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October 6, 2013 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval, Awaits President’s Signature

Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Sleep Apnea, U.S. Congress

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Omnitek Engineering Appoints Diesel-to-Natural Gas Conversion Dealer and Installer in Virginia

Omnitek Engineering Corp. has appointed Chesapeake, Virginia-based TFC Recycling as an authorized installation center for its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion systems in the region.

Tags: CARB, EPA, CNG Conversions, Omnitek

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins, GM, Nissan and Shorepower Recognized for Reducing U.S. Oil Dependence

Securing America’s Future Energy recently recognized Cummins Westport Inc., General Motors, Nissan, and Shorepower Technologies as the winners of its Advanced Technology Award for their leadership in driving fundamental improvements to America’s energy security.

Tags: Nissan, Alternative Fuels, General Motors, Cummins Westport, Shorepower Technologies

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Moving and Storage Company to Pay $450,000 to Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

Grand Junction, Colo.-based Mesa Systems has agreed to pay $450,000 and furnish other relief required by a court-ordered consent decree to settle a national origin discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Litigation, EEOC

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Targeting Toll Scofflaws

The Texas Department of Transportation is notifying top toll violators and giving them a deadline to pay their overdue tolls or be included on a list the agency will publish in the next two weeks

Tags: Texas, Tolls

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Corrosion Led to Bridge’s Sagging and Closure Along I-43

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says an inspection that continues, has so far revealed that pilings located eight feet below the bottom of the concrete footing of the Leo Frigo Bridge, along Interstate 43 in Green Bay, bucked due to corrosion.

Tags: Wisconsin, Road Construction, Bridges, I-43

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Utility Adds New Parts and Services Dealership in Tennessee

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company announced the addition of FTR Inc., a new independent Utility parts and services dealer in White Pine, Tenn.

Tags: Utility Trailer Manufacturing

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Caltrans Completes 90 Miles of I-80 Improvements from Auburn to Nevada

Caltrans has finished rebuilding 90 miles of I-80 between Auburn and the Nevada state line, infrastructure improvements that included rebuilding seven bridges, improving lighting and drainage and adding new traffic monitoring systems.

Tags: Caltrans, California, Road Construction, I-80

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Announces ISV5.0 V-8 Diesel for Light and Midrange Trucks

Cummins&amp;rsquo; 5-liter V-8 diesel will go into production in about a year. Nissan is the first to announce its use in its 2015 Titan pickup.<br />

Cummins is going after more of the light- and medium-duty market with its new ISV5.0, a 5-liter (302-cubic-inch) V-8 diesel that promises high performance and low total cost of ownership.

Tags: Cummins, Nissan, Equipment, Engines, Light & Medium

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy Launches Renewable Natural Gas Fuel

Clean Energy&#39;s Port of Long Beach facility is one location where fleets will be able to fill up with Redeem renewable natural gas.

Fleets that want to use an even "greener" alternative fuel than natural gas can now purchase renewable natural gas fuel, made from methane that comes from landfills, large farms and other waste streams, from Clean Energy.

Tags: CARB, Natural Gas, California, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

CRST Announces $10 Million Driver Pay Increase

On Oct. 15, CRST Expedited Inc., the largest operating company of CRST International Inc., will begin delivering a pay increase of $10 million over the next 12 months to its drivers, according to the company.

Tags: CRST, Driver Pay

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Mack GuardDog Connect Adds Telematics to Its Engine Monitoring System

Mack GuardDog Connect provides an integrated telematics ssystem with instant diagnostics and proactive scheduling of repairs handled by a live agent &amp;ndash; all while the truck is still on the job.

Allentown, Pa.--Mack Trucks today announced GuardDog Connect, a telematics system that executives said will speed servicing and enhance dealers’ ability to fix trucks correctly on the initial visit. Connect adds cellular connectivity to the existing Mack GuardDog maintenance monitoring system, and will begin going onto on trucks built in January.

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Recognizes David Kus for Quickly Reacting to Danger

David Kus, of Fredericksburg, Penn., drives for Swift Transportation.

