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March 6, 2013 - Industry News

‘Frameworks’ Program Aims to Put Freightliner Closer to Upfitters

Close co-ordination between Cargotec and Freightliner eased the installation of a complex materials handling body with crane, forklift and tag axle on a 104SD chassis.

Freightliner Trucks on Wednesday introduced a “Frameworks” program for truck equipment manufacturers, with the aim of making upfitting easier and quicker.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Bodies

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Isuzu N-Series Named Work Truck’s 2013 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Photo by Joanne Tucker.

The N-Series from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA) was named Work Truck Magazine’s 2013 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year at the 2013 NTEA Work Truck Show, held in Indianapolis March 6-8. Twelve vehicles were included in an online ballot and voted on by professional fleet managers.

Tags: Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Isuzu N-Series, Work Truck Show

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Fleet Panel Sees Drop in Driver Applications, But Positive Signs on Economy, Freight, Rates

Lana Batts, Max Fuller, Derek Leathers and Dan England during TCA's Tuesday General Session.

The driver shortage is already intensifying, with the number of both new and experienced driver applicants down over the last couple of months, as economic signs lead to improved optimism about increases in freight and rates this year, according to a panel discussion of three major truckload executives Tuesday at the Truckload Carriers Conference annual convention in Las Vegas.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Hours of Service, C.R. England, Werner Enterprises, TCA, U.S. Xpress

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Gov. Fuel Tax Plan Similar to Virginia's

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has borrowed a page from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s playbook, with proposed changes to the state’s tax on gasoline to raise highway funds. According to published reports there is no indication that it would affect the diesel fuel tax.

Tags: taxes, Infrastructure, Maryland, Highway Funding, Fuel and Oil

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Extends Rebate Programs to Small Fleets, Owner-Operators

Navistar is offering a series of partnership rebate programs designed to make it easier for small fleets and owner operators to purchase new International trucks.

Tags: LoneStar, ProStar+, OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Navistar

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Grand Island Express, Landstar Winners in Best Fleets to Drive For Contest

Two fleets have been honored as the overall winners of Best Fleets to Drive For, an annual survey and contest produced by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge.

Tags: Drivers, TCA, Owner-Operators, Landstar, Best Fleets to Drive For

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants Petition Killing Alabama Steel Coil Transport Training and Certification

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a petition submitted by the American Trucking Associations asking the agency to determine if Alabama's Metal Coil Securement Act is preempted by federal law. The ruling means the state can no longer impose the law's requirements on interstate movements, effective April 4.

Tags: FMCSA, Alabama, Cargo Securement

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Owner Operator Status Legislation Being Pushed in Two States

The question of whether owner-operator truckers are truly independent contractors or misclassified as employee drivers is at the heart of legislation in two states.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, New Jersey, Washington

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Rebecca Brewster Named 2013 Influential Woman In Trucking

Rebecca Brewster accepts the third annual Influential Woman in Trucking award.

Navistar and the Women In Trucking Association presented Rebecca Brewster, president and chief operating officer of the American Transportation Research Institute, with the third annual Influential Woman in Trucking award.

Tags: Navistar, ATRI, Women in Trucking

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Orders for New Trucks Pick Up Steam in February

Two separate reports show orders for new commercial trucks in North America were good through the first two months of the year.

Tags: Class 8, FTR, Truck Sales, ACT Research

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Steve Forbes Lays Out Policy Changes That Could Jump-Start Economy

Many economists have called the slow 1.5% to 2% GDP growth "the new normal." But Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Media, calls it "the new abnormal" and believes a few significant policy changes would turn things around.

Tags: Economy, Health Issues, TCA

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

Ford Expects Transit Vans to Help Keep Lead as Sales Continue Climbing

Cab-chassis and cutaway versions of the upcoming Transit full-size van will replace the E-series cutaway. E-series vans will continue in production for much of this decade.

Ford Commercial Truck believes its upcoming Transit full-size vans will help it keep its high market shares as sales continue their upward motion with the recovering economy.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Work Truck Show

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

Record Supply in Wyoming Signs on with Vipar Heavy Duty

Record Supply Inc. in Gillette, Wyo. is the newest stockholder to join the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket, Wyoming, Distributors

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

Love's to Expand Fast-Fill CNG to Texas Triangle

Love’s Travel Stops is adding fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling capability to service Class 8 trucks at eight of its travel stops on the highways between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas.

Tags: Natural Gas, Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Clarifies Positions on Drug Testing, Sleep Disorders, On-Board Technology

At its annual convention currently under way at the Wynn Las Vegas, the Truckload Carriers Association’s board of directors approved several changes to the organization’s official policies on drug and alcohol testing, sleep disorders, and on-board technology.

Tags: Drug Testing, Sleep Apnea, TCA

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Declines For The First Time In Weeks, Still Near Four-Year High

Following six consecutive weeks of increases, the average price of diesel has fallen over the past week, but is still not far from a more than four-year high.

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

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

Congress Considers Higher Truck Weights While Idaho, Ohio Mull Hikes

Recently introduced legislation in Congress seeks to hike the maximum truck weight on Interstate highways, while two states are considering higher weights on their own, but several groups are already opposing it.

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

Forward Air Purchases Total Quality

U.S./Canada air-cargo and pool trucking services provider Forward Air Corp., has purchased temperature controlled and logistics services provider Total Quality Inc. for around $66 million.

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet, Drivewyze Join Forces

Drivewyze Inc., creators of the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service, and PeopleNet, a provider of mobile fleet management solutions, announced an agreement that will allow users to bypass weigh stations using their in-cab PeopleNet systems.

Tags: PeopleNet, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

Ironman Triathlete Prime Driver Publishes Book

Siphiwe Baleka, a former lease operator with Prime Inc., gave new meaning to the phrase “Driver Health and Fitness.” In April 2012, right after completing a three-year lease with Prime, Baleka competed in the Ironman South Africa triathlon, finishing the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run in 11 hours 59 minutes and 14 seconds.

Tags: Fit to Drive, Prime, Driver Health

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

Study Indicates Global Medium-Heavy Truck Sales to Grow Moderately in 2013

Frost & Sullivan forecast the combined GDP of key commercial vehicle markets to grow at 3% to 3.5% in 2013. This will stoke medium-heavy truck sales growth at the rate of 4.3% in 2013.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

Hill Transportation Leaders Focus on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, was one of the principal architects of the MAP-21 highway law and Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., serves as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Commitee.

Sen. Barbara Boxer gave a shout-out to American Trucking Associations last week, thanking the trade group for supporting higher diesel taxes dedicated to highway funding.

Tags: Highway Funding, MAP-21

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

California Court Rules Long Beach Drivers Employees, Not Contractors

A California Superior Court ruled last week that Port of Long Beach truck drivers working for Seacon Logix Inc. were employees and not independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, California, Port of Long Beach, Intermodal, Ports, Owner-Operators

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

OnRamp Changing Name to Equinox

OnRamp Transportation Services, an equipment leasing, sales, and contractor services organization, is changing its name to Equinox Business Solutions.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces MCSAC Appointments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the appointment of a new chairman, vice chairman and five additional members to its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC

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