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June 12, 2015 - Industry News

Consumer Confidence Improves, Producer Prices Jump

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

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Volume Posts Monthly Drop

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 Adds Houston Office

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

11 Kenworth Truck Models Recalled

Photo courtesy of Kenworth.

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

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Falls as Capacity Availability Increases

Graph via FTR

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

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants C.R. England Driver Training Exemption

Photo via C.R. England

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

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Retail Sales Improve for Third Straight Month

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

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

BNSF Promising Faster Intermodal on Northern Corridor

BNSF has made significant investments in its Northern Corridor route. Photo: BNSF

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

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Infrastructure Funding Bill: Let the States Pay

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

'Electric Road' to be Tested in Sweden

Photo: Siemens

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

Shell Lubricants: All Cylinders Firing for Two New Diesel Oil Categories

Extensive lab work is proceeding on track to complete the two new API oil-service categories for heavy-duty diesels. Photo: Shell

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

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Makers of Collision-Mitigation Systems Say They Pay for Themselves

Reducing severity of rear-end collisions is all the products promise. But they can avoid some accidents, too. Photo: Meritor Wabco

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

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Report: For-Hire Freight Movements Ease Up

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

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

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Hadley Names New President

Thomas Bronz

Hadley has named Thomas Bronz president and CEO following the retirement of Robert Dubsky.

Tags: Hadley Products, Executive Appointment, People

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

House Narrowly Passes Spending Bill Keeping Restart Suspension

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

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Increase Across the Board

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.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Next Phase of I-90 Construction Under Way in Washington

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: All Owner-Operators to Make $1 a Mile

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

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Oklahoma Gov. Signs NGV Conversion Bill

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

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Ports Returning to Normal

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

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters, Car Haulers Start Contract Talks

Jack Cooper Transport is the largest union auto hauler. Photo via Jack Cooper Logistics.

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

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Raises Money to Support Wyakin Warrior Foundation

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

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Texas CNG, LNG Sales Increase 78 Percent

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Safety Board Calls for Action on Collision Avoidance Systems

As this illustration for Meritor Wabco's Onguard system illustrates, forward collision avoidance technologies "see" obstacles ahead.

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

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Kalmar Sells 60,000th Terminal Tractor

The Kalmar Ottawa T2 Terminal Tractor Photo via Kalmar Ottawa

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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