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April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Post First Jump in 6 Weeks

Following some gains in oil prices over the past week, the average cost of on-highway diesel has recorded the first increase in its nationwide average cost in six weeks, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Big Con-way Truckload Order Features Automated Transmissions

Infographic detailing the driver facing amenities of Con-way Truckload's newest trucks. Graphic via Con-way Truckload

Con-way Truckload is buying 635 new twin-screw tractors equipped with automated manual transmissions -- a move that will more than double the AMTs to nearly half its fleet.

Tags: Freightliner, Driver Shortage, Con-way Truckload, Automated Manual Transmissions, Kenworth, Spec'ing

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Down, Medium-Duty Up

Photo: Isuzu Truck

Class 8 truck orders were weak in March, with just over 24,600 units ordered due to a seven-month backlog of unbuilt orders from last year. Medium-duty orders were up thanks to strong truck and bus segments.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Orders, ACT Research

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Urges Fast Action on Speed-Limiter Rule

ATA is urging completion of truck speed-limiting rule and calling for a national 65-mph speed limit for all vehicles.

The American Trucking Associations is again urging the Department of Transportation to “move forward” with a rulemaking requiring installation of electronic speed-limiting devices on Class 7 and 8 trucks.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Speed Limiter, Speed Limits, NHTSA

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Minn. Truckers File Suit Against Biodiesel Mandate

The Minnesota Trucking Association and others are suing the state trying to end its 10% biodiesel mandate.

Tags: Biodiesel, Minnesota, Litigation

April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Awards Open for Nomination

Nominations are open for the all-new Fleet Technology Expo awards recognizing fleets for their sustainability and efficiency. The awards will be presented at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Fleet Efficiency, Fleet Events, Fleet Technology Expo

April 19, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Takes ProStar ES to 110,000 GVW

Navistar's ProStar ES 110, unvieled at Expocam in Montreal, April 17. Photo by Jim Park

Downspeeding isn't a good approach to fuel savings in high GVW applications, so Navistar is offering Canadians a ProStar ES spec designed for 110,000 GVW. It features Eaton's 16-speed UltraShift and engines from Cummins and Navistar optimized for higher weights.

Tags: Navistar, ProStar, Cummins ISX15, Eaton UltraShift

April 17, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Delays Speed-Limiter, Safety-Fitness Rules; ELD on Track

Image: FMCSA

A final rule mandating electronic logging devices will still be published in September, while publication of a proposed rule to mandate speed limiters and one to establish a carrier safety-fitness determination system have been delayed a month.

Tags: Electronic Stability Control, Speed Limiter, ELD, NHTSA, FMCSA, Driver Coercion, Regulations

April 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation, Leading Indicators, Consumer Sentiment Increase

Consumer prices moved up for the second straight month in March after falling during much of the winter, but remain at their lowest level in years.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Consumer Sentiment, Leading Economic Indicators

April 17, 2015 - Industry News

Carrier Transicold Marks 75 Years of Road Transport Refrigeration

Photo courtesy Carrier Transicold.

Carrier's reefer activities date to 1940, and Transicold brand was formed in 1970, when the company acquired Transicold Co., based in California.

Tags: Carrier Transicold, Transport Refrigeration, Trailers, Company Anniversaries

April 16, 2015 - Industry News

Fuel-Tax Bill Would Trigger Highway-Funding Fix

HDT FIle Photo

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House Thursday would index the current federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to inflation raising $27.5 billion to ensure highway-infrastructure spending is funded for exactly 1.7 years.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Infrastructure Funding

April 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Post 2% Gain in March

Nationwide housing starts rose 2% in March, hitting an annual rate of 926,000 units, but it's not as much as many analysts were hoping.

Tags: Housing Starts, Economy

April 16, 2015 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Carriers for Operational Costs Survey

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking participation from carriers to update its 2014 Operational Costs of Trucking report.

Tags: Operating Costs, Survey, ATRI

April 16, 2015 - Industry News

Old Dominion Riding High as LTL Evolves

Photo: Old Dominion Freight Line

How has the less-than-truckload business changed over the past decade? Stifel Transportation & Logistics Research Group decided to explore that topic in a recent note to investors.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Stifel Nicolaus

April 15, 2015 - Industry News

Ports Must Adapt to Volume, Says N.J. Trucking Association

Addressing the monumental traffic backups at the Ports of New York and New Jersey, the New Jersey Trucking Association called on the ports to adapt to the higher volume and increase gate hours.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey, Traffic Congestion, Intermodal

April 15, 2015 - Industry News

Savannah Port Sees All-Time Record Cargo in March

A truck moves past a stack of containers at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City Terminal near Savannah, Ga. Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B.Morton

The Port of Savannah moved 333,058 TEUs in March, setting a single-month record that surpassed its previous high set in October 2014 by more than 21,000 TEUs.

Tags: Freight, Ports, Capacity, Port of Savannah, Intermodal

April 15, 2015 - Industry News

CVSA Sets Annual Roadcheck for Early June

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that its 28th annual International Roadcheck will take place from June 2 to 4.

Tags: Safety, Vehicle Inspection, CVSA, Roadcheck

April 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Weakens, Homebuilder Optimism Up

For the first quarter of 2015 this measure of the total activity at the nation’s factories, mines and utilities declined at an annual rate of 1%, the first quarterly decrease since the second quarter of 2009.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Home Building

April 15, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Flatbed Rates Continue Moving Higher as Vans, Reefers Pause

Graphic: DAT

Rates on the spot freight market continue crawling slowly upward in the flatbed sector but remain stagnant in the other two major categories.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 15, 2015 - Industry News

Profit Nearly Doubles for Marten Transport

Photo by Evan Lockridge.

Truckload carrier Marten Transport reported profit in the first quarter of the year nearly doubled from the same time in 2014.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Marten Transport

April 14, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Hires TruStar to Install CNG Fueling Stations

Photo courtesy of UPS.

TruStar Energy has been contracted to design and build 15 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations for UPS, the fueling infrastructure developer announced.

Tags: UPS, Natural Gas Vehicles, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Delivery Fleets

April 14, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Shows Increasing Shipments, Spending

North American freight volume and expenditures rose again in March as shipments picked up significantly from the West Coast ports, according to the latest readings of the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight Rates, Freight Volume, Cass Freight Index

April 14, 2015 - Product News

Ingersoll Axles Offers Load Monitoring and Lube System

The Ingersoll Lube System and the Kimax 2 Ingersoll Load Monitoring system. Photo: Ingersoll Axles

Ingersoll Axles has two new offerings, the Load Monitoring system by Kimax and the Ingersoll Lube System.

Tags: Axles, Ingersoll, Lubrication, Onboard Scales, Truck Weight

April 14, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: March Wholesale Prices, Retail Sales Move Higher

Prices at the wholesale level rose in March for the first time since October, according to the U.S. Labor Department on Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Producer Prices

April 14, 2015 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Reports Nearly $92 Million Profit

Photo: DangApricot via WIkimedia Commons

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced on Tuesday first quarter 2015 net earnings of $91.9 million, or diluted earnings of 78 cents per share, compared to first quarter 2014 net earnings of $68.7 million, or diluted earnings of 58 cents per share.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleets, Earnings

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