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April 13, 2015 - Industry News

GE to Sell Fleet Management Unit by 2018

General Electric will sell off its fleet management and automotive financing business units by 2018 under a strategic plan to focus on its core businesses and shed most of its finance and banking businesses, the company has announced.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services, Fleet Management Companies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Markets, GE Capital

April 13, 2015 - Industry News

Alliance Debuts Propane Autogas System for F-650/750

Ford F-650 featuring a bi-fuel AutoGas system conversion. (PHOTO: Alliance AutoGas)

Alliance AutoGas showcased its new "plug and play" Bi-Fuel AutoGas System conversion on a Ford F-650/F-750.

Tags: Alliance Autogas, Propane Autogas, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750

April 13, 2015 - Industry News

FTX Registration Is Open

Focusing on three main areas including alternative fuels, fleet software and heavy-duty technologies, Fleet Technology Expo takes a comprehensive look at fleet efficiencies. Register before July 24 for the early-bird discount.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Events, Battery-Electric Vehicles

April 13, 2015 - Industry News

March Spot Freight Rates Up from Previous Month, Year Earlier

Graphic: DAT Solutions

Rates on the spot freight market posted gains last month compared to February and the same time a year earlier, according to the latest reading of the DAT North American Freight Index, based on activity from its load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 13, 2015 - Product News

XTRA Lease Offers 2015 Size and Weight Guide

Photo: XTRA Lease

A reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations, called the 2015 Size and Weight Guide, has been made available for download by XTRA Lease.

Tags: Regulations, Xtra Lease, Size and Weight, Trailers

April 13, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Provides Safety Tips for Distracted Driving Month

The American Trucking Associations is urging motorists to put cell phones away and focus on safe driving behind the wheel as part of National Distracted Driving Month.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Distracted Driving, America's Road Team

April 10, 2015 - Industry News

National Renewable Energy Lab Offers Online CNG Tool

Photo : NREL

Fleets considering a compressed natural gas program now have an online resource to help evaluate cost-effectiveness.

Tags: Fuel Economy, NREL, CNG, Online Tool, CNG Fueling Stations

April 10, 2015 - Industry News

Congestion Causes 6 Mile Lines at NY/NJ Ports

The terminals that make up the Ports of New York and New Jersey. Graphic via Ports of New York and New Jersey

The Port of New York and New Jersey is facing costly delays for truckers and cargo owners as record imports come through, according to a report on JOC.com.

Tags: New York, Traffic Congestion, Ports, Port Trucking

April 10, 2015 - Industry News

IdleAir at 5 Years Post-Purchase: Growing, Changing

IdleAir's overhead truss system. Photo courtesy IdleAir

Convoy Solutions officials told reporters at the Mid-America Trucking Show they've learned a lot about the idle-reduction business in the five years since they resurrected IdleAir.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Mid-America Trucking Show, IdleAir, MATS

April 10, 2015 - Industry News

CTA Launches Labor Law Educational Program

The California Trucking Association has announced the Labor Law Consortium, an ongoing effort to provide the trucking industry with labor and employment law training resources.

Tags: California, State Laws, Labor Rates

April 9, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Supplier Acquires Former European Counterpart

Burgaflex North America has acquired Burgaflex GmbH, a Germany-based supplier of tube and hose assemblies. Both companies were originally part of the Burgaflex Group, which was disbanded in 2010.

Tags: Europe, Mergers & Acquisitions, Suppliers, global

April 9, 2015 - Industry News

OOIDA Bids to Join Cross-Border Suit Against DOT

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a petition with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene in a cross-border trucking lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FMCSA.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexican Trucking, OOIDA, U.S. DOT, Teamsters

April 9, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Adds LNG Versions of Model 579 and 567

Photo courtesy of Peterbilt

Peterbilt recently introduced its Model 579 and 567 in liquefied natural gas powered configurations, expanding the company’s lineup of natural gas vehicles. Production is scheduled to begin in June.

Tags: Peterbilt, Model 579, LNG, Model 567, Going Green, Natural Gas Vehicles

April 9, 2015 - Industry News

Alcoa Swings to Profit, Predicts Aluminum Wheel Market Growth

Alcoa reported strong profits for the first quarter, saying its transformation "is fully on course," and is bullish about the commercial vehicle market.

Tags: Alcoa, Earnings, Wheels

April 9, 2015 - Product News

Dossier Updated With Cloud Services

Dossier Systems has announced the release of Dossier v.6.4, the latest version of the software with cloud-based features.

Tags: Telematics, Zonar, Cloud-Based Technology, Dossier

April 9, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders S.C. Trucking Company Shut Down

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Association declared Darlington, S.C.-based trucking company Carnell Pompey to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it to immediately shut down.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Driver Safety

April 9, 2015 - Product News

APG Dual Fuel System Takes Wellhead Gas

Freightliner glider kit with APG's dual fuel system. Photo: APG

The Harrison Truck Centers Severe-Duty Glider Kit for the Freightliner 122SD makes use of an APG Fueled By Flare dual fuel system designed to work with wellhead gas.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, APG, Dual Fuel System, Bakken Oil Fields

April 9, 2015 - Industry News

AmeriGas Adds 50 Propane Autogas F-550 Trucks

Photo by AmeriGas.

AmeriGas Propane has purchased 50 propane autogas-powered Ford F-550 trucks from ROUSH CleanTech, more than doubling its propane autogas medium-duty fleet, the propane supplier announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-550, Propane Autogas, AmeriGas, ROUSH CleanTech

April 9, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Adds 58-Inch Sleeper for Model 579

Peterbilt's 58-inch sleeper is made for weight-sensitive applications and includes the amenities of Peterbilt's larger sleeper configurations. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has introduced a 58-inch sleeper for its Model 579 in both low- and mid-roof configurations for weight conscious short- and regional-haul operations.

Tags: Peterbilt, Model 579, Sleepers, Lightweighting

April 9, 2015 - Product News

Driver Friendly Options Added to Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution

The Bose ride system coutneracts the shaking and jarring potentially experienced by drivers on the road. Image:Freightliner

Freightliner has added driver-friendly options to its Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution models to add to comfort, safety, health and productivity.

Tags: Freightliner, Cascadia, Cascadia Evolution, Driver Comfort, Bose, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Jim Winsor, Longtime Trucking Journalist, Passes Away

Jim Winsor in the mid-2000s.

Jim Winsor, a veteran trucking industry journalist and former executive editor of Heavy Duty Trucking, passed away Tuesday night from natural causes.

Tags: Obituary, Technology & Maintenance Council

April 8, 2015 - Product News

Volvo Offers VNX 630 in 8x6 Configuration

The Volvo VNX 630 model, designed for high gross weight applications and heavy-haul tasks like heavy equipment hauling, oil and gas delivery and timber transport, is now offered with a tridem rear axle group. Photo: Volvo Trucks

The heavy-haul Volvo VNX 630 gains a third rear-drive axle in a new tridem version designed for better traction and increased payload.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Heavy Haul

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Transportation Committee Stresses Long-Term Solution On Roadshow

Photo: House T&I Committee

A team of six members of Congress led by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster crossed the state of Pennsylvania this week emphasizing the importance of a long-term transportation bill.

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

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Expected to Move Slightly Lower Before Increasing Next Year

Photo by Jim Park

The U.S. Energy Department has downwardly revised its expectations for on-highway diesel prices this year, but expects prices to move higher in 2016.

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

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Increases, Flatbed Rates Higher

The spot truckload freight market followed seasonal patterns during the week ending April 4 as load availability increased and capacity tightened, according to load board operator DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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