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February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Postal Service Seeking Next-Gen Delivery Vehicle

Photo of exising USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service will meet with automotive manufacturers in Washington, D.C., this week to field questions about its proposal to replace its aging delivery fleet with a next-generation vehicle, according to federal records.

Tags: General Motors, USPS, Delivery Fleets

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking's editors and a panel of truck fleet executives identified the 20 best new products that appeared in our magazine and website in the past year.

Tags: Equipment, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 13, 2015 - Product News

Webasto SmarTemp Control Available From the Factory

The SmarTemp Control works exclusively with Webasto's Air Top 200 ST (pictured). Courtesy of Webasto

Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America is partnering with Freightliner to offer its SmarTemp Control on Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution trucks from the production line. The feature will be available from the factory beginning on March 2.

Tags: Air Conditioning, Webasto, Sleepercab, Temperature Control

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Writers Announce Technical Achievement Award Finalists

Truck Writers of North America named five finalists for its 2014 Technical Achievement Award. The winner will be announced during the Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Tags: Technology, Awards, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

Falling Debris Prompts Immediate Maryland Bridge Inspections

Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn ordered the immediate inspection of all state-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the Capital Beltway Bridge which is currently under repairs.

Tags: Maryland, Road Construction, Bridges

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

The TMC Annual Meeting Kicks off on President’s Day

Booths at the 2014 TMC Annual Meeting.

The American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council is holding its Annual Meeting from Feb. 16-19 at the Music City Center in Nashville. This year’s event will be themed “Fueling the Future.”

Tags: ATA, Events, TMC, Alternative Fuels

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Enters Partnership With Alt-Fuel Converter

Lancer Automotive will add XL Hybrids' electric drive system to its roster of alternative technologies to provide a full spectrum of fuel efficiency improvement solutions for commercial fleets.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Vehicle Modifiers

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

ELD Mandate On the Way, Says FMCSA Official

Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, office of enforement & compliance, presented a regularoy update during Omnitracs' Outlook user conference in Dallas on Feb. 10. Photo: Jim Beach

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Mobile Devices Could Become Profit Centers for Carriers

Mobile devices could become profit centers for carriers, according to Laura Lohrke, product manager for mobile, Omnitracs during a session at the company’s user conference in Dallas .

Tags: Driver Productivity, Delivery Fleets, Mobile Apps, Information Technology

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Issues May Hurt Trucking Industry Growth in 2015

Driver shortages, driver turnover and regulations could all affect the potential growth of the trucking industry in 2015, according to analysis from GE Capital.

Tags: GE Capital, Driver Shortage, Truck Orders, Freight, Industry Trends

February 12, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth, Paccar Offer Extended Warranty Program

Kenworth and Paccar Financial are offering an Extended Warranty Program for U.S. customers purchasing new Kenworth Class 8 trucks financed through PACCAR.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 8, Paccar Financial, Truck Warranty

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Stemco Buys ATDynamics, Integrates Product Lines

A trailer with an ATDynamics TrailerTail. Photo via ATDynmaics.

ATD's trailer aero devices will complement Stemco's tire-inflation products, executives say.

Tags: ATDynamics, Stemco, Mergers & Acquisitions, Wheel Ends, Aerodynamics

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier for Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Las Vegas, -based JDJD Transportation to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing several widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Nevada, Safety & Compliance

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

West Coast Ports Suspend Ship Loading and Unloading

Photo taken Feb. 6,at the Port of Long Beach. Credit: ILWU

Shipping companies represented by the Pacific Maritime Association are suspending the loading and unloading of vessels during four of the next five days as labor unrest at West Coast Ports continues.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Parcel Carrier LSO Purchases Express Courier International

Regional parcel carrier LSO, has announced the acquisition of Express Courier International, a same-day carrier in the southeast and mid-south region, to form what it describes as “a super-regional parcel carrier.”

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slump, Container Volume to Increase

U.S. retail sales slumped in January for the second straight months, falling 0.8% from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report and double the amount forecast by many economists.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Sets Revenue, Profit Records

Photo: Rush Enterprises

One of the nation’s largest operators of commercial vehicle dealerships in North American said it set several records as it reported financial results this week.

Tags: Truck Sales, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Earnings

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Urgency Stressed in First Highway-Bill Hearing

Photo via Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Urgent need was the phrase most emphasized during the first hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure on reauthorizing the surface-transportation bill, which was held Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, Highway Bill

February 11, 2015 - Product News

Freightliner Dealer to Build APG Dual-Fuel Vocational Trucks

Photo courtesy of APG.

Harrison Truck Centers will introduce a diesel-natural gas fueling system on severe-duty glider-kitted trucks, using a Turbocharged Natural Gas Dual Fuel System from American Power Group.

Tags: Glider Kits, Natural Gas Vehicles, Engines, Freightliner, Dual Fuel System

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Stable, Remains Near Record High

U.S. DOT Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2009 - December 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The latest reading on freight movements in the U.S. shows the amount carried by the for-hire transportation industry was virtually unchanged in December from November, failing to rise after five consecutive months of increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

I-270 in Illinois to Temporarily Close for Demolition Work

Image via Google Maps.

Due to a planned closure on the morning of Feb. 17, drivers using Interstate 270 in North St. Louis County and Madison County, Ill., are being encouraged to consider alternate routes.

Tags: Missouri, Illinois, St. Louis, Road Closure, I-270

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar, UAW Approve New Labor Agreement

Navistar's Lisle, Illinois, headquarters. HDT file photo

Navistar and the United Automobile Workers union ratified a new four-year labor agreement after the contract was approved by a majority of UAW members.

Tags: Navistar, UAW, Labor Unions

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Named Best Full-Size Truck Value

Photo: Ram

U.S. News & World Report has named the 2015 Ram 1500 the Best Full -Size Truck for the Money.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2015-MY

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Forecast to Move Lower in the Short-Term

Despite the first upturn since November in average diesel prices this week, expect prices to move slightly lower at least for a while longer, according to the U.S. Energy Department and its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook released on Wednesday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Announces Highway Hero Finalists

Two of the three Highway Hero Finalists, Mack Guffey (left) and Clinton Blackburn. Photo courtesy of Goodyear

Goodyear has made public details on the three finalists for the 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero Award. The winner will be announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 26 in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Awards, Mid-America Trucking Show, Goodyear Highway Hero, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

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