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October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Costs Continue Falling as Oil Prices Keep Sliding

On Monday the U.S. Energy Department reported the sixth consecutive drop in the average price of diesel, down 4.2 cents from last week to $3.656.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Research Group Names New Chairman

Judy McReynolds is ATRI's new chairperson. Photo:  ATRI.

The American Transportation Research Institute named Judy McReynolds as its new chairman of the board, succeeding Steve Williams, CEO of Maverick Transportation.

Tags: ATRI, People, ArcBest Corp., Fleets

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Railway Giants End Merger Talks

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. announced Monday that exploratory conversations held with CSX Corp. about a possible merger between the two railroads have ended. No further talks are planned.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, CSX

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Md. City's Use of CNG Would Save 45% in Fuel

A green fleet report suggested that transitioning to compressed natural gas heavy-duty vehicles could potentially save the City of Rockville, Md., 45-50% in fuel costs over diesel.

Tags: CNG, Battery-Electric Vehicles, E-85, City of Rockville, Biofuels, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

U.S., Mexico Sign Agreement Streamlining Freight Movements

A new agreement between the U.S. and Mexico allows stronger collaboration between CBP's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program, commonly known as C-TPAT, and Mexico’s equivalent, to streamline the flow of goods between the two countries.

Tags: Security, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Free Trade Agreement, Surface Trade

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Opening New Memphis Terminal

Memphis serves as one of the company’s busiest freight hubs due to its proximity to Interstate 40, Interstate 55, three major rail heads, the largest American cargo airport and the nation’s second largest inland port.

Tags: LTL, Tennessee, Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Highest Since 2008

The Port of Los Angeles

The increased volume reflects peak season volumes and larger vessels calling at the facility, according to port officials.

Tags: Economy, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal, California

October 17, 2014 - Product News

Kenworth System Coaches Driver Performance

Kenworth T680 Day Cab: Photo via Kenworth.

Kenworth added the Driver Performance Assistant option for new T680 and T880 models with Paccar MX-13 engines and automated transmissions. The system is part of the Driver Performance Center which tracks vehicle efficiency statistics.

Tags: Kenworth, Fuel Efficiency, Driver Assistance Systems, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Agreement Gives Carrier Service Customers Fuel Discounts

Photo via Pilot.

Pilot Flying J and RTS Carrier Services entered into a long-term agreement making the truckstop chain the exclusive fuel partner for customers of the services company.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Discount, Partnership, Pilot Flying J

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Schedules Suspension Training for November

The Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute scheduled the next date for its heavy duty suspension training program on Nov. 18 -20.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, Suspensions, Hendrickson, Trailer Suspensions

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Nominate HDT's 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators

We are now accepting nominations for Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators which honors the most innovative leaders in the industry.

Tags: Awards, Fleets, People, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Construction Rises, Consumer Sentiment Hits Seven-Year High

Residential construction in the U.S. has rebounded but remains volatile, hitting an annual rate of just more than 1 million units for only the third time this year in September, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Housing Starts, Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Increases, Recruiting Expected to Remain Tough

Photo: Con-way

Driver turnover in the truckload sector continues to get worse, according to recently released figures, while a study of hard-to-fill occupations emphasizes the growing driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Turnover, Fleets, Driver Recruitment

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

One trucking group says the way to end the controversy is to go ahead and end the use of paper logbooks. Photo: Jim Park

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Electronic Logging Devices, The Trucking Alliance, American Trucking Associations

October 17, 2014 - Press Release

HELP Inc. Names New Regional Director

HELP Inc., which provides PrePass weigh station bypass and other truck safety and efficiency services, announced the appointment of Terry Maple as the new regional director who will cover several northern and Midwestern states.

Tags: Help Inc., PrePass

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Noregon Co-Develops Diagnostic Tool for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Photo via Power Solutions International.

Jointly developed by Noregon Systems and Power Solutions International, the PSI PowerLink is a diagnostic software program designed for PSI’s alternative-fuel power systems.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Alternative Fuels, Noregon Systems, Power Solutions International

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Port Export Traffic Jumping, Truck Wait Time Slumping

Exports moving across Port of Virginia facilities in September helped drive a high amount of cargo through port terminals but officials concede truck wait times could be shorter.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Higher Trucking Tolls Likely Coming to Illinois Tollway Authority Routes

A big hike in truck tolls is likely in store for any of the routes managed by the Illinois Tollway Authority, based on a tentative budget that would increase spending for next year.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois Tollway, Illinois

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

ABF Freight President and CEO Retires, Replacement Named

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The president and CEO of the trucking company ABF Freight System, Roy M. Slagle, retired on Wednesday following 37 years of service.

Tags: Fleets, People, ABF, ArcBest Corp., LTL

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Utility Video Showcases Flatbed and Curtainsided Trailers

Utility is showcasing three of its latest trailers, the 4000A and 4000S flatbeds and the Tautliner curtainsided trailer. The company made a video detailing the features and use cases of each.

Tags: Trailers, Curtain-sider, Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Flatbed Trailers

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Safety Technology Gives 360-Degree View

A decade from now, Volvo trucks will be scanning the environment around the vehicle and warning a driver when collisions are imminent. The Swedish company has developed new safety technology that scans the environment around a truck and analyzes that data.

Tags: Collision Prevention, Volvo Trucks, Driving Safety, Automated Driving, Global

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Jumps, Jobless Claims Plummet

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 1% in September, the biggest gain in nearly two years, and advanced at an annual rate of 3.2% in the third quarter of 2014. Manufacturing production was up for the quarter, led by mining, while last week's unemployment claims dropped.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Industrial Production, Federal Reserve

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Reaches Final Phase of Wireless Inspection Project

The FMCSA reached the final phase of its Wireless Roadside Inspection project , a program testing the viability of wirelessly transmitted vehicle inspections.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Inspection, Wireless Roadside Inspections, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Graebel Sells Off Two Operations to All My Sons Moving Owners

Colorado-based Graebel Companies on Wednesday announced it had reached an agreement to sell Graebel Van Lines Inc. and the U.S. moving and storage operations of Graebel Movers Inc. to a rival’s newly created company.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Saves a Woman Having a Heart Attack

Canadian truck driver Vijaydeep Sahasi was named a Highway Angel by the TCA for his work in saving the life of a woman who had gone into cardiac arrest.

Tags: Canada, People, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

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