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May 15, 2013 - Industry News

J. J. Keller & Associates Introduces Hazardous Materials Program Management

. J. Keller & Associates Inc. continues to expand its on-site advisory services with the addition of Hazardous Materials Compliance & Safety Program Management. The service is designed to protect companies that handle, package, ship, receive, or transport hazardous materials or hazardous waste.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hazmat

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Tramec Acquires Sloan Transportation Products

Tramec has acquired Sloan Transportation Products, which was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Holland, Michigan. The new legal entity, Tramec Sloan LLC, will be fully integrated into Tramec LLC.

Tags: Tramec

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Former FBI Director to Investigate Pilot Flying J as Part of Lawsuit

Pilot Flying J has been accused of bilking some trucking companies out of their fuel rebates.

The law firm representing one of the trucking companies suing truckstop operator Pilot Flying J has brought on a big gun to help with the investigation – former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Truckers File Lawsuit Over Independent Contractor Status

Two truck drivers working out of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have filed a lawsuit against the trucking company Harbor Express alleging they should be treated as employees, not owner-operators.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Port Trucking, Owner-Operators, Ports, Intermodal

May 15, 2013 - Industry News

Industrial Production, Producer Prices Fall in April

Industrial production in the United States tumbled in April, the biggest drop in eight months. The Federal Reserve says the total output at the nation’s factories, mines and utilities fell 0.5% following a downwardly revised 0.3% gain in March.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Used Vehicle Values

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

ATHS National Convention and Antique Truck Show May 30-June 1

Hundreds of antique trucks and thousands of trucking enthusiasts will gather in Yakima, Wash., for the American Truck Historical Society's 2013 National Convention and Antique Truck Show held May 30 through June 1, 2013.

Tags: Events

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

April Spot Market Volume, Rates Down From a Year Ago

Spot market freight volumes reported by the DAT North American Freight Index declined 16% compared to the record April high in 2012. The year-over-year freight declines were seen across all equipment types: van load volume declined, refrigerated loads slipped 10% and flatbed freight dropped 15%.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

GM to Buy Small Cargo Vans from Nissan for U.S., Canada Markets

Chevy City Express will be based on Nissan’s NV200 compact van. It goes on sale in fall of 2014 as a 2015 model.

General Motors and Nissan announced today that they have signed an agreement for Nissan to produce a small cargo van that GM will sell in the United States and Canada. It will be called the City Express and be sold by Chevrolet dealers.

Tags: chevrolet, Cargo Vans, Nissan, General Motors, Chevrolet City Express, 2015-MY, Compact Vans

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Executives Sentenced in Separate Cases

Schemes to defraud customers have earned officials with two trucking companies prison sentences ranging from a few months to several years, with one case in Missouri and one in Wisconsin.

Tags: Fraud

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks Program Kicking Off in Two States

Authorities in Indiana and Washington are beginning a new effort targeting dangerous driving by operators of both semis and four-wheelers. The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks program from the Federal Motor Carrier Administration uses both education and high-visibility enforcement in an effort to reduce truck-involved crashes.

Tags: Washington, Indiana

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Lawsuits Piling Up Against Pilot Flying J Following Raid

Alabama-based Osborn Transportation has filed suit in federal court in Alabama accusing Pilot Flying J of breach of contract and other charges over allegations it cheated trucking company customers out of fuel rebates.

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

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Speed Limiter Proposal Returned to NHTSA

Just over a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted a proposed regulation to require speed limiters on big rigs to the DOT, it has been returned to the agency without approval.

Tags: Speed Limiter, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

North America Exceeds 1,000 Locations Offering DEF at the Pump

TravelCenters of America is one of the truckstop chains where DEF is available at many pumps.

The North American retail diesel exhaust fluid network reached a landmark figure last month with over 1,000 locations offering diesel exhaust fluid at the fuel island. Currently, there are 1,025 such locations, an increase of 553 since April 2012.

Tags: DEF, SCR, Truckstops

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

I-81 Reopens Near Harrisburg, Pa.

Traffic in both directions near Harrisburg, Pa., has reopened following a tanker crash and fire that closed the route last Thursday.

Tags: Pennsylvania, I-81, Interstate 81, Highways

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

2014 Sprinter Van Gets Fresh Styling, Powertrain, Safety Features

Volker Morningweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, presents the new M-B-badged Sprinter.

Mercedes-Benz executives picked Düsseldorf, Germany, the source of the Sprinter van, to present their extensively revised 2014 model for North America. It gets fresh styling, a new diesel and automatic transmission, and more accident-avoidance features.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania's Operation Code R.E.D. Inspects 395 Food Trucks

The Pennsylvania State Police announced the results of Operation Code R.E.D. (Refrigerated Enforcement Detail) refrigerator food truck inspection enforcement effort held on April 23.

Tags: Inspections

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Price Moves Higher for First Time in 11 Weeks

After falling for 10 straight weeks, the average U.S. cost of diesel has done an about-face. Gasoline is higher for the second straight week but oil is slightly lower.

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

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Increasing Fuel Taxes for Transportation

The new law also limits putting tolls along the state’s section of I-95.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed legislation Monday raising billions of dollars for transportation that includes new taxes on fuel. They may go even higher depending on what happens to legislation on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Virginia, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Highways, Infrastructure Funding, I-95, Tolls

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland I-95 Welcome Centers to Close for Daytime Paving

The Maryland State Highway Administration advises travlers that a paving project starting Monday, May 13, will require daytime closures of the I-95 Welcome Center rest areas in Howard County. The closures will affect one welcome center at a time, beginning with the southbound side on May 13.

Tags: Maryland, Road Construction

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Schwerman Trucking Co. Celebrates 100 Years

Schwerman Trucking Co. announced the 100th anniversary of the company. A century after its founder, Fred Schwerman, Sr. built the first truck to haul agricultural products to local markets, his grandson, Jack Schwerman is proud to lead this dry bulk carrier.

Tags: Anniversary

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Survey: Productivity is Top Focus for U.S. Truck Fleets

Forty-four percent of fleet managers cited maximizing productivity as their primary concern in managing their company’s truck fleet, according to a recent survey conducted by GE Capital Fleet Services.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Retail Sales Rise in April

Retail sales in the United State edged slightly higher in April after falling the month before, but analysts say the gains are broad-based.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor's Pedro Ferro to Serve as Heavy Duty Leadership Conference Keynote

Meritor Senior Executive Pedro Ferro will serve as the opening keynote speaker at the University of the Aftermarket’s Heavy Duty Leadership education conference which kicks off on July 21, 2013, at Northwood University’s campus in Midland, Michigan.

Tags: Meritor, Events, Colleges and Universities

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Iowa DOT Supports Truckers Against Trafficking Initiative

The Iowa Department of Transportation is partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking to combat the trafficking of human beings. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are at risk to enter the sex for sale industry each year.

Tags: Iowa, TAT

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Breaks Ground on New Travel Center in Odessa, Texas

Pilot Flying J announced it is breaking ground on a new Pilot Travel Center in Odessa, Texas. The travel center will feature full amenities for area residents, professional drivers and the traveling public.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

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