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July 30, 2013 - Industry News

Road Fix: Mobile Phone App Opens Direct Digital Complaint Line to Congress

Stuck in traffic? Have a cell phone? Here’s your chance to turn your wasted breath into a digital complaint that could actually get something done. Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition dedicated to reinvestment in infrastructure, today introduced a new mobile phone app that gives motorists a direct link to their elected representatives.

Tags: Information Technology, Traffic Congestion, Highway Trust Fund, White House, Building America's Future, U.S. Congress

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Gasoline Slips, Diesel Prices Increase

While gasoline prices continued to decline this week, diesel prices continued on its journey upward.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Two More Guilty Pleas in Pilot Flying J Fraud Case

Two employees of Pilot Flying J pled guilty to charges of fraud in the ongoing investigation of the fuel company’s treatment of its customers.

Tags: Pilot Flying J

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Keynote Announced for HTUF National Meeting

The High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum announced that Christopher Grundler, director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. EPA will give a keynote address at the upcoming HTUF National Meeting, October 7-9 in Chicago, Ill.

Tags: HTUF, Events

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Utility Tri-State Opens a New Location In Oklahoma City

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. announced the opening of Utility Tri-State, Inc.’s new Oklahoma City, Okla., location.

Tags: Utility, Expansion, Dealer

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Releases Analysis on Mobile Devices in Trucking

Saying they wanted to clarify some misconceptions in the marketplace regarding mobile devices, PeopleNet, Minnetonka, Minn., released an analysis comparing the mobile options of BYOD (bring your own device) and COPE (company-owned, personally enabled).

Tags: Technology, PeopleNet

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Whilamut Passage Bridge Opens

The I-5 Whilamut Passage Bridge over the Willamette River was recently completed, and will reduce congestion and improve freight movement through the critical corridor.

Tags: Road Construction

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Error Key in Fatal School Bus Crash, NTSB Finds

A fatal collision between a school bus and a truck probably was caused by the bus driver’s mistake and made more severe by the truck being overweight and speeding, said the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tags: Accidents, NTSB

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Sustainability Report Details Fuel Use Reduction of 1.3 Million Gallons in 2012

UPS released its latest sustainability report, which details the progress the company made that year toward making its overall operations more environmentally friendly and offers specifics on how it is managing its fleet to meet its larger goals.

Tags: Sustainability, UPS

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Second Quarter Net Income Decreased Y-o-Y

Rush Enterprises Inc., which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced that for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, the company's net income was $5.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with net income of $17.4 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, financials

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Appoints Nancy Gougarty as President and COO

Westport Innovations announced that Nancy Gougarty has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Westport after resigning her position on the company's board of directors.

Tags: Leadership, Westport

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond International Completes Service Expansion in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International of Springfield, a local International commercial truck dealership, recently opened its new location at 2635 E. Diamond Street in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: Expansion, Dealer

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Judges Mull Consolidating Remaining Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The fate of about a dozen lawsuits against Pilot Flying J now rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges in Maine. The suits, which all stem from allegations the truckstop chain cheated customers out of fuel rebates, could be consolidated into one class action.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Litigation

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Faces Lawsuit Over Background Checks

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act in how it conducted background checks. The suit says more than 10,000 applicants were affected.

Tags: Drivers, Swift Transportation, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Litigation

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Economic Numbers Hit Multi-Year Highs

While American’s are split on how President Obama is handling the economy, the latest numbers out show things are decidedly on the upswing, with increasing consumer confidence, rising home prices and steady job gains.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Covenant, Pacer, Saia, UTI, P.A.M. Report Financials

More carriers have reported second quarter financial results, with both Covenant Transport and Universal Truckload showing a decline in profit, Pacer showing a slighter bigger one, and Saia and P.A.M. showing increases in both profit and revenue.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Covenant Transport, Earnings, Saia, Universal Truckload

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds Mexico Pilot Program

UPDATED- A federal appeals court upheld the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters union to declare the program illegal.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA, Teamsters, NAFTA

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Obama, Congress Talk Infrastructure Funding

President Barack Obama talks with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx aboard Air Force One during the flight to Jacksonville, Fla., where the president called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class. (White House photo)

As Congress squares for the fight over 2014 transportation spending and long-term transportation policy, President Obama called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class.

Tags: FMCSA, Intermodal, U.S. DOT, White House, Panama Canal, U.S. Congress

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Earnings Increase Due to Pickup in Truckload and Intermodal Operations

The multi-service trucking provider Swift Transportation saw an increase in both earnings and revenue during the second quarter of the year. The Arizona-based operation posted a profit of $42.9 million compared to $33.7 million from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Earnings, Swift Transportation

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

I-80 Challenge Ups Law Enforcement on Roads

Yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa with the the Interstate 80 Challenge was offically launched. The I-80 Challenge is a multi-state awareness and high-visibility enforcement effort to encourage all drivers to drive safely on the Interstate 80 corridor and to support the efforts of the law enforcement officers. The challenge runs from July 24 to July 31.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, I-80

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Capacity Growth Among Carriers Remains Flat

In the second-quarter survey, 65% of carriers indicated they plan to increase capacity. This presents no notable change from first-quarter 2013 and second-quarter 2012 percentages.

Tags: TCP, Capacity

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Fuel Taxes Move Higher on Wednesday

Fuel taxes in Massachusetts will increase, after lawmakers there overrode Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick’s veto of the state transportation budget.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Massachusetts, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Cleveland Indians To Host First Annual “Women In Transportation” Event

The Cleveland Indians are partnering with the Women In Trucking Association to honor all women in transportation careers. The event will take place at Progressive Stadium during the Cleveland Indians versus Texas Rangers game on July 28.

Tags: Events, WIT

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Biodiesel on Pace for Record Year

Boosted by strong federal policy aimed at diversifying the transportation fuels market, the U.S. biodiesel industry reached a new production record for the first half of the year and is on pace for its best year ever, according to new EPA figures.

Tags: Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Pana-Pacific and Skybitz to Partner

Skybitz and Pana-Pacific announced a partnership agreement that allows Pana-Pacific to market and resell SkyBitz trailer tracking and management products to the transportation and logistics markets.

Tags: Information Technology, SkyBitz, Trailers

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