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May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Iowa DOT Supports Truckers Against Trafficking Initiative

The Iowa Department of Transportation is partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking to combat the trafficking of human beings. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are at risk to enter the sex for sale industry each year.

Tags: Iowa, TAT

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Breaks Ground on New Travel Center in Odessa, Texas

Pilot Flying J announced it is breaking ground on a new Pilot Travel Center in Odessa, Texas. The travel center will feature full amenities for area residents, professional drivers and the traveling public.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

WheelTime Network Companies Become AGP Authorized Dealers

American Power Group Corp. announced that all 18 WheelTime Network member companies have become APG Authorized Dealers and will begin to create a full-service network including sales, certified installation, warranty diagnostics and post-install maintenance for APG's CNG and LNG dual-fueled vehicular conversions.

Tags: WheelTime Network, APG

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index For March Continues Favorable Trend

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for March as reported in the May 2013 Trucking Update reflected improvement in an already favorable environment for trucking with an additional increase to a reading of 13.12.

Tags: FTR, TCI

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Night-time Lane Closures Scheduled for Minnesota's Interstates 94 and 35E

Travelers may encounter nightly delays beginning May 13 at the I-94/I-35E Capitol Interchange in St. Paul.

Tags: Road Construction

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Includes New Truck Track

The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature an education track focused on heavy-duty vehicles coordinated by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.

May 12, 2013 - Industry News

VIDEO: About the Detroit DT12 Automated Manual Transmission

Daimler Trucks North America recently rolled out production of its new Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission, which it believes will help boost acceptance of AMTs in North America. HDT's editors were there in Germany and brought back this video.

Tags: Transmissions, Detroit, Daimler Trucks North America

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Blast YRC, ABF Over Talks

Teamsters Union President James Hoffa Friday had some harsh words for LTL giant YRC Worldwide following news that it tried to purchase competitor Arkansas Best, which owns ABF, calling the move "unconscionable."

Tags: Arkansas, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, ABF, YRC, LTL

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

New Jersey Cargo Theft Bill Signed into Law

On May 9, New Jersey Gov. Christie signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible that cracks down on cargo theft in New Jersey. The measure is named the "Lt. Scott Jenkins Law" in memory of a founding member of the State Police Cargo Theft Unit, and is sponsored by 17 other Assembly Republicans.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Security, New Jersey

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Additional Rules for Trucker Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver's medical certification status.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

Tanker Crash Closes Section of I-81 in Pennsylvania

UPDATED -- Because a tanker fire has closed I-81 in the Harrisburg, Pa., area, the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Harrisburg East (#247) and Carlisle (#226), is being used as an alternate route. Tolls are being waived for all vehicles that enter and exit at those two interchanges only.

Tags: Pennsylvania, I-81, Highways

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Slams Homeland Security Department Over TWIC Card Readers

An official manually checks a driver's TWIC credentials at the Port of Tacoma.

A new Government Accountability Office report to Congress has some far from kind words about the Transportation Security Administration and biometric readers used in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and coordinated along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tags: Department of Homeland Security, GAO, TWIC, TSA, Security, Ports, Intermodal

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

Haslam Hitting PR Trail Following Pilot Flying J Allegations

Charges haven’t been filed following a raid on his company’s headquarters, but Pilot Flying J chief Jimmy Haslam seems to have already embarked on a tour to rehabilitate his image and that of his family's company.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

Bridgestone Begins Work on New Biorubber Research Center

The Guayule is a perennial shrub native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico that produces natural rubber in its bark and roots.

Bridgestone America has broken ground on its Biorubber Process Research Center in Mesa, Ariz., to investigate the use of the guayule plant as an alternative natural rubber source.

Tags: Bridgestone, Tires, Guayule

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

As EU Contemplates CO2 Reduction, is More Power the Answer?

Scania log transporter, 72 ton GCW, powered by a 730-horsepower V-8 diesel.

The European Union is following the U.S. lead in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation industry, but one approach may differ from that of North America: Larger engines and bigger rigs.

Tags: Volvo, CO2, Scania, European Union, Global, Truck Weights

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Move Closer to Approving UPS Contract

Teamsters Union local leaders representing UPS workers across the country have unanimously endorsed a tentative five-year national agreement, clearing the way for ballots to be prepared and sent to members.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

Michigan Considering Lifting Ambassador Bridge HazMat Ban

The Ambassador Bridge could open to trucks hauling some hazardous materials.

After decades of prohibiting trucks from legally transporting hazardous materials over the Ambassador Bridge that carries traffic between the U.S. and Canada, Michigan has proposed lifting the ban.

Tags: Canada, Michigan, Ambassador Bridge, Cross-Border Trucking, NAFTA, Hazmat

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. DOT Hosting Truck Size and Weight Input Session

The U.S. Transportation Department has set a public hearing for May 29 to get input for its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study.

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

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

Survey: Diversification, Utilization Key to Truckload Success

Truckload carriers continue to innovate to remain profitable, particularly through service diversification and driver retention, according to a new study by trucking software giant TMW Systems.

Tags: Drivers, TMW, Truckload

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Missouri Rest Areas Closing, to be Converted for Trucks Only

The eastbound and westbound I-44 rest areas near Halltown, Mo., at mile marker 50, between Springfield and Joplin will close May 29 and will be converted to a truck parking facility.

Tags: Missouri, Rest Areas, Truck Parking, Highways

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

ABF Spurns Offer From YRC Worldwide

No deal, said ABF to YRC's purchase offer.

Just before reporting positive first quarter numbers, the parent of several less-than-truckload carriers, YRC Worldwide, reportedly made a bid for competitor ABF – without success.

Tags: Arkansas, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, LTL

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Cold Train Expands Express Intermodal Service

Cold Train is expanding its express refrigerated intermodal service from Portland, Ore., to complement its existing expedited service out of Quincy, Wash.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Intermodal, Cold Train

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Urgent Care Travel Opens at Pilot in Knoxville, Tenn.

Urgent Care Travel opened its first urgent care location at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike in Knoxville, Tenn. The company plans to open as many as 100 urgent care sites at select travel center and travel plaza locations nationwide.

Tags: Drivers, Tennessee, Driver Health, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Freight Index Up Fifth Month in a Row

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.3% in March from February, rising for the fifth month in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Tags: Economy, Freight, BTS

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Lautenberg Offers Bill to Restrict Sizes and Weights

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits. His move positions a familiar piece in the size-and-weight chess match as the next highway bill approaches.

Tags: Legislation, Highways, Truck Weights

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