October 14, 2014 - Industry News
UPDATED -- Diesel fuel and gasoline prices in the U.S. continue moving lower with the national averages posting their largest weekly drops in quite a while.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Gasoline Prices
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating six complaints it has received alleging steer tire failure involving Michelin’s 2014 XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires used on auto-haulers.
Tags: Michelin, Truck Tires, Investigation, Tires, NHTSA, Auto Haulers
In the first nine months of 2014 TAB Bank said has increased its trucking equipment lending by 56% compared to the same time in 2013.
Tags: Financing, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Financing
A new study will examine the effects of the increased use of hydraulic fracturing on freight transportation distribution patterns to give better information to freight transportation planners and policy makers.
Tags: Research, U.S. DOT, Fracking
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., continues to press for action on a highway bill this year, writing a letter last week to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer
A three-year pilot program testing the safety of cross-border trucking between the U.S. and Mexico is ending, and the Mexican truck lines that have been providing long-distance, cross-border service under that pilot program will move to normal operating status. HDT Washington Editor Oliver Patton has the details.
Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Mexican Trucking, FMCSA, Regulations, NAFTA
Spot freight has seen 14 consecutive months of year-over-year peaks, according to DAT, but in a typical seasonal trend, freight availability declined 5.5% in September compared with August.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
A former driver for a national trucking company pleaded guilty last week to charges, admitting he bribed employees in the Traffic Office at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia in order to obtain lucrative freight hauling business for a period of six years.
Tags: Georgia, Crime & Fraud
J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced third quarter 2014 net earnings of $102.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of 87 cents compared to third quarter 2013 net earnings of $89.5 million, or 75 cents per diluted share.
Tags: J.B. Hunt, Intermodal, Earnings
After a turbulent start to 2014, the nation’s retailers expect sales in November and December to increase a healthy 4.1% to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s actual 3.1% increase during that same time frame.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Imports, Intermodal, Ports
October 14, 2014 - Product News
The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.
Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks
October 13, 2014 - Industry News
Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Chillicothe, Ohio along U.S. Route 50, the company announced. The truckstop is located at 1111 East Main, near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 23.
Tags: Pilot Travel Centers, Ohio, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J
Oshkosh is cutting 250-300 hourly positions from its defense segment as a result of significantly reduced U.S. defense spending.
Tags: Layoffs, Oshkosh, Military Vehicles
Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.
Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Regulations, Congress, Safety & Compliance, Driver Health, U.S. Congress
Takaharu Fushimi was named the new CEO for Yokohama Corporation of North America, his second assignment in the U.S. for the Japanese tire company
Tags: Yokohama Tire Corp., People, Yokohama Rubber Co., CEO
Concerned that compressed natural gas tanks in customers’ vehicles might not be sufficiently safe, Pacific Gas & Electric is requiring inspections as a condition of continued use of the company’s filling stations.
Tags: Vehicle Safety, PG&E, CNG, CNG Tanks
Drivers working out of FedEx Freight’s Cinnaminson, New Jersey, facility have rejected an organizing attempt by the Teamsters Union.
Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight, Teamsters
October 10, 2014 - Industry News
Twenty-two motor carriers in 18 states suffered “significant damages” from operational losses, diminished vehicle value, and costs incurred in replacing the Cat engines with other EPA 2007 emission-legal diesels, the suit says.
Tags: Caterpillar, Lawsuits, Class Action Lawsuit, Litigation, Engines
Yokohama Tire is relocating its corporate headquarters to a new facility in November to accommodate business growth. The company will be moving from its old headquarters in Fullerton, Calif., to nearby Santa Ana.
Tags: Relocation, Yokohama, Automotive Executives
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has upheld an emergency restriction order placed on National Distribution Inc.'s cargo tanks by the FMCSA.
Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Tankers, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance
Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Tags: FMCSA, Law Enforcement, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA
Since its public launch at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, the Trucking Moves America Forward program has made great strides toward its goal of showcasing the positive side of trucking for the public and law- and regulation-makers.
Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward, ATA MC&E
September is the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year improvement in Class 8 truck orders, according to a report by FTR.
Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the price of a gallon of diesel to continue falling in 2015 due to lower crude oil prices and weakening demand.
Tags: Fuel Prices, EIA, Diesel Prices
Automated manual transmissions in heavy trucks once were an anomaly. Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge contemplates Daimler's role in changing that trend in her "All That's Trucking" blog.
Tags: Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E
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