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September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Rises in August

Industrial production in the United States has posted its biggest increase in six months, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

New Bridge in Place Along I-5 in Washington

During a carefully choreographed series of activities, crews slid and lowered a new, permanent span for the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge into its final location and reopened the roadway to traffic on Sunday.

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

AP: Serious Problems With More Than 85,000 U.S. Bridges

New analysis of the nation’s bridges shows many are in desperate need of repairs and replacement.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Bridges

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Competitors Ask Court to Penalize Some Engines

A feud between truck engine makers and the federal government was heard last week in Federal Court in Washington D.C.

Tags: Navistar, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Introduces New Global Engine Platform

For on-highway markets, the G Series Heavy-Duty engine platform will be introduced as the Cummins ISG11 and Cummins ISG12 (shown here).

Cummins Monday announced a new global heavy-duty engine platform. The G Series platform is an in-line six cylinder engine, and will be available in 10.5- and 11.8-liter displacements to meet a broad variety of on-highway and off-highway global market requirements and emissions standards.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, Engines, Global

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Tampering Not New, But Dirties Exhaust and Can Damage Engines, Reps Say

Tampering attempts have become more desperate and damaging since 2002, when exhaust-gas recirculation equipment first appeared on diesels, and 2007, when particulate filters were required.

How much tampering with exhaust emissions equipment goes on out there? No one knows for sure, but panelists at a session of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s fall meeting in Pittsburgh last week said they had seen some flagrant cases.

Tags: Emissions, TMC, DPF, Engines

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks North America Prepares for Growth with Plans for New HQ

A rendering of how the new DTNA facility mightl ook.

Daimler Trucks North America announced that it will build a new headquarters building and parking garage on its Swan Island campus in Portland, Ore. On top of that, a new Daimler Education in Motion program benefits Portland metro area and Southwest Washington school programs geared toward engineering and manufacturing.

Tags: Oregon, Daimler Trucks North America

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

ATA and NATSO Blast Interstate Toll Study

ATA and NATSO say the public dislikes tolls, and for good reason. (Photo by Jim Park)

Two trucking organizations have slammed a new study that calls for placing tolls on the nation’s Interstate system as a way to pay for improvements and repairs, calling tolling "a wildly unpopular concept" and just another name for a tax.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Road Construction, Infrastructure Funding

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

Parts of I-25 and I-70 Reopen in Colorado

UPDATED 11:10 a.m. MDT, Sept. 15 -- Parts of Interstate 25 and Interstate 70 in Colorado that were closed earlier due to flooding have reopened. For the latest roadway conditions, log on to http://cotrip.org.

Tags: Colorado, I-70, I-25, Road Closure

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Encouraging DPF Orders for Reefers by End of the Year

If you missed the August 31 deadline for ordering new replacement engines for model year 2006 transport refrigeration units (reefers) or new replacement TRUs, the California Air Resources Board is recommending you take immediate action to order Level 3 verified diesel particulate filters forretrofitting your engines by the end of 2013.

Tags: CARB, California, Reefers

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. Canada Tolled Border Crossing Traffic Falls

New figures from the Public Border Operators Association show total vehicles visiting the 11 tolled border crossing between the United States and Canada fell in August compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Tolls, Traffic Congestion

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

Attorney vs. Attorney on Crash Accountability

The debate was civil and informed, but it underscored the deeply held convictions that divide trucking and safety advocacy interests over how the CSA safety enforcement system accounts for fault in crashes.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CSA, Safety & Compliance, Crash Accountability

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

Lawmakers, Industry Press for No FET Hikes on Trucks

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House to discourage any increase in the 12% Federal Excise Tax on the purchase of heavy-duty trucks and trailers, a measure that has been discussed as one way to raise more money for highways.

Tags: NTEA, TRALA, taxes, ATD, Congress, Navistar, Volvo Trucks, Equipment, Mack Trucks, Meritor, Highway Funding, Dealers, Infrastructure Funding

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Sluggish in August, Consumer Confidence Falls

UPDATED--Retail sales increased less than expected during August compared to the month before, but are up significantly compared to a year ago, driven primarily by auto sales.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Peterbilt Showcases SuperTruck During Energy Summit

Peterbilt Motors Co. showcased advanced technologies, including the SuperTruck developed to optimize commercial vehicle fuel efficiency during the annual Energy Summit & Fair held on the campus of the University of North Texas, home of the Paccar Technology Institute.

Tags: PACCAR, Peterbilt, SuperTruck

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Great Dane CEO and President Announces Succession Plan

Great Dane CEO and President Bill Crown announced his intention to step away from his day-to-day activities as the company's president, while retaining the role of CEO. Effective Oct. 1, Dean Engelage, Great Dane's EVP of Sales and Strategic Planning, will succeed Crown as the company president.

Tags: Leadership, Great Dane

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Selects Orbcomm Telematics For Trailer Assets

Ryder System Inc. has selected Orbcomm to deliver a comprehensive telematics systems solution tailored for Ryder’s fleet of more than 30,000 dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailers.

Tags: Ryder, Information Technology, ORBCOMM

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

July Trucking Conditions Index Makes Significant Jump

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.41 in July reflects a 30% improvement over the previous month’s reading. The jump reflects the indexes forward look at an expected pricing uptick for truckers this fall as capacity tightens with regulatory effects and decent freight demand.

Tags: FTR, TCI, Capacity

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Advocates Tolling Interstates to Pay for Improvements

A new Reason Foundation study claims tolling Interstates would raise around $1 trillion needed for road projects. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Over the next two decades most of the aging Interstate highway system will need to be reconstructed and will cost approximately $1 trillion, nearly $600 billion in rebuilding costs plus $400 billion to add capacity, according to a new study from the right/libertarian leaning think-tank the Reason Foundation.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Road Construction

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Gears up for Annual Conference

FTR Associates' 2013 Transportation Conference, "Insights for Uncertain Times," will be held Sept. 24-26 at the Historic Union Station in Indianapolis. More than 40 industry speakers and panelists will provide insight on the economy and all modes of freight transportation.

Tags: Economy, FTR Associates

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Roadcheck 2013: One in Five Vehicles Inspected Placed Out-of-Service

The results are in for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Roadcheck 2013, which took place June 4-6. Commercial vehicle inspectors across North America completed 73,023 truck and bus inspections during the 72-hour enforcement and safety outreach campaign.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA, OOS, Transport Canada

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Increases Fleet Of All-Electric Delivery Trucks in N.Y.

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division is adding 20 electric vehicles to its fleet in upstate New York, along with 20 innovative and enhanced electric vehicle charging stations.

Tags: New York, Frito-Lay, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear Seeking Nominations for Highway Hero Award

2012 Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award winner Jason Harte (right), with Gary Medalis, director of marketing, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. Harte rescued a family of six from a smashed minivan.

Goodyear is accepting nominations for its 31st North America Goodyear Highway Hero Award at www.goodyeartrucktires.com through Nov. 29

Tags: Goodyear, Goodyear Highway Hero

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Purchases Arkansas Truckload Operation

Wisconsin-based Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has acquired G.W. Palmer Logistics, a non-asset truckload service provider based in Batesville, Arkansas.

Tags: Wisconsin, Arkansas, Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owners Indicted for Ignoring FMCSA Shut Down Orders

The owners of two trucking companies the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered shut down last year have been indicted on federal charges after failing to comply.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance

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