November 14, 2013 - Industry News
The California Air Resources Board announced that it will give a break to some truckers who are working to meet a January deadline for upgrades to their aging diesel fleets.
Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, DPF
Daseke Inc. of Addison, Texas, and Clayton, Ala.-based Boyd Bros. Transportation announced a merger they say will put them into the top five largest open deck/specialty carriers.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc., Boyd Bros. Transportation, Fleets, Flatbed
The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.8% in September from August, rising for the third consecutive month to reach its highest all-time level, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index.
Tags: BTS, TSI, Freight Index
Executive and senior management appointments were announced for the merged Diamond Companies and Roberts Truck Center organization.
Tags: Leadership, Mergers & Acquisitions, Diamond Companies, Roberts Truck Center
A House subcommittee will hold a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule next week. The Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce of the Small Business Committee will question Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the rule.
Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS
Corridor Clean Fuels, in partnership with Home Oil Co. and the Southeast Alabama Gas District, will build a compressed natural gas fueling station at Home’s location in Dothan, Ala.
Falling Brent crude oil prices has once again lowered the projected average price for diesel in 2014. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration’s new Short-Term Energy Outlook expects diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.97 per gallon in 2012, are projected to average $3.91 per gallon in 2013 and $3.73 per gallon in 2014.
Tags: EIA, Diesel Prices, DOE, Crude Oil Prices
American Trucking Associations filed a lawsuit challenging the New York State Thruway Authority’s diversion of millions of dollars of toll revenues every year to maintain the tourism and recreational facilities that make up the New York Canal System.
Tags: New York, ATA, Tolls, Infrastructure Funding, Litigation
November 13, 2013 - Industry News
Pre-warming a diesel’s coolant allows the engine to start cleanly and emit lower levels of pollutants compared to cold starts, and extends the duty cycle of the exhaust system’s diesel particulate filter, according to tests sponsored by Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, a maker of coolant heaters.
Tags: Webasto, Coolant
Rush Enterprises Inc. announced that Shelby Howard, dealer principal of Chicago International Trucks and Indy Truck Sales, will join the Rush organization as regional general manager.
Tags: Navistar, Leadership, Dealers, Rush
USA Truck Inc. announced the conversion of its Atlanta terminal to a continuous, full-service operations and support center. USA Truck also plans to hire additional drivers to increase its presence throughout the Southeast.
Tags: Expansion, USA Truck
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced multi-year fueling agreements with both UPS and Central Freight Lines. Clean Energy will supply liquefied natural gas to two private UPS stations located in Mesquite and Houston, Texas.
Tags: UPS, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Central Freight Lines
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- Volvo Trucks North America officially introduced its I-Shift automated manual transmissions for the Mexican market and rolled out a truck model from sister company Mack to address the Mexican on-highway market.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Mexico, Cross-Border Trucking, transmissions
MEXICO CITY -- For some people in the United States, say "Mexican trucking company" and they envision ramshackle trucks, drivers who are reckless and fleets that don’t care about safety. A visit to one of the country's largest fleets shows a professional, safety-focused operation with a focus on drivers.
Tags: Mexico, Fleets, Volvo Trucks, Cross-Border Trucking
November 12, 2013 - Industry News
Two of the industry's large, unionized less-than-truckload carriers announced their third quarter results Tuesday, with the non-asset-based Panther Expedited helping Arkansas Best and problems at YRC Freight weighing down YRC Worldwide.
Tags: Fleet Financials, LTL, Arkansas Best, Teamsters, ABF, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight
Trac Intermodal announced that Val T. Noel joined the company as senior vice president and chief operating officer.
Tags: Leadership, Trac Intermodal
Diesel prices continue to slide this week as the national average dropped to $3.83 per gallon, which is down 2.5 cents from last week and 14.8 cents from last year at this time.
Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, DOE, Crude Oil Prices, Energy Information Administration, Fuel and Oil
Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. is considering bringing the Vito commercial van to the U.S. market to offer with its larger Sprinter, a spokesman has confirmed to Automotive Fleet, a sister publication of Heavy Duty Trucking.
Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Van, Cargo Vans
FTR's Noel Perry discussed the role of regulatory shocks in capacity and freight rates, plus the economic backdrop to what's going on in the industry, in FTR's recent State of Freight conference call.
Tags: Economy, FTR Associates, Freight Rates
Citing safety and economic benefits, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a project to expand the Interstate 70 truck parking facilities near Mineola.
Tags: Missouri, I-70, Road Construction, Truck Parking
In a move one analyst is saying could be "the best strategic truckload deal ever," Iowa-based Heartland Express has acquired Gordon Trucking Inc. of Pacific, Wash., in transactions valued at approximately $300 million.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Heartland Express, Gordon Trucking
Spot market freight availability rose 1.9% in October, to a level that is atypically high for the season, according to the DAT North American Freight Index.
Tags: DAT, Spot Market Freight Volume
On Tuesday morning, Matthew Walsh, general manager of Volvo Trucks North America in Mexico, sat down with reporters for a breakfast briefing to offer some real-world, current insights into the Mexican trucking market.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mexico
November 11, 2013 - Industry News
On Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, Judge Sam Glasscock III, vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, ruled that Apollo was not in breach of its merger agreement with Cooper, which had filed a complaint to the contrary.
Tags: Tires, Litigation, Apollo Tyre, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
November 10, 2013 - Industry News
A new study released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommended a series of regulatory changes to further ease the transition of military personnel and veterans into much-needed civilian jobs driving commercial motor vehicles.
Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Veterans
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