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July 8, 2013 - Industry News

California Seeks to Break Freight Bottleneck

Credit: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department says California's Devore Interchange is a critical freight link serving 21,000 trucks each day. Now the state has broken ground on a modernized Devore Interchange that will relieve freight congestion.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Freight, I-15, Highways, California

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Ag, Food Shipping Could Learn From Automotive Cross-Border Practices

The automotive industry’s just-in-time cross-border shipping practices are a good model for the movement of agriculture and food between the United States and Canada, according to a new study.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

Lawsuits Widen Against Pilot Flying J Amid Other New Concerns

Three more lawsuits have been filed against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J over claims it shortchanged customers out of money they were due in the form of rebates from fuel purchases.

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

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-20 Closing for About Three Months

Another phase of the I-20 reconstruction project in Alabama was set to begin at midnight, weather permitting, resulting in about a 10-mile section of the route being closed.

Tags: Alabama, Construction Industry, I-20, Interstate 20, Highways

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

Blue Tree Systems Enhances HOS Driver Advisory Tool to Reflect New HOS Regulations

Blue Tree Systems Inc., a provider of reefer monitoring, trailer tracking and in-cab fleet management solutions, announced it has completed implementation of new software updates to its HOS Advisor tool to reflect new driver Hours-of-Service regulations, which came into effect on July 1.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, Blue Tree Systems

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

Idealease of Atlanta Opens New Facility in Kennesaw, Ga.

Idealease Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of a new facility in Kennesaw, Ga. with convenient access just off I-75 and I-575.

Tags: IdeaLease, Expansion

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

VDO RoadLog EOBR Fleet Software Ready To Meet Latest HOS Regulations

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has upgraded the software for its VDO RoadLog Electronic On Board Recorder in time to meet the July 1 compliance deadline set by FMSCA for Hours-Of-Service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, CSA, HOS

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Utilizes Driving Simulator in Testing of Accident Avoidance

The National Transportation Safety Board will soon be using an innovative driving simulator made by the Mechanical Simulation Corp.

The National Transportation Safety Board will soon be using an innovative driving simulator made by the Mechanical Simulation Corp. The simulator will be used by NTSB engineers for accident investigation and development, testing and demonstration of accident avoidance and mitigation strategies.

Tags: NTSB

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces $1 Million to Train Veterans, Military Families

The Army National Guard's "Drive the Guard" program is putting soldiers behind the wheel while they are in uniform and helping them to qualify for fulltime civilian employment as a truck driver.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced almost $1 million in new grants to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Veterans, U.S. DOT

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

TMC Fall Meeting & TMCSuperTech 2013 Set for Sept. 9-12

The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations will hold its 2013 Fall Meeting and National Technician Skills Competition, TMCSuperTech 2013, on Sept. 9-12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Penn..

Tags: TMC, Events, TMCSuperTech

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Reports Lower Class 8 Order Activity in June

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing June Class 8 truck net orders at 18,606, 18% less than May and the first month orders have been below 20,000 since November 2012.

Tags: Class 8, FTR

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Charlesbank Capital Partners Makes Investment in Trojan Battery Company

Charlesbank Capital Partners announced that it has made an investment in Trojan Battery Co., a global manufacturer of deep-cycle lead acid batteries.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Atlas Adds 10 Locations to its Agency Network

Atlas Van Lines is adding two new agencies and five current agencies are expanding their footprints.

Tags: Atlas Van Lines, Expansion

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Trans Power Opens New Parts Location in Tifton, Georgia

Kenworth dealer Trans Power has opened a new parts location one mile west of U.S. Interstate 75.

Kenworth dealer Trans Power has opened a new parts location one mile west of U.S. Interstate 75.

Tags: Truck Dealers, Dealers, Parts, TRP, Aftermarket Parts

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

June Preliminary Class 8 Net Orders Take a Holiday

In typical seasonal fashion, North America Class 8 orders fell in June, with the preliminary count coming in at 18,900 units. Compared to the same month last year, Class 8 net orders were 13% stronger.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Seven More Locations Power Up on Network of Electric Plug-in Power Pedestals

Truck drivers can access power through Shorepower Technologies pedestals.

As temperatures heat up for the summer, truckers will have more places to plug in and stay cool. Shorepower Technologies has announced seven more truckstops added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations from March to mid-June.

Tags: Expansion, Shorepower Technologies

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Foxx Sworn in as 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Sworn was sworn in today as the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the nation’s 17th Secretary of Transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones in a private ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters at 11 a.m. today.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Mayor Anthony Foxx

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Nation’s Road Conditions Show Slight Improvement

As Americans hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday, they’ll be driving on slightly smoother roads, crossing fewer deficient bridges and spending less time stuck in traffic jams, according to think tank the Reason Foundation and its new Annual Highway Report.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highways, Infrastructure

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments and Orders Increase in May

Shipments and new orders for manufactured goods in the United States both headed higher in May, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, easing earlier fears this important sector to trucking and the economy might be in for tougher times.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Expected to Increase During Independence Day Holiday

With the long Independence Day weekend, the chance of being a victim of a cargo theft increases dramatically. The new hours of service regulations that went into effect this week could make things worse.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, HNI, Hours of Service

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Says it's Compliant with Revised Hours of Service Rules

PeopleNet announced that its fleet mobility solutions are in full compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours-of-service of Drivers Final Rule for transport carriers operating under United States regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, PeopleNet, HOS

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Agrees to Settle EEOC Discrimination Case

Trucking company J.B. Hunt Transport has agreed to settle a racial discrimination charge filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, EEOC

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Retreat While Oil Moves Higher

Prices for oil and gasoline turned lower over the past week, with diesel on its sixth week of falling prices in a row. Crude oil, however, is approaching the $100 per barrel level again.

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

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

Donald Mackin Earns Highway Angel Wings

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Donald Mackin of West Bridgewater, Mass., a Highway Angel.

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Donald Mackin of West Bridgewater, Mass., a Highway Angel. Mackin, a professional truck driver for ABF Freight System Inc., of Fort Smith, Ark., is being recognized for being the only person to respond to an accident during a nasty “thundersnow.”

Tags: TCA, Highway Angel, ABF

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

ATA to Host Executive Summit on Making Trucking Technology Pay Off

American Trucking Associations announced it will host the first ATA Executive Summit to explore strategies that maximize the payback for fleets that make investments in technological advances and data analysis.

Tags: ATA, ATRI, Events

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