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April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Vermont Moves Closer to Increasing Fuel Taxes

Higher fuel taxes in Vermont are almost a forgone conclusion, with the state Senate on Friday approving a hike in an overwhelming decision.

Tags: Vermont, Fuel Tax, Legislation

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

ABF, Teamsters Agree To Contract Extension

ABF and the Teamsters still have a ways to go to come up with a contract both sides can agree on.

The Teamsters Union and Arkansas Best Freight System have agreed to another extension of the current labor contract, as the two sides seem far apart.

Tags: Arkansas Best, Teamsters, LTL

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Dealer of the Year Offers Career Advice to ATD Dealer Academy Graduates

HDT/ATD 2013 Truck Dealer of the Year Drew Linn, shown here in his Homewood, Ala., office, recently spoke to ATD Dealer Academy graduates.

The ability to listen is an important trait in being successful, said Drew Linn, the HDT/American Truck Dealers 2013 Truck Dealer of the Year in his recent commencement address to ATD Dealer Academy graduates.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Files Lawsuit Against Pilot Flying J Following FBI Raid

A lawsuit is seeking class action status to represent “all persons or entities who have sustained economic losses as a result of [Pilot Flying J’s] wrongful withholding of rebate funds.”

A trucking company has filed what is the first known lawsuit against truckstop operator Pilot Flying J stemming from allegations of fraud against its customers.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

ACT: Falling Class 8 Cancellations Precursor to Stronger Demand

Class 8 orders rose above 20,000 units for a sixth consecutive month in March, but fell sequentially for the first time since November, says ACT Research. However, cancellations fell to their lowest levels since Q3’10 for the second time in the past three months.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, ACT Research

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Expect Lane Closings on Westbound I-64 in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation is beginning work to remove an unstable area of soil on Afton Mountain above Interstate 64 at milepost 100.3. The emergency work will require intermittent closing the right lane of westbound I-64 from milepost 103 to milepost 100.

Tags: Virginia, Highways, I-64

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin Bill Would Encourage Drivers to Slow Down Around Garbage Trucks

Inspired by a sanitation worker who lost his leg in an accident, two Wisconsin legislators introduced legislation designed to get other drivers to drive more carefully around garbage trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Wisconsin, Refuse Trucks

April 21, 2013 - Industry News

Work on US 51 Ohio River Bridge to Restrict Truck Traffic This Summer

Trucks will have to be rerouted from the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., for approximately 70 days beginning in June, turning a 6-mile trip from Wickliffe to Cairo into a 80-mile detour.

Tags: Illinois, Kentucky, Highways

April 19, 2013 - Industry News

Court Rejects Plea to Halt Mexico Pilot Program

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Friday morning handed down a blanket dismissal of a bid by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters union to overturn the pilot.

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

April 19, 2013 - Industry News

Forward Air Earnings Improve in First Quarter

A trucking provider to the air cargo industry, Forward Air, reports both income and revenue during the first quarter of the year moved higher, despite a more challenging operating environment than expected.

Tags: Earnings, Forward Air, Fleet Financials

April 19, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Probe Alleges Pilot Flying J Defrauded Customers

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam said in a statement responding to FBI allegations that "any willful wrongdoing by any employee of this company at any time is intolerable."

Details have started to emerge following a raid by the FBI and IRS on the Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters of the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Diesel

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Werner Enterprises Profit Falls 18% in First Quarter

While Omaha, Neb.-based Werner Enterprises is hardly in any danger of going into the red, it didn’t pull in as much money in the first quarter of the year as it did during the same time in 2012, thanks to tougher winter weather conditions.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Werner Enterprises

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Carnegie Medal Goes to Goodyear 2011 Highway Hero

Mike Schiotis, here accepting the 2011 Goodyear Highway Hero Award, has been honored with the Carnegie Medal.

The winner of the 2011 Goodyear Highway Hero Award has been honored again – this time by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Michael Schiotis was among 22 individual to receive a Carnegie Medal, awarded to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.

Tags: Goodyear Highway Hero

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Kentucky Trailer Opens Detroit-Area Service Facility

Kentucky Trailer has opened its new 46,000-square-foot service and reconditioning facility at 53000 Grand River Avenue in New Hudson, Mich.

Tags: Michigan, Trailers

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Wheeltime to Sell Cojali Diagnostic Tool in North America

WheelTime Network is adopting, selling and servicing a newly released all-makes, total truck diagnostics software tool from Cojali USA. Cojali, Europe’s largest multi-brand diagnostic tool supplier, developed its recently enhanced North American Jaltest tool package with product testing assistance from WheelTime.

Tags: Diagnostics, WheelTime Network, Shop Tools

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Carriers Give Approval to Gulf Coast and East Cost Port Worker Contract

Worries in trucking about the possibility of a Gulf Coast and East Cost strike by longshoremen can finally be put away for several years.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Advantage PressurePro Announces Director of Sales

Jason Zaroor is the new director of sales for Advantage PressurePro.

Advantage PressurePro, a maker of commercial tire pressure monoring systems, named Jason Zaroor its new director of sales.

Tags: Tires, Advantage PressurePro

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Rod Nofziger Named OOIDA Chief Operating Officer

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has named Rod Nofziger chief operating officer.

Tags: OOIDA, Owner-Operators

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Michigan Considers Restructuring Diesel and Gasoline Taxes

More than two months after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called for increasing revenue for road and bridge projects, state lawmakers are considering a plan that would end some taxes on fuel and bring in new ones.

Tags: Michigan, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Fuel and Oil

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Index for Future U.S. Economic Activity Falls Slightly

The latest read on where the U.S. economy is heading suggests activity will slow a bit in the coming months.

Tags: Economy, The Conference Board

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens Location in San Antonio

Pilot Flying J announced the opening of a Pilot Travel Center in San Antonio, located off Interstate 37 at exit 125 at 4105 Loop 1604.

Tags: Texas, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Customers, Employees Donate More Than $2,800 to St. Christopher Fund

Customers and employees of TravelCenters of America, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers, have donated $2,811.26 to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides direct assistance to professional truck drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship.

Tags: Charity, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops, St. Christopher Fund

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Fatigue Management Program Near Completion

A coalition of U.S. and Canadian trucking interests are close to releasing a best-practices manual for fatigue management.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, ATRI, Con-Way, Fatigue management, Transport Canada, Canadian Trucking Alliance, Challenger Motor Freight, FMCSA, Drivers

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Double M Joins HDA Truck Pride

HDA Truck Pride announced the addition of its newest member, Double M Sales, located in Farmington, N.M.

Tags: HDA Truck Pride

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Assesses Navigation System Usage in the Industry

The American Transportation Research Institute released findings from the first phase of a two-part research initiative aimed at assessing the use of navigation systems in large trucks. This first phase of the research, which analyzed survey data from over 800 drivers and carriers, identifies different systems and how they are used, as well as industry perceptions of navigation system effectiveness.

Tags: GPS, ATRI

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