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March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Spending Increase in Latest Cass Index

North American shipment volume jumped up in February, while total freight expenditures reversed a four-month slump, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Economy Still Sending Mixed Signals as Capacity Crunch Looms

John Larkin speaking at TCA's annual convention. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Some economic indicators have not bounced back as well as others in the recovery from the Great Recession, but trucking is doing well, and a capacity crunch leads economic expert John Larkin to project truckload rates will rise this year.

Tags: Economy, TCA, Freight Rates, Truckload Carriers Association

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Group Moves from Annual Loss to Profit

A supplier of cab-related products and systems for commercial trucks and other vehicles, Commercial Vehicle Group Inc., posted higher profits for the final quarter of 2014 while it moved back into the black for all of last year.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Group, Earnings

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

WIT Honors Rihm 2015 Influential Woman in Trucking

From left to right: Lisa Hartenberger of Navistar, Kari Rihm of Rihm Kenworth, and Ellen Voie of Women in Trucking. Photo: Navistar

Women In Trucking and Navistar presented the fifth annual Influential Woman in Trucking award to Kari Rihm, president and CEO of Rihm Kenworth. The award was given during a ceremony this week at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting.

Tags: People, Women in Trucking, Truck Dealers

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Sue to Keep Mexican Carriers Out

Source: IBT

The Teamster union has filed suit to block the Department of Transportation from implementing its decision to open the U.S. border to Mexico-based motor carriers later this year.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Teamsters, Mexican carriers

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Energy Department Hikes Fuel Price Forecast

The U.S. Energy Department has raised its expectations for fuel prices, according to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook issued on Tuesday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

GAO Calls for FHWA Study of State Load-Permitting Practices

Photo: Jim Park

GAO report says Federal Highway Administration should research how oversize/overweight highway loads are permitted to develop best practices that can be shared with States.

Tags: GAO, FHWA, Permits, Truck Size/Weight

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Oakley Transportation Names New Safety Director

Kelly McDowell, Director of Safety and Compliance at Oakley Transportation Group. Photo courtesy of Oakley

Oakley Transportation Group has named Kelly L. McDowell its new Director of Safety and Compliance. He will be charged with integrating safety programs within every section of the company.

Tags: Driver Safety, Leadership, Safety & Compliance, People

March 10, 2015 - Product News

PreClear Bypass Service Added for New York State

The Drivewyze PreClear bypass service was recently added to mobile-based weigh stations in the State of New York, the company has announced.

Tags: New York, Information Technology, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Super High Roof Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz showed a rugged off-road Sprinter at the Work Truck Show. Photo by Chris Wolski.

Mercedes-Benz will begin offering two new variants of its full-size Sprinter van for the 2015 model year, including a super high roof model and a Super Single heavy duty model.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

CORRECTION: Year-End U.S. Retail Truck Sales

The Hotline section of the February issue of HDT incorrectly listed the 2014 year-end U.S. truck sales.

Tags: Truck Sales, Hotline

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Small Business Optimism Running High

Graphic: NFIB

The National Federation Independent Business says its Small Business Optimism Index for February rose 0.1 points to 98, registering a solid result despite some unfavorable conditions, according to a report released Tuesday morning.

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Forward Air Completes CLP Towne Purchase

Forward Air Corp. has formally completed is previously announced purchase CLP Towne Inc. combining two of the largest trucking companies moving freight to and from the nation’s airports.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Forward Air

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Carrier Ordered to Pay Nearly Half a Million Dollars to 12 Former Drivers

The trucking company PAM Transport Inc. has been ordered to pay 12 of its former truck drivers a total of $477,399 in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, EEOC, PAM Transport

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Motiv Electrifies Ford Stripped Chassis

Photo courtesy of Motiv Power Systems.

Motiv Power Systems has launched an all-electric powertrain for the Ford F-59 commercial stripped chassis, the company announced.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Ford F-59, AmeriPride, Step Vans, Stripped Chassis

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Westport Innovations Trims Financial Losses Slightly

Natural gas engine and vehicle manufacturer Westport Innovations Inc. on Monday released earnings for the final quarter of last year and all of 2014 showing it lost less money in both periods while revenue declined.

Tags: Earnings, Cummins Westport, Westport

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Passenger Train Collides with Truck in North Carolina

The scene of the crash in North Carolina. Screenshot from ABC News video

As many as 40 persons were injured when an AmTrak passenger train collided with a commercial truck that was on the tracks in North Carolina today, according to a report from ABC News.

Tags: Railroads, Accidents, North Carolina

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Moves Higher, Passes $2.94 Per Gallon

The national average cost of on-highway diesel has posted its fifth weekly increase but prices have started to moderate a little in some parts of the country, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

February Freight Volume Falls 37% From Year Ago

Spot-market snapshot<br />Source: DAT

Freight volume fell 37% year-over-year in February and spot-market freight availability declined for the second consecutive month in February, according to DAT -- so why did rates rise compared to last year?

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Volume, DAT Solutions, Polar Vortex

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Finalist for National Journalism Award

Heavy Duty Trucking has been named a finalist in the 61st annual Jesse H. Neal Awards competition for editorial excellence among business-to-business media.

Tags: Hours of Service, HDT Magazine

March 9, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Model 567 Available with All-Wheel Drive

The Peterbilt Model 567. Photo courtesy of Peterbilt

The Peterbilt Model 567 is available with an all-wheel drive option designed for off-road use in tough to severe conditions, the company recently announced.

Tags: Peterbilt, Severe Duty, Vocational Trucks, All Wheel Drive, Model 567

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Union Loses Vote at Con-way Freight Facility

Con-way Freight

Con-way Freight employees in Gary, Indiana, have voted against joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union .

Tags: Con-way Inc., Labor Unions, Con-way Freight, Technicians, Mechanics, Unionization

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

Finalists Announced for Influential Woman of the Year Award

Women In Trucking and Navistar announced the six finalists for the 2015 Influential Woman of the Year award which highlights the achievements of female role models and pioneers in the trucking industry.

Tags: Navistar, Awards, Women in Trucking

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

CCTA Will Appeal CARB Decision to Supreme Court

Photo: CCTA

The 9th Circuit court ruled against the CCTA case challenging the legality of Truck and Bus regulations implemented by the California Air Resources Board. The CCTA has vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Tags: CARB, Lawsuits, U.S. Supreme Court, EPA, Regulations, Legislation

March 6, 2015 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales 2nd Highest in a Decade, IHS Says

Class 8, the largest single segment, last year accounted for 271,000 units. 2010 was even stronger, with 320,000 Class 8 transactions.

Tags: Economy, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Truck Sales

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