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January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Florida-Based Beer Distributor Replaces Fleet with Green Tractors

Beer distributor J.J. Taylor Companies Inc. announced it will replace its Tampa-based fleet with compressed natural gas tractors as part of an ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Florida, Alternative Fuels, Freightliner

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

November Surface Transportation Trade Totaled $81.5 Billion

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, rose 6.2% in November 2012 compared to November 2011, totaling $81.5 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: NAFTA, Surface Trade, BTS

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Epes Transport Bumps Contractor Rates, Northeast Premiums

Epes Transport System will increase mileage-based independent contractor rates by 2 cents to 92 cents per mile.

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Builds 10 Millionth North American-Made Trailer Axle

Meritor celebrated its 10 millionth trailer axle made in North America at its Frankfort, Ky. manufacturing facility.

Tags: Meritor, Wabash, Werner Enterprises, Kentucky, Axles

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Warns of Potential Portland Layoffs

New reports circulated on Wednesday suggesting Daimler Trucks is preparing to cut more than 1,000 jobs at its Portland manufacturing facilities

Tags: UAW, Portland, Daimler Trucks North America

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Timothy Bowes Named Transtar CEO

Former Meritor exec, Timothy E Bowes, has joined Transtar Industries Inc. as its Chief Executive Officer.

Tags: TranStar, Meritor

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Utility Trailer Tops 200,000 Reefer Trailers at Utah Plant

Celebrating the 100,000th trailer, from left to right: Dave Wallace, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.; Steve Aaron, Stevens Transport chairman and CEO; Clay Aaron, Stevens Transport president; and Packy Watson, Utility Trailer of Dallas.

Utility recently celebrated a production milestone, producing its 200,000th refrigerated trailer at the Clearfield, Utah, manufacturing facility.

Tags: Utility Trailer

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA Offers 2013 Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook

The 2013 edition of the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial is now available for order from CVSA.

Tags: CSA, CVSA, OOS, Out of Service, Preventive Maintenance, Compliance

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Dupre Logistics Inks First Lease Deal for Peterbilt Model 579

Dupre will take on 10 Model 579s from PacLease's company store in Fort Worth.

Tags: PacLease, Peterbilt, Dupre Logistics, Model 579

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

ATD Convention Celebrates 50 Years

ATD will celebrate its 50th convention in Orlando Feb 8-11.

Tags: ATD, Used Truck, truck dealer

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Epes Transport Bumps Contractor Rates, Northeast Premiums

Epes Transport System will increase mileage-based independent contractor rates by 2 cents to $0.92 per mile. The company's Northeast premium pay will increase by 10 cents per mile.

Tags: Mileage, rates, Epes

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor 1Q Results Lower than Expected

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, Meritor posted sales of $891 million, down 23% from the same period last year. Meritor says the decrease was primarily due to lower sales in global markets.

January 30, 2013 - Industry News

LaHood Leaves a Safety Legacy

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that he will leave the Obama administration once a successor is confirmed.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who yesterday announced that he will leave the Obama administration once a successor is confirmed, will look back at a legacy of achievement, particularly in safety.

Tags: Ray LaHood, U.S. DOT, Government, Distracted Driving

January 30, 2013 - Industry News

Chevrolet Supports Project to Help Truckers Avoid Idling

As part of its carbon offset program, Chevrolet is supporting IdleAir, a project to help long-haul truckers avoid idling during rest breaks at truckstops.

Tags: Chevrolet, MPG, Idling, Truckstops, IdleAir

January 30, 2013 - Industry News

DPF Maker Cleaire Shuts Down Following Fires and Recalls

Sparks from several Cleaire retrofit DPFs started several forest fires in Washington State. One fire claimed 29 homes.

Brush fires caused by sparks from its diesel particulate filters and expensive recalls have apparently caused Cleaire, Inc., a California specialty manufacturer, to suddenly shut down.

Tags: Recalls, DPF, Cleaire, CARB, California

January 29, 2013 - Industry News

It's Official: LaHood Will Not Serve Second Term as DOT Secretary

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will stay only until a successor is found.

After much speculation on whether he would stay or go, this morning, Secretary Ray LaHood announced to the employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation that after serving for four years in President Obama's cabinet, he would not be staying on for the second term.

January 29, 2013 - Industry News

HDRG Summit Sums Up Speakers

The 7th Annual Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group Summit was held on Jan. 21 at the Mirage Hotel prior to Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: HDAW, HDRG, Aftermarket, Remanufacturing, Right to Repair

January 29, 2013 - Industry News

Timken Adopts Standard Part Numbers for its Driveline Center Support Bearings

The Timken Co. simplified interchanges to Timken driveline center support truck bearings by converting its parts nomenclature to align with familiar industry part numbers.

Tags: Timken, Bearings

January 29, 2013 - Industry News

Zonar Announces Its Inaugural Fleet Management Conference

Zonar, a provider of fleet telematics, remote diagnostics and mobile onboard computing, is holding its inaugural annual conference on May 14-16 at the Grand Hyatt Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

Tags: Zonar

January 29, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA Reports Brake Safety Week Inspection Results

Brake Safety Week in North America was held Sept. 9-15 and is an annual enforcement campaign on commercial vehicle, truck and bus brake system maintenance.

Tags: Brake Safety Week, CVSA

January 28, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel, gasoline prices climb

Prices for both diesel and gasoline saw a jump this week at the pump. Diesel prices rose this week at an average of 2.5 cents across the nation to rest at $3.93. According to the Energy Information Administration's weekly Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update, diesel prices nationally are an average of 7.7 cents above where they were last year at this time.

Tags: crude oil, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 28, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Wants to Extend Hours of Service Start Date

American Trucking Associations is asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to push back the start date of the new hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, Government, laws

January 28, 2013 - Industry News

State Pot Laws Do Not Apply to Truck Drivers

States are loosening restrictions on marijuana but that does not mean truck drivers can kick back and light up a joint. In last November’s election, voters in Washington and Colorado made it legal to possess an ounce of pot and use it for recreation. And Massachusetts joined the17 other states (and the District of Columbia) that allow medical marijuana.

Tags: Government, laws, Drug Testing

January 28, 2013 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Volumes Show Mixed Results for the Year

The wholesale used market was the only segment to grow from 2011 to 2012, up 3%. The auction and retail markets both fell 11%.

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Used Trucks

January 28, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Order Volume Strongest Since March 2006

Following a modest pullback in November, the trailer industry closed 2012 on a strong note: December saw new orders rise to a multi-year high, while cancellation activity remained at modest levels.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, ACT Research

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