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March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Interstate Batteries Senior VP Promoted

Interstate Batteries Senior Vice President Walt Holmes is adding the title of senior vice president for distributor operations and innovation team.

Tags: People, Distributors

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Congress Holds Hearing on Impact of E15 Gas

A U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the scientific, technical and consumer impact of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15). The hearing focused on the potential negative impact of E15 on engines, components and fuel-delivery systems.

Tags: Gasoline, Ethanol, Fuel and Oil, Light & Medium

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Shawn Jacobs Installed as 49th President of the NTEA

Shawn Jacobs, president and CEO of STS Trailer & Truck Equipment, Syracuse, N.Y., was installed Thursday as the 49th president of the NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry.

Tags: NTEA, Associations

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Love's Buying CNG-Powered Tractors

Love’s Travel Stops is buying 50 new Freightliner Cascadia trucks with the Cummins Westport 12-liter compressed natural gas engine for its fleet of fuel haulers, operating under the Gemini Transport brand.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

California Diesel and Gasoline Taxes To Move Higher

The state known for typically having some of the highest fuel prices and fuel taxes in the nation will see them move higher later this year.

Tags: taxes, California, Fuel and Oil

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Mack Expands Granite MHD Series with Single-Rear-Axle 4x2

As a Class 7 truck, an MHD 4x2 avoids the 12% FET at buying time. This truck with a service body is one of two displayed in Mack’s booth at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Mack Trucks on Wednesday launched a single-rear-axle version of its Granite MHD (medium heavy duty) model, offering a Class 7 or Class 8 product for customers needing a lighter yet rugged work truck.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Class 7, Mack, FET

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Names Troy Clarke CEO, Reports Smaller 1Q Loss

The SCR-equipped ProStar, left, and Troy A. Clarke, who will take over as Navistar CEO April 15.

Citing significant progress in its turnaround plan and announcing a smaller first-quarter loss than it had a year ago, Navistar International has named Troy Clarke president and chief executive officer, with interim CEO Lewis Campbell stepping down April 15.

Tags: Navistar, financials

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Kretsinger Named TCA 2013-2014 Chairman

TCA Chairman Tom Kretsinger Jr.

The Truckload Carriers Association has elected Tom Kretsinger Jr., president of American Central Transport Inc. of Liberty, Mo., as its 2013-2014 chairman.

Tags: TCA

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Shell Plans LNG Liquefaction Plants in Great lakes, Gulf Coast Regions

Shell is planning two liquefaction plants that will produce about one quarter of a million tons of LNG to road and marine users in the Gulf Coast and Great Lakes regions.

Tags: Shell, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Canada Extends eManifest Informed Compliance Period

The Canada Border Services Agency is extending the eManifest informed compliance period for highway carriers. Regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for highway carriers are expected to be in place in fall 2013.

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Brian Kurtz, Bison Sweep TCA Safety Awards, Again

Two Canadian fleets, Bison Transport and Brian Kurtz Trucking, are the grand prize winners in the Truckload Carriers Associations' 2012 National Fleet Safety Awards.

Tags: Canada, TCA, Bison Transport

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Western Star Introduces 4700SB All-Wheel Drive Model

Western Star 4700SB 6x6 is displayed at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. It’s also available as a 4x4.

Western Star Wednesday introduced all-wheel drive versions of its 4700SB (setback front axle) truck. Now available to order, the 4700SB AWD can be had in 4x4 and 6x6 versions, and is aimed at construction and utility applications requiring a lightweight truck with rugged, off-road traction.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Western Star, Vocational

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Dish to Deploy 200 Roush Propane Vans

Dish Network Corp. announced at NTEA's 2013 Work Truck Show that it plans to incorporate 200 Roush CleanTech propane autogas-fueled Ford E-250 cargo vans in its fleet in 2013.

Tags: Propane Autogas, DISH, Work Truck Show

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Electronic Inspections Coming to New York Targeting Overweight Trucks

Forget the Kojak with a Kodak or a bear in the air. Ol’ Smokey is going high tech in The Empire State to strike back on overweight rigs.

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

EcoDual Teams up With Clemson to Promote Use of Natural Gas Fueled Trucks

A university center for automotive innovation has partnered with a company doing advanced technology research and development to advance commercial availability of natural gas engine systems for heavy-duty diesel trucks.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Dual Fuel, EcoDual Inc.

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Factory Shipments, Orders Reports Better Than They Appear

If you take out the volatile, often big-ticket transportation sector, manufacturing numbers look a lot better.

A new government report on U.S. manufactured shipments and orders for February is the latest in a recent string of economic numbers that sound worse than they really are.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

‘Frameworks’ Program Aims to Put Freightliner Closer to Upfitters

Close co-ordination between Cargotec and Freightliner eased the installation of a complex materials handling body with crane, forklift and tag axle on a 104SD chassis.

Freightliner Trucks on Wednesday introduced a “Frameworks” program for truck equipment manufacturers, with the aim of making upfitting easier and quicker.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Bodies

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Isuzu N-Series Named Work Truck’s 2013 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Photo by Joanne Tucker.

The N-Series from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA) was named Work Truck Magazine’s 2013 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year at the 2013 NTEA Work Truck Show, held in Indianapolis March 6-8. Twelve vehicles were included in an online ballot and voted on by professional fleet managers.

Tags: Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Isuzu N Series, Work Truck Show

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Fleet Panel Sees Drop in Driver Applications, But Positive Signs on Economy, Freight, Rates

Lana Batts, Max Fuller, Derek Leathers and Dan England during TCA's Tuesday General Session.

The driver shortage is already intensifying, with the number of both new and experienced driver applicants down over the last couple of months, as economic signs lead to improved optimism about increases in freight and rates this year, according to a panel discussion of three major truckload executives Tuesday at the Truckload Carriers Conference annual convention in Las Vegas.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Hours of Service, C.R. England, Werner Enterprises, TCA, U.S. Xpress

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Gov. Fuel Tax Plan Similar to Virginia's

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has borrowed a page from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s playbook, with proposed changes to the state’s tax on gasoline to raise highway funds. According to published reports there is no indication that it would affect the diesel fuel tax.

Tags: taxes, Infrastructure, Maryland, Highway Funding, Fuel and Oil

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Extends Rebate Programs to Small Fleets, Owner-Operators

Navistar is offering a series of partnership rebate programs designed to make it easier for small fleets and owner operators to purchase new International trucks.

Tags: LoneStar, ProStar+, OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Navistar

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Grand Island Express, Landstar Winners in Best Fleets to Drive For Contest

Two fleets have been honored as the overall winners of Best Fleets to Drive For, an annual survey and contest produced by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge.

Tags: Drivers, TCA, Owner-Operators, Landstar, Best Fleets to Drive For

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants Petition Killing Alabama Steel Coil Transport Training and Certification

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a petition submitted by the American Trucking Associations asking the agency to determine if Alabama's Metal Coil Securement Act is preempted by federal law. The ruling means the state can no longer impose the law's requirements on interstate movements, effective April 4.

Tags: FMCSA, Alabama, Cargo Securement

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Owner Operator Status Legislation Being Pushed in Two States

The question of whether owner-operator truckers are truly independent contractors or misclassified as employee drivers is at the heart of legislation in two states.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, New Jersey, Washington

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Rebecca Brewster Named 2013 Influential Woman In Trucking

Rebecca Brewster accepts the third annual Influential Woman in Trucking award.

Navistar and the Women In Trucking Association presented Rebecca Brewster, president and chief operating officer of the American Transportation Research Institute, with the third annual Influential Woman in Trucking award.

Tags: Navistar, ATRI, Women in Trucking

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