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December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Mexico Pilot Effective But Limited, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proper safety controls in place for Mexican carriers operating across the border, but the pilot program to test the system has too few participants to project the outcome of a full border opening, says the DOT Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexican Trucking

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ryder Used-Truck Customer Service Adds Language Translation

Ryder System is partnering with the telephone language interpretation service Language Select to provide support for more than 200 different languages for the company’s pre-owned vehicle customers.

Tags: Customer Service, Ryder System, Used Trucks, Certified Pre-Owned

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Jost Ships 400,000th Fifth Wheel

Jost International this month shipped the 400,000th fifth wheel manufactured at the company’s Greeneville, Tennessee, facility, which is expanding.

Tags: Fifth Wheels, Jost International

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Soars, New Home Sales Drop

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Consumer confidence reached its most favorable level this month since the last cyclical peak was set in January 2007, according to the Thompson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers, released just before Christmas.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Fall from Previous Week

Four-week spot market freight rates for vans, flatbeds and reefers, left-to-right. Graphic: DAT Solutions

Spot market freight rates posted declines as Christmas approached, according to numbers from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 26, 2014 - Global News

Daimler Trucks Announces Top Management Changes in Asia

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. that cooperate together under the Umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, have announced personnel changes in their Board of Management.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Daimler, Asia

December 24, 2014 - Industry News

December Bulk DEF Prices Reach 2014 High

Photo by Jim Park.

December DEF prices will see some of the highest bulk DEF prices in 2014, according DEF Tracker. There has been large month-to-month increase in DEF prices for all modes of supply in December.

Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker, Diesel Fuel

December 24, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Names Chief Financial Officer

TJ McGeean, Chief Financial Officer at C.R. England. Photo via C.R. England.

C.R. England appointed TJ McGeean as the Chief Financial Officer of the company, replacing current company president, Josh England who had been serving in a dual role as CFO since 2013.

Tags: C.R. England, People, Truckload, Promotions

December 24, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Multimodal Appoints New President

Photo via Con-way.

Con-way Multimodal announced the appointment of Gregory L. Orr as president of the freight brokerage division of Menlo Logistics. He was previously the vice-president of operations of operations.

Tags: Promotion, People, Con-way Inc., Multimodal

December 24, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Celebrates Millionth Truck Delivery

From left are TransAm Trucking’s Murray Droescher (chief financial officer) and Russ McElliott (president); Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president; and Preston Feight, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing: Photo via Kenworth.

Kenworth celebrated the delivery of its one millionth truck to TransAm Trucking of Lathe, Kan. The 91 year-old company held a ceremony to celebrate the milestone at the Kenworth assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Sales, Kenworth T680

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

The Year's Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year.

Tags: FMCSA, Legislation, ELDs, Highway Bill, 34-Hour Restart, CSA, Fuel Economy Standards

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Groups Decry 'Hidden Gas Tax' in California

The price of a gallon of gasoline in California could potentially increase by as much as 16 to 76 cents per gallon on Jan. 1 under a new state regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Greenhouse Gas, Emissions Reduction, Legislation

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

New TA Truckstop Opens In Alabama

TravelCenters of America expanded its network of truckstops with the opening of a new TA in Lincoln, Ala., located at Interstate 20 exit 168.

Tags: Alabama, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

No Headline News E-news Christmas Day

Photo: Today's Trucking

In order for our staff to spend time with their families this holiday, there will be no Headline News e-newsletter on Christmas Day. On December 26, we'll send a special version of the newsletter.

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Sidewall Blisters Prompt CMA Trailer Tire Recall

China Manufacturers Alliance is recalling certain Bluestar LQ225 size 8-14.5 low platform trailer tires manufactured Feb. 24, 2013, to Aug. 9, 2014.

Tags: Recalls, China Manufacturers Alliance, NHTSA, Tires and Wheels

December 23, 2014 - Press Release

Toyo Tires Prepares for 70th Anniversary

The new company logo and concept rendition of the future Toyo headquarters: Image via Toyo Tire and Rubber.

Toyo is getting ready to celebrate its upcoming 70th anniversary in August 2015, with a special logo and new Japanese headquarters.

Tags: Toyo Tires, Company Anniversaries, Tires and Wheels

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.

President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CAFE Standards, Barack Obama, Tax Incentives, Bi-Fuel CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Legislation

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Marangoni Facility Produces 4 Millionth Tread

The 4 millionth tread coming off the production line at the Madison plant: Photo: Marangoni.

Marangoni Tread North America manufactured the company’s 4 millionth tread at its Madison, Tennessee, facility.

Tags: Retreads, Marangoni, Tires and Wheels, Tires

December 23, 2014 - Press Release

Michelin Updates Dealer Locator App

The Michelin Dealer Locator App: via Google Play Store.

Michelin Americas Truck Tires upgraded its dealer locator app, offering drag and drop capability, type ahead functionality, more search options and one-click access to all key dealer information.

Tags: Michelin, Information Technology, Google Maps, Mobile Apps, Tires

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Wows, Durable Goods Decrease

The value of the production of goods and services in the U.S. during the third quarter of the year increased at an annual rate of 5%, according to a third estimate from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

West Coast Ports Seek Federal Mediator in Labor Talks

The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents employers at America’s 29 West Coast ports, on Monday asked for federal mediation in its contract negotiations with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union.

Tags: Drivers, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

What's Behind the Lowest Diesel Prices in Years?

North American shale operations, like this hydraulic fracturing operation at a Marcellus Shale well, are one reason for a global glut of oil.

Since the summer, the price of oil has plummeted 50 percent, hitting its lowest level in more than five years about a week before Christmas. Diesel has fallen from a yearly high of $4.021 in March to $3.419 in mid-December.

Tags: OPEC, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Oil Prices

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks Nominations for Award

Graphic via Women in Trucking.

Women In Trucking Association and Navistar are seeking candidates for the 2015 Influential Women In Trucking award. The winner will be announced at the TCA annual convention in March 2015.

Tags: Navistar, Awards, Women in Trucking

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Trailer Orders Boost November Numbers

Photo via Carrier Transicold.

November trailer orders in the U.S. hit 39,356, the second highest month ever behind October of this year, according to a report from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Freight, FTR, Trailer Orders

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Falls to Lowest Average Cost in 4 Years

The price of oil has stabilized over the past week, but is still at its lowest level in years, while fuel prices show no signs of letting up from their dramatic declines.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

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