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October 30, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Art Contest Promotes Seatbelt Safety

Photo via FMCSA

The FMCSA is accepting submissions for its 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest to promote safety belt use. The contest is open to children from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts, Contest, U.S. DOT

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Reports Record Third Quarter Earnings, Revenue

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has announced a 29.5% increase in third quarter net income totaling $77.9 million.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Earnings

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls ProMaster, Grand Caravan for Tire Monitors

Photo of 2014 Ram ProMaster van courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Two separate recall campaigns, covering 33K light trucks in the U.S., will fix problems that can lead to false warnings from tire pressure monitoring systems.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, Minivans, 2014-MY, Dodge, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Reports Strong Earnings in Q3

Cummins reported its third quarter revenue was $4.9 billion, a 15% increase from the third quarter of last year. Stronger demand for on-highway markets and distributor acquisitions in North America was a significant factor in revenue growth.

Tags: Cummins, Quarterly Earnings, Equity Markets, Engines

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 50 Green Fleets of 2014

Heavy Duty Trucking announced its second annual Top 50 Greet Fleets at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., Thursday. A ceremony was held at the conference to honor these fleets for their sustainability efforts in areas such as fuel economy, alternative fuels and emissions.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleets, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, Top 50 Green Fleets, Fuel Economy

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Continues Growing, Fed Ending Stimulus Program

One of the broadest measures of the health of the American economy shows it expanded at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, GDP

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Focuses on Alternative Fuels

Photo by Becky May.

Fleet managers, vendors and alternative-fuel experts gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., for the annual Green Fleet Conference & Expo to share ideas about more efficient ways to run operation.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Department of Energy, Fleet Events

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Profit Increases More Than 21%

Revenue for the quarter increased 10.5% to $193.4 million from $175.1 million a year earlier. Freight revenue, which excludes fuel surcharges, increased 11.1% to $157.7 million.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, Earnings

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Profit Soars During Third Quarter

The trucking operation Con-way Inc. has reported 2014 third-quarter net income of $45.6 million, or 78 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Fleets, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Lacks Vision to Support Infrastructure, LaHood Says

“We need a pot of money to fix our roads and bridges, but America is one big pothole." Ray LaHood, former U.S. DOT secretary.

The Erie Canal, Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Interstate Highway System – all were built by men of vision, but today Congress lacks enough such people to rebuild America’s worn and aging infrastructure, said former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, calling for a 10-cent-a-gallon increase in the fuel tax.

Tags: Infrastructure, Interstate System, Ray LaHood, Taxes, Caterpillar, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Natural Gas' Early Adopters See Few Hiccups During Startup

Sorting out the natural gas maze has been easier than expected for these fleets.

According to the first-hand accounts presented at the Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Schaumburg, Ill., integrating natural gas trucks into previously diesel-only operations has gone surprisingly well.

Tags: CNG, Ozinga, Paper Transport, Kwik Trip, Green Fleet Conference, CNG Fueling Stations, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 29, 2014 - Product News

Telogis Introduces Fleet Analytics Tools at Latitude Event

Graphic courtesy of Telogis.

Telogis released several new tools for the company’s fleet analytics software at the Telogis Latitude event in Dana Point, Calif. These new tools included the Telogis For Field Service extension, the Dynamic Response Suite, and Telogis Sites.

Tags: Navigation System, Information Technology, Telogis, Vehicle Tracking, Industry Event

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Panel Debunks Alt-Fuel Misconceptions

Fuel Ambassadors field questions from Richard Battersby. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Dirty diesel? Dangerous natural gas? Expensive propane stations? Some myths and misconceptions about alternative fuels were debunked in a fun late-night talk show format Wednesday at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Biodiesel, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Green Fleet Conference, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Corridor Opens Alabama’s Largest Public CNG Station

Photo via Corridor Clean Fuels.

Clean Corridor Fuels opened Alabama’s largest public access CNG station in the city of Dothan. The station is designed to service small cars to heavy commercial vehicles.

Tags: Alabama, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Hot Line Freight Opens Midwest LTL Terminals

Photo via Hot Line Freight Systems.

Hot Line Freight System is opening two new terminals in Ohio and Illinois will expand shipping opportunities for the surrounding areas bringing less-than-truckload service to the Midwest.

Tags: Ohio, Illinois, LTL, Freight Volume

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Adds 6 Virginia Locations With Speedway

Photo: Pilot Flying J.

Pilot Flying J is leasing six locations from Speedway to expand its network of stores in Virginia. The stores will be Pilot branded and operated in conjunction with Speedway.

Tags: Diesel, Pilot Travel Centers, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Speedway, Virginia

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Down, Average Loss Skyrockets

The darkest areas on this map show where truck cargo thefts happened the most in the thrid quarter of the year. Credit: FreightWatch International

“The average loss-value ceiling continues to rise and illustrates that organized cargo thieves continue to aggressively target high value freight,” FreightWatch said in its report.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Stagnate Over Past Week

Rates for spot market freight remain stagnant for the third straight week, according to a new snapshot of the market from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Diesel Demand to Decline After 2015

Photo via Fuels Institute.

U.S. Diesel demand will peak in 2015 and decline by as much as 12.5% through 2030 according to a report by energy market research firm PIRA Energy Group.

Tags: Diesel, Oil Prices, Alternative Fuels, NATSO, Forecast

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Expecting Record Holiday Volume, Up 11%

File Photo.

With 56 days left until Christmas UPS is expecting to set another record this holiday season in terms of the number of packages it will deliver.

Tags: UPS, Freight, FedEx, Holiday Driving

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

New API Oil Standard May Be Ready in 2017

Testing is under way for the new API oil standard PC-11, but it could be 2017 before we see it implemented, according to an update from an oil company representative involved in developing the new standard.

Tags: Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11, Low-Viscosity Oil, Engine Oil, GHG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

Tags: Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cargo Vans, Daimler, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

P.A.M. Transportation Records Record Earnings

Dry-van truckload carrier P.A.M. Transportation Services reported record profit in the third quarter of the year, more than doubling from the same time a year ago to $5.1 million.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, PAM Transport

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