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June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar CFO Departing After Less Than Four Years

A.J. Cederoth has served as Navistar's CFO since September 2009.

Navistar International announced that Andrew J. (A.J.) Cederoth, the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer, will be leaving at the end of the month as part of a planned transition to a new CFO.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Average Cost of Diesel Falls for Fifth Straight Week, Gasoline Falls Again

The price of diesel has declined to a level not seen since late last July, according to the new weekly roundup of prices from the U.S. Energy Department. It has fallen 0.3 cents in the past week for a U.S. average of $3.838 per gallon.

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

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

More Than a Quarter of Registered Trucks Equipped with Less Polluting Engines

More than 28% of all trucks registered in the United States are now equipped with advanced new technology clean diesel engines, according to new data compiled by R.L. Polk and Company for the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tags: SCR, EGR, Diesel Technology Forum, Engines, Emissions, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Fuel and Oil

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Research Shows Americans Favor Some Additional Funding for Transportation

Would Americans favor additional taxes and fees to support the nation's transportation infrastructure? A variety of questions on that topic were posed to a sample of people in a nationwide survey.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Highways

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

North Dakota Trucking Operation Cited by OSHA Following Worker Death

Plains Trucking, Ross, N.D.. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for nine safety violations after a worker was fatally injured March 27 while cleaning the inside of a crude oil tanker that exploded at the company's facility in Ross.

Tags: OSHA, Trailers

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Decline While Values of Stolen Loads Increase

A new report from logistics security services provider FreightWatch International shows while the number of cargo thefts in the United States fell in the most recent three-month period, the value of the average loss moved higher.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Security

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

New-Technology Diesel to be Featured at Alternative Clean Transportation Expo

"Alternative Clean Transportation" means not only alternative fuels such as electric, hybrid and natural gas, but also the newest achievements in clean diesel technology, with the latter being showcased this week during the ACT Expo.

Tags: Diesel Technology Forum, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Clean Diesel Vehicles, Fuel and Oil, ACT Expo

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Ohio Trucking Association Forms "Trucking University"

Starting in July, the Ohio Trucking University, will be offering a comprehensive series of education programs covering a broad range of topics

Tags: Ohio, Training

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Betts Names Sales VP for Manufacturing Divisions

Betts Company, Fresno, Calif., has hired Bob Herold as vice president of sales. Herold is responsible for all sales activities at Betts Company’s two manufacturing divisions, BettsHD and Betts Spring Manufacturing.

Tags: Aftermarket, People, Betts Company

June 21, 2013 - Industry News

Convicted Pilot Flying J Employee Says Senior Management Aware of Alleged Scheme

There is a new indication the federal government’s probe into the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J is aimed at the heights of the company.

June 21, 2013 - Industry News

Alberta, Canada, Floods 'Brutal' For Trucks

Truckers are coming from all over Alberta, Canada, to provide whatever assistance they can to those affected by the massive floods currently impacting Calgary and southern Alberta. “It’s unfortunate [for] the transportation system — we’re not made to handle this type of weather. We’re not prepared for weather like this.”

Tags: Canada

June 21, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Steps Up Border Area Enforcement

The California Air Resources Board says it has stepped up enforcement of its diesel truck regulations to ensure that only vehicles compliant with California's stringent anti-pollution laws travel across the U.S. border into the state.

Tags: CARB, California

June 21, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Issues Reefer Compliance Reminder

The California Air Resources Board has issued an advisory recommending transport refrigeration unit (reefer) owners take action to plan and order compliance options to ensure TRU model year 2006 engines, or units manufactured in 2006, comply with in-use performance standards by the end of this year.

Tags: CARB, California, Reefers, Trailers

June 21, 2013 - Industry News

More Goodyear Truck Tires Available Through TravelCenters, Petro Locations

Goodyear's G399A LHS Fuel Max steer tire

Fleets and owner-operators will have increased access to Goodyear truck tires thanks to new agreement with TravelCenters of America and the tire manufacturer.

Tags: Goodyear, Petro Stopping Centers, Travel Centers of America, Tires, Truckstops

June 21, 2013 - Industry News

Optimism Increases for Future Rate and Volume Growth

Credit: TCP

A new Transport Capital Partners survey shows better expectations among trucking company executives when it comes to rates and freight volume. TCP says this breaks a three-year trend of lowering expectations for volume growth in the second quarter. More carriers expect volumes for the second quarter to hold steady.

Tags: Transport Capital Partners, Freight Rates, Freight Volume

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Confidence, Existing Home Sales Move Higher, Navistar Stock Plummets

“Despite month-to-month volatility, the LEI’s six-month growth rate remains steady, suggesting that conditions in the economy remain resilient,” says Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at The Conference Board. “Widespread gains in the leading indicators over the last six months suggest there is some upside potential for economic activity in the second half of the year.”

Tags: Economy, Navistar

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Mack to Begin Production of DME-Powered Vehicles in 2015

Mack's MP8engine will power the DME-fueled MACK Pinnacle.

DME has the same performance and energy efficiency as diesel. The fuel is compression-ignited, is handled and stored similar to propane and does not need cryogenic temperatures or high tank pressures.

Tags: Mack Trucks, DME

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

NTTC Updates Tank Rollover Prevention Video

National Tank Truck Carriers has produced a new version of the Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video it developed with the U.S. Department of Transportation to help educate water tanker drivers on the special characteristics of tank truck vehicles and the actions they can take to avoid rollovers

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Two Indicted For Ignoring FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

If anyone thinks the FMCSA is not serious about trucking and bus companies staying off the road after it has ordered them to shut down, due to safety concerns, you only need to look as far as what has happened to one operation and two individuals who have been indicted.

Tags: FMCSA

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

BestPass Protects Transponder Users from Damage Fees

The two-part service includes a custom form-fitted plastic transponder case, as well as transponder remediation and cleaning performed their staff when the device is returned to BestPass.

Tags: Bestpass

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Log: A Two-Day Trip Becomes a Three-Day Trip

Credit: DAT

How will the new hours of service rules affect typical 1,000-mile hauls? A few of the new rules can make the timing of a driver's on-duty hours critical to a successful trip. For example, the lane from Chicago to Houston, typically a two-day trip, could be tricky under the new HOS rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, DAT Transcore

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Takes Delivery of First Light And Medium Duty Natural Gas Vehicles

Ryder's new CNG trucks range from 16,000 lb GVW to 33,000 lb GVW, and are available for lease or rent from Ryder in California.

Tags: Navistar, Ryder System

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Class 8 Net Orders Up 29% from May 2012

New and net Class 8 orders were essentially flat at 24,218 units and 23,188 units, respectively.

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J: Top Management Indictments Coming?

In the wake of federal authorities disclosing an investigation into whether the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J cheated trucking customers out of money in the form of rebates from fuel purchases, some are wondering if indictments of top officials are a possibility.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Stable in April Stable, Still Slightly Negative

Carriers are managing productivity, but July's HOS rule change could produce significant capacity shortages.

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