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July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Falls Again In June

Graph via ATA

Flat production and dropping retail sales dragged down truck freight in June, with the American Trucking Associations' seasonally-adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index falling 0.5% to 131.1.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Great Dane Names Leadership Appointments

Great Dane announced several leadership appointments to its management team affecting sales, marketing and customer experience.

Tags: Leadership, People, Great Dane

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Lower for Forward Air, Hub Group, Rush Enterprises

Two freight transportation providers, Forward Air and Hub Group, along with dealer group Rush Enterprises, saw second quarter earnings drop.

Tags: Economy, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Earnings, Forward Air, Hub Group, Truck Dealers, Fleet Earnings

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

SAF-Holland Facility Wins Paccar Supplier Award

A Michigan-based SAF-Holland manufacturing facility has received the Paccar 2014 50PPM Quality Award.

Tags: PACCAR, Awards, SAF-Holland, Suppliers

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Involved in Crash Declared Imminent Hazard

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has declared a Kentucky-licensed truck driver an imminent hazard to public safety after a crash investigation revealed several cases of falsified records.

Tags: FMCSA, Investigation, Fatal Accidents, Crime & Fraud, Imminent Hazard

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Delaware Offers $2.7M In Alt-Fuel Incentives

Delaware has launched its Clean Transportation Incentive Program (CTIP) to provide financial incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles and infrastructure, according to state officials.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Delaware, Tax Incentives, State Grants

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Senators’ Highway Deal: 6-Year Bill Funded for 3

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Two top Senators reached agreement today to put forward a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill that would fund projects for the next three years — leaving it to the next Congress to determine how to fund its final three years.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Set for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that this year's Brake Safety Week will take place from Sept. 6 - 12.

Tags: Inspections, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Restored Mack Part of Evel Knievel Exhibit Tour

Knievel once used the rig to tour the U.S. and Canada. Found in a field in Florida, it was taken to Topeka, Kans., for restoration. Photo via Mack Trucks

The FS tractor, complete with red, white and blue interior to match the stuntman’s Americana theme, has a custom-built dressing room that sits like a long sleeper on the truck’s frame rails.

Tags: History, Mack Trucks, Restoration

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Werner Profit 24% Higher Than Year Ago

Truckload and logistics provider Werner Enterprises reported record profit for the second quarter of the year on slightly lower revenue as it continues to make progress in implementing rate increases.

Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, Fleet Earnings

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Test Site Opens for Automated and Connected Vehicles

Photo via University of Michigan

Navistar is the latest truck maker to get involved in autonomous vehicles, with its involvement in a project that aims to implement a connected and automated mobility system on the streets of southeastern Michigan by 2021.

Tags: Navistar, Connected Vehicle Technology, Automated Driving, University of Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Slow in June, As Expected

Photo by Evan Lockridge

Orders for heavy-duty vehicles in June were slightly off May's pace, while a factory move helped drive medium-duty truck orders down during the month.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down for Two Consecutive Months

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel continued a now two-month-long streak of decreases

Tags: Oil Prices, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Blossman's Propane Autogas Transit

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified Blossman Services' propane-autogas-powered Ford Transit van, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Ford Transit, EPA Certification, Propane Conversion, Blossman

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Dry Van and Reefer Orders on the Rise

Trailer orders increased significantly in June to 26,700 units with better than expected numbers in the dry van and refrigerated van markets.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Bridge Collapse Closes I-10 in California

Photo: Cal Fire

A bridge collapse in Southeastern California has forced the closure of a section of Interstate 10 near the state border for an indefinite period of time

Tags: Flooding, Road Closure, I-10

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA to Upgrade Truck Underride and Conspicuity Rules

Photo: Tom Berg

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the rear-underride crash protection and visibility of single-unit trucks.

Tags: Underride, NHTSA, Straight Trucks, Regulations

July 19, 2015 - Industry News

North America Helps Drive Volvo Profit Higher

The parent to Volvo Trucks North America, Sweden’s Volvo Group, saw its second quarter net income double from a year ago, due in part to increased North American sales.

Tags: Economy, Volvo Trucks, Earnings, Volvo Group

July 19, 2015 - Industry News

Housing Market Greatly Improved

Conditions for the U.S. housing market look better than they have in years, according to two reports released late last week.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Home Building

July 19, 2015 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Profit Inches Higher in Second Quarter

Photo by Jim Park.

J.B. Hunt Friday announced an increase in its second quarter 2015 net earnings to $103.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of 88 cents.

Tags: Intermodal, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings, Economy

July 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Positive, Consumer Confidence Down

Consumer prices increased in June from the month before, in positive territory for the first time this year, according to the U.S. Labor Department. A separate report shows consumers' feeling about the economy a just a little less hot than earlier.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Prices, Inflation, Consumer Sentiment

July 17, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Defense Signs Big Contracts With Canadian Military

Canadian military will get more than 1,500 "medium" 8x8 trucks in various configurations, including cargo, crane, load handling and mobile repair.

Contracts worth C$725 million include more than 1,500 heavy 8x8 trucks, 300 trailers and 150 Armour Protection Systems.

Tags: Canada, Military, Mack Trucks

July 17, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Sues Navistar, Says Some Engines Were Illegal

Because 7,750 engines were not fully assembled in 2009 but in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency says Navistar should have obtained an exemption in the form of a certificate of compliance, but didn’t.

Tags: Navistar, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Engines, EPA 2010, Litigation

July 17, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt’s SmartLinq in Production

Peterbilt's new SmartLinq remote diagnostics technology is in production, a factory-installed system on all trucks equipped with Paccar MX-13 engines.

Tags: Peterbilt, Paccar MX Engine, Remote Diagnostics, PACCAR

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Time Warner Cable's Diesel Transits Vastly Improve Fleet's MPG

Photo courtesy of TWC.

Time Warner Cable has begun replacing aging gasoline-fueled vans with diesel-powered Ford Transit vans that should improve fuel economy by nearly 50 percent, according to the company.

Tags: Telecommunications Fleet, Fuel Costs, Ford Transit, Time Warner Cable

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