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April 20, 2012 - Industry News

Long Island Truck Parts Celebrates 40 Years

Long Island Truck Parts will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year

April 20, 2012 - Industry News

Markel Acquires Havco

Markel Ventures, a Markel Corp. subsidiary, has acquired a majority interest in Havco WP LLC, a privately held company headquartered in Cape Girardeau, Mo

April 20, 2012 - Industry News

Fontaine Fifth Wheel and Fontaine Parts Connection Announce New Leadership

From left, Crawford, Stone and Shelton

Fontaine Fifth Wheel and Fontaine Parts Connection have new leadership. Roger Crawford has been promoted to president of Fontaine Fifth Wheel - North America OEM. Todd Shelton joins Fontaine Parts Connection as president, joined by Larry Stone as vice president of business development

April 19, 2012 - Industry News

Three More Companies Settle in 'Hot Fuel' Suits

Lawsuits in recent years have charged oil companies and fuel providers with failing to adjust prices for temperature changes.

Three companies, Walmart (and its Sam's Club subsidiary), Valero Energy Corp. and Casey's General Stores have joined the ranks of businesses settling "hot fuel" lawsuits, reports the Kansas City Star

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 19, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Guidance for Sleep Apnea

Proposed recommendations will provide guidance to DOT examiners on sleep apnea, but the panels see this as an interim step toward a comprehensive rule.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing tougher standards for sleep apnea evaluation. The agency is adopting the recommendations of two advisory panels, one from the medical community and one representing industry, enforcement, labor and safety advocacy interests, for how medical examiners should evaluate the condition

April 19, 2012 - Industry News

Daimler Opens Chennai, India, Production Plant for BharatBenz Trucks

Daimler's new Indian production plant, an investment of 44 billion Indian rupees (more than $900 million), is almost 400-acres.

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles completed its new Oragadam-Chennai production plant in India. The facility will produce the BharatBenz product range for the Indian volume market

April 19, 2012 - Industry News

No Clear Answers on Highway Bill

The House extension contains a provision authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration opposes until the project gets State Department clearance. (Photo courtesy of BP)

House passage of another 90-day extension of the highway program sets the stage for another nail-biter. Including today, there are 31 working days left before the current extension expires. The extension the House passed on Wednesday would give the House and Senate until the end of the fiscal year in September to negotiate the details of a highway bill that lasts longer than 90 days

April 19, 2012 - Industry News

Employee Misclassification Report No Good, Says New York State Motor Truck Association

A new report published by the Drum Major Institute claims to illustrate widespread abuse through the misclassification of employees in the truck transportation industry. The New York Motor Truck Association, however, says this report is just a tool the Teamsters Union is usin

April 19, 2012 - Industry News

Most Fleets Report Positive 1Q Numbers

J.B. Hunt, Swift Transportation, Marten Transport, Werner Enterprises, and Heartland Express reported strong results for the first quarter of 2011, despite increased fuel prices and a sluggish economy. USA Trucks, however, experienced a 1Q loss due to an increase in unmanned tractors

April 18, 2012 - Industry News

Package Delivery Fleets Obtain Hydraulic Hybrids for Evaluations

The first hydraulic hybrid package delivery vans produced for regular service are now in the hands of three major fleets for evaluations, according to the Hybrid, Electric and Advanced Truck Users Forum (HTUF)

April 18, 2012 - Industry News

Kenworth Honors Rihm as Medium-Duty Dealer of Year

From left: Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president; Kari Rihm, president and CEO of award winner Rihm Kenworth; and Preston Feight, Kenworth assistant general manager, marketing and sales.

Rihm Kenworth received the 2011 Kenworth Medium Duty Dealer of the Year for the U.S. and Canada at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting in Columbus, Ohio

April 18, 2012 - Industry News

House Passes Another Highway Bill Extension, Heads to Conference Committee

Once again, the U.S. House of Representatives has kicked the can down the road on highway funding. Despite a presidential veto threat, the Republican legislation extended transportation funding through September -- the 10th such extension -- and mandates construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline

April 18, 2012 - Industry News

Containerized Exports Jumped 9.6% in February

After 1.9% growth in January, U.S. containerized exports surged in February, rising 9.6% year-over-year and 4% from the previous month. The total February volume - measured in 20-foot equivalent container units - was 1,014,176 TEU

Tags: Intermodal

April 18, 2012 - Industry News

ITC Rules Against Accuride on Chinese Steel Wheel Imports

Accuride believes steel wheels from China are subsidized by the government and mean unfair competition with its own wheels.

