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March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Kirk Altrichter, Gordon Trucking, Named TMC General Chairman

Kirk Altrichter, vice president of Gordon Trucking, Pacific, Wash., was installed as the 2013-2014 general chairman and treasurer of the Technology & Maintenance Council, a technical council of American Trucking Associations, during TMC’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn., March 11-14.

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

XRS to Launch Driver Xperience Board

XRS Corp. (formerly Xata Corporation) announced that it will launch its Driver Xperience Board - a "listening panel" made up of truck drivers from diverse segments of the industry - with a special event during the Mid-American Trucking Show, Thursday, March 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tags: XRS, Mid-America Trucking Show, Event

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Agriculture Hauler Exemptions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration yesterday posted rule exemptions for agricultural transporters that were ordered up in last year’s highway law.

Tags: FMCSA

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Takes on Size and Weight, Logs, HOS

Legislators homed in on top trucking issues such as truck sizes and weights, electronic logs and driver hours of service at a House hearing yesterday.

Tags: HOS, FHWA, EOBRs, CVSA

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Making a Left-Hand Turn While Talking on a Hands-Free Phone Is a Risky Combination

Most serious traffic accidents occur when drivers are making a left-hand turn at a busy intersection. When those drivers are also talking on a hands-free cell phone, "that could be the most dangerous thing they ever do on the road," said Dr. Tom Schweizer, a researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Tags: Distracted Driving

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Underride Guards on Most Big Rigs Leave Passenger Vehicle Occupants at Risk, IIHS Says

Modern semitrailers for the most part do a good job of keeping passenger vehicles from sliding underneath them, greatly increasing the chances of surviving a crash into the back of a large truck, recent tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show. But in crashes involving only a small portion of the truck's rear, most trailers fail to prevent potentially deadly underride.

Tags: IIHS, Underride Guard, NHTSA

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

NICB Says Staged Accidents Targeting Big Rigs Could Turn Deadly

The National Insurance Crime Bureau warned drivers in the Las Vegas area to be on the lookout for criminals targeting trucks in a deliberate attempt to cause an accident for the purpose of collecting insurance money.

Tags: Accidents

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Jumps in January

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for January as reported in the March 2013 Trucking Update jumped 2.2 points from the previous month to a new reading of 10.6.

Tags: FTR, TCI

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Truckload Driver Turnover Slips in Fourth Quarter

The turnover rate for drivers in the truckload sector took a surprising dip in the fourth quarter, according to the American Trucking Associations' Trucking Activity Report, the likely result of a weakened economy and overall freight volumes.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Jobs for Truck Drivers Grow 20%

Over the past 90 days, more than 230,000 jobs were advertised online for truck drivers in the United States, according to Wanted Analytics, a source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. As demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep freight and the supply chain moving. Hiring for this occupation has increased more than 20% compared to the same 90-day period in 2012.

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

AMP Electric Vehicles to Acquire Assets of Workhorse From Navistar

AMP Holding Inc., through a newly formed subsidiary, Amp Trucks Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Workhorse brand, logo, IP, patents, and assembly plant from Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC, a wholly owned affiliate of Navistar International Corp.

Tags: Workhorse, Navistar, AMP, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor FueLite 6x2 Tandem Wins TWNA Tech Award

The Truck Writers of North America picked Meritor’s FueLite 6x2 tandem-axle assembly with an electronically controlled air suspension from the Meritor Wabco joint venture for its latest Technical Achievement Award.

Tags: TMC, Meritor Wabco

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Enters Into Memorandum of Agreement with Telogis and Trimble

Volvo Trucks in North America announced it has entered into memorandums of agreement with both Telogis and Trimble to develop future fleet management services. Both companies are providers of onboard fleet management and location intelligence services.

Tags: telematics, Volvo, Telogis, Trimble

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Rose 1.2% in January from December

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in January from December, rising for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: BTS, TSI

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Bendix Announces MATS Tech Talks

This year’s Bendix Tech Talk Series at the Mid-America Trucking Show will include insights on air disc and drum foundation brakes, air treatment and charging systems, and advanced safety technologies.

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Consortium Reports Progress in Research to Use Guayule for Rubber in Tires

Consortium partners Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Yulex Corp., Arizona State University, and the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture met recently to review initial progress on their $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant from the USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tags: Guayule, Tires, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Retail Sales Post Big Gain for February

U.S. retail sales rose in February by the greatest level since September. The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday reported a 1.1% increase from the month before with the January figure being upwardly revised to a 0.2% gain. February activity was 4.6% higher than the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Plans For Heavier Trucks In Ohio Hit Bump

Legislation being considered by Ohio lawmakers to increase the maximum truck weight on the state’s non-interstate routes from 80,000 pounds to 90,000 pounds has been removed from a larger bill.

Tags: Ohio, Government, Truck Weights

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Plans By YRC Freight To Close Facilities Reportedly Delayed

The latest plan by nationwide less-than-truckload carrier YRC Freight to improve its financial and operational picture has been slowed.

Tags: LTL, YRC, Teamsters

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Forecast Moves Lower

A new government report is predicting diesel prices will be lower than a previous forecast, due to an expected decline in the price of oil along with other factors. The U.S. Energy Department’s Short-Term Energy Outlook says after averaging $3.97 per gallon last year, on-highway diesel prices are expected to average $3.90 per gallon this year.

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

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

HDT Truck Fleet Innovators to Speak at MATS Fleet Forum

Heavy Duty Trucking has named its Truck Fleet Innovators for 2013. These four industry leaders will be honored and featured in a panel discussion during the Fleet Forum educational event next Wednesday, March 20, in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Events, Fleet Innovators, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

APG Gets EPA Nod Natural Gas Conversion for 22 Additional OUL Engines

American Power Group Inc. has received online certification approval for dual-fuel natural gas retrofit systems from the EPA for an additional 'outside useful life' 22 engine families.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Signs Natural Gas Lease Deal in La.

Ryder System Inc. announced that Eagle Distributing of Shreveport Inc., has signed a full-service lease agreement for 23 compressed natural gas tractors.

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Presenters Announced for The Zone 2013 Transportation Conference

Zonar has announced an expanded lineup of presenters for its upcoming fleet management conference titled, “The Zone 2013,” scheduled for May 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA, Roadcheck

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

DEF Prices Stay Level

The U.S. national DEF pump price remained level at $2.79 per gallon for the third consecutive month in February 2013. Prior to this period, the national average has only held steady month-to-month once, which occured in April 2012.

Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker

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