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July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Kicks Off Fleet Safety Conference

Mike Pitcher talks about how his company, LeasePlan USA, implemented a cell phone policy.

SCHAUMBURG, IL -- The annual Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Tuesday with an opening keynote address by Mike Pitcher, president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, took a look at changing corporate safety culture, specifically talking about his company's adoption of a no-cell-phone ban.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Fleet Safety Conference, Events

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

South Carolina Sees 8% Increase in Container Volume

The SC Ports Authority reported a strong finish for the 2014 fiscal year on Monday with 8% container growth, an increase of 2% over projected plans.

Tags: Intermodal, South Carolina, Ports, Port Trucking

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Former Omnitracs Executive Norm Ellis Named I.D. Systems COO

Ellis will be responsible for I.D. Systems' operations, including sales, marketing, customer service, implementation and support for the company’s wireless machine-to-machine asset management systems.

Tags: Information Technology, I.D. Systems, People

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Warning Carriers About Fraud Schemes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is warning carriers to be on the lookout for new fraud schemes as thieves try to get financial or banking information.

Tags: FMCSA, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Crime & Fraud

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Analyst Questions Filing Charges Against FedEx Over Drug Shipments

Photo via FedEx Facebook page

Why is the government filing charges against parcel delivery and trucking giant FedEx? That is the key question said the investment firm Stifel in a note to investors following FedEx disclosing last week it had been indicted by the federal government for allegedly engaging in unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

Tags: Law Enforcement, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, FedEx

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Declines in June from May, Higher Versus Year Ago

Graphic: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 0.8% in June, following a revised 0.9% gain the previous month.

Tags: Economy, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Awarded $55 Million from FMCSA, NHTSA

Richard Hanowski

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been awarded two federal contracts worth a combined potential $55 million to further study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and conduct research in the field of automated vehicles.

Tags: Drivers, Truck Safety, Research, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Safety & Compliance, Automated Driving

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Heartland Second Quarter Profit Moves 38.7% Higher

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company Heartland Express saw its second quarter net income increase 38.7% compared to the same time a year ago, while revenue skyrocketed 69.3% during the same time.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Heartland Express, Gordon Trucking

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Gain Less, Existing Home Sales Best Since October

Photo: Pen Waggener via Wikimedia Commons

Consumer prices rose again in June, but the pace was less than it was the month before, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Home Sales

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Alcoa Wants Your Wheel Pix for Photo Sharing Contest

Truckers who share interesting photos of their trucks with Alcoa wheels can share them on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win merchandise from the company.

Tags: Twitter, Wheels, Alcoa

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Foxx Urges Congress to Act on Highway Funding

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks to an audience in Birmingham, Ala. about the Highway Trust Fund in April. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Congressional passage of a short-term patch for the Highway Trust Fund will avert the immediate crisis but not be cause for celebration, said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Foxx and other transportation leaders are calling on Congress to preserve long-term funding for surface infrastructure.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Third Straight Week

UPDATED -- The average cost of on-highway diesel in the U.S. has fallen for the third consecutive week, hitting its lowest level since late November, according to new U.S. Energy Department numbers.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Sue FMCSA Over Motor Carrier Management Information System

A group of truck drivers has filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over records the agency keeps on carriers and drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Massachusetts, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

All-Electronic Tolling Coming to N.Y. Thruway

Kapsch TrafficCom has received notice to proceed from the New York State Thruway Authority to develop, install and provide technical support for an all-electronic tolling system. This new system eliminates the need for Thruway drivers to stop or slow down at tolling points.

Tags: New York, Tolls, New York Thruway, Toll Management

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Ordered to Pay EPA Penalties Over Non-Trucking Engines

Volvo Group, the parent of Volvo Trucks North America, has been ordered to pay penalties and interest of approximately $74.1 million to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding emission compliance of the company’s marine diesel engines.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo Trucks, U.S. EPA, Earnings, Litigation, Emissions

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Predicts Continued Growth for Industry, Revenues

Source: ATA U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2025

Freight tonnage will grow 23.5% from 2013 to 2025 and freight revenues will jump 72%, according to the American Trucking Associations' U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2025, a look at the future of freight. It predicts continued growth for both the trucking industry and freight economy overall.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Forecast, Statistics, Freight

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Purchases Indiana-Based Logistics Provider

Asset-light trucking and logistics provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has acquired Integrated Services, ISI Logistics and ISI Logistics South for $13 million.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Report: 14% of Medium, Heavy Duty Vehicles Sold in 2035 Will Run on Alternative Fuels

Natural gas fuel tank on a heavy-duty truck. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Medium and heavy duty vehicles represent less than 5% of the total vehicle market today, and the vast majority of these use conventional internal combustion engines powered by either gasoline or diesel. That is changing as less expensive alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, such as natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and electricity make inroads in the market.

Tags: Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Navigant Research

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Farmer Cooperative Cited, Fined by OSHA for Truck Driver Death

Following the death of a truck driver at Midwest Farmers Cooperative's grain handling facility in Tecumseh, Neb., the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company for 12 serious safety violations and proposed $62,101 in penalties.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Nebraska, Safety & Compliance

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Colorado Adding Temporary Express Lanes to Crowded Part of I-70

The Colorado Department of Transportation has started work on the Eastbound I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane project creating temporary eastbound express lane between Idaho Springs and Empire, but commercial trucks will not be able to use them.

Tags: Colorado, Tolls, Traffic Congestion, I-70, Road Construction, Interstate 70

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

June Class 8 Orders Surprisingly High

Orders for Class 8 trucks in June were surprisingly high at 26,729 units after a solid May, according to new figures released by commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research.

Tags: Research, ACT Research, Truck Orders

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

DTNA Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Martin Daum and City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales celebrate ground breaking of Daimler Trucks North America's new headquarters campus.

The total headquarters project requires a $150 million investment by Daimler Trucks North America. Work began in April 2014 to clear the land for construction of the new building with project completion slated for early 2016.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler AG, Daimler Trucks North America

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Werner Second Quarter Profit Dips Slightly

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking and logistics company Werner Enterprises saw its profit slip in the second quarter of the year despite increased revenue.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Fleets, Earnings

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

At Least 15 Lawsuits vs. Cat on ACERT Diesels Include Trucks, Buses

Multiple lawsuits against Caterpillar for chronic failures of its 2007-2010 ACERT diesels go beyond heavy trucks, and include school buses and motor coaches as well as at least one marine engine, according to news reports, while a wide variety of problems have been chronicled in discussion groups on the Internet.

Tags: Caterpillar, Lawsuits, ACERT, Litigation, Diesel Engines, Engines, Emissions

July 20, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitracs Moves Headquarters to Dallas

Dallas, Texas will soon become the new corporate headquarters of fleet management solutions provider, Omnitracs. Expanding to Dallas will enable the company to capitalize on the region’s substantial transportation infrastructure and logistics expertise, the company says.

Tags: Omnitracs

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