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July 22, 2013 - Industry News

New Travel Plaza Opens Along I-81 in Harrisburg, Penn.

The 35,000-square-foot facility includes eight trailer bays, a driver lounge, parts warehouse and conference room.

Exit 77 Enterprise LLC has opened a new travel plaza located conveniently off exit 77 along Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Penn. The travel plaza features a full-service convenience store, diesel and regular fuel islands, full-service truck and trailer wash and trailer washouts.

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Celebrates 300 Locations in Lenoir City

Love’s Travel Stops will celebrate reaching its milestone of 300 store locations at its newest travel stop in Lenoir City, Tenn.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Drivewyze and Norpass Announce Partnership

Truck operators and fleets using the Norpass weigh station screening service in seven states and two provinces can soon add mobile-based weigh station bypass opportunities in 15 more states following the announcement of a partnership reached between Drivewyze and Norpass.

Tags: technology, Drivewyze PreClear

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Two LTL Carriers Announce Rate Hikes of Near 6%

Two carriers serving the less-than-truckload markets have announced general rate hikes.

Tags: Freight Rates, LTL

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Wireless Mobile Devices Cleared as Transponders for Electronic Inspection

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially approved mobile devices such as smart phones and GPS navigators as transponders for electronic inspection and weigh station bypass systems.

Tags: FMCSA, Enforcement

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

States Setting Higher Speed Limits

Five state legislatures voted this year to raise speed limits on some divided highways in their states. They’re following the lead of Texas, which last year bumped the speed limit on one stretch to 85 mph, the highest in the nation.

Tags: Speed Limits, Texas, Ohio, Maine, Utah, Illinois, New Hampshire

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Heartland Express Reports Improved Second Quarter Profit

Iowa-based truckload carrier Heartland Express announced financial results for the second quarter of the year, showing net income increased $0.9 million to $19.1 million compared to $18.2 million in the 2012 period, a 5% increase.

Tags: Earnings, Heartland Express, Fleet Financials, Freightliner, Navistar

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin Offering Grants for Truck Idle Reduction Equipment

The Wisconsin Department of Administration has made $1 million is available to common, contract and private motor carriers to reduce diesel truck idling.

Tags: Wisconsin, Idle Reduction

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Trucker Admits Beef Theft Was Bull

Truck driver Artak Medjbarian of Sherman Oaks, Calif., has pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to attempt to steal $163,000 worth of beef products from a Nebraska Beef facility in Omaha.

Tags: Nebraska, Cargo Theft, Security

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Texas DOT Designates Roadway as Part of New I-69

The Texas Department of Transportation has officially designated 67 miles of regional roadways in the Rio Grande Valley as part of the new Interstate 69 -- a corridor that ultimately will become a 1,600-mile-long highway stretching from Michigan to Texas.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Texas, I-69

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

DLS Retreading Opens First ContiTread Franchise in South Carolina

Dawn Watkins inspects a tire at newly opened DLS Retreading in Fort Mill, S.C.

Continental Tire helps establish local South Carolina veteran retreader with the first first all-new ContiTread licensed truck tire retreading facility in the U.S.

Tags: Continental Tire the Americas, ContiTreads, Tires, Retreads

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Legislation Would Up Minimum Truck Insurance Almost 500%

On Friday, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn) introduced a bill that would raise the required insurance minimum for motor carriers, dubbed the Safe and Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels Act (H.R. 2730) otherwise known as “SAFE HAUL."

Tags: Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives, Legislation

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Sales at Nine-Month High While June Orders Drop

Although commercial vehicle orders slipped month over month in June, there was still good news to be had, with heavy-duty retail sales at a nine-month high when seasonally adjusted.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Dealers

July 21, 2013 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Incidents Decline While Value Increases

In the second quarter of 2013, the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International recorded a total of 194 thefts in the United States, a 27% increase in value and a 12% decrease in volume from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

July 21, 2013 - Industry News

Exide Americas President Resigns

R. Paul Hirt Jr. has resigned as executive vice president and president--Exide Americas to accept another opportunity, Exide Technologies announced.

Tags: Batteries, Exide, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 21, 2013 - Industry News

Roehl to Equip 500 New Wabash Trailers with ATDynamics TrailerTails

Roehl Transport will expand its investment in fuel saving TrailerTail aerodynamics technology by installing 500 TrailerTails on all new trailers purchased from Wabash National in 2013.

Tags: Trailers, ATDynamics, Aerodynamics, Roehl Transport, TrailerTails

July 19, 2013 - Industry News

Oil Prices Rise

More signs of improvement in the U.S. economy helped drive the price of oil to above $109 a barrel on Friday, its highest price since March of 2012. Oil futures have risen more than $11 a barrel this month.

Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel and Oil

July 19, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Closing Keynote to Focus on Funding

The closing keynote address at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference Oct. 2 in Phoenix will focus on grants and funding to help subsidize green fleet initiatives. Richard Battersby is the director of fleet services at University of California, Davis, and is Coordinator of the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

New Shell SuperRigs Winner After Eligibility Review

The new 2013 SuperRigs Best of Show winner is the 2012 Peterbilt 389 of William Rethwisch of Tomah, Wis.

There's a new winning Best of Show entry in this year's Shell Rotella SuperRigs Contest, because the previously announced winner was found to not meet all the eligibility requirements for a working truck and trailer.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Events, Owner-Operators, Shell SuperRigs

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Fines Chevron $422,500 for Selling Non-Compliant Gasoline and Diesel in California

Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has paid $422,500 in penalties for supplying gasoline and diesel fuel in violation of California regulations designed to protect air quality. Chevron agreed to pay the penalties as part of three separate settlements it reached with the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Chevron, California, Fuel and Oil

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Carriers Report Difficulty Hiring Qualified Employees at Critical Positions

The most recent Transport Capital Partners Survey reveals carriers experiencing problems finding not only qualified drivers, but also other qualified employees such as technicians, operations staff and fleet managers..

Tags: Drivers, Technicians, TCP

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Honors First 4-Million-Mile Driver

Bill Compton is Con-way Freight's first 4 million mile driver.

Con-way Truckload, Joplin, Mo., recently held a special recognition event to honor driver Bill Compton for surpassing 4 million miles of driving for the company, which he's been with for 33 years.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Truckload

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Small Brokers Sue to Stop $75,000 Bond Requirement

A group representing small property brokers has sued the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to stop the new $75,000 bond requirement scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1, saying large trade groups are trying to eliminate small broker competition.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Brokers

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia I-95 Shutdown Set for This Weekend

Credit: Virginia DOT.

Weather permitting, on Friday night, July 19, through Sunday night July 21, starting each night at 9:30 p.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation will begin to close lanes on I-95 south near Exit 148, Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Tags: Virginia, I-95, Highways

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Trust Fund Status to be Focus of Congressional Hearing Next Tuesday

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will hold a hearing next Tuesday regarding the current financial status of the Highway Trust Fund and its impact on federal surface transportation programs.

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

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