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May 7, 2014 - Industry News

Oklahoma, Dallas Order 321 Bi-Fuel F-150s as Demand for Natural Gas Grows

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

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Accepting Nominations for ‘Citizen Driver’ Award Program

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

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

American Truck Historical Society's National Convention and Antique Truck Show Set for May

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

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Improve Little From Last Week, But April Up Year Over Year

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

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

Yaw Promoted to Director of Marketing Baldwin Filters

Theresa Yaw

Baldwin Filters recently announced the promotion of Theresa Yaw to director of marketing.

Tags: People, Baldwin Filters

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Highway Angel Spokesperson Lindsay Lawler to Kick Off Second Truck Stop Tour

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

Lawsuit Filed Over Recent Port Trucker Strike Settlement

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.

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Senators Intrigued by Virginia Approach to Highway Funding

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

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Kroger Adding LNG Fleet in Oregon

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

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Signs Multiple Fueling and Station Construction Agreements

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Vipar Heavy Duty Network Adds Consolidated Truck Parts

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

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Spear Named ATA Vice President, Chief of Legislative Affairs

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

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Westport Debuts WiNG Ford F-150 in California

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

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

AMSA Receives Grant to Address Driver Shortage through Online Resources

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

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Performance Truck Opens Kenworth Dealership in Victoria, Texas

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

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Tight Capacity Pushes Trucking Conditions Index Higher

FTR Trucking Conditions Index, Jan. 2013 through March 2014. Credit: FTR

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 Open LNG Fueling Lanes in U.S.

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

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Reverses Course, Gasoline Falls After 12 Straight Hikes

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

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Orbcomm Launching New Generation of Satellites

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

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Dean Kaplan Elected NTTC Chairman

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

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Roar Logistics Purchases Legend Transportation Group

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

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Increasing Tanker Company Driver Pay

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

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Commercial Driver Seat Belt Use Hits Record High

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

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Volume Rises 2.6% in First Quarter

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

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Reports Class 8 Orders for April Tempered from Hot Pace of Previous Four Months

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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