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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

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA to Host Session on Driver Training Rule at MATS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a listening session on its pending driver training rule at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 22.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Mid-America Trucking Show, Drivers

March 3, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear to Announce 30th Highway Hero Award Winner

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will announce the winner of the 30th Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award on Thursday, March 21, during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Goodyear Highway Hero

March 1, 2013 - Industry News

Wyoming Raises Fuel Taxes

Wyoming has raised the rate of its taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel from 14 to 24 cents a gallon, effective July 1.

Tags: Taxes, Wyoming

March 1, 2013 - Industry News

Skirmish Continues Over HOS Start Date

Lawyers at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and American Trucking Associations are sniping at each other over the start date of the new hours-of-service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, Public Citizen, CVSA

March 1, 2013 - Industry News

Vipar Celebrates 4-Million Transactions Completed With v-Enterprise System

Vipar Heavy Duty recently celebrated a milestone of four million transactions completed through its v-Enterprise system.

Tags: Vipar

March 1, 2013 - Industry News

Allstate Peterbilt Opens New Dealership in N.D.

Allstate Peterbilt of Williston has moved to a brand-new facility and has expanded its operation to include parts, service and truck sales.

Tags: Peterbilt, Expansion

March 1, 2013 - Industry News

Vigillo Expands IQLab

Vigillo LLC announced that ongoing growth is leading to a more than 25% increase in its data analytics, engineering and customer support staff.

Tags: Leadership, Expansion

March 1, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Criticizes FMCSA Rejection of HOS Delay Request

American Trucking Associations officials criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for rejecting a request to delay implementation of its embattled hours-of-service rule.



Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS

February 28, 2013 - Industry News

Advantage 10-speed Transmissions to Use Less Lube Oil, Save 75 pounds, Eaton Says

Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed manual gearbox (shown) will enter production in September. An automated version is slated for next year’s first quarter.

A new series of Fuller Advantage manual and automated transmissions will cut weight and save fuel, Eaton’s Vehicle Group announced Thursday. The savings will offer a quick payback of the products’ “very small premium” in price over existing models.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions

February 28, 2013 - Industry News

House Sets Transportation Oversight Hearing

The House of Representatives will begin oversight of the new federal highway program March 14 with a hearing to review implementation of key elements of last year’s highway bill.

Tags: Highways, Government, AASHTO, MAP-21, Infrastructure

February 28, 2013 - Industry News

The Reading Group Announces New Hires

The Reading Group, LLC, a provider of vocational truck equipment, announced several key additions to its executive team.

Tags: Leadership

February 28, 2013 - Industry News

Fontaine Fifth Wheel Reorganizes Sales and Marketing Department

Fontaine Fifth Wheel has reorganized its sales and marketing department to better serve key customers.

Tags: Leadership, Fontaine

February 28, 2013 - Industry News

Polar Makes Executive Leadership Changes

Polar Tank Trailer has named John Koll director of product management, a new department created to improve the company’s existing line of tank trailers and to identify opportunities to develop new products.

Tags: Leadership, Polar

February 28, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Partners With Clean Energy for LNG Truck Natural Gas Project

YRC Freight, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., announced that it has completed an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to purchase four liquefied natural gas trucks to operate in Southern California.

Tags: Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, YRC, Alternative Fuels

February 28, 2013 - Industry News

IANA Seminar Program Announced

The Intermodal Association of North America has announced the program schedule and education topics for its 2013 Intermodal Operations and Maintenance Seminar that will take place May 1-2 in Oak Brook, Ill.

Tags: Intermodal, IANA, Chassis

February 27, 2013 - Industry News

Odessa Woman Wins $600,000 Verdict in Sex Discrimination Case Against UPS

A federal court jury in Midland, Texas, awarded a $600,000 verdict against UPS in a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a former driver.

Tags: Drivers, UPS, Litigation

February 27, 2013 - Industry News

Shipments and Orders of Durable Goods Shrink in January

Shipments of manufactured durable goods fell in January, according to a new advance report released by the U.S. Commerce Department. The 1.2% decline from the month before is the first drop in four months.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods

February 27, 2013 - Industry News

Nevada Mulls Higher Speed Limits

Legislation introduced this week in Nevada could result in speed limits of as much as 85 mph on some Interstate roadways.

Tags: Nevada, Highways, Speed Limits

February 27, 2013 - Industry News

Minnesota Eyes New Trucking Tax, Truckers Cry Foul

Trucking interests in Minnesota are hoping to melt plans by the governor to implement a new tax on trucking, saying it will freeze them out.

Tags: Minnesota, Taxes

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