June 12, 2015 - Industry News
Consumer confidence rebounded this month, with more people expecting increases in their wages, according to the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers released Friday.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Producer Prices
Spot market freight volume remained relatively strong in May, edging down just 1.7% from April, according to the DAT North American Freight Index, with refrigerated freight and rates higher for the month.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
June 12, 2015 - Press Release
MiX Telematics, a global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, has expanded its North American operations and opened an office in Houston.
Tags: MiX Telematics, Office Expansion
June 11, 2015 - Industry News
A recall covering nearly 105,000 Kenworth trucks will address the potential for water leaks that can lead to wiper motor malfunction and raise the risk of an electrical short.
Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Recalls, NHTSA
The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell 9% to a reading of 6.7 in April, weakened by more available capacity and less pressure on rates.
Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity
The FMCSA has granted C.R. England a training rule exemption allowing drivers who have passed the CDL skills test to operate a vehicle on public roads without requiring a CDL holder to monitor them from the front seat.
Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, C.R. England
Retail sales in the U.S. continue improving after slowing at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, but things could still be better.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales
BNSF Railway announced new, faster service offerings along its Northern Corridor route, after heavy oil-field and grain shipments last year caused service times to drop.
Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, BNSF
Two Republicans on Capitol Hill have re-introduced a controversial bill taking a radical approach to the issue of highway funding -- handing responsibility for infrastructure over to the states.
Tags: Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, Devolution
Next year, Sweden-based truck and bus maker Scania will start testing electric trucks on an electric road.
Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Scania, Global
June 10, 2015 - Industry News
The industry campaign to develop not one but two new API oil-service categories to eventually replace the current CJ-4 spec for heavy-duty diesel engines is on a fast track for new formulations to be licensed starting in late 2016, according to Shell Lubricants.
Tags: Shell, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11
Bendix and Meritor Wabco like the renewed attention put on their products by recommendations issued this week by the NTSB. But they don’t necessarily want to see them mandated.
Tags: Meritor Wabco, Forward Collision Warning, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, NTSB, NHTSA, Regulations
Large declines in trucking and pipeline, coupled with smaller declines in rail carloads and rail intermodal resulted in a decline in the total amount of U.S. for-hire freight movements in April from March.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index
Hadley has named Thomas Bronz president and CEO following the retirement of Robert Dubsky.
Tags: Hadley Products, Executive Appointment, People
A major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry, including a continuation of the 34-hour restart suspension, narrowly passed the U.S. House late Tuesday night, but it still has to pass the Senate and faces a possible veto.
Tags: Legislation, Insurance, 34-Hour Restart
The number of available loads on the spot truckload market jumped 36% during the week ending June 6 as capacity increased 5.5%, helping push rates higher.
Six new lanes, one wildlife overcrossing, new bridges and culverts, and safety improvements are coming to a 2-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Washington State.
Tags: Washington, Highways, Highway Construction, I-90
June 9, 2015 - Industry News
Transport America, Eagan, Minn., changed its pay plan for its owner-operators, allowing all the company’s independent contractors to make $1 per mile.
Tags: Driver Pay, Transport America
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has approved legislation that will allow interest-free loans to county governments in the state to buy natural gas vehicles or convert fleet vehicles to natural gas.
Tags: Legislation, Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG, LNG
Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal
The Teamsters union and unionized car haulers start negotiations this week for a new national carhaul contract that covers almost 6,000 employees.
Tags: Teamsters, Labor Unions, Auto Haulers
Phillips Industries recently raised and contributed over $30,000 to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, an organization that helps severely wounded, injured, or ill post 9/11 veterans.
Tags: Charity, Phillips Industries, Veterans
Sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Texas have increased 78 percent over financial-year 2014 as measured by increases in tax revenue from the alternative fuels, according to the state Comptroller’s office.
Tags: Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG, CNG Fueling Stations
Collision avoidance systems reduce accidents and save lives and injuries, and should be standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles, says the National Transportation Safety Board in recommendations announced Monday.
Tags: NTSB, Driving Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, NHTSA, Forward Collision Warning
Kalmar Ottawa announced the sale of its 60,000th terminal tractor, a T2 model, three years after hitting the 50,000 mark.
Tags: Truck Sales, Terminal Tractors, Kalmar Ottawa
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