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June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Two Texas Truck Wreck Lawsuits Settled for $11.7 Million

Two lawsuits against trucking companies that haul water to hydraulic fracturing sites have been settled in Texas costing more than $11 and a half million combined.

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Foxx Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

The Senate unanimously confirmed Anthony Foxx as the 17th Secretary of Transportation, to replace Ray LaHood. The 100 – 0 vote this morning concludes a smooth nomination process for the Charlotte, N.C., mayor. He was well received by Republicans as well as Democrats at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.

Tags: DOT, Secretary of Transportation, Mayor Anthony Foxx

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Trillium Says it Will Build 101 Public CNG Stations by 2016

Trillium CNG is expanding its compressed natural gas fueling network, with plans to build 101 public access Class 8 accessible CNG stations in 29 states by 2016.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Trillium CNG

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Big UPS Order for NG Tractors Follows 300 Million Successful ‘Green’ Miles

At the ACT Expo in Washington, D.C., Mack displayed a Pinnacle tractor like the 122 just ordered by UPS. It has a Cummins ISX12 G engine that runs on liquefied natural gas instead of compressed NG.

United Parcel Service is so committed to using low-emissions fuels that all of the 700 Class 8 vehicles it has ordered for delivery late this year and into 2014 will run on liquefied natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas, UPS, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

'Cognitive Distraction' Means Hands-Free Cell Phones Aren't Any Safer

Fleet managers walked out of Wednesday Fleet Safety Conference keynote speech vowing to change the use of cell phones while driving in both their fleets and their personal lives, following a powerful presentation on distracted driving.

Tags: Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Fleet Safety Conference, Cell Phones

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

UShip Integrates SaferWatch

Online freight exchange uShip announced it is integrating the SaferWatch carrier compliance and risk management software across its shipping marketplace, including uShip PRO, its commercial freight platform.

Tags: uShip

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Move Higher for Flatbeds, Reefers Expected to Surge

Graphic: DAT

There has been a bit of a turnaround when it comes to freight rates on one of the nation’s biggest freight matching service providers.

Tags: DAT Transcore, Spot Freight

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: More Traffic Congestion, Better Economy

If trucking is the lifeblood of the nation’s economy, then surprisingly, there is no reason for alarm if the arteries carrying those trucks seem a little clogged. Traffic information services provider Inrix reports traffic congestion rose nationally more than 9% in May, signaling the continued strengthening of the national economy.

Tags: Economy, Traffic Congestion, Inrix

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Forecast: Strong Trucking Growth

American Trucking Associations released the latest edition of U.S. Freight Forecast to 2024, which projects an overall increase in freight volumes for all modes of more than 20% and an increase in the amount of that freight moved by trucks.

Tags: ATA

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Trucks Transported 60.6% of U.S.-NAFTA Trade in April

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation released the April North American Free Trade Agreement freight numbers showing that trucks carried 60.6% of the $99 billion of freight moved in April 2013 between the United States and its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico.

Tags: NAFTA, Surface Trade, BTS

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Seeks Clearance for Truck Parking Survey

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is seeking to move forward with a study about truck parking.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Truck Parking

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Has Big Ambitions for New Heavy Duty Fuel Economy Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is more ambitious for the next phase of its heavy-duty truck fuel economy standards than it was for the first, and will look at trailers as well as new engine and transmission technologies.

Tags: Fuel Economy Standards, GHG, EPA, Barack Obama, Fuel and Oil, ACT Expo

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Revised Downward for First Quarter

The U.S. economy grew less in the first quarter of the year than previously estimated, thanks to lower consumer spending numbers and fewer exports, but the final GDP number is still an improvement over the previous quarter.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Spending, Exports

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Approve UPS Contract But Not at UPS Freight

UPS employees represented by the Teamsters Union have voted to approve a new contract at the company’s parcel operation while those with UPS Freight have voted against a new agreement.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Quick, Nimble Compact Van to Commercial Truck Line

Styling includes a grille that’s clearly from Nissan. Under the hood is a 2-liter inline-4 that makes 131 hp and 139 lb-ft.

There’s another small van in town. It’s called the NV200 Compact , and Nissan Commercial Vehicles wants you to buy it instead of a Ford Transit Connect or any other compact vehicle you might be considering to deliver goods and services.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Compact Cargo Vans

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Expo Panel Discusses Slow Adoption for Alternative Fuels

Despite all the publicity and development of new products from truck and equipment manufacturers, especially for natural gas, trucks that run on gases and liquids other than diesel and gasoline are still a small minority of all those being bought in recent years, acknowledged panelists at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, which runs this week in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Natural Gas, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo, Clean Diesel Vehicles

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

TA Chief O’Brien Carries Torch for Natural Gas

TA says starting next year it will offer liquified natural gas fueling stations for trucks like this new Kenworth available to rent from Paclease.

If you’re skeptical about the future of natural gas in trucking, meet Thomas O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. “The math is close enough and we’re moving on,” said O’Brien Tuesday in an assertive message to hundreds of fuel and transportation experts gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo.

Tags: Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, TravelCenters of America, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, ACT Expo

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Launches Truckers for Safety Campaign

A national association representing professional truckers has launched a new campaign to address the biggest safety gap in the trucking industry: the lack of basic training standards for new drivers.

Tags: OOIDA

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Penske Truck Leasing Orders 100 Compressed Natural Gas Tractors

Penske Truck Leasing announced it has ordered 100 compressed natural gas Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with Cummins Westport 12-liter engines.

Tags: Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Penske Truck Leasing

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Marks 30-Year Anniversary

In the spring and summer of 1983, Con-way Freight opened its doors as the newest entrant into the recently deregulated U.S. trucking market.

Tags: Anniversary, Con-Way

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Thermo King Pays Penalty for Violating CARB Pollution Laws

The California Air Resources Board has fined Minneapolis-based Thermo King $213,200 for violating terms of the conditional verification granted to its Thermo King eDPF, diesel particulate filter.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Particulate Filter, Thermo King

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Pricing for Used Trucks Remains in Narrow Band

Volumes for used Class 8 trucks slipped slightly in May due to the retail market slowing 4% month over month.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

President’s Plan Looks Beyond 2018 Heavy Truck Emissions Levels

Photo: Evan Lockridge

In a speech Tuesday calling for tougher emissions for coal-fired power plants, President Obama also laid out what he wants when it comes to emissions from heavy trucks and the future of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Tags: Fuel Economy Standards, GHG, Barack Obama, Fuel and Oil

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Long Beach Port Cargo Volume Hits Best Levels in Nearly Three Years

Photo: Port of Long Beach

New figures show container cargo rose by more than 17% in May at the Port of Long Beach, with some of the highest volumes in nearly three years

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Ports

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Hair Testing Moving Forward at J.B. Hunt

More than 3,200 prospective drivers for J.B Hunt have been kept from getting behind the wheel due to drug screening efforts

Tags: Drug Testing, J.B. Hunt

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