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June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Kicks Off Redefining Tour Technology Showcase

Photo courtesy of Cummins

Cummins has kicked off its 2015 Redefining Tour, a coast-to-coast mobile event showcasing the company’s current and future technologies.

Tags: Cummins, Technology, ISX15

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Remain at Higher Levels

National average spot market freight rates remained at high levels last week, holding steady in all three equipment categories after seeing a large increase in the first week of June.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance: Senate Should Ditch Funding Riders that “Compromise Safety”

Photo: The Trucking Alliance

The Trucking Alliance is urging the Senate to reject riders to the funding bill that “would compromise truck safety” by reducing funding for certain truck-safety programs and for infrastructure improvements.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, Highway Funding

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Names New President

Joe Dagnese, president of Con-way Freight Photo courtesy of Con-way Inc.

Con-way Inc., announced that Joseph M. Dagnese has been named president of its less-than-truckload subsidiary Con-way Freight.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Leadership, People, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

June 16, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Gives $50,000 to Help Wounded Veterans

Meritor presented the Wyakin Warrior Foundation with a 50,000 check to help wounded veterans. Photo courtesy of Meritor

Meritor announced that it has made a $50,000 contribution to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, which mentors and gives financial assistance to veterans who are pursuing degrees.

Tags: Meritor, Veterans, Donations

June 16, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Execs Urge Senators to Turn Down ‘Twin 33’ Trailers

Image: FHWA

The top executives of 15 major for-hire carriers are pushing back against a drive on Capitol Hill to legalize the operation of twin 33-ft trailers on highways nationwide.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Size and Weight, Double Trailers

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Toll Alternative Proposed by Rhode Island Republicans

An alternative to the proposed Rhode Island trucking toll that could eliminate the tolls completely has been brought forward by members of the R.I., House Republican Caucus.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

CDL Tester Indicted in South Carolina

A third-party CDL tester used by South Carolina has been indicted for giving tests he wasn't supposed to and skimping on the tests themselves.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Crime & Fraud, U.S. DOT

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

Consumer Confidence Improves, Producer Prices Jump

Consumer confidence rebounded this month, with more people expecting increases in their wages, according to the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Producer Prices

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Volume Posts Monthly Drop

Spot market freight volume remained relatively strong in May, edging down just 1.7% from April, according to the DAT North American Freight Index, with refrigerated freight and rates higher for the month.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 12, 2015 - Press Release

MiX Telematics Adds Houston Office

MiX Telematics, a global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, has expanded its North American operations and opened an office in Houston.

Tags: MiX Telematics, Office Expansion

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Falls as Capacity Availability Increases

Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell 9% to a reading of 6.7 in April, weakened by more available capacity and less pressure on rates.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants C.R. England Driver Training Exemption

Photo via C.R. England

The FMCSA has granted C.R. England a training rule exemption allowing drivers who have passed the CDL skills test to operate a vehicle on public roads without requiring a CDL holder to monitor them from the front seat.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, C.R. England

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Retail Sales Improve for Third Straight Month

Retail sales in the U.S. continue improving after slowing at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, but things could still be better.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

BNSF Promising Faster Intermodal on Northern Corridor

BNSF has made significant investments in its Northern Corridor route. Photo: BNSF

BNSF Railway announced new, faster service offerings along its Northern Corridor route, after heavy oil-field and grain shipments last year caused service times to drop.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, BNSF

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Infrastructure Funding Bill: Let the States Pay

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Two Republicans on Capitol Hill have re-introduced a controversial bill taking a radical approach to the issue of highway funding -- handing responsibility for infrastructure over to the states.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, Devolution

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Shell Lubricants: All Cylinders Firing for Two New Diesel Oil Categories

Extensive lab work is proceeding on track to complete the two new API oil-service categories for heavy-duty diesels. Photo: Shell

The industry campaign to develop not one but two new API oil-service categories to eventually replace the current CJ-4 spec for heavy-duty diesel engines is on a fast track for new formulations to be licensed starting in late 2016, according to Shell Lubricants.

Tags: Shell, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Report: For-Hire Freight Movements Ease Up

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2010 - April 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Large declines in trucking and pipeline, coupled with smaller declines in rail carloads and rail intermodal resulted in a decline in the total amount of U.S. for-hire freight movements in April from March.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Increase Across the Board

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market jumped 36% during the week ending June 6 as capacity increased 5.5%, helping push rates higher.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Ports Returning to Normal

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Lack of Data Argues Against Truck Size/Weight Changes

FedEx has pushed for a provision allowing longer twin trailers, 33 feet up from the current 28.

The Department of Transportation has declared that “data limitations” uncovered by its research on the impact of increasing truck size and weight limits should preclude changing “relevant laws and regulations.”

Tags: DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

So Cal Port Truckers: Inspection Program Causing Congestion

The California Trucking Association recently came out against a new chassis equipment inspection process at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, saying they are causing congestion problems for truckers.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, CTA, Congestion, Intermodal, Intermodal Chassis

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

MHC Expands Dealership Footprint in the Midwest

Photo via MHC

The Murphy-Hoffman Company truck dealership group has acquired five Kenworth dealerships formerly operated by R.L French Corporation in three Midwest states.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealership, MHC, Truck Dealers

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Authorize Governors to Intervene in Port Strikes

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

A bill introduced on June 5 would expand the powers granted by the Taft-Hartley Act regarding labor disputes at U.S. ports allowing state governors the intervention powers currently reserved for the President.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, U.S. Senate, Port Trucking

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Rhode Island Truck Tolls Stalled for Now

UPDATED -- A recently amended proposal to charge tolls for trucks crossing bridges in Rhode Island may not be included in the state budget, according to local reports -- but it could be addressed by the legislature in a special session.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding


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