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September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, GE Join Forces

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, GE Ventures and GE Energy Financial Services announced a consortium to jointly deliver liquefied natural gas in the United States.

Tags: GE, Clean Energy, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Fueling Station, Eagle LNG, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

DTNA Goes Beyond Trucks and Components with New Detroit Telematics Suite

The 7-inch touchscreen can be used by drivers wearing gloves.

Building on the success of its Virtual Technician product, Daimler Trucks North America is going full-bore ahead with telematics. It unveiled the Detroit Connect On-Board Tablet, which not only integrates with Virtual Technician and the Visibility fleet back-office software, but also offers hours of service, pre-and post-trip inspections, two-way messaging and navigation.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Detroit Diesel, Zonar, Daimler Trucks North America

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Withdraws Driver Training Proposal, Will Start Over

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is withdrawing its proposed rule for entry-level driver training and will start over with a new proposal. The agency explained in a Federal Register announcement that there are substantive problems with the proposal it has been working on since 2007.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Detroit DT12 Automated Manual Transmission Now Available for DD13 Engine

The Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission went into production earlier this year.

Detroit, Mich.--Detroit Diesel Corp. announced that the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission is now available for the Freightliner Cascadia equipped with the Detroit DD13 engine.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Transmissions, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Up, Building Permits Down

Residential construction starts in the United States during August rose on strength in the single-family home market, but underlying weakness in housing is still spilling into the overall economy.

Tags: Economy, Housing

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Bennett Motor Express Acquires Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging

Bennett Motor Express, McDonough, Ga has completed the purchase of Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based company since 1913.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Rates Drop Despite More Available Freight

Credit: DAT

A lot more freight has been available on the spot market over the past week, but it has also pushed rates down. New figures released from DAT show total spot market freight needing to be moved increased 22% September 8-14, compared to the previous seven days.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Report Critical of Some Tolling Agencies

GAO report is critical of bi-state tolling authorites including the Port Authority of NY and NJ, which runs the George Washington Bridge. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office report on bi-state tolling authorities that control some of the nation’s most heavily travelled routes, could set the stage for federal oversight of these groups, including when it comes to setting toll rates.

Tags: Tolls, Bridges, Port of New York and New Jersey

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

JOC: Teamsters Takes New Tack on Drayage Carriers

The game plan by the Teamsters Union when it comes to organizing truck drivers serving the nation’s ports is more diverse that it was just a few years ago, according to a new story from the Journal of Commerce.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking

September 18, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Profit Jumps, Freight Division Sees Small Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

FedEx has reported increased profits and revenue during the first quarter of its fiscal year that ended August 31.

Tags: Fleet Financials, FedEx

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Shares Plans for Profitable Growth With Investment Community

Senior leaders of Cummins Inc. Tuesday shared their five-year plans for profitable growth, emphasizing the opportunities presented by tightening emissions regulations in many parts of the world and the acquisition of its distributors in North America.

Tags: Cummins, Earnings, Engines

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Restart Study Will Be Late

Photo: Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is not going to meet the September 30 deadline for completing its study of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, a Hill staff member reported.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, U.S. Congress

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Report Shows Truck Enforcement Disparities

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That some states enforce specific commercial vehicle regulations more aggressively than other states is no secret. Some states are known for citing truckers for light and lamp violations, others for seat belts and others for hours of service violations. And there is CSA data to prove it.

Tags: CSA, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement, Vigillo

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Announces Executive Appointments

USA Truck has announced the appointment of Russell Overla to the position of executive vice president, Truckload Operations and Jeff Lester to the role of executive vice president, Safety and Risk Management. The two bring a combined 40 years of transportation industry experience to USA Truck's executive management team.

Tags: Leadership, USA Truck

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Honeywell Completes Acquisition Of Intermec

Honeywell has completed its acquisition of Intermec , a provider of mobile computing, radio frequency identification solutions, voice-enabled workflow and data-collection solutions, and printing solutions.

Tags: Honeywell, Intermec, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Utah Hiking Speed Limit to 80 This Week

Utah’s Transportation Department has just completed speed studies on several rural freeway sections and crews installed new 80 mph speed limit signs earlier this week.

Tags: Utah, Speed Limits

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Portions of Route 17 Now Interstate 86 in NY

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced that a 15.8-mile portion of Route 17 in Chemung County has been designated by the Federal Highway Administration as Interstate 86. The designation comes after an extensive rehabilitation project to upgrade the road to federal interstate standards.

Tags: New York, FHWA, Highway Construction, I-86

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

New Legislation Seeks to Boost U.S. Port Freight

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have just introduced legislation they say would support the American trade economy and significantly strengthen American ports.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Freight, Ports

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

House Committee to Vote on Sleep Apnea Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee scheduled a Thursday vote on a bill that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders rather than issue a guidance.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Sleep Apnea, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Congress

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Shows Need for Critical Infrastructure Investments

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The trade group, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the lobby group, Building America’s Future, has released results from a new survey highlighting manufacturers’ concerns about America’s roads and bridges, transit and aviation systems and ports.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Driver Appreciation Week Underway

Many trucking groups and industry suppliers this week are asking Americans to reflect and appreciate the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely, every day, as part of the 25th annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Not a Threat to Growth

A new report shows inflation does not pose any threat to the slowly improving United State’s economy.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Two Trucking Ex-Executives Convicted in $26 Million Fraud Scheme

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas has announced two convictions resulting from a plan to defraud a lender out of millions of dollars.

Tags: GE Capital, Fraud

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Average Cost of Diesel Edges Slightly Lower

Credit: U.S. DOE

After pausing last week, the average cost of diesel in the United States has resumed falling.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Trillium CNG Opens Second CNG Station in Wisconsin

Trillium CNG, a business unit of Integrys Energy Group Inc., opened its new compressed natural gas station in Green Bay, Wis. It is Trillium's second CNG station in Brown County; the first, which opened in 2012 in De Pere, Wis.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Expansion, Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations

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