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May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Shell Engine Teardown Compares Protection of Experimental Oil

These engine parts are from a teardown of an engine using an experimental low-HTHS viscosity oil. A visual inspection shows no noticeable differences in wear between it and the higher-viscosity oil.

What do you get when you put a group of trucking journalists in a room with three tables of engine teardown parts and ask them to choose which one is from the truck running the experimental low-viscosity oil? A lot of eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

Tags: Engine Oil, Fuel Economy, Shell Rotella, API, Engines

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Coercion Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing rules to protect drivers from coercion by their employers, shippers, receivers or brokers. The rules are aimed in particular at preventing abuse concerning driver hours of service, the commercial drivers license, drug and alcohol rules and hazardous materials rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Coercion, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Carper Sees Hope for Federal Fuel Tax Hike

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

As Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., sees it, the idea of a fuel tax increase to restore the Highway Trust Fund is not out of the question. Carper’s message to his colleagues in the Senate is to look at a wide range of ideas to save the Fund, but among them consider restoring the purchasing power of the fuel tax.

Tags: ATA, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Congress, Diesel Tax, American Trucking Associations, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Up for Second Straight Month, Near Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, March 2009 - March 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.6% in March from February, rising for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: 1 in 3 Four-Wheelers Admit to Driving Wrong Way on One-Way Streets

Most any truck driver will testify they have seen a number of unusual to downright dangerous things done by four-wheelers during their time on the road, but a new non-scientific survey shows just how often peoople engage in some driving flubs.

Tags: Highways

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Utility Trailer Sales Southeast Texas To Open New Parts Location In San Benito, Texas

Utility Trailer Manufacturing announced the opening of a new parts location in San Benito, Texas on June 1, 2014.

Tags: Aftermarket, Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Trailers

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Timken Announces Management and Board Changes

The Timken Company announced that the board of directors has named Richard G. Kyle as president and chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately.

Tags: People, Timken

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Hires Director of Engineering

Phillips Industries has hired Dave Lajeunesse as director of engineering. He will be responsible for all Phillips engineering protocol, research and development and customer relationships.

Tags: Phillips Industries, People

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

MHC Adds Dealership in Georgia

Heavy traffic makes travel in the Atlanta metro difficult with more than 400,000 people occupying the roads. MHC Kenworth is opening a new dealership in Conyers, Ga. The new location now positions MHC in every corner of Atlanta to better serve its customers.

Tags: Aftermarket, MHC Kenworth, Dealers, Georgia, Kenworth

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Recover Some Over Past Week

Despite a 2.5% decline in the number of loads available and nearly a 1.4% increase in truck capacity on one of the nation’s biggest spot freight markets, rates have picked up.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Echo Global Logistics Purchases One Stop Logistics

Third-party logistics and supply chain management services provider, Echo Global Logistics, has purchase One Stop Logistics, headquartered in Watsonville, Calif., and is now doing business under the Echo name.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Echo Global Logistics

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Post Biggest Jump in 18 Months

Prices at the wholesale level surged in April, with the Producer Price Index showing a 0.6% increase from the month before and the largest gain since September 2012, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Economy, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Task Force Developing Plan to Combat Delays at Port of New York & New Jersey

Having an appointment system for truckers serving the Port of New York and New Jersey is among one of many items being considered by a task force set up by the port to speed up truck movements at the facility.

Tags: Drivers, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Platooning System Offers Fuel Savings Potential

These two tractor trailer combinations were used to demonstrate platooning technology by Peloton Technology during an event outside Reno May 8. Photo: Jim Beach

Peloton Technology, Menlo Park, Calif., demonstrated its two-truck platooning system May 8 along a stretch of I-80 just east of Reno. The technology makes use of a forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to travel closer together than would normally be safe.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Information Technology, Future Trucks

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Minnesota Lead Wheel Weight Bill Heads to Governor

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A proposed Minnesota ban on lead wheel weights for all vehicles within the state, including passenger and commercial vehicles, has passed a final vote in both the state house and senate and is awaiting the signature of Gov. Mark Dayton.

Tags: Minnesota, Regulations, Lead Wheel Weights, Tires, Aftermarket, Wheels

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Company, Owner from Drug Screening Services

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration early this month suspended a company and its owner from providing drug testing screening services.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, California, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance, DOT Inspector General

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Talks Begin for West Coast Dockworker Contact, Deadline June 30

Port of Los Angeles. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

UPDATED -- The contract is between employers who operate port terminals and shipping lines, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, and dockworkers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Tags: Freight, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Volkswagen to Take Control of Scania, Stepping up Commercial Vehicle Efforts

Its $9.2 billion offer to buy out the truck-making arm of the Swedish vehicle manufacturer Scania has been accepted, according to published reports.

Tags: Volkswagen, OEM, Europe, Scania, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Committee Unveils Six-Year Highway Funding Proposal

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s highway bill picks up on the reforms initiated by its predecessor, MAP-21, and proposes modest funding for a six-year program. The committee calls for current funding levels plus inflation, compared to the $302 billion, four-year program proposed by the Obama administration.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Congress, Highway Funding

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Retail Sales Barely Improve

Retail sales in the U.S. barely moved higher in April, increasing just 0.1% from the month before, according to new Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

SuperRigs Contest Set for Thursday through Saturday

The 32nd annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition beings Thursday and runs through Saturday at the zMAX Dragway, part of Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Tags: North Carolina, Owner-Operators, Shell SuperRigs

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Transplace and Celtic Expand Intermodal Services in Mexico

Transplace announced that Celtic International has expanded its cross-border and intra-Mexico intermodal capabilities.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Intermodal, Transplace

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Southeastern Freight Lines Opens Service Center in Lafayette Area

Southeastern Freight Lines has opened a relocated service center in Carencro, Louisiana, in response to growing business in the region.

Tags: Southeastern Freight Lines, Expansion

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks For-Hire Carriers to Participate in Operational Costs Data Collection

The American Transportation Research Institute launched a data collection initiative to update the 2013 Operational Costs of Trucking report. Through a brief online survey, ATRI seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments.

Tags: Operating Costs, ATRI, Research, American Transportation Research Institute

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Second Straight Week

UPDATED -- The price of on-highway diesel has fallen for the second consecutive week but remains above its level from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

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