The Truckload Carriers Association has announced the name of its latest Highway Angel: David Kus of Fredericksburg, Penn., who drives for Swift Transportation. Kus is being recognized for acting quickly when a fellow motorist had an accident and then inadvertently put himself in more danger.

Tags: TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Swift Transportation

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

September Class 8 Orders to Outpace August, Medium-Duty Orders Reach 16,500

Class 8 orders rose compared to August and a year ago. When actual data is available mid-month, Class 8 orders are expected at 20,100 units.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, FTR

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Gains Expected This Holiday Season

Photo: David Holmes a.k.a. Renegade Replicant  via Wikimedia Commons.

The nation’s retailers expect sales in the months of November and December to increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion over 2012’s actual 3.5% holiday season sales growth. The forecast is higher than the 10-year average holiday sales growth of 3.3%.

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Paper Transport Adds 20 Natural Gas-Powered Kenworth T660s To Regional Fleet

Paper Transport Inc. plans to replace 25% of its diesel-powered units in its 400-truck fleet with trucks running on CNG by the end of the year.<br />

Paper Transport began testing two Kenworth natural gas trucks in 2012 and this spring the company became one of Kenworth’s first customers to run CNG-powered Kenworth T660s with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine, according to the company.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Natural Gas Vehicles, Paper Transport

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

New Bridge Weight Limits Causing Headaches in Pennsylvania

Trucks are being forced to take longer non-Interstate routes in Pennsylvania due to new weight restrictions along some 1,000 bridges.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highway Funding, Road Construction, Bridges

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Used Sleeper Tractor Pricing Hits New Record

&amp;ldquo;2010 model-year sleepers are hitting the meaty part of their trade-in curve.&quot; Photo: Evan Lockridge

According to August sales reported to NADA by dealers, auctions, and OEMs, sleeper tractor pricing has set a new record in the retail channel, and returned the best month of the year in the wholesale channel.

Tags: NADA, Used Truck Sales, ATD, Class 8

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Makers Talk About Green Truck Initiatives

One way truck engineers at Peterbilt and Freightliner are exploring future &quot;green&quot; technologies is through the SuperTruck program.

PHOENIX -- The affordability, abundance and relatively fast return on investment for natural gas trucks has pushed interest in electric hybrids for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and other alt-fuel alternatives to the back burner, but that doesn't mean truck makers have given up on hybrid drives and researching a variety of other technologies for future "green" trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Daimler Trucks North America

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights

A panel of legislators looking for ways to improve freight transportation is close to finishing its analysis and will post its report by the end of the month.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Truck Weights, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Congress

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Orbcomm Acquires SENS Asset Tracking Operation

Orbcomm Inc. has completed the acquisition of Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation’s Sensor Enabled Notification System operation, which includes satellite hardware, network technology and web platforms.

Tags: Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, ORBCOMM

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Beijer Electronics Opens New U.S. Corporate Headquarters

Beijer Electronics, a Sweden-based global technology company, has opened its US headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beijer Electronics is the manufacturer of TREQ mobile data terminals, an in-cab hardware for vehicle applications.

Tags: Information Technology, Expansion

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Future of Westport 15-Liter is the Talk of Canadian Natural Gas Conference

Westport 15-liter natural gas engine.

Rumors that Westport Innovations was cancelling production of its 15L LNG engine were given wide exposure at the 1st Annual Natural Gas Vehicle Canada Conference on Tuesday.

Tags: Volvo, Natural Gas, Peterbilt, Engines, Westport

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

ANG to Build CNG Fueling Station in Kirkwood, N.Y.

American Natural Gas is currently developing a heavy duty, fast-fill compressed natural gas facility in Kirkwood, N.Y.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Steady in July

FTR's Shippers Conditions Index for July, with a reading of -8.3, was basically unchanged from the previous month reflecting relatively modest freight volume growth combined with some capacity constraints caused by new regulations.

Tags: FTR, SCI, Freight Capacity

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