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November 26, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on a plan to raise insurance minimums for carriers and establish insurance requirements for brokers and freight forwarders.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, Department of Transportation, Hazmat

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 6-7 Sales Slide After Mileage Spike

Photo of Coors Light beverage truck using a Freightliner M2 chassis.

An increase in average odometer mileage has pushed used classes 6-7 truck prices lower this year compared to last year to date as prices and volume have fallen from 2013 levels that marked a post-recession high-water mark.

Tags: Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Truck Sales, ACT Research

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Trucking Hires Interim CEO

Rush Trucking brought in Gregory Humes to be the company's interim CEO. Humes is a 30 year logistics and supply chain veteran who previously headed the creation of Driving for America, a logistics staffing school.

Tags: Leadership, People, Fleets

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Grocery Retailer Leases CNG Trucks to Replace Diesels

Grocery delivery fleet Tops Friendly Markets has signed a full-service lease agreement with Ryder System for 55 compressed natural gas trucks. The trucks are scheduled to be delivered to Tops in mid-2015 and will replace the company’s fleet of diesel-powered vehicles.

Tags: New York, Ryder System, CNG, Fleet Leasing, Delivery Fleets

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Reports Trailer Orders at All-Time High in October

Trailer orders in October were up more than 90 percent year over year, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

60 Minutes Reports on Infrastructure Neglect

Speaking with former Congressman Ray Lahood and several other transportation advocates in government and business, Steve Kroft paints a dire picture of our ailing infrastructure and unresponsive government.

Tags: Congress, Ray LaHood, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Infrastructure

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Jumps 8.2% from Year Earlier

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode:  September 2013 - September 2014Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors of Canada and Mexico totaled $102.2 billion in September, an 8.2% gain from a year ago, as all five major transportation carried more cargo, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Traffic Forecast: Longer Delays on Wednesday Afternoon

Graphic: Inrix

Anyone out driving the day before Thanksgiving needs to be prepared for possible big traffic delays with traffic congestion predicted to be 25% worse than a typical Wednesday afternoon, according to the traffic analytics company Inrix.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide’s Holland Moving to New Headquarters

The regional less-than-truckload carrier Holland is relocating its headquarters to a larger facility due to growing business, according to parent YRC Worldwide Inc.

Tags: Fleets, YRC Worldwide, Holland

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Up; Construction Starts, Consumer Confidence Down

The Dodge Index of new construction starts. Graphic: Dodge Data & Analytics

UPDATED -- The health of the American economy was much stronger in the third quarter of the year than initially thought, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Construction Spending, Consumer Confidence

November 25, 2014 - Product News

Graco Introduces DEF Pump Packages

Photo courtesy of Graco.

Graco Blue pumps are designed to help manage diesel exhaust fluids and reduce vehicle emissions in automobiles, buses, heavy-duty trucks, and off-road vehicles, according to the manufacturer.

Tags: Diesel Engines, DEF, Graco

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.

Tags: DOT, Truck Sizes, Size and Weight, Congress, Productivity, Congestion

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Arpin Group Donates Warehouse to Local Habitat for Humanity

The 18,000 square foot warehouse donated by Arpin Group: Photo via Arpin Group

The Arpin group has donated an 18,000 square foot warehouse with a value of $260,000 to the Hardin County Habitat for Humanity in Radcliff, Ky. The organization will use the warehouse to store its extra inventory of donated furniture and housewares.

Tags: Charity, Habitat for Humanity, Donations, Moving and Storage Fleet

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Remains Near Four-Year Low of $3.62

Diesel and gasoline prices keep moving lower while the price of oil has gained a little ground over the past week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

There’s Still Time to Nominate HDT’s 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators

Nominations for Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators will be closed after Dec. 1, which means that there is still time to contribute to an award honoring the most innovative leaders in the trucking industry.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Miami Dade Orders More Hybrid Refuse Trucks

Photo courtesy of Parker Hannifin

Miami-Dade County, Fla., has placed its third order for Autocar E3 hybrid refuse trucks. This purchase of 29 vehicles brings the total hybrid refuse fleet to 64.

Tags: Parker Hannifin, Miami Dade County, Hydraulic Hybrid, Refuse Trucks

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

CVSA Joins Push to Hide CSA Data from Public

CVSA says there are unavoidable differences in enforcement practices from state to state that affect carrier scores under CSA. (File photo: CVSA)

The truck safety enforcement community has joined the industry effort to get the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to hide CSA safety data from public view. In a November 14 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said that Safety Measurement System scores should be available to police but not to the public.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, CVSA

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Trucks Launches Dealer Technician Competition

The inaugural Mack Masters Competition will challenge teams of service and parts personnel throughout Mack Trucks’ North American dealer network to demonstrate their superior knowledge, skills and teamwork: Photo via Mack Trucks.

Mack Trucks recently launched a new skill contest open to technicians in its dealer network called the Mack Masters Competition. There will be 991 participants making up 263 teams in a competition of hands-on skill and knowledge of Mack systems and procedures.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Competition, Technician Training, Technicians, Mack Masters Competition

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Offers Safe Driving Tips for Thanksgiving

The American Trucking Associations gave out a series of tips on safe driving during the busy Thanksgiving Holiday, which will see an estimated 46.3 million drivers on the road.

Tags: ATA, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Share the Road, Thanksgiving weekend

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Travel Expected to be Highest Since 2007

Graphic: AAA Travel

More than 46 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with most of them taking to the highways, according to a forecast from AAA Travel.

Tags: Safety, Highways, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Fuel Economy, Ford, Aluminum, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Procede Software Co-Sponsors 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year

Procede Software, a provider of advanced dealer business management solutions, recently announced its participation as a co-sponsor of ATD’s 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year awards.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Procede Software

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Adopts New Logo

After a two-month effort, the Truckload Carriers Association has adopted a revised logo to represent the organization. The new look retains the shield design and colors but modernizes the design.

Tags: TCA, Truckload Carriers Association, Branding

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Specialized Carriers Seek Exemption from 30-Minute Break Requirement

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from the provision, which says drivers must take a half-hour break in an 8-hour shift.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, Regulations, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Southeastern Freight Lines Opens Arkansas Service Center

Photo via Southeastern Freight Lines.

Southeastern Freight Lines opened a new service center in Van Buren, Ark., near Fort Smith. The facility was opened in response to growing business in the area.

Tags: Arkansas, Southeastern Freight Lines, Service Center, Fleets, LTL

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