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October 16, 2014 - Product News

Noregon Co-Develops Diagnostic Tool for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Photo via Power Solutions International.

Jointly developed by Noregon Systems and Power Solutions International, the PSI PowerLink is a diagnostic software program designed for PSI’s alternative-fuel power systems.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Alternative Fuels, Noregon Systems, Power Solutions International

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Port Export Traffic Jumping, Truck Wait Time Slumping

Exports moving across Port of Virginia facilities in September helped drive a high amount of cargo through port terminals but officials concede truck wait times could be shorter.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Higher Trucking Tolls Likely Coming to Illinois Tollway Authority Routes

A big hike in truck tolls is likely in store for any of the routes managed by the Illinois Tollway Authority, based on a tentative budget that would increase spending for next year.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois Tollway, Illinois

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

ABF Freight President and CEO Retires, Replacement Named

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The president and CEO of the trucking company ABF Freight System, Roy M. Slagle, retired on Wednesday following 37 years of service.

Tags: Fleets, People, ABF, ArcBest Corp., LTL

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Utility Video Showcases Flatbed and Curtainsided Trailers

Utility is showcasing three of its latest trailers, the 4000A and 4000S flatbeds and the Tautliner curtainsided trailer. The company made a video detailing the features and use cases of each.

Tags: Trailers, Curtain-sider, Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Flatbed Trailers

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Safety Technology Gives 360-Degree View

A decade from now, Volvo trucks will be scanning the environment around the vehicle and warning a driver when collisions are imminent. The Swedish company has developed new safety technology that scans the environment around a truck and analyzes that data.

Tags: Collision Prevention, Volvo Trucks, Driving Safety, Automated Driving, Global

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Jumps, Jobless Claims Plummet

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 1% in September, the biggest gain in nearly two years, and advanced at an annual rate of 3.2% in the third quarter of 2014. Manufacturing production was up for the quarter, led by mining, while last week's unemployment claims dropped.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Industrial Production, Federal Reserve

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Reaches Final Phase of Wireless Inspection Project

The FMCSA reached the final phase of its Wireless Roadside Inspection project , a program testing the viability of wirelessly transmitted vehicle inspections.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Inspection, Wireless Roadside Inspections, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Graebel Sells Off Two Operations to All My Sons Moving Owners

Colorado-based Graebel Companies on Wednesday announced it had reached an agreement to sell Graebel Van Lines Inc. and the U.S. moving and storage operations of Graebel Movers Inc. to a rival’s newly created company.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Saves a Woman Having a Heart Attack

Canadian truck driver Vijaydeep Sahasi was named a Highway Angel by the TCA for his work in saving the life of a woman who had gone into cardiac arrest.

Tags: Canada, People, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Mexico Decision Draws Opposition, Support

Owner-operator and labor groups registered their objections to the decision this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to grant normal status to Mexican carriers that had been operating under a pilot program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, NAFTA, Mexican carriers

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Freight Expanding Availability of Density-Based Pricing

CORRECTED -- UPS Freight is expanding its Density-Based Rating (also known as dimensional weight pricing) pricing option to all its customers.

Tags: LTL, YRC Freight, UPS Freight, Freight Rates, FedEx Freight, Less Than Truckload

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Hardly Improve Over Previous Week

Graphic: DAT

Rates on the spot freight market gained little ground if any, according to the latest weekly roundup of activity from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Lower, Producer Prices Fall

Retail sales in the U.S. during September stumbled a bit, marking the first month-to-month decline since January, while a separate report shows there is no reason for concern about inflationary pressures.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Marten Transport Profit Falls Slightly

Trucking company Marten Transport Ltd. has reported net income of $7.7 million, or 23 cents per diluted share, for the third of the year, down slightly from $8 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Intermodal, Fleets, Earnings, Marten Transport

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Get First Win in Attempt to Organize FedEx Freight Drivers

After years of attempting to organize drivers at trucking company FedEx Freight, the Teamsters Union on Tuesday scored its first victory.

Tags: Drivers, Pennsylvania, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

TMD Announces Dates for Brake Training Classes

A brake training class in 2014. Photo: TMD Friction.

TMD Friction announced 2015 class dates for its quarterly brake training course. There will be classes on Feb. 4, April 29, Aug. 12, and Nov. 11 in Troy, Mich.

Tags: Training, Brakes, TMD Friction, Technicians, Technician Training

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Moves Lower Again as Oil Plummets

UPDATED -- Diesel fuel and gasoline prices in the U.S. continue moving lower with the national averages posting their largest weekly drops in quite a while.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Gasoline Prices

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Investigating Possible Failure of Michelin Auto-Hauler Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating six complaints it has received alleging steer tire failure involving Michelin’s 2014 XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires used on auto-haulers.

Tags: Michelin, Safety, Truck Tires, Investigation, Tires, NHTSA, Auto Haulers

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Bank Reports Big Increase in Loans for Trucking Equipment

In the first nine months of 2014 TAB Bank said has increased its trucking equipment lending by 56% compared to the same time in 2013.

Tags: Financing, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Financing

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Universities to Study Effects of Fracking on Freight Transportation

A new study will examine the effects of the increased use of hydraulic fracturing on freight transportation distribution patterns to give better information to freight transportation planners and policy makers.

Tags: Research, U.S. DOT, Fracking

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., continues to press for action on a highway bill this year, writing a letter last week to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Ends Cross-Border Pilot, Grants Authority to Mexican Carriers

A three-year pilot program testing the safety of cross-border trucking between the U.S. and Mexico is ending, and the Mexican truck lines that have been providing long-distance, cross-border service under that pilot program will move to normal operating status. HDT Washington Editor Oliver Patton has the details.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Mexican Trucking, FMCSA, Regulations, NAFTA

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates, Volume Jump in September from Year Ago

DAT Solutions reports truckload spot freight continues its elevated trend, with 14 consecutive months of year-over-year peaks.

Spot freight has seen 14 consecutive months of year-over-year peaks, according to DAT, but in a typical seasonal trend, freight availability declined 5.5% in September compared with August.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Man Pleads Guilty To Paying Bribes for Freight Business

A former driver for a national trucking company pleaded guilty last week to charges, admitting he bribed employees in the Traffic Office at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia in order to obtain lucrative freight hauling business for a period of six years.

Tags: Georgia, Crime & Fraud

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