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March 16, 2016 - Industry News

DOE's $12.5M to Improve Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award $12.5 million in grants and form a consortium to improve the operating efficiency of medium and heavy trucks, the agency has announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, U.S. Department of Energy, Fuel Efficiency

March 16, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Reefer Rates Push Higher for Second Week; Van, Flatbeds Dip

Spot rates for refrigerated truckload freight are trending higher in the key produce states of California, Texas and Florida, while cargo volume posted a 10% increase over the past week, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Solutions, Freight Rates

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Precision Brake and Wheel Joins Power Heavy Duty

Power Heavy duty has announced the addition of Precision Brake and Wheel as its newest member company.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Distributors, Power Heavy Duty

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks to Ease the Way for Vets to Become Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to make it easier for military veterans to transition into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry by simplifying the process of getting a Commercial Learner’s Permit or Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: FMCSA, Veterans, Hiring Veterans, Driver Shortage

March 15, 2016 - Product News

Eaton Offers Free Clutch With Reman Transmission Purchase

Photo: Eaton

Eaton is offering a free clutch with the purchase of a heavy-duty remanufactured transmission as part of a limited time aftermarket program.

Tags: Transmissions, Remanufactured Parts, Eaton Corporation, Clutches

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Slow Growth in Freight

Source: FTR

The Trucking Conditions Index measure fell to a reading of 9.05 for January, indicating slowing growth patterns for truck freight.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Port Traffic Expected to Return to Normal Patterns

Photo courtesy the Port of Long Beach

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see its traditional buildup toward the summer, despite difficult comparisons with last year’s unusual patterns, according to one report.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Ports

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

UPS to Invest $100M in CNG Trucks and Infrastructure

The UPS Rolling Laboratory appproach allows the company to determine which alternative fuel technolgies best fit a given operating environment. Source: UPS

UPS plans to invest $100 million in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet, adding 12 new compressed natural gas fueling stations and 380 CNG trucks.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG infrastructure

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slip Again, Key Price Indicator Rises

Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month during February, according to a new preliminary Commerce Department report, raising some concerns about overall economic growth this year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Ports, Wholesale Prices, Port Trucking, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends 4 Bus Companies for Falsifying Information

The FMCSA has revoked the operating authority registration of four commercial bus companies for willfully failing to comply with federal safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, DOT Compliance, Buses

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Bridgestone Appoints GCR Tire and Service Executive Director

Bridgestone Americas has appointed Doyle Bradford its executive director, service offering for GCR Tires & Service, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Tags: Leadership, Bridgestone, Tires, People, GCR Tires & Service

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Climb, Crude Prices May Stall

Source: EIA

The average price of diesel fuel continued to climb last week as a rebound in the crude oil market put upward pressure on energy costs. However, the trend may reverse, as Iran has vowed not to freeze its oil production output at current levels.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Aims to Grow With Aggressive New Product Schedule

Chris Villavarayan, president, Meritor Americas, chats with HDT editors at TMC. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Seven out of 10 Class 8 trucks in North America now run with Meritor axles, and the company has plans to grow, including an ambitious schedule of new product announcements.

Tags: TMC, Meritor

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

USPS Contract Carrier Adds Natural Gas Powered Trucks

Photo: Matheson Postal Services

Matheson Postal Services, a contract carrier for the United States Postal Service, is adding 37 new compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas tractors to its fleet as part of a company-wide program to expand clean energy use.

Tags: Green Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, US Postal Service, CNG, LNG

March 14, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Updates Roadnet Anywhere Platform

One of the biggest additions to the new version of Roadnet Anywhere is the ability to create and optimize multi-day routes. (PHOTO: Roadnet Technologies)

Updates to the Roadnet Anywhere platform consolidates views of routing, dispatching, proof of delivery, telematics, customer notifications, and business analytics into one place.

Tags: Routing, Roadnet Technologies, Omnitracs, Roadnet Anywhere

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Logistics Company Buys Coastal Pacific Xpress

Canadian supply chain solutions company VersaCold Logistics Services has agreed to acquire Coastal Pacific Xpress, a large refrigerated carrier based in British Columbia.

Tags: Canada, LTL, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Slates Public Hearings on Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Freightliner Inspriation autonomous truck at its rollout last Spring. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has announced that DOT will hold two public hearings, one in Washington, D.C., and one in California, to get input on “how to best integrate the safe operation of automated vehicles.”

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Latest Aviation Bill Ditches Pro-Trucking Reform

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The effort to inject a reform proposal widely viewed as favorable to trucking into an aviation bill has crashed and burned. At least for now.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

C.R. England Exec Wins TCA's Past Chairman's Award

Dan England (left) recieving the award at the TCA Annual Convention. Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Administration has awarded its Past Chairman’s Award to Dan England, chairman of the board of C.R. England and former chairman of TCA.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, C.R. England, People, TCA

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Inch Lower

Used medium-duty trucks, such as the diesel N-Series, are experiencing overall resale declines. (PHOTO: Isuzu.)

Used medium-duty truck models (model-years 2005-2012) experienced a 1% resale value decline in February, and resale values for trucks model-year 2013-2014 dropped 0.9%.

Tags: Resale Value, Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Depreciation

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

AmeriFleet's 'Hot Shot' Haulers Carry Up to Five Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Amerifleet.

Vehicle transportation provider Amerifleet has expanded its vehicle transport and hauler program to more quickly and cost-effectively meet customer needs, according to the company.

Tags: Amerifleet, Vehicle Transportation

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Being Developed

Prototype uses a belt and pulleys to transfer energy between the axle differential and a motor-generator. Production version will mount the motor inside the differential where it will be gear-driven.

The system captures energy as a tractor-trailer brakes and runs downhill, and reapplies energy through a drive axle to help the truck launch and run uphill. Operation on the trailer is completely autonomous.

Tags: Trailers, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Autonomous Drive

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Amazon Enters Air Cargo Space With 20-Aircraft Deal

Photo: Amazon

Amazon is leasing 20 Boeing 767s, the company's first official step into air cargo, to improve its capacity for short delivery times within the United States.

Tags: Cargo Management, Amazon.com, Aircraft

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

NM, NJ Top Commercial Driving Incident List

Chart via Fleetmatics.

Fleetmatics has released a report that includes an analysis of the driving behavior of fleets across the U.S. New Mexico and New Jersey were included in the list of top 10 states with the most severe driving incidents.

Tags: Driving Safety, Fleetmatics, Accidents

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Prime Driver Named Highway Angel of the Year

Grimaldi at the TCA Annual Convention Photo: TCA

Prime truck driver Josh Grimaldi has been named the Highway Angel of the Year for helping a woman escape her crushed vehicle.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Awards, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

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