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December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Congressional Budget Doesn’t Cut Highway Funding

Less than a week after the U.S. House passed the budget deal agreed upon by both chambers, the Senate on Wednesday passed the bill that outlines spending levels for two years by a vote of 64-36.

Tags: Legislation, Oil Prices, Budget, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

More States Issue Emergency Hauling Declarations

Emergency hauling declarations, suspending hours of service rules for truck drivers, are piling up across the nation.

Tags: FMCSA, Gasoline, Drivers, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, Diesel Fuel, Weather, Propane Transport

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Jumps 2.7% in November Hitting Record High

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7% in November, after falling 1.9% in October.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage, Freight

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

DEF Prices Stable in U.S. and Canada

It turning out that prices for diesel exhaust fluid are one of the few things in trucking that you can count on remaining nearly the same month after month.

Tags: Diesel Exhaust Fluid

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar's Turnaround Progress Overshadowed by Warranty Problems

The International Lonestar was the final Class 8 model to get the Cummins ISX engine with SCR.

While Navistar has made substantial progress in its Drive to Deliver turnaround program, it still reported worse financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter than it had aimed for. Executives said the main culprits were industry truck sales levels that didn't pick up as soon as expected, and the continuing high warranty costs for its legacy all-EGR EPA-2010 engines.

Tags: EPA 2010, Navistar, SCR, International Trucks, Earnings, Engines, Emissions

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Comment Period for Proposed CSA/SMS Website Changes

The website has come under fire by some trucking groups over what they believe are misrepresentations on the site when it comes to safety records and actual carrier performance.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety & Compliance, SMS

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Freight and UPS Parcel Teamsters to Vote Next Month

After rejecting an earlier contract, Teamsters Union members at less-than-truckload carrier UPS Freight are set to vote next month on a new labor agreement.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Lowers Fourth Quarter Earnings Expectations

Trucking company Swift Transportation has announced it expects adjusted earnings per share to range between 33 and 36 cents per share for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to its previous expectation of 40 cents per share.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Gross Domestic Product Clocks In at Perky 4.1% Increase

The American economy expanded more in the third quarter of the year than earlier projections, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New HOS Rules Could Mean Higher Consumer Costs

New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours-of-service regulations for truckers could mean increased costs for consumers, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, HOS

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Selects Vehicle Types for Truck Size and Weight Study

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Federal Highway Administration has chosen the types of vehicles it will compare in its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights, and is gathering reams of data on how these configurations would affect safety, infrastructure, enforcement and competition among the modes.

Tags: FHWA, Size and Weight

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

November Class 8 Orders Disappoint; Medium Duty Demand on Gradual Rise

After a high-side surprise in October, Class 8 orders provided some low-side disappointment in November. For the month, new and net orders were 22,231 and 21,255 units, respectively.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Announces Leadership Changes in Truck Unit

J. B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., announced the following leadership changes in its Truck business unit.

Tags: Leadership, J.B. Hunt

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Work Truck Show 2014 Announces More Tailored Green Truck Ride-and-Drive

To keep pace with the evolving advanced truck technologies and alternative fuels vehicle market, the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive at The Work Truck Show 2014 will include a closed-access driving area in addition to the traditional open road test drive course.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Events

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Andrews Logistics Acquires Andrews Transport

Andrews Logistics, an asset-based transportation and logistics company specializing in bulk liquid and hazardous materials transport, has acquired Andrews Transport LP, a bulk liquid petroleum and chemical products transportation provider based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Appoints Gordon Exel as President

Cummins Westport Inc. announced that Gordon Exel, Westport vice president, sales and marketing, has been appointed as president of CWI effective Jan. 1, 2014, for the final year of Westport's three-year term to nominate the president.

Tags: Leadership, Cummins Westport

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Increase 1.8% in November

Truckload linehaul rates in November were 1.8% above the same month last year, according to the latest Cass Truckload Linehaul index.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Port Trucking Companies Say They’re Exempt From California Laws

Trucking companies accused by California of intentionally misclassifying truck drivers a independent contractors, rather than employee drivers, say there is nothing the state can do about it.

Tags: California, Port Trucking, Owner Operators, Independent Contractors

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Insurance Company Founder Indicted

The founder and one-time head of a group that sells insurance to truck drivers has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using numerous foreign trusts and secret Cayman Island bank accounts as part of a scheme to avoid paying more than $7 million in income taxes and for lying to federal authorities.

Tags: Drivers, Insurance, FBI, Owner-Operators

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Slide, Fed Eases Back on Economic Stimulus

UPDATED -- Existing home sales in the United States have fallen for the third straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors, but it’s not due to lack of interest from prospective buyers.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Federal Reserve

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Switching from Expansion to Integration Following Dealer Purchases

From left, All-Around Grand Champion Jason Swann is congratulated by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and company Chairman Rusty Rush at the Tech Skills Rodeo banquet on Tuesday night. Building team spirit is part of the Rush culture.

Rush Enterprises must integrate its new Navistar dealerships into the company's operations and "culture" in the coming year, Chairman and CEO Rusty Rush says.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, NASCAR, Technician, Parts

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Chooses Configurations for Size and Weight Study

The Federal Highway Administration will look at eight types of tractor-trailer combinations in its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights.

Tags: FMCSA, FHWA, Size and Weight

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Transport America Files for Initial Public Offering

Truckload and logistics services provider, Transport America, has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.

Tags: IPO, Transport America

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Recalling Some ProStar Models

Navistar is recalling more than 2,800 model year 2013-2014 International ProStar sleeper cab vehicles manufactured Dec. 12, 2012, through Aug. 8, of this year.

Tags: International, Navistar, Recalls, NHTSA

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Considers Changing Driver Vision Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to ease its standards for granting exemptions to driver vision requirements.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Driver Safety

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