December 8, 2014 - Industry News
The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling its Transportation Services Indexes, especially the freight index, leading indicators of economic cycles.
Tags: Economy, U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight Index
Carriers and drivers are gearing up to deliver wreaths wreaths to be placed on the graves of veterans across the country this Saturday, Dec. 13, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Program.
Tags: ATA, Mack Trucks, Veterans, Share the Road, Wreaths Across America
Employees at Con-way Freight's Harlingen, Texas, facility voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union in Friday's election.
Tags: Con-way Freight, Teamsters, LTL
With Congress up against a December 11 deadline to pass an appropriations bill, trucking interests and safety groups are battling over an amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.
Tags: ATA, Congress, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34-Hour Restart
December 7, 2014 - Industry News
UPDATED -- Longtime Meritor communications chief David Michael Pennington, 64, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 5, stunning the trucking industry supplier community and press corps.
Tags: Obituary, Meritor
December 5, 2014 - Industry News
[UPDATED] The electricity powering Volvo Trucks' North America’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va., is now carbon neutral thanks to a switch to renewable fuels to produce power.
Tags: Carbon Footprint, Volvo Trucks, Assembly Plants
J.B. Hunt Transport announced a company-wide initiative to hire 10,000 U.S. military veterans by the year 2020. The company was recently recognized for the ninth straight year as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs, ranking as the third most military friendly employer in the transportation industry.
Tags: Veterans, J.B. Hunt, Military Friendly Employer, Careers
The Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire is a non-pneumatic tire for commercial vehicles that connects the tire and wheel with a rigid hub connected to a shear beam made of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes.
Tags: Michelin, Tires, Skid Steer, Mowers
Navistar's new ProStar ES package includes a choice of the Maxxforce N13 engine coupled to an Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission, or the Eaton Cummins SmartAdvantage powertrain, and high-efficiency 6X4 or 6X 2 drive axles and fuel-efficient tires.
Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Navistar, MaxxForce 13, ProStar, Aerodynamics
December 5, 2014 - Product News
Intelligent Powertrain Management comes standard on the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission when paired with any heavy-duty Detroit engine.
Tags: Detroit Diesel, Powertrain, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12
Toll rates are increasing at six different bi-state crossings between New York and New Jersey. The Rate hikes will affect drivers of both private and commercial transportation.
Tags: New York City, Tolls, EZ Pass, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Toll Management
Net orders for Class 5-7 trucks in November fell 4 percent compared to October net orders, according to ACT Research.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders
Fred Meyer Stores announced the arrival of its first 11 heavy-duty trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The food retail will receive a total of 40 LNG trucks over the next several months.
Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Fred Meyer, Oregon, LNG, Grocery Fleets, Delivery Fleets
The number of people who found jobs in November increased dramatically from the month before but the unemployment rate was unchanged, according to U.S. Labor Department numbers released Friday morning.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments
The owner of an interstate livestock carrier has been sentenced to a year’s probation for violating a Federal Motor Carrier imminent hazard out of service order.
Tags: Regulations, Tennessee, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance
The Association of American Railroads said Thursday for the week ending Nov. 29, U.S. railroad intermodal volume totaled 220,873 units, up 6.2% compared with the same week last year and the highest level on record.
Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight
December 4, 2014 - Industry News
Montana Peterbilt opened its fourth dealership, a parts-only facility located in Sidney, Mont. It is strategically located in the Bakken Shale region of the state.
Tags: Peterbilt, Montana, Dealership, Bakken Oil Fields
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.
Tags: Tax Incentive, U.S. Congress, Alternative Fuels, Legislation
The action affects 19,825 2014-MY cargo vans that may have a problem with a loosening exterior plastic panel on the sliding door.
Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans
The Dupre Logistics Energy Distribution Services group announced that it would be giving its drivers a 5% to 9% pay increase to help it keep qualified drivers in a competitive market.
Tags: Driver Shortage, Dupre Logistics, Driver Pay
Reefers posted the biggest gain, 1.1% for Nov. 23 through Nov. 29 compared to the previous seven days, for an average of $2.37 per mile, its best showing out of the last four weeks.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
The deal is the latest of a number of investments Manitoulin has made in Western Canada in recent years to build its offerings and coverage in the region.
Tags: Canada, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Manitoulin
Consumption of diesel exhaust fluid across North America has been rising in recent years and is set to hit a milestone of one billion gallons by 2019, according to the newly published DEF Market Dynamics Report by Integer Research.
Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Research, DEF, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid
Vehicles longer than 30 feet, including trucks, will soon be banned from a mountainous section of eastern Tennessee roadway, due to a high number of crashes over a three-year period.
Tags: Tennessee, Highways
Republic Services has added 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Springfield, Mo., area, the waste management company announced.
Tags: Republic Services, Missouri, CNG, Refuse Trucks
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