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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

Two CNG Stations Opened On Texas Trucking Corridors

Brock, Texas ampTrillium Station Photo: Trillium CNG

Two new public-access compressed natural gas stations have been opened in Texas by amp Trillium, a joint venture between ampCNG and Trillium CNG.

Tags: Texas, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, ampCNG

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

CALSTART to Manage Alt-Vehicle Incentive Program

The California Air Resources Board has selected the clean transportation consortium CALSTART to continue to administer the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

Tags: CARB, Trucks, California, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Buses, Vouchers, State Grants

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

Tracy Morgan and Walmart Settle Accident Lawsuit

Walmart and Tracy Morgan have announced a settlement agreement in a lawsuit against Walmart for an accident last year involving a Walmart Truck and Morgan’s limousine.

Tags: Accidents, Lawsuits, Fatigue, 34-Hour Restart

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 28, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Highlights Technology Transformation

A far-out future truck project for the LA Auto Show

Two decades ago, Peterbilt was primarily known for its classic truck designs that appealed to owner-operators and small fleets. But as it showed reporters during its Technology Showcase Thursday at its plant in Denton, Texas, it has reinvented itself as a company on top of the latest technology and fuel economy.

Tags: Peterbilt, Technology, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

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 - Product News

Goodyear Expands Sales and Service at 3 Retread Plants

Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Center has opened sales and service departments at retread plants in three high-traffic areas in an effort to better service fleets.

Tags: Goodyear, Retail Sales, Tires, Retreads, Service Center

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

Diesel Moves Closer to $3, Sixth Straight Weekly Hike

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel continues moving closer to the $3 per gallon mark with it recording its sixth straight weekly increase, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

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

Cooper Tire Plant Recognized for Environmental Initiatives

The Cooper Tire plant in Tupelo, Miss., has earned the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s enHance Partnership Award for 2015.

Tags: Green, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Environmental Regulations

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 - Product News

Giti Tire Expands Into Southeast Asia

The Giti Tire display for the Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo. Photo via Giti Tire

Giti Tire launched its Giti Brand commercial tire products in Southeast Asia at the Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo.

Tags: Tires, Asia, Giti TIre USA

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx-Bus Crash Investigation Cites Fatigue as Possible Cause

The California Highway Patrol completed its investigation into a deadly collision between a FedEx vehicle and a tour bus, concluding that driver error – not environmental factors – caused the crash.

Tags: Investigation, Fatal Accidents, Fatigue, California Highway Patrol, California, FedEx

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 25, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Leases NGVs to Arkansas Fleets

Photo courtesy of Ryder.

Ryder System will lease natural gas vehicles (NGVs) to two fleet customers in Arkansas, marking the first time it has offered NGVs in the state, the company announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Arkansas, Ryder System, CNG

May 25, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference: Minimizing Risk and Liability

The second day of the Safety Fleet Conference will be full of sessions and panel discussions on risk management and liability.

Tags: Liability, Risk Management, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

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

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