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May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Committee Chairmen Propose Their Own Funding Patch

Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Paul Ryan released a joint statement about their own proposal to extend spending authority for the Highway Trust Fund through the end of July.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Bill

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

California Awards $15M for Alt-Fuel Trucks

Photo via Wikipedia.

The California Energy Commission has approved nearly $15 million in grants for several projects that will fund alternative-fuel armored security trucks and refuse trucks in in the state.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, California, Heavy-Duty Trucks, California Energy Commission, Battery-Electric Vehicles, State Grants

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

PSI Hosts Annual Fleet Technology Event

Photo: Jim Park

Meritor and Pressure Systems International gave a tour of its facilities in San Antonio to attendees of the Annual Fleet Technology Event in May.

Tags: Tires, Meritor, Events, PSI, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Walmart Launching Delivery Service to Challenge Amazon Prime

Photo via Walmart.

Walmart is planning to test an online shipping subscription service similar to Amazon Prime, according to a report from The Information.

Tags: Information Technology, Amazon.com, Walmart, Retail Sector, Shipping Service

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Former Trucking Company Operator Given 3 Years in Prison

Dragan Simovski, the operator of Illinois-based Freedom Transportation was sentenced to 3 years in prison for his connection to an illegal double-brokering scheme.

Tags: Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Brokers

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

ZF Completes TRW Automotive Acquisition

John. C Plant, President and CEO of TRW (left), and ZF's CEO Stefan Sommer. Photo via ZF

ZF Friedrichshafen has completed its acquisition of TRW Automotive, the company announced. TRW and ZF will operate under the name ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Tags: TRW Automotive, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions, ZF Friedrichshafen

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

Waste Management to Build CNG Facility in Louisiana

Photo courtesy of Waste Management.

Waste Management has started construction on a compressed natural gas (CNG) facility that will fuel trucks servicing the greater Baton Rouge, La., area. It's scheduled to open in August.

Tags: Waste Management, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Louisiana, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

University Establishes Award Honoring Mike Pennington

D. Mike Pennington passed away Dec. 5, 2014. Photo: PenNotes LLC

The University of Memphis has established an award named in honor of alumnus Mike Pennington, a well-known figure in the trucking industry who recently passed away at the age of 64.

Tags: HDMA, Awards, Memphis, People

May 14, 2015 - Product News

Caterpillar Shows Long-Hood CT680; 15-Liter Diesel on the Way

With a BBC of 124 inches, CT680 is the longest of the three Cat Truck models. It’s available as a truck or tractor. Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar this week unveiled its CT680 on/off-road truck and tractor, the third model in a line of Cat Trucks first introduced about four years ago.

Tags: Caterpillar, Vocational Trucks

May 14, 2015 - Product News

J.J Keller Updates Driver Training Resources

J.J. Keller & Associates has released the third editions of the J.J. Keller Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual and Instructor’s Supplement.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, J.J. Keller

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

Senators Float Midsummer Highway Bill Patch

With one week left to pass a short-term funding extension two key Democratic lawmakers have introduced a measure to extend the authorization of surface transportation programs into this July.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Allows Twin 33s Nationwide; Keeps Restart Suspension Active

Photo: David Cullen

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $55-billion spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers on Interstate and other highways— regardless of state laws.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Trailers, 34-Hour Restart, Insurance

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fikes Truck Line Shutting Doors

Fikes Truck Line, Hope, Ark., is shutting its doors, with many of the flatbed company's employees being absorbed by Alabama-based Blair Logistics.

Tags: Fikes Truck Line, Blair Logistics

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Smith EV Returns with Chinese Funding

Photo via Smith EV

Smith Electric Vehicles is returning to the U.S market after it announced an agreement to form a joint venture with Hong Kong-based FDG Electric Vehicles.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, China, Joint Venture, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Global

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Measure Hits Second Highest Level on Record

Freight Transportation Services Index, March 2010 - March 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT.

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the for-hire transportation industry in the U.S. increased in March, reversing a one-month decline and posting its biggest gain since last July, according a report released Wednesday.

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Considering Drone Delivery Vehicle

Screenshot via Workhorse.

The Workhorse Group — with its electric truck and a drone delivery system — is among the 15 companies qualified by the U.S. Postal Service as potential suppliers of its next-generation delivery vehicle.

Tags: Workhorse, USPS, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Commercial Drones

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Study: 25 Percent of Cars Create Most Air Pollution

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The majority of vehicle pollution is produced by a small number of older or "badly-tuned" cars and trucks, according to a study by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Tags: Canada, Case Studies, Air Pollution, Trends

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Spring Back to Life

National average spot freight rates, four-week trend. Graphic: DAT

Rates for spot market truckload freight posted gains in two of the three major sectors May 3 through May 9 compared to the previous seven days, according the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

MATS Organizers: Show Will Stay Yearly

The show floor at MATS. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The organizers of the Mid-America Trucking Show say Daimler Trucks North America will "definitely be missed in 2016" but that the show is stronger than it has ever been and there aren't any plans to go to an every-other-year format.

Tags: Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Retail Sales Go Nowhere

U.S. retail sales in April were virtually unchanged from March, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday morning.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Awarded $400,000 Grant from DOE

Photo courtesy of Penske.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Penske Truck Leasing a $400,000 grant for the company’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Project, to be administered by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Building a Safety Culture at the Fleet Safety Conference

The first day of the Fleet Safety Conference is packed with sessions and panel discussions on creating a positive safety culture within a company at the corporate and fleet level.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

T-Line, Successor to Diamond T, Plans Return to Market

Instruments and controls will use hard wiring to ensure simplicity and reliability, the company says. Photo: Diamond Specialty Vehicles LLC

Exclusive — Diamond Specialty Vehicles LLC hopes to begin producing Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks, tractors and glider kits, mostly for vocational use, later this year, promising quality and simplicity.

Tags: Cummins, OEM, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, T-Line Truck, Glider Kits

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Won't Exhibit at Mid-America Trucking Show in 2016

Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Daimler Trucks North America will not be exhibiting at the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2016, saying it is moving to an every-other-year format similar to the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany.

Tags: Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Wants Highway Bill Patched But Fast

Source: American Trucking Trends 2014/U.S. DOT Image via ATA

The ATA is urging Congress to quickly adopt a short-term measure to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat to help ensure that a comprehensive long-term highway bill gets passed in this calendar year.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, American Trucking Associations

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