September 29, 2015 - Industry News
The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its next door neighbors Canada and Mexico totaled $93 billion in July 2015. All modes except air carried less freight than in July 2014.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight
The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists will focus on axle maintenance during its 23rd Technician Training Clinic.
Tags: Technician Training, ACOFAS, Hendrickson
Rising equipment costs and driver wages led to an increase in operational costs in 2014, according to a comprehensive report from the American Transportation Research Institute.
Tags: Operating Costs, LTL, Fuel Costs, ATRI, Truckload, Driver Pay
Consumers are feeling better than they were before and are spending more money because they are taking home larger paychecks, according two new reports. That bodes well for truck freight.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Personal Income, Personal Spending
The U.S. Postal Service is purchasing 9,113 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans for daily mail delivery, FCA US has announced.
Tags: USPS, Ram ProMaster, Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Delivery Fleets, Procurement
September 28, 2015 - Industry News
The truck driver shortage remains a "primary concern” for third-party logistics providers and the shippers they serve, per the 2016 Third-Party Logistics Study.
Tags: Driver Shortage, Logistics
The price of diesel fuel fell again for the third straight week, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Department.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
Alcoa’s board of directors unanimously approved a plan to separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies.
Tags: Leadership, Wheels, Alcoa
Reyco Granning has named a new president after it was announced that current president Dave Compton is retiring on Sept. 30, 2015.
Tags: Leadership, Reyco Granning, People, Suspensions
Plans to develop the only liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Florida are being scrapped as a result of increased domestic LNG production, reported Bloomberg.
Tags: Florida, LNG, Alternative Fuels
Heavy Duty Trucking is extending the deadline for nominations to be a part of the 2015 Top 50 Green Fleets to Oct. 6.
Tags: Green Fleets, Survey, Awards, Top 50 Green Fleets
The third party logistics and multi modal transportation services provider Radiant Logistics Inc. reported a small increase in net earnings following the purchase of three operations earlier this year.
Tags: Fleet Earnings, Radiant Logistics
September 25, 2015 - Industry News
The California Air Resources Board has opted to “readopt” a Low Carbon Fuel Standard that requires a 10 percent reduction in the “carbon intensity of transportation fuels” by 2020.
Tags: GHG, Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, CARB
The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) will open the application period for its upcoming round of funding under the Alt Fuels Colorado grant program on Oct. 1, the organization announced.
Tags: Colorado, Propane Autogas, CNG, Battery-Electric Vehicles, State Grants
Central Refrigerated Service has agreed to settle a sex and age discrimination case involving a mandatory strength exam for applicants.
Tags: Lawsuits, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Discrimination Complaint, Women Drivers
Used Class 8 volumes in August fell slightly from July but gained compared with last year’s numbers, according to the latest report from ACT Research.
Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales
Volvo Trucks North America announced plans to open a Customer Experience Center as part of a $38.1 million upgrade to its New River Valley truck assembly plant in Dublin, Va.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Assembly Plant, New Facility
Stemco has announced the promotion of Michael Keller to director of aftermarket sales.
Tags: Sales, Aftermarket Parts, People, Stemco
Swift Transportation has lowered projections for profits for the final two quarters of the year and for the full year, due in large part to at least one accident, legal claims and expected lower freight volume.
Tags: Economy, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings
The U.S. economy performed better in the second quarter of the year than earlier thought, according to a new Commerce Department report Friday, leaving some wondering if this puts the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Federal Reserve, Gross Domestic Product
Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign from Congress effective October 30, according to published news reports.
Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill
September 24, 2015 - Industry News
Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”
Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council
Jason Levreault of Manitoba, Canada and Josh Elmore of Lincolnton, N.C., are the most recent truckers recognized for their helpful acts in dangerous situations.
Tags: Truck Drivers, TCA, TCA Highway Angel
The Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks will add new features for the 2016 model year, including integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking, and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control, General Motors has announced.
Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD, General Motors, Class 3, 2016-MY
September 24, 2015 - Press Release
Waste Management and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) have opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at Waste Management's facility in Toms River, N.J., the companies announced.
Tags: Waste Management, New Jersey, Heavy-Duty Trucks, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG
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