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June 23, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Mayor Mandates Sideguards for Refuse Trucks

Screenshot via NYC Mayor's Office/YouTube.

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a bill that requires side guards on 10,000 city and private refuse trucks by 2024 to reduce deaths and serious injuries during collisions with passengers.

Tags: Legislation, New York City, Refuse Trucks, Elected Leaders

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Names Freightliner Custom Chassis Head, HR Manager

From the left, Eileen Frack, DTNA's newly appointed general manager of human resources, David Carson, new president and CEO of FCCC, and former FCCC president and CEO Bob Harbin. Photos courtesy Daimler Trucks North America

David Carson is taking over as president and CEO of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., following the retirement of Bob Harbin, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America has announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

May Truck Tonnage Increases But Remains Weak

Graph via ATA

Soft manufacturing numbers are still affecting truck freight, with the American Trucking Associations' Truck Tonnage Index rising only 1.1% in May following a 1.4% loss in April.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index, American Trucking Associations

June 23, 2015 - Global News

Volvo Trucks Certifies Euro 5 Engines for HVO Fuel

HVO reduces CO2 emissions between 30 and 90 per cent, depending on the raw material. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks announced that it has certified all of its Euro 5 engines for use with 100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, a form of renewable diesel fuel.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Renewable Fuel, Europe, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

State of Logistics: Truck Drivers Sorely Wanted

SOL report sees truck drivers as  "the limiting factor for the growth in trucking capacity.” Image: Penske Logistics

The numbers are in and 2014 was the “best year for the supply chain industry since the Great Recession.” Nonetheless, the truck-driver shortage still greatly concerns the logistics sector.

Tags: Driver Shortage, State of Logistics Report

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Replaces CEO

Glasman

Jecka Glasman will succeed Todd Bloom as president and CEO for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) on July 1, the company has announced.

Tags: C-Suite, Mitsubishi Fuso, Promotions

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Attendee Count Doubles

The Fleet Technology Expo is in Long Beach, Calif. on Aug. 24-26. Conveniently located in the midst of Southern California, Long Beach is nearby multiple SoCal attractions. Photo courtesy Long Beach Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Compared to the 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, fleet attendee count for the now renamed and expanded show has so far doubled in 2015.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Fall as Manufacturing Slows

A first look at May orders and shipments of manufactured durable goods, a key indicator for trucking freight.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Port Truckers Protest in New Orleans

Local TV station reports on trucker protest at Port of New Orleans.

Truckers at the Port of New Orleans are sick and tired of handling damaged boxes that they don't get paid for and are protesting, according to a local TV station.

Tags: New Orleans, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down for Fourth Week in a Row

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel dropped for the fourth straight week according to the weekly numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

East Coast Ports Could Gain 10% of Asian Goods by 2020

Photo: Photocapy via creative commons.

Following an expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016, up to 10% of container traffic to the U.S. from East Asia could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020, according to research by the Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson.

Tags: Ports, Panama Canal, Port Trucking

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Trending Up

Across the United States, cargo theft is up 11% in March through May from the same period in 2014, according to the theft prevention and recovery network CargoNet.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, CargoNet

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Large Fleets Driving Strong Used Class 3-8 Sales

Photo of 2011 Ram 3500 via Wikimedia.

Overall, used GVW 3-8 transactions from March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 accounted for 51.7 percent of total GVW 3-8 transactions in the U.S. market.

Tags: IIHS, Used-Truck Sales, Wholesale Prices, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 3

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 2500/3500 Trucks Increase Towing Capability

Photo of 2016 Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has increased the towing and payload capabilities of its 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups for 2016 through engine calibration, Ram has announced.

Tags: Ram Truck, Towing, 2016-MY, Ram Heavy Duty, Cummins, Diesel Engines

June 22, 2015 - Product News

SkyBitz Integrates ALK Maps with InSight App

SkyBitz has integrated ALK Maps with its InSight asset tracking and management web application, bringing real-time visualizations and interactive maps to the service.

Tags: ALK Technologies, SkyBitz, Integration, Asset Tracking, Information Technology, Navigation

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

May Truckload Rates Higher, Intermodal Rates Fall

Newly released figures show the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index once again remained higher in May than in each of the past three years, coming in 3.5% higher than May 2014 and 9.5% higher than two years ago.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Surge

Fueled partly by an increase in sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales in May rose to their highest pace in nearly six years.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Housing Starts

June 21, 2015 - Industry News

Reaction Tempered to Proposed Phase 2 GHG Rule

Image: Environmental Defense Fund

Stakeholder reactions to the rollout of the proposed Phase 2 federal GHG emission rules run the gamut from to cautionary to laudatory.

Tags: GHG, MPG, EPA, NHTSA

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Diesel Truck Share Tops 37 Percent

Illustration courtesy of Diesel Technology Forum.

More than 37 percent of all diesel medium and heavy duty commercial trucks registered in the U.S. are now equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines (MY-2007 or newer with near-zero particulate emissions), according to new data compiled by IHS Automotive for the Diesel Technology Forum.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Diesel Emissions, Diesel Technology Forum, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Wins TU-Automotive Connected Fleet Award

TU-Automotive recently named Mack Trucks its 2015 Commercial Vehicle Maker of the Year. Photo courtesy of Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks was awarded the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Maker of the Year Award by TU-Automotive at the TU-Automotive Detroit Awards ceremony in Novi, Mich.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management, Mack Trucks, Awards

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Vehicle Industry Supports Proposed Emissions Rules

NGVAmerica has commended EPA and NHTSA for its proposed new round of emission and fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Emissions, NGVAmerica, GHG, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, NHTSA

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Claim Phase 2 GHG Rules Will Cut Pollution and Save Money

HDT File Photo

The federal government’s top vehicle and clean-air regulators on June 19 formally announced their proposal for extending fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas emissions rules, and predicted positive economic and health-benefit results.

Tags: MPG, GHG, EPA, NHTSA

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Doonan Announces Hire of Marketing and Sales Manager

Photo via LinkedIn

Doonan Specialized Trailer announced that Michael Hinton has joined the company as the manager of marketing and inside sales.

Tags: Trailers, People, Marketing, Doonan

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 4500, 5500 Trucks Recalled for Speed Software

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1,771 Ram 4500 and 5500 cab chassis trucks in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 5500, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Ram 4500, NHTSA, FCA US

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

Bipartisan Senate Duo Lobbies Against Twin 33 Trailers

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan pair of Senators— Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)-- are lending their voices to the chorus opposing the nationwide legalization of twin 33-foot truck trailers via a rider to the T-HUD funding bill now under consideration by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Size and Weight, Double Trailers

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