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July 24, 2015 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Trucking Firm over Driver Suspension

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Oak Harbor Freight Lines $20,000 for retaliating against truck drivers who refuse to drive when sick or fatigued.

Tags: OSHA, Driving Safety, Fatigue, Fines

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Contractor/Employee Debate Heating up at Ports

Some port drivers in Savannah believe they are "misclassified" as independent contractors. Photo via Justice for Port Truckers.

Are drivers who handle the drayage of intermodal containers into and out of the nation's ports employees or independent contractors? The controversy was visible this week at ports on both coasts.

Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors, Drayage

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Landstar Profit Moves Higher; Dana's Declines

Earnings season continued on Thursday, with results reported by the world’s largest truck manufacturer along with results from one component supplier and a major owner-operator trucking company.

Tags: Economy, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Dana, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Expect Delays In St. Paul this Weekend

Image: Minnesota DOT

Drivers should expect delays and a detour on westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Tags: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Detours, Road Closure

July 23, 2015 - Press Release

Daimler Trucks North America Names Chief Diversity Officer

Kelley Platt. Photo: DTNA

Kelley Platt, president of Western Star Trucks, has been assigned the additional responsibility to serve as Daimler Trucks North America's chief diversity officer.

Tags: People, Daimler Trucks North America

July 23, 2015 - Product News

GuardDog Connect Telematics in 25,000 Mack Trucks

Cresson, Texas-based 3 Star Daylighting recently took delivery of the 25,000th Mack truck model equipped with Mack GuardDog Connect. Photo via Mack

Mack Trucks has activated its GuardDog Connect integrated telematics solution in more than 25,000 models since the product launched in 2014.

Tags: Telematics, Mack Trucks, Diagnostics

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Post Solid Gain

A measure of where the American economy is headed in the next three to six months increased again, according to figures released on Thursday.

Tags: Economy, The Conference Board, Leading Economic Indicators

July 23, 2015 - Press Release

Kenworth Plant Earns Top Workplace Award

Kenworth's assembly plant in Renton, Wash., recently earned a 2015 Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling Award from the King County (Wash.) Solid Waste Division for exceptional efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Tags: Recycling, Kenworth, Top Workplace, Awards, Assembly Plant

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

Sen. McConnell contends that if the Senate can pass its highway bill quickly, the House may be persuaded to agree to a multi-year package. Photo: mcconnell.senate.gov

The Senate voted on Wednesday to move forward a bipartisan highway bill that had been blocked by a procedural vote just a day before.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Interstate 10 To Reopen After Bridge Collapse

Photo via Caltrans

Interstate 10 near the border between California and Arizona will reopen to traffic this week after the bridge was washed out earlier in the week by flooding.

Tags: Caltrans, Flooding, I-10

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

International Secures Order for Over 1,000 Trucks

International LoneStar Photo via International

International Truck has announced securing an order for 1,050 Class 8 trucks from an unnamed provider of fleet and owner-operator leasing services.

Tags: LoneStar, International Trucks, ProStar, Truck Orders

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Dismisses Reason Foundation Call for Tolls

Photo: Jim Park

A report from the Reason Foundation outlining the benefits of tolling for infrastructure has been denounced by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Tolls, Infrastructure Funding

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Knight, Covenant Report Higher Profits

Earnings Watch: Two primarily truckload carriers, Knight and Covenant, saw higher profits in the second quarter, but lawsuit-related expenses kept Knight from reporting more.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Knight Transportation, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

OOS Violations Down in This Year's Brake Check

Out of service brake violations dropped slightly this year during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual, unannounced brake check day.

Tags: Brakes, CVSA, Out of Service Violations

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Goes Standard With Collision Mitigation Systems

UPS driver Bill Lazarski of Chicago (left) and UPS Freight driver Paul Savill of Cincinnati (right) are fans of the collision mitigation technology that's now standard equipment on every new UPS Class 8 tractor the company orders. Photo courtesy UPS.

UPS is making collision mitigation technology standard equipment on every new Class 8 tractor the company orders.

Tags: UPS, Collision Avoidance, Bendix

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Seeing July Doldrums

The availability of truckload freight on the spot market hit a lull during the week ending July 18 compared to the previous week, leading to a decline in rates and load-to-truck ratios in all three equipment types, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Attendees Can Enjoy Southern California

With its new location in Southern California, the Fleet Technology Expo offers attendees a chance to combine business and pleasure, say event organizers – even a family vacation.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events, Future Trucks, Fleet Technology Expo

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Existing Home Sales Leap; Industrial Production Revised Downward

Economic Watch: Existing-home sales increased in June to their highest pace in over eight years, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors, while a separate report shows post-recession industrial production levels are not as strong as earlier thought.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Home Sales, Federal Reserve

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Falls Again In June

Graph via ATA

Flat production and dropping retail sales dragged down truck freight in June, with the American Trucking Associations' seasonally-adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index falling 0.5% to 131.1.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Great Dane Names Leadership Appointments

Great Dane announced several leadership appointments to its management team affecting sales, marketing and customer experience.

Tags: Leadership, People, Great Dane

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Lower for Forward Air, Hub Group, Rush Enterprises

Two freight transportation providers, Forward Air and Hub Group, along with dealer group Rush Enterprises, saw second quarter earnings drop.

Tags: Economy, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Earnings, Forward Air, Hub Group, Truck Dealers, Fleet Earnings

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

SAF-Holland Facility Wins Paccar Supplier Award

A Michigan-based SAF-Holland manufacturing facility has received the Paccar 2014 50PPM Quality Award.

Tags: Paccar, Awards, SAF-Holland, Suppliers

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Involved in Crash Declared Imminent Hazard

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has declared a Kentucky-licensed truck driver an imminent hazard to public safety after a crash investigation revealed several cases of falsified records.

Tags: FMCSA, Investigation, Fatal Accidents, Crime & Fraud, Imminent Hazard

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Delaware Offers $2.7M In Alt-Fuel Incentives

Delaware has launched its Clean Transportation Incentive Program (CTIP) to provide financial incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles and infrastructure, according to state officials.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Delaware, Tax Incentives, State Grants

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Senators’ Highway Deal: 6-Year Bill Funded for 3

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Two top Senators reached agreement today to put forward a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill that would fund projects for the next three years — leaving it to the next Congress to determine how to fund its final three years.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

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