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April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Gridlock Grows Worse

A new report says gridlock in the U.S. has staged a dramatic comeback after two years of post-recession lows, but it’s also a sign the economy is bouncing back. Data from the most recent Inrix Gridlock Index shows traffic jumped by almost 10% during February – the largest year-over-year increase recorded in two years, and a healthy sign of rising economic activity across 100 metro areas.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways, Infrastructure, Inrix

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way, ODFL Offer First Quarter Performance Preview

The parent of the less-than-truckload operation, Con-way Freight, recently provided an update on first quarter trends of this part of its business, ahead of it releasing first quarter financial results the first of May while competitor Old Dominion Freight Line did the same just before a freight transportation summit in Chicago last week.

Tags: Con-way Freight, LTL, Old Dominion Freight Line, Tonnage

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Targets Gasoline Emissions, Fuel Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new emission standards for cars and light trucks, and lower sulfur content in gasoline. The Tier 3 standards, as they are called, would be phased in starting 2017. They would cover cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles and some heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, EPA

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

ELFA: February New Business Volume Decreased by 6% Y-O-Y

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, which reports economic activity from 25 companies, showed their overall new business volume for February was $4.7 billion, down 6% from volume of $5 billion in February 2012.

Tags: ELFA

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Bulk DEF Prices Hold Steady in March

Bulk DEF prices largely held between February and March 2013 (this includes full truck load and less than full truck load bulk deliveries, and tote refills).

Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Dan King Leaves Yokohama After 20-plus Years

Dan King Leaves Yokohama After 20-plus Years

For more than 20 years, Dan King has been helping develop and implement consumer and commercial tire sales strategies for Yokohama Tire Corp.. That will end on April 6 when he joins Tire’s Warehouse Inc., a large tire wholesaler based in Corona, Calif.

Tags: Leadership, Yokohama Tire Corp., YRC

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Exceeds Veteran Recruiting Goal

Ryder System Inc. has surpassed its goal to hire 1,000 military veterans by the end of 2013. The company beat its goal by the end of February, a full 10 months ahead of schedule.

Tags: Ryder System, Hiring our Heroes

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens New Casual Dining Experience

Professional driver Ken Szorosy sits down to enjoy a home-style platter with hearty meatloaf and a hot cup of coffee at the newly opened Pilot Travel Center in St. Marys, Ga., on March 21.

Pilot Flying J is launching a new casual dining concept at select travel centers and travel plazas nationwide, the first of which opened in March at the new Pilot Travel Center in St. Marys, Ga.

March 29, 2013 - Industry News

Polar Corp. Names Robert Denious as President and CEO

Polar Corporation has appointed Robert D. Denious, its board chairman, as president and chief executive officer of the company.

Tags: Leadership, Polar

March 29, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driver Input Wanted for Survey about CSA Impacts

The American Transportation Research Institute, a non-profit trucking research organization, has launched its third annual commercial driver survey to identify impacts on trucking operations, as well as driver perceptions and attitudes toward the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety and Accountability program.

Tags: CSA, ATRI, Drivers

March 28, 2013 - Industry News

NATSO Names Tom Heinz 2013 Chairman

NATSO, the national trade association representing major truckstops and travel plazas, has named Tom Heinz, president of Heinz and Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, as its 2013 chairman of the board.

Tags: NATSO, Truckstops, Leadership

March 28, 2013 - Industry News

PSI and Capacity Launch Medium-Duty Truck Collaboration at MATS

LOUISVILLE -- Power Solutions International and Capacity of Texas announced a collaboration to bring the attractive economics of natural gas engines to the medium-duty truck market.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 28, 2013 - Industry News

Work Truck Show 2013 Green Award Goes to Odyne Systems

Organizers of The Work Truck Show, held earlier this month, announced this week Odyne Systems, of Waukesha, Wis., has won The Work Truck Show 2013 Green Award for an advanced hybrid commercial vehicle it developed with ComEd in Chicago.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Odyne, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

March 28, 2013 - Industry News

Only One Lane Open Westbound In St. Louis Along I-70 Bridge Fri. Night/Sat Morning

Only one lane will be open for traffic on westbound Interstate 70 at the Blanchette Missouri River Bridge in St. Louis, mile marker 230, from 11 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday due to pavement repair.

Tags: Missouri, I-70, Highways

March 28, 2013 - Industry News

Trucks Moving More Freight Between U.S. and NAFTA Neighbors

A new report shows the value of U.S. trade with neighboring Canada and Mexico increased in January 3.5% from the same time a year ago with truck movements dominating freight transportation.

Tags: NAFTA, Canada, Mexico, Exports, Imports, Surface Trade

March 27, 2013 - Industry News

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal Goes to White House

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is getting closer to proposing a rule that would create a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Alcohol, OMB

March 27, 2013 - Industry News

Mack, Volvo Collaborating with Shell for Global LNG Project

Natural gas-powered Mack TerraPro.

Mack Trucks and sister company Volvo Trucks announced a collaboration with Shell to coordinate efforts and support activities that encourage the use of liquefied natural gas as a fuel for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Natural Gas, Volvo Trucks, Shell, Mack Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas

March 27, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Shows Fleet Use of E-logs, CSA Compliance Methods and Costs along with Expansion Plans

Newly released results from a survey of fleets show more are adopting e-logs to monitor driver compliance with hours-of-service regulations. The survey also reveals what they are doing and how much it costs to comply with the CSA program, as well as plans for adding capacity that include more plan to add independent contractor drivers.

Tags: EOBR, Owner-Operators, Capacity, CSA, Hours of Service, Transport Capital Partners, Drivers

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

Heavy-Truck Orders Move Higher, Used Truck Market Stabilizes, Caution Over Trailers

Three separate new reports paint a picture of healthy new heavy truck sales and an improving used-truck market, but a market for trailers that is still relatively weak.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Sales, ACT Research

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Volume Falls In February, Rates Mixed

The freight-matching service provider DAT TransCore new North American Freight Index shows a return to post-recession freight volumes during February, following a record-setting January.

Tags: Freight, rates, DAT Transcore, Spot Freight

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

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