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December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Falls to Lowest Average Cost in 4 Years

The price of oil has stabilized over the past week, but is still at its lowest level in years, while fuel prices show no signs of letting up from their dramatic declines.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Overall Traffic Deaths Decline, Truck-Involved Fatalities Edge Higher

The number of overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2013 from the year before while those involving commercial trucks turned just slightly higher, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, Crash-Related Injuries, Safety & Compliance, NHTSA

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Man Pleads Guilty in Double Brokering Scheme

One man pleaded guilty to charges in federal court earlier this month in connection with a double brokering scheme, according to the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Brokers

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

RTA Launches Monthly Retread Events Calendar

The Retread Tire Association is launching a regularly updated calendar of upcoming retread related conferences and trade shows beginning in January.

Tags: Events, Tires and Wheels, Retread Tire Association, Tires, Retreads, Associations

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Post November Slide

After hitting their highest level of the year during October existing-home sales slid in November, according to figures released Monday by the National Association of Realtors

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Record Travel Expected for Upcoming Holiday Season

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Traffic this year-end holiday season is projected to be at a record level, according to the motorist group AAA.

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Autoshifting Transmissions Save Fuel, Could Ease Driver Shortage

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room verifies what manufacturers and many users have been saying about modern self-shifting gearboxes for some time.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Industry Research, Resale, Automated Manual Transmissions, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, NACFE

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Continue Hot Streak in November

Over 36,000 trailers were ordered in November, representing the 4th most orders of all time, according to ACT Research. Trailer orders were up 43% over last year.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Hits Highest Recorded Level in November

Graph via ATA.

The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.5% to 136.8 in November -- the highest level on record.

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

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

FreightWatch Issues Holiday Freight Security Advisory

The holiday shipping season is historically one of the most dangerous times for cargo theft, according to the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Mary Phillips Takes House Transportation Job

Mary Phillips, the former chief of legislative affairs for American Trucking Associations, has been named to a top post on a key transportation subcommittee in the House.

Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congress, American Trucking Associations, People

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Beverage Fleets Raised Fuel Economy 13 Percent in 4 Years

Photo via XL Hybrids.

Beverage companies have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13% since 2010, according to recent findings by the American Beverage Association.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Beverage Industry, Alternative Fuels, Food and Beverage Fleets

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Fire Risk

Photo of Sprinter van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects more than 8,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, NHTSA

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens New Locations in Pennsylvania and Illinois

The new Love's 535 in Londonderry Township, Pennsylvania.

Love’s Travel Stops opened two new truck stops in Londonderry Township, Penn., and Hamel, Ill. Combined, the two openings create nearly 170 new truck parking spaces.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Truckstops, Love's, Truck Parking

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Construction Jumps 13 Percent

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

New construction starts in the U.S. climbed 13% in November from the month before to an annual rate of $677.8 billion, according to industry data provider Dodge Data & Analytics.

Tags: Economy, Construction

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

CVSA Seeks Nominations For Driver Excellence Award

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is asking for nominations for the International Driver Excellence Award.

Tags: Driver Safety, International, Awards, CVSA

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

E-log Vendors Busy Implementing HOS Changes

Vendors are busy updating their hours-of-service applications in  response to recently HOS rule changes. (Photo courtesy of Telogis)

The recently enacted change to drivers hours-of-service rules, scrapping parts of the restart provision adopted in July 2013, has prompted telematics and e-log providers to hustle out updates to their hours-of-service applications.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Compliance, E-logs, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Blu LNG Hires Industry Vet as Company President

James Edward Burns: Photo via Blu.

Blu LNG named James Edward Burns as the company’s new President, to lead day to day operations and direct strategic focus toward expanding domestic use.

Tags: Leadership, People, Blu, LNG

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Post Steady Increases Over Past Year

Despite a slight downturn from the month before newly released figures show in November the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index rose 6.7% year over year.

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

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Post Solid November Improvement

A measure of where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months rose for the third consecutive month in November, according to a report issued Thursday by the private research group The Conference Board.

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Restart Suspension Notice

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted official notice that the more restrictive version of the 34-hour restart has been suspended.

Tags: FMCSA, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, U.S. Congress, EPA, Legislation, Federal Grants

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Completes MBHA Deal

Following the agreement on the acquisition of the leaf spring and stabilizer segments of the Austrian Frauenthal Group in June 2014, Hendrickson has completed the sale of its 50% stake in Muelles y Ballestas Hispano-Alemanas, S.A. to InvestZiur.

Tags: Hendrickson, MBHA

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Reserve: Economy Expanding at ‘Moderate Pace’

Federal Reserve Building. Photo by AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikipedia.

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday indicated it believes the American economy continues to expand at a moderate pace and would be able to handle a small hike in short-term interest rates.

Tags: Economy, Federal Reserve

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

New Jersey Tops List of Truck Freight Congestion

The George Washington Bridge: Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

The George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. topped the list of the most congested locations for truck freight, according to analysis from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: New Jersey, Traffic Congestion, ATRI, Freight, Bridges

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