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July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Repairs to Closed Arizona Route Could Take More Than Two Years

Cutting back the mountain slope and constructing a gravity buttress wall is part of the proposed solution to repair U.S. 89 near Page, Ariz., which was damaged in a Feb. 20 landslide. The repairs, at an estimated cost of $40 million, could take more than two years to complete.

Tags: Arizona

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Grand Jury Reportedly Looking Into Pilot Flying J

Problems for truckstop operator Pilot Flying J and CEO Jimmy Haslam show no signs of letting up, as an Ohio TV station reports that a federal grand jury is looking into possible indictments.

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

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Streamlines Global Air Disc Brake Production for Improved Cost, Quality, Safety

Meritor's Cwmbran, Wales, brake manufacturing plant.

Meritor is reinvigorating a 75-year-old brake manufacturing facility in Wales, complete with a state-of-the-art engineering and test center, to meet expected increased demand in North American, European and emerging commercial vehicle markets.

Tags: Meritor, Air Brakes, Brakes, Global

July 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Changes Instructions for Off-Duty Time

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has simplified its instructions for driver off-duty time, issuing a new "guidance" regarding the need to get instructions from employers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

July 12, 2013 - Industry News

Check Out These Stories from the Fleet Safety Conference

A new Truck Track for the second annual Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., featured speakers and panelists on topics such as CSA, medium-duty trucks, driver health and driver scorecards.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

An Early Take on the Impact of the Hours of Service Changes

It is too soon to measure the full impact of the changes in the hours of service rule, but the carriers that will be most affected are high-output truckload fleets that have drivers out on the road for weeks at a time, says Noel Perry, an economist with FTR Associates.

Tags: HOS, FTR

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Eastbound I-84 in Portland, Ore., Closed This Weekend

The first of three weekend closures of Interstate 84 in Portland, Ore., will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, July 12 and end 5 a.m. Monday, July 15, as the Banfield Freeway paving project moves into high gear.

Tags: Oregon, Highways, I-84

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Inadequate Rates of Return Keeping Fleets from Buying

Many carriers still not seeing adequate rates of return, nor any relief in their ability to renegotiate accessorial charges, according to the 2nd quarter industry survey by Transport Capital Partners.

Tags: HOS, rates, TCP, Freight Rates

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Opens Two Natural Gas Fueling Stations in California

A Ryder technician fuels a CNG vehicle at Ryder's new natural gas fuel station in Fontana, Calif.

Ryder System has opened the first natural gas fueling stations in its North American network to serve both the general public and Ryder lease and rental customers, located in Orange and Fontana, Calif.

Tags: Natural Gas, California, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Rises in First Quarter

Large-fleet turnover is at its highest since the third quarter of 2012.

In the first quarter of 2013, the turnover rate at both large and small truckload carriers rose due to the improving economy and continued competition for well-trained professional drivers, reports the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Turnover

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Project at Port of Seattle to Demonstrate Diesel-to-Natural Gas Engine Conversion

Omnitek Engineering has been selected by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for a pilot project to demonstrate its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion technology for drayage trucks serving the Port of Seattle, Wash., in support of the Port's Clean Truck Program.

Tags: Natural Gas, Navistar, Natural Gas Vehicles, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Omnitek, Port of Seattle

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Carriers Gather for 30th TCA Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting

The Truckload Carriers Association’s Refrigerated Division is hosting its annual meeting this week on issues related to the operation of temperature-controlled trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Events, Reefers, TCA, Truckload, Refrigeration units

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

Import Freight Traffic Expected to be Slow in Summer, Pick up in Fall

Summer typically marks the doldrums of the import freight season, and this one will likely be no exception, but things are expected to pick up big time in the fall, according to the new Port Trucker forecast from the National Retail Federation.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Imports

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Turns Around in Early July Following Disappointing June

Credit: DAT

Rates on one of the nation’s largest spot freight markets improved the first part of July after trending downward most of last month. DAT reports from June 30 through July 6 the average rate for van and flatbeds moved 3.2% higher, compared to the previous seven days.

Tags: DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

Power Train Service Now Eaton Authorized Rebuilder

Power Train Service, an independent aftermarket parts and service provider, has been named an authorized rebuilder of Eaton transmissions, allowing it to offer a rebuilt transmission with 100% genuine Eaton parts.

Tags: Eaton, Aftermarket, Transmissions, Remanufacturing

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

No Change in FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for May

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for May at 12.4 is unchanged from the previous month, continuing to reflect a positive environment for trucking -- one that, combined with the new hours of service regulations restricting capacity, should result in some higher rates.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Freight Rates

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

North American Fatigue Management Program Now Available

The North American Fatigue Management Program is now available to motor carriers, drivers, government safety administrators and insurance companies. A coalition of Canadian, U.S., and Mexican trucking interests developed the program to provide carriers with a best-practices manual for implementing fatigue management in their operations.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, Fatigue, Fatigue management

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Report Shows Freight Shipments Higher in May Than April

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in May from April, rising after a one-month decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: Economy, TSI, Housing Starts

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

Urgent Care Travel Opens Location in Oklahoma City

Urgent Care Travel is opening a second location in Oklahoma City, the second location for the company, which plans to open as many as 100 urgent care facilities at Pilot Flying J travel centers.

Tags: Driver Health, Oklahoma, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Health, Fit to Drive

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

HDAW 2014 Theme to Focus on 'Driving Energy'

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week '14 conference organizers announced that “Driving Energy Into the Industry’s Future " is the theme for the annual conference, to be held Jan 27-30, 2014 at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Tags: Aftermarket, Events, HDAW

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

TransPower Gets Go-Ahead for Electric Drayage Truck Demo

TransPower has received the final piece of funding it needs to go ahead with a demonstration of advanced electric Class 8 drayage trucks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Navistar, Port of Los Angeles, California, EVs, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Long-Term Plan for Driver Fitness Rating

Federal safety officials have a vision for a driver fitness rating system, but it will take close to a decade to get it done. In a recent report to Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined a nine-year plan to develop the system, contingent on getting its other work done and obtaining the resources for the job.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Regulations

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

Court Strikes Down Diesel Tax on Railroads

Railroads have gotten a break in Alabama when it comes to competing with trucking, thanks to a court ruling regarding diesel fuel tax purchases.

Tags: Railroads, Diesel Tax, Alabama, taxes

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

HDT Adds Another Award-Winning Trucking Journalist

Rolf Lockwood is writing a monthly column for HDT.

Rolf Lockwood, a highly respected and experienced trucking journalist, has a new monthly column in HDT as part of an arrangement that also will see an exchange of other content between two award-winning magazines.

July 9, 2013 - Industry News

PrePass Participation Tops 450,000

Help’s PrePass truck safety screening service has reached an all-time high enrollment with more than 450,000 trucks now participating in the service.

Tags: Help Inc., PrePass

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