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June 10, 2013 - Industry News

CMA Breaks Ground on New Distribution Center

Councilmen from the City of Rancho Cucamonga, CMA executives and the developers, DCT Industrial, and property management executives from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank participated in the recent groundbreaking ceremony.

Double Coin Tires and CMA announced that construction is to start on the company’s newest distribution center.

Tags: Double Coin, Tires, CMA, Expansion

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Freight to Increase Shipping Rates

FedEx Freight, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.5%, effective July 1.

Tags: FedEx

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

Senate Introduces the LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act

The U.S. Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to equitably tax liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel.

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to equitably tax liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the legislation, titled the “LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act of 2013” (S.1103).

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

More Than 1,300 2014 Kenworth and Peterbilt Trucks Being Recalled

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice says an internal defect in the ignition switch causes the starter to engage when a key is partially inserted before the key is turned, and could cause injury to a person working in the engine compartment. Vehicles with standard transmissions may experience unexpected movement, which may result in personal injury or a crash.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Recalls, NHTSA

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

Alcoa Facility Will Cut in Half Energy Used to Recycle Aluminum for Forged Wheels

Alcoa's new $21 million Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products cast house expansion at its Barberton, Ohio, plant is expected to cut in half the total amount of energy used to recycle aluminum for forged wheels.

Tags: Sustainability, Wheels, Alcoa

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

Learn About the Latest in Driver Health Regulations at Fleet Safety Conference

The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature a session on what fleets should know about the federal government's increased scrutiny of the health and wellness of commercial drivers, from tougher medical card requirements to sleep disorders.

Tags: Drivers, Events, Health

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

ODFL Revises Upward Second Quarter Expectations

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion expects growth in tonnage per day to increase in a range of 5.0% to 5.5% compared to the second quarter of 2012, versus its previous expectation of an increase in a range of 4.5% to 5.0%.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

June 7, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Sheds Jobs in May While 175,000 Added Overall

Despite a drop in trucking jobs in May, employment in the for-hire trucking segment is up greatly from earlier levels, with about 40,000 jobs being added in the past 12 months and around 152,000 added from three years ago.

Tags: Economy

June 7, 2013 - Industry News

Canada's Vitran Enters Into Interline Partnership to Serve West Coast

Major Canadian carrier Vitran Corp. will close seven terminals in the western part of the U.S. and focus on its core East Coast business, signing interline agreements with two U.S. carriers to handle its Western U.S. routes.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

June 7, 2013 - Industry News

DOE Grant Will Help Deploy 120 Plug-in Hybrid Work Trucks

Odyne Systems, which makes hybrid systems for large trucks, will be able to deploy more than 120 plug-in hybrid work trucks for municipalities and utilities, thanks to a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy award.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Light & Medium, Batteries, Odyne, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driver Rescues Victim from Burning Car, Named a TCA Highway Angel

Adam Phillips of Portage, Ind., a professional truck driver for Ruan Transportation Management Systems of Des Moines, Iowa, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association. Phillips is being recognized for risking his own life to pull an injured man from a flaming car.

Tags: TCA Highway Angel

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Companies File Suit Against Los Angeles Over Forced Relocation

Several Los Angeles trucking companies have filed suit against the city and the Los Angeles Harbor Commission for forcing them off land they own to build a railyard near the Port of Los Angeles.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Safety Becomes Top Priority of Fleet Managers

According to a recent survey by GE Capital Fleet Services, the biggest concern for fleet managers is ensuring the safety of their drivers. With more than a third (36%) of fleet managers citing it as their predominant concern, driver safety outpaced cost-savings goals and workforce productivity (22% each).

Tags: Driver Safety, GE Capital Fleet Services

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Rail Rates Increased More Than Trucking Rates

New research shows that freight rail rates have skyrocketed over the past decade following dramatic consolidation in the railroad industry.

Tags: Freight Rates

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Webinar Focuses on Improving Trucking's Image

Improving trucking's image is the focus of an upcoming webinar from the Truckload Carriers Association on June 13. The webinar will focus on pride and respect, two of the key factors that are in a fleet's ability to recruit and retain drivers, shape an operating environment and mitigate litigation.

Tags: TCA, Trucking's image

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

Uninsured liabilities increasing for trucking companies, according to a new report. (Graphic: actuarial firm of Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter)

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Insurance, OOIDA, Litigation

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Another Section of I-5 to be Closed in Washington

Section of I-5, north of Vancouver, Wash. set to be closed this weekend. (Illustration: Wash. DOT)

If the trip along Interstate 5 in Washington state hasn’t been frustrating enough with a detour resulting the collapse of a bridge last month, it’s only going to get worse starting Friday evening.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Patrick Biermann Named Executive VP and GM AMS Heavy Duty Group

AMS Automotive has appointed Pat Biermann as executive vice president and general manager of the company’s newly established Heavy Duty Group.

Tags: Leadership

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Begin Production and Testing of Bio-DME Vehicles in North America

Volvo Trucks in North American announced plans to begin production in 2015 of vehicles powered by Dimethyl Ether, a fuel that mirrors the performance qualities and energy efficiency of diesel. DME also burns clean without producing any soot.

Volvo Trucks announced Thursday it plans to begin limited production in 2015 of dimethyl ether (DME) powered heavy-duty commercial vehicles. It's teaming up with Safeway and Oberon Fuels for a test funded with $500,000 from California's San Joaguin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Tags: Volvo, Alternative Fuels, DME, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

A. Duie Pyle's Driver Responds to Amber Alert

The recent rescue of two children who had been abducted and were the subject of an Amber Alert in Southern New England was due in part to a driver with A. duie Pyle.

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Investigation Into I-5 Bridge Collapse Continues, Preliminary Reported Expected By End of June

The National Transportation Safety Board has released an update in its continuing investigation into the May 23 bridge collapse in Mount Vernon, Wash., along Interstate 5.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Vantage Parts and Service Joins Vipar Heavy Duty as New Stockholder Company

Based in Anchorage, Alaska, Vantage Parts and Service has joined the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder.

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Court to Rule in July on Motion to Consolidate Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

The motion was filed last week for lawyers representing Ohio Auto Delivery, which filed a class action earlier this month. Many of the lawsuits that have been filed against Pilot Flying J are seeking class action status, make similar claims and are in federal court in various parts of the country.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Dedicates New Lumberton Service Center

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., recently dedicated its new 65-door service center in Lumberton, N.C.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Expansion

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

North Texas Bans Trucks From Some Left Lanes

Trucks in the Dallas-Forth Worth area in Texas are going to move over and get out of the left lane in certain places on certain highways.

Tags: Texas

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