November 25, 2014 - Industry News
The amount freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors of Canada and Mexico totaled $102.2 billion in September, an 8.2% gain from a year ago, as all five major transportation carried more cargo, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade
Anyone out driving the day before Thanksgiving needs to be prepared for possible big traffic delays with traffic congestion predicted to be 25% worse than a typical Wednesday afternoon, according to the traffic analytics company Inrix.
Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways
The regional less-than-truckload carrier Holland is relocating its headquarters to a larger facility due to growing business, according to parent YRC Worldwide Inc.
Tags: Fleets, YRC Worldwide, Holland
UPDATED -- The health of the American economy was much stronger in the third quarter of the year than initially thought, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Construction Spending, Consumer Confidence
November 25, 2014 - Product News
Graco Blue pumps are designed to help manage diesel exhaust fluids and reduce vehicle emissions in automobiles, buses, heavy-duty trucks, and off-road vehicles, according to the manufacturer.
Tags: Diesel Engines, DEF, Graco
The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.
Tags: DOT, Truck Sizes, Size and Weight, Congress, Productivity, Congestion
November 24, 2014 - Industry News
The Arpin group has donated an 18,000 square foot warehouse with a value of $260,000 to the Hardin County Habitat for Humanity in Radcliff, Ky. The organization will use the warehouse to store its extra inventory of donated furniture and housewares.
Tags: Charity, Habitat for Humanity, Donations, Moving and Storage Fleet
Diesel and gasoline prices keep moving lower while the price of oil has gained a little ground over the past week.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
Nominations for Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators will be closed after Dec. 1, which means that there is still time to contribute to an award honoring the most innovative leaders in the trucking industry.
Tags: Leadership, Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators
Miami-Dade County, Fla., has placed its third order for Autocar E3 hybrid refuse trucks. This purchase of 29 vehicles brings the total hybrid refuse fleet to 64.
Tags: Parker Hannifin, Miami Dade County, Hydraulic Hybrid, Refuse Trucks
The truck safety enforcement community has joined the industry effort to get the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to hide CSA safety data from public view. In a November 14 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said that Safety Measurement System scores should be available to police but not to the public.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, CVSA
Mack Trucks recently launched a new skill contest open to technicians in its dealer network called the Mack Masters Competition. There will be 991 participants making up 263 teams in a competition of hands-on skill and knowledge of Mack systems and procedures.
Tags: Mack Trucks, Competition, Technician Training, Technicians, Mack Masters Competition
The American Trucking Associations gave out a series of tips on safe driving during the busy Thanksgiving Holiday, which will see an estimated 46.3 million drivers on the road.
Tags: ATA, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Share the Road, Thanksgiving weekend
More than 46 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with most of them taking to the highways, according to a forecast from AAA Travel.
Tags: Safety, Highways, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving
November 21, 2014 - Industry News
Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.
Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Fuel Economy, Ford, Aluminum, 2015-MY
Procede Software, a provider of advanced dealer business management solutions, recently announced its participation as a co-sponsor of ATD’s 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year awards.
Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Procede Software
After a two-month effort, the Truckload Carriers Association has adopted a revised logo to represent the organization. The new look retains the shield design and colors but modernizes the design.
Tags: TCA, Truckload Carriers Association, Branding
The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from the provision, which says drivers must take a half-hour break in an 8-hour shift.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, Regulations, Drivers, Safety & Compliance
Southeastern Freight Lines opened a new service center in Van Buren, Ark., near Fort Smith. The facility was opened in response to growing business in the area.
Tags: Arkansas, Southeastern Freight Lines, Service Center, Fleets, LTL
Trillium CNG and E-Z Mart Stores opened a public access, Class-8 accessible compressed natural gas fueling station at the E-Z Mart Convenience Store and Truck Stop in Monroe, La.
Tags: Paper Transport, Louisiana, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas
The Journal of Commerce reports an agreement has been reached on a plan creating a “gray” chassis pool that would allow truckers to freely interchange chassis throughout the Port of New York and New Jersey as soon as early next year.
Tags: Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey, Intermodal
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved the continuation of a program that helps port truckers replace older, higher-polluting vehicles with newer, cleaner burning ones.
Tags: Emissions, Port Trucking, Air Pollution, Port of New York and New Jersey
A new white paper from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International reports last year truck cargo theft activity spiked in the final quarter of the year, with a total of 242 reported incidents.
Tags: Security, Drivers, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch
The decrease reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale price of motor fuels, as provided under Kentucky law, according to the state transportation department.
Tags: Highway Funding, Kentucky, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Ethanol
A measure used to forecast where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months rose sharply in October from the month before, according to the private research group The Conference Board.
Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators
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