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January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Class 5-8 Orders Averaged 50,000 per Month Last Year

Demand for commercial vehicles remained healthy in December, as 65,700 total heavy- and medium-duty trucks were ordered, according to the latest projections from ACT Research.

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

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Looking for Image Team Drivers

Women In Trucking is accepting nominations for its Image Team through Jan. 31. The Image team will be announced at the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers, Image

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Director to Speak at Omnitracs Outlook 2015

Joseph DeLorenzo, director at the Office of Enforcement and Compliance for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will deliver a keynote address at Omnitracs Outlook 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Conference, Keynote Speech, Omnitracs, Events, Information Technology

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Reefer, Flatbed Rates Rise as 2014 Ends, New Year Begins

Spot freight rates, left to right, for vans, flatbeds and reefers, the past four weeks. Graphic: DAT Solutions

Activity and rates on the spot freight market picked up slightly as 2014 ended and the New Year began, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Bee Haulers Want Exemption From HOS Break Rule

Loading bees for transport from South Carolina to Maine to pollinate blueberries. Photo by Pollinator via Wikimedia Commons

California beekeepers are looking for relief from the 30-minute break provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

December Tops Off Near Record Year for Class 8 Orders

Photo: Freightliner.

Truck orders remained strong in December with net Class 8 orders at 43,620 units, the third consecutive month above 40,000, according to the latest data from FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Carriers Could Pay Higher Wages to Address Driver Shortage

Carriers of all sizes expect driver wages to increase in 2015. Graph by Transport Capital Partners.

A shortage of experienced drivers means carriers are hesitant to increase capacity, despite rising carrier costs and rates, according to the quarterly Transport Capital Partners Survey. Expect increases in driver wages this year as a result.

Tags: Survey, Driver Shortage, Transport Capital Partners, Driver Pay

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Takes California Break Requirement to Supreme Court

Public domain file photo

Penske Logistics took its fight against California’s meal and rest break requirement to the U.S. Supreme Court. The company on Tuesday petitioned the court to review a lower court’s finding that California truck drivers are entitled to paid breaks.

Tags: Penske, California, Supreme Court

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Sapp Bros. Founder to Receive NATSO Award

Hall of Fame Award recipient William Sapp. Photo: Sapp Bros.

The National Association of Truck Stop Owners is giving Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Founder William Sapp the Hall of Fame award at this year’s NATSO Show in Las Vegas.

Tags: Hall of Fame, Awards, Truckstops, People, NATSO

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Mediator Steps In to Aid West Coast Port Talks

Photo courtesy Port of Long Beach

A federal mediator is stepping in to try and resolve months of stalled talks between West Coast longshoremen and port terminal operators and shipping companies.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, California

January 6, 2015 - Global News

China's Commercial Vehicle Market Remains Soft

The pace of China’s economy slowed in the third quarter of 2014, with growth of 7.3 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the most recent "China Commercial Vehicle Outlook," jointly published quarterly by ACT and SIC, China’s State Information Center.

Tags: China, Commercial Vehicles, Economic Conditions, Global

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Groups File Lawsuit to Stop Change in Union Organizing Rules

A coalition representing an array of industry sectors and businesses filed suit in the U.S. District Court on Monday to stop the National Labor Relations Board from moving forward with plans to speed up the time for union representation elections by workers and labor unions.

Tags: Litigation, NLRB, Labor Unions

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Port of Virginia Delays Start of Truck Appointment System

The Port of Virginia is delaying the implementation of the motor carriers’ appointment system at Norfolk International Terminals until this spring.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Shipments Slow

Economic growth in the U.S. non-manufacturing and factory sectors slowed in December, according to two separate reports released Tuesday, possible signs the overall economy lost some steam in the final quarter of last year.

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Officially OKs Non-Compliant Double Coin Tires

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration officially notified CMA and Double Coin Holdings that Double Coin Tires missing a load rating sidewall marker are not a threat to vehicle safety.

Tags: Double Coin, Safety & Compliance, CMA, NHTSA

January 6, 2015 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers E-Log Training Program for Student Drivers

Photo courtesy of J.J. Keller.

J.J. Keller is offering a truck driving school program designed to train student drivers to use electronic logs, also known as e-logs or electronic logging devices (ELDs). The program features the Encompass E-Log system from J.J. Keller.

Tags: Information Technology, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, ELDs, E-logs

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Hankook Appoints New President of American Operations

Hee-se Ahn, President of Hankook Tire America Corp. Photo courtesy of Hankook Tire.

Hankook Tire appointed Hee-se Ahn as the president of Hankook Tire America Corp., effective Jan. 1. Ahn will also function as the company’s chief operating officer for business operations throughout the Americas.

Tags: Hankook Tire America Corp., Leadership, Tires, People

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

ABF Logistics Buys Truckload Brokerage Firm

ABF Logistics acquired the privately held truckload brokerage firm Smart Lines Transportation Group for $5.17 million in cash. The acquisition of the Oklahoma City-based company will expand ABF's third-party logistics operations into the Oklahoma City market.

Tags: ABF, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, ArcBest Corp., 3PL

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Falling in New Year

Diesel prices continued their recent and steep decline into the New Year, aided by oil prices that are the lowest in nearly six years.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Brake Defects Up in CVSA's September Inspection Blitz

File photo courtesy Kentucky State Police.

Bad components and adjustment caused inspectors to place a higher percentage of trucks out of service during 2014's Brake Safety Week than during the '13 event, says the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, Inspections

January 5, 2015 - Global News

Volvo Acquires 45 Percent of Chinese Truck Manufacturer

Photo: Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles

AB Volvo completed the purchase of 45% of Chinese automotive manufacturer Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles, first announced two years ago.

Tags: China, DongFeng Commercial Vehicles, Volvo Group, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Canadian Customs Broker Purchases U.S.-Based CK Logistics

The Canada-based customs broker Farrow Co. has acquired CK Logistics Inc., an established customs broker and logistics firm headquartered in San Antonio.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Brokers, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Energy Sells Majority Stake in Biomethane Facility

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Clean Energy Fuels sold a majority interest in the McCommas Bluff biomethane production facility to minority interest owner Cambrian Energy, but it will continue to have the right to market and sell biomethane produced at the facility.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, Biomethane

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Posts More Than 5 Percent Yearly Increase

Photo by Jim Park

Intermodal rail traffic moved by U.S. railroads posted a healthy gain for all of last year, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Canada, Mexico, Railroads, Intermodal, Association of American Railroads

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Slows, Construction Spending Slips

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, but it was the slowest pace in six months, according to the nation’s supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

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