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The Used Truck Association called its 15th annual convention a success, pushing paid membership in the association to 1,000 members. There were 735 attendees and the convention brought in record sponsorship revenue from the Vendor Expo portion of the event. The three-day event included a vendor night, workshops, the UTA Truck laboratory and a keynote speech given by former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann. The event concluded with an awards dinner recognizing those within the used truck industry who made notable contributions in the past year. There were peer-nominated awards for Dealer Member of the Year. The winners were Grady Shaner from Country Truck Sales, Steve Clough of Arrow Truck Sales, Roy Vaughn of All State Peterbilt and Trevor Pasmann of Kenworth Sales Company. An award was also given out in the vendor member category to Jessica Berens of Premium 2000+. The Lifetime Achievement Award given to Marty Crawford of Volvo Trucks […]

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Comments Off on Coming Soon: No Defects Means No Driver Inspection Report

As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on December 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck. The agency has been pursuing this change for more than a year in response to President Obama’s call for federal agencies to cut bureaucratic red tape. “America’s truckers should be able to focus more on getting their goods safely to store shelves, construction sites or wherever they need to be instead of spending countless hours on unnecessary paperwork that costs the industry nearly $2 billion each year,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. Drivers are now required to do pre-trip and post-trip inspections and file a report to the carrier even if there are no defects. Under the new rule, no-defect reports will not be required. Drivers will still have to turn in reports […]

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Comments Off on Freight volumes declined in November

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — There was a dip in freight volumes last month. According to TransCore LinkLogistics’ Canadian Freight Index, November showed an 11% decline in volumes versus October 2014. That result, however, was offset by the finding that in a year-to-year comparison, November 2014 volumes were 19% higher than those measured in November 2013. Cross-border traffic accounted for 70% of the loads tracked by TransCore. While there was more freight moving across the Canada-US border, there were fewer trucks transporting the goods. Outbound cross-border loads grew 52% year-over-year while inbound cross-border loads also increased 12%, but there were decreases of 21% and 2% respectively for outbound and inbound cross-border trucks. Ontario was the destination for 59% of the of the incoming freight, Western Canada received 22%, Quebec got 17% and 2% went to the Atlantic provinces. The breakdown for incoming equipment was similar with 48% destined for Ontario, 26% headed […]

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Comments Off on Obama Doesn’t See Congress Passing Long-Term Highway Funding Fix

President Obama told chief executives Dec. 3 he doubts congressional leaders will be able to advance a long-term comprehensive transportation measure next year, approving instead a short-term highway funding fix. The president explained the short-term transportation fix would advance either as stand-alone legislation or as part of a broader tax overhaul GOP leaders plan to propose after the next Congress convenes in January. When asked by FedEx CEO Fred Smith why his administration and Congress would not agree to raise the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per-gallon as a way to boost infrastructure dollars, Obama said, “Votes on gas tax are really tough.” “The question is going to be, is there a formula long term for us to get a dedicated revenue source for funding the infrastructure that we need, that is not so politically frightening to members of Congress that is reliable,” Obama told the CEOs at a […]

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Comments Off on Trucking association teaches safety for Northstate drivers

REDDING, Calif. –Brad Theurich, the Safety Manager at Redding Lumber Transport, said his drivers are safely trained to take the road. “We remind them to plan their trips to allow for delays, slow downs, so they don’t fell pressured to push it a little bit to make up for time or anything like that,” Theurich said. He shared the most difficult part about being a truck driver is the lifestyle. Drivers put in long hours, many miles are usually alone and when the driving conditions are dangerous, he said taking it slow is the best way to avoid accidents. “A turn or a curve on a road that’s safe at 55 miles per hour on a road on a summer day could be hazardous on a day like what we are having today,” Theurich mentioned about the rain on Wednesday. He said rain makes it very difficult for drivers to […]

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Comments Off on Arkansas, U.S. trucking companies push to hire 100,000 veterans

Arkansas-based trucking companies like Lowell-based J.B. Hunt Transport and Fort Smith-based ArcBest are involved with the American Trucking Associations push for the industry to hire 100,000 veterans in the next two years. The program should also help with the industry’s growing driver shortage. The ATA effort, announced Dec. 2, is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. “There’s no higher calling for an American than to serve in our armed forces, and I’d like to think that driving a truck – delivering America’s most essential goods safely and efficiently is also a high calling,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said in a statement. The U.S. Chamber veteran hiring program was launched March 2011, with more than 1,700 companies agreeing to participate. According to the ATA, the chamber program has resulted in 369,000 “confirmed hires” of veterans. ATA and Hiring Our Heroes will use FASTPORT’s […]

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Comments Off on Schumer wishes negative karma for ‘chameleon’ trucking firms

Trucking companies with safety violations should not be able to change names to avoid penalties, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, said Wednesday. Schumer said he supports efforts to remove “chameleon carriers” from the road, companies that retain owners, drivers and vehicles but change names to avoid penalties. He said he supports efforts by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to develop better methods for detecting when a problematic company is trying to continue to operate under a different name, and he called on the federal agency to include individual drivers’ records as part of its process for determining whether a company was trying to avoid the rules with a name change. “As commuters, we share our highways and with truckers and haulers who move our goods across the country,” he said. While Schumer took pains to say most trucking firms operate properly and most drivers stress safety, he added that more […]

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Comments Off on Volvo Trucks’ Virginia plant now powered by carbon-neutral electricity

DUBLIN, Va. – Electricity used at Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) plant is now carbon neutral, the company announced today. As of November of this year, 100% of the electricity in the plant is generated by methane gas from 13 surrounding landfills. “We are proud that Volvo’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond producing fuel-efficient trucks,” said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “Our customers can be assured that we strive for energy efficiency every step of the way.” Before this milestone was reached, the plant’s electricity in 2013 produced more than 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Now, the company’s electricity provider uses landfill gas to produce power for the plant. “I want to congratulate the entire NRV team for their contributions to our core values of quality, safety and environmental care and their work toward creating a better future for our shareholders, our customers and […]

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Comments Off on Van, Reefer Rates Improve on Spot Freight Market

Spot market freight rates have improved over the past week, though some more than others, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions. Reefers posted the biggest gain, 1.1%, for Nov. 23 through Nov. 29 compared to the previous seven days, for an average of $2.37 per mile, its best showing out of the last four weeks. The gain was possibly due to heightened demand and bad weather, according to DAT. Vans gained nearly as much, 1%, for an average of $2.05 per mile, also its best performance out of the past four weeks. Flatbeds barely edged higher, 0.1%, but the average rate was unchanged from the week before at $2.31 per mile, as winter is typically a slow season for the sector, according to DAT. The increases came as overall spot market loads available to haul fell 20% but it were outweighed by a bigger 25% decline in […]

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Comments Off on North America DEF Demand Approaching 1 Billion Gallons

Consumption of diesel exhaust fluid across North America has been rising in recent years and is set to hit a milestone of one billion gallons by 2019, according to the newly published DEF Market Dynamics Reportby Integer Research. The rise of selective catalytic reduction, an after-treatment emissions technology that requires the use of diesel exhaust fluid to reduce harmful NOx emissions, is driving DEF demand in a rapidly expanding North American market that is now almost unrecognizable from just four years ago when DEF was in its infancy, according to the report. As demand races ever higher, there has been a shift in supply of the fluid from jugs and drums to larger bulk deliveries, and a tremendous increase in DEF truck stop locations. The report said the number of DEF pump locations across North America has tripled in two years from 550 in mid-2012 to over 1,700 by June […]

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