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June 13, 2013 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for April Remains in Very Positive Territory

Modest rate increases are expected to resume as freight enjoys reasonable volume growth alongside the reduced trucking productivity that is the result of increased regulations.

Tags: FTR, TCI, Capacity

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Report Claims Success With Diesel Emissions Regulations

Reductions in emissions of black carbon since the late 1980s, mostly from diesel engines as a result of air quality programs, have resulted in a measurable reduction of concentrations of global warming pollutants in the atmosphere, according to a new study from the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Hours of Service Hearing Scheduled

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will hold a hearing next week on pending changes in the hours of service rule. The hearing, which will be chaired by Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., comes as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prepares to implement changes to the hours rule on July 1.

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Officials Guilty In $3.6 Million Check-Kiting Scheme

Two officials with Ohio-based Dart Trucking have been found guilty of bank fraud charges related to a $3.6 million check-kiting scheme.

Tags: Fraud, Ohio

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Apollo Tyres to Acquire Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Apollo Tyres Ltd and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement under which a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apollo will acquire Cooper in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.5 billion.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Mergers & Acquisitions, Apollo Tyre

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Another Week, Another Pilot Flying J Lawsuit; Separate Litigation Dropped

It wouldn’t be a week in trucking lately if there wasn’t some news about the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J. This one has been no exception, with a new lawsuit being filed, one being dropped, and questions arising over who owns the company that’s come under fire following the disclosure of a federal investigation into allegations of shortchanging customers on fuel rebates.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Fraud

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Releases Report on I-5 Bridge Collapse

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report into the May 23 bridge collapse along Interstate 5 in Washington, sending two vehicles into the Skagit River below.

Tags: Washington, NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, Skagit River Bridge

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Supreme Court Partially Upholds ATA in L.A. Port Case

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Port of Los Angeles may not impose the placarding and parking requires of its concession plan on trucking companies. This in effect upholds part of the position American Trucking Associations took in pushing for the high court’s review of the port’s concession agreement.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Port of Los Angeles, Port Trucking, Ports, Intermodal, Owner-Operators, U.S. Supreme Court, Litigation

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

April Freight Index Falls After Five Straight Monthly Hikes

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1.2% in April from March, declining after five consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Freight, TSI

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Action Truck Parts Joins Vipar Heavy Duty

Action Truck Parts, a full-line distributor of heavy duty truck and trailer components, has joined the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Jason Ding Joins Drivewyze as CFO

Drivewyze has announced the appointment of Jason Ding as its chief financial officer and VP of administration.

Drivewyze, which offers weigh station and inspection site bypass opportunities at both fixed weigh stations and roadside mobile inspection sites, has announced the appointment of Jason Ding as its chief financial officer and VP of administration.

Tags: Leadership, Drivewyze

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Port of L.A. to Spend $400 Million on Capital Improvements

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has adopted a 2013-14 fiscal year (FY) budget of approximately $1.1 billion for the Port of Los Angeles, including one of the largest annual Capital Improvement Programs - $399.9 million or 37% of the total budget - in the port's history.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Terex, Intermodal

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Calstart to Test Advanced Battery Tech from Military in Commercial Trucks

Tests to integrate large military starter batteries in commercial trucks could yield more efficient, cost-effective power for both military and commercial applications

Tags: CALSTART, Lithium-Ion Batteries

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Impco Announces Production of Bi-Fuel CNG Crew Cab Configuration

Impco Automotive's proprietary CNG bi-fuel system will be integrated into the pickups at the company's production facility in Union City, Ind. These crew cab configurations are available for order today.

Tags: Chevrolet, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Impco, General Motors, GMC

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Begins Truck Production in Brazil

Navistar International’s Brazilian subsidiary has begun assembling medium- and heavy-duty trucks that were formerly built by a contract manufacturer.

Tags: Navistar, Brazil, Manufacturing

June 12, 2013 - Industry News

Prime Drivers Compete in Month Long Bicycle Challenge

Mario Almendarez rode a total of 538.99 miles to win Prime’s 2013 May Bicycle Challenge.

Mario Almendarez, a lease operator at Prime Inc., rode a total of 538.99 miles to win Prime’s 2013 May Bicycle Challenge.

Tags: Driver Health, Prime Inc., Fit to Drive

June 11, 2013 - Industry News

Food Maker to Ask, ‘What Does Being a Truck Driver Mean to You?’

A food producer is marking National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 15-21, with a 10-week campaign that will ask drivers what their profession means to them, and the writer of most popular response will win a cash prize.

Tags: National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Events

June 11, 2013 - Industry News

Transportation Added to Texas Special Session Call

Texas Gov. Rick Perry expanded the Texas Congress' special session call to include transportation funding.

Tags: Texas

June 11, 2013 - Industry News

Florida to Increase Time Duration of Yellow Lights

The Florida Department of Transportation recently announced that it will be re-calculating the current timing on all yellow lights in all of the state's intersections.

Tags: Florida

June 11, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Gives Insight Into State of General Economy, Trucking Industry

To sum up the general economic outlook for the upcoming months in one sentence: More of the same for 2013 and then better in 2014. That is how FTR Associates Senior Consultant Bill Witte predicted the overall economy will be in the near future at the recent State of Freight Summit held by FTR.

Tags: Economy, Driver Shortage, FTR

June 11, 2013 - Industry News

Carl and Eva Marshall Recognized as TCA Highway Angels

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The Truckload Carriers Association named its latest Highway Angels: Carl and Eva Marshall of Marshall Trucking, Payette, Idaho. The owner-operators are being recognized for helping an injured motorist on a bitterly cold morning.

Tags: TCA, Highway Angel

June 11, 2013 - Industry News

Fontaine Fifth Wheel Hires Todd Kuipers as Key Account/Marketing Manager

Todd Kuipers is the new key account/marketing manager at Fontaine Fifth Wheel.

Fontaine Fifth Wheel has hired Todd Kuipers to serve as both its key account manager for the Atlantic Coast region and as marketing manager.

Tags: Leadership, Fontaine

June 11, 2013 - Industry News

IHS to Acquire R.L. Polk for $1.4 billion

IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and analytics, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire R.L. Polk & Co., a company that provides automotive information and analytics solutions, including those for commercial trucks for $1.4 billion.

Tags: Carfax, Polk, Mergers & Acquisitions, IHS Automotive

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

Commerce Committee Sends Foxx DOT Nomination to Senate

Anthony Foxx is expected to be confirmed by the Senate as the next Secretary of Transportation.

The Senate Commerce Committee Monday night approved the nomination of Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation, while the committee named Mark Warner to take over a key transportation subcommittee from the late Frank Lautenberg.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. Senate, U.S. DOT

June 10, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall as Gasoline and Oil Move Higher

The price of diesel has fallen for the third week in a row, putting the U.S. average close to where it was just four weeks ago. In contrast, the average U.S. cost for gasoline has increased over the past week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

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