The U.S. International Trade Commission has turned down a request from makers of U.S. steel wheels to impose punitive import duties on steel wheels from China, despite earlier findings from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the Chinese producers were selling the wheels far below fair value

April 18, 2012 - Industry News

New Rule Will Create Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

One of the goals of the new registry is making sure the people who certify drivers as medically fit to drive actually understand the trucking industry. (Photo courtesy of Celadon)

Truck safety regulators are about to post a new, long-awaited rule aimed at shoring up driver medical standards. The rule will require those who perform medical exams for drivers to be trained, tested and certified to a national standard. It also will create a national online registry of examiners who have met the certification requirement

April 18, 2012 - Industry News

N.J. Trucking Executive Warns Senate on the True Cost of Tolls

NFI Chief Financial Officer Steve Grabell warned that rapidly increasing toll rates, as well as the spread of tolls across the transportation system, are a threat to consumers and to the trucking industry. (Photo courtesy of http://www.sxc.hu)

In testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, NFI Chief Financial Officer Steve Grabell warned that rapidly increasing toll rates, as well as the spread of tolls across the country, are a threat to consumers and to the trucking industry

April 18, 2012 - Industry News

Shippers Conditions Index Tumbles in February

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for February dropped by a full point from the previous month to a reading of -5.6, spelling good news for tracking as demand for trucking services grew strongly in what is normally a slack month

Tags: Economy

April 18, 2012 - Industry News

Clean Energy Partners with Waste Pro USA for New CNG Station

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. partnered with Waste Pro USA to build, operate and maintain a new CNG station for Waste Pro in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has contracted with major Southeast U.S. solid waste collection, recycling and disposal company Waste Pro USA to build, operate and maintain a new compressed natural gas fueling station on Waste Pro property in Fort Pierce, Fla

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 17, 2012 - Industry News

President Calls for Measures to Address Oil Speculation

High fuel prices prompted President Obama to call for measures to limit oil market manipulation.

President Barack Obama proposed new measures Tuesday to address oil market manipulation, calling on lawmakers to increase penalties on those involved in manipulative practices and for increased funding for the agency that's supposed to police the markets

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 17, 2012 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability and Rates Up in March

Freight availability and rates on the spot market increased month-over-month and declined slightly year-over-year, according to TransCore's DAT North American Freight index. The index rose 40% from February to March but was down 6.1% compared to March 201

Tags: Economy

April 17, 2012 - Industry News

Peterson Announces Executive Promotions

Peterson Manufacturing promoted Tom Lynch (left) to manager of OEM accounts and Kevin Cornelius to general manager of Peterson's Maxi-Seal division.

Peterson Manufacturing promoted Tom Lynch to manager of OEM accounts and Kevin Cornelius to general manager of Peterson's Maxi-Seal division

April 17, 2012 - Industry News

ATA's Annual Trends Report Reflects Recovering Trucking Industry

In 2011, trucking moved $603.9 billion in freight - more than 80% of all freight transportation revenue. (Photo courtesy of Con-way).

Trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation and an integral part of the U.S. economy, according to American Trucking Associations' 2012 American Trucking Trends report

April 17, 2012 - Industry News

Stemco Acquires Motor Wheel

Stemco, an EnPro Industries company, has acquired Motor Wheel Commercial Vehicle Systems, which makes engineered brake components for commercial vehicles

April 17, 2012 - Industry News

Dupre Opens Terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas

Dupre Logistics opened a new office to expand its crude operations services into the Corpus Christi, Texas, market

April 16, 2012 - Industry News

N.J. Owner-Operators Need IRS Determination for Non-Employee Status

UPDATED -- A number of New Jersey fleets have discovered the hard way -- with fines to the tune of $800,000 -- that the New Jersey Department of Labor now requires owner-operators to first prove that the Internal Revenue Service already deemed them independent contractors before the state will allow an employee exemption

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