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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

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Spells Out Climate Change Plan

The Department of Transportation has a long-term commitment to make climate change and variability part of its planning and infrastructure management process.

Tags: DOT, climate change

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Automotive Acquires Southwest Dealerships

Penske Automotive has completed its acquisition of The Around the Clock Freightliner Group, a heavy and medium duty truck dealership group operating in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Tags: Penske, Mergers & Acquisitions, Parts and Service, Dealers, Commercial Truck Dealers

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Loss Widens

Financial losses for XPO Logistics Inc. widened in the third quarter of the year despite it increasing total revenue more than 200% from the same time a year ago, following several acquisitions, but company officials insist they are headed toward profitability.

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Profit Moves Higher

Bulk and chemical logistics provider Quality Distribution Inc. has reported a 9.7% increase in revenue in the third quarter of the year compared to a year ago while earning increased by an even wider margin.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers, Boasso America

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Kevin Knight Stepping Down as Knight Transportation CEO

Kevin Knight. Photo: Knight Transportation

Knight Transportation Inc. CEO Kevin Knight will step down from part of his role with the company on Jan. 1.

Tags: Fleets, People, Knight Transportation

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Sets Record for Order Intake

Freightliner Cascadia: Photo via Freightliner.

Daimler Trucks North America announced that October was the company’s best month for orders of Class 6-8 trucks with 31,304 units ordered in NAFTA and export markets.

Tags: Freightliner, ACT Research, Truck Orders, Daimler Trucks North America

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing Activity Continues Growing

Activity in the U.S. non-manufacturing sector continued growing in October, but not as fast as the month before.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Simard Expands Twin-Steer Vocational Suspension Availability

Photo: Fontaine

Fontaine Modification Vocational Services has partnered with Canadian-based Simard Suspensions to install and distribute Simard’s patented AMS twin-steer front suspension products in the United States and Mexico.

Tags: Mexico, Suspensions, Fontaine Modification Vocational Services, Simard, Vocational Trucks

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees

The Republican sweep in the mid-term elections changes the players, but it is too soon to know how it will affect transportation policy.

Tags: Congress, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Funding, President Obama, Highway Bill, Hours of Service

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Demand in U.S., Canada Continues to Strengthen

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Demand for commercial vehicles in the U.S. and Canada continues to strengthen, though used commercial vehicle registrations still outnumber new registrations.

Tags: Leasing, Class 6, Class 7, Research, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Class 5, Vehicle Registrations, IHS Automotive, Class 4

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Average Spot Market Van Rate Steady; Reefers, Flatbeds Down

The average spot van rate on DAT load boards was unchanged at $2.01 per mile for the week ending Nov. 1 compared to the previous seven days, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 5, 2014 - Product News

Nevada Grants AutoSock Approval as Chain Alternative

Photo via AutoSock.

The state of Nevada approved the use of AutoSock’s textile traction devices as alternatives to metal chains in snowy conditions. Nevada had required the use of chains in certain operating conditions.

Tags: Nevada, Snow Chain, Snow, AutoSock, Winter Driving

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Sells Its Integrated Powertrain in Big Majority of Its Trucks

Green Volvo diesel mated to silver I-Shift AMT is by far the most common powertrain installed in Volvo trucks in its New River Valley, Va., plant.

The high “take” for Volvo Engines and Automated Transmissions reflects customer satisfaction with the efficiency and reliability of the products, the company says.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Volvo Trucks, I-Shift, Automated transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

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