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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, Fleets, 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, Service 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: Fleets, 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, Fleets, 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, Fleets, 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: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 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

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Female Driver First to Reach 4 Million Accident-Free Miles

Odom was 23 and working at a boat store in Orlando when she applied for a driver job at UPS in 1973. Photo: UPS

On Friday, when UPS tractor-trailer driver Ginny Odom completed her usual 650-mile route towing twin 28-foot trailers from Orlando to Unadilla, Ga., and back, she became the first female UPS driver in history to drive 40 years and more than 4 million miles without so much as a fender bender.

Tags: UPS, Women Drivers

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Canadian Carrier Leases 100 Ryder CNG Sleepers

Ryder compressed-natural-gas trucks will replace nearly one-third of the C.A.T. (formerly Canadian American Transportation) fleet of 325 vehicles.

Tags: Ryder, Fleet Leasing, CNG, Sleepers, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Rates Heading Higher

Less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight said Friday it will implement a general rate increase averaging 4.7% for non-contractual business, effective Oct. 27.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Freight Rates, Con-way Inc., LTL

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Highest Since 2008

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- Sales of new homes in the U.S. hit a six-month high last month while the improvement for August was cut dramatically, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Third-Quarter Profit Surges

Photo: Evan Lockridge

With year-over-year profitability improvements in its truckload, intermodal and refrigerated segments, Swift Transportation saw its net income surge to $50.2 million in the third quarter, compared to $30 million a year ago.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny

Ritalin, prescribed for attention deficit disorder, is one of the Schedule II drugs causing concern.

The doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are recommending closer scrutiny of drivers using Schedule II drugs, such as opioid-containing prescription pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC, Driver Health

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Third Quarter Income Higher

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Net income during the period was $16.7 million compared to $14.2 million in the prior-year quarter or 54 cents per diluted share compared with 46 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Forward Air

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Grows Third Quarter Profit

Higher package volume and growth in distribution and UPS Freight business led UPS Inc. to an upswing in third-quarter earnings compared to a year ago.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight, UPS, LTL

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Aids Children in Fatal Accident

David Ragland. Photo: TCA.

David Ragland was named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his actions in aiding two children in the aftermath of a fatal accident.

Tags: Tennessee, Fatal Accidents, Utah, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Image

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Group Profit Posts Big Decline

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Illinois-based operation reported income of $4.5 million compared to $18.6 million in the third quarter of 2013 with diluted earnings per share of 12 cents compared to 50 cents a year earlier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Hub Group

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Questar Opens Dallas CNG Station for Frito-Lay

Photo by Quantum.

Questar Fueling Company opened a new CNG fueling station with public access in conjunction with Frito-Lay.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Questar Fueling

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