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April 23, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index for February Falls

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for February fell over two points following a similar decline in January. The current reading of -9.5 reflects an expectation for increasingly difficult conditions for shippers as 2013 progresses, which is good news for trucking companies.

Tags: FTR, SCI

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Adding 700 New LNG Vehicles Across 10 States

UPS has announced the accelerated growth of its alternative vehicle fleet with plans to purchase approximately 700 liquefied natural gas vehicles and to build four refueling stations by the end of 2014. Once completed, the company says, the LNG private fleet will be one of the most extensive in the U.S.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, UPS, Alternative Fuels

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hands-Free Texting Isn’t Safer According to New Study

Using a handheld phone for texting is equally dangerous whether you do it manually or with voice-to-text, according to new research.

Efforts by federal officials prohibiting all interstate and haz-mat truckers from texting while driving, along with many state having such laws for all drivers, may do little for safety on the roadway, based on new research.

Tags: Texting, Research, Drivers, Distracted Driving

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Research Continuing into Solving Truck Parking Problem

Truckers looking for increasingly hard to find parking spaces may be getting some help from the American Transportation Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation. ATRI is working with multiple partners to test a new system for truck parking management.

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

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Bobit Names David Moniz Publisher of Heavy Duty Trucking

David Moniz is the new publisher of HDT.

Bobit Business Media announced that Dave Moniz is the new publisher of Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT). Moniz, most recently the publisher of Fleet Equipment and Tire Review magazines, started his career with HDT and has also worked on Fleet Owner.

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Taxpayer Group Pushing for Higher Truck Weights

The latest group to endorse higher truck weights has no direct connection with the trucking industry, but rather is a self-described as an “independent non-partisan advocate for overburdened tax payers.”

Tags: Truck Weights, Congress, District of Columbia, ATA

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Reports Show Home Sales Slowly Improving

Sales of new homes in the United States continue getting better, while sales of existing ones have dipped just slightly.

Tags: Economy, Housing

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Profits Triple in First Quarter

Swift Transportation, a mainly truckload carrier, saw its first quarter profit jump much higher while earnings also increased from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation, Fleet Financials

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Leader Calls for More Traffic Enforcement

Byrd says a 2011 FMCSA study found traffic enforcement coupled with roadside inspections three times more effective than just roadside vehicle inspections in reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries.

A trucking industry leader is calling on police to put more emphasis on traffic enforcement, even if it means taking resources away from roadside inspections. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data, traffic enforcement has been falling in relation to other types of enforcement.

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Opens Norfolk Location

ASF Intermodal announced the opening of the company’s newest intermodal drayage facility and first location in Virginia. ASF Intermodal’s new Norfolk terminal is located at 828 Seaboard Ave in Chesapeake, Va., and will provide drayage service in and out of the port and rail facilities in the Norfolk area.

Tags: Intermodal, ASF Intermodal

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Calvin White Named TCA Highway Angel

Calvin White of St. Pauls, N.C., who drives for G&P Trucking Co., of Gaston, S.C., was named a TCA Highway Angel.

The Truckload Carriers Association announced that it is adding another professional truck driver to its roster of Highway Angels. Calvin White of St. Pauls, N.C., who drives for G&P Trucking Co., of Gaston, S.C., is being recognized for his efforts to assist at an accident and for rescuing a young boy.

Tags: TCA, TCA Highway Angel

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Move Lower for Eighth Straight Week, Crude Moves Little Higher

Another week and another decline in the price of fuel, with diesel hitting its lowest level since last August. New figures released by the U.S. Energy Department show the average retail cost is down 5.5 cents over the past week.

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

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Takes Steps to Address Federal Allegations

The head of Pilot Flying J Monday announced several steps the company is taking to address the questions raised in a federal probe of its fuel rebate program, including an internal audit, placing some employees on leave, eliminating manual rebate calculations, and adding a chief compliance officer.

Tags: Diesel, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Fuel & Oil

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Eases in April

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released the April 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, and overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 54.0. This is an easing from the March index of 58.0, reflecting industry participants’ continuing concerns over the economy and the impact of federal policies on capital expenditures.

Tags: Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Index Up 7.7% in First Quarter

Spot market freight volumes reported by the DAT North American Freight Index finished the first quarter of 2013 up 7.7% compared to the first quarter of 2012 and rose 11% over the previous quarter.

Tags: rates, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Autocar Recalling More Than 500 ACX Model Trucks

Autocar is recalling 532 model year 2011-2013 ACX trucks manufactured Jan. 24, 2011, through Dec. 4, 2012, that are equipped with Meritor axle assemblies that were built with disc brakes using MGM J24 series air brake chambers.

Tags: Recalls, Autocar

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Vermont Moves Closer to Increasing Fuel Taxes

Higher fuel taxes in Vermont are almost a forgone conclusion, with the state Senate on Friday approving a hike in an overwhelming decision.

Tags: Vermont, Fuel Tax, Legislation

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

ABF, Teamsters Agree To Contract Extension

ABF and the Teamsters still have a ways to go to come up with a contract both sides can agree on.

The Teamsters Union and Arkansas Best Freight System have agreed to another extension of the current labor contract, as the two sides seem far apart.

Tags: Arkansas, Teamsters, LTL

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Dealer of the Year Offers Career Advice to ATD Dealer Academy Graduates

HDT/ATD 2013 Truck Dealer of the Year Drew Linn, shown here in his Homewood, Ala., office, recently spoke to ATD Dealer Academy graduates.

The ability to listen is an important trait in being successful, said Drew Linn, the HDT/American Truck Dealers 2013 Truck Dealer of the Year in his recent commencement address to ATD Dealer Academy graduates.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Files Lawsuit Against Pilot Flying J Following FBI Raid

A lawsuit is seeking class action status to represent “all persons or entities who have sustained economic losses as a result of [Pilot Flying J’s] wrongful withholding of rebate funds.”

A trucking company has filed what is the first known lawsuit against truckstop operator Pilot Flying J stemming from allegations of fraud against its customers.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

ACT: Falling Class 8 Cancellations Precursor to Stronger Demand

Class 8 orders rose above 20,000 units for a sixth consecutive month in March, but fell sequentially for the first time since November, says ACT Research. However, cancellations fell to their lowest levels since Q3’10 for the second time in the past three months.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, ACT Research

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Expect Lane Closings on Westbound I-64 in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation is beginning work to remove an unstable area of soil on Afton Mountain above Interstate 64 at milepost 100.3. The emergency work will require intermittent closing the right lane of westbound I-64 from milepost 103 to milepost 100.

Tags: Virginia, Highways, I-64

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin Bill Would Encourage Drivers to Slow Down Around Garbage Trucks

Inspired by a sanitation worker who lost his leg in an accident, two Wisconsin legislators introduced legislation designed to get other drivers to drive more carefully around garbage trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Wisconsin, Refuse Trucks

April 21, 2013 - Industry News

Work on US 51 Ohio River Bridge to Restrict Truck Traffic This Summer

Trucks will have to be rerouted from the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., for approximately 70 days beginning in June, turning a 6-mile trip from Wickliffe to Cairo into a 80-mile detour.

Tags: Illinois, Kentucky, Highways

April 19, 2013 - Industry News

Court Rejects Plea to Halt Mexico Pilot Program

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Friday morning handed down a blanket dismissal of a bid by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters union to overturn the pilot.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Teamsters

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