August 5, 2015 - Industry News
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma voted Aug. 4 to formally launch the Northwest Seaport Alliance, which unifies the cargo operations of the two Northwest ports in a bid to attract more cargo to the region.
Tags: Ports, Mergers & Acquisitions, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Intermodal
The number of spot market loads available on DAT's network of load boards increased 3.8% for the week ending Aug. 1 compared to the previous seven days, as truck capacity fell by 2.7%.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
Class 8 truck orders increased by a good amount in July, indicating a growing confidence in the market, according to analysis from FTR and ACT Research.
Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR
Element Fleet Management has appointed Art Cohen as manager of its Commercial Truck Center (CTC), located in Virginia Beach, Va.
Tags: Element Fleet Management, Truck Dealers, Used Truck Sales
Two companies report they're on the brink of commercializing low-pressure dispensing and storage of compressed natural gas through carbon adsorption, which they say will keep the fuel cheaper and make filling stations a reality even for small fleets.
Tags: Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG
EPA and NHTSA will hold a public hearing on Aug. 6 in Chicago for the proposed Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.
Tags: Regulations, EPA, NHTSA, Greenhouse Gas
Even as service sector growth surged in July, a lackluster employment report is leading to more speculation on whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its September meeting.
Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment
August 4, 2015 - Industry News
Accuride’s director of aftermarket strategy and sales, Tony Pape has died at the age of 53, the company announced.
Tags: Obituary, Aftermarket, Accuride
The 2016 Ford F-150 will offer increased driver crash protection from the 2015 model, after the extended-cab model didn't earn the top safety rating in an insurance industry crash test, a spokesman told Automotive Fleet.
Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Pickup Trucks, 2016-MY, IIHS, Crash Tests
Cargo volumes at the Port of New York and New Jersey hit a record pace during the first six months of 2015.
Tags: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Ports, Containers, Freight Volume
Wabco Holdings has appointed industry veteran Jon Morrison president of its Americas business unit, the company announced.
Tags: Leadership, People, Wabco
The American Transportation Research Institute has launched its 2015 Top Industry Issues Survey, which ranks the trucking industry’s biggest concerns.
Tags: Survey, ATRI, Industry Concerns
Freymiller Trucking has rolled out Freymiller Radio, a driver appreciation digital radio channel that streams live over the internet for truckers on the road.
Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. on Tuesday reported increases for both profit and revenue for the second quarter of the year.
Tags: USA Truck, Fleet Earnings, Roadrunner Transportation, Economy
The Greater Houston Retailers Cooperative Association has outsourced its fleet operations by signing a full service leasing agreement with Ryder System for 25 medium-duty box trucks, Ryder has announced.
Tags: Ryder, Medium-Duty Trucks, Convenience Stores, Box Trucks, Outsourcing, Full-Service Leasing
August 3, 2015 - Industry News
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the 10th consecutive week, according to the latest weekly numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
TBHC Delivers, based in Nashville, deploys SmartDrive’s video-based safety program across its fleet and sees dramatic decreases in driver texting and excessive speeding.
Tags: Driving Safety, SmartDrive, In-Vehicle Video, TBHC Delivers, Medium-Duty Trucks
Quantum Fuel Systems has launched a pair of back-of-cab compressed natural gas (CNG) storage modules: the Q-Cab160, which offers up to 160 diesel gallon equivalents (DGEs) of storage, and the Q-Cab180, which offers up to 180 DGEs.
Tags: Quantum Fuel Systems, Fuel Tanks, CNG, CNG Tanks
August 3, 2015 - Product News
Alcoa will release the latest version of its Wheel Service Manual later this summer, the company announced.
Tags: Wheels, Alcoa, Parts and Service
The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth, a key indicator affecting trucking, slowed in July from its highest level in five months, according to a survey of the nation’s supply executives.
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Personal Income
Cargo thefts in the U.S. are on the decline, but the value of each heist is virtually unchanged compared to last year, according to a new second quarter report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.
Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime
TravelCenters of America has launched its annual campaign to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, which helps truckers suffering from medical-related financial hardship.
Tags: Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, St. Christopher Fund, Fundraiser
With record second-quarter revenue, ArcBest's net income rose to $20 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, from $17.2 million, or 64 cents per diluted share a year earlier.
Tags: Economy, ABF, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings, LTL
July 31, 2015 - Industry News
The day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated its general satisfaction with a Government Accountability Office study of the hours-of-service changes implemented in 2013, the American Trucking Associations slammed the safety agency for “cherry-picking” a few points “in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers.”
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, GAO, 34-Hour Restart
A Nebraska trucker could face up to a year in prison for threatening FMCSA employees over the phone.
Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Crime & Fraud
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