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September 19, 2013 - Industry News

World’s Largest Truck Convoy to Raise Funds for Special Olympics

More than 100 truckers will hit the road on Saturday, Sept. 21, and an entourage of law enforcement officials will accompany them as part of the 2013 World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Tags: Wisconsin, Special Olympics, World's Largest Truck Convoy

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Flammable Cargo Prohibited on I-90 Between Seattle and Mercer Island

Flammable cargo will be prohibited from traveling in both directions of I-90 inside the Mount Baker tunnel and the Mercer Island lid until 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The same restriction will go into place from the evening of Friday, Sept. 20 through the morning of Saturday, Sept. 21.

Tags: Washington, Seattle, Road Construction

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of Bridge Terminal Transport

Platinum Equity has completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Bridge Terminal Transport Inc. from Maersk Inc., a subsidiary of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The business will continue to operate under the Bridge Terminal Transport brand going forward.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Bridge Terminal Transport

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Wheels Acquires Highway Brokerage, BBL Worldwide

Wheels Group, a North American non-asset third party logistics provider, has acquired BBL Worldwide, a non-asset 3PL company providing specialized cross border truck brokerage services.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Is Working on Restart Study, Foxx Says

U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study of the 34-hour restart rule when it has finished its analysis and review of the data...

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, FMCSA, Anthony Foxx, U.S. DOT

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Address Sleep Apnea Through Rulemaking

Who says government is slow and unresponsive? A week ago two Representatives introduced a bill that that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, rather than issue a guidance. Now there has been some movement.

Tags: ATA, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Congress

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Truckers Supposedly Aware of Biodiesel Scheme, Six Indicted

Truck drivers supposedly knew of an alleged fuel scheme involving fraud in biofuels was going on but may not have said a word.

Tags: Biodiesel, Drivers, taxes, Fraud

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

SAE Fuel Economy Tests Reveal Aero Device Performance

Tests show trailers with side skirts consumed almost 7% less fuel than trailer without skirts

User-paid and impartial SAE Type II tests reveal the trailer side skirts tested are more effective at reducing fuel consumption than undercarriage aerodynamic devices.

Tags: PIT, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Fuel Savings

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Upheld

A three-judge federal panel on Wednesday upheld California’s controversial and first-in-the-nation law requiring fuel-makers to reduce carbon, that detractors say will lead to higher prices for diesel and gasoline.

Tags: CARB, ATA, California, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Long Beach Port Volume Hits Six-Year High, Exports up Dramatically

Containers at the Port of Long Beach. Photo: Port of Long Beach

Containerized cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach surged 16% in August compared to the same month a year ago, with double-digit percentage gains in both imports and exports.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Imports, Freight, Ports, Exports

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Continues Expansion with Massachusetts Carrier Purchase

The asset-light and logistics service provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Cudahy, Wisc., has acquired Yes Trans, a refrigerated truckload service provider based in Salisbury, Mass.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, Owner-Operators, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Bankruptcy Court Approves Sale of Vehicle Hauler Allied to Jack Cooper Transport

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware has given vehicle hauler Allied Systems Holdings the go-ahead to sell most of its assets to a rival auto transporter for $135 million.

Tags: Drivers, Bankruptcy, Teamsters

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Illinois DOT Establishes State Freight Advisory Council

The Illinois Department of Transportation has established the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council to provide a standing forum for coordination of freight multimodal planning in Illinois.

Tags: Illinois, Multimodal

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, GE Join Forces

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, GE Ventures and GE Energy Financial Services announced a consortium to jointly deliver liquefied natural gas in the United States.

Tags: GE, Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Fueling Station, Eagle LNG, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

DTNA Goes Beyond Trucks and Components with New Detroit Telematics Suite

The 7-inch touchscreen can be used by drivers wearing gloves.

Building on the success of its Virtual Technician product, Daimler Trucks North America is going full-bore ahead with telematics. It unveiled the Detroit Connect On-Board Tablet, which not only integrates with Virtual Technician and the Visibility fleet back-office software, but also offers hours of service, pre-and post-trip inspections, two-way messaging and navigation.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Detroit Diesel, Zonar, Daimler Trucks North America

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Withdraws Driver Training Proposal, Will Start Over

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is withdrawing its proposed rule for entry-level driver training and will start over with a new proposal. The agency explained in a Federal Register announcement that there are substantive problems with the proposal it has been working on since 2007.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Detroit DT12 Automated Manual Transmission Now Available for DD13 Engine

The Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission went into production earlier this year.

Detroit, Mich.--Detroit Diesel Corp. announced that the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission is now available for the Freightliner Cascadia equipped with the Detroit DD13 engine.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Transmissions, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Up, Building Permits Down

Residential construction starts in the United States during August rose on strength in the single-family home market, but underlying weakness in housing is still spilling into the overall economy.

Tags: Economy, Housing

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Bennett Motor Express Acquires Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging

Bennett Motor Express, McDonough, Ga has completed the purchase of Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based company since 1913.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Rates Drop Despite More Available Freight

Credit: DAT

A lot more freight has been available on the spot market over the past week, but it has also pushed rates down. New figures released from DAT show total spot market freight needing to be moved increased 22% September 8-14, compared to the previous seven days.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Report Critical of Some Tolling Agencies

GAO report is critical of bi-state tolling authorites including the Port Authority of NY and NJ, which runs the George Washington Bridge. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office report on bi-state tolling authorities that control some of the nation’s most heavily travelled routes, could set the stage for federal oversight of these groups, including when it comes to setting toll rates.

Tags: Tolls, Bridges, Port of New York and New Jersey

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

JOC: Teamsters Takes New Tack on Drayage Carriers

The game plan by the Teamsters Union when it comes to organizing truck drivers serving the nation’s ports is more diverse that it was just a few years ago, according to a new story from the Journal of Commerce.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Profit Jumps, Freight Division Sees Small Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

FedEx has reported increased profits and revenue during the first quarter of its fiscal year that ended August 31.

Tags: Fleet Financials, FedEx

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Shares Plans for Profitable Growth With Investment Community

Senior leaders of Cummins Inc. Tuesday shared their five-year plans for profitable growth, emphasizing the opportunities presented by tightening emissions regulations in many parts of the world and the acquisition of its distributors in North America.

Tags: Cummins, Earnings, Engines

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Restart Study Will Be Late

Photo: Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is not going to meet the September 30 deadline for completing its study of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, a Hill staff member reported.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, U.S. Congress

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