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June 30, 2014 - Industry News

On-Highway Diesel Prices Ease Upward by a Tenth of a Cent

Diesel prices see a gain of one-tenth of a cent while regular-grade gasoline holds at last week's level. Crude oil prices are at their lowest in the past two weeks.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Westport, Clean Energy Fuels offer Natural Gas 201 Webinar

This free webinar is the second in a series designed to help fleets take full advantage of this inexpensive, abundant and clean-burning fuel.

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Stemco Consolidates Online Presence With New Website, LinkedIn Page

Stemco has launched a redesigned, redeveloped website and a LinkedIn page that consolidate the various Stemco brands under one umbrella.

Tags: Stemco

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Karmak Adds Business Consultant

David Green has joined Karmak as a business consultant, where he will match the unique business processes and needs of each customer with the Karmak system they are running to help them reach their potential.

Tags: Information Technology, Karmak

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

GE Capital: 27% of Fleets Expect to Expand Within a Year

Average revenue of firms surveyed that operate vehicle fleets was $191.7 million. Those companies employed an average of 1,439 people.

About two-thirds of executives at middle market companies ($10 million - $1 billion in sales) with responsibility for their company’s vehicle fleets, surveyed by GE Capital saw improved overall performance and improved financial performance compared to the same period a year ago. Many are making plans to expand their fleets, hire more workers and grow revenue in the year ahead.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Minnesota Ups Biodiesel Mandate to 10%

The state agriculture industry has been a big supporter of Minnesota's biodiesel mandate.

Starting Tuesday, Minnesota, the first state to require biodiesel be blended with diesel sold in the state, will require all diesel fuel in the state to contain 10% biodiesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, Minnesota, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Examines Fuel Industry Priorities, Trends

Margin management and fuel invoicing were at the top of the list of business priorities in the second annual Eye on Energy survey conducted by FuelQuest.

Tags: Fuel Prices, FuelQuest, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, Fuel and Oil

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Shell Shows Off New Lubricants Technology Center in China

The second-floor lab in the new Shell Technology Center in Shanghai focuses on basic testing such as viscosity, cold cranking ability, foaming and pumpability. (Photo courtesy Shell)

Shell Lubricants opened up its newest technology center in Shanghai, China, last week to the first group of foreign journalists to tour the facility, which opened in March. The new facility will focus on Asia, the fastest-growing regional lubricants market in the world, but also will be part of a global R&D network that will impact North American lubes as well.

Tags: China, Lubricants, Shell Lubricants, global, Engine Oils

June 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ed Bobit, Founder of Automotive Fleet and Bobit Business Media, Passes Away

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, and publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away June 29 at the age of 86.

Tags: Ed Bobit, Obituary, Bobit Business Media, Automotive Fleet

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Rail Intermodal Traffic Posts Second Straight Weekly Record High

This was the highest week in history for total U.S. intermodal volume, topping the previous record set last week, reaching 272,553 units, up 7.8% compared with the same week last year.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study Lays Out Consequences of West Coast Port Strike as Deadline Looms

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Research, Economy, Intermodal

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Adopts Funding Plan for Low-Carbon Freight Transportation

The plan allocates $85 million to reduce emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and freight movement.

Tags: CARB, California, Emissions Reduction, California Air Resources Board

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

80-mph Speed Limit Coming to Nearly 500 Miles of Wyoming Roadways

Truck drivers and car drivers, along with anyone in between, will soon be able to legally drive up to 80 mph on 488 miles of rural interstate highway in Wyoming.

Tags: Wyoming, Speed Limits, Safety, Safety & Compliance

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Maxion Appoints Bill Wardle Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing

According to the company, this addition to its global leadership team will help to push Maxion Wheels’ aggressive growth strategy. Wardle will be based in the company’s global headquarters in Novi, Mich.

Tags: People, Maxion Wheel

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Prices Stable in Bulk, Slightly Higher in Tote Jugs

While U.S. national truck stop prices have remained stable for the second consecutive month, the Canadian national average price at truck stops moved back to CA$0.80 per liter after settling at CA$0.81 during the past two months.

Tags: DEF, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Emissions

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

More Than 30,000 on Certified Medical Examiners Registry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since the new system for U.S. DOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers.

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

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Christopher Hart Nominated as NTSB Chairman

Hart faces confirmation by the Senate to fill the position left open when Deborah Hersman left earlier this year to lead the National Safety Council. During Hersman’s tenure, NTSB has been active in promoting truck safety in numerous ways ranging from electronic logs to distracted driving to parking.

Tags: Safety, NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, Safety & Compliance, People

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association President Steps Down

Chris Burruss resigned from his position as president of the Truckload Carriers Association on Thursday. In a brief statement from the organization, it said the decision was due to "personal reasons."

Tags: People, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Auditors OK Amounts Pilot Flying J Paying Back Customers

Auditors have signed off on truckstop chain Pilot Flying J's math in determining whether it correctly calculated what it owed trucking company customers in a fuel rebate program that has been the focal point of a federal investigation.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Truck Trade Posts April Increase

Percent Change in Value of U.S.-NAFTA Freight Flows by mode, April 2013 - April 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

Two of five transportation modes, pipeline and trucks, carried more U.S.-North American Free Trade Agreement trade in April 2014 than in April 2013 as the value rose to $100.1 billion, according new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Revised Trust Fund Proposal Drops Truck Tax Hike

Photo: Evan Lockridge

In an effort to prevent a shutdown of the federal transportation program, the Senate Finance Committee has drafted a proposal to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the end of the year. The original version of the proposal included an increase in the heavy vehicle use tax, but that provision was dropped in deference to Republican concern about the proportion of revenue raisers to spending cuts in the proposal.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

SAF-Holland Recalls Suspensions Over Pivot-Bolt Problem

A defect in some Holland trailer suspensions has led to a recall that affects about 2,500 dry van and flatbed trailers. The trailer manufacturers are notifying owners.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Trailer Suspensions, Recalls

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Court Upholds Racial Harassment Ruling Against Trucking Company

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a earlier ruling in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's favor in obtaining a jury verdict and more than $243,000, along with injunctive relief, for victims of racial harassment and retaliation perpetrated by A.C. Widenhouse, a Concord, N.C.-based trucking company.

Tags: North Carolina, Litigation, EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Love's Opens Rebuilt Oklahoma Truckstop

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new location in Erick, Okla. on I-40, Exit 7, replacing the facility that opened in 1989.

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Big Rig Sales Decline in May

The volume of used Class 8 trucks sold in May dropped 12% below April’s volume, according to the latest release of the "State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks," from commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research.

Tags: Research, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

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