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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

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Move Lower for Eighth Straight Week, Crude Moves Little Higher

Another week and another decline in the price of fuel, with diesel hitting its lowest level since last August. New figures released by the U.S. Energy Department show the average retail cost is down 5.5 cents over the past week.

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

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Takes Steps to Address Federal Allegations

The head of Pilot Flying J Monday announced several steps the company is taking to address the questions raised in a federal probe of its fuel rebate program, including an internal audit, placing some employees on leave, eliminating manual rebate calculations, and adding a chief compliance officer.

Tags: Diesel, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Fuel & Oil

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Eases in April

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released the April 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, and overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 54.0. This is an easing from the March index of 58.0, reflecting industry participants’ continuing concerns over the economy and the impact of federal policies on capital expenditures.

Tags: Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Index Up 7.7% in First Quarter

Spot market freight volumes reported by the DAT North American Freight Index finished the first quarter of 2013 up 7.7% compared to the first quarter of 2012 and rose 11% over the previous quarter.

Tags: rates, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Autocar Recalling More Than 500 ACX Model Trucks

Autocar is recalling 532 model year 2011-2013 ACX trucks manufactured Jan. 24, 2011, through Dec. 4, 2012, that are equipped with Meritor axle assemblies that were built with disc brakes using MGM J24 series air brake chambers.

Tags: Recalls, Autocar

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Vermont Moves Closer to Increasing Fuel Taxes

Higher fuel taxes in Vermont are almost a forgone conclusion, with the state Senate on Friday approving a hike in an overwhelming decision.

Tags: Vermont, Fuel Tax, Legislation

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

ABF, Teamsters Agree To Contract Extension

ABF and the Teamsters still have a ways to go to come up with a contract both sides can agree on.

The Teamsters Union and Arkansas Best Freight System have agreed to another extension of the current labor contract, as the two sides seem far apart.

Tags: Arkansas, Teamsters, LTL

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Dealer of the Year Offers Career Advice to ATD Dealer Academy Graduates

HDT/ATD 2013 Truck Dealer of the Year Drew Linn, shown here in his Homewood, Ala., office, recently spoke to ATD Dealer Academy graduates.

The ability to listen is an important trait in being successful, said Drew Linn, the HDT/American Truck Dealers 2013 Truck Dealer of the Year in his recent commencement address to ATD Dealer Academy graduates.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Files Lawsuit Against Pilot Flying J Following FBI Raid

A lawsuit is seeking class action status to represent “all persons or entities who have sustained economic losses as a result of [Pilot Flying J’s] wrongful withholding of rebate funds.”

A trucking company has filed what is the first known lawsuit against truckstop operator Pilot Flying J stemming from allegations of fraud against its customers.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

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