europe, Battery-Electric Vehicles

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