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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.

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Travel Advisory: Overnight Closures on I-94, I-35W in Minneapolis Next Week

Crews will close sections the roadway to set the beams on the Park Avenue Bridge which spans the two freeways.

Tags: Minnesota DOT, Minnesota

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Pre-inspection Pilot Started at U.S. Border Crossing

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection service has begun the first phase of a truck cargo pre-inspection pilot at the Pacific Highway crossing adjacent to Surrey, British Columbia.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security

June 19, 2013 - Industry News

Logistics Report: Get Used to the ‘New Normal’ of Slow Growth

Considering the implosion that occurred in the wake of the go-go years before 2007, the current condition of slow economic growth has a certain appeal, according to the author of a new State of Logistics Report.

Tags: Economy, Logistics, 3PL

June 19, 2013 - Industry News

Vantage Trailers Makes Meritor Components Standard Equipment

Vantage Lone Star end dump trailer.

Vantage Trailers has selected Meritor trailer components as standard equipment on all Vantage products, including suspensions, tire pressure inflation, wheel-end components and more.

Tags: Trailers, Meritor

June 19, 2013 - Industry News

Telematics Industry Honors Volvo Trucks for Remote Diagnostics

Volvo edged out seven leading technology companies to win the award, presented during the Telematics Update annual conference and exhibition in Detroit.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo Trucks

June 19, 2013 - Industry News

Court Rules NLRB Went Too Far with Poster Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a lower court decision that the National Labor Relations Board went too far when it required employers to post a notice of employee rights.

Tags: NLRB, ATA

June 19, 2013 - Industry News

The Gates Corporation Releases New Aftermarket Parts

Gates adds 128 new part numbers covering late model vehicles to its line of OEM quality aftermarket products.

June 19, 2013 - Industry News

PSI to Power Gasoline, CNG & LPG Workhorse/AMP Chassis Models

The new agreement enabled PSI to offer alternatively-fueled, certified powertrains for the full range of Class-4 through Class-7 applications, including delivery trucks and municipal bus fleets.

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