Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Pre-Heaters Enable Reliable Engine Starts in Cold Weather

Oregon Department of Transportation de-icing Interstate 97 Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr

Diesel-fired engine pre-heaters can help ensure reliable engine starts in cold-weather conditions while reducing engine wear, preventing service calls and boosting driver satisfaction, fleets said.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
November 6, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Jumps 6.3¢ to $2.882 a Gallon

Diesel truck stop Rodger Hinson/Flickr

The U.S. average retail price of diesel jumped 6.3 cents to $2.882 a gallon as oil climbed to its highest price since June 2015.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

The 18 Former Employees Charged in the Pilot Flying J Federal Investigation


Eighteen former employees have been charged in the federal investigation of Pilot Flying J, the family business of Jimmy Haslam. Fourteen have pleaded guilty but have not been sentenced.

John Caniglia | The Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 6, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

John Verble, the Informant Who Helped Sack Jimmy Haslam’s Family Business, Pilot Flying J

Danny Johnston/AP

For more than a year, the informant met secretly with FBI agents. He repeatedly slid into a dark sedan with tinted windows, sharing a narrative that would rock the family business of Cleveland Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam.

John Caniglia | The Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 6, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Jurors in Pilot Flying J Criminal Trial to Hear How Sales Team Veered Into Corruption


Jurors in a Chattanooga courtroom will be going inside what the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer concedes was a corrupt sales division where fraud was taught and celebrated.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 6, 2017
Business, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Oil and Gas Companies Search for Truckers in Pennsylvania

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

After 42 years with the same employer, Kevin Spath of West Deer, Pa., is facing the prospect of losing his job.

Brian C. Rittmeyer | The Valley News-Dispatch (Tarentum, Pa.)
November 3, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

SoCal Ports Approve Aggressive Air Quality Rules for Moving Cargo

Truck at Port of Long Beach Port of Long Beach via YouTube

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they have approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update that sets out aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the nation’s busiest container port complex — which is on pace for the busiest year ever.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 3, 2017
Government, Fuel

Key Democrats Press for Infrastructure Funding Amid Tax Reform Debate

Rep. John Delaney John K. Delaney via YouTube

Several Democrats, including Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, are critical of a tax reform package proposed by House Republicans that does not offer an approach to fund big-ticket infrastructure projects..

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 2, 2017
Business, Fuel

Exxon Not Threatened by Electric Cars, Says Trucks Are ‘Where the Real Action Is’

Trucks sit in a parking lot outside a Mobil gas station in Morton, Ill. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Exxon Mobil Corp. says the existential threat to oil producers from electric cars is overblown.

Joe Carroll | Bloomberg News
November 2, 2017
Business, Fuel

US Oil Rises to 10-Month High as Stockpiles Seen Dropping

A freight trail full of tanker cars hauling crude oil crosses the plains near Trenton, N.D. Kevin G. Hall/MCT

Oil rose to the highest level since early January in New York on expectations that government data will confirm another drop in U.S. crude inventories as the global surplus recedes.

Grant Smith | Bloomberg News
November 1, 2017