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June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Consumers Buying 'Clean Diesels' for Fuel Economy, Long Range, Diesel Forum Says

Pickups still account for the majority of diesel vehicles, but cars and other passenger vehicles are increasingly powered by the compression-ignition engines.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Diesel Technology Forum, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Clean Diesel Vehicles

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Centers Expands Dealer Network

Truck Centers, which operates a chain of Freightliner/Western Star dealerships in Illinois and Missouri, has added Freightliner of Evansville to its network

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Slips 2 Points, Conditions Still Positive

The TCI took a modest hit during April but is still solidly positive and should stay higher for most of 2014. Much of the reason for the April's dip is the abnormal conditions seen during the winter are leveling off, and having less of an impact on capacity and pricing.

Tags: FTR Trucking Index

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Jeff Rogers Tapped to Succeed Scott Wolfe as CEO of Universal Truckload Services

Scott Wolfe will remain the CEO of Universal for seven months to help Jeff Rogers transition into that position. Scott’s appointment to Universal's Board of Directors ensures that his experience and counsel will continue to benefit Jeff and the company both now and after Scott’s retirement as Universal’s CEO.

Tags: Universal Truckload

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Dart Takes OTR Owner-Operator Rate to $1.00/Mile

The increase brings the loaded mileage rate up 4¢ per mile to $1.00 per mile, and the deadhead rate up 1¢ per mile to $0.91 per mile, effective July 1.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Dart

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed's June Beige Book Report says Economy Expanded In All Districts

Manufacturing activity expanded throughout the nation with a notable improvement along the East Coast. Growth was particularly strong for several Distracts related to motor vehicles, aerospace, and metals. Both non-residential construction activity and commercial real estate markets were generally steady to stronger since the last report.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Social Media Designed Western Star Hits the Road with OOIDA's ‘Spirit of the American Trucker" Trailer

The Western Star 'Design Our Star' truck hits the road pulling OOIDA's Spirit of the American Trucker tour trailer. It will make appearances at truck shows, conferences and truck stops.

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

May Orders Cool for Classes 5-7, Class 8 Still Strong

May's preliminary net order figures for Class 8 are the strongest since February, while Class 5-7 net orders slumped 27% compared to a very strong month in April.

Tags: Class 6, Class 7, Class 8, ACT Research, Class 5

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Restart in Spotlight on Capitol Hill

The companies say they are going to have to drive more during the day as a consequence of the two-night, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. sleep requirement in the new restart provision

Truck driver hours of service took center stage Tuesday as Senators grilled Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the new 34-hour restart provision. The exchanges during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the federal highway program were a prelude to a showdown Thursday on the restart.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, U.S. Senate, ELDs, The Trucking Alliance

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Factory Orders, Construction Spending Rise

New orders for manufactured goods were up for the third consecutive month in April, rising 0.7% to $499.8 billion. April was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 1.5 percent March increase.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Telogis Brings Insight 2.0 to Hino

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A., and Telogis announce a partnership to provide the next generation telematics platform for Hino commercial trucks.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management, Telogis, Hino Trucks

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck Pricing Slips Slightly in April

Black Book reports modest declines in all medium and heavy duty used truck segments, consistent with good demand and typical depreciation rates.

Tags: Black Book, Used Trucks

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

DEF Pump Pricing Holds, Bulk Pricing Dips

Declining feedstock prices are bring down the delivered price of diesel exhaust fluid in most regions of the country.

Tags: DEF Tracker

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

May Class 8 Orders Show Strongest Performance since 2006

Class 8 orders have now had sixteen consecutive months with year-over-year increases. Class 8 orders for the latest six month period through May annualize to 343,000 units.

Tags: FTR Associates

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Pedro Ferro Named CEO of Friction Manufacturer Fras-le

Perdo Ferro succeeds Daniel Randon, who is now CFO of the Randon Group.

Tags: Fras-le

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Australian Carrier Handed Record $1.25M Speeding Fine

Australians seem to take truck safety pretty seriously. A carrier and two managers were recently fined $1.25 million for repeated speeding offenses and tampering with speed limiters.

Tags: Speed Limiter

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Opens Registration for Fall Meeting, Issues Updated RP Manual

TMC’s 2014 Fall Meeting offers a collection of educational sessions designed to keep your maintenance personnel on the cutting edge of vehicle technology with over 15 educational sessions and more than 100 Industry Task Force meetings.

Tags: TMC, TMCSuperTech

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Partners with Hiring Our Heroes to Hire Career-transitioning Veterans

This partnership with Fastport and Hire Our Heroes enables veterans and military spouses to gain a better understanding of the tremendous employment opportunities available in the transportation industry.

Tags: Hiring Veterans, JB Hunt

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Tilting Support Columns Force Closure of I-495 Bridge in Delaware

The Delaware DOT closed the 1-813 bridge over the Christina today because an inspection showed four of the 37 support columns are tilted as much as four percent out of vertical alignment. Bridge engineers and consultant are on the scene and are placing tilt sensors to monitor the bridge. Detours for north and southbound I-495 traffic have been posted.

Tags: Road Closure

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

M2 106 Hybrid Approved for New York State’s Voucher Program, Daimler Says

The diesel-electric truck becomes eligible for a program that can pay up to half the incremental cost of acquisition. The program, called NYT-VIP, provides $19 million in incentives for clean vehicle technologies, and is backed by several New York agencies

Tags: New York, Freightliner, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Ontario Truckers Bullish on Industry's Future

The Ontario Trucking Association’s second-quarter 2014 survey of business conditions finds carriers are seeing across-the-board improvements and also said that rates are keeping pace with volume increases. In other words, it's good to be in trucking again in Ontario.

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt adds Ultrashift Plus, ISX12 G to Natural Gas Lineup

CNG-powered Peterbilt Model 579.

The Eaton UltraShift Plus is available in the 13-speed MHP and 10-speed LAS series and the 11.9-liter Cummins Westport ISX12 G is available up to 400 horsepower and 1,450 lb.-ft. of torque.

Tags: Peterbilt, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, UltraShift Plus

June 3, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Opens Second Driver Training School

Following the success of the first diver-training school, Celadon and Quality Drivers have announced the opening of a second school in Gadsden, Alabama.

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

IHS Automotive: New and Used CV Registrations Rise in Q1 2014

Photo by Jim Park.

While combined year-over-year commercial vehicle registrations rose from the first quarter of the 2013, the combined unit volume trend over the past 13 quarters has been relatively flat at an average unit volume of 312,000 units.

Tags: IHS Automotive

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Creep Downward to $3.918

On-highway diesel prices. Credit: U.S. DOE

Diesel prices moved lower again this week, if only marginally. Most regions saw declines except the Gulf Coast where prices held steady from last week. Gasoline was up more than 4 cents a gallon nationally, while crude oil saw another lackluster trading day on Monday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

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