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October 1, 2014 - Industry News

New Fuel System Promises Benefits, But Expect Losses in 2015, Says Westport

Long development time for next-generation HPDI system, sales uncertainties, and lack of 'comfort' with a customer will reduce revenues this year.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Cummins Westport, Westport Innovations

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Helps Fellow Trucker Trapped In Cab

Truck driver William Hunt is being recognized as a Highway Angel for helping to save the life of a fellow trucker who was trapped in his overturned truck.

Tags: Driver Safety, TCA Highway Angel, Accidents

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

BestPass Hosts Fundraiser for Veterans

Equipment on display at the Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes event: Photo via BestPass.

The Bestpass-organized "Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes" touch-a-truck fundraiser and public awareness event exceeded its goal of raising funds to help support Wreaths Across America.

Tags: TCA, Wreaths Across America, Bestpass, Charity Fundraiser

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Proposed NatGas Fueling Facility in La. Would Open in 2017

Proposed Location of Tenaska Bayou LNG: Graphic via Tenaska.

Tenaska NG Fuels and Waller Marine are partnering to develop, construct and operate a new natural gas fueling facility off Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge.

Tags: Louisiana, LNG Fueling Station, Tenaska, CNG Fueling Stations

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Donates Truck to ATA Safety Program

On the left, ATA president Bill Graves and Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks. Photo via Mack Trucks.

Mack Trucks is sponsoring the American Trucking Association’s Share the Road safety program for the 13th year, and donating a Mack Pinnacle Axle Back sleeper featuring a 505 horsepower MP8 505C engine and an automated manual transmission.

Tags: ATA, Mack Trucks, Share the Road, Road Safety

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Trillium Opens Ohio CNG Fueling Station

Photo via Trillium.

Trillium CNG partnered with Heritage Cooperative to open a new CNG fueling station in Kenton, Ohio. The station is part of Heritage’s $7 million Kenton Agriculture Campus Expansion.

Tags: Ohio, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for Failing to Wear Seat Belt

Comedian Tracy Morgan in 2009. Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.

In a response to a lawsuit against Walmart related to an accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a Walmart tractor trailer, Walmart stated that Morgan and the other passengers involved in the crash disregarded their own safety by choosing not to wearing seat belts.

Tags: Seat Belts, Fatigue, Accidents, Walmart, Litigation, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Freight, Highway Bill

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

LTL Carrier Con-way Freight Boosts Driver Pay, Advancement

LTL carrier Con-way Freight is enhancing its compensation package for drivers, increasing current pay rates and reducing the time it takes for drivers to reach the top pay scale.

Tags: Con-way Freight, LTL, Driver Pay, Con-way Inc., Fleets, Drivers

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Mullen, Kriska Creating New Freight 'Powerhouse'

Two Canadian trucking operations, Mullen Group and Kriska Holdings, have signed a letter of intent to create Kriska Transportation Group Limited, a freight transportation and logistics company based in Ontario that is already being described as a "powerhouse."

Tags: Canada, Fleets

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Ohio Volvo Dealership Expands Natural Gas Servicing

The newly opened full-service Young Truck Sales location in Canton, Ohio: Photo via Volvo Trucks

The Young Truck Sales dealership Canton, Ohio, has increased its service capabilities with an expansion to its servicing department including an expanded capacity to service natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ohio, Dealership

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Sales Slow Down in August

Sales for used Class 8 trucks fell by 10% in August compared with the previous month and 6% compared to last year according to a report by ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Truck Sales, Research, Truck Sales

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Falls from Seven-Year High

Photo: Pen Waggner via Wikimedia Commons

The latest reading on the U.S. economy shows consumers have a dimmer view this month, according to one private research group.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Add Aluminum to Next-Gen Super Duty Trucks

Photo of 2016 F-Series Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford will incorporate high-strength aluminum alloys into the body of its next-generation Super Duty truck lineup, Ford's new CEO announced Sept. 29 while presenting the company's global growth goals.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Aluminum, Ford Super Duty

September 29, 2014 - Product News

Mack, Telogis Activate New Compliance, Navigation Services Using Telemetry

Drivers can get continually updated road condition information through Telogis Navigation.

The new services enhance operations, reduce costs and increase safety for customers, and eliminate the need for aftermarket hardware purchases and installation costs for Macks built recently.

Tags: Telematics, Navigation System, Telogis, Mack Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls Again, Lowest Since July 2012

UPDATED -- The average cost of on-highway diesel has managed to go another week without an increase, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

GAO Urges Improvements in TIGER Grant Process

The Department of Transportation still needs to improve its administration of a key grant program, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while the department has made improvements in the $4 billion TIGER program, it should add more detail to the guidelines it uses to choose recipients of the grants.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, GAO, U.S. DOT

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Old Dominion Adds 2 New Drayage Facilities

Photo: Old Dominion.

Old Dominion Freight line added drayage facilities in Dallas and Nashville, which it says are strategically positioned near major railheads to accommodate growing demands domestically and globally.

Tags: Trailers, Old Dominion Freight Line, Railroads, LTL, Fleets, Texas, Tennessee

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Three Indicted in Trucking Fraud Scheme in Kentucky

A federal grand jury in Kentucky had indicted three people with various trucking companies on charges they attempted to defraud customers.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Kentucky, Brokers

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Boehner Says Highway Bill is ‘Doable’

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

A highway bill is “in the realm of the doable” in the next two years, said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in remarks on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. In a conversation with host George Stephanopoulos Boehner said that both he and President Obama came to Washington to get something done rather than butt heads.

Tags: Highway Funding, Rep. John Boehner, Legislation, President Obama, U.S. House of Representatives

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Sells Mascot Brand to Investor Group

Mascot transmission remanufacturing. File photo: Jim Park

Meritor has sold its Mascot operations in Canada and the United States to an entity that will operate under the name Mascot Industries LLC. All other Meritor brake and trailer axle remanufacturing operations, as well as Meritor's distribution business, are not affected by the sale and will continue to operate as usual.

Tags: Canada, Aftermarket Parts, Meritor, Remanufacturing, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Affirms Third Quarter Expectations, Seeking Rate Increases

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has affirmed earlier expectations for a third-quarter performance of 33 cents to 37 cents adjusted earnings per share, saying its driver wage increase is having desired results.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation, Driver Pay, Fleet Utilization

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Another Week, Another Intermodal Record

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads reports for the week ending Sept. 20 intermodal rail volume was 279,777 units, breaking the previous record set the week before.

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Personal Spending, Income, Consumer Sentiment Higher

Personal spending in the U.S. increased 0.5% in August from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report. However, the pace may be slower than it should be to support the continued pace of manufacturing, says one analyst.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Personal Income, Personal Spending

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

TA Buys Historic Johnson's Corner Truckstop

TravelCenters of America is buying the historic Johnson's Corner truckstop in Johnston, Colorado, and rebranding it as a Petro Stopping Centers.

Tags: Colorado, Truckstops, I-25

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