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September 3, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Getting Closer to Decision on Crash Accountability

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finished its analysis of crash accountability and is now reviewing the work in preparation for public release.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC, Crash Accountability

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Guest Commentary: Freight Efficiency - Lofty Goals with Little Action

In too many cases we have seen government state laudable goals in its laws while at the same time doing little or in some cases working against those goals from being achieved. This unfortunately appears to be the case with the federal transportation reauthorization act, known as MAP-21, when it comes to freight policy.

Tags: Colorado, MAP-21, Truck Weights

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Nopetro Reports CNG Usage at its Leon Facility 300% More Than Expected

Nopetro anticipated dispensing 100,000 gallons during the initial year. Instead the facility provided an estimated 400,000 gallons of CNG fuel to serve the needs of its growing clientele.

Rapid adoption of compressed natural gas usage by various organizations has led to an exponential increase in use at Nopetro’s Leon County-based fueling facility, announced company CEO Jorge Herrera.

Tags: Florida, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Nopetro

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Eaton Drops Hydraulic Hybrid System

Eaton's Hydraulic Launch Assist was well-suited to the refuse market, but natural gas seems to have overtaken hybrids in this market.

Eaton recently discontinued its Hydraulic Launch Assist system, a parallel hydraulic hybrid well-suited to the stop-and-go world of refuse trucks. That leaves the RunWise Advanced Series Hybrid drive system from Parker to serve the market, where both systems had built up some market share.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Eaton HLA, Eaton, Parker Hannifin, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 30, 2013 - Industry News

Penske Completes Australian CV Group Acquisition

Penske Automotive Group Inc., an international automotive retailer, has completed the acquisition of Western Star Trucks Australia Pty Ltd., a distributor of commercial vehicles, related spare parts and aftermarket support across Australia and New Zealand and portions of Southeast Asia from Transpacific Industries Group Limited.

Tags: Penske, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 30, 2013 - Industry News

Report Concludes Zero-Emissions Trucking Feasible in Europe by 2030

A report commissioned by the International Council on Clean Transportation has found battery-electric and fuel cell electric trucks could be feasible in Europe by 2030. The report was produced by CE Delft in the Netherlands and the German Aerospace Centre and surveyed leading-edge zero-emissions technologies for both short- and long-haul on-road freight carriers.

Tags: Europe, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 30, 2013 - Industry News

Trucker Buddy and PeopleNet Offer Scholarships

PeopleNet and Trucker Buddy International have agreed to offer scholarships to the children and dependents of teachers and drivers in an effort to encourage more students to consider a career in education or transportation.

Tags: PeopleNet, Trucker Buddy

August 30, 2013 - Industry News

DEF Tote Refill Prices Slip

The national average for DEF tote refill prices dropped six cents to $1.91 per gallon in the U.S. during the month of August 2013 compared with the previous month. In Canada prices followed the same trend and decreased by two cents to CAD$ 0.57 per liter in the same period.

Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker

August 30, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Adds Panel on Truck Maker Green Truck Plans

The Green Fleet Conference, Oct. 1-2 in Phoenix, has added a panel discussion of truck maker representatives to discuss what they're doing to meet greenhouse gas/fuel economy regulations for 2014 and beyond, the current and future status of alternative fuels, hybrid/electric and more.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

FreightWatch Warns Labor Day Weekend Poses Threat For Increased Thefts

Holiday weekends notoriously show an increase in cargo theft risks for transportation companies, shippers and manufacturers. Historically, FreightWatch has recorded high theft levels, including pharmaceuticals, electronics and several $1 million-plus valued thefts over Labor Day Weekend.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

New Trillium CNG Station for GreenTeam of San Jose

GreenTeam expects to more than double its fleet of CNG trucks over the next 12 months.

