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August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo’s Enhanced 2016 VN Series Trucks Tout Increased Fuel Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo announced several enhancements to the 2016 VN Series highway tractors designed to improve fuel efficiency compared to previous generations.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Powertrains

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Transport America Increases Driver Pay

Transport America announced a pay increase for all current and potential drivers working for the company.

Tags: Driver Pay, Transport America, Owner Operators, Fleets, Drivers

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Purchasing More of Arnold Transportation

Tennessee-based U.S. Xpress, one of the largest privately owned fleets in the country, reportedly is purchasing Arnold’s Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters and at least one terminal.

Tags: Fleets, U.S. Xpress, Arnold Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Stable, Rates Generally Slip

The amount of freight available on the spot market remained stable over the past week, while rates have improved little if any, according to freight matching service provider DAT -- but things could turn around soon.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates, Capacity

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Announces New Dates for Suspension Institute

Suspension manufacturer and supplier Hendrickson announced two technical suspension training sessions in September as part of the Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, Suspensions, Hendrickson

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Near All-Time High Despite Slight Drop

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, June 2009 - June 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index declined 0.9% in June from May, falling after four consecutive monthly increases, according to numbers released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index, Freight

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Small Fleet to Rehire Fired Trucker, Pay Back Wages

An Oregon trucker wrongly fired for refusing to drive an unsafe vehicle will get her job back, plus reimbursement for back wages and compensation for fees associated with the case, after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Vanguard Truck Centers Opens Two New Dealerships in Texas

Graphic: Vanguard Truck Centers.

Vanguard Truck Centers has opened two new Mack dealerships in Texas. The dealerships are located in Victoria and El Campo.

Tags: Texas, Mack Trucks, Dealers, Vanguard, Volvo, Isuzu

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Deaths Decline in First Half of 2014

Preliminary data collected by the National Safety Council indicates deaths from motor vehicle crashes during the first six months of 2014 are down 4%, compared to the same six month period last year, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Safety, National Safety Council, Highway Fatalities

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: July Retail Sales Stumble

U.S. retail sales were virtually unchanged in July from the month before, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, but were 3.7% higher than compared to the same time a year earlier.

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Driver In I-55 Crash Pleads Not Guilty

A truck driver has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying his logbooks and failure to maintain proper records resulting from a fatal July crash on I-55 near Chicago, but reckless homicide charges are still possible in the crash that killed five.

Tags: Hours of Service, Illinois, I-55

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

FleetCor Purchasing Comdata for Nearly $3.5 Billion

FleetCor Technologies, a provider of fuel cards and workforce payment services, has signed an agreement to purchase electronic payment services provider Comdata for $3.45 billion.

Tags: Comdata, Fleet Card, FleetCor Technologies, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bills Would Adjust Truck Weight Limit for Natural Gas

Increased weight is a disincentive for many fleets to buy natural gas powered trucks. Photo courtesy Central Freight Lines.

The House and Senate have bills that would raise federal truck weight limits to accommodate the heavier fuel systems of natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Weights, Legislation

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Posts Usual Summer Decline

The freight logistics sector slowed in July, following a seasonal trend, with both freight shipments and freight payments down 3.9% from the previous month, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Bill Starts 10-Month Countdown

Photo: Evan Lockridge

President Obama has signed the latest short-term extension of the federal highway program, starting a 10-month clock on yet another funding deadline.The $10.8 billion bill, passed by Congress at the last moment before the Highway Trust Fund dipped into the red, will keep the fund solvent until next May.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Ups Pay for Solo Drivers

U.S. Xpress, Chattanooga, Tenn., is increasing its base mileage pay and making other compensation changes for over-the-road, solo, non-dedicated truck drivers.

Tags: Fleets, U.S. Xpress, Driver Pay

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Brings Trucking Web Series to America

Volvo is bringing its trucking web series “Welcome to My Cab” to North America with a new episode.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo Trucks, Landstar, Web Series

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference & Expo Announces Speakers and Schedule

Mark Smith (left) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co. will deliver the keynote addresses at his year's Green Fleet Conference.

The Ninth Green Fleet Conference & Expo (GFC) announced its schedule for the annual event Oct. 29-30 in Schaumburg, Ill. The 2014 keynote speakers are Mark Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Makes $100,000 Donation to Trucking Moves America Forward

Photo: Trucking Moves America Forward

The American Trucking Associations has made a $100,000 commitment toward the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign, an industry initiative to showcase the positive side of trucking.

Tags: ATA, Trucking Moves America Forward, Image

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Many Detroit Area Interstates Closed Due to Flooding

Massive rain, described by some media outlets as “historic,” has hit the Detroit area, leading to flooding and closed roads, including many interstate routes.

Tags: Detroit, Weather, Road Closure, interstate

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Record Imports Expected for August

Trucks serving major container ports can expect to see record import volume this month as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Raising Driver Pay

Con-way Truckload has announced the rollout of an enhanced driver compensation package that raises per-mile pay, effective Sept. 7 for both company drivers and independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Con-way Truckload, Driver Pay, Con-way Inc.

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Illinois Governor Vetoes Speed Differential Bill

Illinois' governor has vetoed a bill that would reduce speed differentials between cars and trucks in rural areas near Chicago from 15 mph back down to the previous 10 mph difference.

Tags: Illinois, Speed Limits, Illinois Trucking Assocation

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Offering New Lease Options On Canter FE Series Trucks

Photo via Mitsubishi Fuso.

Mitsubishi Fuso is now offering a fair market value lease on the Canter FE Series trucks as a result of its partnership with Daimler Truck Financial.

Tags: Closed-End Leases, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Canter FE Series, Daimler Truck Financial, Daimler Trucks North America

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Asks Trucking Industry to Rank Top Concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute has launched a new survey asking trucking industry stakeholders to rank their top concerns.

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Industry Concerns, Stakeholders, ATA, Research

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