December 3, 2014 - Industry News
More than 70 investor-owned electric utilities announced they will increase investment in electric vehicles for their fleets by an estimated $50 million per year, or $250 million over five years, starting in 2015.
Tags: PG&E, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Green Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Edison Electric Institute, EDI
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered truck driver James H. Patterson not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, declaring him an imminent hazard to public safety. Patterson was involved in an accident in November that killed the driver of a passenger vehicle.
Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Cell Phone Use, Drug Charges
Commercial truck orders remained strong in North America in November, according to reports from two leading industry research firms, with Class 8 orders racking up the fifth-best month of all time.
Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR
The Illinois Trucking Association has been successful in getting the speed limit differential between cars and trucks reduced in some rural areas near Chicago, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Tags: Legislation, Illinois, Speed Limits, Illinois Trucking Assocation
The 2015 Ford Transit was the top-selling full-size commercial van in November and accounted for almost one in four units sold in the category, Ford announced.
Tags: Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Fleet Sales, Cargo Vans
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will clarify its instructions to medical examiners concerning screening drivers for sleep apnea. In response to congressional concern about sleep apnea training for examiners, the agency said it will notify examiners and trainers that they should not use federal rules and advice as guidance for apnea screening and testing.
Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health
December 3, 2014 - Global News
Westport Innovations has acquired Netherlands-based Prins Autogassystemen Holding B.V. (Prins) for 12.2 million Euro (approximately $15.1 million).
Tags: Propane Autogas, Netherlands, CNG, LNG, Westport
December 2, 2014 - Industry News
East Manufacturing has launched a new interactive version of its website at www.eastmfg.com to help user select the right drop deck, dump, flatbed and refuse trailers.
Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Websites
A plan in Michigan’s Senate to greatly reduce the maximum truck weight along state roadways was defeated Tuesday in a 22-15 vote.
Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Truck Weights
President Obama’s move to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the country clears the way for them to become professional truck drivers, but that path is neither simple nor quick.
Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, TCA, Immigration, Drivers, Barack Obama
The American Trucking Associations announced on Tuesday it is committing on behalf of the trucking industry and its members to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.
Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Truck component manufacturer Eaton Corp. announced on Tuesday Pavan Pattada has been named president of the company’s North American truck business beginning the first of next year.
Tags: Eaton Corp., People
Ruan Transportation Management Systems CEO Steve Chapman is retiring from the company on Dec. 31 and will be replaced by current President and Chief Operating Officer Ben McLean.
Tags: People, Ruan
Among other activities, the committee is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.
Tags: ATA, Research, ATRI, People
Construction spending in the U.S. posted its biggest increase in five months during October, according to a new Commerce Department report released Tuesday.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Construction
Many years ago, Schneider founder Don Schneider decided on bright orange paint for his trucks to make them more visible. So it's only fitting that the home state of the megafleet is testing orange highway markings for the same reason.
Tags: Wisconsin, I-94
He will be responsible for refining and enhancing the Arkansas-based company’s route network as it continues with its growth strategy, according to a news release.
Tags: People, USA Truck
December 1, 2014 - Industry News
ASF Intermodal opened an intermodal drayage facility in Fort Worth, Texas. It's the firm's third such facility in the state, joining locations in Houston and Dallas.
Tags: Intermodal, ASF Intermodal, Texas
The third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Freightquote.com Inc. for $365 million in cash.
Tags: Intermodal, LTL, Truckload, C.H. Robinson, 3PL, Freightquote.com, Mergers & Acquisitions, Brokers
Westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., between Highway 61 and Interstate 35 East will be closed from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 for bridge work. The road will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5th and reopens on Monday, Dec. 8th at 5 a.m.
Tags: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Highways, Minnesota, I-94
Fuel prices started off the final month of 2014 in the same fashion they have been during much of the second half of the year, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
Golden State Foods opened a new 158,000-square-foot Chicago distribution center that is LEED Gold Certified for environmental efficiency and sustainability, a first for Golden State Foods and McDonald’s distribution.
Tags: Chicago, McDonald's, Distribution, Food and Beverage Fleets, Sustainability, Trailers
The Truckload Carriers Association is expanding its benchmarking services by providing multiple levels of subscription based on the needs of each company. The benchmarks allow companies to compare operations against peers and leading trucking companies.
Tags: Benchmarking, TCA
The McCandless Truck Center International dealership group acquired Hanson International of Western Colorado, a commercial truck dealer with two dealerships in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Tags: Colorado, International Trucks, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial Truck Dealers
C.R. England is asking for a rule exemption to improve its driver training process.
Tags: CDL, Driver Training, C.R. England, Regulations, driver safety
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