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March 19, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Edged Higher In February

The American Trucking Associations' Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.6% in February, marking the fourth straigth month of increases -- which hasn't happened since late 2011.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Truck Tonnage Index

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Engineers Give America's Infrastructure a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers says the state of America's infrastructure rose slightly, going from a D in 2009 to a D+ in its 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, and projected a $1.5 trillion funding shortfall by 2020 based on current funding levels.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Bill To Increase Truck Weight Passes In Idaho

Lawmakers in Idaho’s House voted almost unanimously on Monday in favor a bill to make permanent a 10-year pilot project that allows trucks up to 129,000 pounds along 35 southern routes in the state.

Tags: Idaho, Truck Weight

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Tens of Thousands Heading to Mid-America Trucking Show

An estimated 70,000 people, from fleet executives and truck drivers to the trucking press and the local public, are expected to converge on Louisville, Ky., this week for the 42nd annual Mid-America Trucking Show March 21-23.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Events

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Makes Investment in DEF Pumps

Pilot Flying J now offers diesel exhaust fluid at the pump at 3,000 fuel lanes across the U.S. Pilot Flying J first started offering DEF at the pump in 2009. The company has now invested more than $165 million in expanding its network of DEF at the pump.

Tags: DEF, Pilot Flying J

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Great Dane Trailers, Daimler and Kenworth Trucks

Great Dane Trailers is recalling certain model year 2011 Dry Freight semi-trailers. Welds at the bottom of the I-beam bogie frame may have been improperly applied.

Tags: Kenworth, DTNA, Recalls, Great Dane

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Obama Proposes Energy Security Trust, Sets Aside $2 Billion to Fund Alt-Fuel Transportation Research

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech at Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, March 15, where he described his proposal for a new U.S. Energy Security Trust. The Trust would set aside $2 billion from revenues from oil and natural gas production on domestic, publicly owned land over a 10-year period.

Tags: Argonne National Laboratory

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Declines Despite Oil Creeping Higher

The average U.S. cost of diesel has fallen for the third straight week, according to new figures released Monday by the U.S. Energy Department.

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

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Court Hears Oral Arguments in New HOS Rules Challenges

A court heard oral arguments Friday in a legal move attempting to stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to implement revised hours-of-service regulations, but there is no indication if the three-judge panel in the District of Columbia will issue a decision before the new rules take effect.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Freight Reopens Nanuet, N.Y. Service Center

As part of an ongoing effort to improve service to customers and maintain an efficient network throughout the Northeast, UPS Freight reopened its service center in Nanuet, N.Y.

Tags: Expansion, Fleet news

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Timken Acquires Interlube Systems

The Timken Co. announced its acquisition of Interlube Systems Ltd., which makes and markets automated lubrication delivery systems and related components to end market sectors including commercial vehicles, construction, mining, and heavy and general industries.

Tags: Timken, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Phillips 66 Appoints New General Manager of Lubricants

Phillips 66 Lubricants recently announced that Ann Oglesby, a 25-year veteran of the oil and natural gas industry who most recently served as Phillips 66’s vice president, Communications and Public Affairs, has been named the new general manager of Phillips 66 Lubricants.

Tags: Leadership

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Accuride Appoints Tony Pape Director, Aftermarket Strategy & Sales

Accuride Corp., a supplier of components to the North American commercial vehicle industry, announced the appointment of company and industry veteran Tony Pape to the newly expanded role of Director, Aftermarket Strategy & Sales.

Tags: Leadership

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

TMC Awards Highest Honor to Five Industry Professionals

The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations awarded its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug Award — to five trucking industry professionals during the Council's 2013 Annual Meeting, March 11-14, in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: TMC

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Carolina Powertrain Newest Vipar Stockholder

Vipar Heavy Duty has announced that Carolina Powertrain is the newest stockholder to join its network of distributors. Based in Charlotte, N.C., with a branch location in Hickory, N.C., Carolina Powertrain is led by its president and owner John Phillips.

Tags: Vipar

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Kirk Altrichter, Gordon Trucking, Named TMC General Chairman

Kirk Altrichter, vice president of Gordon Trucking, Pacific, Wash., was installed as the 2013-2014 general chairman and treasurer of the Technology & Maintenance Council, a technical council of American Trucking Associations, during TMC’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn., March 11-14.

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

XRS to Launch Driver Xperience Board

XRS Corp. (formerly Xata Corporation) announced that it will launch its Driver Xperience Board - a "listening panel" made up of truck drivers from diverse segments of the industry - with a special event during the Mid-American Trucking Show, Thursday, March 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tags: XRS, Mid-America Trucking Show, Event

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Agriculture Hauler Exemptions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration yesterday posted rule exemptions for agricultural transporters that were ordered up in last year’s highway law.

Tags: FMCSA

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Takes on Size and Weight, Logs, HOS

Legislators homed in on top trucking issues such as truck sizes and weights, electronic logs and driver hours of service at a House hearing yesterday.

Tags: HOS, FHWA, EOBRs, CVSA

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Making a Left-Hand Turn While Talking on a Hands-Free Phone Is a Risky Combination

Most serious traffic accidents occur when drivers are making a left-hand turn at a busy intersection. When those drivers are also talking on a hands-free cell phone, "that could be the most dangerous thing they ever do on the road," said Dr. Tom Schweizer, a researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Tags: Distracted Driving

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Underride Guards on Most Big Rigs Leave Passenger Vehicle Occupants at Risk, IIHS Says

Modern semitrailers for the most part do a good job of keeping passenger vehicles from sliding underneath them, greatly increasing the chances of surviving a crash into the back of a large truck, recent tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show. But in crashes involving only a small portion of the truck's rear, most trailers fail to prevent potentially deadly underride.

Tags: IIHS, Underride Guard, NHTSA

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

NICB Says Staged Accidents Targeting Big Rigs Could Turn Deadly

The National Insurance Crime Bureau warned drivers in the Las Vegas area to be on the lookout for criminals targeting trucks in a deliberate attempt to cause an accident for the purpose of collecting insurance money.

Tags: Accidents

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Jumps in January

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for January as reported in the March 2013 Trucking Update jumped 2.2 points from the previous month to a new reading of 10.6.

Tags: FTR, TCI

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Truckload Driver Turnover Slips in Fourth Quarter

The turnover rate for drivers in the truckload sector took a surprising dip in the fourth quarter, according to the American Trucking Associations' Trucking Activity Report, the likely result of a weakened economy and overall freight volumes.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

Jobs for Truck Drivers Grow 20%

Over the past 90 days, more than 230,000 jobs were advertised online for truck drivers in the United States, according to Wanted Analytics, a source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. As demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep freight and the supply chain moving. Hiring for this occupation has increased more than 20% compared to the same 90-day period in 2012.

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