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September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Dip from a Week Ago

Graphic: DAT

Spot market freight rates have slipped as the number of loads available to haul also fell, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Justice Department Gives OK for Container Chassis Pool in California

The Port of Los Angeles.

The U.S. Department of Justice will not challenge a proposal by Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. and Direct ChassisLink Inc. to enter into a chassis use agreement at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Port Trucking, U.S. Department of Justice

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the manufacturers affected know much about what will be in them.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trailers, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Engine 'Downspeeding' Can Cause Driveline Failures, TMC Attendees Told

Driveline damage from engine torque “spikes” is among the many nuts-and-bolts subjects discussed by fleet managers and supplier representatives this week at a maintenance conference in Florida.

Tags: Downspeed, Spec'ing, Torque, Technology & Maintenance Council, Dana, Detroit Diesel, Meritor, Transmissions, Axles, Drivelines

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Comptroller Sentenced in Multi-Million Dollar Theft

The former comptroller for a Missouri carrier has been sentenced after being convicted for stealing $4.9 million from his employer.

Tags: FBI, Theft, Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, Fraud, Crime

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Certified DOT Physicals to Become Available at Truckstops Nationwide

One company aims to make DOT medical exams available at truckstops. (File photo)

Truck Stop Health Care is planning to make DOT physicals for CDL drivers available at truckstops in all states across the U.S.

Tags: DOT, CDL, Driver Health, Truckstops

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Tennessee Truck Driver Named Highway Angel for Fighting Flames

Highway Angel Jannie Reece. Photo: TCA.

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Jannie Reece a Highway Angel for putting out a fire on an Alabama motorist’s car.

Tags: People, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, I-20, Image

September 24, 2014 - Product News

FMCSA Makes Changes to SMS Website to Improve User Experience

Joseph DeLorenzo, director office of enforcement and compliance, FMCSA, explained change to the agency’s SMS website during a conference at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville. Photo: Jim Beach

An FMCSA representative offers a guide to the changes in the website that hosts and displays safety information under the government's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program plus a rules update at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, SMS, CSA, TMW Systems, Hours of Service, Regulations

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Brokers Feel Pinch of Labor Shortage

Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, details changes and challenges in the third party logistics and freight brokerage business during TMW Systems’ user conference. Photo: Jim Beach

Brokers and third-party logistics providers are feeling the labor squeeze along with the trucking industry, according to Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

Tags: 3PL, Brokers, Logistics, TMW Systems, Capacity

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Third-Party Maintenance Growing

Larry Chaplin speaks at TMW's Transforum on the rise of outsourced maintenance. Photo: Master Fleet

Third-party logistics companies set a template in the transportation industry that has guided the rise of third-party maintenance providers, according to Larry Chaplin, president of Master Fleet LLC, at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Maintenance outsourcing, Outsourcing, TMW Systems, Technicians

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

TruckPro Buys Florida Parts and Service Distributor

Photo via TruckPro.

TruckPro completed the purchase of Palm Beach Spring Company, an independent distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer products and repair services.

Tags: Florida, Distributors, Mergers & Acquisitions, TruckPro, Parts and Service

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Finds 3PL CEOs Confident About Future Growth in the Industry

The chief executives of third-party logistics providers are confident about the current state and future revenue growth of their companies and regional 3PL industries, according to an annual survey.

Tags: Penske Logistics, Survey, Manufacturing, 3PL, Global

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

New Website Aims to Provide Unbiased Information on Fleet Efficiency Technologies

Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency have officially launched a joint program to drive the adoption of efficiency technologies and double fleet efficiency. The launch was marked with the release of a free, independent, online technology guide to help fleet owners make the best choices for their operations.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Carbon War Room, Aerodynamics, Freight Efficiency, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Commerce Department Rules Chinese Containers Subject to Tariffs

The U.S. Department of Commerce, in a preliminary finding, has determined that the Chinese government is providing unfair and illegal subsidies to producers and exporters of 53-foot dry van containers.

Tags: China, Trailers, Intermodal, Stoughton

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Ambassadors Featured at Green Fleet Conference

Illustration via GFC.

The 2014 Green Fleet Conference will feature fuel ambassadors representing a different type of alternative fuel or technology from four organizations.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, National Biodiesel Board, Propane Education & Research Council, Diesel Technology Forum, Electrification Coalition

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Hits Record High in August

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.6% in August to a record high, following a gain of 1.5% the previous month.

Tags: Economy, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage Index

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Names New CFO, Appoints Quality Distribution CEO to Board

Michael K. Borrows is the new CFO of USA Truck, replacing Clifton R. Beckham, who previously announced his resignation as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Tags: Fleets, People, USA Truck, Quality Distribution

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Continues Strong Performance

A measure of the strength of the U.S. manufacturing sector was unchanged this month from August, but remains strong at a 52-month high, according to a new report released Tuesday morning by the financial information services provider Markit Economics.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

SuperTech Qualifiers Move on to Next Stage of Competition

CORRECTED2 -- An original field of 133 technicians was narrowed down to 112 in the first round of the 10th annual SuperTech competition, going on this week as part of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: Events, Technicians, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 23, 2014 - Product News

Navistar Adds Lightweight Tremec Transmission

Last month, Tremec launched its redesigned 10-speed twin countershaft transmission for heavy-duty commercial trucks. Photo: Tremec

Navistar announced it will offer the Tremec 10-speed manual transmission in its International ProStar model with the company’s 13-liter engine, for weight-sensitive applications such as bulk hauling.

Tags: Navistar, Class 8, International Trucks, Transmissions, ProStar, Lightweighting, Bulk Hauling

September 23, 2014 - Product News

Westport Develops New Natural Gas System for Medium-Duty Truck Engines

Westport Innovations says it's introduced the first generation of enhanced spark-ignited (ESI) natural gas system. This new approach to natural gas combustion technology is designed provide a "downsized" natural gas solution that is cost competitive while providing similar levels of power, torque, and fuel economy to a larger diesel engine.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Engines, Westport Innovations

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Understanding the Driver Shortage

The driver lifestyle needs to be addressed in order to solve the driver shortage. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

For truckload carriers, the number one problem is the driver shortage – but the reasons go beyond pay, said Stifel's John Larkin at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems, Stifel Nicolaus, Driver Pay

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

TMW's Wangler Talks Trucking Changes

TMW Systems president David Wangler addresses attendees at the company's Transforum user conference in Nashville. Photo: Jim Beach

More than 1,900 trucking company executives, driver managers, dispatchers, IT managers and other personnel were on hand for TMW Systems’ Transforum 2014, the company’s annual user conference.

Tags: TMW Systems, Information Technology, Mobile Apps, Events

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Productivity Facing Challenges

John Larkin told attendees at TMW Systems' user conference that trucking productivity could take a hit. Photo: Jim Beach

Logistics cost as a percent of GDP has been declining over the last 30 years, from 16% before deregulation to 8% now. But while logistics costs have been reduced, productivity has leveled out and may even decrease, according to Stifel's John Larkin, speaking at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Productivity, Economy, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Shares its Vision of the Future

When Daimler Trucks revealed to the world the first truly autonomous on-highway truck, it was digitally camouflaged to prevent anyone, including competitors, from getting a close look at it. In Hanover, Germany, the day before the official opening of the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA), Daimler took the wraps of the truck and showed the worlds its vision of the future.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, IAA

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