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December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Spending Bill Includes Increase to Idaho Truck Weight Limit

Idaho will be allowed to increase its truck weight limit on interstate highways as a result of a provision attached to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed

Tags: Idaho, U.S. Congress, Agricultural Fleets, Truck Size/Weight

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Warns Shippers About Exploding Hoverboards

The aftermath of a fire involving a hoverboard device. Photo: Chappaqua Fire Department

The U.S. DOT issued a safety alert for the transportation of hoverboards containing lithium batteries that are at risk to heat up, catch fire or explode if improperly handled.

Tags: PHMSA, Safety, Hazmat

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Pickups Recalled

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Dealers need to replace a faulty console compartment lid latch assembly in 8,763 2016-MY trucks.

Tags: Recalls, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

December 25, 2015 - Industry News

Texas to Provide $37.8M in Natural Gas Vehicle Grants

The Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program provides grants to encourage fleets that operate heavy-duty or medium-duty motor vehicles to repower them with a natural gas engine or replace them with a natural gas vehicle.

Tags: Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas Conversions, State Grants

December 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford F-650 and F-750 Trucks Recalled for Brakes

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall, which covers 167 2016 model-year trucks in the U.S., will allow dealers to install a rear air brake chamber replacement.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Large Pickups, 2016-MY

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Used Market Falters in November, Flat for the Year

Used Class 8 truck sales were mixed in November, decreasing 23% from the previous month but gaining slightly for the year.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Port Drivers Awarded $6.9 Million in Back Pay

Photo via Teamsters Union

The California Labor Commissioner’s office has awarded 38 truck drivers $6.9 million in back pay after ruling that the drivers had been improperly classified as independent contractors.

Tags: California, Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Three Reports Show Underlying Strength

Two days before Christmas, the Commerce Department released three reports on the U.S. economy. When put together, they show a solid performance, though not as strong as it has been or some would like.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Starts, Home Building, Personal Spending

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Rates Slip for Vans, Reefers; Surge May be Ahead

Image: DAT

Rates on the spot freight market slipped in two of the three main sectors for the week ending Dec. 19 as the amount of cargo to move fell slightly, according to DAT Solutions per its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Element Financial Closes $4.8B in Funding

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Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has closed $4.8 billion in rated asset-backed security funding that will fuel the company's aggressive move into the U.S. fleet management business.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Markets, Element Fleet Management

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

IMPCO to Offer Bi-Fuel CNG Ford F-150

Photo courtesy of IMPCO.

IMPCO Automotive has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2016 Ford F-150 pick-up powered by a 5.0L TI-VCT V-8 engine.

Tags: Ford F-150, EPA, Ford, Bi-Fuel Conversions, Impco, Bi-Fuel CNG

December 22, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Offers Extended Coverage for Wheel End Products

Source: Meritor

The Meritor Aftermarket Wheel End Extended Warranty program offers increased warranty coverage when complementary Meritor wheel end products are bought and installed together.

Tags: Meritor, Extended Warranty, Wheel Ends

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Trucks Recalled for Seat Belts

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The action covers 2,590 2015 model-year trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Rising Supply Chain Inventories Slow Truck Tonnage Index

Source: ATA

American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 0.9% in November, erasing half of the 1.8% gain from October.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Axle Shafts

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

The action covers 1,170 2015 model-year Ford Transit dual-rear-wheel vans in the U.S.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

November Trailer Orders See Solid Gains

Large-fleet orders for dry vans have boosted business for trailer makers.

Dry vans led net order gains for the month and year, and the trailer industry is headed for "one of its best years in history," according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Dry Vans, Trailer Orders

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Stable, Existing Home Sales Drop

The latest measure of strength in the overall U.S. economy shows it maintained its momentum in the third quarter of the year. A separate report shows a big decline in existing home sales for the second straight month.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Home Sales, Gross Domestic Product

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan's 2016 NV Cargo Van Starts at $27,735

The 2016 NV Cargo Van, photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has increased the retail price of its base model NV Cargo van with a standard roof and 4.0L V-6 engine by $500 to $27,735 for the 2016 model year, Nissan has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Pricing, Nissan NV, 2016-MY, Full-Size Vans, Warranty

December 21, 2015 - Product News

SkyBitz Offers Fleet Management Solutions For Delivery Fleets

Telematics provider SkyBitz has added a fleet management solution for sales, service and delivery vehicles with the launch of SkyBitz Local Fleets.

Tags: Telematics, SkyBitz, Delivery Fleets, Service Fleets, Information Technology

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

Strick Trailers Recalls Dry Vans Over Rear Impact Guards

Notice affects some model-year 1998 -2005 vans whose bumpers might not prevent a vehicle from traveling under the trailer in a crash.

Tags: Trailers, Recalls, Dry Vans, NHTSA

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

Crude Oil Free Fall Keeps Diesel Prices Down

Average diesel fuel prices at the pump decreased for the sixth week in a row, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: OPEC, Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Halving Random Drug-Test Threshold

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FMCSA will lower the annual minimum random drug-testing rate for CDL holders from 50% of the average number of CDL-driver positions to 25% annually for the 2016 calendar year, effective Jan. 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

State DOTs Tracking El Niño to Prepare Roads for Winter

Photo: Jim Park

As much as 70% of state Departments of Transportation are tracking El Niño to make preparations for the unusual winter weather ahead, including increasing stocks of salt and de-icing chemicals, according to a new survey.

Tags: Road Salt, U.S. DOT, AASHTO, De-Icing, Winter Driving

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

Medium Duty Positioned for 'Modest Growth' in 2016

Photo of 2016 Ford F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Orders of medium-duty vehicles logged another healthy month in November and appear ready for "continued modest growth" in 2016, an ACT Research analyst has predicted.

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

December 21, 2015 - Product News

Cobham Now Offering CNG Storage Tanks for Trucks

Photo courtesy of Cobham

The defense and aerospace technology company's two new Type 4 compressed natural gas storage tanks have been successfully qualified, marking its entry into the natural gas vehicle commercial trucking market.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Natural Gas Trucks, CNG Tanks, Cobham

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