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April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Citing Low Medical Examiner Numbers, OOIDA Calls for Registry Delay

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extend the registration deadline for certified medical examiners, claiming there is a shortage of medical examiners that have been accepted into the new national registry.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, OOIDA, Driver Health

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Webb Wheel Severe Duty Announces Leadership Changes

Nate Nielsen

Webb Wheel Severe Duty has announced the appointments of Nate Nielsen as director of sales and Jeremy Zills to manager of engineering. These latest organizational changes at Webb Severe Duty are components in the strategic plans of the business unit to focus on premium value-add brake drum solutions for severe duty applications such as transit bus, motor coach, and refuse trucks.

Tags: Webb Wheel, People, Wheels

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck Prices Fell Slightly in March

Prices for used late model medium and heavy-duty trucks are down slightly, according to vehicle industry data provider Black Book.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Winter’s Toll Felt by Swift Transportation

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company giant Swift Transportation is warning its first quarter earnings will be lower than it previously expected, between 11 cents and 13 cents per share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

21 Indicted in New York CDL Scheme

Twenty-one people were indicted in New York on April 2 for paying individuals to fraudulently provide them with answers to written commercial driver’s license examinations administered by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Tags: Drivers, New York, Commercial Driver's License, Crime & Fraud

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Driver Input on Two Industry Studies

The American Transportation Research Institute launched two separate online surveys targeting commercial driver input on critical operational issues – impacts from the new hours-of-service rules and detention time impacts on safety and productivity.

Tags: Hours of Service, ATRI

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall While Gasoline Increases Again

The national average price for diesel has fallen for the fourth straight week while gasoline is up for the ninth consecutive week, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers May Use Informal Hearings to Contest FMCSA Penalties

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is again offering carriers the option of using an informal hearing to contest penalties for violations of the safety rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Fines, Enforcement

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Food Safety Rules Could Create Headaches for Carriers

Fleets that haul food products should take a proactive approach with their food service clients to ensure a smooth implementation of rules governing the transport of foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in 2011.

Tags: Telematics, Regulations, FDA, Reefers, Truckload Carriers Association

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Smith Electric Vehicles Suspends Production

The commercial electric truck maker Smith Electric Vehicles has suspended production for an unspecified period of time. The DOE awarded the company $32 million in grants during 2009 and 2010 to produce more than 500 vehicles to be placed in various fleets across the U.S., however, only 439 have reportedly been produced.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Center in Orange, Texas

Southeastern Freight Lines announced the opening of a service center in Orange, Texas. The new Orange service center, located at 12532 Farm-to-Market 1442, features 4,000 square feet of space and 49 dock doors.

Tags: Southeastern Freight Lines, Expansion

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Salisbury, N.C.

Love’s Travel Stops opened a new travel stop in Salisbury, N.C., on I-85, at Exit 71, on Thursday, April 3.

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

NationaLease Appoints Joe Puff VP of Truck Technology and Maintenance

NationaLease, the North American organization of full service truck leasing companies, has named Joe Puff as vice president of truck technology and maintenance, reporting to Dean Vicha, president of NationaLease.

Tags: NationaLease, People

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Great Dane Trailers, International Prostar Trucks Recalled

Brackets that could fall off trailers and possible loss of power to the drive wheels on tractors are the problems leading to two of the latest commercial vehicle equipment recalls.

Tags: International, Safety, Navistar, Trailers, Recalls, Great Dane

April 6, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Expects Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Mandates

Bendix expects a mandate for collision avoidance systems.

By the time 2020 rolls around, you can expect new trucks to be equipped with mandatory stability control and collision avoidance technology, according to Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs for Bendix.

Tags: Regulations, Electronic Stability Control, Bendix, Mid-America Trucking Show, Collision Avoidance, NHTSA

April 6, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Direct Expands Mobile Fueling Services in Northeast

Diesel Direct, a mobile refueling company headquartered in Massachusetts, recently made an acquisition of mobile refueling assets from New-York-based HOP Energy.

Tags: Diesel, Fuel Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Diesel Direct

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Pre-Employment Screening Program Website Updated

NIC Technologies, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have released an enhanced version of the Pre-Employment Screening Program website.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Fleets

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Three Texas Oilfield Trucking Fleets Merge

Three trucking companies have reached a merger agreement, creating what it says is one of the largest hydraulic fracturing proppant logistics companies for the oil field industry in North America.

Tags: Fleets, Fracking, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Orders for Heavy, Medium-Duty Trucks Post March Gains

Preliminary numbers from two industry data analysts show the number of heavy and medium-duty truck orders in March were solid.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR, OEMs

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Rate Unchanged, Trucking Adds Jobs

The nation overall and the trucking industry both added jobs in March, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures released Friday.

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Alabama Legislature Votes to Shift to Point-of-Sale Tax on CNG, LNG

Alabama senators Thursday approved legislation to change the way motor fuel road taxes are collected on natural gas sold in the state, which supporters say will help expand the market for alternative fuels.

Tags: Natural Gas, Taxes, Alabama, Alternative Fuels, State Legislation

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Warns of Improper Medical Exams

Drivers whose medical exams were conducted by the late Dr. Paul Besdansky, Garden City, Ga., need to get a reexamination, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Besdansky was in failing health toward the end of his life and was not conducting proper exams, the agency said.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Health, Drivers

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Natural Gas, Aerodynamics Will Help Meet Future Fuel Economy Goals

The report recommends that NHTSA and EPA develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles, as is presently the case for diesel and gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, Aerodynamics, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Side Underride Guards Among NTSB Safety Recommendations

These recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on straight-trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well.

Tags: Trailers, NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, Safety & Compliance, Underride, NHTSA, Tractor Trailers, Accidents, Regulations

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing Activity Increased During March

A measure of the health of the nation’s non-manufacturing sector shows it grew in March for the 50th consecutive month, according to the nation's purchasing and supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

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