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August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Quantum Launches New CNG Systems

Quantum Fuel Systems has launched a pair of back-of-cab compressed natural gas (CNG) storage modules: the Q-Cab160, which offers up to 160 diesel gallon equivalents (DGEs) of storage, and the Q-Cab180, which offers up to 180 DGEs.

Tags: Quantum Fuel Systems, Fuel Tanks, CNG, CNG Tanks

August 3, 2015 - Product News

Alcoa Updates Wheel Service Manual

Alcoa will release the latest version of its Wheel Service Manual later this summer, the company announced.

Tags: Wheels, Alcoa, Parts and Service

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Number of Cargo Thefts Drop, Average Value Around $189,000

The darkest areas indicate where cargo thefts happen the most. Graphic: FWI

Cargo thefts in the U.S. are on the decline, but the value of each heist is virtually unchanged compared to last year, according to a new second quarter report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

TA Kicks Off St. Christopher Relief Fund Campaign

TravelCenters of America has launched its annual campaign to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, which helps truckers suffering from medical-related financial hardship.

Tags: Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, St. Christopher Fund, Fundraiser

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

ArcBest Reports $20 Million Profit

With record second-quarter revenue, ArcBest's net income rose to $20 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, from $17.2 million, or 64 cents per diluted share a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, ABF, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings, LTL

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Did FMCSA Spin Report on HOS Restart?

The day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated its general satisfaction with a Government Accountability Office study of the hours-of-service changes implemented in 2013, the American Trucking Associations slammed the safety agency for “cherry-picking” a few points “in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers.”

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, GAO, 34-Hour Restart

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Nebraska Trucker Pleads Guilty to Threatening FMCSA Inspector

A Nebraska trucker could face up to a year in prison for threatening FMCSA employees over the phone.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Crime & Fraud

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

ContiTech Unveils New Headquarters

ContiTech NAFTA unveils its new headquaters sign. Photo via ContiTech

ContiTech recently unveiled its revamped North American headquarters to bring awareness to the public about the new name and brands created by Continental’s acquisition of Veyance Technologies.

Tags: Headquarters, Continental Tires, Contitech, Logo

July 31, 2015 - Product News

Trail King Expands Agriculture Product Offering

Trail King has released its complete line of agricultural product offerings with additional products from its recent acquisition of Dakota Trailer Manufacturing.

Tags: Trailers, Trail King, Agricultural Fleets

July 31, 2015 - Global News

Canada Announces Stricter Vehicle, Fuel Standards

The Canadian government has announced new vehicle and fuel standards to reduce air pollution from on-road vehicles.

Tags: Canada, Emissions Reduction, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Alt Fuel Excise Tax to Be Based on Energy Equivalent

A provision allowing liquefied natural gas and propane autogas to be taxed equally with diesel fuel by energy content was passed as part of the three-month highway bill patch.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Excise Taxes, LNG, Highway Bill

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Buys Coyote Logistics For $1.8 Billion

UPS announced it's buying Coyote Logistics, a non-asset-based truckload freight brokerage company, giving it a major presence in the U.S. truckload brokerage market.

Tags: UPS, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Ramping Up Biodiesel Use

Photo of a UPS CNG vehicle courtesy of UPS.

UPS has signed agreements with three suppliers for up to 46 million gallons of biodiesel over the next three years as part of its goal to significantly reduce emissions by 2020.

Tags: Biodiesel, Algae Biodiesel, UPS, Alternative Fuels

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Republic Adds 17 CNG Refuse Trucks in Denver

Photo: Republic Services.

Republic Services has added 17 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area, the waste management company announced.

Tags: Colorado, Refuse Trucks, Republic Services, CNG

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Supports GAO Recommendations for HOS

FMCSA has voiced its support of a U.S. Government Accountability Office report that examined the hours-of-service changes that were implemented in 2013.

Tags: FMCSA, GAO, Fatigue, HOS

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Aluminum F-150 Named IIHS Top Pick

Photo courtesy of IIHS.

Ford's 2015 F-150 crew cab model has been named a Top Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the extended cab model was rated as good by the group.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Aluminum, Crash Tests, 2015-MY, IIHS, Top Safety Pick

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Jumps in Second Quarter, First Quarter Revised Upward

The first reading on how well the American economy performed in the second quarter of the year shows it accelerated well ahead of the first quarter pace, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: YRC Back in the Black, ODFL Profit Up 16%

UPDATED -- The parent to several trucking companies moved from a loss in the second quarter of last year to a profit in the most recent quarter.

Tags: Economy, Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleet Earnings

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Hino Trucks Expands Preventive Service Plan

Photo of 338 model.

Hino Trucks will begin offering its preventive service care program HinoCare on its conventional, non-cabover medium-duty models, including the 238, 258, 268, and 338.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Hino Trucks, Preventive Maintenance

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

The House late Wednesday passed a short-term extension to keep federal highway funding going until October 29, right before members left on August recess, leaving the Senate to deal with before the looming Friday deadline.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

July 29, 2015 - Product News

Aljex Offers Integration with 10-4 Systems

Aljex announced integration for its customers with the 10-4 Systems transportation marketplace, exchange and shipping resource .

Tags: Aljex Software, Integration, Load Board

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Disappointed in Proposed CSA Changes

The American Trucking Associations, in its comments on the FMCSA's proposed changes to the CSA, says the agency didn't go far enough.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CSA

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia, Heartland Express, Roadrunner, Con-way, Celadon

Five more trucking companies have reported quarterly earnings – but not all showed gains over a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Con-way Freight, Celadon Group, Roadrunner Transportation, Con-way Truckload, Heartland Express, Saia, Con-way Inc., Fleet Earnings

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

CRST Founder Dies at 91

Herald Smith Photo: CRST

CRST founder Herald “Smitty” Smith Jr. passed away on July 27 at his home in Door County, Wis., at the age of 91.

Tags: Obituary, People, CRST

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