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August 6, 2015 - Industry News

Knight Orders Silver VNL Trucks for 25th Anniversary

Knight Transportation chose to mark its 25th anniversary with silver Volvo VNL 670 models featuring special anniversary decals. Photo courtesy of Volvo

Knight Transportation has selected Volvo Trucks to supply 38 specially decorated Volvo VNL 670 models to recognize the company’s 25th anniversary.

Tags: Volvo, Company Anniversaries, Knight Transportation

August 6, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Settles Discrimination Lawsuit for $200,000

Celadon Trucking Services has agreed in a consent decree to pay $200,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act, Celadon, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

August 6, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt's New Vocational Model 567 Enters Production

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Motors Company has started production of its new vocational Model 567 with a set-forward front axle configuration.

Tags: Peterbilt, World of Concrete, Model 567, Vocational Trucks

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Darling Nominated to be FMCSA Administrator

T.F. Scott Darling III Photo: FMCSA

Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in all but name for the past year, T.F. Scott Darling III has been nominated to fill that vacant appointment by President Obama.

Tags: FMCSA, People

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ports of Seattle and Tacoma Agree to Alliance

Photo via Northwest Seaport Alliance

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

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Fail to Follow Recovery in Freight Volume

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

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Order Increase Parallels Confidence in Trucking

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

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Element Names Commercial Truck Center Manager

Cohen

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

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Carbon Adsorption to Reduce CNG Costs

Gary Fanger, COO and team leader of Cenergy Solutions’ ANG project, installs carbon-filled tanks atop a Chevrolet Suburban used in testing. For common use, the tanks would have protective caging or be installed inside. Photo courtesy Cenergy

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

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Phase 2 GHG Public Hearing Scheduled

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

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Gains Moderate, Service Sector Jumps

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 Aftermarket Sales Director Tony Pape Dies

Tony Pape Photo courtesy of Accuride

Accuride’s director of aftermarket strategy and sales, Tony Pape has died at the age of 53, the company announced.

Tags: Obituary, Aftermarket, Accuride

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Upgrading Crashworthiness of 2016 F-150

Photos of crash-testing of the crew cab (left) and extended cab models of the 2015 F-150 courtesy of IIHS.

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

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y/N.J. Ports Set Record Pace for Cargo Volume

Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Wabco Appoints President of Business in the Americas

Jon Morrison Photo courtesy of Wabco

Wabco Holdings has appointed industry veteran Jon Morrison president of its Americas business unit, the company announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, Wabco

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Survey Asks Industry to Rank Top Concerns

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

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Freymiller Releases Online Radio Station for Truckers

Image: FreymillerRadio.com

Freymiller Trucking has rolled out Freymiller Radio, a driver appreciation digital radio channel that streams live over the internet for truckers on the road.

Tags: Drivers

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Roadrunner Transportation, USA Truck

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

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Convenience Stores Enlist Ryder Box Trucks

Photo courtesy of Ryder.

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

Diesel Prices Drop Again in 10-Week Slide

Source: EIA

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

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Food Service Fleet's Video Tech Improves Safety

Photo courtesy of TBHC Delivers.

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

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Quantum Launches New CNG Systems

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 Updates Wheel Service Manual

Alcoa will release the latest version of its Wheel Service Manual later this summer, the company announced.

Tags: Wheels, Alcoa, Parts and Service

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Uneven, Consumer Spending Strong

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

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Drops, Average Value Around $189,000

The darkest areas indicate where cargo thefts happen the most. Graphic: FWI

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

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