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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

April 16, 2012 - Industry News

Engs Motor Truck Joins Vipar Heavy Duty

Engs Motor Truck Co., Sparks, Nev., is the newest stockholder to join the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors

April 16, 2012 - Industry News

"Faces of Transportation" Photo Contest Open to Public

Some of the 2011 Faces of Transportation winners.

For the first time, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is opening its "Faces of Transportation" photo contest to the general public, in addition to employees of state departments of transportation

April 16, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel Drops the Most Since 2011, Oil Prices Fall After Iran Meeting

(Photo courtesy of Marathon Fuel Corp.)

This week, fleet operators will get some relief as diesel and gas prices drop. Oil prices also fell this week due to easing tensions over Iran

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 16, 2012 - Industry News

Canada Aligns GHG Emissions Regs with U.S.

Daimler Trucks North America already has announced that its complete vehicle lineup is certified to the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Standard 2014, led by the Freightliner Cascadia

Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent announced Canada's alignment with the U.S. regulations for heavy-duty vehicle and engine greenhouse gas emissions for 2014 and later

April 13, 2012 - Industry News

Part of California's Santa Ana Freeway/I-5 to Close on April 17

The northbound and southbound Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) between Valley View Avenue and Carmenita Road will be fully closed the night of April 17 from 11:45 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Tags: Highways

April 13, 2012 - Industry News

Motor Power Kenworth Opens New Wyoming Dealership

Motor Power Kenworth opened a new, 27,000-square-foot full service dealership in Casper, Wyo

April 13, 2012 - Industry News

Port Drivers for Toll Group Vote to Unionize

Teamsters organizers said Xiomara Perez, a union supporter, was unfairly fired for taking an emergency bathroom break. (Photo courtesy Clean and Safe Ports)

Toll Group in Southern California will now be one of the few U.S. harbor fleets with drivers that are unionized after a 46-15 vote last week to join the Teamsters union. The election was sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board

Tags: Intermodal

April 13, 2012 - Industry News

California Court Says Employers Must Offer 30-Minute Meal Breaks

California trucking companies will be required to give drivers a 30-minute meal period within the first five hours of driving, according to the California Supreme Court's decision in the case of Brinker v. Superior Court.

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

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