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May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 April Sales Post Best Performance in Six Months

Retail sales for Classes 5 through 8 in North American posted solid gains in April according to the latest State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Announces Public-Private Partnership Reforms

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Commonwealth Transportation Board has passed a resolution to increase transparency and competition and to better evaluate the public’s risk for projects delivered under public-private partnerships.

Tags: Virginia, Highway Funding

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Raises Second Quarter Expectations

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line on Tuesday increased its outlook for growth in second-quarter revenue per hundredweight, excluding fuel surcharges, to a range of 3% to 3.5% from the same time in 2013.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Freight

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Moves Lower for Fourth Straight Week, Oil Higher Over Past Week

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

The average U.S. price for on-highway diesel keeps moving lower, with the Energy Department reporting the fourth consecutive weekly decline. It shed 0.9 cent from a week ago, hitting...

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Werner Enterprises Co-Founder Gloria Werner Dead at 79

Gloria Werner, one of the co-founders of the trucking company Werner Enterprises, died on May 20 at the age of 79.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, People

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Mack, Navistar, Autocar Trucks

Mack Trucks is recalling a little more than 44,000 trucks due to a possible failure of the hazard warning lights. This includes the following trucks, manufactured Feb. 28, 2006 through Nov. 8, 2013, and equipped Hamsar Electronic Flasher: 2010-2014 CHU, CXU, and MRU; 2007 CT and CV; 2008-2014 GU; and 2011-2014 LEU, and TD.

Tags: Navistar, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Autocar, NHTSA

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Wilson County Tire & Retreading Opens New Marangoni Retread Plant

Sumerel Tire Service, Newport, Ky., has expanded its operation to include the middle Tennessee market area with the addition of a new Marangoni retread facility in Lebanon, Tenn.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Marangoni

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Good Orders Up, Shipments Fall; Consumers Upbeat

UPDATED: Shipments for these items designed to last three years or more fell 0.2% from March, following a 1.3% gain. The decline was led by a 1% drop in transportation shipments.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Confidence

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Diesel Vehicle Particulate Matter Small, Declining

The nation’s diesel engine lobby is pointing to the release of new research that shows diesel emissions are often wrongly blamed for causing too much pollution and diseases, while recent efforts to curb them is often misunderstood.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Research, Diesel Emissions, Diesel Technology Forum

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components Division Renamed Federal-Mogul Motorparts

Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation has announced that its the Vehicle Components division will be renamed Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

Tags: Federal Mogul, Aftermarket, OEM, Aftermarket Parts, Parts

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Major Construction, Lane Closures on I-95 in Northern Virginia Continue This Summer

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that drivers traveling on I-95 in Northern Virginia should prepare for more lane closures and traffic impacts this summer.

Tags: I-95, Interstate 95, Virginia, Road Construction

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

TAT and WIT Pilot Program to Combat Human Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking and Women in Trucking are looking for female drivers to participate in a pilot program that aims to fight human trafficking.

Tags: Women in Trucking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Image, Drivers

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April New Homes Sales Up from March

Sales of new homes in the U.S. rose in Apri, ending two months of back-to-back declines, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. It increased 6.4% in April from the month before but fell 4.2% from the same time in 2013.

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

South Carolina Ports Have Best Month Since May 2008

The increase in pier containers pushed fiscal year 2014 volumes up by 5.5% year-over-year. April's pier container volume represented a 12.3% increase over April 2013 and a 21.7% increase over April 2012.

Tags: Economy, South Carolina, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Reaches Agreement with Largest Shareholders

The trucking company USA truck on Friday said it has reached an agreement with its largest shareholders who hold approximately a 28% stake in the company.

Tags: USA Truck

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Developing Fuel-Saving Drive Axle

The LogixDrive 17XEVO axle in European trim. It may come to North America in 2015, Meritor says.

CAMERI, ITALY -- Meritor is developing a new drive axle intended to save fuel by reducing parasitic power losses resulting from oil churn. The company shared its plans for the new fuel-efficient drive axle at a press event for North American trade journalists.

Tags: Meritor, Drivetrains, Axles, Fuel Economy, Global

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Increased Cargo Thefts, Traffic, Highway Deaths Come with Memorial Day Holiday

AAA projects 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5% increase from last year, with more than eight in 10 driving to their destinations.

Tags: Security, AAA, Traffic Congestion, National Safety Council, Crash-Related Injuries, Highways, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Building Central Parts Distribution Center in Mississippi

The Volvo Group will build a 1-million-square-foot central parts distribution center in Byhalia, Miss., to support its Mack, Volvo and UD truck brands, as well as the Volvo Construction Equipment brand and Volvo Penta marine business.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Aftermarket Parts, UD Trucks, Mack Trucks, Parts, Volvo Group

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Water Resources Bill Passes, Ports Getting Financial Boost

The Port of Baltimore.

Congress passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, providing support for port maintenance and other maritime improvements.

Tags: Congress, Ports, Port Trucking, Legislation, Barack Obama, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Intermodal

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Reefer Rates Continue Increasing; Vans, Flatbeds Unchanged

The freight matching service provider DAT reports the total number of loads available increased 7.5% May 11 through May 17 compared to the previous seven days, while truck capacity grew 1.5%.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Hours Exemption for Drivers Serving Oil, Gas Wells

American Trucking Associations is seeking an exemption from the hours-of-service rule for drivers serving natural gas or oil wells.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, Hours of Service, FMSCA, American Trucking Associations, Drivers, Regulations

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Departures Continue at Pilot Flying J

Recent departures of key people from the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J continue following the loss of its president earlier this week, according to published reports. Meanwhile, a federal investigation lingers in the background.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Existing Home Sales, Economic Indicators Improve

UPDATED -- Three newly released reports suggest the American economy may finally be shaking off the winter doldrums that brought business activity down in the first quarter, with expectations of improvements well into the year.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Bid to Cut Funding for HOS Restart Draws Sharp Reaction

The American Trucking Associations is trying to get Congress to cut off funding for the restart provision of the hours of service rule -- a maneuver that has provoked a sharp response from Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and concern among some carriers and the enforcement community.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, FMSCA, American Trucking Associations, Congress, Regulations, Anne Ferro, The Trucking Alliance, Fatigue, ELDs

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Ray LaHood Declares U.S. Highways ‘One Big Pothole’ at ALK Summit

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood opened the second day of the ALK Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., on Wednesday by telling attendees that while the U.S. is "the greatest country in the world [our] transportation and infrastructure is a big mess."

Tags: Infrastructure, Ray LaHood, Highway Funding, Barack Obama, Congress, Highway Trust Fund

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