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October 13, 2015 - Industry News

Mesilla Valley to Equip Allison TC10 on a Third of Its Fleet

Photo: Mesilla Valley Transportation

Mesilla Valley Transport will equip its 2015-2016 Class 8 truck purchases with Allison’s TC10 automatic transmission, the carrier announced.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Allison Transmission, Automatic Transmissions

October 13, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Up for Second Straight Week

Photo: ConocoPhillips

The average price of diesel fuel was up for the second straight week following months of downward movement, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 13, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Hits 87% at Large Truckload Carriers

Driver turnover at large truckload fleets rose to an annualized rate of 87% in the second quarter of 2015. Despite the increase it is below recent averages.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Truckload, Large Fleets

October 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder is Latest to Revise Earnings Outlook

Ryder System Inc. has become the latest trucking operation to revise downward expectations for its upcoming third quarter earnings.

Tags: Ryder System Inc., Fleet Earnings

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth T680 to Haul the Capitol Christmas Tree

A specially decaled Kenworth T680 undertakes an important mission this fall – transporting this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree some 3,000 miles to 10 community celebrations en route to the tree-lighting event in Washington, D.C. Image: Kenworth

A Kenworth T680 will be transporting the 51st U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this year, stopping at 10 community celebrations en route to the tree-lighting event in Washington D.C.

Tags: Kenworth, T680, Capitol Christmas Tree, Christmas

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Large Carriers Lead in Rates, Revenue and Retention

Large carriers lead the trucking industry on several key metrics including per-mile rates, driver retention, and revenue-per-driver, according to a recent survey conducted by transportation consultation firm Katz, Sapper & Miller.

Tags: Survey, Revenues, Driver Retention, Freight Rates, KSM

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Sets Up Transit Van for Salvation Army

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The Salvation Army has been serving meals to homeless men and women using a donated Ford Transit van that's been equipped as a mobile kitchen for the non-profit group, Ford has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Salvation Army, Non-Profit Fleets

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Maverick President to Retire, Successor Named

John Culp Photo: Maverick

Maverick president and chief operating officer, Stephen Selig has announced his retirement and the company has named executive vice president and chief financial officer, John Culp, his successor.

Tags: Retirement, Leadership, People, Maverick Transportation

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Arrow Trucking CEO Sentenced to 7.5 Years for Tax Fraud

The former head of the defunct carrier Arrow Trucking, James Douglas Pielsticker, has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison for tax evasion and fraud.

Tags: Taxes, Leadership, Arrow Trucking, Crime & Fraud, People

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Accuracy of Truck Fuel Usage Data Called Into Question

The data coming from a truck's engine computer may not be the most accurate gauge of fuel economy according to a new report.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FPInnovations, Big Data

October 12, 2015 - Industry News

Calif. County Opens Public-Access CNG Station

County officials get ready to cut the ribbon for the new CNG fueling station. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County in California cut the ribbon for its $1.5 million public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Oct. 8.

Tags: Santa Clara County, Public-Private Partnership, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

PG&E Drivers Travel Over 100K Miles to Deliver LNG/CNG

Photo courtesy of PGE Currents. The drivers and loaders operated five portable compressors, 32 tankers, and three vaporizers, according to the company.

In order to provide uninterrupted service during the several weeks it took to complete pipeline testing, PG&E used trailers to deliver LNG and CNG to the injection sites.

Tags: Natural Gas, CNG, LNG, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

Thermo King Acquires Long-Time Telematics Partner

Temperature control products company, Thermo King, has acquired the its long-time vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions partner Celtrak.

Tags: Telematics, Thermo King, Asset Tracking

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

Private Fleets Back Higher Truck Weight Limit

A House bill would let states set a 91,000-pound weight limit on highway rigs fitted with a sixth axle, similar to this truck built for operation in Maine.

The National Private Truck Council is now throwing its own weight behind the legislative effort to allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers that are equipped with a sixth axle.

Tags: National Private Truck Council, U.S. House of Representatives, Truck Weight, Truck Size/Weight, Private Fleets, Legislation

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Fines Estes Express $100,000 for California Violations

Image via Estes YouTube

EPA has fined Estes Express Lines $100,000 for failing to install diesel particulate filters on 15% of its California fleet.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, EPA, Fines, Truck and Bus Regulation

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Steady, Rates Down

Spot market freight volume remained relatively stable in September, edging down only 0.6% month over month as rates declined from both the month before and a year earlier, according to monthly numbers from DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 8, 2015 - Product News

Eaton Offers Warranty Deal for Aftermarket Clutches

Eaton is offering expanded warranty coverage for the company’s aftermarket transmissions and clutches.

Tags: Eaton, Aftermarket Parts, Transmissions, Extended Warranty, Clutches

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Slow Economic Growth Likely to Continue; Fed Policy Big Unknown

One economist is predicting continued slow growth for the economy, but believes our current economic models aren’t working when it comes to federal fiscal policy.

Tags: Economy, FTR Associates

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driver Training Grants Aimed at Vets

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded nearly $2.3 million in grants to train veterans and their families as truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Veterans, Grants, Hiring Veterans

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Defends Crash Data as ‘Clearly Sufficient’

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a report on Oct 8 that finds that “the amount of data used in the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) is clearly sufficient to allow FMCSA to identify high-risk truck and bus companies.”


October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Size/Weight Study Dinged by Outside Agency

TRB says DOT study is lacking in how it estimates impact of future changes in truck size/weight limits, such as to bridge structural costs. Photo: DOT

The Dept. of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study “lacks a consistent and complete quantitative summary of the alternative configuration scenarios... and major categories of costs are not estimated,” contends a study review released by the Transportation Research Board.

Tags: DOT, Truck Size/Weight

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Metris Brings Attention Assist, Park Assist to Smaller Vans

The 2016 Metris instrument cluster features indicators for Crosswind Assist and Attention Assist. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is bringing several new standard safety features in the smaller van segment with its 2016 Metris, in addition to giving commercial fleets flexibility in upfitting and capacities found only in some of the larger vans on the market.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Metris, Safety Technology, 2016-MY, Cargo Vans, Passenger Vans

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Faulty Fire Extinguishers Recalled in Some McNeilus Mixers, Refuse Trucks

Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing.

UPDATED -- More than 6,700 McNeilus trucks are equipped with Kidde fire extinguishers that may be defective.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Concrete Mixer Trucks, McNeilus

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Slowdown Will Drive More Mergers & Acquisitions

Trucking companies are bracing for a slowdown in their business, with many looking to mergers and acquisitions for growth instead, according to reports this week in The Wall Street Journal.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Freight Rates

October 8, 2015 - Press Release

Aeris, Isotrak Announce Fleet Telematics Partnership

Aeris has partnered with Isotrak Ltd. to provide improved cellular connectivity and data analytics for Isotrak fleet telematics customers in the U.S. and other global markets.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Isotrak, Big Data, Broadband



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