September 18, 2014 - Industry News
A group of brokers and other trucking interests have added to the call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In a September 17 letter, the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation and nine other groups asked Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to draw a curtain over the scores.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, SMS, Brokers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Grand Ridge, Florida-based trucking company to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement
More money is going to state highways, but there has been very little progress in improving their condition, according to a new report from the libertarian think tank the Reason Foundation and its 21st Annual Highway Report.
Tags: Research, Highway Funding, Highways
A lineup of new full-size commercial vans from Chrysler/Ram, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz will deliver significantly higher residual value that their counterparts from previous generations, according to ALG’s latest industry projection.
Tags: Residual Values, ALG, Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram ProMaster
The American Transportation Research Institute has added a compendium of sustainable freight practices on its website.
Tags: Sustainability, ATRI, Fleets, Aerodynamics
Housing starts in the U.S. plunged in August from the month before but the level of activity was still higher than the same time a year earlier, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Home Building
One trucking company is challenging an out-of-service order it received in August from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, following a fatal accident.
Tags: maintenance, FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement
September 17, 2014 - Industry News
Agility Fuel Systems has announced that Andy Douglas will be the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.
Tags: Paccar, Natural Gas, People, Agility Fuel Systems
YRC Freight CEO James Welch said while business in the first half of the year kept pace with its forecast, improvements are taking longer than originally anticipated at the national less-than-truckload carrier.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, YRC Worldwide, LTL
Cummins received the 2014 United States Overall Best Heavy-Duty Truck Engines Product Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan.
Tags: Cummins, Frost & Sullivan, Awards, Engines
Private investment can work well as a funding source for some infrastructure projects, particularly those that are very expensive and complex, but it is not useful for most projects.
That’s the message from a House study on the benefits and risks of using public-private partnerships to pay for highways and other transportation projects.
Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House, Public Private Partnerships, U.S. DOT
Inland Kenworth has opened a new full-service Kenworth dealership in Albuquerque and a parts and service location in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Tags: Kenworth, British Columbia, New Mexico, Dealers
CEVA Ground announced increased rates for its owner-operator independent drivers operating in the U.S.
Tags: CEVA, Owner-Operators, Driver Pay, Fleets
Freight rates on the spot market posted solid gains over the past week as the number of loads available has moved higher and capacity has jumped.
Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates
The threat of inflation to the U.S. economy appears to be muted, with a report issued Wednesday showing consumer prices in August fell for the first time in 16 months.
Tags: Economy, Fuel Consumption Index, Home Building, Consumer Prices
Quality said it completed testing of the service with its western rail partner earlier in the current quarter and has begun initial shipments with some of its largest customers.
Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Intermodal, Fleets, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers
Net income totaled $606 million or $2.10 per share, up 37% from last year’s $1.53 per share. Revenue was $11.7 billion, an increase of 6% from the same time a year earlier.
Tags: Earnings, FedEx, Equity Markets
ACT Research published a new report that shows natural gas adoption in the heavy-duty truck market has grown, but at a slower rate than predicted.
Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG, Alternative Fuels
Pilot Flying J has opened a Pilot Travel Center location off of Interstate 80 in Morris, Illinois.
Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Pilot Travel Centers
Clean Energy Fuels has partnered with Mansfield Energy to form a joint venture which will provide natural gas fueling to bulk fuel haulers in the U.S.
Tags: Alternative Fuels, Joint Venture, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Mansfield Energy Corp., Bulk Tank Trailers
September 16, 2014 - Industry News
Peterbilt is offering a new right-hand stand-up configuration of its cab forward Model 320 truck.
Tags: Peterbilt, Model 320, Low Cab Forward, Right-Hand Drive
The new Volvo Premium Certified truck program inspects and reconditions used Volvo trucks for resale.
Tags: Information Technology, Volvo Trucks, Used Trucks, Truck Warranty
A bid by conservatives in the House and Senate to effectively eliminate the federal highway program is drawing fire from American Trucking Associations and other transportation interests.
Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Gasoline Tax, American Trucking Associations, ATA
The Obama administration and refrigeration suppliers have joined in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, a move that will affect use of refrigerants in trucks.
Tags: EPA, Refrigerant, Greenhouse Gas, GHG, Regulations, President Obama, Carrier Transicold, Thermo King
UPDATED -- Spot market freight volume continued to achieve record-setting levels in August, increasing 32% compared to the same month in 2013, while freight availability remained constant.
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