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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

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

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