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August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Says it's First to Meet CARB Low-Emission Standards in Medium-Duty Vehicle

Cummins announced that it has received certification for its 6.7L Turbo Diesel from the California Air Resources Board, meeting the Low-Emission Vehicle III standards.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, Medium-Duty Trucks, California, Ram, California Air Resources Board, Engines

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Surges, Inflation Tame

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.4% in July for its sixth consecutive monthly gain, according to new Federal Reserve numbers, due in large part to a big increase in activity within the auto sector.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Farewell Focuses on Need to Spread Safety Burden

Photo: Oliver Patton

Anne Ferro’s departing message is that the cost of truck and bus safety needs to be distributed more evenly through the supply chain. Too much of the burden falls on drivers who are not paid for all the time they work, said Ferro in an exit interview Thursday with a number of reporters.

Tags: FMCSA, Anne Ferro, People, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Roadcheck Results Differ Little From Last Year

The percentage of trucks put out of service during the three-day, continent-wide truck inspection blitz known as Roadcheck fell only slightly this year from 2013, while the driver figure edged higher.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, inspections, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Roadcheck, Roadside inspection

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Welcomes New Senior Editor

Stephane Babcock, right, checks out the diesel engine of a Sprinter van with other Bobit Business Media editors in an event at Bobit's Torrance, Calif., headquarters.

Heavy Duty Trucking and Truckinginfo.com have added Stephane Babcock, an experienced journalist and B2B editor, to the editorial team as senior editor.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens Two New Travel Stops

Photo via Love's.

Love’s Travel Stops opened two new locations in Fort Myers, Fla. and Shelby, Iowa.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, I-75, I-80, Florida, Iowa, Truckstops

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Employee Sentenced to Prison over Phony Tax Returns

A former financial management specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was sentenced to prison late last month in U.S. District Court, Baltimore, Maryland.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Crime

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Revised Rules Proposed for “Reverse Logistics” Hazmat Shipments

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has proposed revising hazardous materials regulations when it comes to return shipments of certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle.

Tags: Regulations, PHMSA, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administra

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Upgrades Brake Shoe Reman Facility

Bendix has unveiled its newly upgraded brake shoe remanufacturing facility in Huntington, Indiana

Tags: Bendix, Remanufacturing, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Brakes, Aftermarket, Aftermarket Parts

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Savannah Port Handles Record Amount of Container Cargo in July

A truck moves past containers at the Port of Savannah. Photo: GPA/Stephen B. Morton

The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 twenty-foot equivalent container units at Savannah’s Garden City Terminal, a 19.2% increase over the previous year.

Tags: Georgia, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Savannah

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo’s Enhanced 2016 VN Series Trucks Tout Increased Fuel Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo announced several enhancements to the 2016 VN Series highway tractors designed to improve fuel efficiency compared to previous generations.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Powertrains

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Transport America Increases Driver Pay

Transport America announced a pay increase for all current and potential drivers working for the company.

Tags: Driver Pay, Transport America, Owner Operators, Fleets, Drivers

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Purchasing More of Arnold Transportation

Tennessee-based U.S. Xpress, one of the largest privately owned fleets in the country, reportedly is purchasing Arnold’s Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters and at least one terminal.

Tags: Fleets, U.S. Xpress, Arnold Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Stable, Rates Generally Slip

The amount of freight available on the spot market remained stable over the past week, while rates have improved little if any, according to freight matching service provider DAT -- but things could turn around soon.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates, Capacity

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Announces New Dates for Suspension Institute

Suspension manufacturer and supplier Hendrickson announced two technical suspension training sessions in September as part of the Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, Suspensions, Hendrickson

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Near All-Time High Despite Slight Drop

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, June 2009 - June 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index declined 0.9% in June from May, falling after four consecutive monthly increases, according to numbers released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index, Freight

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Small Fleet to Rehire Fired Trucker, Pay Back Wages

An Oregon trucker wrongly fired for refusing to drive an unsafe vehicle will get her job back, plus reimbursement for back wages and compensation for fees associated with the case, after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Vanguard Truck Centers Opens Two New Dealerships in Texas

Graphic: Vanguard Truck Centers.

Vanguard Truck Centers has opened two new Mack dealerships in Texas. The dealerships are located in Victoria and El Campo.

Tags: Texas, Mack Trucks, Dealers, Vanguard, Volvo, Isuzu

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Deaths Decline in First Half of 2014

Preliminary data collected by the National Safety Council indicates deaths from motor vehicle crashes during the first six months of 2014 are down 4%, compared to the same six month period last year, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Safety, National Safety Council, Highway Fatalities

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: July Retail Sales Stumble

U.S. retail sales were virtually unchanged in July from the month before, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, but were 3.7% higher than compared to the same time a year earlier.

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Driver In I-55 Crash Pleads Not Guilty

A truck driver has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying his logbooks and failure to maintain proper records resulting from a fatal July crash on I-55 near Chicago, but reckless homicide charges are still possible in the crash that killed five.

Tags: Hours of Service, Illinois, I-55

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

FleetCor Purchasing Comdata for Nearly $3.5 Billion

FleetCor Technologies, a provider of fuel cards and workforce payment services, has signed an agreement to purchase electronic payment services provider Comdata for $3.45 billion.

Tags: Comdata, Fleet Card, FleetCor Technologies, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bills Would Adjust Truck Weight Limit for Natural Gas

Increased weight is a disincentive for many fleets to buy natural gas powered trucks. Photo courtesy Central Freight Lines.

The House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits to accommodate the heavier fuel systems of natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Weights, Legislation

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Posts Usual Summer Decline

The freight logistics sector slowed in July, following a seasonal trend, with both freight shipments and freight payments down 3.9% from the previous month, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Bill Starts 10-Month Countdown

Photo: Evan Lockridge

President Obama has signed the latest short-term extension of the federal highway program, starting a 10-month clock on yet another funding deadline.The $10.8 billion bill, passed by Congress at the last moment before the Highway Trust Fund dipped into the red, will keep the fund solvent until next May.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx

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