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April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Minimizer Celebrates 30 years with $30k Giveaway

Minimizer awards two $15,000 prizes to celebrate it's 30th anniversary during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Minimizer fenders, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Patch Highway Fund If It Leads to Real Fix

Secretary of Transportation Foxx (center) speaking with attendees at a DOT event. Photo: The White House

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has signaled that he does not oppose Congress applying a short-term fix to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent before it runs out entirely this summer.

Tags: Anthony Foxx, Highway Bill, DOT, Highway Funding

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Award $500M in Grants for Transportation Projects

Photo: DOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that $500 million will be made available for surface-transportation projects under the TIGER competitive-grant program this year.

Tags: DOT, Grant Funding, Highway Bill

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Loses 6,800 Jobs in March

Graph showing trucking employment from 2013 through 2015. Graph: Department of Labor

The trucking industry lost 6,800 jobs in March-- the first such drop since 2013, according to the latest employment numbers from the Department of Labor.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Department of Labor, Employment

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hike Fines on June 2

Many FMSCA fines will go up on June 2.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today published an adjusted schedule of civil penalties for violating federal safety rules. FMCSA said the changes will take effect on June 2.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Out of Service Violations

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Logistics Study Offers Insight into Trucking Issues

Photo: TMW Systems

TMW Systems’ 2014 Transportation and Logistics Study, with data and analysis on driver retention, rising rates, utilization, maintenance and other industry issues, is now available.

Tags: Survey, TMW Systems, Logistics, Truckload

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Truck Orders Up 14.5 Percent

Orders for medium-duty vehicles in Classes 5-7 maintained strength with a 14.2 percent increase in March from a year ago, ACT Research has reported.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Halt Excise Tax Increase

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members have introduced a bill seeking to stop any increase of the excise tax on new heavy-duty trucks, an effort that has been applauded by truck dealers.

Tags: ATD, Federal Excise Tax, Proposed Legislation, U.S. Congress, Truck Dealers

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Sink in March

Class 8 truck orders slipped in March, per FTR.

Net orders for Class 8 Trucks hit a six-month low, recording 24,780 units, in March, according to preliminary data from FTR. This is the lowest level since September 2014 and the first time Class 8 orders have fallen year-over-year since January 2013.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Names Image Team Members

The 2015 Image Team Left to right:  Ingrid Brown, Stephanie Klang, Ellen Voie (WIT President/CEO), Carol Nixon, Allyson Hay, Wyzeena Heeny. Photo via Women In Trucking

Five women have been chosen to be the members of Women In Trucking’s Image Team, the organization announced. The Image team will participate in public events for legislators, regulators and industry leaders to further the mission of WIT.

Tags: People, Image, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Makers Seek Complete-Vehicle GHG Rule

The Phase 2 GHG/MPG proposed rule is due out in June.

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Phase 2 of the federal GHG/MPG rules has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for formal review. The

Tags: Environmental Regulations, Green Regulations, Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

UPS to Deploy 1,400 CNG Vehicles, Fueling

Photo: UPS

UPS plans to add 1,400 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors and delivery vehicles in the coming year as well as 15 fueling stations to support them, the Atlanta-based parcel delivery company has announced.

Tags: UPS, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Delivery Fleets, Landi Renzo

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt, Paccar Offer New Truck Warranties

Customers who purchase a new Peterbilt truck and finance through Paccar Financial will receive updated warranty coverage going forward, the company announced.

Tags: Peterbilt, Class 8, Truck Sales, Truck Warranty, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 5

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Vans Surge as Spot Freight Availability Increases

Source: DAT

Flatbed markets remained strong and van markets surged as overall spot freight availability rose 12% and capacity stayed flat, according to the latest numbers from DAT Solutions.

Tags: Flatbeds, Reefers, DAT, Spot Freight, Van Trailers, Freight Rates

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Load Logic, 6x2 Liftable Axle Save Fuel for Bulk Haulers

Photo via Mack

Mack Trucks has introduced drivetrain systems that executives said improves load-hauling efficiency and fuel economy of their Pinnacle tractor for bulk haulers.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Bulk Hauling, 6x2 axle

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Turnover Still Over 90 Percent at Truckload Fleets

ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. Image via ATA

Turnover at truckload fleets remained high in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the gap narrowed between small and large carriers.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Truckload

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Link Manufacturing to Partner on Developing Volvo 6x2 Pusher Axle

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Link Manufacturing has agreed to a multi-year manufacturing deal for the new Volvo 6x2 program after a year-long collaboration between the two companies.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Axles, Link Manufacturing, 6x2, Mack Trucks

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

ATRI Researching Truck Parking Via Driver Survey

The American Transportation Research Institute is researching truck parking and truck parking reservation systems through a new survey of drivers. Drivers can take the survey through the end of April.

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Truck Parking, Driver Shortage

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

WIT Names Finalists for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

Photo: WIT

Women In Trucking has announced the finalists for its inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics award, which aims to promote the achievements of women in the transportation industry.

Tags: Awards, People, Women in Trucking, Logistics

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Utah Gov. Approves Natural Gas Tax Increase

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Official Photo

Utah's Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed a transportation infrastructure funding bill that includes increases in the state tax on natural gas and hydrogen vehicle fuel.

Tags: Legislation, Fuel Tax, Natural Gas Vehicles, Utah, Hydrogen Fuel

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Raven Transport Adds 115 LNG Trucks

Photo courtesy of Rush Enterprises.

Raven Transport will add 115 Peterbilt Model 579 heavy-duty trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its fleet to haul goods for a leading consumer packaged goods company, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Clean Energy Fuels, Rush Enterprises, Chart Industries, LNG, Peterbilt

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Drugged Driving

The FMCSA declared driver Robert Lee Turner an imminent hazard after he struck an officer at the Port of Savannah and was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Drugged Driving, Alcohol Testing

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Darling Gets Title Upgrade

Photo: FMCSA

Acting Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration T.F. Scott Darling will continue in that role but will no longer be titled Acting Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, People, Promotions

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Three-Week Slide

Diesel and gasoline prices continue to drop for the third straight week as U.S. crude oil inventories stay at record high levels and demand remains low.

Tags: Oil Prices, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Altech-Eco's CNG Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Altech-Eco has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2015 Ford Transit 150/250/350 3.7L van and wagon with the Ford gaseous prepped engine option.

Tags: Altech-Eco, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, CNG

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