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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, HOS, U.S. Congress

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

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Four-Wheelers Less Concerned Than Before Over Dangerous Driving Behaviors

The number of people who believe that texting or emailing while driving is a very serious threat declined from 87% in 2009 to 81% in 2012.

According to a new survey from AAA, Americans are less likely than they used to be to perceive a serious threat from dangerous driving behaviors such as drunk, aggressive or drowsy driving.

Tags: Drivers, AAA, Distracted Driving, Safety & Compliance

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Windsor Folks Sue Bridge Owners for $10 million

Citizens living on the Canadian side of the Ambassador Bridge have sued the American owners of the bridge for $10 million.

A few citizens living on the Canadian side of the Ambassador Bridge have sued the American owners of the bridge for $10 million, claiming that the company has caused such severe degradation to their part of town that they can no longer enjoy their homes.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Ambassador Bridge

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

HDT Looking for Greenest Fleets

Heavy Duty Trucking is looking for fleets that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels and greenhouse gas emissions for its November issue on Top Green Fleets.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, MPG, Emissions

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Ancra Promotes Mark Daugherty to President, GM

Ancra International has promoted Mark Daugherty to president and general manager of the Cargo Systems Division effective Aug. 15.

Tags: Leadership, Ancra

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

P.S.I. Expands Quality Control Lab

Pressure Systems International has completed an expansion to their San Antonio quality control laboratory and product testing facility.

Tags: Expansion, PSI

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Below Expectations in July

Even with the appropriate seasonal perspective, trailer order volume was below expectations in July. July net orders of 12,739 units were down 17% month-over-month.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driver Was Distracted Before Bridge Crash, NTSB Says

A truck driver reported that he was distracted just before he ran into the car in front of him, pushing it off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Maryland

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Lawsuit Against Swift Transportation Certified as Class Action

Swift potentially faces claims from drivers over how they were paid. Photo: Evan Lockridge

More than nine years after a suit was first filed against the carrier Swift Transportation, over claims it cheated drivers out of compensation, it has been certified as a class action.

Tags: Drivers, Litigation, Swift Transportation

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Remain Strong Despite Weekly Drop

Spot market freight rates are remaining stronger than usual for this time of year says DAT. Credit: DAT

Freight rates on one leading spot market have declined over the past week, but they remain stronger than usual for this time a year, especially in two sectors.

Tags: Freight, Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Transportation Industry Bands Together to Support 9/11 Remembrance Project

The Remembrance Rescue Project is a non-profit firefighter support organization has restored the only two surviving heavy rescue trucks to respond to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. On Sept. 11, 2001, the entire unit of nine firefighters with the Fire Department, City of New York Rescue 4 unit and 11 firefighters with the Rescue 5 unit lost their lives trying to save others at the World Trade Center complex.

Tags: Fire Trucks, Events

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Recognizes Four Fleet Innovators

Four fleets were honored as “exceptional” innovators at PeopleNet’s annual Customer Appreciation Dinner during the company’s users conference Tuesday in San Antonio.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Group Questions NTSB Straight Truck Safety Recommendations

The NAFA Fleet Management Association has raised concerns about straight truck safety recommendations issued earlier this summer by the National Transportation Safety Board after a study found they were not as safe as their larger counterparts.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, CDL, trucks, U.S. DOT, Medium-Duty Trucks, Private Fleets

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