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June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Acquires Clean Energy's Natural Gas Vehicle Business

Westport Innovations Inc. announced that it has acquired BAF Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary, ServoTech Engineering Inc., which are both subsidiaries of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. for $25 million in Westport stock.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, BAF Technologies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Westport

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Bulk DEF Averaging $2.79 per Gallon

A new report shows pump prices for diesel exhaust fluid have remained stable for several months.

Tags: DEF, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Judge Rules Against Old Dominion in EEOC Case

Old Dominion Freight Line's policy of not allowing drivers back behind the wheel after treatment for alcoholism was found to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A federal judge in Arkansas has ruled against Old Dominion Freight Line in a case over a truck driver who self-reported alcohol abuse and the company’s “no return” policy for drivers who suffer from such problems.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Litigation, EEOC

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Approve National ABF Agreement

Teamsters employed at ABF Freight System have voted to approve the national master portion of a new five-year agreement with the trucking company.

Tags: Teamsters, ABF

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Status Report: Cross-Border Trucking Program with Mexico

Nearly two years after the United States and Mexico agreed to resume a long-haul cross-border pilot trucking program between the two countries, the amount of participation by Mexican operations continues increasing, but only slowly, and far from what federal officials hoped to see.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Tightening of Capacity Coming from New HOS

An expectation of capacity tightening comes as carriers report how they will respond to new HOS regulations taking effect on July 1. The way their shippers work to minimize the impact of these changes will also affect this lowering utilization.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, Transport Capital Partners

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Gets Its Due at House Hearing

There’s no shortage of ideas for ways to improve the national freight network. A House panel researching the issue yesterday got a list, long, broad and mostly familiar, of what transportation providers would like to see in a federal freight policy.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, National Freight Network, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Truck Sizes

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

US-Canada Call For Review of Empty Trailer Repositioning Rules

A progress report on facilitating cross-border business travel released yesterday by Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney, public safety minister Vic Toews and US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, signals a willingness to consider long overdue changes to the way the two countries deal with the repositioning moves of foreign empty trailers, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Tags: ATA, CTA, Cross-Border Trucking

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

New Dispatch System Could Save Money for Trucking, Make Life Easier for Drivers

Engineers at Oregon State University are studying a new approach to organize and route truck transportation that could save millions of dollars, improve the quality of life for thousands of truck drivers and make freight transportation far more efficient.

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Tensions Finally Ease at Peace Bridge

Canadian and American officials have shaken hands, avoiding the dissolution of the committee that overseas the Peace Bridge, one of United State’s and Canada's busiest border crossings.

Tags: Canada, New York, Cross-Border Trucking, Peace Bridge

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Appoints Walter G. Borst As Executive Vice President, CFO

Navistar International Corp. announced that Walter G. Borst will join the company as executive vice president and CFO. He succeeds Andrew J. Cederoth, whose departure was announced earlier this week.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Two Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuits Settled for $11.7 Million

Two lawsuits against trucking companies that haul water to hydraulic fracturing sites have been settled in Texas costing more than $11 and a half million combined.

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Foxx Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

The Senate unanimously confirmed Anthony Foxx as the 17th Secretary of Transportation, to replace Ray LaHood. The 100 – 0 vote this morning concludes a smooth nomination process for the Charlotte, N.C., mayor. He was well received by Republicans as well as Democrats at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Mayor Anthony Foxx

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Trillium Says it Will Build 101 Public CNG Stations by 2016

Trillium CNG is expanding its compressed natural gas fueling network, with plans to build 101 public access Class 8 accessible CNG stations in 29 states by 2016.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Trillium CNG

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Big UPS Order for NG Tractors Follows 300 Million Successful ‘Green’ Miles

At the ACT Expo in Washington, D.C., Mack displayed a Pinnacle tractor like the 122 just ordered by UPS. It has a Cummins ISX12 G engine that runs on liquefied natural gas instead of compressed NG.

United Parcel Service is so committed to using low-emissions fuels that all of the 700 Class 8 vehicles it has ordered for delivery late this year and into 2014 will run on liquefied natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas, UPS, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

'Cognitive Distraction' Means Hands-Free Cell Phones Aren't Any Safer

Fleet managers walked out of Wednesday Fleet Safety Conference keynote speech vowing to change the use of cell phones while driving in both their fleets and their personal lives, following a powerful presentation on distracted driving.

Tags: Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Fleet Safety Conference, Cell Phones

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

UShip Integrates SaferWatch

Online freight exchange uShip announced it is integrating the SaferWatch carrier compliance and risk management software across its shipping marketplace, including uShip PRO, its commercial freight platform.

Tags: uShip

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Move Higher for Flatbeds, Reefers Expected to Surge

Graphic: DAT

There has been a bit of a turnaround when it comes to freight rates on one of the nation’s biggest freight matching service providers.

Tags: DAT Transcore, Spot Freight

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: More Traffic Congestion, Better Economy

If trucking is the lifeblood of the nation’s economy, then surprisingly, there is no reason for alarm if the arteries carrying those trucks seem a little clogged. Traffic information services provider Inrix reports traffic congestion rose nationally more than 9% in May, signaling the continued strengthening of the national economy.

Tags: Economy, Traffic Congestion, Inrix

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Forecast: Strong Trucking Growth

American Trucking Associations released the latest edition of U.S. Freight Forecast to 2024, which projects an overall increase in freight volumes for all modes of more than 20% and an increase in the amount of that freight moved by trucks.

Tags: ATA

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Trucks Transported 60.6% of U.S.-NAFTA Trade in April

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation released the April North American Free Trade Agreement freight numbers showing that trucks carried 60.6% of the $99 billion of freight moved in April 2013 between the United States and its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico.

Tags: NAFTA, Surface Trade, BTS

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Seeks Clearance for Truck Parking Survey

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is seeking to move forward with a study about truck parking.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Truck Parking

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Has Big Ambitions for New Heavy Duty Fuel Economy Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is more ambitious for the next phase of its heavy-duty truck fuel economy standards than it was for the first, and will look at trailers as well as new engine and transmission technologies.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Economy Standards, EPA, Barack Obama, Fuel and Oil, ACT Expo

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Revised Downward for First Quarter

The U.S. economy grew less in the first quarter of the year than previously estimated, thanks to lower consumer spending numbers and fewer exports, but the final GDP number is still an improvement over the previous quarter.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Spending, Exports

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Approve UPS Contract But Not at UPS Freight

UPS employees represented by the Teamsters Union have voted to approve a new contract at the company’s parcel operation while those with UPS Freight have voted against a new agreement.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

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