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April 13, 2012 - Industry News

Survey looks at fleet technology preferences

Interest in natural gas has spiked in the past two years.

Fleets are increasingly looking at advanced technologies to save on fuel and improve safety and efficiency, and a recent survey of 100 top fleet managers offers some insight into their potential choices

April 13, 2012 - Industry News

Industry Stays Focused on Efficiency as Fuel Costs Rise

With fuel costs rising and a driver shortage creeping up, fleets are still doing all they can to get the most miles out of their trucks, say truckstop executives

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 13, 2012 - Industry News

Kansas Eliminates Motor Carrier Property Tax

Kansas has repealed its motor carrier property tax, effective in 2014

April 12, 2012 - Industry News

Study Finds Few Effects from Diesel Exhaust from EPA-07 Engines

The first results of what is said to be the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the health effects of exposure to new technology diesel engines has found no evidence of gene-damaging effects in the animals studied, and only a few mild effects on the lungs, according to a report issued by the Health Effects Institute

April 12, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants to Study Overweight Trucks' Connection to Safety

The DOT wants to better understand the safety performance of overweight vehicles -- both permitted and illegally overloaded -- so it is looking for state agencies to work with in a study of the issue

April 12, 2012 - Industry News

Survey: More Carriers Moving Toward CSA Compliance

More carriers taking steps to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime, and 65% are doing so with three or more methods, according to results from Transport Capital Partners' First Quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey.

April 12, 2012 - Industry News

Navajo Express Expands Hiring on West Coast

Navajo Express, Denver, announced the expansion of its dry van division, Digby Truck Lines

April 12, 2012 - Industry News

Truck Dealer of the Year Nominee Educates Nebraska Rep. on Natural Gas

U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., visited Omaha Truck Centers (Freightliner), owned by dealer Trey Mytty, to learn more about natural gas in the commercial vehicle industry.

U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., visited Omaha Truck Centers, owned by dealer Trey Mytty, to learn more about natural gas in the commercial vehicle industry

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

UPS Adds U.S.-Mexico Ground Freight Service

UPS will now offer CrossBorder Connect, a ground freight service between the U.S. and Mexico designed to ease heavyweight freight supply chain challenges for companies investing in cross-border trade

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Canadian Trucking Alliance Tells Carriers to Take Responsibility for Driver Shortage

Take a look in the mirror and stop blaming other groups for trucking-related labor problems, says a new report by the Canadian Trucking Alliance

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Kenworth to Cut 10% of Jobs at Chillicothe Plant

The Chillicothe Gazette is reporting that Kenworth plans to lay off 10% of workers at its Chillicothe, Ohio plant on Monday

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Shipments up 0.5% in February

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.5% in February from January, rising after a one-month decline, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index

Tags: Economy

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Atlas Survey Shows Truckers' "Favorite Things"

For the King of the Road Survey, 167 Atlas van operators across North America responded, and they represent at least 37 states in the U.S. and seven Canadian provinces.

Drivers, at least those for a major moving company, are staying in touch via smartphones and Skype, like to eat at Subway and snack on fresh fruit, and would rather listen to classic rock than country, according to an annual survey

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Fourth-Quarter Driver Turnover Makes Surprise Drop

After a year of quarterly increases, the turnover rate for truck drivers at large truckload fleets unexpectedly dipped one percentage point to an annualized rate of 88%, according to American Trucking AssociationsChief Economist Bob Costello

Tags: Economy

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Missouri DOT Launches Big Trucks Campaign

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced the Big Trucks Campaign from April 16 to May 6. The awareness campaign will remind all motorists to drive safely around commercial motor vehicles.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking motorists to drive more safely around trucks -- and for truck drivers to slow down and pay attention -- with its new Big Trucks Campaign

Tags: Highways

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Accuride to Expand Wheel Production at S.C. Plant

Accuride Corp., plans to expand aluminum wheel production capacity at its Camden, S.C.. plant

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Port of Long Beach, OOCL Sign $4.6 Billion, 40-Year Lease Agreement

The Middle Harbor terminal will be complete in five to six years and will connect two old shipping terminals encompassing 294 acres into the new 330-acre terminal

The Port of Long Beach and shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line signed a $4.6 billion, 40-year lease agreement this week for OOCL to lease the port's new Middle Harbor, currently under construction

Tags: Intermodal

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage Promotes Kathy Ivanov to Senior VP, Administration

Fleet Advantage, provider of truck fleet business analytics and equipment financing, promoted Kathy Walkerow-Ivanov to senior vice president of administration

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel to Average $4.21 This Summer; Crude to Average $112

Diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.94 per gallon last summer, are projected to average $4.21 per gallon this summer, according to the Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Outlook

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Rolling Strong Introduces Wellness App

Rolling Strong introduced what it says is the first wellness app in the transportation industry. The RoadApp to Wellness is available on the iPhone, iPad or computers to help professional drivers get on the road to better health

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Expect Delays on I-20/59 near Birmingham, Ala.

Month-long work started Monday on all lanes of I-20/59 North in Bessemer, Ala., diverting nearly 50,000 vehicles that travel those lanes daily, reports The Birmingham News

Tags: Highways

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Retail Container Traffic Predicted to Increase 3.2% in April

The first half of 2012 should total 7.3 million TEUs, up 2.2% from the same period last year.(Photo by Ed Alfaro)

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.2% in April compared with the same month last year. Year-over-year gains should continue through the end of summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker

Tags: Economy

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Hovis Technical Training Center Celebrates Grand Opening

The event brought in more than 200 customers to tour the 10,000-square-foot, hands-on training facility which featured a BBQ lunch, door prizes, giveaways and an appearance by “The Chief,” Hovis Auto Wrecking’s 80-ton rotator wrecker.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply celebrated the grand opening of its Hovis Technical Training Center with an open house last month at its Mercer, Pa., facility

Tags: Events

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Sluggish Growth in Freight Volumes; Rates Remain Flat

Freight shipment volumes continued their sluggish pace upward in March, increasing 2.1% from February, according to the Cass Freight Index. Freight spending, meanwhile, increased 1%. This is the second month in a row that shipment growth exceeded cost growth, signifying that rates have remained relatively flat.

Tags: Economy

April 9, 2012 - Industry News

DTNA Trucks Recalled for Seat Problems

Nearly 9,000 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4900 trucks are being recalled because the seat could unexpectedly buckle

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