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May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel up for Second Straight Week, Oil Rises as Well

The average cost of diesel has posted its second straight weekly increase.

Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Registration Open for ITLC/NAFC 2013 Annual Conference

Registration is open now for American Trucking Associations’ Information Technology and Logistics Council and National Accounting and Finance Council Annual Conference.

Tags: ATA, Events

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Mack Recalling Some 5,200 Trucks

Mack Trucks, is recalling 5,203 model year 2013-2014 CHU, CXU, GU, MRU, and LEU trucks manufactured July 16, 2012, through March 18 of this year that are equipped with drum brakes.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Recalls

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

PacLease, Kenworth Sales Co., and Blu LNG To Offer Rental Program for LNG-Fueled Trucks

A new rental program available from PacLease, its local franchise -- Kenworth Sales Co., and Blu LNG will feature LNG-fueled Kenworth T800s in four configurations equipped with one 120-gallon LNG fuel tank, a 15-liter Westport high-pressure direct injection engine and manual transmission in various specifications.

Fleets operating along the I-84 and I-15 corridors from Las Vegas, Nev., through Utah, Idaho, and eastern Oregon can rent Kenworth trucks fueled by liquefied natural gas through a new rental program available from PacLease, its local franchise – Kenworth Sales Company, and Blu LNG.

Tags: PacLease, Kenworth, Liquefied Natural Gas, Blu

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Announces 2012 Dealer Awards

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. has announced its 2012 North American Dealer of the Year awards. Each year, MFTA recognizes its dealers in the U.S. and Canada for overall performance, for sales, for parts sales, and for service performance. In addition, the company honors the dealer salesperson of the year.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Hires Bill Kozek as President of North America Truck and Parts Business

Navistar International Corp. announced it has appointed Bill Kozek as president of the company's North America Truck and Parts business. He succeeds Jack Allen, who was promoted to chief operating officer last month.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Joins Fight to End Human Trafficking

The Truckload Carriers Association has formed a partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking, a nonprofit organization that educates, equips, empowers, and mobilizes members of the trucking and truck plaza industries to combat domestic sex trafficking.

Tags: TAT, Human trafficking, TCA

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Thomas Lansing Named TCA's 2013 Safety Professional of the Year

Each year, the Truckload Carriers Association presents its prestigious Clare C. Casey Award to a safety professional whose actions and achievements have had a profound and positive impact on safety on our highways. The 2013 recipient is Thomas Lansing, vice president of safety and driver services for Hogan Transports, Inc., of Bridgeton, Missouri.

Tags: TCA

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Maverick Focuses on Training to Slow Driver Turnover

Amid growing concern about a shortage of drivers, Maverick Transportation is laying the foundation for a long-term solution by improving driver training. At an ALK Transportation Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., last week, there was much talk about a coming convergence of circumstances that will tip the balance of driver supply and demand.

Tags: Driver Turnover, Driver Retention, Maverick Transportation, FMCSA, Driver Training

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters Of America Launches 'Get Moving. Stay Fit.' Professional Driver Wellness Program

TravelCenters of America has launched its 'Get Moving. Stay Fit.' Program designed to help professional drivers live a healthier lifestyle by focusing on nutrition and physical fitness.

Tags: TCA, Driver Wellness

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

TA Opens New Location In Mocksville, N.C.

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA travel center, located at I-40, Exit 170 (1670 U.S. Hwy 601 North) in Mocksville, N.C.

Tags: TCA, Expansion

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

ACI Parts Warehousing Joins VIPAR Heavy Duty

ACI Parts Warehousing, an auto parts distribution company based in Wyoming, Mich., has joined the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder. The company purchased H&H Wheel Service, Inc. earlier this year in a strategic decision to expand their heavy-duty program offerings.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Partners with Easy Manifest

PeopleNet announced it has partnered with Easy Manifest. At least one hour prior to crossing the border, a carrier (driver or dispatch) submits their eManifest electronically to the respective border agency, either the Canadian Border Services Agency if entering Canada and Custom and Border Protection if entering the United States.

Tags: PeopleNet, eManifest

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland I-95 Northbound Welcome Centers to Close for Daytime Paving

Crews have completed paving of the southbound rest area of the I-95 Welcome Center rest areas in Howard County. Work will begin on the northbound rest area on Monday, May 20. Please note that crews will not be working on Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) or on Tuesday, May 28. The rest area will be open those days.

Tags: Maryland, Road Construction

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Papé Kenworth Opens Three Parts and Service Facilities in Oregon and Washington

Papé Kenworth has opened new parts and service locations in Klamath Falls and Tangent, Ore., and Kelso, Wash.

Tags: Kenworth, Expansion

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Georgia Carrier Owner Indicted for FMCSA Violations

The owner of a Georgia trucking company, Devasko Dewayne Lewis, has been indicted for ignoring out-of-service orders and lying about his role in the company.

Tags: FMCSA, OOS

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

North Carolina Pulls Back on Tolls for Interstate 95

Lawmakers in the North Carolina House have voted to allow tolls for I-95, but only for any new lanes that are built.

Tags: Tolls, Virginia, I-95, Interstate 95

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if no Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to ease the regulatory burden on drivers by dropping the requirement that they file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Files Lawsuit Against Pilot Flying J

A seventh federal lawsuit has been filed against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J, but it’s the first from an owner-operator trucker.

Tags: Pilot Flying J

May 19, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Governor Signs Bill Increasing Fuel Taxes for Transportation Projects

A more than $4 billion, six year transportation funding package signed into law late last week by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley relies heavily on increases taxes on diesel and gasoline.

Tags: Maryland, Maryland Motor Truck Association

May 17, 2013 - Industry News

Leading Economic Indicators and Consumer Sentiment Rise

A barometer of future U.S. economic activity rose in April following a drop in March, signaling growth could speed up later in the year. The Index of Leading Economic Indicators from the private research group The Conference Board, shows a 0.6% gain in April to 95, following a downwardly revised 0.2% drop in March.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, The Conference Board

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Acquires Assets of Piedmont International Trucks

Rush Enterprises Inc. announced that its subsidiaries have acquired certain assets of Piedmont International Trucks, which operates commercial truck dealerships in North Carolina.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, Expansion, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Regulatory Climate Explored at Zonar Conference

Annette Sandberg, CEO of TransSafe Consulting and former FMCSA administrator.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Zonar, CVSA, Enforcement

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Secretary Nominee Foxx Confirmation Hearing Set for Next Week

Anthony Foxx faces the first step in his confirmation process next week.

President Obama’s pick to head up the U.S. Transportation Department will go before a Senate committee next week for a confirmation hearing.

Tags: U.S. DOT

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J CEO Talks to Trucking About Fraud Allegations

Haslam says business at Pilot and Flying J is down about 3% since allegations of fraud surfaced about a month ago. (Photo by Robert F. W. Whitlock via Wikimedia Commons)

Embattled Pilot Flying J CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on Thursday morning took questions from trucking for the first time since allegations of fraud surfaced a month ago, and asked fleets to work with the truckstop chain to resolve any problems rather than filing suit.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

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