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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

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Increased 0.9% in March

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index gained 0.9% in March after decreasing 0.7% in February. Tonnage has now increased in four of the last five months.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index, Economy

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider Offering New Bulk Intermodal Container Service

Schneider worked with partners to develop a 40-foot bulk intermodal container capable of hauling 5,800 gallons.

Schneider National Bulk Carriers recently launched a bulk intermodal transportation service using a new 40-foot tank container that can be used on the rail and over the road to haul liquid bulk chemicals across the United States.

Tags: Trailers, Intermodal, Schneider National

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index for February Falls

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for February fell over two points following a similar decline in January. The current reading of -9.5 reflects an expectation for increasingly difficult conditions for shippers as 2013 progresses, which is good news for trucking companies.

Tags: FTR, SCI

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Adding 700 New LNG Vehicles Across 10 States

UPS has announced the accelerated growth of its alternative vehicle fleet with plans to purchase approximately 700 liquefied natural gas vehicles and to build four refueling stations by the end of 2014. Once completed, the company says, the LNG private fleet will be one of the most extensive in the U.S.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, UPS, Alternative Fuels

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hands-Free Texting Isn’t Safer According to New Study

Using a handheld phone for texting is equally dangerous whether you do it manually or with voice-to-text, according to new research.

Efforts by federal officials prohibiting all interstate and haz-mat truckers from texting while driving, along with many state having such laws for all drivers, may do little for safety on the roadway, based on new research.

Tags: Texting, Research, Drivers, Distracted Driving

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Research Continuing into Solving Truck Parking Problem

Truckers looking for increasingly hard to find parking spaces may be getting some help from the American Transportation Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation. ATRI is working with multiple partners to test a new system for truck parking management.

Tags: U.S. DOT, ATRI, Truck Parking

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Bobit Names David Moniz Publisher of Heavy Duty Trucking

David Moniz is the new publisher of HDT.

Bobit Business Media announced that Dave Moniz is the new publisher of Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT). Moniz, most recently the publisher of Fleet Equipment and Tire Review magazines, started his career with HDT and has also worked on Fleet Owner.

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Taxpayer Group Pushing for Higher Truck Weights

The latest group to endorse higher truck weights has no direct connection with the trucking industry, but rather is a self-described as an “independent non-partisan advocate for overburdened tax payers.”

Tags: Truck Weights, U.S. Congress, District of Columbia, ATA

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Reports Show Home Sales Slowly Improving

Sales of new homes in the United States continue getting better, while sales of existing ones have dipped just slightly.

Tags: Economy, Housing

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Profits Triple in First Quarter

Swift Transportation, a mainly truckload carrier, saw its first quarter profit jump much higher while earnings also increased from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation, Fleet Financials

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Leader Calls for More Traffic Enforcement

Byrd says a 2011 FMCSA study found traffic enforcement coupled with roadside inspections three times more effective than just roadside vehicle inspections in reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries.

A trucking industry leader is calling on police to put more emphasis on traffic enforcement, even if it means taking resources away from roadside inspections. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data, traffic enforcement has been falling in relation to other types of enforcement.

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Opens Norfolk Location

ASF Intermodal announced the opening of the company’s newest intermodal drayage facility and first location in Virginia. ASF Intermodal’s new Norfolk terminal is located at 828 Seaboard Ave in Chesapeake, Va., and will provide drayage service in and out of the port and rail facilities in the Norfolk area.

Tags: Intermodal, ASF Intermodal

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Calvin White Named TCA Highway Angel

Calvin White of St. Pauls, N.C., who drives for G&P Trucking Co., of Gaston, S.C., was named a TCA Highway Angel.

The Truckload Carriers Association announced that it is adding another professional truck driver to its roster of Highway Angels. Calvin White of St. Pauls, N.C., who drives for G&P Trucking Co., of Gaston, S.C., is being recognized for his efforts to assist at an accident and for rescuing a young boy.

Tags: TCA, TCA Highway Angel

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