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June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond International Truck Dealership is Open for Business in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International of Springfield, a local International Truck dealership, has opened its new location in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International of Springfield, a local International Truck dealership, has opened its new location at 2635 E. Diamond Street in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: International, Expansion, Dealer

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Holland Driver Keith Fielding Travels Three Million Accident-Free Miles

Holland professional driver Keith Fielding achieved the accomplishment of driving over three million consecutive miles without a single preventable accident.

Tags: Driver Safety, Holland

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Available Freight on Spot Market Falls, Rates not Improving

The amount of spot market freight available at the end of May and into the first of June fell dramatically while rates barely changed. New figures from freight-matching service provider DAT TransCore show May 26 through June 1, the number of spot market loads available in the U.S. fell 19% from the previous seven days.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Says Straight-Truck Safety Needs More Attention

Should drivers of trucks like these be required to have a CDL? (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

The National Transportation Safety Board says the government should consider making medium-duty straight truck drivers get a commercial driver's license, following a five-year study that found these trucks were involved in a disproportionate number of fatalities.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, NTSB, Crash-Related Injuries, Safety, Light & Medium, CDL, Regulations

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Factory Shipments Fell in April While New Orders Increased

The overall April increase was less than a consensus forecast of economist polled by Reuters, increasing concerns that these and other economic indicators show the economy is not as robust in the second quarter of the year as it was during the first quarter.

Tags: Economy

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

North Dakota Unveils $878 million Construction Program; Largest in State's History

The North Dakota Department of Transportation unveiled the 2013 construction program for the state, and this year’s program is estimated at approximately $878 million in infrastructure improvements across the state, making this the largest construction program in state history.

Tags: North Dakota, Construction Industry

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Pilot Mexican Trucking Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the largest organization in the U.S. representing the rights of professional truck drivers, filed an appeal in its lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and its cross-border trucking program with Mexico on Monday, June 3.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

May Preliminary Net Orders Flat for Class 8

Both FTR Associates and ACT Research have reported preliminary data for May Class 8 truck net orders that were essentially flat.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Oklahoma and Missouri Waivers Added to Growing List from FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended a regional emergency in areas of Oklahoma affected by a series of tornados that hit the area as early as May 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Missouri, Oklahoma, Disaster Relief

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Announces New Division-Stoughton Lease

STI Holdings Inc., parent company of Stoughton Trailers, announced the opening of a new rental and leasing division. Stoughton Rental and Leasing Co. DBA Stoughton Lease, will open its first branch in June in Milwaukee, Wisc. with plans to add several additional locations in the next year.

Tags: Leasing, Stoughton

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Moving Import Southern California Freight to Arizona now Possible Without Trucks

Intermodal freight from overseas destined for the U.S. has a new way to make it farther inland without having to rely as much on trucks, through an inland port in Arizona.

Tags: Arizona, Ports, Intermodal

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Increasing Traffic Congestion May Point to Strengthening Economy

If traffic congestion is a good indicator of the health of the economy, then some economists’ recent concerns about hitting a so-called “soft patch” during the current quarter may be unfounded.

Tags: Economy, Traffic Congestion

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Melton's New HQ Will Promote Driver Wellness

Melton Truck Lines is building a new driver-friendly headquarters in Tulsa, Okla., which will emphasize the trucking company's commitment to driver and employee wellness.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Health

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Another Owner-Operator Suit Filed Against Pilot Flying J

Another lawsuit has been filed against truckstop chain Pilot Flying J in the wake of two guilty pleas in an apparent scheme to cheat customers out of fuel rebates, this one coming from an owner-operator trucker.

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

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Saltchuck Aquires Alaska-based Carlile Transportation Systems

Carlile Transportation Systems, a trucking company based in Alaska, has been acquired by Saltchuck Resources on May 31.

Tags: Aquisistion

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Again Challenging Mexican Truck Program

The Teamsters Union, along with the Sierra Club, on Monday asked for a rehearing on their challenge to the U.S. Department of Transportation's long-haul cross-border trucking program.

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

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Includes CSA Updates

The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature two sessions devoted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Events

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel & Oil Prices Fall, Gasoline Squeaks Slightly Higher

The prices of diesel and oil moved lower over the past week, while gasoline has barely edged higher. New figures released Monday from the U.S. Energy Department show the average cost of diesel has fallen 1.1 cents over the past week.

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

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Utility’s Western Canada Dealership, Ocean Trailer Opens New Location

Ocean Trailer recently completed construction on its 40-acre development in Delta, British Columbia.

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company announced the opening of Ocean Trailer’s new location in Delta, British Columbia. Founded by the Keay family in 1981, Ocean Trailer is one of over 100 Utility independent dealerships across the Americas.

Tags: Dealers, Expansion, Utility Trailer

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Freight, ABF Increase Rates 5.9%

UPS Freight and ABF announced separately that they will revise their general rates and charges. A general rate increase of 5.9% was announced for non-contractual shipments in the United States, Canada and Mexico. ABF stated that the effect on specific lanes and shipments will vary.

Tags: UPS, ABF, LTL, rates

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Construction Spending Increases, Manufacturing Declines

Total spending in the United State on construction remains volatile. while manufacturing has declined. A new report from the U.S. Commerce Department show construction spending in April increased 0.4% from the month before. In March activity fell 0.8%, after rising in February and declining 4% in January.

Tags: Economy, Construction Industry, Manufacturing

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Expands Network to Include Canton, Texas

Pilot Flying J is expanding its nationwide network to include a Pilot Travel Center in Canton, Texas, featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the traveling public.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dead at 89

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., a longtime advocate of tough truck safety legislation, has died at age 89. Most recently, he reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits, continuing his long opposition to any easing of those standards.

Tags: New Jersey, U.S. Senate, Safety

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

NAFTA Superhighway Takes a Small Step Toward Reality

The Texas Transportation Commission has added more than 100 miles of highway in southern and northeastern part of the Lone Star state to the Interstate 69 system.

Tags: Texas, I-69, Highways, Cross-Border Trucking, Canada, Mexico

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Another Class Action Filed Against Flying J; Questions Arise Over Board Member

At least the 10th lawsuit has been filed against Pilot Flying J over allegations the company bilked trucking customers out of financial rebates, the second following the guilty pleas of two Pilot Flying J employees last week.

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

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