December 22, 2014 - Industry News
Traffic this year-end holiday season is projected to be at a record level, according to the motorist group AAA.
A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room verifies what manufacturers and many users have been saying about modern self-shifting gearboxes for some time.
Tags: Fuel Economy, Industry Research, Resale, Automated Manual Transmissions, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, NACFE
December 19, 2014 - Industry News
Over 36,000 trailers were ordered in November, representing the 4th most orders of all time, according to ACT Research. Trailer orders were up 43% over last year.
Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders
The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.5% to 136.8 in November -- the highest level on record.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index, American Trucking Associations
The holiday shipping season is historically one of the most dangerous times for cargo theft, according to the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.
Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime
Mary Phillips, the former chief of legislative affairs for American Trucking Associations, has been named to a top post on a key transportation subcommittee in the House.
Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congress, American Trucking Associations, People
Beverage companies have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13% since 2010, according to recent findings by the American Beverage Association.
Tags: Fuel Economy, Beverage Industry, Alternative Fuels, Food and Beverage Fleets
The recall affects more than 8,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles in the 2014 and 2015 model years.
Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, NHTSA
Love’s Travel Stops opened two new truck stops in Londonderry Township, Penn., and Hamel, Ill. Combined, the two openings create nearly 170 new truck parking spaces.
Tags: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Truckstops, Love's, Truck Parking
New construction starts in the U.S. climbed 13% in November from the month before to an annual rate of $677.8 billion, according to industry data provider Dodge Data & Analytics.
Tags: Economy, Construction
December 18, 2014 - Industry News
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is asking for nominations for the International Driver Excellence Award.
Tags: Driver Safety, International, Awards, CVSA
The recently enacted change to drivers hours-of-service rules, scrapping parts of the restart provision adopted in July 2013, has prompted telematics and e-log providers to hustle out updates to their hours-of-service applications.
Tags: telematics, Information Technology, Compliance, E-logs, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart
Blu LNG named James Edward Burns as the company’s new President, to lead day to day operations and direct strategic focus toward expanding domestic use.
Tags: Leadership, People, Blu, LNG
Despite a slight downturn from the month before newly released figures show in November the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index rose 6.7% year over year.
Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates
A measure of where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months rose for the third consecutive month in November, according to a report issued Thursday by the private research group The Conference Board.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted official notice that the more restrictive version of the 34-hour restart has been suspended.
Tags: FMCSA, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service
The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.
Tags: Diesel Emissions, U.S. Congress, EPA, Legislation, Federal Grants
December 17, 2014 - Industry News
Following the agreement on the acquisition of the leaf spring and stabilizer segments of the Austrian Frauenthal Group in June 2014, Hendrickson has completed the sale of its 50% stake in Muelles y Ballestas Hispano-Alemanas, S.A. to InvestZiur.
Tags: Hendrickson, MBHA
The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday indicated it believes the American economy continues to expand at a moderate pace and would be able to handle a small hike in short-term interest rates.
Tags: Economy, Federal Reserve
The George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. topped the list of the most congested locations for truck freight, according to analysis from the American Transportation Research Institute.
Tags: New Jersey, Traffic Congestion, ATRI, Freight, Bridges
Dart announced increases in pay to drivers throughout the company’s network. Drivers will see anywhere from 2 cents to 10 cents per mile increases with the average increase being 5 cents per mile.
Tags: Dart, Driver Pay, Owner Operators, Dry Van
The City of Kansas City, Mo., opened its fifth fast-fill CNG fueling station, but it is the first open to the public.
Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, City of Kansas City, CNG Fueling Stations
The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.
Tags: FMCSA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Enforcement
Rush Enterprises named technician Erick Lincoln of Albuquerque, New Mexico, its all-around champion for the company’s ninth Tech Skill Rodeo. The competition took place Dec. 15-16 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Awards, Technicians, Rush Tech Skills Rodeo, Dealers
H&S Bakery, a provider of hearth-baked goods, has unveiled its fleet of clean-operating alternatively fueled vehicles.
Tags: Propane Autogas, Delivery Fleet, Ford F-59
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