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May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Speed Limiter Proposal Returned to NHTSA

Just over a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted a proposed regulation to require speed limiters on big rigs to the DOT, it has been returned to the agency without approval.

Tags: Speed Limiter, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

North America Exceeds 1,000 Locations Offering DEF at the Pump

TravelCenters of America is one of the truckstop chains where DEF is available at many pumps.

The North American retail diesel exhaust fluid network reached a landmark figure last month with over 1,000 locations offering diesel exhaust fluid at the fuel island. Currently, there are 1,025 such locations, an increase of 553 since April 2012.

Tags: DEF, SCR, Truckstops

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

I-81 Reopens Near Harrisburg, Pa.

Traffic in both directions near Harrisburg, Pa., has reopened following a tanker crash and fire that closed the route last Thursday.

Tags: Pennsylvania, I-81, Interstate 81, Highways

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

2014 Sprinter Van Gets Fresh Styling, Powertrain, Safety Features

Volker Morningweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, presents the new M-B-badged Sprinter.

Mercedes-Benz executives picked Düsseldorf, Germany, the source of the Sprinter van, to present their extensively revised 2014 model for North America. It gets fresh styling, a new diesel and automatic transmission, and more accident-avoidance features.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania's Operation Code R.E.D. Inspects 395 Food Trucks

The Pennsylvania State Police announced the results of Operation Code R.E.D. (Refrigerated Enforcement Detail) refrigerator food truck inspection enforcement effort held on April 23.

Tags: Inspections

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Price Moves Higher for First Time in 11 Weeks

After falling for 10 straight weeks, the average U.S. cost of diesel has done an about-face. Gasoline is higher for the second straight week but oil is slightly lower.

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

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Increasing Fuel Taxes for Transportation

The new law also limits putting tolls along the state’s section of I-95.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed legislation Monday raising billions of dollars for transportation that includes new taxes on fuel. They may go even higher depending on what happens to legislation on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Virginia, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Highways, Infrastructure Funding, I-95, Tolls

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland I-95 Welcome Centers to Close for Daytime Paving

The Maryland State Highway Administration advises travlers that a paving project starting Monday, May 13, will require daytime closures of the I-95 Welcome Center rest areas in Howard County. The closures will affect one welcome center at a time, beginning with the southbound side on May 13.

Tags: Maryland, Road Construction

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Schwerman Trucking Co. Celebrates 100 Years

Schwerman Trucking Co. announced the 100th anniversary of the company. A century after its founder, Fred Schwerman, Sr. built the first truck to haul agricultural products to local markets, his grandson, Jack Schwerman is proud to lead this dry bulk carrier.

Tags: Anniversary

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Survey: Productivity is Top Focus for U.S. Truck Fleets

Forty-four percent of fleet managers cited maximizing productivity as their primary concern in managing their company’s truck fleet, according to a recent survey conducted by GE Capital Fleet Services.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Retail Sales Rise in April

Retail sales in the United State edged slightly higher in April after falling the month before, but analysts say the gains are broad-based.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor's Pedro Ferro to Serve as Heavy Duty Leadership Conference Keynote

Meritor Senior Executive Pedro Ferro will serve as the opening keynote speaker at the University of the Aftermarket’s Heavy Duty Leadership education conference which kicks off on July 21, 2013, at Northwood University’s campus in Midland, Michigan.

Tags: Meritor, Events, Colleges and Universities

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Iowa DOT Supports Truckers Against Trafficking Initiative

The Iowa Department of Transportation is partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking to combat the trafficking of human beings. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are at risk to enter the sex for sale industry each year.

Tags: Iowa, TAT

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Breaks Ground on New Travel Center in Odessa, Texas

Pilot Flying J announced it is breaking ground on a new Pilot Travel Center in Odessa, Texas. The travel center will feature full amenities for area residents, professional drivers and the traveling public.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

WheelTime Network Companies Become AGP Authorized Dealers

American Power Group Corp. announced that all 18 WheelTime Network member companies have become APG Authorized Dealers and will begin to create a full-service network including sales, certified installation, warranty diagnostics and post-install maintenance for APG's CNG and LNG dual-fueled vehicular conversions.

Tags: WheelTime Network, APG

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index For March Continues Favorable Trend

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for March as reported in the May 2013 Trucking Update reflected improvement in an already favorable environment for trucking with an additional increase to a reading of 13.12.

Tags: FTR, TCI

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Night-time Lane Closures Scheduled for Minnesota's Interstates 94 and 35E

Travelers may encounter nightly delays beginning May 13 at the I-94/I-35E Capitol Interchange in St. Paul.

Tags: Road Construction

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Includes New Truck Track

The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature an education track focused on heavy-duty vehicles coordinated by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.

May 12, 2013 - Industry News

VIDEO: About the Detroit DT12 Automated Manual Transmission

Daimler Trucks North America recently rolled out production of its new Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission, which it believes will help boost acceptance of AMTs in North America. HDT's editors were there in Germany and brought back this video.

Tags: Transmissions, Detroit, Daimler Trucks North America

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Blast YRC, ABF Over Talks

Teamsters Union President James Hoffa Friday had some harsh words for LTL giant YRC Worldwide following news that it tried to purchase competitor Arkansas Best, which owns ABF, calling the move "unconscionable."

Tags: Arkansas, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, ABF, YRC, LTL

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

New Jersey Cargo Theft Bill Signed into Law

On May 9, New Jersey Gov. Christie signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible that cracks down on cargo theft in New Jersey. The measure is named the "Lt. Scott Jenkins Law" in memory of a founding member of the State Police Cargo Theft Unit, and is sponsored by 17 other Assembly Republicans.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Security, New Jersey

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Additional Rules for Trucker Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver's medical certification status.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

Tanker Crash Closes Section of I-81 in Pennsylvania

UPDATED -- Because a tanker fire has closed I-81 in the Harrisburg, Pa., area, the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Harrisburg East (#247) and Carlisle (#226), is being used as an alternate route. Tolls are being waived for all vehicles that enter and exit at those two interchanges only.

Tags: Pennsylvania, I-81, Highways

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Slams Homeland Security Department Over TWIC Card Readers

An official manually checks a driver's TWIC credentials at the Port of Tacoma.

A new Government Accountability Office report to Congress has some far from kind words about the Transportation Security Administration and biometric readers used in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and coordinated along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tags: Department of Homeland Security, GAO, TWIC, TSA, Security, Ports, Intermodal

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

Haslam Hitting PR Trail Following Pilot Flying J Allegations

Charges haven’t been filed following a raid on his company’s headquarters, but Pilot Flying J chief Jimmy Haslam seems to have already embarked on a tour to rehabilitate his image and that of his family's company.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

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