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September 15, 2014 - Industry News

This Week is American Truck Driver Appreciation Week

This week marks National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a celebration started in 1988 by the American Trucking Associations honoring truck drivers across the nation.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, TCA, Health

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Getting $700 Million for Acquisitions

PSP Investments, along with GIC and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan will invest a total of $700 million.

Tags: Fleets, XPO Logistics

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls Slightly

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Industrial production in the U.S. fell slightly in August, its first decline since January, according to a report released Monday by the Federal Reserve.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Transportation Group Projects Lower Third Quarter Net Income

The parent company to trucking operations including Covenant Transport and others has issued expectations for its upcoming third quarter financial results.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-15 Partially Reopens to Commercial Traffic

The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened Interstate 15 north of Las Vegas Friday after 4 p.m., but only partially for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Road Construction, I-15, Road Closure, Interstate 15, Nevada, Highways

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

PierPass Program Reduces Truck Turn Times at SoCal Ports

Photo via Wikipedia.

PierPass Inc. has launched a new test program called the Free-Flow Program to reduce the time trucks spend picking up containers at marine terminals.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Intermodal, Shipping Ports, Port of Los Angeles

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

TMC’s 2014 Fall Meeting Next Week

TMC SuperTech Competition: Photo via TMC.

The American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its Fall Meeting Sept. 22-25 at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Events, TMCSuperTech, Technicians

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Bimbo Bakeries Adds Leased CNG Trucks

The bakery giant says it's continually looking to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: Clean Energy Fuels.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is leasing 16 natural gas trucks for its California trucking fleet. Bimbo has a fueling agreement in place with Clean Energy Fuels to fuel the fleet of Class 8, heavy-duty trucks using Clean Energy's network of public-access CNG stations throughout Northern California.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Bimbo Bakeries, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., CNG trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Private Fleets

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Grants $600 Million for Highway Projects

The Department of Transportation announced $600 million in federal grants under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The money is being awarded to 72 projects out of 797 applications in a competitive process designed to focus resources where they are most needed.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Best in Four Months

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The U.S. Commerce Department on Friday reported August retail sales were up 0.6% from the month before and 5% higher than the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Nevada I-15 May Reopen Friday

Nevada transportation officials hope to reopen sometime Friday a section of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and the Utah border that has been closed since Monday -- however, trucks heading in one direction will continue to have to take a long and painful detour.

Tags: I-15, Nevada, Highways, Detours

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Recognizes Two Highway Angels from Utah

The Truckload Carriers Association is recognizing Mark Olsen and Brad Wenneberg, as Highway Angels for attempting to rescue a couple from an RV fire.

Tags: Utah, People, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Interstate 15, Image

September 11, 2014 - Product News

Western Star Breaks the Mold with the 5700XE (Video)

Western Star's 5700XE as the wind sees it. Photo by Jim Park.

Western Star has broken the aerodynamic truck mold with a new angular, edgy and very slippery version of its classic configuration. The 5700XE boasts a very fuel efficient powertrain as well as some groundbreaking aero treatment that Western Star says will give any aero truck on the road today a real run for its money. Three years in the making, Western Star launched the 5700XE in Las Vegas.

Tags: DD15, Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Detroit DT12, Aerodynamics, Class 8, Fuel Efficiency

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Capacity Crunch Changes Relationships Between Carriers, Shippers

Paul Newbourne of Armada, left, and Craig Brown of Maverick Transportation talk about the capacity crunch. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Partnership. Collaboration. Shipper of Choice. These were the buzzwords at this week's FTR Transportation Conference as truck and rail providers, shippers and others discussed the current capacity crunch and what's ahead for the freight transportation industry.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Shippers, Capacity

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage Names New President

Fleet Advantage announced that Brian Holland has been selected to be the company’s new President and CFO.

Tags: Fleet Advantage, Promotion, People

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Avoid Interstate 5 in Olympia the Next 2 Weekends

A bridge structural repair near Olympia, Wash. over the next two weekends is expected to cause traffic problems due to ramp and lane closures. The Washington Department of Transportation is warning drivers to avoid the Interstate 5 in Olympia if possible.

Tags: Washington, Traffic Congestion, Road Construction, Interstate 5, I-5

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Central Transport Fined More Than $100,000 by OSHA

The trucking company Central Transport has been cited for five workplace violations by the Occupational Safety Health Administration at its trucking terminal in Rock Island, Illinois following a formal complaint.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Fleets, Enforcement, Central Transport

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Ships All Transit Van Models

Photo by Tim Crowley.

Ford has shipped all models of its 2015 Transit full-size van, including the cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models, representatives for the automaker told Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Order-to-Delivery Times, Ford, Ford Transit, Dealers

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

House Prepares Short-Term Appropriations Bill Without 34-Hour Restart Provision

The House is working on a temporary appropriations measure that does not include a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Legislation

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Deaths Down 8% Last Year

New U.S. Labor Department figures show the number of deaths in trucking last year accounted for about 10% of all fatal work injuries.

Tags: Safety, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Moves Orlando Truck Center

Rush Enterprises announced that its Orlando Light and Medium Duty Truck Center has been moved to a new location.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Florida, Parts, Aftermarket

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitek Receives Approval for Detroit Diesel Natural Gas Conversions

Omnitek Engineering has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions of Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine families for model years 1988 to 2009.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles, Engines, Natural Gas Conversions, Omnitek Engineering

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts, Average Value Fall in May Through July

Areas in red and orange indicate areas of most truck cargo thefts. Graphic: FreightWatch International

In this rolling quarter FreightWatch recorded a total of 179 thefts in the United States, with 66 thefts in May, 53 in June and 60 in July.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Nevada I-15 May Reopen Friday, Possibly Not for Trucks

Nevada transportation officials are hoping to reopen sometime Friday a section of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and the Utah that has been closed since Monday, due to flooding that resulted in damage to the route.

Tags: Nevada, I-15, Road Closure, Interstate 15

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Former Administrator Predicts Temporary Rulemaking Slowdown

Annette Sandberg speaks at FTR Transportation Conference. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

Annette Sandberg, a former FMCSA Administrator turned consultant, on what will happen with pending safety rules and some troubling tactics the administration is using.

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