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May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Introduces 6.7L Natural Gas Engine

Photo courtesy of Cummins Westport.

Cummins Westport will begin producing the ISB6.7 G, a 6.7-liter dedicated natural gas engine for medium-duty trucks, shuttle buses, and vocational vehicles by the middle of 2016.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Would Create Infrastructure Tax Credit

Photo: U.S. DOT

New bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate could help bridge the highway funding gap by expanding the use of tax-exempt bonds and implementing a new tax credit to help state and local governments pay for infrastructure projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Infrastructure Funding

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

McNeilus Unveils CNG Inspection Program

Photo courtesy of McNeilus.

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, has introduced a compressed natural gas (CNG) inspection services program for CNG-powered vehicle fleets, the refuse truck body manufacturer announced.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, McNeilus, Vehicle Inspection

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner Autonomous Truck First Licensed for U.S. Highways

Reporters try to grab photo and video of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck as it heads out on its inaugural autonomous run. Photo: Stephane Babcock

"Thank you for looking at the impossible and finding a safe way to make it possible." That's what Nevada Gov. Brian Sondoval said to Daimler Trucks North America officials when he officially granted the first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States.

Tags: Freightliner, Self-Driving Vehicles, Autonomous Drive

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

TCA Honors Maverick’s Newell with Safety Award

From Left: TCA President, Brad Bentley, award recipient Dean Newell, Rande Walker, President of Creative Concepts and John Joines, VP of Safety Services, Great West Casualty. Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its annual Clare C. Casey Award to Dean Newell, Vice President of Safety and Training for Maverick Transportation, LLC.

Tags: Safety, Maverick Transportation, Truckload Carriers Association

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Service Sector Builds Momentum, Trade Deficit Up

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Economic activity in the nation’s service sector increased in April, according to two reports released on Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Supreme Court Upholds California Driver Break Rules

Ruling stems from class-action suit brought earlier by Penske Logistics drivers in California. Image: Penske

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied motions seeking to overturn a ruling that upheld a California statute requiring a paid 10-minute rest break every four hours and a paid 30-minute meal period every five hours for truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Penske Logistics, Supreme Court

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

USA Truck Reports First 1st Quarter Profit in 8 Years

USA Truck turned its finances around in the first three months of the year, reporting a profitable first quarter for the first time since 2007.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, USA Truck

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Introduces Class 6-8 CNG Fuel System

Photos courtesy of Momentum Fuel Technologies

Rush Enterprises' Momentum Fuel Technologies has introduced what it says is the industry’s first complete compressed natural gas fuel system solution for Class 6-8 trucks.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Rush Enterprises, Vocational Trucks

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Halves Loss, Acquires Bridge Terminal Transport

Freight transportation and logistics provider, XPO Logistics Inc., announced it had narrowed its first quarter loss while it has reached an agreement to purchase Bridge Terminal Transport Services Inc.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics, Bridge Terminal Transport

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Drop 11% in April

Photo: Evan Lockridge

April Class 8 truck orders were down compared to March as well as to the previous year, according to preliminary data, but the drop was not unexpected.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR, ACT Research

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Offers Ford Transit Van Conversion

Photo courtesy of Ford.

XL Hybrids has begun offering the 2015 and 2016 Ford Transit van and wagon equipped with its XL3 gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, the alternative-fuel conversion company announced.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Predicts Improved Second Quarter

The CKCVR Buying Index Graph via CK Commercial Vehicle Research

A recent fleet survey predicts that both Class 8 and trailer orders will improve in the second quarter over the January-March time frame. The survey was conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research.

Tags: Class 8, CK Commercial Vehicle Research, Trailer Orders, Heavy-Duty Trucks

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Cost of Diesel Rises for Third Straight Week

The national average price of on-highway diesel keeps pushing higher, increasing 4.3 cents from last week to $2.854 per gallon.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed Rule Would Simplify Insulin Exemption for Drivers

Proposed rule would replace individual exemptions for insulin-treated drivers with annual medical certification. Image: FMCSA

The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Safety, Medical Examiners

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Orders Increases Most in 8 Months

Photo: Evan Lockridge

New orders and shipments of factory made goods turned around in March, according to a new Commerce Department Report released Monday.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

States Spent $1.1B Maintaining Roads This Winter

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso

Twenty-three States spent around $1.1 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow, or spread chemicals and other materials on roads to keep them open and safe this winter.

Tags: Road Salt, Snow Plow, Highway Funding, Winter

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

ArcBest Reports Best First Quarter in Years

ArcBest Corp. on Monday announced it was back in the black during the first quarter for the first time in seven years, reporting first quarter net income of $700,000 or 3 cents per share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Panther, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

May 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Adds Gaseous Prep Package to 2016 F-150

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is re-introducing a gaseous prep package for its 2016 F-150 to enable bi-fuel or dedicated CNG and propane autogas use. The package was last offered with the 2014-MY F-150.

Tags: Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford, 2016-MY

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Trail King Acquires Grain Trailer Manufacturer

Image via Trail King

Trail King Industries has acquired aluminum grain trailer maker Dakota Trailer Manufacturing expanding the company’s agricultural product line.

Tags: Trailers, Trail King, Mergers & Acquisitions, Agricultural Fleets

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Bakery Fleet Boosts Safety with SmartDrive Video System

Diagram of feedback loop for video-based safety program. Image: SmartDrive Systems

Within the first three weeks after it deployed the SmartDrive Systems video-based driver safety program, Mid South Baking Company boosted its internal safety score by 68%.

Tags: Driver Safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video, SmartDrive Systems

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Striking Port Truckers Return to Work

Drivers at four port trucking companies had been on strike since April 27. Photo via Justice for Port Drivers

After a week of striking at port terminals and businesses across southern California, truckers from all of the affected companies have returned to work.

Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Independent Contractors

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Launches 2016 F-650/F-750 Configurator

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford has unveiled a configurator for its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks that have been redesigned for the 2016 model year.

Tags: Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2016-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Report Finds Value in On-Board Video Systems

Photo via MiX Telematics

An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.

Tags: Technology, Safety, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, NTSB

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slows, Consumers Optimistic

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

The level of manufacturing in the U.S. was unchanged in April compared to the month before, according to a new survey of the nation’s purchasing managers.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

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