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May 29, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Research: Medium-Duty Crash Numbers Could be Dragging Down Heavy-Duty Stats

The American Transportation Research Institute has just released research findings that looked into variations in safety trends across different classes of large trucks. The study separated and evaluated a decade of medium- and heavy-duty truck crash records and identified trends, with medium-duty trucks generally performing worse than heavy-duty.

Tags: ATRI, Safety, Light & Medium

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Two Pilot Flying J Employees Plead Guilty Following Investigation

(Photo by Robert Whitlock via Wikimedia Commons)

UPDATED, 5:36 p.m., Eastern--A regional sales director and an account representative for the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J have pleaded guilty to charges in federal court, following a federal investigation into allegations the company cheated customers out of fuel rebates they were due.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. House Panel to Hold California Hearing Thursday on Freight Movements

A Congressional panel will hold a hearing in Southern California on Thursday to examine how the region’s unique transportation challenges impact the movement of freight throughout the entire nation.

Tags: Freight, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, California

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

IdleAir Hikes Prices Due to Higher Costs, Continues Expanding Network

A provider of in-cab heating, cooling, entertainment and other services for truckers while they are parked without them having to idle, IdleAir, has announced new prices that will begin on June 3 and are frozen through at least the end of the year.

Tags: IdleAir, Idle Reduction

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Continues as Dominant Freight Transportation Mode

A new report issued by the American Trucking Associations shows trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation in the United States as even more goods were delivered by truck.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Movements Between U.S. & NAFTA Countries Mixed, Trucking Still Dominates

A new U.S. Transportation Department report shows the value of goods moving between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners by all modes of transportation decreased by 4% in March compared to a year ago, but rose 63.7% compared to March 2009.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Freight, NAFTA, Canada, Mexico, Economy

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA's CSA and Motorcoach HOS Subcommittees to Meet in June

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability and Motorcoach Hours of Service subcommittees have set a meeting for next month.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Awards 10 Scholarships

Ten students who are children and dependents of people affiliated with USA Truck have been awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year through the USA Truck Scholarship Program offered by the Arkansas-based carrier.

Tags: USA Truck

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Cascade Sierra Solutions Teams With Texas Governments to Open Outreach Center

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is partnering with Cascade Sierra Solutions to open the region's first Freight Efficiency Outreach Center, designed to give the trucking industry education and programs to improve efficiency, save money and reduce its impact on regional air quality.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Texas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Cascade Sierra Solutions, Going Green

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Webb Wheel Names Plank as New OEM President

Chad Plank has been named president for Webb Wheel Products' OEM business following the promotion of Kent Finkbiner to group president, Marmon Highway Technologies, Commercial Truck business.

Tags: Webb Wheel, Marmon Highway Technologies, Leadership, Wheels

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

Santa Clara County to Construct CNG Fueling Station & Convert Fleet

Santa Clara County in California will construct a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the fleet management facility in San Jose and has plans to convert 25% of its vehicles to CNG within 10 years.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, County Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas, California

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline, Oil Prices Move Lower

The average cost of diesel and gasoline in the United State has retreated slightly after some recent gains, while crude oil futures are down slightly from the week before. The average price of a gallon of diesel has fallen 1 cent to $3.88 per gallon, following two straight weekly increases totaling 4.5 cents.

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

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Hosts Size and Weight Study Session

The Federal Highway Administration is kicking off the public phase of its two-year study of the truck size and weight issue. At Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday the agency is hosting the first of four planned public listening sessions on size and weight issues.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

Truckworx Kenworth Opens Seventh Location in Southwest Alabama

Truckworx Kenworth has opened a new parts and service facility in Thomasville, Ala.

Truckworx Kenworth has opened a new parts and service facility in Thomasville, Ala. The new facility is located in Joe Davis Industrial Park just off of U.S. Route 43 in Clarke County, Ala.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealers, Alabama

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

In 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit vacated the FMCSA's plan to mandate electronic recorders for hours of service because it had not addressed harassment.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, EOBR

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

New Equity Partner for Transplace

Third-party logistics company Transplace has selected the New York-based private investment firm Greenbriar Equity Group as its new equity partner. Greenbriar acquired Transplace from an affiliate of CI Capital Partners, who joined with Transplace management in 2009 to buy the company from its original owners.

Tags: Transplace, 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

Consumer Confidence Hits Five-Year High

Despite federal budget cutbacks and people getting hit with Social Security taxes returning to normal, consumers feel better about the American economy than they have in five years.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Prosecutors in Pilot Flying J Probe Get High Marks; Another Lawsuit Filed

Two prosecutors known for having a top-notch track record are leading the federal investigation into claims that truckstop chain Pilot Flying J bilked some trucking customers out of financial rebates from fuel purchases. Meanwhile, another lawsuit has been filed against the company.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Fraud

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Bridge Set to Reopen in Mid-June with Temporary Fix

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a plan to replace the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mt. Vernon after it was damaged by a truck hauling an oversize load on Thursday, closing a section of the route.

Tags: NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, Bridge, Washington, Infrastructure

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

AireDock Idle Reduction Company Reorganizes

AireDock's idle reduction solution does not require any equipment investment on the part of the truck owner.

AireDock, which provides idle reduction technology at truckstops and other parking locations, is undergoing a major corporate restructuring and is opening a new location in Texas.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

Lindsay Lawler to Perform at Walcott Truckers Jamboree on July 11

Iowa 80 Truckstop announced that Lindsay Lawler will be performing at the 34th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree on July 11 at 7 p.m. The concert is being sponsored by Cat Scale.

Tags: Events, Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Lindsay Lawler

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Trailer Industry Orders Jump in April

After suffering a weak March, net trailer orders jumped 29% month over month in April, stronger than predicted by seasonality. However, year to date, net orders lag by 10% compared to 2012.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Demand Steady, But Used Class 8 Market Down 5% M/M

The used truck market was unable to book a third month of sequential improvement in April, due to a 33%+ contraction in the auction segment of the market. The retail and wholesale segments rose 2% and 19%, respectively, month over month.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

May 24, 2013 - Industry News

Bill Would Reduce Tax Burden on LNG Users

NGVAmerica says new legislation addresses one stumbling block to wider LNG adoption.

New bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress would change the way liquified natural gas is taxed as a transportation fuel, making it more equal to the diesel fuel tax by using diesel-gallon equivalents as a measure.

Tags: Natural Gas, taxes, Liquefied Natural Gas, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 24, 2013 - Industry News

Durable Goods Shipments and Orders Mixed, Home Sales Heading Higher

A first look one economic indicator shows improvement in one area of durable goods while conditions lag in another – but some analysts say this part of U.S. economy continues to improve.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Sales

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