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May 14, 2015 - Industry News

University Establishes Award Honoring Mike Pennington

D. Mike Pennington passed away Dec. 5, 2014. Photo: PenNotes LLC

The University of Memphis has established an award named in honor of alumnus Mike Pennington, a well-known figure in the trucking industry who recently passed away at the age of 64.

Tags: HDMA, Awards, Memphis, People

May 14, 2015 - Product News

Caterpillar Shows Long-Hood CT680; 15-Liter Diesel on the Way

With a BBC of 124 inches, CT680 is the longest of the three Cat Truck models. It’s available as a truck or tractor. Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar this week unveiled its CT680 on/off-road truck and tractor, the third model in a line of Cat Trucks first introduced about four years ago.

Tags: Caterpillar, Vocational Trucks

May 14, 2015 - Product News

J.J Keller Updates Driver Training Resources

J.J. Keller & Associates has released the third editions of the J.J. Keller Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual and Instructor’s Supplement.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, J.J. Keller

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

Senators Float Midsummer Highway Bill Patch

With one week left to pass a short-term funding extension two key Democratic lawmakers have introduced a measure to extend the authorization of surface transportation programs into this July.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Allows Twin 33s Nationwide; Keeps Restart Suspension Active

Photo: David Cullen

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $55-billion spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers on Interstate and other highways— regardless of state laws.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Trailers, 34-Hour Restart, Insurance

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fikes Truck Line Shutting Doors

Fikes Truck Line, Hope, Ark., is shutting its doors, with many of the flatbed company's employees being absorbed by Alabama-based Blair Logistics.

Tags: Fleets, Fikes Truck Line, Blair Logistics

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Smith EV Returns with Chinese Funding

Photo via Smith EV

Smith Electric Vehicles is returning to the U.S market after it announced an agreement to form a joint venture with Hong Kong-based FDG Electric Vehicles.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, China, Joint Venture, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks, Global

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Measure Hits Second Highest Level on Record

Freight Transportation Services Index, March 2010 - March 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT.

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the for-hire transportation industry in the U.S. increased in March, reversing a one-month decline and posting its biggest gain since last July, according a report released Wednesday.

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Considering Drone Delivery Vehicle

Screenshot via Workhorse.

The Workhorse Group — with its electric truck and a drone delivery system — is among the 15 companies qualified by the U.S. Postal Service as potential suppliers of its next-generation delivery vehicle.

Tags: Workhorse, USPS, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Commercial Drones

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Study: 25 Percent of Cars Create Most Air Pollution

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

The majority of vehicle pollution is produced by a small number of older or "badly-tuned" cars and trucks, according to a study by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Tags: Canada, Case Studies, Air Pollution, Trends

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Spring Back to Life

National average spot freight rates, four-week trend. Graphic: DAT

Rates for spot market truckload freight posted gains in two of the three major sectors May 3 through May 9 compared to the previous seven days, according the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

MATS Organizers: Show Will Stay Yearly

The show floor at MATS. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The organizers of the Mid-America Trucking Show say Daimler Trucks North America will "definitely be missed in 2016" but that the show is stronger than it has ever been and there aren't any plans to go to an every-other-year format.

Tags: Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Retail Sales Go Nowhere

U.S. retail sales in April were virtually unchanged from March, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday morning.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Awarded $400,000 Grant from DOE

Photo courtesy of Penske.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Penske Truck Leasing a $400,000 grant for the company’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Project, to be administered by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Grants

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Building a Safety Culture at the Fleet Safety Conference

The first day of the Fleet Safety Conference is packed with sessions and panel discussions on creating a positive safety culture within a company at the corporate and fleet level.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

T-Line, Successor to Diamond T, Plans Return to Market

Instruments and controls will use hard wiring to ensure simplicity and reliability, the company says. Photo: Diamond Specialty Vehicles LLC

Exclusive — Diamond Specialty Vehicles LLC hopes to begin producing Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks, tractors and glider kits, mostly for vocational use, later this year, promising quality and simplicity.

Tags: Cummins, OEM, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, T-Line Truck, Glider Kits

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Won't Exhibit at Mid-America Trucking Show in 2016

Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Daimler Trucks North America will not be exhibiting at the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2016, saying it is moving to an every-other-year format similar to the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany.

Tags: Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Wants Highway Bill Patched But Fast

Source: American Trucking Trends 2014/U.S. DOT Image via ATA

The ATA is urging Congress to quickly adopt a short-term measure to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat to help ensure that a comprehensive long-term highway bill gets passed in this calendar year.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, American Trucking Associations

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Westport Reports Smaller Financial Loss

The Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine. Photo: Westport

Natural gas engine provider Westport Innovations Inc. said last week it thinned financial losses in the second quarter of the year despite a 30% drop in revenue.

Tags: Natural Gas Engines, Earnings, Cummins Westport, Westport Innovations, Engines

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Brings Back Largest Green Ride & Drive

This year’s Fleet Technology Expo is bringing back Green Fleet Conference’s Green Ride and Drive Event, offering attendees the chance to get behind the wheel of green vehicles from major manufacturers.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Ride and Drive, Test Drive, Fleet Technology Expo

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Climb for Fourth Week Straight

Graph via EIA

The national average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel rose slightly to $2.878, continuing a four-week streak of price increases. The national average cost of a gallon of gasoline also increased this week, gaining 2.7 cents to $2.691.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Average Cargo Theft Value Increases

The darkest areas show where cargo theft activity is the highest. Credit: FWI

While the number of incidents of cargo thefts in the U.S. declined in the first quarter of the year from the same time in 2014, the average value of each heist jumped 25%, according to the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Expenditures Increase in April from Month Before

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

North American freight shipment volume and payments were up for the third month in a row during April, according to the latest readings from the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Tops $700 Billion for First Time

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking brought in over $700 billion, the highest revenue ever for the industry, according to an American Trucking Associations report.

Tags: ATA, Revenues, Industry Trends

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Generally Down In Past Month, Year

Spot market freight volume in April followed a typical seasonal pattern, declining 10% from March, while rates posted a more moderate drop

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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