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June 11, 2015 - Industry News

BNSF Promising Faster Intermodal on Northern Corridor

BNSF has made significant investments in its Northern Corridor route. Photo: BNSF

BNSF Railway announced new, faster service offerings along its Northern Corridor route, after heavy oil-field and grain shipments last year caused service times to drop.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, BNSF

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Infrastructure Funding Bill: Let the States Pay

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Two Republicans on Capitol Hill have re-introduced a controversial bill taking a radical approach to the issue of highway funding -- handing responsibility for infrastructure over to the states.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, Devolution

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

'Electric Road' to be Tested in Sweden

Photo: Siemens

Next year, Sweden-based truck and bus maker Scania will start testing electric trucks on an electric road.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Scania, Global

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Shell Lubricants: All Cylinders Firing for Two New Diesel Oil Categories

Extensive lab work is proceeding on track to complete the two new API oil-service categories for heavy-duty diesels. Photo: Shell

The industry campaign to develop not one but two new API oil-service categories to eventually replace the current CJ-4 spec for heavy-duty diesel engines is on a fast track for new formulations to be licensed starting in late 2016, according to Shell Lubricants.

Tags: Shell, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Makers of Collision-Mitigation Systems Say They Pay for Themselves

Reducing severity of rear-end collisions is all the products promise. But they can avoid some accidents, too. Photo: Meritor Wabco

Bendix and Meritor Wabco like the renewed attention put on their products by recommendations issued this week by the NTSB. But they don’t necessarily want to see them mandated.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Meritor Wabco, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, NTSB, NHTSA, Regulations

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Report: For-Hire Freight Movements Ease Up

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

Large declines in trucking and pipeline, coupled with smaller declines in rail carloads and rail intermodal resulted in a decline in the total amount of U.S. for-hire freight movements in April from March.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Hadley Names New President

Thomas Bronz

Hadley has named Thomas Bronz president and CEO following the retirement of Robert Dubsky.

Tags: Hadley Products, Executive Appointment, People

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

House Narrowly Passes Spending Bill Keeping Restart Suspension

A major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry, including a continuation of the 34-hour restart suspension, narrowly passed the U.S. House late Tuesday night, but it still has to pass the Senate and faces a possible veto.

Tags: Legislation, Insurance, 34-Hour Restart

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Increase Across the Board

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market jumped 36% during the week ending June 6 as capacity increased 5.5%, helping push rates higher.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Next Phase of I-90 Construction Under Way in Washington

Six new lanes, one wildlife overcrossing, new bridges and culverts, and safety improvements are coming to a 2-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Washington State.

Tags: Washington, Highways, Highway Construction, I-90

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Transport America: All Owner-Operators to Make $1 a Mile

Transport America, Eagan, Minn., changed its pay plan for its owner-operators, allowing all the company’s independent contractors to make $1 per mile.

Tags: Driver Pay, Transport America

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Oklahoma Gov. Signs NGV Conversion Bill

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has approved legislation that will allow interest-free loans to county governments in the state to buy natural gas vehicles or convert fleet vehicles to natural gas.

Tags: Legislation, Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG, LNG

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Ports Returning to Normal

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters, Car Haulers Start Contract Talks

Jack Cooper Transport is the largest union auto hauler. Photo via Jack Cooper Logistics.

The Teamsters union and unionized car haulers start negotiations this week for a new national carhaul contract that covers almost 6,000 employees.

Tags: Teamsters, Labor Unions, Auto Haulers

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Raises Money to Support Wyakin Warrior Foundation

Phillips Industries recently raised and contributed over $30,000 to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, an organization that helps severely wounded, injured, or ill post 9/11 veterans.

Tags: Charity, Phillips Industries, Veterans

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Texas CNG, LNG Sales Increase 78 Percent

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Texas have increased 78 percent over financial-year 2014 as measured by increases in tax revenue from the alternative fuels, according to the state Comptroller’s office.

Tags: Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG, CNG Fueling Stations

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Safety Board Calls for Action on Collision Avoidance Systems

As this illustration for Meritor Wabco's Onguard system illustrates, forward collision avoidance technologies "see" obstacles ahead.

Collision avoidance systems reduce accidents and save lives and injuries, and should be standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles, says the National Transportation Safety Board in recommendations announced Monday.

Tags: Driver Safety, NTSB, Collision Avoidance Technology, NHTSA

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Kalmar Sells 60,000th Terminal Tractor

The Kalmar Ottawa T2 Terminal Tractor Photo via Kalmar Ottawa

Kalmar Ottawa announced the sale of its 60,000th terminal tractor, a T2 model, three years after hitting the 50,000 mark.

Tags: Truck Sales, Terminal Tractors, Kalmar Ottawa

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Decrease Slightly for Second Week

The average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel dropped again this week, moving lower for the second time in more than a month.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Lack of Data Argues Against Truck Size/Weight Changes

FedEx has pushed for a provision allowing longer twin trailers, 33 feet up from the current 28.

The Department of Transportation has declared that “data limitations” uncovered by its research on the impact of increasing truck size and weight limits should preclude changing “relevant laws and regulations.”

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

So Cal Port Truckers: Inspection Program Causing Congestion

The California Trucking Association recently came out against a new chassis equipment inspection process at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, saying they are causing congestion problems for truckers.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, CTA, Congestion, Intermodal, Intermodal Chassis

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

Covenant Pay Package Includes Guarantee for HazMat OTR Drivers

Photo via Covenant Transport

Covenant Transport announced a new pay package for the company’s hazardous materials over-the-road drivers that includes per-week minimum pay.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Covenant Transport, Hazmat, Driver Pay

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

BestDrive Adds Tire and Retread Outlet Near Detroit

BestDrive, a commercial tire retreader and distributor owned by Continental Tire, opened a new 60,000-square-foot facility in Taylor, Mich.

Tags: Continental Tires, Tires, Retreads

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driving School at Fort Drum First in Army to be PTDI-Certified

PTDI-certified training offers soldiers "upward mobility" and a career after the Army.

The Professional Truck Driver Institute has certified the first contract training course at a U.S. Army installation, broadening both the marketability of veterans and the pool of properly trained military drivers.

Tags: Driver Training, Military, Veterans, Professional Truck Driver Institute

June 7, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Discount Ends June 12

The 2014 Fleet Safety Awards ceremony.

The conference will be held July 13-15 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

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