September 19, 2014 - Industry News
Chrysler's gamble to spin off its pickup truck division at the tail end of the recession has paid off, as the company has increased its market share of the pickup market by 10 percent since creating the Ram Truck division, reports the New York Times.
Tags: Ram Truck, Chrysler, Automotive Executives, Pickup Trucks
Trillium CNG and Mirabito Energy Products opened a newly constructed natural gas fueling station in Kirkwood, N.Y.
Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles
Safety advocates and the Teamsters union are suing to force the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue truck driver training rules. The suit comes just a month after the agency launched an attempt to negotiate a rule because it has not been able to draft a rule that would be accepted by all the parties.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Regulations, Teamsters
The Leading Economic Index, from the private research group The Conference Board, increased 0.2% in August to 103.8, following upwardly revised increases of 1.1% in July, and 0.7% in June.
Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators
One southbound lane and two northbound lanes are now open on Interstate 15 in Nevada near Moapa, after a section of the route was closed more than a week ago.
Tags: Nevada, I-15, Detours
September 18, 2014 - Product News
Functions of current products will be combined and strengthened, and false alerts will occur less often, the company said.
Tags: Active Safety Systems, Roll Stability, Collision Avoidance, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
September 18, 2014 - Industry News
Failing to disclose previous accidents has led to a truck driver facing federal charges. Arnold Williams was indicted for false statements on a commercial driver employment application, according to release from the U.S. Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.
Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Recruiting, Safety & Compliance
The Truckload Carriers Association named Brad Bentley its new president, succeeding Chris Burruss, who resigned this summer for personal reasons.
Tags: People, TCA, Associations
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
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