December 11, 2014 - Industry News
Trucking holding company Covenant Transportation Group has announced it expects to report fourth quarter earnings well above the level from a year earlier due to a big gain in revenue.
Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group
Spot market freight rates and availability all posted healthy gains in November in the U.S. and Canada compared to the same time a year ago, according to the DAT North American Freight Index, however there were declines from the month before.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
The 0.7% increase from the month before is well above what many analysts were expecting.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales
Achates Power, the developer of modern two-stroke, opposed-piston engines, says it has secured another contract with a leading global original-equipment manufacturer. The company now has five customers for whom it is developing variations of its designs.
Tags: Diesel Engines, Opposed-piston diesels, Achates Power, Engines
December 11, 2014 - Press Release
Betts Truck Parts & Service, one of three divisions of the Betts Company, has announced the launch of its new website at BettsTruckParts.com.
Tags: New Website, Betts Company, Betts Truck Parts and Service
December 10, 2014 - Industry News
Eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., will be closed from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 for work on the Lafayette bridge.
Tags: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota, Highways
As Congress moves toward suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, some trucking groups applaud the move while police worry about how they will enforce the change.
Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34 hour restart
TravelCenters of America opened a Black Bear Diner restaurant at the TA Wheeler Ridge in Arvin, Calif. The sit down, full service restaurant is the first of its kind in the TA and Petro network.
Tags: California, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops
The Teamsters Union’s recent effort to organize drivers at FedEx Freight terminals is losing momentum with it pulling another organizing election petition.
Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight
On-highway retail diesel are projected to average $3.07 per gallon in 2015, compared to this year’s expected average of $3.82 and 2013’s average of $3.92.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
Two-thirds of the economic benefits and jobs created by federal highway and transit investment occur in non-construction sectors according to a new IHS report.
Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, IHS
The newly released November Cass Freight Index shows a drop in total freight expenditures of 0.7% and a corresponding decline in shipment volumes of 0.2%, however the level was higher than expected, pointing to strong finish for 2014.
Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index
The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index rose 0.3% in October from September, the fourth consecutive month-over-month gain, hitting an all-time high.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index
Spot market freight rates have improved across the board, according to new weekly figures from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.
Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.
Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation
December 9, 2014 - Industry News
The joint Mack and Volvo Uptime Center brings all of the companies' aftermarket experts under one roof, where the support people and their expertise can get immediately to work on a customer downtime problem.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Dealers, Telematics, Downtime
The IdleAir facility will provide drivers with in-cab services including air conditioning, heat, Internet connectivity, DirecTV and 120 volt electricity, to eliminate the need for idling.
Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Con-way Truckload, Fleets, Terminals
Antares Trailers has been acquired by Direct Trailer, a Texas-based manufacturer of custom flatbeds and drop-deck trailers. The acquisition will expand Direct Trailers production capabilities and increase the business volume.
Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dropdeck Trailers
The Used Truck Association called its 15th annual convention a success with pushing paid membership in the association to 1,000 members from just over 900.
Tags: Industry Event, Used Truck Association, Awards
As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on December 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck.
Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Inspection, DVIR
Phillips Industries expanded the capabilities of its Electrical Harness Division at its new facility in Arteaga, Mexico. The new facility will increase the division’s footprint by 25%.
Tags: Mexico, New Facility, Phillips Industries, Electrical System
Trucks accounted for 73.1% of the total value of commodities shipped in 2012 with a worth of more than $10 trillion, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey.
Tags: Economy, Survey, Freight, Freight shipments
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is going ahead with its plan to negotiate the terms of a rule covering entry-level driver training.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training
A Kansas City, Missouri truck driver was sentenced in federal court on Monday for his role in a 14-year-long conspiracy to steal more than $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.
Tags: Drivers, Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft
The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling as oil prices hit its lowest level in years, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.
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