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October 29, 2014 - Industry News

New API Oil Standard May Be Ready in 2017

Testing is under way for the new API oil standard PC-11, but it could be 2017 before we see it implemented, according to an update from an oil company representative involved in developing the new standard.

Tags: Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11, Low-Viscosity Oil, Engine Oil, GHG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

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

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

P.A.M. Transportation Records Record Earnings

Dry-van truckload carrier P.A.M. Transportation Services reported record profit in the third quarter of the year, more than doubling from the same time a year ago to $5.1 million.

Tags: Earnings, PAM Transport

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That could mean changes in driver medical exams.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, MCSAC, Medical Examiners, Medications, Driver Health, Regulations

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

PERC Showcases Propane Technologies in Video Series

The Propane Education and Research Council released a series of videos highlighting companies that are developing and commercializing new propane technologies.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Propane Conversion

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Saia Profit Shoots Up More Than 26%

The mainly less-than-truckload carrier Saia inc. has reported an increase in its third quarter profit due to significant gains in tonnage and shipments.

Tags: Earnings, Saia

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Des Plaines Gets New Ozinga CNG Station

Martin Ozinga IV, president of Ozinga Energy, opens the new public CNG station at 200 Jarvis Ave. in Des Plaines, Ill. Photo: Jim Park

Ozinga Energy's new Des Plaines CNG filling station brings to four the number of public CNG sites it operates in the Chicago area.

Tags: Ozinga, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Illinois, Chicago, Green Fleet Conference

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for More Than 3,000 Volvo Trucks

Two recalls have been issued for Volvo trucks. One involves disc brake problems on VAH, VNL, and VNM model trucks; a smaller recall affects D16 engines in VNL and VNX models.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA, Brakes, Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Worthington Buys Controlling Interest in CNG System Company

Photo via dHybrid Systems.

Worthington Industries, which manufactures pressure tanks for CNG and LNG storage among other things, acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a designer of CNG fuel systems.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG Tanks, Worthington Industries, Natural Gas Vehicles, LNG

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Activity Slows, Consumers Upbeat

An advance report shows shipments of durable goods increased just slightly last month while new orders fell for the second straight month.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Espar Receives Two Supplier Quality Awards

Espar announced it has earned the Daimler Trucks North America 2013 Masters of Quality award and the GM 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence award.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Espar

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Highlighting Sustainability

Check out alternative fuel vehicles on the show floor, like this one from last year's Green Fleet Conference. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Green Fleet Conference this week in Schaumburg, Ill., will highlight alternative fuels, fuel efficiency and sustainability. There will be in-depth discussions and expert panels, a ride-and-drive of sustainable vehicles and an expo showcasing the latest green equipment and products.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleet Conference, Fuel Efficiency, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Events

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

Should a driver have to spend a full eight hours at a time in the sleeper? Photo: Peterbilt

It will take another year to launch a pilot program to see if drivers can safely split their sleeper berth rest time. The option is being pushed by carriers and drivers who believe more flexible rules could actually reduce driver fatigue.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Sleepers

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Lowest Since February 2011

Fuel prices show few signs of stopping their recent decline, and if expectations about oil prices into next year come to fruition, the ride may continue for a lot longer.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Purchases A&S Services Group

Trucking and logistics operator Celadon Group Inc. on Monday announced the purchase of A&S Services Group LLC, a regional for-hire and dedicated truckload carrier.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Celadon Group, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Coca-Cola Beefs Up Hybrid Van Fleet

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

The Coca-Cola Company plans to more than double the number of hybrid full-size vans in its service fleet by early 2015 and eventually reach a 10 percent replacement level for the fleet.

Tags: Coca-Cola, XL Hybrids, Chevrolet Express, Full-Size Vans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Food and Beverage Fleets

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Heartland Express Profit Increases 43%

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Profit and earnings for truckload carrier Heartland Express shot up in the third quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2013, as loads turned down were the highest since before the Great Recession.

Tags: Earnings, Heartland Express

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

ABF Increasing Rates More Than 5%

The mainly less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight has announced an increase in general rates and charges effective Nov. 3.

Tags: LTL, ABF, Freight Rates

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Second Con-way Terminal Joins Teamsters; Two Vote No

The Teamsters Union has gotten the go-ahead from workers at a second Con-way Freight terminal to represent them in talks with company management, but were turned back at two other locations in votes all supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.

Tags: Con-way Freight, California, Teamsters, NLRB, Labor Unions

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Names New VP of Technology

Gerard DeVito. Photo: Eaton.

Eaton named Gerard DeVito vice president of technology for the Vehicle Group. The promotion will be effective on Nov. 1, 2015.

Tags: Technology, Eaton, People

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Cites Central Transport Again, $145,000 in Fines Proposed

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited trucking company Central Transport LLC for 16 safety and health violations at its Hillside, Ill., terminal.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety & Compliance, Central Transport

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Focus Should Include More Than Cell-Phone Use

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Virginia Tech released new research examining crash risks associated with driver cell phone use and the relationship to other distracting behaviors. Some study conclusions have generated controversy.

Tags: IIHS, Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Driving Safety

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Trailer Orders 'Continue to Amaze'

Photo: Carrier Transicold

New trailer orders for September were up 81% over the same time a year ago, according to the latest figures from ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Sales

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