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May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload, Intermodal Rates Post Drops

A measure of per-mile truckload linehaul rates declined again in April along with a separate gauge of intermodal shipping costs. And there is little to no indication conditions will soon improve.

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

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment Improve; Wholesale Inflation Returns

One of the biggest drivers of the American economy is showing renewed signs of life as consumers seem to be more upbeat following a sluggish first quarter. However, an economic drag on trucking remains stubbornly high as prices at the wholesale level turned slightly higher.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices, Business Inventories, Producer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Kentucky Road Removed from National Truck Network

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been authorized by the Federal Highway Administration to delete KY 151 (Graefenburg Road) in Anderson and Franklin counties from the National Truck Network on an emergency basis due to “safety considerations.”

Tags: Kentucky, FHWA, STAA

May 12, 2016 - Product News

Western Star Debuts Extreme Duty Off-Road 'Transformer'

Western Start Trucks' new Extreme Duty MBT-40 configured as a 70-metric-ton tractor. Photo by Jim Park

Western Star Trucks has just unveiled an extreme heavy-duty off-road chassis that could make owning multiple single-purpose trucks obsolete. The MBT-40 Transformer can pick up an drop truck bodies the way trash trucks pickup and drop roll-off containers.

Tags: Western Star, Vocational Trucks, Severe Duty, Extreme Duty Trucks

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Head Highlights Renewed Customer Focus

This newly decorated truck will participate in the annual Memorial Day Ride for Freedom. Photo by Deborah Lockridge.

Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks, acknowledges that Volvo in recent years may have been "too internally focused." Read about what the company is doing under its latest reorganization to put more focus back on the customer.

Tags: Class 8, Volvo Group, Assembly Plants, Volvo Trucks North America

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Trade Coalition CAGTC Elects New Chairman

Tim Lovain Photo via Capitol Strategies

The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors has elected Tim Lovain, who represents the State of Washington to the Coalition, as its third Chairman.

Tags: Infrastructure, Leadership, People

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Tour Heads East

On May 11 the propane autogas Ford F-150 visited the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, Okla. (PHOTO: Alliance AutoGas)

Alliance AutoGas is headed into the second half of its 5,300-plus mile, 12-city, cross-country road trip with a converted propane autogas Ford F-150 trailering a propane autogas mower.

Tags: Ford F-150, Propane Autogas, Propane Conversion, #AAGRoadTrip

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa 80 to Run Classic Kenworth in Antique Car Rally

The 1938 Kenworth Truck participating in the Hemming’s Motor News Great Race. Photo: Cat Scale

The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum has been selected as a lunch stop for the Hemming’s Motor News Great Race, a cross-country road rally of antique vehicles that will include Iowa 80’s own 1938 Kenworth as the only semi-tractor in the competition.

Tags: Kenworth, Classic Truck, Iowa 80 Truckstop

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

TMCFutureTech Registration Open for Student Technicians

Registration is open for the third annual National Student Technicians Competition at TMCFutureTech 2016, announced event sponsor Velociti.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Competition, Technicians, TMCSuperTech

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Offering Market Report Aimed at Truck Dealers

FTR has launched the Truck Dealers Market Report, a monthly, 8-page report that includes current information, statistics and analysis on medium- and heavy-duty market trends that directly impact truck dealers.

Tags: Market Trends, FTR, Truck Dealers

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Survey: Home Time and Health Issues Cause Drivers to Quit

With a worsening driver shortage looming over the trucking industry, a HireRight survey has found that lack of home time and health issues are two leading causes of driver turnover.

Tags: Driver Health, Survey, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

May 12, 2016 - Product News

Giant Inkjet Printer Offers Alternative to Vinyl Wraps

A machine that works much like a giant inkjet printer can offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional vinyl wraps for vehicles such as cargo vans and trailers, according to the distributor.

Tags: Trailers, Vehicle Graphics

May 11, 2016 - Product News

Can Tire Balancing Save Fuel?

 Notice the how smooth the surface of the water is? This photo was taken in the truck equipped with the Equal Flexx balancing compound. Photo by Jim Park

Industry statistics suggest only about 30% of fleets do wheel balancing, and even those fleets usually balance only the steer axle wheels. IMI Products says if fleets balanced wheels at every position. they could see fuel savings and gains in tire life that would return their investment in balancing compounds tenfold in the just the first year.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, IMI, Tire Balancing

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

Fyda Freightliner Opens Full-Service Dealership in Ohio

Tim Fyda, President, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Zanesville dealership. Photo: Fyda Freightliner

Truck dealer group Fyda Freightliner has opened a new 46,000-square-foot, full-service Freightliner and Western Star dealership in Zanesville, Ohio.

Tags: Freightliner, Western Star, Ohio, Dealership, Fyda Freightliner

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Groups to Launch Truck Parking Initiative

The ATA, CVSA, NATSO Foundation and ATRI have all joined forces to announce a new truck parking initiative in Washington, D.C., aimed at making information on parking availability open to all drivers.

Tags: ATA, ATRI, NATSO, CVSA, Truck Parking

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

Werner Names New CEO in Planned Transition

Derek Leathers in a panel discussion in 2013. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Werner Enterprises has promoted Derek J. Leathers chief executive officer as part of a series of planned transitions in executive management.

Tags: Leadership, Werner Enterprises, People

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory for TYTAL Cargo Tanks

The FMCSA is calling for the repair and inspection of certain cargo tank trailers manufactured by Trailers Y Tanques De Aluminio are not compliant with federal safety standards.

Tags: FMCSA, Tankers, Liquid Tank Trailers

May 11, 2016 - Press Release

National Truck Protection Adds Custom Claims Service

National Truck Protection Co., Inc. (NTP), a provider of extended service contracts to the trucking industry, announced the introduction of a new Custom Claims Administration Service.

Tags: Claims Management, National Truck Protection

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Measure Falls to Lowest Level in Two Years

Freight Transportation Services Index, March 2011 - March 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s entire for-hire transportation industry declined for the second straight month in March, hitting its lowest level since March 2014, according to U.S. Transportation Department figures released on Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates, Volume Jump Over Past Week

Truckload rates on the spot freight market increased sharply in two of the three equipment types during the first week of May, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Expands San Antonio Fleet, Adds CNG Tractors

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS is expanding its San Antonio, Texas, package processing facility in a move that will add 150 more delivery vehicles and 40 Class 8 tractors powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

Tags: UPS, Procurement, Delivery Fleets

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

International Offers Over-the-Air Programming for Cummins Engines

International Truck will be the first OEM to offer over-the-air truck programming for Cummins engines, allowing fleets to update engine control modules with a secure Wi-Fi connection.

Tags: Cummins, International, Engines, Wi-Fi

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

TMW Report: Carriers Face Declining Utilization

In the past 12 months, truckload carriers have been facing declining equipment utilization despite solid financial gains driven by a better rate environment, according to TMW Systems’ latest Transportation & Logistics Study.

Tags: Utilization, Survey, TMW Systems, Logistics

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Safety Coalition Honors Industry Leaders for Safety Commitment

The Truck Safety Coalition has honored three trucking industry leaders for their commitment and dedication to fleet safety.

Tags: Driver Safety, Truck Safety, Awards, The Trucking Alliance

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Predict Higher Fuel Price Increases

Federal officials have raised their expectations for diesel and gasoline prices this year and are predicting even larger hikes coming for 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tags: Economy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

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