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November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Higher Fees Coming to Illinois Tollway Authority Routes

The phased-in toll rate increase, approved in 2008, will be the first for commercial trucks and trailers since 2005, according to the authority.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois Tollway, Illinois

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

ELD Rule Planned for September

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates it will post the final electronic logging mandate next September.

Tags: Insurance, Drug Testing, Vehicle Inspection, Speed Limiter, ELDs, Driver Coercion, FMCSA, Regulations

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Delivers Trees for Troops

For the 10th year in a row, FedEx Corp. and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation are making the holidays a little brighter for America’s service members and their families with the Trees for Troops program.

Tags: Charity, Fleets, FedEx

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Drop, Building Permits at Highest Level Since 2008

Housing starts in the U.S. fell in October, but an indicator of future building is at a more than six-year high, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Encourages Truckers to Pledge for Positive Values

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is asking its members to “take the pledge” referring to the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign to promote positive values in trucking.

Tags: OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Trucking Moves America Forward

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Movers Seek Exemption from 14-Hour Limit

The International Association of Movers, a global trade association representing van lines and others, asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to let drivers work after the 14th hour in certain circumstances.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Household Goods Movers

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Oregon Seeks EPA Funding For Truck Replacement Program

Photo via Port of Portland

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is looking for local fleets and owner-operators to participate in a possible truck replacement program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program will pay for up to half the cost of a new truck, provided the old one is scrapped.

Tags: EPA, Oregon, Ports, Oregon Trucking Association, Clean Diesel, Emissions, DERA, Federal Grants

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Norfolk Southern Railway Purchase Increases Northeastern Reach

Photo: Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corp. is purchasing a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway, Delaware & Hudson Railway Co., to increase its reach in the Northeast.

Tags: Railroads, Norfolk Southern

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Rebounds During October to Near Record High

Graphic: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.5% in October, following a revised decline of 0.8% during the previous month, according to new figures released Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Thermo King Inverters Recalled for Potential Fire Hazard

More than 250 model year 2014-2015 Freightliner Cascadia models trucks that came factory-equipped with certain Thermo King power inverters are part of a larger voluntary recall that also affects aftermarket-installed inverters.

Tags: Freightliner, Recalls, Inverter, Thermo King, Daimler Trucks North America, APUs

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Training Team Receives National Accreditation

Navistar has announced that its Dealer Education team has received certification from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for the company’s dealer training programs.

Tags: Navistar, Certification, Technician Training, CASE

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Washington State Patrol Faults Trucker for I-5 Bridge Collapse

Skagit River Bridge Collapse: Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol on Monday released the findings of an investigation that determined that the truck that hit the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was 2 inches over-height.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Bridges, Oversize Loads

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Increase, Homebuilders Optimistic

UPDATED -- The Producer Price Index increased 0.2% from September, driven by a 0.5% jump in the cost of services.

Tags: Economy, Producer Prices, Home Building

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Two Fleets Accuse Pilot Flying J CEO of Fraud over Fuel Rebates

A federal lawsuit against truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has been amended, accusing the company's top executive of directing an alleged fuel rebate scheme.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Former ATA Executive Passes Away

ATA president Bill Graves sent out a statement announcing that Clint Wheeler, a former ATA member who worked in the executive office, passed away from liver cancer. Wheeler joined the ATA in 1989 before leaving to work at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

Tags: ATA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, People

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Nussbaum Gives Drivers 6% Pay Increase

Nussbaum Transportation announced that it would be giving its over-the-road drivers a 6% pay increase beginning in January 2015. The pay will be increased from 42 cents to 52 cents per mile based on the length of haul, with a minimum pay guarantee of $1,050.

Tags: Nussbaum Transportation, Driver Pay, Drivers, Fleets

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Costs Resume Falling, Average Hits $3.661

The average price of on-highway diesel fuel moved lower over the past week, after seeing its first increase since June last week, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s weekly report on Monday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Names New Components Group President

Cummins Inc. named Tracy Embree as the company’s president of the components group, moving on from her post as the president of Cummins turbo technologies. The move will be effective on January 1, 2015.

Tags: Cummins, Promotion, People

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Manitoba Expands with Third Dealership

Photo via Peterbilt Manitoba.

The Canadian dealership group opened a new parts and service center called Peterbilt Manitoba-East operating in Springfield, Manitoba.

Tags: Canada, Peterbilt, Dealership, Dealers, Parts and Service

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Turnpike Debuts CNG Filling Dispensers

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and Sunoco Inc. have opened three compressed natural gas fueling dispensers at the Turnpike's New Stanton Service Plaza.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Pennsylvania Turnpike

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Requests Industry Input on Truck Platooning

The American Transportation Research Institute is collecting data on the likely costs and benefits associated with Truck Platooning and is requesting industry input through an online survey.

Tags: Survey, U.S. Department of Transportation, ATRI, Truck Platooning

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls Despite Increased Manufacturing

UPDATED -- Industrial production in the U.S. edged down 0.1% in October after having advanced 0.8% in September, according to new figures from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Expects Higher Earnings, Plans Stock Offering

The parent of trucking companies Covenant Transport and others said it expects big improvement when its fourth quarter earnings are released and plans a public stock offering.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

November 16, 2014 - Industry News

Detroit Assurance: Collision Mitigation, Assisted Braking, Better MPG

Photo by Jim Park

The new Detroit Assurance from Daimler Trucks North America is an active vehicle safety system that complements fuel efficiency while adding a huge measure of driver convenience. The system was formally unveiled at a ride-and-drive event in Miami, Florida, on Friday.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, DTNA, Detroit Assurance, Adaptive Cruise Control, Fuel Efficiency, Transmissions, Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning, Detroit Diesel

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet and ALK Track the Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree Tracker: via PeopleNet and ALK

PeopleNet and sister company ALK are making it possible this year to track the Capitol Christmas Tree in real time on its 2,000 mile journey to Washington D.C.

Tags: ALK Technologies, PeopleNet, Capitol Christmas Tree, Asset Tracking

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