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March 26, 2013 - Industry News

Jury Awards $58.5 Million in Fatal Truck Crash Lawsuit

A jury in a Santa Fe, N.M. district court has awarded what’s believed to be one of the largest judgments in state history in a lawsuit stemming from a March 2010 crash involving a tractor-trailer that left one four-wheeler dead.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Lawsuits, Fatal Accidents, New Mexico

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

Shell Rotella SuperRigs Contest to Be Held With Tractor Pull

A former Shell SuperRigs winner.

Shell has announced the date of its 31st annual Rotella SuperRigs truck beauty contest, which this year is being held in conjunction with a tractor pull event.

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

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

XRS Customers Get Exclusive Discount with Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass

LOUISVILLE -- The fleet management and compliance software provider XRS Corp. has entered into a co-marketing agreement with the weigh station bypass service company Drivewyze, allowing its customers to use its service at what both are calling an “exclusive discount.”

Tags: Drivewyze, XRS, Mid-America Trucking Show, Weigh Stations

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Hits Bulk DEF Milestone

LOUISVILLE -- The parent company of the truckstops chains TA and Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, announced at last week’s Mid America Trucking Show it has completed the installation of its 1,000th bulk on-island diesel exhaust fluid dispenser.

Tags: DEF, TravelCenters of America LLC, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

Trucker Named Highway Angel for Helping Crash Victim

Truck driver Robert Woolf of Leland, N.C., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association. Woolf, who drives for Con-way Truckload of Joplin, Mo., is being recognized for helping a man who had suffered possible spinal injuries.

Tags: TCA, Highway Angel, Con-way Truckload

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride EDI Solutions

HDT Truck Pride is working on the second phase of its EDI solutions program, focusing on vendor partners.

Tags: Aftermarket, HDA Truck Pride, EDI

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

Several Bright Spots in Latest U.S. Economic Numbers

Shipments and orders of manufactured durable goods, increased in February according to numbers released today from the U.S. Commerce Department, while home sales slid and consumer confidence fell in March.

Tags: Economy, Housing, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Consumer Confidence

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Eases CDL Process for States

The agency agreed that it is too burdensome to require states to conduct background checks on all test examiners. Now the checks are required only when the examiner is hired.

In response to petitions from states and the industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is changing provisions of its commercial driver’s license rule.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL rule, CDL testing, drivers

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel and Gasoline Continues Falling with Crude Still Moving Higher

The average cost of diesel in the United State has fallen for the fourth straight week. A new U.S. Energy Department report shows it dropped 4.1 cents over the past week to $4.006 per gallon.

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

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Rand McNally Selling TND 760 EOBR at Truckstops

Rand McNally's TND760 device

Rand McNally has begun selling its TND 760 EOBR/fleet management solution at retail locations, with Travel Centers of American and Petro truckstops the first retailers to carry it.

Tags: Rand McNally, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops, EOBRs

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Prime Inc. Announces Large Scale TrailerTail Deployment

ATDynamics, a global supplier of semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology, announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show that Prime Inc., after extensive fuel economy and durability testing, is installing TrailerTail aerodynamic fairings on all remaining new trailers, approximately 450, purchased by Prime in 2013.

Tags: ATDynamics, Aerodynamics, Prime

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-77 Closed Following Rockslide May Reopen Soon

It may not be until Wednesday when a section of I-77 northbound reopens following a rockslide that happened on March 20. The area is in Bluefield, W.Va., at mile marker 3, near the Virginia line.

Tags: Detours, Highways, West Virginia

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Recall Issued for Certain Kenworth and Peterbilt Models

Paccar is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks and model year 2013-2014 Peterbilt 567, 579 and 587 trucks equipped with air ride seats. The cables for anchoring the seat belt buckles of both the driver and passenger seat may fray.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, NHTSA, Recalls

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Toyo Increases Focus on Commercial Business

Louisville---Toyo Tire said it is putting increased focus on its commercial tire business during last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Toyo Tires, Tires, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Lehigh Gas Partners, Clean Energy Partner to Develop CNG Fueling Stations

Lehigh Gas Partners LP, a wholesale fuel distributor, and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced an agreement to develop compressed natural gas fueling stations at potentially 20 Lehigh Gas facilities throughout the United States.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Registration Open for Aftermarket Online Courses

The University of the Aftermarket is now registering aftermarket industry professionals for 12 online courses that will begin May 20.

Tags: Training, Aftermarket

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Up 6.2% in 2012

Trade using surface transportation modes between the United States, Canada and Mexico rose by 6.2% in 2012 compared to 2011. The value of $960 billion was the highest since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect in 1994.

Tags: Canada, Mexico, NAFTA, Surface Trade, BTS, Global

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Vipar HD, Accuride Ink Three-Year Deal

Vipar Heavy Duty and Accuride announced a new three year agreement where Vipar HD will offer Accuride Wheels, Gunite wheel-end components and Imperial Group products.

Tags: Gunite, Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket, Wheels, Accuride

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

CDL Schools Say Proposed Training Standards Would Make Driver Shortage Worse

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, right, and a panel of FMCSA officials listen to comments about proposed entry level driver training regulations.

In a Friday "listening session" the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hosted regarding its proposed entry-level driver training stories, truck driver training school officials warned that the proposal would make the current driver shortage even worse.

Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Mid-America Trucking Show, Anne Ferro

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Wabco Offers ECAS for Retrofit Installation

Meritor Wabco's Electronically Controlled Air Suspension is available for both OEM installation and aftermarket retro-fit.

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

Michelin Welcomes Boss Truck Shops to Commercial Service Network

Boss Truck Shops, Inc. will now offer services to trucking fleets as part of the Michelin Commercial Service Network. Boss Truck Shops will also carry select Michelin Retread Technologies retread products.

Tags: Michelin

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Two Carriers, One Driver to Cease Operating

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week ordered two trucking companies and one driver to stop operating as imminent hazards to public safety. The orders were triggered by flagrant disregard for hours of service and other safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Michigan, Hours of Service, Georgia

March 22, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar's Clarke Talks Change, Opportunity, Turnaround

In his first official outing as Navistar International's new president and COO, Troy Clarke jumped right in Friday morning by assuring the audience of supplier executives that "Navistar's not going anywhere but up."

Tags: Natural Gas, Navistar, China, Mid-America Trucking Show, HDMA

March 22, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Takes Multi-Faceted Approach to Maximizing Uptime

Ongoing Volvo dealer investments continue to improve Volvo's dealer network, while new technology features also help improve uptime.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo, Diagnostics, Dealers, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 21, 2013 - Industry News

Legislators Push FMCSA to Reconsider Hours Deadline Decision

Transportation legislators in the Senate and House are pressing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro to reconsider her decision not to postpone the effective date of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service

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