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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

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Market Reports Banner Q2

The year began below what many companies had expected, though economic growth, the aftermath of winter storms and new housing starts made for a fairly strong Q2. In fact, many of the up-and-coming freight brokerages reported banner months in Q2 as their strategies took market share from competitors and they grew the overall size of the brokerage market.

Tags: Freight Market

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Projects Slow, Steady Growth for NAFTA-market Air Disc Brakes

Air disc brakes are not yet the dominant choice for trailer brakes, but market share is increasing.

Fleet interest in air disc brakes is growing, Meritor says, but time-tested and trusted drum brakes will dominate the market for some time to come.

Tags: Brakes, Meritor, Air Brakes

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Jacobs Vehicle Systems Appoints New President

Jacobs Vehicle Systems, a manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation mechanisms, announced that Sergio Sgarbi was appointed President effective July 22 after completing his three month immersion process.

Tags: Leadership, Jacobs Vehicle Systems

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates and Loads Show a Few Signs Of Improvement

Credit: DAT.

DAT reports from July 7-13 the number of loads increased in the U.S. by 2.7% compared to the previous seven days, however, two out of three sectors showed a drop in number of loads to trucks.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Prime Launches Military Fast Track Campaign in North Carolina

At the beginning of 2013, an estimated 844,000 veterans were unemployed and looking for work, including 252,000 post 9/11 veterans. According to the White House report, “Fast Track to Civilian Employment,” there is somewhere between 240,000 to 360,000 service members who separate from the military each year. A million more are expected over the next several years.

Tags: Veterans, Prime Inc.

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Revised Pilot Flying J Settlement Covers Longer Period for Claims

The truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has revised a settlement it reached last week with eight trucking companies that filed suit against it earlier this year over claims it cheated them out of fuel rebates and discounts.

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

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Industry Net Orders Up 7% in June

Nearly 15,400 net trailer orders were received in June, up 7% from May. This update on industry performance was reported in the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Knight Profit Edges Downward in Second Quarter

Knight's non-asset service offerings saw revenue growth of 64%, says Kevin Knight, chairman and CEO.

Phoenix-based truckload and logistics services provider Knight Transportation reports profit in the second quarter of the year declined slightly, despite an uptick in revenue.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Earnings, Knight Transportation

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driving Jobs Ranked as One of Toughest to Fill

More than a third of hiring managers currently have positions that have remained open for 12 weeks or longer, according to new research by the online lob listing service CareerBuilder. Among the hardest to fill are slots for truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Congress Working on Highway Funding for Next Year

Congress is wrestling with two highway funding bills for the 2014 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, but only one has gotten an endorsement from President Obama.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure, Legislation

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Looks for Highway Trust Fund Fix

At a hearing on the Highway Trust Fund Tuesday it was clear that the key House transportation committee has some distance to go before it can achieve consensus on how the fund could be made whole, or even if it should be preserved.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Infrastructure, Highways, Infrastructure Funding

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Major Court Decision Against Three 'Hot Fuel' Claims

Late last week a federal judge in California ruled to dismiss three cases against Chevron filed by plaintiffs who claimed the oil and fuel giant failed to disclose the effect warmer temperatures have when it comes to dispensing fuel at the pumps causing customers to overpay.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hair Testing More Reliable for Detecting Illegal Drug Use, HHS Panel Told

Five years of dual testing data from the trucking industry, which included over 200,000 DOT driver candidates from more than 25 different motor carriers, demonstrates that urine testing by itself is no longer effective for pre-employment screening.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

NTEA Presents Two Industry Events in September

The New Model Truck Product Conference is scheduled for Sept. 10-12, 2013, at the Adoba Hotel Dearborn/Detroit (formerly Hyatt Dearborn Hotel) in Dearborn, Mich.

Tags: NTEA, Events

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