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December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Capacity Donates Ice Bucket Challenge Money to Food Bank

Photo via Capacity.

Capacity Trucks sponsored a raffle raising money for a local food bank using the Ice Bucket Challenge, a popular viral internet campaign to raise awareness for ALS. Capacity donated the $1,600 it raised to the East Texas Food Bank.

Tags: Charity, Intermodal, People, Donations

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Suspension Waiting for Senate Action

File photo.

Thursday night's approval of an omnibus spending bill by the House of Representatives brought a suspension of the controversial 34-hour restart provision of truck driver hours-of-service regulations one step closer to reality.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Retreat, Consumer Sentiment Best in 7 Years

Prices at the wholesale level in November gave up all the gains made the month before, led by declining energy costs, while consumers in the U.S. are feeling better than they have in many years.

Tags: Economy, Wholesale Prices, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Florida Con-Way Freight Terminal Votes to Join Teamsters

File photo: Con-way

A group of 74 drivers and dockworkers at Con-way Freight in Miami Lakes, Fla., voted on Thursday to join Teamsters Local 769 in North Miami, Fla.

Tags: Florida, Drivers, Con-way Freight, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

FTR: Trucking Conditions Still Very Favorable

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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for October, at a reading of 8.53, fell only slightly from September’s level, reflecting still strong fundamentals for trucking companies, and the transportation analysis firm expects it to stay strong through next year.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Rates

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

FTR: Restart Suspension Could Boost Industry Productivity

Photo via FTR.

By increasing truckload capacity of the industry, there should be a slight boost to potential productivity, according to analysis from transportation research firm FTR.

Tags: FTR, Truckload, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA, Hours of Service

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

New, Used Truck Registrations Post Strong Third-Quarter Gains

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3 through Class 8 trucks increased nearly 14% for the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same time a year ago, according to a new report by the vehicle industry research firm IHS Automotive.

Tags: Research, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Registration, IHS Automotive

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Injury Rates, Costs Among Highest in Washington State

Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Washington State, according to a new report from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Tags: Drivers, Washington, Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Transportation Projects Larger Fourth Quarter Earnings

Trucking holding company Covenant Transportation Group has announced it expects to report fourth quarter earnings well above the level from a year earlier due to a big gain in revenue.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

DAT Freight Index Higher Than Year Ago, Falls from October

Graphic: DAT Solutions

Spot market freight rates and availability all posted healthy gains in November in the U.S. and Canada compared to the same time a year ago, according to the DAT North American Freight Index, however there were declines from the month before.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Post Biggest Gain in Eight Months

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The 0.7% increase from the month before is well above what many analysts were expecting.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Achates Signs Development Contracts with 2 More Manufacturers

Photo via Achates Power.

Achates Power, the developer of modern two-stroke, opposed-piston engines, says it has secured another contract with a leading global original-equipment manufacturer. The company now has five customers for whom it is developing variations of its designs.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Opposed-piston diesels, Achates Power, Engines

December 11, 2014 - Press Release

Betts Truck Parts & Service Unveils New Website

Betts Truck Parts & Service, one of three divisions of the Betts Company, has announced the launch of its new website at BettsTruckParts.com.

Tags: New Website, Betts Company, Betts Truck Parts and Service

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Eastbound I-94 in St. Paul Closed Over Weekend

The Lafayette Bridge via Minnesota DOT.

Eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., will be closed from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 for work on the Lafayette bridge.

Tags: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota DOT, Minnesota, Highways

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Reaction to Restart Suspension Includes Enforcement Concerns

As Congress moves toward suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, some trucking groups applaud the move while police worry about how they will enforce the change.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, 34 hour restart, Safety

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

California TA First With Black Bear Diner Restaurant

TravelCenters of America opened a Black Bear Diner restaurant at the TA Wheeler Ridge in Arvin, Calif. The sit down, full service restaurant is the first of its kind in the TA and Petro network.

Tags: California, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Withdraw Vote at FedEx Freight on Eve of Election

The Teamsters Union’s recent effort to organize drivers at FedEx Freight terminals is losing momentum with it pulling another organizing election petition.

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices in 2015 Expected to be Far Less Expensive

On-highway retail diesel are projected to average $3.07 per gallon in 2015, compared to this year’s expected average of $3.82 and 2013’s average of $3.92.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs, Improves Economy, says Report

Two-thirds of the economic benefits and jobs created by federal highway and transit investment occur in non-construction sectors according to a new IHS report.

Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, IHS Automotive

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Posts November Drop, 2014 Still Looks Strong

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

The newly released November Cass Freight Index shows a drop in total freight expenditures of 0.7% and a corresponding decline in shipment volumes of 0.2%, however the level was higher than expected, pointing to strong finish for 2014.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

DOT For-Hire Freight Index Hits Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, October 2009 - October 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index rose 0.3% in October from September, the fourth consecutive month-over-month gain, hitting an all-time high.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Move Higher in Early December

Spot market freight rates have improved across the board, according to new weekly figures from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Mack, Volvo Open Joint Uptime Center

Customer Uptime agents take calls at the the joint Mack/Volvo Uptime Center recently opened in Greensboro, N.C. Photo by Jim Park.

The joint Mack and Volvo Uptime Center brings all of the companies' aftermarket experts under one roof, where the support people and their expertise can get immediately to work on a customer downtime problem.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Dealers, Telematics, Downtime

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Opens IdleAir Facility at Texas Terminal

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

The IdleAir facility will provide drivers with in-cab services including air conditioning, heat, Internet connectivity, DirecTV and 120 volt electricity, to eliminate the need for idling.

Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Con-way Truckload, Terminals

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