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September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Top Technicians to Gather for Skills Competition

The 10th annual TMCSuperTech National Technician Skills Competition is set to take place later this month at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Tags: TMC, Technicians, TMCSuperTech, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Highways, Freight, Legislation, Highway Funding, ATA, IANA, NITL

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Manitoulin Buys Westcan’s LTL, Van Business

Manitoulin Transport has announced a deal to buy the less-than-truckload and van freight business of fellow Canada-based Westcan Freight Systems.

Tags: Canada, Fleets, Manitoulin

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Advances, Freight Spending Slips

North American freight volumes bounced back in August from a normal July dip, but it did not lead to a similar increase in freight spending, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawsuit Against New York Truck Taxes Given Class Action Status

The case was filed nearly a year ago by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and four of its members against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Tags: New York, Taxes, OOIDA, Litigation

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Broker Pleading Guilty to Bribery Over Military Contracts

Federal prosecutors have charged an Alabama freight broker with bribing two National Guard officials to steer military transport contracts totaling more than $440,000 to the two Alabama companies he represented.

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-15 Closed for Several Days Following Nevada Flooding

A big portion of Interstate 15 Nevada is closed following flooding on Monday that caused parts of the route to be washed away.

Tags: Nevada, I-15, Road Closure, Interstate 15

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Converting California O-Os to Company Drivers Following Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- Due to litigation and upcoming settlements, one trucking operation is abandoning its owner-operator business model in California.

Tags: Drivers, California, Intermodal, Fleets, Ports, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Hub Group

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Unchanged from Last Week, 16.7 Cents Less Than 2013

The ride of continuously falling on-highway diesel prices is over, with the average U.S. cost unchanged over the past week, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends New-Applicant Screening Test

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending its test of a new approach to screening new entrants into trucking. It also is adjusting how the screening process works.

Tags: FMCSA, New Entrants, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ram Chassis Cab Adds Max Speed Limiter

Photo of Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of Chrysler.

The Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks add several fleet-friendly options for the 2015 model-year, including a maximum speed limiter to help fleet managers reduce excessive speeding, according to Ram Truck.

Tags: Ram Truck, Speed Limiter, Ram Chassis Cab, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 4, Class 5, Ambulances

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Bridgestone Plant Earns Environmental Recertification

Bridgestone America’s tire manufacturing plant in Warren County, Tennessee, earned LEED V3 recertification at the silver level from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tags: Green, Bridgestone, LEED certification, LEED V3

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Household Movers Seek Exemption to 14-Hour Rule

Household goods movers say driver need to be able to drive from a delivery to a safe parking spot even if it's past the 14-hour window. Photo: Atlas Van Lines

Household goods movers represented by the American Moving and Storage Association are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption to one part of hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, American Moving & Storage Association, Household Goods Movers

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Stifel's John Larkin says that the driver shortage is now affecting less-than-truckload, private fleets and other industry sectors. Photo: Southeastern Freight Lines.

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Stifel Nicolaus, Drivers

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Named Highway Angel for Helping With Burning Bus

Highway Angel, Jon Wilbur: Photo via TCA.

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Jon Wilbur a Highway Angel for helping passengers on a burning bus in June.

Tags: TCA, Highway Angel, Image, Pottle's Transportation

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Indicates Extreme Pressure on Available Capacity

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 8.49 for July, one of the highest points this year. The high values reflect rising prices and service lapses caused by the current capacity crisis. FTR says the TCI could go even higher this fall if the economy accelerates as expected.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Spot Freight

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Cable Provider Orders 800 Ford Transit Vans

Low-roof, regular wheelbase 2015 Transit Photo: Ford.

Charter Communications has ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase 2015 Ford Transit vans for its technicians in 29 states, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Charter Communications, Fleets, Private Fleets

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

PrePass Plus Allows Customers to View Transactions Any Time

Help Inc.'s PrePass Plus electronic toll payment service will now allow customers daily access to E-ZPass toll transactions.

Tags: Tolls, E-ZPass, PrePass

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Michigan Adds Truck Parking System to I-94

Map of Interstate 94 in southwest Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has activated the Truck Parking Information and Management System on a section of Interstate 94 in southwest Michigan.

Tags: Michigan, HOS, Truck Parking, Interstate 94, Highways

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Houston Fleet Goes CNG

Photo via Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch is converting its 66-tractor fleet in Houston from diesel to compressed natural gas to help it meet new sustainability goals.

Tags: Ryder, CNG Conversions, CNG, Anheuser-Busch, Private Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, Texas, Alternative Fuels

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Signs Off on Oberon’s DME as Alternative Fuel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Oberon Fuel’s biogas-based dimethyl ether as meeting the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard, helping clear the way for it to be an alternative fuel for trucking.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Rail Intermodal Traffic at or Near Record Highs

Photo: Jim Park

Intermodal rail traffic levels remained strong in August, hitting new highs or coming close to it, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Association of American Railroads

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Stirs up Medium-Duty Market with Dual-Clutch Transmission

The Procision transmission was unveiled at Eaton's Marshall, Mich., proving grounds on Sept. 4. Photo: Jim Park

A new medium-duty, dual-clutch transmission from Eaton, called Procision, promises automatic-like driver feel and interface with the performance attributes of a manual transmission, plus fuel and maintenance savings. Equipment Editor Jim Park has the story.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Medium-Duty Trucks, Fuel Efficiency

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Trucking Sheds Jobs

New U.S. Labor Department figures released Friday show more jobs were added in August, but the increase failed to continue the pace of more than 200,000 jobs that had been added each of the previous six months.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

"World's Largest Truck Convoy" to Raise Funds For Special Olympics

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is set to take place on September 20 to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes.

Tags: Wisconsin, Events, Special Olympics, World's Largest Truck Convoy

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