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February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Gauging Trucking’s Digital Disruptors

Respondents to an industry survey expect the most likely disruptor of the freight transportation market over the next few years will be Big Data.

No fewer than five technology-based “disruptors” to freight transportation were identified in a recent survey of carrier/3PL/broker, shipper and trucking supplier executives conducted by Princeton Consulting.

Tags: Stifel Nicolaus, Big Data, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Florida Interchange Project to Accommodate Truck Traffic

Trucks converge on the Interstate 10 – US 301 interchange near Baldwin, a congested interchange for truck traffic moving through northeast Florida. Photo: Florida DOT

The Florida Department of Transportation will start work next month on the Interstate 10 and U.S. 301 interchange project. The interchange is designed to accommodate increased truck traffic in the area.

Tags: Road Construction, I-10, Florida Department of Transportation

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Spot Freight Availability Declines, Canadian Market Bounces Back

UPDATED -- U.S. spot-market load availability fell 5.6% during the week ending Feb. 6, with the number of van and refrigerated loads dropping 17% and 12%, respectively, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, Cross-Border Trucking, Canada

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Trucker, Carrier, FMCSA at Fault in Fatal Truck Crash

Aftrmath of Jan. 27, 2014, truck crash near Naperville, Ill. Image via NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, NTSB, Fatigue

February 10, 2016 - Product News

Mack Customizes a Snow Plow for Pennsylvania Town

The custom Mack Granite snow plow built for Somerset Township. Photo: Mack

A custom Mack Granite snow plow model outfitted with all-wheel drive was built for Somerset Township, Penn., to deal with hilly terrain and windy roads in the area.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Snow Plow, Customization, Mack Granite

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

PPG Teams With Bridgestone on Fuel-Efficient Truck Tires

The Department of Energy is providing funding for a $1.25-million collaborative project between Bridgestone Americas and global coatings company PPG that will focus on improving the fuel efficiency of truck and bus radial tires

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Bridgestone, Tires, PPG Industries, U.S. Department of Energy

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Posts 2% Decline for Last Year

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

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire sector fell in both the final month of last year and all of 2015, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight Index, Freight Transportation Services Index

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTEA Enhances Work Truck Show for 2016

During The NTEA Work Truck Show, an Isuzu NRR diesel Class 5 truck with be on display upfitted with lightweight components. Photo: NTEA

The NTEA has announced three new features at The Work Truck Show 2016 (held March 1-4 in Indianapolis), which are designed to give a glimpse into the future of vocational trucks.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Events

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Clean Energy Fuels Doubles Renewable Natural Gas Sales

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Sales of Clean Energy Fuel’s Redeem renewable natural gas more than doubled to 50 million gasoline gallon equivalents in 2015.

Tags: Renewable Fuel, Biomethane, Clean Energy Fuels

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Forward Air, Rush Enterprises

A record-setting fourth quarter for trucking company Forward Air Corp. has it looking forward to a banner 2016, while Rush Enterprises is cost-cutting to compensate for the low truck sales in the energy sector in 2015.

Tags: Economy, Equipment, Truck Sales, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Forward Air, Fleet Earnings

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Rochester-Area Fleets Eligible for $1M Alt-Fuel Grants

Fleets in six New York counties around Rochester are eligible for $1 million in federal grants to purchase or convert their vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, the Genesee Region Clean Communities has announced.

Tags: Federal Grants, CMAQ Improvement Program, Alternative Fuels

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

VW Trucks Chief Cites U.S., China as Key Areas for Expansion

Andreas Renschler. Photo: Volkswagen

In an interview with Bloomberg, the head of Volkswagen’s truck business said the U.S. and China are among key regions for possible expansion.

Tags: Volkswagen, Global

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Former Trucking CEO and Employees Sentenced for Fraud

The former CEO of USA Dry Van Logistics and two other former employees were handed prison sentences by a Texas federal court for conspiring to defraud GE Capital.

Tags: GE Capital, Crime & Fraud, Court Ruling, Fraud

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

8 Indicted in Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Scam

Photo by Jim Park

The former president of travel plaza chain Pilot Flying J has been indicted, along with seven other former employees, on federal charges related to an alleged fuel-rebate scheme.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Fraud

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Autocar Recalls Xpeditor Trucks

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

In more than a thousand trucks in the 2013-2016 model years, the brake pedals are at risk for detaching.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Autocar, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

GenNext Appoints Key Board and Advisory Personnel

Aftermarket leadership outreach and educational group GenNext voted and approved five new directors and a new senior advisor at a recent board of directors meeting.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket, People, GenNext

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins Connected Diagnostics Now Available with Geotab

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The Cummins Connected Diagnostics application is now available to customers using Geotab's fleet management solution.

Tags: Cummins, Geotab, Diagnostics

February 8, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Are Down Over 82 Cents in 12 Months

The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel fell last week to a level that is 82 cents cheaper than a year ago.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 8, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Designates First Four Certified Uptime Centers

Mack Trucks has announced the first four dealer locations to achieve the Mack Certified Uptime Center designation.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Dealers, Uptime, Repair Shops

February 8, 2016 - Industry News

Continental Chooses Site for $1.4B Commercial Tire Plant

Continental Tire the Americas has selected a site in Mississippi for a commercial vehicle tire plant that as part of a long term investment totaling $1.4 billion.

Tags: Mississippi, New Facility, Tires, Continental Tire the Americas

February 8, 2016 - Industry News

XPO Sues YRC Freight for Poaching Executives

Image via XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Freight is suing rival less-than-truckload carrier YRC Freight for allegedly hiring employees from the company in order to obtain important trade secrets.

Tags: Lawsuits, YRC Freight, XPO Logistics

February 8, 2016 - Industry News

HDMA Names Board Chairman for 2016

Tim Myers Photo: Alcoa

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association has re-elected Tim Myers as chairman of the board at a recent board of governors meeting.

Tags: Leadership, HDMA, People

February 7, 2016 - Industry News

Aviation Bill Harbors Pro-Trucking Reform

Language in a new House aviation bill aims to prevent states from enacting their own meal and rest break rules for CDL drivers. Image: Penske Logistics

Intended to keep states from preempting federal motor-carriage regulations, a proposal that that did not make it into the highway bill has resurfaced in reauthorization legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, Driver Pay

February 5, 2016 - Industry News

NTN Bearings Names Automotive Marketing Director

Photo: NTN

NTN Bearing Corporation of America, the parent company of BCA Bearings, has announced the promotion of Kevin Judge to director of automotive marketing.

Tags: People, Bearings, Marketing

February 5, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia Profit Declines 16%, Beats Estimates

Saia Inc. saw its fourth quarter profit decline to $11.4 million, or 45 cents per diluted share, from $13.6 million, or 53 cents per diluted share a year earlier, beating analysts' estimates.

Tags: LTL, Saia, Fleet Earnings

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