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October 3, 2014 - Industry News

Expect Delays on I-35W Near Minneapolis Oct. 3-6

Map via MnDot.

Divers traveling southbound on Interstate 35W in northeast Minneapolis will see detours from Oct. 3-6 while repair crews work.

Tags: Minnesota, Detours, Minneapolis, Interstate 35

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Ethics Committee Will Review Petri Allegations

Rep. Tom Petri

Following a finding by investigators that Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., may have violated House rules, the Committee on Ethics decided to continue its review of charges that Petri improperly acted on behalf of companies in which he had a financial interest.

Tags: Congress, Rep. Tom Petri

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Rule on Hearing-Impaired Drivers

Safety rules say that truck drivers must be able to adequately read and speak English, but that does not mean that hearing-impaired drivers who do not speak are barred from driving, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, English, Regulations, Driver Safety

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATA's MC&E Conference Kicks Off

The American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exposition will include a visit from the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, presentations covering the state of the industry, and educational sessions to help trucking executives better manage their fleets.

Tags: ATA, Social Media, Trucking Executives, HDT Magazine, ATA MC&E

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Ask for Transparency on Border Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be transparent about its findings and conclusions on a failed border crossing program that ended this year.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Bill: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’

Public domain photo via FEMA.

Undaunted by the conventional political view that Congress will accomplish nothing in the upcoming lame duck session, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., insists there is a chance to pass and fund a six-year highway program.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

As Fuel Declines, Truckload Rates Remain Steady

Graphic via DAT.

As fuel costs fell last week, truckload rates remained steady across all major equipment types, according to a report by DAT.

Tags: Gas Prices, DAT, Truckload, Freight Rates

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Little Caesars Hires New VP of Distribution

Little Caesars Pizza has hired industry veteran Vic Versino as the company’s new vice president of North American distribution for Blue Line Foodservice, a subsidiary of Little Caesars.

Tags: People, Distribution, Food & Beverage Fleet

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

53rd Pilot Travel Center Opens in Texas

Photo via Pilot Flying J.

A new Pilot Travel Center has opened in Childress, Texas, serving drivers traveling on Highway 83 and Highway 287.

Tags: Texas, Pilot Travel Centers, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Ups Tuition Program to Fight Driver Shortage

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

Con-way Truckload is rolling out a new tuition reimbursement program to entice new drivers to attend a professional driving school and work for the company.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Commercial Driver's License, Con-way Truckload, Truck Driving Schools

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Tracy Morgan Fires Back at Walmart

A scan of the Mercedes‑Benz limo van involved in the crash: via NTSB.

Comedian Tracy Morgan has responded to official statements made by Walmart in the lawsuit for the June 6th accident involving the comedian and a Walmart truck.

Tags: Accidents, Seat Belts, Fatigue, Walmart, Litigation

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Shelves LNG Engine Plan

Photo via Volvo Trucks.

Citing a slowdown in the pace of the North American alternative fuel market, Volvo has modified its plans for LNG and DME projects.

Tags: Volvo, DME, Oberon Fuels, LNG vehicles

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Buys Dry Van Carrier Barr-Nunn

Photo via Knight.

Truckload carrier Knight Transportation has acquired all of the outstanding stock of Barr-Nunn Transportation and certain affiliates effectively buying the company.

Tags: Fleets, Knight Transportation, Truckload, Acquisition, Dry Van

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Landstar Names a New CEO

Landstar's newly appointed CEO James B. Gattoni. Photo via Landstar.

Landstar System has named James B. Gattoni to be the company’s new president and CEO succeeding Henry H. Gherkens.

Tags: People, CEO, Landstar System

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech to Launch Propane Autogas Transit in 2016

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van to fleet customers in the middle of 2016, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Alternative Fuels, Ford Transit

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Westport Introduces Next-Gen NatGas Fuel Injectors

Long development time for next-generation HPDI system, sales uncertainties, and lack of 'comfort' with a customer will reduce revenues this year.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Cummins Westport, Westport Innovations

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Helps Fellow Trucker Trapped In Cab

Truck driver William Hunt is being recognized as a Highway Angel for helping to save the life of a fellow trucker who was trapped in his overturned truck.

Tags: Driver Safety, TCA Highway Angel, Accidents

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

BestPass Hosts Fundraiser for Veterans

Equipment on display at the Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes event: Photo via BestPass.

The Bestpass-organized "Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes" touch-a-truck fundraiser and public awareness event exceeded its goal of raising funds to help support Wreaths Across America.

Tags: TCA, Wreaths Across America, Bestpass, Charity Fundraiser

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Proposed NatGas Fueling Facility in La. Would Open in 2017

Proposed Location of Tenaska Bayou LNG: Graphic via Tenaska.

Tenaska NG Fuels and Waller Marine are partnering to develop, construct and operate a new natural gas fueling facility off Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge.

Tags: Louisiana, LNG Fueling Station, Tenaska, CNG Fueling Stations

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Donates Truck to ATA Safety Program

On the left, ATA president Bill Graves and Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks. Photo via Mack Trucks.

Mack Trucks is sponsoring the American Trucking Association’s Share the Road safety program for the 13th year, and donating a Mack Pinnacle Axle Back sleeper featuring a 505 horsepower MP8 505C engine and an automated manual transmission.

Tags: ATA, Mack Trucks, Share the Road, Road Safety

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Trillium Opens Ohio CNG Fueling Station

Photo via Trillium.

Trillium CNG partnered with Heritage Cooperative to open a new CNG fueling station in Kenton, Ohio. The station is part of Heritage’s $7 million Kenton Agriculture Campus Expansion.

Tags: Ohio, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for Failing to Wear Seat Belt

Comedian Tracy Morgan in 2009. Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.

In a response to a lawsuit against Walmart related to an accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a Walmart tractor trailer, Walmart stated that Morgan and the other passengers involved in the crash disregarded their own safety by choosing not to wearing seat belts.

Tags: Seat Belts, Fatigue, Accidents, Walmart, Litigation, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Freight, Highway Bill

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

LTL Carrier Con-way Freight Boosts Driver Pay, Advancement

LTL carrier Con-way Freight is enhancing its compensation package for drivers, increasing current pay rates and reducing the time it takes for drivers to reach the top pay scale.

Tags: Con-way Freight, LTL, Driver Pay, Con-way Inc., Fleets, Drivers

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Mullen, Kriska Creating New Freight 'Powerhouse'

Two Canadian trucking operations, Mullen Group and Kriska Holdings, have signed a letter of intent to create Kriska Transportation Group Limited, a freight transportation and logistics company based in Ontario that is already being described as a "powerhouse."

Tags: Canada, Fleets

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