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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: Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Dana, OEM

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: Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Economy, 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, Housing Starts, Used Vehicle Values

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

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

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Adds Commercial Tire & Service Center In Texas

The Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network continues to expand with the addition of a new Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Center in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Aftermarket, Wheels, Expansion

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Dupré Logistics Seeks Drivers for Crude Oil Expansion

In the next four to five months, Dupré expects to expand its 90 driver crude oil segment by adding 125 jobs to fulfill the needs of current and expected growth.

Tags: Drivers, Dupre Logistics, Expansion

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Demonstration SuperTruck Hits 10.7 MPG Mark

Cummins and Peterbilt announced Tuesday their latest version of their SuperTruck demonstration tractor-trailer achieved 10.7 mpg last month under real-world driving conditions.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Department of Energy, Peterbilt, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Mexico Launches Strategy for 'Undisputed Market Leadership'

A Business Class M2 at the Freightliner booth at last fall&#39;s Expo Transporte in Mexico. (Photo by Rolf Lockwood)<br />

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO -- Daimler Trucks North America, approaching 40% market share in the U.S. with its Freightliner and Western Star brands, has set its sights on Mexico as one of its largest opportunities for growth.

Tags: Mexico, Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Unions Take Aim at “Wrongheaded Policies”

Transportation unions are pushing back against what they claim is a torrent of "wrongheaded policies and business models that threaten the quality and safety of the nation’s transportation system and middle-class jobs."

Tags: Regulations, U.S. DOT, Labor Unions

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