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August 26, 2013 - Industry News

First Public Access CNG Station Opens in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Trillium CNG and Golden Eagle Distributors Inc. opened Casa Grande's first public access heavy-duty compressed natural gas station.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Expansion

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Walmart Transportation's Gary Harms is National Truck Driving Grand Champion

Gary Harms, a Walmart Transportation professional truck driver based in Olathe, Kan., was named the 2013 National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

Tags: ATA, NTDC, National Truck Driving Championships

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA Names Grand Champion for North American Inspectors Championship

Derek Canard, of the Arkansas Hihgway Police, was awarded the Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion Award at NAIC 2013.

A group of 52 of the best of the best roadside inspectors representing jurisdictions across North America gathered in Salt Lake City, August 19-23, 2013, to compete in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship.

Tags: CVSA, NAIC

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Worker Deaths Fall in 2012, Trucking Still has High Fatality Rate

A preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011, according to a new report from the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Drivers, Highway Fatalities, Indiana

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Halvor Lines Wins TCA’s Third Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown

The Truckload Carriers Association announced the winners of the 3rd North American Battle of Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown. Halvor Lines Inc., of Superior, Wis., swept the competition, with its team winning the company contest and one of its driver managers, Keith Kitch, also a resident of Superior, Wis., taking the top honor for individuals.

Tags: TCA, Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Orders and Shipments Drop in July

New orders for long-lasting durable goods in the United States took a dive in July.

Tags: Economy

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Caltrans to Close I-80/Bay Bridge for Labor Day Weekend

The California Department of Transportation is urging travelers who will be making a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area during Labor Day weekend to plan ahead and choose an alternate route now, because the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, along Interstate 80, will be closed.

Tags: San Francisco, California, I-80, Interstate 80

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Woman Faces Multiple Charges Over Drug Test Results

A federal grand jury returned a 25-count indictment, charging a California woman for falsifying commercial driver drug test results.

Tags: Regulations, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Will Hold Carriers Responsible for Dispatching Non-Compliant Owner Operators

Businesses that dispatch vehicles or owner operators in California must verify that each contracted vehicle is in compliance with the California Truck & Bus regulation or has reported compliance to the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: CARB, California, Owner-Operators, Clean Air Retrofit

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Reminder: Highway Use Tax Return Due Sept. 3

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Tags: IRS, taxes, Trucks

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts New Carrier Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has completed a years-long effort to streamline and simplify its registration system. In a notice posted Friday, the agency spelled out the changes that will take effect when the new regime kicks in a little over two years from now.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Two Recalls Issued for Volvo Trucks

The first of two new recalls by Volvo Trucks involves 381 model year 2013-2014 VNL vehicles manufactured April 2, 2012, through May 3, 2013 that are equipped with a Meritor RPL-20 driveline transmission.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Congressmen Press for Completion of 34-Hour Restart Study

A group of congressmen are pressing the Department of Transportation for a firm date to finish a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Two Out of Three Reports Show Growth

Three important economic reports rolled in the past few days, with a split decision over sales of homes, while a third one measuring where the overall economy is headed shows continued growth and possibly greater economic strength.

Tags: Economy

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Changing Bridge Weight Limits Starting August 29

Pennsylvania DOT Secretary Barry Schoch has authorized his department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges.

Tags: Drivers, Pennsylvania, Highway Funding, Road Construction, Bridges

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-65/I-70 Soon to Close for About Two Months

Credit: Indiana DOT

The Indiana Department of Transportation is launching an accelerated project that will close Interstate 65 and Interstate 70 between the north and south splits on the east side of downtown Indianapolis for approximately 59 days to reconstruct and lower one-half mile of pavement beneath seven bridges.

Tags: Indiana, I-70, Road Construction, Interstate 70, Interstate 65, I-65

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Traffic This Labor Day Expected to be Highest in Several Years

Credit: AAA

Trucking can likely expect bigger traffic delays during the upcoming Labor Day holiday than they have experienced over the past few years

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Qualcomm Selling Omnitracs Transportation and Logistics Business to Vista Equity Partners

Qualcomm announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Omnitracs subsidiary to Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm. Omnitracs was a pioneer in in-cab communication, developing the first widely used satellite tracking and communications system for truck fleets, and today offers a variety of fleet management and telematics solutions.

Tags: Telematics, Qualcomm, Technology, Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, Omnitracs

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Group Challenges Insinuations in Pilot Flying J Case

The head of the Arkansas Trucking Association has responded to claims involving litigation against Pilot Flying J, while a judge on Thursday delayed a decision as to whether Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam will be forced to give a deposition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Questions about the role of a key player in the litigation against Pilot Flying J prompted a strong rebuttal from the trucking company group. Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, said in a statement that he created National Trucking Financial Reclamation Services last April to seek justice for trucking companies that allegedly had been defrauded by Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation, Truckstops

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Freightliner’s 122SD, Coronado’s Replacement, Enters Production

The 122SD replaces the Coronado SD, which it resembles, as Freightliner’s “cornerstone” severe-service model.

Freightliner Trucks’ 122SD severe-duty model has gone into full production at its Santiago, Mexico, plant. The truck replaces the Coronado SD, which it resembles, as the builder’s “cornerstone” vocational vehicle, according to Mary Aufdemberg, Freightliner’s director of product marketing.

Tags: Freightliner, Class 8, Severe Duty, Vocational

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Value of Cargo Theft Increases

The level of cargo thefts from trucking is nearly unchanged over the past three months, but the average value of each theft has risen dramatically, according to FreightWatch International's latest report.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Closure of I-95 South in Virginia Friday Night/Saturday Morning

On Friday during overnight hours, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close all lanes on I-95 south at the Fairfax County Parkway to place a 109-ton steel box beam across the lanes that will support a flyover ramp for the new 95 Express Lanes.

Tags: Virginia, Road Construction, I-95, Interstate 95

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

First Kenworth Powered by ISX12 G Natural Gas Engine Delivered

Kenworth delivered its first full-production truck powered by the new 400-hp Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine during a special roll-out ceremony Tuesday before employees at the Kenworth assembly plant in Renton, Wash.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Cummins ISX12 G, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Smith Electric to Form Joint Venture in Taiwan

Smith Electric Vehicles has signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture with Taikang Technology Corp. in Taiwan. Taikang Technology, a commercial vehicle manufacturer in Taiwan, has twenty-five years of automotive experience and has expertise in upfitting specialized municipal commercial vehicles.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Mergers & Acquisitions, EVs, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Global

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign to Benefit St. Christopher Fund

TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, launched its annual campaign in support of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that helps truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems.

Tags: TA, Petro, Events, St. Christopher Fund

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