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June 2, 2015 - Industry News

ODFL Seeing More Tonnage, Updates Expectations

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. on Monday reported a year-over-year increase in tons per day for May of 9.6%, following growth of 9.7% for April.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Tonnage, Fleets

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

President Obama Inks Highway Patch

Photo:The White House

The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 was signed into law on Friday by President Obama extending funding through July 31.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Improve; Consumer Spending Stalls

Business conditions in the nation’s manufacturing sector turned around in May from the month before, while construction spending hit a six-year high. A weak spot? Consumer spending.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

GE Capital, Wex Announce Fuel Card for OTR

Photo via GE Captial, Transportation Finance

GE Capital, Transportation Finance is launching a fuel card services program designed for over-the-road trucking companies. The program will be administered by Wex, a provider of corporate payment solutions.

Tags: GE Capital Transportation Finance, Fuel Card, WEX, WEX Fleet One

May 29, 2015 - Industry News

Man Given 2-Year Sentence in CDL Fraud Case

Another man connected with a widespread CDL test-taking fraud scheme was sentenced by New York District Court to 28 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, Crime & Fraud

May 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Shrinks, Consumer Sentiment Sinks

A new government reports shows the American economy contracted in the first quarter of the year for the second straight time.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Would Require Non-CSA Carrier Hiring Standard

Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and co-sponsor Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) have introduced a bill that aims to create a “national hiring standard” for motor carriers without using the controversial BASIC data produced by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s CSA safety-compliance program.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, TIA, Brokers

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Slam Rhode Island Tolling Plan

A recent proposal in Rhode Island for a truck-only toll to pay for the state’s ailing road and bridge conditions has been met with blowback from several trucking industry groups.

Tags: ATA, Tolls, Rhode Island, OOIDA, Infrastructure Funding

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Cross Border Freight Value Declines

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, March 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released figures show the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors totaled $96.1 billion in March, a 5.3% decline from a year ago, but three out of five transportation modes carried more cross-border cargo.

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

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Platooning Report Shows Fuel Economy Gains

A report on the first phase of research into the possible benefits of truck platooning technologies showed that all trucks in a platoon gained fuel efficiencies, with the lead truck gaining as much as a 5 percent improvement while the trailing truck got up to 10 percent improvement.

Tags: Technology, Industry Research, Meritor Wabco, Peterbilt Motors Company, ATRI, Truck Platooning

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

April Trailer Orders Down Big From Year Ago Levels

Trailer orders saw a large decrease in April with just 17,700 units, dropping 19% compared to March and down 30% year-over-year, according to the latest numbers from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Flatbed, Reefer Rates Edge Higher

Rates in two out of the three major spot market freight sectors posted slight gains over the past week while remaining in a holding pattern for dry vans.

May 26, 2015 - Product News

Webtech Wireless Signs $4.7M Fleet Contract

Photo via Webtech Wireless

Webtech Wireless has signed a $4.7 million contract with a major U.S. fleet customer for an upgrade to its Webtech Driver Center software.

Tags: Webtech Wireless, eLogs, Telematics

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet Acquires Private Fleet Technology Provider Cadec

PeopleNet has acquired the assets of Cadec Global Inc.,expanding the company’s mobility solutions in the foodservice and private fleet industries.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Analytics, Cadec, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence, New Home Sales Improve

A measure of consumer confidence has increased following a sharp downturn, while new home sales rebounded strongly, according to reports released on Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Home Sales

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Patch Bill Sent to President Obama

Photo: David Cullen

With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Legislation

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Bird Flu Affecting Trucking in Midwest

Truckers hauling chickens aren't the only ones being affected by bird flu. Photo by Ben via Wikimedia Commons

The avian flu viruses that have affected more than 33 million turkeys, chickens and ducks in more than a dozen states since December are taking their toll on the trucking companies that serve the poultry industry.

Tags: Iowa, Minnesota, Livestock Hauling

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Key Durable Goods Indicator Rises

An advance report shows both new orders and shipments for manufactured durable goods declined in April, but a key indicator increased for the second consecutive month.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Non-Manufacturing

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Heniff Acquires Horizon Tank Lines

Heniff Transportation Systems has acquired Horizon Tank Lines, expanding Heniff’s footprint into the Southeastern U.S.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Liquid Tank Trailers, Bulk Hauling

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

CDL School Owners Charged with Testing Fraud Plead Guilty

Two owners of a Brooklyn, NY, CDL driving school had to forfeit cash and assets totally more than $175,000 in a plea deal for charges stemming from a massive, 11-year long testing fraud scheme.

Tags: CDL, Fraud, Truck Driving Schools

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Old Dominion Shuffles Senior Management

Old Dominion Freight Line announced that Greg C. Gantt has been promoted to the president and chief operating officer of the company, replacing David S. Congdon as the company’s president.

Tags: Leadership, Old Dominion Freight Line, People, Promotions

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Hit 17-Month Low

Net orders for Class 8 trucks fell to just over 22,400 units in April, the lowest amount since November 2013, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Higher, Inflation Still Weak

Consumer prices moved barely higher in April, but it was the third consecutive monthly increase, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Port Trucking Group Unveils Plan to Reduce Congestion

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Harbor Truck Association has announced that it is supporting a new plan to reduce congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Ports, Strikes, Port Trucking

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Continental Tire Sponsors Truck Racing Series

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Continental Tire the Americas has been named the tire sponsor of the ChampTruck truck racing series in 2015.

Tags: Tires, Continental Tire the Americas, ChampTruck, Racing

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