A new natural gas fueling station that Trillium CNG designed and built went into service recently at the GreenTeam of San Jose, Calif., facility.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Trillium CNG

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia's Southbound I-81 Now Open to Traffic

Both lanes of southbound Interstate 81 between mile markers 120 and 125 in Montgomery County near Blacksburg, Va., are open to traffic. The lanes reopened before 5 p.m.

Tags: Virginia, I-81, Road Construction

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

IdleAir Accelerates Texas Expansion

IdleAir, a truck stop electrification service provider, continues to expand its fuel saving solution at travel centers and dedicated fleet terminals in Texas. Construction recently completed for IdleAir’s dedicated fleet facility with Transportation Services Inc., in Mesquite, and construction is underway for expansion in Laredo, on both the Flying J travel center and another major fleet terminal.

Tags: Expansion, IdleAir

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Approve Five of Seven ABF Supplement Agreements

New Teamsters contract with ABF won't take effect until all supplemental agreements are approved. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Teamsters Union members at the trucking company ABF have approved five of the seven remaining supplements, while two did not pass.

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, ABF

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Second Quarter GDP Performance Jumps

Analysts who were predicting a sharp downturn in the nation’s gross domestic product in the second quarter due to earlier dismal economic news got a shock with the release of a new report.

Tags: Economy

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Crude Hits Highest Price Since May 2011

Photo: By Chad Teer, Coquitlam, Canada, via Wikimedia Commons

Following indications the United States will launch a military strike against Syria, the price of oil has reached a more than two-year high.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Economy

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

The U.S. DOT Opens Online Dialogue

Transportation is an engine for growing the U.S. economy and creating American jobs. Every day, people and businesses rely on a multi-modal transportation system to travel and to move goods to consumers at home and abroad.

Tags: DOT

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

Travel Delays Expected Through Monday Along I-95 in Baltimore

As the city of Baltimore gears up for the 2013 Baltimore Grand Prix taking place this weekend, the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Maryland State Highway Administration are reminding drivers to anticipate delays,

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Maryland, City of Baltimore, I-95, Interstate 95

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Highly Successful Trucking Companies Use Different HR Practices with Drivers

Highly successful companies use distinct practices in building their workforces and offer more benefits to recruit and retain drivers when compared to all other trucking companies, according to new research in the 2013 Texas Trucking Industry Study.

Tags: Drivers, Texas, Recruiting, Retention

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

Calling All To Join The Truck Convoy For Special Olympics Illinois

Law enforcement and truckers throughout the United States and Canada will join forces once again this fall for the World's Largest Truck Convoy to benefit Special Olympics. Truckers throughout Illinois are invited to join the annual Illinois convoy on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Tinley Park.

Tags: Illinois, Events

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

PIT Group to Host Fuel Consumption Test

Evaluations to include fuel consumption comparisons between North American and European truck models

Tags: Volvo, Fuel Economy, PIT, FPInnovations

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

Universal Lubricants Names Jan Horsfall CEO

Jan Robert Horsfall was named CEO of Universal Lubricants, manufacturer and distributor of the Eco Ultra line of sustainable motor oils and transmission fluids, in July 2013.

Tags: Leadership, Universal Lubricants

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

Trucks Transported 60.7% of U.S.-NAFTA Trade in June

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation released June North American Free Trade Agreement freight numbers showing that trucks carried 60.7% of the $93.5 billion of freight moved in June 2013 between the United States and its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico.

Tags: NAFTA, BTS, Surface Transportation

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

CDC: Older Truckers and Other Workers Suffer More Highway Deaths

Highway transportation incidents are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, with the highest fatality rates occurring among workers age 65 or older, according to a new Centers for Disease Control report.

Tags: Drivers, Highway Fatalities

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

SPONSORED: Chevron’s Delo to Bring Educational Truck to Green Fleet Conference

With the exhibit hall filling up fast for the 2013 Green Fleet Conference Oct. 1-2 in Phoenix, the Chevron company Delo will bring its 80-foot, rolling education center for attendees to check out its premium performance engine oils, lubricants and coolants.

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