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September 23, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Might Alter ‘Implementation Roadmap’ for GHG Phase 2 Rules

The EPA is serious about further reducing exhaust emissions and boosting vehicle fuel economy. But the agency official’s remarks suggested that it intends to be reasonable about it.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Emissions, EPA, U.S. EPA, GHG Phase 2, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Adds Low-Speed Enhancements to Transmissions

The UltraShift Plus automated manual transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton has added two optional features to the company’s UltraShift Plus and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions designed to enhance low-speed maneuverability.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

September 22, 2015 - Press Release

Georgia Refuse Company Launches CNG Station

Photo courtesy of Advanced Disposal.

Advanced Disposal opened its seventh compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at its hauling facility in Macon, Ga., the refuse and recycling company announced.

Tags: Georgia, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Refuse Fleets

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driver Work-Related Fatalities at Six-Year High

Chart: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fatal work-related injuries to commercial truck drivers last year reached their highest level in six years, per a summary of preliminary results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2014 just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Safety

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Dips Slightly in August

The American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell by 0.9% in August when compared to strong July numbers.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Dry Van Surge Drives Trailer Order Increase

Trailer orders saw a significant increase in August due to a surge in the dry van market, according to the latest report from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Flatbed, Trailer Orders

September 22, 2015 - Press Release

Mississippi's First LNG Station Opens

Photo courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling station in Mississippi, the company announced.

Tags: Mississippi, Clean Energy Fuels, LNG Fueling Station, LNG

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Decline Further

Photo: Jim Park

The prices of diesel and gasoline fuel dropped further for the week amid a volatile crude oil market, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

Crude Oil Prices Affect U.S. Production

An oil well in North Dakota. Photo: ConocoPhillips

Crude oil prices are moving higher amid concerns that low prices have led to too many crude production cuts.

Tags: Oil Prices, Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

VHD Equipment Network to Merge With Power Heavy Duty

Vipar Heavy Duty has announced that its VHD Equipment Network of distributors will transition into the Power Heavy Duty network on Jan. 1, 2016.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Mergers & Acquisitions, Distribution

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Slow

Following three straight months of gains, existing–home sales dipped in August, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Home Sales

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truckers Like Reserved Parking — But Not Paying for It

Truck drivers are most interested in being able to reserve a parking space near major metropolitan areas. But nearly half of those recently surveyed are unwilling to pay to reserve any space.

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Truck Parking

September 21, 2015 - Product News

Aljex Adds HubTran Back Office Management Features

via HubTran

Aljex Software has partnered with HubTran to offer back office document management for its transportation management software.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Aljex Software, Document Management, Integration, Information Technology

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

DOE Awards $55M to Boost PHEVs, Fuel Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $55 million for 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies for improving fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, along with making plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) more affordable.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Fuel Efficiency, Grant Funding, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Hears Ideas on How to Add Members, Activities

Online tech sessions and recruiting younger fleet managers are among suggestions gleaned from a recent survey of members and non-members of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, TMC, Technology & Maintenance Council, Associations

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Subdued by Soft Economy

There were 20,200 Class 8 truck orders in August, beating projections from earlier in the month but well below last year’s numbers, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

TitanX to Enter the North American Aftermarket

Global OEM engine cooling manufacturer TitanX announced plans to enter the North American market under the name TitanXend.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Engines, Cooling Systems

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Schneider Names New Top Executive

Photo: Schneider

Mark Rourke has been named the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He has been with Scneider since 1987.

Tags: Leadership, People, Schneider

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Norfolk Southern Restructures Triple Crown Services

Photo: Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corp is restructuring its Triple Crown Services subsidiary to focus on the transportation of automobile parts, the company has announced.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Norfolk Southern

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Recalls Trucks Over Hand-Brake Trim Panel Defect

Photo: Volvo

Volvo Trucks is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 VNL models over a defect in the trim panel that may restrict the trailer hand brake from returning to the off position.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, Brakes

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Economic Index Points to Slow Growth

A measure of the health of the nation’s economy and where it's headed moved slightly higher, but one analyst says the rate of growth remains unimpressive.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

GHG Phase 2 Proposal More Stringent than Originally Believed

Daimler says its $30 million SuperTruck does not meet EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction demands. Photo by Jim Park

Daimler Trucks says meeting EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction requirements, as they currently stand in the proposal stage, may not be possible under the current timeline.

Tags: Emissions, DTNA, EPA

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

ELD Mandate Pushed Back One Month

Photo: Omnitracs

Citing the need for “additional coordination,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a “new projected date” of October 30th for issuing its final rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

TCA: Weight-Reform Bill Would Up Equipment Costs

Image: Federal Highway Association

The Truckload Carriers Association has come out strongly against legislation that would enable individual states to raise the GCW limit for trucks operating on Interstate highways from the current 80,000 to 91,000 pounds on tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Truckload Carriers Association, Truck Size/Weight

September 17, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth 76-inch Mid-Roof Sleepers in Production

Kenworth’s 76-inch mid-roof sleeper provides drivers with 6-1/2 feet of headroom. Image: Kenworth

Kenworth’s new 76-inch mid-roof sleeper for the Kenworth T680 and T880 is now in production, the company announced.

Tags: Kenworth, Sleepers, T880, T680

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