May 7, 2014 - Industry News
The State of Oklahoma, its agencies and the City of Dallas have ordered a total of 321 Ford F-150 pickups that can run on compressed natural gas or gasoline, according to Ford, which also said that demand for gas is growing strongly.
Tags: Natural Gas, Bi-Fuel, Oklahoma, Ford, CNG, Compressed Natural Gas
TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Citizen Driver Awards.
Tags: TravelCenters of America, Citizen Driver Award
Hundreds of antique trucks and thousands of trucking enthusiasts will gather in Springfield, Missouri, May 29-31, for the American Truck Historical Society's 2014 National Convention and Antique Truck Show. The event will take place at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
Tags: American Truck Historical Society, Events
Freight rates on the spot market gained little ground or fell over the past week, according to new numbers from the freight matching service providers DAT, but they gained significantly last month compared to a year earlier.
Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates
Baldwin Filters recently announced the promotion of Theresa Yaw to director of marketing.
Tags: People, Baldwin Filters
Country recording artist and Highway Angel program spokesperson Lindsay Lawler will hit the road later this month for her second consecutive Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour — and TravelCenters of America has just announced that it has reprised its role as the host of this year's series of events.
Tags: TravelCenters of America, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Lindsay Lawler
May 6, 2014 - Industry News
Thirty-three drayage companies have filed a lawsuit against Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Port Metro Vancouver and the Canadian federal government over the recent dispute resolution with the port’s container truckers.
Could Congress save the Highway Trust Fund by getting rid of the federal fuel tax? Two members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed strong interest in how Virginia solved its infrastructure funding crisis by replacing its per-gallon tax with a wholesale levy on fuel.
Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Congress
Kroger announced will be the first in Oregon to deploy a fleet of heavy-duty trucks that run on liquified natural gas. The 40 LNG trucks will replace 40 diesel trucks currently in use, and are expected to start making store deliveries in the Portland metropolitan area by the end of 2014.
Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, LNG, Kroger, Private Fleets, Alternative Fuels
Clean Energy Fuels has announced fueling and station construction agreements with multiple fleets representative of Clean Energy’s growing portfolio of natural gas fuel customers.
Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Fueling Station, CNG, LNG, Compressed Natural Gas, Liquified Natural Gas
Consolidated Truck Parts is the newest company to join the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder. Located in Rockwell, N.C., Consolidated Truck Parts was started in 1973 by John Hess who serves as president and owner.
Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket, Expansion, Consolidated Truck Parts
As chief of legislative affairs, Spear will be responsible for advancing ATA’s policy priorities in Congress including infrastructure funding, hours-of-service and safety issues.
Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, People
Westport Innovations is debuting its WiNG natural gas power system for the Ford F-150 at a trade show in California this week, while noting that it is emissions-certified by the state’s Air Resources Board as well as the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Tags: CARB, Natural Gas, EPA, CNG, Westport, Ford, Compressed Natural Gas, Bi-Fuel, Bi-Fuel CNG
The American Moving & Storage Association has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the National Network of Business and Industry Associations to create an online clearinghouse to help members recruit and retain new and existing van drivers, and to promote the careers in the moving industry to prospective workers.
Tags: Driver Shortage, AMSA, American Moving & Storage Association
Performance Truck has opened a new full-service Kenworth location with six service bays on U.S. Highway 59 in Victoria, Texas.
Tags: Kenworth, Aftermarket, Performance Truck
A measure of the health of the trucking industry has increased slightly, reflecting extremely tight capacity in the truckload sector, according to newly released numbers from the freight forecasting firm FTR
Tags: FTR, FTR Trucking Index
May 5, 2014 - Industry News
Shell and Travel Centers of America opened their first two liquefied natural gas fueling lanes in the U.S. in Ontario, California. This station is the first of the Shell and TA agreement to sell LNG to heavy-duty road transport customers in the U.S. at TA and Petro fueling centers.
Tags: Shell, TravelCenters of America, LNG Fueling Station, LNG
UPDATED -- The average cost of on-highway diesel has moved slightly lower over the past week, following two straight weekly increases, according to a new U.S. Energy Department report.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
A company that provides trailer tracking and an array of other information technology services to the trucking industry is scheduled to launch the first phase of a set of satellites on Saturday.
Tags: Information Technology, Trailer Tracking, ORBCOMM
Members of the National Tank Truck Carriers have elected Dean Kaplan as the organization’s new chairman at the association’s recent annual meeting in Las Vegas on April 28.
Tags: National Tank Truck Carriers, People, NTTC
The acquisition folds LTG, including its third-party logistics model and its online, less-than-truckload services for the retail store openings, mining, high-tech plant movement, gas and oil, and the energy industry into Roar's operations.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Roar Logistics
Most company tanker drivers will earn an additional 8% to 10% per mile, both loaded and unloaded, for an average increase of $4,000 per year.
Tags: Schneider, Tankers, Schneider National, Driver Pay
The Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Survey shows that the overall safety belt usage rate for drivers of all medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses rose from 78% in 2010 to new high of 84% in 2013
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Seat Belts, Safety & Compliance
Total intermodal freight volumes rose 2.6% above the previous year in the first quarter of 2014, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America, despite extreme weather conditions depressing economic activity across much of the continent.
Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight, IANA
FTR has released preliminary data showing April 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 24,115, 11% below March results. While orders tempered in April 2014 from the torrid pace set in the previous four months, they were 5% above a year ago, continuing the year over year positive comparisons for a fifteenth consecutive month.
Tags: Class 8, FTR
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