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March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Drugged Driving

The FMCSA declared driver Robert Lee Turner an imminent hazard after he struck an officer at the Port of Savannah and was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Drugged Driving, Alcohol Testing

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Darling Gets Title Upgrade

Photo: FMCSA

Acting Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration T.F. Scott Darling will continue in that role but will no longer be titled Acting Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, People, Promotions

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Three-Week Slide

Diesel and gasoline prices continue to drop for the third straight week as U.S. crude oil inventories stay at record high levels and demand remains low.

Tags: Oil Prices, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Altech-Eco's CNG Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Altech-Eco has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2015 Ford Transit 150/250/350 3.7L van and wagon with the Ford gaseous prepped engine option.

Tags: Altech-Eco, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, CNG

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, President Obama, U.S. Congress

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Unveils Its Long-Term Transpo Funding Bill

The Department of Transportation today officially announced its $478-billion, six-year transportation reauthorization proposal with just two months left until the current surface-transportation legislation expires.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, Highway Bill, Capitol Hill, Repatriation

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

OEMs Partner with PeopleNet and Omnitracs

PeopleNet and Omnitracs recently announced exclusive deals with original equipment manufacturers Peterbilt, Kenworth and Cummins to provide telematics and diagnostic tools for the companies.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Technology, Paccar, Peterbilt, PeopleNet, Omnitracs, Remote Diagnostics, telematics, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has begun notifying select truck and bus companies to submit drug and alcohol testing program results for its annual survey.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, Alcohol Testing

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Manac Considering Ways to Increase Shareholder Value

Strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a sale of the company, a merger with another company, or another business combination, the company said.

Tags: Trailers, Manac Inc., Shareholders

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880

Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with the PACCAR MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.

Tags: Kenworth, Technology, Fuel Economy, Driver Performance, Mid-America Trucking Show, MX-13

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio Lawmakers Scrap Highway Speed Limit Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Ohio Lawmakers scrapped a proposal to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph that was opposed by the trucking industry, according to a report from Cleveland.com.

Tags: Legislation, Ohio, Speed Limiter, Speed Limits, Highway Safety

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Shell, TravelCenters of America Open More LNG Lanes

Shell and TravelCenters of America have finalized plans to build a network of liquified natural gas fueling stations.

Shell opened two new lanes serving liquefied natural gas at TravelCenters of America truck refueling stations located in Baytown, Texas and in Lafayette, La.

Tags: Shell, TravelCenters of America, LNG Fueling Station, LNG

March 29, 2015 - Industry News

TA Names Citizen Drivers

TravelCenters of America announced its second annual “Citizen Driver” Award recipients Friday during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Image

March 29, 2015 - Industry News

Apex Capital releases Mobile Factoring App

Photo: Apex Capital

Apex Capital Corp. introduced its Mobile Factoring invoicing app as a new value-added service for its customers during the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Mobile Apps, Factoring

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Sponsors Truck Racing's Return to U.S.

A ChampTruck racing truck on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Big-rig truck racing is returning to the U.S. for the first time since 1993 with the Meritor ChampTruck World Series for the 2015 season.

Tags: Meritor, Sponsorship, ChampTruck, Racing, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Internet Truckstop is Now Truckstop.com

Freight-matching load board company Internet Truckstop has rebranded as Truckstop.com, the company's CEO announced.

Tags: Internet Truckstop, Load Board, Freight Market, Rebranding

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Introduces Advanced Charge Start System

Photo of Kenworth T680 by Jim Park.

Kenworth will offer an ultracapacitor-based engine start module from Maxwell for increased performance and better protection against battery drainage, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Kenworth, Maxwell Technologies, Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

Photo via Wikimedia.

While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Predicting Another Banner Year

The North American truck market continues to heat up, exceeding expectations, said Daimler Trucks North America head Martin Daum in a press briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show -- and demand for the DT12 automated manual has far exceeded even Daum's optimistic goals.

Tags: Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks, Transmissions, Mid-America Trucking Show, Global, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, MATS

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Congressmen Call For Fair Taxes On Alt Fuels

A bi-partisan group of congressmen seeking a fair excise tax on liquefied natural gas and propane introduced the Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Act on Thursday. Reps. Todd Young (R-IN), John Larson (D-CT), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and Ron Kind (D-WI) jointly authored the bill.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Fuel Tax, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, LNG

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 Goes Off-Road

The Bobit fleet team traveled to the Canadian Rocky Mountains to put the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to a true real-world test. (Photo gallery.)

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Four Wheel Drive

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

BestPass Says it Can Cut Number of Transponders Needed for Tolls

A company that got its start as a way for New York State Motor Truck members to more easily manage their tolls says with a new transponder it will cover nearly all toll facilities nationwide by the end of the year and eliminate the need to have half a dozen transponders in a truck.

Tags: Tolls, Bestpass, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Technology's Promise Paying Off, Says Volvo Group CEO

Volvo CEO Olof Persson keynoting HDMA Briefing at MATS. Photo by Paul Hartley courtesy HDMA

In his keynote address at the annual HDMA Briefing Breakfast at the Mid-America Trucking Show Friday morning, Persson sketched out the top trends in transportation regarding highway safety, environmental sustainability, and technology.

Tags: Highway Safety, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, GHG Emissions, Connected Vehicle Technology, Mid-America Trucking Show, Powertrain Integration

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Introduces Medium-Duty CNG Platform

Photo: Peterbilt Motors Company

Peterbilt has introduced two new medium-duty vehicles -- the Model 337 and the Model 348 -- powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Both vehicles are in production and can be configured as trucks or tractors.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Peterbilt Motors Company, CNG

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Expands Advantage Product Line, Adds Coast Mode to AMTs

Eaton now offers is Advantage Series transmission in more configurations to broaden its appear to different long-haul, linehaul and regional markets. The Advantage Series automated models now come with a fuel-saving coast mode to decrease parasitic drag on the drive train when operating on hilly terrain.

Tags: Eaton, Automated Manual Transmissions, Eaton Advantage, UltraShift Plus

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