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November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Recognizes Million Mile Safe Drivers

Frito-Lay North America recognized 106 over-the-road drivers in the U.S. and Canada who have driven more than 1 million accident-free miles. This year, six drivers reached more than 3 million accident-free miles and 24 drove more than 2 million.

Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Driver Training, Million Mile Club, Frito-Lay North America

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Opens Service Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber added a new Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Center in the Greensboro area of North Carolina.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Tires, Service Center, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise, Midwest Region Skyrockets

Credit: U.S. DOE

The long ride of falling diesel prices has ended with the fuel posting its first weekly increase since late June, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Shows ‘Turmoil’

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

Some freight is having trouble entering the country and moving quickly to final end users while, the “transportation ecosystem is finding itself in turmoil” as freight shipments, particularly imports, climb in anticipation of a stronger holiday shopping season this year.

Tags: Economy, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Port Trucking, Cass Freight Index

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Domestic Containers Drive Intermodal Traffic Surge

Graphic: IANA

Total intermodal freight volume rose 5.1% in the third quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2013, while domestic U.S. and international volumes individually reported gains in of 5.5% and 4.7%, respectively.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Economy

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Ramp Project Causes Lane Closures in Minneapolis

Map of the affected area. Graphic via Minnesota Department of Transportation.

From November 8th - 15th several lanes and ramps on Interstate 35 in Minneapolis will be closed, causing slowdowns and congestion for drivers in the area.

Tags: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Road Construction, Minneapolis, Road Closure, Interstate 35

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Donates Coffee Proceeds to Veteran’s Charity

Photo via Pilot.

Pilot Flying J will be donating 10% of its proceeds from the sale of coffee and hot beverages on Veterans Day to the Fisher House Foundation.

Tags: Charity, Pilot Travel Centers, Veterans Day, Pilot Flying J, Fisher House Foundation

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Vipar Heavy Duty Names New Executive VP

Chris Baer, Vipar executive vice preseident: Photo:  Vipar.

Vipar Heavy Duty promoted Chris Baer to executive vice president.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, People, SKF, Promotions

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Leadership Thanks Veterans For Service

The American Trucking Associations leadership thanked military veterans for their service, encouraging the millions of men and women who served to consider joining the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, CDL, Veterans, Veterans Day

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Appealing Dismissal of Lawsuit Against CARB

The association’s original lawsuit, on behalf of its small-business trucking members, was filed against CARB in December of last year in connection with the agency’s truck and bus regulations.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, Litigation

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

Calif. Changes CNG/LNG Tax Measurement

At the start of 2015, the state will begin taxing compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) based on a per-pound rather than per-foot rate.

Tags: CNG, LNG, Taxes, California

November 7, 2014 - Product News

Talbert Manufacturing Acquires Specialty Trailer Maker

Talbert 6 Axle Steer Dolly: Photo via Talbert Manufacturing

Talbert Manufacturing acquired Ferree Trailers adding the company’s specialty trailer lines that weren't previously in Talbert’s own lineup, along with gaining Ferree’s manufacturing facility.

Tags: Trailers, Heavy Haul, Mergers & Acquisitions, Talbert Trailers

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

GM Details 2015 Express/Savana Vans

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Express by Vince Taroc.

General Motors has added several new enhancements to its Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana for the 2015 model year, as its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van replaces the 1500-level full-size model that has been discontinued.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, Chevrolet City Express, Passenger Vans, Class 3, Cutaway Vans, Class 4

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Inspection Facility Reopens On I-83 in Maryland

The  commercial vehicle safety inspection station on southbound Interstate 83 in Parkton: Photo via SHA.

The commercial vehicle safety inspection station on southbound Interstate 83 in Parkton, Md., has been reopened for service for the first time since early 2013. The facility is located between Baltimore and the Pennsylvania state line.

Tags: Vehicle Inspection, Maryland, Weigh Stations

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

AT&T App Limits Driver Mobile Phone Use

74 percent of those polled are aware that texting and driving is dangerous, but still do it. Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

AT&T has introduced an iOS version of its DriveMode mobile app to limit a driver's ability to use a smart phones while driving. The app silences incoming text message alerts when the driver is going faster than 15 mph.

Tags: Driver Safety, AT&T, Mobile Apps

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Plans Fast-Fill CNG Station in Georgia

Love's is opening a CNG station in Thomson Georgia, in part to offer a reliable place to fill up for Werner Enterprises CNG trucks operating in the area.

Tags: Georgia, Werner Enterprises, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

November 7, 2014 - Product News

Prime Buys 2,500 TrailerTails from ATDynamics

Two Prime trailers equipped with TrailerTails: Photo via ATDynamics.

Prime ordered 2,500 TrailerTail aerodynamic devices from ATDynamics to be installed on its new Utility refrigerated trailers. It is the largest order in ATDynamics company history.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, ATDynamics, Prime Inc., Aerodynamics, TrailerTail

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Adds Jobs As Unemployment Rate Drops

The unemployment rate in the U.S. fell again in October, dropping to its lowest level since July 2008, according to the U.S. Labor Department. In the same period, for-hire trucking added 3,900 jobs.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Driver Training Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for more information about entry-level driver training, as part of its effort to craft a rule. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to survey newly licensed drivers about the relationship between their training and their safety performance.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Sets New Records

Photo: Jim Park

According to the Association of American Railroads, it totaled 1,381,749 containers and trailers, up 4.9%, or 64,071 units, over October 2013.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Georgia Man Violated Out-of-Service Order

A Georgia man has been sentenced by a federal judge to 12 months probation after pleading guilty early this year to violating a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration out-of-service order.

Tags: Regulations, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Nestle Deploys Propane Autogas Delivery Trucks in L.A.

Nestlé Waters North America unveiled five medium-duty beverage trucks equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems: Photo via Roush.

Nestle Waters North America has deployed five propane autogas powered delivery trucks in Los Angeles to deliver Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Nestle, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters Offer Complimentary Meals on Veteran’s Day

TravelCenters of America is inviting all truck drivers who are veterans to have a complimentary meal on Veteran’s Day.

Tags: Petro, Veterans, TravelCenters of America, Veterans Day

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar COO Retires Amid Leadership Reshuffle

Jack Allen, former executive vice president and COO of Navistar Photo via Navistar.

Navistar announced it is restructuring its senior leadership team, along with the retirement of Jack Allen, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Tags: Navistar, People

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

New Transportation Management Tool from J.B. Hunt

Credit: J.B. Hunt Facebook page.

J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. has rolled out a new self-service freight transportation management tool for customers using either desktop or mobile devices.

Tags: Information Technology, J.B. Hunt, Fleets

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