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March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Solid February Class 8 Order Activity Reported

ACT Research and FTR have released preliminary expected Class 8 orders that are solid for the month of February.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Quarterly Loss Grows to $248 Million

Truck and engine maker Navistar International reported a wider first quarter loss than expected on Wednesday amid slower sales.

Tags: OEM, Navistar International Corporation, Earnings, Navistar International

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Investing $70 Million in Propane Delivery Trucks

UPS invested $70 million in 1,000 propane delivery trucks.

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- United Parcel Service will buy 1,000 propane-fueled "package cars" for use in rural areas following successful test in Georgia.

Tags: UPS, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Work Truck Show, NTEA

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Velvac Acquires ViewMaster Product Line

Velvac Inc., a manufacturer of components to the truck, bus, recreational and specialty vehicle industries, has acquired the ViewMaster Product Line of mirrors used on vehicles in the refuse market as well as on other heavy- and medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Velvac, ViewMaster, Mirrors

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

2016-Model F-650/750 to Get Fresh Styling, More Ford Components

Like trucks, a dedicated tractor model will have a mesh grille and sculpted fender lines as part of new styling. New USA-built models are due out in spring of 2015.

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- Ford Commercial Truck is extensively redesigning its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to use more of its own components as it prepares to move production from Mexico to the state of Ohio in about a year.

Tags: Work Truck Show, NTEA, Cummins, Ford, Triton

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Budget, Highway Funding, legislation, ATA, Infrastructure, Highways

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

MHC Kenworth – Kansas City Receives 2013 Paccar Engine Dealer of the Year Award

MHC Kenworth – Kansas City received the 2013 Paccar Engine Dealer of the Year award for the United States and Canada at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting, held recently in Bellevue, Wash.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Awards, MHC Kenworth – Kansas City

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Love's Travel Stop in Ormond Beach, Fla., Only Offering Fuel and Go March 7-16

For the week of March 7-16 the Love's Travel Stop located at I-95/U.S. Highway 1 in Ormond Beach, Fla., will only be allowing trucks to fuel and go. No long term parking will be available.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Difficult but Not Impossible

It won’t be easy, but there’s at least a glimmer of a way for Congress to come up with money to fund a longer-term highway bill. The Highway Trust Fund is going to run out of money possibly as soon as August, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, legislation, Highways, Infrastructure

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Lawsuits Filed Against Two California Fleets Over Driver Classification

Two class action lawsuits were filed late last month against separate California port trucking companies over claims they wrongly classified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

N.Y. Prosecutors Get Access to Past Driving Ticket Information

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is making additional information available to prosecutors about a driver’s ticket history, according to an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

Tags: Drivers, New York, Safety, Speeding, Citation

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Increase U.S. Port Activity

Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, H.R. 4105. The legislation would replace the current Harbor Maintenance Tax, designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.

Tags: legislation, U.S. House of Representatives, Freight, Ports, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Port Trucking

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Traffic Congestion Climbed in 2013

A new report shows traffic congestion in the U.S. increased last year after two consecutive years of declines and is growing faster than the nation’s economy.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways, Inrix

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada Names New Director

Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada Inc. announced that Andy Craig has been hired to fill the newly-created position of director, Canada Operations. Craig will be responsible for managing Isuzu’s day-to-day operations and strengthening Isuzu’s commitment to the Canadian market.

Tags: Isuzu, Automotive Executives, Canada, New Hire

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Westport and Delphi to Commercialize Natural Gas Injector Technology

Westport Innovations Inc. announced a joint development agreement with Delphi Automotive to combine their intellectual propety to co-develop and manufacture high-pressure natural gas fuel injectors designed for multiple engine original equipment manufacturers.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Westport Innovations, Delphi, Natural Gas Injector

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Barely Lower Following Five Weekly Increases, Oil Surges

After moving higher for five consecutive weeks, the average cost of diesel is down, but only barely.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions Names New Truck & Bus Marketing Director

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions has promoted Matt Loos to director of truck & bus marketing, while Cassandra Kilareski joins the BCS marketing team as senior manager of marketing communications and digital.

Tags: Leadership, Bridgestone, People

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Emergency Hauling Declarations Extended Once Again

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regional offices have once again extended emergency declarations waiving certain federal regulations for those involved in the interstate hauling of emergency relief supplies as cold weather continues in the Midwest and Northeast.

Tags: FMCSA, Diesel, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending and Other Indicators Rise

UPDATED -- Consumers opened their wallets a little more in January than they did in December, according to new figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Auto Sales, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Hiking Rates

FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates by an average of 3.9%, effective March 31.

Tags: Fleets, Freight Rates, FedEx

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins and Westport Recall 25,000 Natural Gas Engines

Cummins and Cummins Westport are recalling just over 25,000 Cummins Westport Model ISL G engines manufactured Sep.12, 2007, through Feb. 2, 2014, and Cummins Westport Model ISX12 G engines manufactured Feb. 19, 2013, through Feb. 2, 2014.

Tags: Natural Gas Engines, Recalls, Cummins, Cummins Westport, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Engines

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Court Allows DataQ Challenge Lawsuit to Proceed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled in favor of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association regarding which court will hear its case on the issue of DataQ challenges.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Litigation, DataQ, CSA

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Introduces Certified VMRS Specialist Program

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is introducing a Certified Specialist Program for users of the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards, the industry standard coding convention for tracking equipment and maintenance information.

Tags: ATA, TMC, VMRS

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Three Convicted in $1 Million Truck, Trailer and Cargo Theft Conspiracy

Three Kansas City, Mo., area men have been convicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to steal nearly $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Tags: FMCSA, Investigation, Cargo Theft, Crime

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Former Trucking Comptroller Admits to Millions in Theft

A former comptroller for a Missouri trucking company pleaded guilty last week to stealing more than $4.9 million from his employer and could face up to 30 years in prison.

Tags: Theft, Fleets, Crime, Fraud

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