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July 29, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Releases Analysis on Mobile Devices in Trucking

Saying they wanted to clarify some misconceptions in the marketplace regarding mobile devices, PeopleNet, Minnetonka, Minn., released an analysis comparing the mobile options of BYOD (bring your own device) and COPE (company-owned, personally enabled).

Tags: Technology, PeopleNet

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Whilamut Passage Bridge Opens

The I-5 Whilamut Passage Bridge over the Willamette River was recently completed, and will reduce congestion and improve freight movement through the critical corridor.

Tags: Highway Construction

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Error Key in Fatal School Bus Crash, NTSB Finds

A fatal collision between a school bus and a truck probably was caused by the bus driver’s mistake and made more severe by the truck being overweight and speeding, said the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tags: Accidents, NTSB

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Sustainability Report Details Fuel Use Reduction of 1.3 Million Gallons in 2012

UPS released its latest sustainability report, which details the progress the company made that year toward making its overall operations more environmentally friendly and offers specifics on how it is managing its fleet to meet its larger goals.

Tags: Sustainability, UPS

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Second Quarter Net Income Decreased Y-o-Y

Rush Enterprises Inc., which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced that for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, the company's net income was $5.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with net income of $17.4 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, financials

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Appoints Nancy Gougarty as President and COO

Westport Innovations announced that Nancy Gougarty has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Westport after resigning her position on the company's board of directors.

Tags: Leadership, Westport

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond International Completes Service Expansion in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International of Springfield, a local International commercial truck dealership, recently opened its new location at 2635 E. Diamond Street in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: Expansion, Dealer

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Judges Mull Consolidating Remaining Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The fate of about a dozen lawsuits against Pilot Flying J now rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges in Maine. The suits, which all stem from allegations the truckstop chain cheated customers out of fuel rebates, could be consolidated into one class action.

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

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Faces Lawsuit Over Background Checks

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act in how it conducted background checks. The suit says more than 10,000 applicants were affected.

Tags: Drivers, Swift Transportation, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Litigation

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Economic Numbers Hit Multi-Year Highs

While American’s are split on how President Obama is handling the economy, the latest numbers out show things are decidedly on the upswing, with increasing consumer confidence, rising home prices and steady job gains.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Covenant, Pacer, Saia, UTI, P.A.M. Report Financials

More carriers have reported second quarter financial results, with both Covenant Transport and Universal Truckload showing a decline in profit, Pacer showing a slighter bigger one, and Saia and P.A.M. showing increases in both profit and revenue.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings, Saia, Universal Truckload, Fleet Financials

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds Mexico Pilot Program

UPDATED- A federal appeals court upheld the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters union to declare the program illegal.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA, Teamsters, NAFTA

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Obama, Congress Talk Infrastructure Funding

President Barack Obama talks with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx aboard Air Force One during the flight to Jacksonville, Fla., where the president called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class. (White House photo)

As Congress squares for the fight over 2014 transportation spending and long-term transportation policy, President Obama called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class.

Tags: Intermodal, U.S. DOT, White House, Panama Canal, FMCSA, Congress

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Earnings Increase Due to Pickup in Truckload and Intermodal Operations

The multi-service trucking provider Swift Transportation saw an increase in both earnings and revenue during the second quarter of the year. The Arizona-based operation posted a profit of $42.9 million compared to $33.7 million from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Earnings, Swift Transportation

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

I-80 Challenge Ups Law Enforcement on Roads

Yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa with the the Interstate 80 Challenge was offically launched. The I-80 Challenge is a multi-state awareness and high-visibility enforcement effort to encourage all drivers to drive safely on the Interstate 80 corridor and to support the efforts of the law enforcement officers. The challenge runs from July 24 to July 31.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, I-80

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Capacity Growth Among Carriers Remains Flat

In the second-quarter survey, 65% of carriers indicated they plan to increase capacity. This presents no notable change from first-quarter 2013 and second-quarter 2012 percentages.

Tags: TCP, Capacity

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Fuel Taxes Move Higher on Wednesday

Fuel taxes in Massachusetts will increase, after lawmakers there overrode Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick’s veto of the state transportation budget.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Massachusetts, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Cleveland Indians To Host First Annual “Women In Transportation” Event

The Cleveland Indians are partnering with the Women In Trucking Association to honor all women in transportation careers. The event will take place at Progressive Stadium during the Cleveland Indians versus Texas Rangers game on July 28.

Tags: Events, WIT

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Biodiesel on Pace for Record Year

Boosted by strong federal policy aimed at diversifying the transportation fuels market, the U.S. biodiesel industry reached a new production record for the first half of the year and is on pace for its best year ever, according to new EPA figures.

Tags: Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Pana-Pacific and Skybitz to Partner

Skybitz and Pana-Pacific announced a partnership agreement that allows Pana-Pacific to market and resell SkyBitz trailer tracking and management products to the transportation and logistics markets.

Tags: Information Technology, SkyBitz, Trailers

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Collapsed Bridge Along I-5 to Get Retrofits for Trucks, More Closures on The Way

Following the installation of a new permanent replacement span, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin upgrading and retrofitting the remaining sections of the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Landstar Profit and Revenue Falls

Asset-light trucking company Landstar System has reported a second quarter downturn in profit and business but expects a pickup in the current quarter.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Earnings, Landstar

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Profit Soars in Second Quarter

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line has reported a big boost in profit and business for the second quarter of the year as well as the first half of 2013.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters, UPS Freight Extend Current National Agreement

The Teamsters Union and UPS Freight have agreed to an extension of the current UPS Freight National Agreement in order to give the parties time to continue negotiations. This means that the current agreement will remain in place until the agreement has been revoted and accepted by the members.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

USA Narrows Loss on Higher Revenue

Arkansas-based USA Truck announced improved year-over-year financial results for the second quarter of the year, with an 7.7% increase in revenue and a lower net loss than the same time last year.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Earnings, USA Truck

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