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April 29, 2013 - Industry News

TA Opens Two Petro:Lube Truck Service Centers in Indiana, Kansas

TravelCenters of America opens two newly built truck service facilities with 10 always open service bays.

Tags: Petro, TravelCenters of America LLC, Petro:Lube, Truckstops

April 28, 2013 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Welcomes Blaine Brothers

HDA Truck Pride strengthens its footprint with the addition of Blaine Brothers.

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Sees Decline in Q1 Income

Rush's first quarter parts, service and body shop revenues reached a new record quarterly high of $231.5 million.

Rush Enterprises' first-quarter income was down from a year ago on lower truck sales, despite achieving record parts, service and body shop revenues. Net income dropped from $15.9 million, or 40 cents per share, last year, to $13.5 million, or 34 cent per share.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Dealers

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

Petro Stopping Center Open in Wells, Nevada

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers, has acquired and rebranded a travel center in Wells, Nev.

Tags: Truckstops, Petro, Nevada

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Used Truck Volumes Up Second Consecutive Month

The used truck market enjoyed a second consecutive month of improved volumes in March as the auction market roared back to life in March, growing 126% giving the overall market a 4% boost month over month.

Tags: Auction, ACT Research, Used Truck, Dealers

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

DOT to Host Webinar on Truck Navigation Systems

Many bridge strikes have been caused by commercial drivers using passenger-car GPS units instead of truck-specific ones like this one.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition will sponsor a free webinar on the benefits and consequences of GPS navigation systems used by commercial drivers.

Tags: GPS, U.S. DOT, TIMTC, Training, Navigation

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Kansas Chameleon Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has closed down four motor carriers based in Olathe, Kan., accused of being reincarnated “chameleons” for an unsafe truck company previously shut down by the agency.

Tags: FMCSA

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

Vermont Fuel Taxes Heading Higher

Lawmakers in Vermont have given final approval to legislation increasing the state diesel and gasoline taxes, although it's less than originally proposed.

Tags: Vermont, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

Knight, ODFL, Landstar & UPS Report Strong Earnings

The first quarter earning reporting season continues with Knight Transportation and Old Dominion Freight Line reporting healthy increases in revenue and profit, with Landstar nearly hitting a record and UPS continuing to prove why it’s the biggest trucking operation in the country.

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings, Landstar, Knight Transportation, Fleet Financials

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Eases CDL Clutter

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is doing some housecleaning on its commercial license rule.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Needs Money and Federal Planning, House Panel Told

A couple of themes emerged from the first hearing of a new House panel on freight transportation. One: The United States needs to reinvest in freight infrastructure across all modes, and for highways that means raising money by raising fuel taxes.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Highway Infrastructure

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

World's Biggest Construction Show Features Vocational Trucks

A Volvo Trucks demonstration at the huge Bauma construction show in Germany.

An impressive 530,000 visitors from over 200 countries converged on the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany, between April 15 and 21 for the giant construction equipment show, Bauma, where there were also plenty of vocational trucks on display.

Tags: Vocational, Global

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

Allstate Peterbilt of Fargo Named Peterbilt Dealer of the Year

Peterbilt Motors Co. presents Allstate Peterbilt of Fargo the award for North American Dealer of the Year.

Allstate Peterbilt of Fargo was named the 2012 North American Dealer of the Year by Peterbilt Motors Company.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dealers

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Most Distracted CV Drivers Are Distracted During Risky Maneuvers

The top 5% distracted drivers of commercial vehicles are distracted 79% of the time during risky driving maneuver. That's nearly six times more often than the rest of the drivers, according to the initial results of the SmartDrive Distracted Driving Index study, which explores the distracted driving rate of commercial fleets.

Tags: Distracted Driving, SmartDrive

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Increased Penalties Take Effect for Knowingly Violating Hazmat Regs

The DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced that increased maximum civil penalties are now in effect for violations of federal hazardous materials transportation regulations that lead to death, serious injuries or extensive property damage.

Tags: Regulations, Hazmat

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Reyco Granning Expands Aftermarket Distribution Network

Reyco Granning announced that The Universal Group headquartered in Pennsauken, N.J., has become its newest authorized aftermarket distributor.

Tags: Reyco Granning, Aftermarket

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA Takes Issue with ATA Call for More Traffic Enforcement

Traffic enforcement alone only gets to one of the CSA BASICs, but traffic enforcement with an inspection gets to the three BASICs that are most closely tied with risk, says CVSA.

A trucking leader’s call for police to put more emphasis on traffic enforcement rather than roadside inspections yielded a polite “thank you” from the enforcement community – and disagreement with some of his message.

Tags: ATA, CVSA, Enforcement

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeking Comments on Another Participant in Cross-Border Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on allowing another Mexico-based carrier in the long haul cross-border pilot program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Decline Over the Past Week

Rates on one of the nation’s biggest spot freight markets took an across-the-board decline last week while load volume barely edged higher.

Tags: rates, DAT Transcore, Spot Rates, Spot Freight

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Freight, Teamsters Agree To Network Changes

The Teamsters union has approved the network optimization plan YRC Freight submitted in March. The plan will close 29 terminals, forcing the company to change how freight moves through its network of more than 260 other terminals.

Tags: Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, YRC, LTL

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Traffic Congestion Increasing After Declining Two Straight Years

Traffic congestion on U.S. roadways is back after two consecutive years of declines, with traffic congestion up 4% in the first quarter compared to 2012, according to traffic information provider Inrix in its sixth Traffic Scorecard Annual Report.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways, Inrix

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Montana Officials Nab More Trucks with 360SmartView Inspection System

Data collected by the Montana Department of Transportation using the 360SmartView truck safety screening system show significant results from focusing limited enforcement resources on trucks that are out of compliance with safety and credential requirements.

Tags: Enforcement

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Durable Goods Shipments Increase in March but New Orders Slide

The government’s first look at shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods in the U.S. during March shows mixed performance.T he U.S. Commerce Department reports shipments increased in March from the month before by 0.4% to $230 billion. This is the highest level on record, going back to 1992.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Paccar, Daimler Report Lower Earnings and Revenue

Overall business and profits declined in the first quarter of the year for the parent companies of several truck makers.

Tags: Paccar, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Freightliner, Western Star

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

March Trailer Orders Down, Cancellations Negligible

Net trailer orders for March were down 6% month-over-month and 12% year-over-year. This update on industry performance was reported in the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. “Although orders are down, the orders being placed appear genuine, as cancellation activity has been negligible for most trailer categories,” said Frank Maly, director-CV Transportation with ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

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