December 4, 2013 - Industry News
November North American Class 5 through 7 net truck orders are expected to total 18,000 while Class 8 orders are expected at 21,200 units, both a 5% increase from October.
Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders
Union Pacific Railroad recently introduced a new intermodal service offering between Chicago and Monterrey, Mexico, giving companies another option to move goods across the border six days a week.
Tags: Intermodal, Freight
Fleet Brake announced plans for a new parts distribution center in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Opening in January 2014, the new facility will be an important link in the Fleet Brake parts distribution network.
Tags: Canada, Aftermarket Parts, HDA Truck Pride, Fleet Brake
The parent to liquid and dry bulk hauler, Florida Rock & Tank Lines, has reported a huge increase in income for its fiscal fourth quarter as well as for its fiscal year.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Patriot Transportation
December 3, 2013 - Industry News
A woman has pleaded guilty to charges in U.S. District Court in Macon, Ga., for her involvement in a double-brokering freight scam. On Nov. 20, Pauline Robinson-Kirkland, of Donalsonville, Ga., admitted to mail fraud. She was indicted in July 2012.
Tags: Freight, Brokers, Fraud
The financially troubled parent company to several fleets, YRC Worldwide, is looking to investors to help it pay off some debt, according to the Journal of Commerce.
Tags: Fleets, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, LTL
November Class 8 truck orders totaled 20,915, the second consecutive month above the 20,000 mark, according to preliminary data from transportation forecasting firm FTR. However, the company notes that was below expectations.
Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Orders, FTR, Class 8 Orders
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will introduce bills to raise federal fuel taxes, index them to inflation and test a vehicle-mile tax. The proposals, which Blumenauer is scheduled to discuss on Capitol Hill Wednesday, come as Congress begins to consider ways to revive funding for U.S. roads and bridges.
Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, infrastructure
Sales of new automobiles, light-trucks and SUV’s in the U.S. picked up their pace dramatically last month, hitting an annual rate of 16.4 million, far above the 15.3 million yearly rate in October and the best since early 2007.
Tags: Economy, Auto Sales
Freight haulers are embracing social media but still not a much as other business-to-business companies, according to a new study.
Tags: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, Promotion, Fleets
There is a new reason for truckers to worry about four-wheelers during the holidays, with a new survey showing aggressive driving is higher during this time of the year.
Tags: Drivers, Driving Safety, Safety
Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line on Tuesday updated its expectations for growth in tons per day and revenue per hundredweight for the fourth quarter of this year, saying it now expects a larger increase in tons per day.
Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Freight, Fleet Financials, LTL
The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories. Get a feel for the show with this photo gallery from HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand.
Tags: Japan, Global, Tokyo Motor Show
December 2, 2013 - Industry News
The average price of diesel continues moving higher, hitting its highest average cost since late October. The national average was up 3.9 cents from last week, to $3.883 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices, Fuel and Oil
Fueled by a growth rate of 665% over the past three years, LTL Freight Services, Milwaukee, is rebranding itself as Global Freight Source as it focuses on becoming a single-source provider of shipping logistics.
Tags: 3PL, Logistics, Fleets
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will consider additional applications for exemptions from the federal hearing standard prohibiting deaf truck drivers from interstate operations. The first 40 such individuals to receive these exemptions were approved in February.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving to fix a longtime problem in its CSA safety enforcement system. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to start including in its CSA database the results of court rulings on carrier challenges of roadside inspection citations.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Safety & Compliance, SMS
Yokohama Rubber and Kumho Tire signed a memorandum of understanding on Nov. 29 to start discussions of technology exchanges and a capital alliance premised on cross-shareholdings.
Tags: Kumho Tire U.S.A., Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp.
Universal Truckload Services announced Monday that it will acquire Westport Axle Corporation from an international industrial group headed in Brazil by SM Brasil Participações S/A.
Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Universal Truckload, Westport Axle
UPDATED -- Total construction spending in the United States hit a four and half year high in October, according to U.S. Commerce Department report released on Monday.
Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Leading Economic Indicators, Construction Spending, Manufacturing
The start of December brought with it higher toll rates for bridges and tunnels operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with cash tolls now running $85 for five-axle trucks.
Tags: New York, New Jersey, Tolls, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Blaine Brothers, a Minnesota-based parts and service company headquartered in the Twin Cities area, has acquired Truckaline in Blaine, Minn. Truckaline specializes in full-service truck alignments, frame work and suspensions, including brakes and springs.
Tags: Minnesota, Aftermarket Parts, Alignment, HDA Truck Pride, Suspensions
After sponsoring three highly successful weight-loss challenges within the trucking industry, with more than 7,600 pounds lost, the Truckload Carriers Association has now added a 30-week maintenance component. Combined with the initial 10 weeks of weight loss, the entire program will last for 10 months in 2014, and will be called the “Long-Haul Weight Loss Showdown.”
Tags: Drivers, Driver health
The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, showcased international manufacturers’ latest technology in trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and accessories. HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand returned with this report.
On Nov. 22, the Massachusetts state legislature reconciled differences between two laws that were on the books in the state that mandated that vehicle manufacturers provide affordable access to all tools, software and information used to repair-late model vehicles.
Tags: Right to Repair
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