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February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar To Consolidate Engine Manufacturing

Navistar International Corp. announced the consolidation of mid-range engine manufacturing, the next step in its turnaround efforts. As a result, the company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill.

Tags: Navistar, Consolidation

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Universal Truckload 2013 Profit and Revenue Increase, Declares Dividend

Asset-light freight transportation provider Universal Truckload Services saw improvements in both its yearly and final quarter profit, according to newly released numbers.

Tags: Earnings, Universal Truckload

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Promotes Sandeep Kar

Sandeep Kar has been recently promoted to the role of global director of research for Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive and Transportation industry research group.

Tags: Leadership, Frost & Sullivan, People

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Now Taking Comments on Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aims to plug some holes in the regulatory net with its proposed clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. The clearinghouse, which has been on the safety wish list for 15 years, is designed to prevent commercial drivers from hiding drug or alcohol violations and ensure that carriers are meeting their responsibility to test for substance abuse.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Concern About Possible Natural Gas Measurement Changes for Vehicles

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A group dedicated to the development of a market for natural gas powered vehicles has issued a call to action over possible changes in the way compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas are priced and sold.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Compressed Natural Gas, Weights and Measures

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Continental Adds New Management to Commercial Tires

Fedérico Jiménez

Continental Tire the Americas has appointed new management to its Commercial Vehicle Tire group, which encompasses medium radial truck tires and commercial specialty tires.

Tags: Continental, Leadership, Tires, Wheels, People

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Accepting Technician Scholarship Applications

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship programs available for diesel technician studies at WyoTech, the University of Northwestern Ohio, and Lincoln Technical Institute/Lincoln College of Technology/Nashville Auto Diesel College.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Technician Training

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Dana Profit Dips Still Strong

The parent of truck and auto component maker Dana saw a slight decline in both sales and profits last year, but still reported healthy numbers, according to just release figures.

Tags: OEM, Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Dana

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Port of New York and New Jersey Asked to Tackle Freight Delays

A group representing the nation’s retailers is urging officials with the Port of New York and New Jersey to do something about increasing delays at its terminals.

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

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing and Leading Index Up, Consumer Prices Tame

UPDATED -- U.S. manufacturing has hit is highest level in nearly four years, according to a report released Thursday

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Leading Economic Indicators

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Port of Virginia Launches Motor Carrier Task Force to Address Delays

The Port of Virginia has announced the formation of the Motor Carrier Task Force to focus on issues at the state-controlled marine terminals that are affecting the ability of truck drivers to efficiently move cargo in and out of the terminals.

Tags: Drivers, Virginia, Port Trucking

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Shows Off Futuristic Tractor-Trailer

Turbine-electric powertrain and carbon-fiber trailer sides are not yet used in commercial motor trucks, but a concept Walmart tractor's COE layout and trailer's rounded nose hark back to previous times while at the same time evoking a "Jetsons" futuristic feel.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Walmart, Future Trucks, Concept Vehicles, Fuel Efficiency, Engines

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Starts Next Truck Fuel Economy Rule

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on improving the fuel efficiency of American trucks, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House photo by Amanda Lucidon)

UPDATED -- President Obama pushed the start button on the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty fuel economy standards.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, Barack Obama, NHTSA, Regulations, ATA

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

PIT Puts a Number on Fuel Efficiency Ratings

FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group now offers a technology certification program that allows consumers to identify the fuel efficiency value of almost any fuel-saving technology.

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

New Report Slams Port Trucking Business Practices

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new report claims to reveal the “enormous scale and shocking costs of an illegal business practice used by employers in the U.S. port trucking industry”

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Ports, Intermodal, Owner-Operators

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Professional Truck Driver Earns Highway Angel Wings for Helping Injured Motorist

Despite almost being hit by a motorist who lost control of his vehicle, Thomas L. Colston was willing to stop and help as an accident unfolded into a fiery situation. For his selfless actions, the Truckload Carriers Association has named him a Highway Angel.

Tags: Frito-Lay, TCA Highway Angel

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

January HD Net Orders Up 51%

Class 8 net orders started 2014 with a high-side surprise, up 9% month-over-month and 51% year-over-year. Classes 5-7 also got off to a good start with orders up 14% month-over-month and 33% year-over-year.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Market Rates Fall but Still Strong

Newly released figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT show rates on the spot market are down slightly over the past week in two the three major categories and while it unchanged in another.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Cold Weather Freezes Out January Truck Tonnage

Credit: ATA

Like many other parts of the American economy, trucking felt negative effects in January due to extremely cold weather, snow and ice, according to just released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Plummets, Producer Prices Edge Higher

Housing starts in the U.S. fell 16% last month while the number of permits issued for new construction declined for the third straight month, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Wholesale Prices, Housing Starts

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Canada Unveils eManifest Requirements for Inbound Freight

The Canada Border Services Agency has proposed regulations to mandate eManifest requirements for carriers hauling into the country.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Freight

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Working on Talking Car and Light Truck Technology

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is spearheading national efforts to create connected-vehicle communication technology for roadways. Photo: VTTI

Following a U.S. Department of Transportation call to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been tapped to design the delivery integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, U.S. DOT, V2V, NHTSA

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Group Criticizes Fuel Economy Rules, Others Positive to Cautious

The nation’s largest group of truckers is speaking out against President Obama’s Tuesday announcement ordering federal regulators to increase fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for trucks beyond the 2018 model year. Others say the plan will pay dividends in the trucking industry.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Frost & Sullivan, Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, Barack Obama, OOIDA, Diesel Technology Forum, NHTSA

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Increases for Fourth Straight Week, Highest Since April

Credit: DOE/EIA

The average cost of diesel has moved higher for the fourth consecutive week, according to new figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Department, while gasoline prices have also picked up and oil hit a high for the year.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Pam Transport Launches Veterans Hiring Program

Pam Transport, an irregular route common and contract carrier headquartered in Tontitown, Ark., recently launched Honor Road, its new civilian career transition program. This program allows military members and veterans to build a new career while earning pay from Pam Transport and benefits from G.I. Bills.

Tags: Drivers, Veterans, PAM Transport

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