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May 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if no Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to ease the regulatory burden on drivers by dropping the requirement that they file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Files Lawsuit Against Pilot Flying J

A seventh federal lawsuit has been filed against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J, but it’s the first from an owner-operator trucker.

Tags: Pilot Flying J

May 19, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Governor Signs Bill Increasing Fuel Taxes for Transportation Projects

A more than $4 billion, six year transportation funding package signed into law late last week by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley relies heavily on increases taxes on diesel and gasoline.

Tags: Maryland

May 17, 2013 - Industry News

Leading Economic Indicators and Consumer Sentiment Rise

A barometer of future U.S. economic activity rose in April following a drop in March, signaling growth could speed up later in the year. The Index of Leading Economic Indicators from the private research group The Conference Board, shows a 0.6% gain in April to 95, following a downwardly revised 0.2% drop in March.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Acquires Assets of Piedmont International Trucks

Rush Enterprises Inc. announced that its subsidiaries have acquired certain assets of Piedmont International Trucks, which operates commercial truck dealerships in North Carolina.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, Expansion, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Regulatory Climate Explored at Zonar Conference

Annette Sandberg, CEO of TransSafe Consulting and former FMCSA administrator.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Zonar, CVSA, Enforcement

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Secretary Nominee Foxx Confirmation Hearing Set for Next Week

Anthony Foxx faces the first step in his confirmation process next week.

President Obama’s pick to head up the U.S. Transportation Department will go before a Senate committee next week for a confirmation hearing.

Tags: U.S. DOT

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J CEO Talks to Trucking About Fraud Allegations

Haslam says business at Pilot and Flying J is down about 3% since allegations of fraud surfaced about a month ago. (Photo by Robert F. W. Whitlock via Wikimedia Commons)

Embattled Pilot Flying J CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on Thursday morning took questions from trucking for the first time since allegations of fraud surfaced a month ago, and asked fleets to work with the truckstop chain to resolve any problems rather than filing suit.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

April Residential Construction Positive Despite Declines, Consumer Prices Fall

Building of new homes in the United States fell in April to its lowest level since November, but the rate is still well above the same time a year ago, and new building permits are at their highest level since June 2008.

Tags: Economy, Housing

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Sells RV Business, Drops eStar Van as Part of Its Turnaround Plan

Navistar discontinued its eStar electric van.

UPDATED-- Navistar Inc. announced that it has sold parts of its recreational vehicle business to Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a leading producer of RVs as well as fire & emergency and commercial & industrial vehicles to worldwide markets.

Tags: Navistar, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, EVs

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Safety Chief Opens Zonar User Conference

Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer of the Federal Motor Carrier address attendees at Zonar Systems the Zone 2013 user’s conference.

You'd better be getting ready for new hours of service rules that go into effect July 1, to be followed by proposed rules for electronic logs. That, along with an emphasis on enforcement, was the message from Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in his keynote speech for Zonar Systems' inaugural users’ conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, Information Technology, Zonar, Events, Safety & Compliance

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Werner’s Derek Leathers on the Industry Outlook

Werner Enterprises' Derek Leathers speaks at the annual ALK Summit.

Slowly but steadily, freight demand is growing, said Derek Leathers, president and COO of truckload carrier Werner Enterprises, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit Wednesday.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Werner Enterprises

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Width Restrictions for I-84 in Eastern Oregon, MP 248-261

Beginning May 20, the first construction season of a three-year project along I-84 between MP 248 and MP 260.7 will begin

Tags: Road Construction

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Teams Selected to Compete in TCA’s Third Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown

Due to the overwhelming popularity of its previous health-and-wellness efforts and continual positive feedback from its members, the Truckload Carriers Association is launching a third Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown.

Tags: TCA, Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index for March Improves

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for March eased from February’s level of -9.5 reading to a current reading of -7.3, indicating a slightly improved but still negative environment for shippers, which conversely means an improved environment for carriers.

Tags: HOS, FTR, SCI

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Power South Launches Diesel Engine Technician Training Program

Cummins Power South recently launched a new comprehensive diesel engine training program. The three-month graduate program, entitled CPSUniversity, is designed to provide rigorous in-depth training on Cummins heavy-duty and mid-range engine products and is currently being offered to diesel engine technology students who have completed a qualified diesel technology program.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins Power South

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

J. J. Keller & Associates Introduces Hazardous Materials Program Management

. J. Keller & Associates Inc. continues to expand its on-site advisory services with the addition of Hazardous Materials Compliance & Safety Program Management. The service is designed to protect companies that handle, package, ship, receive, or transport hazardous materials or hazardous waste.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hazmat

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Tramec Acquires Sloan Transportation Products

Tramec has acquired Sloan Transportation Products, which was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Holland, Michigan. The new legal entity, Tramec Sloan LLC, will be fully integrated into Tramec LLC.

Tags: Tramec

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Former FBI Director to Investigate Pilot Flying J as Part of Lawsuit

Pilot Flying J has been accused of bilking some trucking companies out of their fuel rebates.

The law firm representing one of the trucking companies suing truckstop operator Pilot Flying J has brought on a big gun to help with the investigation – former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Truckers File Lawsuit Over Independent Contractor Status

Two truck drivers working out of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have filed a lawsuit against the trucking company Harbor Express alleging they should be treated as employees, not owner-operators.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Port Trucking, Owner-Operators, Ports, Intermodal

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Industrial Production, Producer Prices Fall in April

Industrial production in the United States tumbled in April, the biggest drop in eight months. The Federal Reserve says the total output at the nation’s factories, mines and utilities fell 0.5% following a downwardly revised 0.3% gain in March.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Wholesale Prices

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

ATHS National Convention and Antique Truck Show May 30-June 1

Hundreds of antique trucks and thousands of trucking enthusiasts will gather in Yakima, Wash., for the American Truck Historical Society's 2013 National Convention and Antique Truck Show held May 30 through June 1, 2013.

Tags: Events

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

April Spot Market Volume, Rates Down From a Year Ago

Spot market freight volumes reported by the DAT North American Freight Index declined 16% compared to the record April high in 2012. The year-over-year freight declines were seen across all equipment types: van load volume declined, refrigerated loads slipped 10% and flatbed freight dropped 15%.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

GM to Buy Small Cargo Vans from Nissan for U.S., Canada Markets

Chevy City Express will be based on Nissan’s NV200 compact van. It goes on sale in fall of 2014 as a 2015 model.

General Motors and Nissan announced today that they have signed an agreement for Nissan to produce a small cargo van that GM will sell in the United States and Canada. It will be called the City Express and be sold by Chevrolet dealers.

Tags: Chevrolet, Cargo Vans, Nissan, General Motors, Chevrolet City Express, 2015-MY, Compact Vans

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Executives Sentenced in Separate Cases

Schemes to defraud customers have earned officials with two trucking companies prison sentences ranging from a few months to several years, with one case in Missouri and one in Wisconsin.

Tags: Fraud

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