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June 3, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Freight, ABF Increase Rates 5.9%

UPS Freight and ABF announced separately that they will revise their general rates and charges. A general rate increase of 5.9% was announced for non-contractual shipments in the United States, Canada and Mexico. ABF stated that the effect on specific lanes and shipments will vary.

Tags: UPS, ABF, LTL, rates

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Construction Spending Increases, Manufacturing Declines

Total spending in the United State on construction remains volatile. while manufacturing has declined. A new report from the U.S. Commerce Department show construction spending in April increased 0.4% from the month before. In March activity fell 0.8%, after rising in February and declining 4% in January.

Tags: Economy, Construction, Manufacturing

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Expands Network to Include Canton, Texas

Pilot Flying J is expanding its nationwide network to include a Pilot Travel Center in Canton, Texas, featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the traveling public.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dead at 89

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., a longtime advocate of tough truck safety legislation, has died at age 89. Most recently, he reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits, continuing his long opposition to any easing of those standards.

Tags: New Jersey, U.S. Senate, Safety

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

NAFTA Superhighway Takes a Small Step Toward Reality

The Texas Transportation Commission has added more than 100 miles of highway in southern and northeastern part of the Lone Star state to the Interstate 69 system.

Tags: Texas, I-69, Highways, Cross-Border Trucking, Canada, Mexico

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Another Class Action Filed Against Flying J; Questions Arise Over Board Member

At least the 10th lawsuit has been filed against Pilot Flying J over allegations the company bilked trucking customers out of financial rebates, the second following the guilty pleas of two Pilot Flying J employees last week.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Fraud, Litigation

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

72-Hour Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Starts Tuesday

Starting today, Tuesday, June 4, and running 72 hours straight, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and its members across the United States, Canada and Mexico, will be participating in Roadcheck 2013, the 26th annual enforcement and outreach campaign promoting commercial vehicle safety.

Tags: Canada, CVSA, Enforcement

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

ABF, Teamsters Agree to Third Contract Extension

ABF Freight System and the Teamsters Union have reached another extension on the current labor agreement while they wait on rank and file members to vote on a new labor agreement between the two sides.

Tags: Teamsters, ABF

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

U.S., Canada Announce Binational Border Infrastructure Plan

The Canadian and U.S. governments are working to make trade flow more smoothly at the border. (Photo by Jim Park)

Officials with the United States and Canada have announced a binational border infrastructure plan to expedite traffic and freight movements between the two countries. It outlines the approach that the U.S. and Canada will take to coordinate plans for physical infrastructure upgrades at small and remote ports of entry.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. DOT, Canada

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J on Track to Get DEF at the Pump at Nearly All Locations

Pilot Flying J currently has diesel exhaust fluid at the pump at 3,407 lanes across 404 store locations.

Pilot Flying J says it is on track to offer diesel exhaust fluid at the pump at nearly every diesel lane at the company’s travel centers and travel plazas across the U.S. by October. Currently it's offered in 3,407 lanes across 404 store locations.

Tags: DEF, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

New Jersey Passes Misclassification Bill; Gov. Christie Could Veto

New Jersey port truckers would be considered employees under legislation passed Thursday.

Opponents of an "employee misclassification bill" passed Thursday by the New Jersey state Senate say they will continue to work to make sure the measure does not actually become law. The legislation creates a presumption that a work arrangement in the drayage trucking or parcel delivery trucking industries is an employer-employee relationship.

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Intermodal, Ports, Owner-Operators, Teamsters

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

Consumer Spending Retreats but Consumers are Very Upbeat

Consumers pulled back on their spending in April -- dropping 0.2% from a downwardly revised 0.1% increase in March -- but still have good confidence in the American economy, according to separate reports.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Spending

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond International Dealership Open in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International outgrew its Springfield, Mo., location and built a new, larger facility.

Diamond International of Springfield, a local International Truck dealership, has opened its new location at 2635 E. Diamond Street in Springfield, Mo. A formal grand opening featuring Nascar driver Jamie McMurray will be held on July 9.

Tags: Navistar, Natural Gas Vehicles, Missouri, Liquefied Natural Gas, Dealers

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

Haldex Names Reman Sales Manager

Haldex has named Tim Shaw national sales manager for reman components as well as two new directors of trailer sales.

Tags: Trailers, Aftermarket, Remanufacturing, Haldex

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks' Global Development Head Weiberg Retiring, to be Replaced by Ennerst

Georg Weiberg will retire after working for Daimler for more than 40 years. He was responsible for Engineering Mercedes-Benz Vans for ten years and has also had a big impact on Daimler Trucks’ development unit during the past seven years.

Georg Weiberg, who has had a big impact on Daimler Trucks' development unit over the past seven years, including rolling out the latest engine platforms, is retiring from Daimler. Effective August 1, 2013, Sven Ennerst will take on global responsibility for the development department at Daimler Trucks as his replacement.

Tags: Leadership, Global, Daimler Trucks North America

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Wabash Makes Senior Management Changes

Mark Weber has been named senior vice president - group president of the Diversified Products Group business segment.

Wabash National announced a number of senior management changes made to support the company's recently expanded business structure.

Tags: Leadership, Trailers, Wabash, Wabash National

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Former Ford Executive and Navistar Board Member Takes Navistar Global Quality VP Job

Navistar International Corporation has appointed Bill Osborne as senior vice president of global quality. The 52 year-old most recently served as senior vice president of Navistar's specialty business, including Navistar RV before coming to Navistar in April 2011.

Tags: Navistar

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

A Long History Shapes the Size and Weight Study

The Federal Highway Administration should have a pretty good idea of what to expect as it proceeds with its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights. The study, which Congress will use to decide on possible changes in current standards, is the latest in a long line of similar research.

Tags: FHWA, MAP-21, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

RICO Claim and Big Guns Highlight Latest in Pilot Flying J Saga

Litigation against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J continues to mount, while company officials have hired some big guns amid expectations the probe may soon widen. Trucking company Shoreline Transportation, based in Alabama, has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Alabama under the Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act, according to published reports.

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

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

EEOC Targets Trucking Companies for Harassment, Discrimination

One trucking company has agreed to pay to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, while the agency has filed separate litigation against another over claims of religious discrimination.

Tags: Litigation, EEOC, Drivers

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Restructuring at Schafer Gear Works

Shafer Gear Works, South Bend, Ind., is now doing business as Schafer Industries, with two divisions: Schafer Gear, the Gear Division, and Schafer Driveline, the Driveline Division.

Tags: Drivelines

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Carriers and Shippers Among Those Named to DOT Freight Committee

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the members of the National Freight Advisory Committee, which will provide advice and recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Freight, MAP-21, Infrastructure

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates and Loads Generally Higher Over Past Week

Spot market freight availability is increasing while rates have generally headed higher. New figures from the freight matching service provider DAT TransCore show spot market loads increased 11% for the seven days ending May 25 from the week before.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Family of Driver Killed in Crash Gets $6 Million Settlement

Two trucking companies have agreed to pay a total of more than $6 million to the family of a truck driver killed in a 2011 crash with a truck that had bald tires and improperly adjusted brakes.

Tags: Litigation, California, Drivers, Brakes, Tires

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

TA, Petro Offer 10W-30 Synthetic Blend Engine Oil

TravelCenters of America is offering low-viscosity, 10W-30 synthetic blend diesel engine oil, which can deliver fuel economy and other benefits, at all participating 24/7/365 TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube truck service facilities.

Tags: Maintenance, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

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