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September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Falls Another 2.3 Cents, Lowest Price Since July 2012

The average cost of on-highway diesel has moved lower once again, shedding 2.3 cents from a week ago and hitting it lowest price since mid-July of 2012.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Congressman Offers Bill to Shield CSA Data

The industry’s effort to shut off public access to truck safety data continues with a proposal by Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., to temporarily shield the information. The Safer Trucks and Buses Act says CSA data should not be available to the public.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, U.S. House, Legislation, Safety & Compliance

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Indiana Toll Road Operator Files for Bankruptcy

Indiana Toll Road. Photo: Indiana Toll Road Facebook page.

The private operator of the Indiana Toll Road has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, following a deal several years ago in which a consortium of Spanish and Australian investors leased the route from the state of Indiana.

Tags: Tolls, Indiana, Highways, indiana Toll Road

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Slip, Total U.S. Construction Falls

After four consecutive months of gains, existing-home sales slipped in August, according to the National Association of Realtors, but remains near its highest level so far this year.

Tags: Economy, Construction, Home Sales

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Intermodal Rail Volume Sets New Weekly Record

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads has reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sept. 13, including intermodal volume posting another record this year.

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

More Than 63,000 Fleetguard Fuel Filters Recalled

Cummins Filtration is recalling more than 63,000 fuel filters due to the possibility they could fail. The filters were distributed in both the aftermarket and on certain Cummins engines manufactured earlier this year.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, Navistar, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Fleetguard, Daimler Trucks North America, Cummins Filtration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

CMA Says Non-Compliant Markings on Double Coin Tires Don't Pose Safety Problem

CMA has notified the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that some 1.75 million Double Coin branded truck radial tires have non-compliant sidewall markings, but it says the non-compliance does not pose any safety or performance issues.

Tags: Recalls, Double Coin, Tires, CMA, NHTSA

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

133 SuperTech Competitors Ready for Testing, Organizers Say

Geroge Arrants, a long-time leader in the SuperTech program (left), and Michael Meredith, this year’s Professional Development chairman, say that a crew of supervisors and judges from fleets, suppliers and technical schools are ready to test 131 technicians beginning Monday.

Organizers of TMC's SuperTech competition in Orlando, Fla., say they are ready to test 133 top technicians from across the United States beginning Monday. High scorers will emerge after two days of pitting their skills against pre-arranged flaws in 25 different areas of truck diagnostics and repairs, with the winners announced at a lunch on Wednesday.

Tags: Maintenance, Technicians, TMC SuperTech

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

IAA Commercial Vehicles Event to Showcase Trucking Innovations

The 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition is set to begin Sept. 25 at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Germany. The week-long event runs through Oct. 2 and will feature 2,066 exhibitors from 45 countries and the world premieres of 322 new vehicles and innovations.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, IAA, Auto Shows, Germany, Future Trucks, Global, Events

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Study Labels Some Highway Projects a ‘Boondoggle’

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s "Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future," explains how 11 projects, costing at least $13 billion, are based on what it says are driving forecasts that are out of synch with the decade-long trend toward less driving.

Tags: Research, Highway Funding, Highways

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

IANA Intermodal Expo Begins Monday

The 2014 Intermodal Expo in Long Beach, Calif., is bringing together industry leaders to discuss industry trends and business opportunities. The expo is being launched by the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, City of Long Beach, Intermodal, IANA, Events

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler's Ram Gamble Pays Off

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler's gamble to spin off its pickup truck division at the tail end of the recession has paid off, as the company has increased its market share of the pickup market by 10 percent since creating the Ram Truck division, reports the New York Times.

Tags: Ram Truck, Chrysler, Automotive Executives, Pickup Trucks

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

New Public-Access CNG Station Opens in Kirkwood, N.Y.

Picture via Trillium.

Trillium CNG and Mirabito Energy Products opened a newly constructed natural gas fueling station in Kirkwood, N.Y.

Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates, Teamsters Sue for Training Rule

Safety advocates and the Teamsters union are suing to force the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue truck driver training rules. The suit comes just a month after the agency launched an attempt to negotiate a rule because it has not been able to draft a rule that would be accepted by all the parties.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Regulations, Teamsters

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Lose Momentum in August

Photo: Pen Waggner via Wikimedia Commons

The Leading Economic Index, from the private research group The Conference Board, increased 0.2% in August to 103.8, following upwardly revised increases of 1.1% in July, and 0.7% in June.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Restrictions Removed from Section of Nevada I-15

One southbound lane and two northbound lanes are now open on Interstate 15 in Nevada near Moapa, after a section of the route was closed more than a week ago.

Tags: Nevada, I-15, Detours

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Plans Enhanced Active Vehicle Safety System for 2015

Functions of current products will be combined and strengthened, and false alerts will occur less often, the company said.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Roll Stability, Collision Avoidance, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Indicted for Making False Statements

Failing to disclose previous accidents has led to a truck driver facing federal charges. Arnold Williams was indicted for false statements on a commercial driver employment application, according to release from the U.S. Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Recruiting, Safety & Compliance

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Names New President

Brad Bentley, new TCA president. Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association named Brad Bentley its new president, succeeding Chris Burruss, who resigned this summer for personal reasons.

Tags: People, TCA, Associations

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Another Call to Hide CSA Data from Public

A group of brokers and other trucking interests have added to the call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In a September 17 letter, the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation and nine other groups asked Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to draw a curtain over the scores.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, SMS, Brokers

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Small Carrier Ordered Closed Following FMCSA Investigation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Grand Ridge, Florida-based trucking company to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Study: More Money Doesn’t Equal Better Highways

Photo: Evan Lockridge

More money is going to state highways, but there has been very little progress in improving their condition, according to a new report from the libertarian think tank the Reason Foundation and its 21st Annual Highway Report.

Tags: Research, Highway Funding, Highways

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

New Commercial Vans Offer Improved Residual Value

Ram ProMaster: Photo by Vince Taroc.

A lineup of new full-size commercial vans from Chrysler/Ram, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz will deliver significantly higher residual value that their counterparts from previous generations, according to ALG’s latest industry projection.

Tags: Residual Values, ALG, Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram ProMaster

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Adds Resource for Sustainable Freight Practices

Graphic via ATRI.

The American Transportation Research Institute has added a compendium of sustainable freight practices on its website.

Tags: Sustainability, ATRI, Fleets, Aerodynamics

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Dive in August Following July Surge

Housing starts in the U.S. plunged in August from the month before but the level of activity was still higher than the same time a year earlier, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Home Building

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