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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, and has pushed highway mpg for gasoline-powered pickups 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

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Trillium Opens Public Access CNG Station in Louisiana

Image via Trillium CNG.

Trillium CNG and E-Z Mart Stores opened a public access, Class-8 accessible compressed natural gas fueling station at the E-Z Mart Convenience Store and Truck Stop in Monroe, La.

Tags: Paper Transport, Louisiana, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Chassis Pool Coming to Port of New York, New Jersey

The Journal of Commerce reports an agreement has been reached on a plan creating a “gray” chassis pool that would allow truckers to freely interchange chassis throughout the Port of New York and New Jersey as soon as early next year.

Tags: Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey, Intermodal

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Replacement Program for New York, New Jersey Ports Extended

Port Newark. Photo: Doc Searls via Wikimedia Commons

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved the continuation of a program that helps port truckers replace older, higher-polluting vehicles with newer, cleaner burning ones.

Tags: Emissions, Port Trucking, Air Pollution, Port of New York and New Jersey

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Increasingly Involved in Truck Cargo Thefts

A new white paper from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International reports last year truck cargo theft activity spiked in the final quarter of the year, with a total of 242 reported incidents.

Tags: Security, Drivers, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kentucky Fuel Taxes to Move Lower

The decrease reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale price of motor fuels, as provided under Kentucky law, according to the state transportation department.

Tags: Highway Funding, Kentucky, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Ethanol

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Show Improvement into 2015

A measure used to forecast where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months rose sharply in October from the month before, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

October Trailer Orders Hit Record High

Net trailer orders in the U.S. hit an all-time record high in October with 46,267 units according to a new report by FTR. The new mark shatters the old high number by 9%

Tags: Reefers, FTR, Flatbed Trailers, Dry Van, Trailer Orders, Research

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Expands Dedicated Freight Team

USA Truck expanded its Dedicated Freight team with the hiring of Greg B. Lutes as vice president and general manager.

Tags: Leadership, Hiring, People, USA Truck

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Warning Issued About Increase in ‘Red Zone’ Truck Cargo Thefts

Logistics security services provider FreightWatch International reports it has notice an unusually high rate of violations of best practices by carriers for in-transit cargo security this quarter.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Advancing

Truckload linehaul and intermodal rates both posted big gains in October compared to a year earlier, according to newly released figures from the business intelligence service provider Cass Information Systems.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers for Troops Raises Over $50,000

Photo via Truckers for Troops.

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association’s eighth annual Truckers for Troops care package campaign raised more than $52,000 to pack and send care packages to service members in combat areas.

Tags: Charity, OOIDA, Veterans Day, Military Support

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Win Another FedEx Freight Vote, Cancels Other Elections

File photo by Evan Lockridge.

A group of 222 drivers at FedEx Freight's Charlotte, N.C., terminal have voted in favor of joining the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Tame, Existing Home Sales Jump

Inflation in the U.S. was muted in October, according to a new Commerce Department Report, due in large part to falling fuel prices.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Home Sales

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Obama to Nominate NTSB Fatigue Expert to Head NHTSA

Rosekind in an official NTSB photo.

President Obama intends to nominate Mark Rosekind of the National Transportation Safety Board -- a noted fatigue scientist who has studied truck driver hours of service rules -- to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: NTSB, NHTSA, Sleep Apnea, Hours of Service, Fatigue, People

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Mansfield Clean Energy Opens Ga. CNG Station

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

The natural gas fueling station in Doraville, Ga., will fuel Mansfield’s fleet of 12 natural gas trucks, along with other area fleets.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Bulk Tank Trailers, Mansfield Energy Corp.

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Business Pushes for Tax Action in Lame Duck

Business interests, including American Trucking Associations, American Truck Dealers and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association, are pressing Congress to extend certain tax provisions before the end of the year.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Legislation

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Upbeat Auto, Economic Forecast Promising for Auto Haulers

Auto haulers have a good reason to expect 2015 will be a good year for them, following a prediction that new car and light truck sales and leases will hit nearly hit the 17 million-level.

Tags: Economy, NADA, Auto Sales, Auto Haulers

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

CalArk Increasing Driver Pay in December

The Arkansas-based operation will increase it three cents per mile on Dec. 2 for all company drivers. All company drivers will also be eligible for a bonus.

Tags: Fleets, Driver Pay, CalArk

November 19, 2014 - Product News

Double Coin’s RT600 and RR202 Meet EPA Requirements

Double Coin and CMA recently met the requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Technology Program for its RT600 and RR202 tires.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, Double Coin, Tires

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