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July 21, 2013 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Incidents Decline While Value Increases

In the second quarter of 2013, the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International recorded a total of 194 thefts in the United States, a 27% increase in value and a 12% decrease in volume from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

July 21, 2013 - Industry News

Exide Americas President Resigns

R. Paul Hirt Jr. has resigned as executive vice president and president--Exide Americas to accept another opportunity, Exide Technologies announced.

Tags: Batteries, Exide, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 21, 2013 - Industry News

Roehl to Equip 500 New Wabash Trailers with ATDynamics TrailerTails

Roehl Transport will expand its investment in fuel saving TrailerTail aerodynamics technology by installing 500 TrailerTails on all new trailers purchased from Wabash National in 2013.

Tags: Trailers, ATDynamics, Aerodynamics, Roehl Transport, TrailerTails

July 19, 2013 - Industry News

Oil Prices Rise

More signs of improvement in the U.S. economy helped drive the price of oil to above $109 a barrel on Friday, its highest price since March of 2012. Oil futures have risen more than $11 a barrel this month.

Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel and Oil

July 19, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Closing Keynote to Focus on Funding

The closing keynote address at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference Oct. 2 in Phoenix will focus on grants and funding to help subsidize green fleet initiatives. Richard Battersby is the director of fleet services at University of California, Davis, and is Coordinator of the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

New Shell SuperRigs Winner After Eligibility Review

The new 2013 SuperRigs Best of Show winner is the 2012 Peterbilt 389 of William Rethwisch of Tomah, Wis.

There's a new winning Best of Show entry in this year's Shell Rotella SuperRigs Contest, because the previously announced winner was found to not meet all the eligibility requirements for a working truck and trailer.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Events, Owner-Operators, Shell SuperRigs

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Fines Chevron $422,500 for Selling Non-Compliant Gasoline and Diesel in California

Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has paid $422,500 in penalties for supplying gasoline and diesel fuel in violation of California regulations designed to protect air quality. Chevron agreed to pay the penalties as part of three separate settlements it reached with the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Chevron, California, Fuel and Oil

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Carriers Report Difficulty Hiring Qualified Employees at Critical Positions

The most recent Transport Capital Partners Survey reveals carriers experiencing problems finding not only qualified drivers, but also other qualified employees such as technicians, operations staff and fleet managers..

Tags: Drivers, Technicians, TCP

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Honors First 4-Million-Mile Driver

Bill Compton is Con-way Freight's first 4 million mile driver.

Con-way Truckload, Joplin, Mo., recently held a special recognition event to honor driver Bill Compton for surpassing 4 million miles of driving for the company, which he's been with for 33 years.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Truckload

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Small Brokers Sue to Stop $75,000 Bond Requirement

A group representing small property brokers has sued the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to stop the new $75,000 bond requirement scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1, saying large trade groups are trying to eliminate small broker competition.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Brokers

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia I-95 Shutdown Set for This Weekend

Credit: Virginia DOT.

Weather permitting, on Friday night, July 19, through Sunday night July 21, starting each night at 9:30 p.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation will begin to close lanes on I-95 south near Exit 148, Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Tags: Virginia, I-95, Highways

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Trust Fund Status to be Focus of Congressional Hearing Next Tuesday

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will hold a hearing next Tuesday regarding the current financial status of the Highway Trust Fund and its impact on federal surface transportation programs.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Infrastructure Funding

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

I-95 South Full Closure Overnight for Bridge Work, July 19-21

Detour via Russell Road (Exit 148, MCBQ) to U.S. Rte. 1

Weather permitting, on Friday night, July 19, through Sunday night July 21, starting each night at 9:30 p.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation will begin to close lanes on I-95 south near Exit 148, Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Tags: Virginia, Highway Construction

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Pushes Anti-Aggressive Driving Effort

Safety around trucks takes the spotlight in this summer’s Maryland’s Smooth Operator program. As a heat wave strikes the Baltimore area, the Smooth Operator program is working to put the chill on aggressive driving behaviors through education and enforcement waves of its own.

Tags: Maryland, Safety & Compliance

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

Fleets Could Save Big With Mobile Technologies

Eliminating paper alone can drive savings by eliminating the time required to produce the paper in dispatch, the time a driver has spends organizing or sorting the paper and the time it takes to get a customer to sign the paper.

Trucking fleets are leaving an average of nearly a half-million dollars in operational savings on the table by not taking full advantage of mobile technologies they may already utilize, according to a report from Intermec, Everett, Wash.

Tags: Mobile technology, Intermec

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Takes Action Against Three Chicago-Area Moving Companies

Three Chicago-area household goods moving companies have had their interstate operating authority revoked or suspended due to serious violations of safety and commercial regulations. In addition, all three companies were assessed civil penalties, announced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Household Goods Movers, Illinois

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

Bridgestone's Firestone Brand Targets Small Fleets and Owner-Operators

New product development and technical research is based at the Bridgestone Americas Technical Center houses labs and testing facilities in a high-tech, environmentally friendly building.

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a business unit of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC, is promising up to $1,200 annual savings for operators who equip their vehicles with new Firestone-brand commercial tires.

Tags: Firestone, Bridgestone, Tires

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index for May Remains Stable

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for May was basically unchanged from the level of the last few months at a -7.5 reading.

Tags: FTR, Shipper Conditions Index

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

DAT North American Freight Index Rises Seasonally in June

Credit: DAT.

Spot market freight volumes reported by the DAT North American Freight Index rose 2.2% in June, compared to May, according to newly released figures. Spot market rates rose 4.5% for vans.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

TireStamp Develops Fleet Customized Tire and Wheel Maintenance Program

TireStamp Inc. announced the availability of the industry’s first comprehensive Tire and Wheel Maintenance Program that is customizable to each individual fleet’s operating needs.

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Wheels, TireStamp

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

Marten Transport Increases Second Quarter Income and Revenue

Wisconsin-based temperature-controlled trucking company Marten Transport reported an increase in net income to $7.7 million, for the second quarter ended June 30, compared to $7.6 million from the same time last year.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Marten Transport

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

New York and Jersey Port Truckers Vote to Join Teamsters

Truck drivers employed by Australia-based Toll Group at the company’s New Jersey division voted by a margin of nearly 70% to form a union and affiliate with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 469, according to a news release.

Tags: Drivers, Intermodal, Ports, Teamsters

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

Tom Marx to Help Students in Heavy Duty Leadership Course

Tom Marx, CEO of Marx Group Advisors

Tom Marx, CEO of Marx Group Advisors will address "Surviving and Thriving During a Merger, Acquisition, Divestiture or Other Change in Ownership" on Wednesday, July 24 at the Northwood University campus in Midland, Mich.

Tags: Events, Colleges and Universities

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Love's Completes Installation of DEF at the Pump at All of its Travel Stops Nationwide

Love’s Travel Stops now offers diesel exhaust fluid at the pump for professional truck drivers at all 245 travel stops across the country.

Tags: DEF, Love's Travel Stops

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Transfac Capital Provides Specialty Financing Programs for Owner-Operators

Transfac Capital Inc.'s Fund My Freight program is designed to facilitate financing for single truck owner-operators and small trucking companies.

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