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March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Van Upfitters Roll Out ProMaster City Racks, Bins

Photo by Chris Wolski.

Several van upfitters have begun offering ladder racks, shelving units and partitions for the 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van that entered the market in late 2014.

Tags: Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, Compact Vans, Van Equipment, Adrian Steel, Leggett & Platt, Auto Truck Group

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Six Carriers Agree to Settle Pilot Flying J CEO Fraud Suit

Six of the seven trucking companies suing Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam for fraud have agreed to settle, according to reports from a Cleveland-based ABC news affiliate.

Tags: Lawsuits, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Settlement

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Building a Safety Culture from the Driver Up

Bob Peterson, presidnet and COO, Melton Truck Lines. Photo by Deborah Lockridge.

Every company has a culture, whether intentional or not. For three carriers represented at a panel discussion at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting in Kissimmee, Fla., this week, intentionally building a culture of safety pays big dividends.

Tags: Bison Transport, Truckload Carriers Association, Melton Truck Lines, Jetco Delivery

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Declines in 2014, Average Value Increases

2014 U.S. cargo theft incident frequency. Graphic: CargoNet

Two separate reports show the number cargo thefts in the U.S. fell last year compared to 2013, but the average value of the heists increased.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, CargoNet, Crime

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

National Fleet Safety Winners Named At TCA Convention

Photo courtesy of TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association named FTC Transportation of Oklahoma City and Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba as the two grand prize winners of its National Fleet Safety Award.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, TCA

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Moves Lower For Second Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2010 - January 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry fell slightly in January from the month before, but remains close to its record high level.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Full Website Launches

With a schedule-at-a-glance and additional details about the new show, interested attendees, exhibitors and sponsors can now access the full 2015 Fleet Technology Expo full website.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Green Fleet Conference, Events, Fleet Technology Expo

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Pride Transport Invests In Driver Retention

Pride Transport recently announced driver pay increases and performance bonuses in addition to implementing Omnitracs Analytics to improve driver retention.

Tags: Pride Transport, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Omnitracs

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

TCA Announces Best Fleets to Drive For Winners

The nominees wait to hear which were chosen as the overall winners. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and Carriers Edge announced the overall winners of the 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest at the TCA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Fla.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Awards, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Struck By Amtrak Had An Oversized Load

Image via ABC News video.

Improperly followed procedures involving a truck carrying an oversized load may have contributed to the train crash in North Carolina earlier this week, according to a news report from the Associated Press.

Tags: Accidents, Railroads, Oversize Loads

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Spending Increase in Latest Cass Index

North American shipment volume jumped up in February, while total freight expenditures reversed a four-month slump, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Economy Still Sending Mixed Signals as Capacity Crunch Looms

John Larkin speaking at TCA's annual convention. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Some economic indicators have not bounced back as well as others in the recovery from the Great Recession, but trucking is doing well, and a capacity crunch leads economic expert John Larkin to project truckload rates will rise this year.

Tags: Economy, TCA, Freight Rates, Truckload Carriers Association

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Group Moves from Annual Loss to Profit

A supplier of cab-related products and systems for commercial trucks and other vehicles, Commercial Vehicle Group Inc., posted higher profits for the final quarter of 2014 while it moved back into the black for all of last year.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Group, Earnings

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

WIT Honors Rihm 2015 Influential Woman in Trucking

From left to right: Lisa Hartenberger of Navistar, Kari Rihm of Rihm Kenworth, and Ellen Voie of Women in Trucking. Photo: Navistar

Women In Trucking and Navistar presented the fifth annual Influential Woman in Trucking award to Kari Rihm, president and CEO of Rihm Kenworth. The award was given during a ceremony this week at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting.

Tags: People, Women in Trucking, Truck Dealers

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Sue to Keep Mexican Carriers Out

Source: IBT

The Teamster union has filed suit to block the Department of Transportation from implementing its decision to open the U.S. border to Mexico-based motor carriers later this year.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Teamsters, Mexican carriers

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Energy Department Hikes Fuel Price Forecast

The U.S. Energy Department has raised its expectations for fuel prices, according to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook issued on Tuesday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

GAO Calls for FHWA Study of State Load-Permitting Practices

Photo: Jim Park

GAO report says Federal Highway Administration should research how oversize/overweight highway loads are permitted to develop best practices that can be shared with States.

Tags: GAO, FHWA, Permits, Truck Size/Weight

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Oakley Transportation Names New Safety Director

Kelly McDowell, Director of Safety and Compliance at Oakley Transportation Group. Photo courtesy of Oakley

Oakley Transportation Group has named Kelly L. McDowell its new Director of Safety and Compliance. He will be charged with integrating safety programs within every section of the company.

Tags: Driver Safety, Leadership, Safety & Compliance, People

March 10, 2015 - Product News

PreClear Bypass Service Added for New York State

The Drivewyze PreClear bypass service was recently added to mobile-based weigh stations in the State of New York, the company has announced.

Tags: New York, Information Technology, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Super High Roof Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz showed a rugged off-road Sprinter at the Work Truck Show. Photo by Chris Wolski.

Mercedes-Benz will begin offering two new variants of its full-size Sprinter van for the 2015 model year, including a super high roof model and a Super Single heavy duty model.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

CORRECTION: Year-End U.S. Retail Truck Sales

The Hotline section of the February issue of HDT incorrectly listed the 2014 year-end U.S. truck sales.

Tags: Truck Sales, Hotline

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Small Business Optimism Running High

Graphic: NFIB

The National Federation Independent Business says its Small Business Optimism Index for February rose 0.1 points to 98, registering a solid result despite some unfavorable conditions, according to a report released Tuesday morning.

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Forward Air Completes CLP Towne Purchase

Forward Air Corp. has formally completed is previously announced purchase CLP Towne Inc. combining two of the largest trucking companies moving freight to and from the nation’s airports.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Forward Air

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Carrier Ordered to Pay Nearly Half a Million Dollars to 12 Former Drivers

The trucking company PAM Transport Inc. has been ordered to pay 12 of its former truck drivers a total of $477,399 in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, EEOC, PAM Transport

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Motiv Electrifies Ford Stripped Chassis

Photo courtesy of Motiv Power Systems.

Motiv Power Systems has launched an all-electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 commercial stripped chassis, the company announced.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Ford F-59, AmeriPride, Step Vans, Stripped Chassis

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