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May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Patriot Transportation Reports Slight First Quarter Loss

According to the Florida-based company this was the result of an “intangible asset impairment charge” of just over $2 million, with an with an after tax impact to net income of $1.265 million, relating to its November 2013 purchase of Pipeline Transportation.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices

Image: FMCSA

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, DOT, Accidents, Safety

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Tests Near Zero NOx Natural Gas Engine

An ISL G engine Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport has announced field-testing of a spark-ignited natural gas engine capable of producing near zero NOx emissions for use in refuse and transit applications.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Natural Gas Engines, NOx, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue Slipping

Graphic: DAT

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market decreased 2.9% and capacity fell 1.8%, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Maintenance Inefficiencies Costing USPS $21.8M a Year

Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.

Tags: USPS, Maintenance Costs

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employers Add Fewer Jobs in April Than March

Change in non-farm private employment, month-to-month. Graphic: ADP

Private sector, non-farm employment increased by less than 200,000 jobs in April for the second straight month, according to a new report released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Perry: Economy Improving, But Volatile

Noel Perry speaks at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. Photo: Jim Beach

The economy is in a “particularly volatile state,” with some saying it is going up while others think it is going down, according to Noel Perry, founder of Transport Economics, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: Economy, ALK

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

First Quarter Intermodal Shipments Increase 2 Percent

Graphic: IANA

Total intermodal shipments in the U.S. and Canada rose 2% over last year’s first quarter volumes despite port congestion issues that impacted international container traffic, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, IANA

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Transport America Getting New President in June

Incoming Transport American president Keith Klein. Photo: Transport America

The truckload and logistics services provider, Transport Corp. of America Inc., announced this week Scott Arves will be stepping down as president on June 1.

Tags: Fleets, People, Transport America

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Rolls Out RNG Fuel in Calif.

Photo courtesy of UPS.

United Parcel Service (UPS) will begin using renewable natural gas (RNG) in its fleet of delivery vehicles and tractors after signing a purchasing agreement with Clean Energy Fuels.

Tags: UPS, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, RNG, Delivery Fleets

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Fontaine-Modified M2 Trucks Recalled for Brake Light Glitch

Photo: Fontaine

Fontaine Modification is recalling 3,571 Freightliner M2 trucks modified to have dual steering to fix brake lights that may not illuminate, according to federal records.

Tags: Freightliner, Fontaine Modification, Freightliner M2, Recalls, Steering System

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Autonomous Freightliner Premieres With Hoover Dam Fanfare

Daimler Trucks North America used Hoover Dam to create a record-setting display to premier its Inspiration Truck. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks North America introduced its new autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck Tuesday night at Hoover Dam, using the historic dam as the world's largest projection screen in its dramatic premier.

Tags: Freightliner, Nevada, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive

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

Calif. Ramps Up Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target

California's Gov. Jerry Brown has issued an executive order to establish a more aggressive greenhouse gas target for the state of a 40-percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2030.

Tags: Legislation, California, Greenhouse Gas

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

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