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June 18, 2015 - Industry News

Hearing Set in Stemco-ATDynamics Complaint vs. Ridge’s Green Tail Device

TrailerTail's panels fold out to reduce air drag and save fuel. Photo via ATDynamics

Lawsuit claims Green Tail violates five patents held by ATDynamics for its TrailerTail rear aero faring.

Tags: Patents, ATDynamics, Stemco, Aerodynamics, TrailerTail, Ridge Corp.

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

House Ways & Means Gets Earfuls on Fixing Highway Funding Mess

In testimony Wednesday, transportation stakeholders pressed the House Committee on Ways & Means to quickly and finally figure out how to fix the nation’s broken highway-funding system.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Autocar Recalls Xpeditor, Xpert and XSpotter Trucks

Photo courtesy of Autocar.

The manufacturer is issuing two separate recalls covering a total of 5,286 trucks.

Tags: Recalls, Autocar, Cummins Westport, NHTSA, Natural Gas Vehicles

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Kicks Off Redefining Tour Technology Showcase

Photo courtesy of Cummins

Cummins has kicked off its 2015 Redefining Tour, a coast-to-coast mobile event showcasing the company’s current and future technologies.

Tags: Cummins, Technology, ISX15

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Remain at Higher Levels

National average spot market freight rates remained at high levels last week, holding steady in all three equipment categories after seeing a large increase in the first week of June.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Recalls MRU, LEU and LR6 Trucks

Photo of Cummins Westport ISL G engine courtesy of Cummins.

The action, which affects 2,124 Mack trucks with Cummins Westport ISL gas engines, will address an engine cooling issue that increases the risk of fire.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Cummins Westport, NHTSA, Natural Gas Vehicles

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance: Senate Should Ditch Funding Riders that “Compromise Safety”

Photo: The Trucking Alliance

The Trucking Alliance is urging the Senate to reject riders to the funding bill that “would compromise truck safety” by reducing funding for certain truck-safety programs and for infrastructure improvements.

Tags: driver safety, Highway Safety, Highway Funding

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Offer $100M in Biofuel Fueling Grants

Photo via Flickr/United Soybean Board.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $100 million in grants to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to support and expand biofuel infrastructure, according to a press release from the USDA.

Tags: Biofuels, Federal Grants, Ethanol Fueling Stations, E-85, E-15, Ethanol

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Names New President

Joe Dagnese, president of Con-way Freight Photo courtesy of Con-way Inc.

Con-way Inc., announced that Joseph M. Dagnese has been named president of its less-than-truckload subsidiary Con-way Freight.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Leadership, People, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

June 16, 2015 - Industry News

Price of Diesel Dips to $2.87 Per Gallon

The average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the third straight week, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel

June 16, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Gives $50,000 to Help Wounded Veterans

Meritor presented the Wyakin Warrior Foundation with a 50,000 check to help wounded veterans. Photo courtesy of Meritor

Meritor announced that it has made a $50,000 contribution to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, which mentors and gives financial assistance to veterans who are pursuing degrees.

Tags: Meritor, Veterans, Donations

June 16, 2015 - Industry News

Court Rules Against Walmart in Minimum Wage Suit

A U.S. District Court has ruled that Walmart had violated minimum wage laws by failing to adequately pay its drivers for all of the time they were under the company's control.

Tags: Lawsuits, Walmart, Driver Pay

June 16, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Execs Urge Senators to Turn Down ‘Twin 33’ Trailers

Image: FHWA

The top executives of 15 major for-hire carriers are pushing back against a drive on Capitol Hill to legalize the operation of twin 33-ft trailers on highways nationwide.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Size and Weight, Double Trailers

June 16, 2015 - Industry News

Agility Now Freightliner's Sole Natural Gas Fuel System Provider

Freightliner signs exclusive deal with Agility Fuel Systems for its natural gas fuel systems. Under a seven-year agreement between the two companies, Agility will provide custom-designed products, according to the custom chassis manufacturer.

Tags: Freightliner, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Agility Fuel Systems

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

Shell Reveals SuperRigs Winners

Marciano Esparza Sandoval's 1991 Peterbilt 379 scored as Best of Show second runner-up. Photo: Shell

And the top winner of the 33rd Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition is… drumroll, please: Kiegan Nelson of Richfield, Wis., who shined his 1985 Peterbilt 359 and 2014 MAC trailer combination all the way to score “Best in Show.”

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

What Do Marijuana Laws Mean for Fleet Safety Policy?

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The 2015 Fleet Safety Conference, set for July 13-15, includes a session examining what impact state marijuana laws should have on fleet safety policies.

Tags: Drug Testing, Events, Drugged Driving, State Laws, Driving Safety

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

California Grants $2.5M for Alt-Fuel Projects

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved $2.5 million in grants for six alternative-fuel projects through its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).

Tags: California, California Energy Commission, EV Charging Station, Hydrogen Fueling Stations, State Grants

June 15, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Expands Support for Drivetrain Direct Program

Meritor is adding dedicated customer support for aftermarket differential- and transmission-component rebuilders enrolled in the Drivetrain Direct program.

Tags: customer service, Meritor, Aftermarket, Transmissions, Drivetrains

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

SAF-Holland Names New Head of Powered Vehicle Systems

Mike Kamsickas, SAF-Holland's new president of Powered Vehicle Systems. Photo courtesy of SAF-Holland

SAF-Holland announced that Mike Kamsickas has been named the new president of the Powered Vehicle Systems Business Unit, replacing Jack Gisinger who will be retiring.

Tags: Leadership, People, SAF-Holland

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Toll Alternative Proposed by Rhode Island Republicans

An alternative to the proposed Rhode Island trucking toll that could eliminate the tolls completely has been brought forward by members of the R.I., House Republican Caucus.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Re-Enters Low-Cab Forward Market

Photo cabover family courtesy of GM.

In the 2016-CY, Chevrolet will offer six low-cab forward models in the Class 3-5 GVW segments. The models will be procured from Isuzu and badged as Chevrolets.

Tags: Chevrolet, Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 5, Class 3, Class 4, Cabovers, Isuzu N Series, General Motors

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner, Dodge Sprinter Vans Join Takata Recall

Photo of Dodge Sprinter van by IFCAR via Wikimedia. (Photo shot at 2008 Washington Auto Show.)

More than 40,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans need new passenger-side frontal air bags because the existing ones have defective inflators.

Tags: Recalls, 2008-MY, 2007-MY, Takata, Air Bags, NHTSA, Cargo Vans, Dodge Sprinter, Freightliner, FCA US, Full-Size Vans

June 12, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Offers Yokohama Tires on New Trucks

The Yokohama 101ZL Photo courtesy of Kenworth

Kenworth is offering a selection of all-position Yokohama tires for Kenworth heavy- and medium-duty conventional trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Yokohama, Tires

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

CDL Tester Indicted in South Carolina

A third-party CDL tester used by South Carolina has been indicted for giving tests he wasn't supposed to and skimping on the tests themselves.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Crime & Fraud, U.S. DOT

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Settles Independent Contractor Suit for $228 Million

FedEx says its contractors no longer operate under the model challenged in this case. Photo: FedEx

FedEx Ground reached an agreement with plaintiffs in an independent contractor lawsuit to settle for $228 million.

Tags: Lawsuits, Independent Contractors, FedEx, FedEx Ground, Delivery Fleets

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