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September 13, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Sluggish in August, Consumer Confidence Falls

UPDATED--Retail sales increased less than expected during August compared to the month before, but are up significantly compared to a year ago, driven primarily by auto sales.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Peterbilt Showcases SuperTruck During Energy Summit

Peterbilt Motors Co. showcased advanced technologies, including the SuperTruck developed to optimize commercial vehicle fuel efficiency during the annual Energy Summit & Fair held on the campus of the University of North Texas, home of the Paccar Technology Institute.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, SuperTruck

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Great Dane CEO and President Announces Succession Plan

Great Dane CEO and President Bill Crown announced his intention to step away from his day-to-day activities as the company's president, while retaining the role of CEO. Effective Oct. 1, Dean Engelage, Great Dane's EVP of Sales and Strategic Planning, will succeed Crown as the company president.

Tags: Leadership, Great Dane

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Selects Orbcomm Telematics For Trailer Assets

Ryder System Inc. has selected Orbcomm to deliver a comprehensive telematics systems solution tailored for Ryder’s fleet of more than 30,000 dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailers.

Tags: Information Technology, Ryder System, ORBCOMM

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

July Trucking Conditions Index Makes Significant Jump

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.41 in July reflects a 30% improvement over the previous month’s reading. The jump reflects the indexes forward look at an expected pricing uptick for truckers this fall as capacity tightens with regulatory effects and decent freight demand.

Tags: FTR, TCI, Capacity

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Advocates Tolling Interstates to Pay for Improvements

A new Reason Foundation study claims tolling Interstates would raise around $1 trillion needed for road projects. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Over the next two decades most of the aging Interstate highway system will need to be reconstructed and will cost approximately $1 trillion, nearly $600 billion in rebuilding costs plus $400 billion to add capacity, according to a new study from the right/libertarian leaning think-tank the Reason Foundation.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Road Construction

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Gears up for Annual Conference

FTR Associates' 2013 Transportation Conference, "Insights for Uncertain Times," will be held Sept. 24-26 at the Historic Union Station in Indianapolis. More than 40 industry speakers and panelists will provide insight on the economy and all modes of freight transportation.

Tags: Economy, FTR

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Roadcheck 2013: One in Five Vehicles Inspected Placed Out-of-Service

The results are in for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Roadcheck 2013, which took place June 4-6. Commercial vehicle inspectors across North America completed 73,023 truck and bus inspections during the 72-hour enforcement and safety outreach campaign.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA, OOS, Transport Canada

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Increases Fleet Of All-Electric Delivery Trucks in N.Y.

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division is adding 20 electric vehicles to its fleet in upstate New York, along with 20 innovative and enhanced electric vehicle charging stations.

Tags: New York, Frito-Lay, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear Seeking Nominations for Highway Hero Award

2012 Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award winner Jason Harte (right), with Gary Medalis, director of marketing, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. Harte rescued a family of six from a smashed minivan.

Goodyear is accepting nominations for its 31st North America Goodyear Highway Hero Award at www.goodyeartrucktires.com through Nov. 29

Tags: Goodyear, Goodyear Highway Hero

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Purchases Arkansas Truckload Operation

Wisconsin-based Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has acquired G.W. Palmer Logistics, a non-asset truckload service provider based in Batesville, Arkansas.

Tags: Wisconsin, Arkansas, Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owners Indicted for Ignoring FMCSA Shut Down Orders

The owners of two trucking companies the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered shut down last year have been indicted on federal charges after failing to comply.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Legislation, ATA, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Tolls Set for Ohio Bridges Project

Artist rendering of the new Downtown Crossing and the Kennedy Bridge. Credit: Kentucky-Indiana Tolling Body

Initial toll rates have been set for a massive construction project connecting Indiana and Louisville that includes placing tolls along Interstate 65.

Tags: Tolls, Indiana, Kentucky, Road Construction, Interstate 65, I-65

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Freight’s Techs Sweep TMC SuperTech Competition

Photos by Tom Berg

PITTSBURGH -- Technicians from FedEx Freight finished first, second, third and fourth in the TMC’s annual SuperTech competition that ended Wednesday, with Mark McLean Jr. from New York state named grand champion.

Tags: TMC, Technicians, TMCSuperTech, FedEx

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Rose 0.3% in July

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, July 2008- July 2013

Freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.3% in July from June, rising after a one month decline.

Tags: BTS, TSI, U.S. DOT, Freight

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Report Balks at Tanker Wetline Regulations

In 2011 PHMSA proposed new rules over requiring that these loading and unloading lines on tankers be absent of any flammable liquids. Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new Government Accountability Office report throws cold water on Congressionally mandated plans to further regulate tanker wetlines, to the delight of the nation’s tanker carriers.

Tags: Government Accountability Office, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Tankers

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Boulder Electric Vehicle Demonstrates Vehicle-to-Grid Charging Across the Nation

Boulder Electric Vehicle has successfully demonstrated its Vehicle-to-Grid all-electric trucks in three separate locations including Michigan, Colorado and California.

Tags: Boulder EV, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, EVs

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler, Renault-Nissan Collaboration Venturing into CV

The chief executives of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG say their companies' partnership is advancing quickly, and the scope of the collaboration is increasingly global.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Renault-Nissan Alliance, Daimler, Collaboration, Global

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo FH Gets Truck of the Year Award in Europe

At the Comtrans Truck Show in Moscow, Russia, this week, the Volvo FH was awarded the Truck of the Year award by European trucking journalists.

Tags: Volvo, Global

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Makers to Give Update on Green Vehicles at Green Fleet Conference

A panel of heavy-duty truck maker representatives will discuss what they're doing to meet greenhouse gas/fuel economy regulations for 2014 and beyond, the current and future status of alternative fuels, hybrid/electric and more at the Green Fleet Conference Oct. 2 in Phoenix.

Tags: Natural Gas, Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Outlook Calls for Slightly Lower Diesel Prices, Gasoline to Drop More

Credit: DOE/EIA

A new government forecast is calling for diesel prices to average just below the same level this year as it was in 2012 and ease a little further next year.

Tags: Economy, Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

New Rules for Trip Permits in Oregon

An Oregon DOT motor carrier enforcement officer weighs a truck as a it passes through a Port of Entry.

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently began limiting the number of temporary passes/trip permits a motor carrier can purchase in a 12-month period – a move that one association representative calls “a money grab” that will affect small-business motor carriers located outside the state.

Tags: Drivers, Oregon, Safety & Compliance, Owner-Operators

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Rates Rise as Freight Level Drops

Credit: DAT

Rates on the spot market have increased over the past week as the level of freight has declined, according to DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

September 10, 2013 - Industry News

Safety Advisory Committee Airs Driver Medical Issues

Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari visited a safety advisory panel meeting Tuesday and trucking leaders there took the opportunity to raise some industry concerns.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, OOIDA, MCSAC

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