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March 24, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Signs Propane Delivery Exemptions into Law

Following quick passage by Congress, President Obama has signed legislation allowing for the expedited delivery of propane and heating fuel through May 31.

Tags: Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, President Obama, Propane Transport

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Announces 2013 Dealer Awards

(L to R):  Todd Bloom, MFTA CEO; Michele Royals - Sales Manager, Don Schure - Dealer Principal, Don Schure, Jr. - Service Manager at Capital Ford.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has announced its 2013 North American Dealer of the Year awards. Each year, MFTA recognizes dealers in the U.S. and Canada for overall performance, and for sales, parts sales, and service performance.

Tags: MFTA, Awards, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Dealers

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

Quality Carriers Expands Houston Operations

Bulk chemical hauler Quality Carriers has expanded its operations in the Houston area due to increasing business from the natural gas sector.

Tags: Fleets, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

Merger of Container Shipping Lines Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV Approved

Shareholders of CSAV have approved a merger with one-time rival Hapag Lloyd, creating the world’s fourth largest container carrier.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Research: February Brings Strong Trailer Orders

ACT Research says large fleet commitments helped make for a continuing strong trailer order season, with its report on February order activity.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

Settlement Reached Between California Port Truckers and Fleet

Port truck drivers for Pacific 9 Transportation in California have settled their difference against their carrier in labor dispute, giving them employee rights, including the right to form a union.

Tags: Drivers, California, Fleets, Teamsters, Port Trucking, NLRB, Labor Unions, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors, Ports, Intermodal

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

TA Opens New Service Facility on I-40 in Arizona

TravelCenters of America has opened a newly built TA Truck Service facility located at I-40, Exit 283 in Holbrook, Ariz. It offers four service bays, and is open 24/7/365. The addition of this location takes the total number of truck service facilities in the TA and Petro branded chains to 236.

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Arizona, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops, Breakdowns, I-40

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters Opens TA Truck Service Location in Arizona

It offers 4 service bays, and is open 24 hours. The addition of this location takes the total number of truck service facilities in the TA and Petro branded chains to 236.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Repairs, Arizona, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Construction Down Slightly

After the strong finish to last year, the construction start statistics have shown lackluster activity during the first two months of 2014, totaling an annual rate $486.7 billion last month.

Tags: Economy, Construction Spending

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

February New Truck Orders Strong

New orders for Class 8 trucks in February increased 30% from the same time a year earlier while Classes 5-7 gained 18%, according to updated numbers from commercial vehicle industry data publisher ACT Research.

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

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. NAFTA Surface Trade Increased in 2013, Trucking’s Share Dips

U.S.-NAFTA Merchandise Trade by Mode: 2010-2013. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A new U.S. Transportation Department repot shows three of the five surface transportation modes, truck, rail and pipeline, carried more U.S. trade with North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico by value in 2013 than compared to the year before.

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

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

Kurt Danielson Named U.S. & Canada President of Bridgestone Commercial Tire Sales

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has promoted Kurt Danielson to president, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales. In addition to his new position he also will assume the role of senior vice president, Bridgestone Americas.

Tags: Firestone, Leadership, Bridgestone, Tires, People

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Fall, Economic Indicators Up

UPDATED -- Rising prices and severe winter weather caused existing-home sales to slip in February to its lowest level since July 2012 while the outlook for the overall American economy is improving.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC and FTC Offer Joint Tips on Use of Employment Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have co-published two technical assistance documents explaining how the agencies' respective laws apply to background checks performed for employment purposes.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Background Checks, Fleets, Employment

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Distraction Was Key in Chesapeake Bay Bridge Crash

A distracted truck driver failed to slow down, stuck the car ahead of him and pushed it off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below. That’s the official National Transportation Safety Board conclusion in its analysis of the July 19, 2013, accident. The car’s driver managed to get out of the sinking vehicle and swim to safety with minor injuries.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Biglari Holdings Purchases Truck Insurer First Guard

The investment holding company Biglari Holdings has acquired trucking insurance provider First Guard Insurance Co. and its affiliate, 1st Guard Corp.

Tags: Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Pleads Guilty for Role in Cargo Theft Ring

A truck driver pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday for his role in a cargo theft ring that included a theft in West Plains, Mo.

Tags: Drivers, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Bay Area Air District Allocates $5 Million to Reduce Truck-Related Emissions

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced that it will allocate $5 million dollars to fund more of the truck replacement applications received during the recent Goods Movement Program solicitation. The funds will be used to assist Bay Area truck owners in meeting the state’s approaching air quality mandates.

Tags: CARB, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed Further Reduces Stimulus Program

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it would further reduce a stimulus program for the nation’s economy and is leaving interest rates unchanged.

Tags: Economy, Federal Reserve

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Give Back Some of Last Week’s Gains

This happened as total load volume on the spot market increased 7.2% with truck capacity up by 6.4%.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Coyote Logistics and Access America Transport Merging

The combined company will be one of the largest third-party logistics service providers in North America.

Tags: Fleets, Access America, Mergers & Acquisitions, Coyote Logistics

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Nations Express Opens New Freight Division

South Carolina-based expedited trucking company Nations Express has opened a new truckload division.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Nations Express

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

CSM Companies and French-Ellison Merge

CSM Companies, and French-Ellison Truck Center, announced that the two companies will merge on March 31. The result will establish the company as one of the largest commercial truck dealership groups in the United States with 19 facilities.

Tags: Aftermarket, Dealers, Mergers & Acquisitions

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Operations in Iowa and Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has ordered the immediate shut-down of two trucking operations carriers, each for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies’ own drivers and the public at risk.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

Winter Slows FedEx Profit Growth, LTL Business Jumps

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Revenue was $11.3 billion, up 3% from $11 billion the same time a year ago, while net income totaled $378 million, up 5% from last year’s $361 million or $1.23 per share compared to $1.13 per share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, FedEx

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