February 7, 2013 - Industry News
Several equipment makers released their latest financials this week, with some showing signs of slowing sales and concerns about the future and others at the opposite end of the spectrum. That was the sentiment coming from Cummins, Wabash National, Daimler and Volvo.
Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Wabash, financials, Global
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for December came in with a reading of 8.38, which the transportation forecasting group says is reflective of the current good environment for truckers.
Tags: Economy, Hours of Service, FTR, rates, Trucking Conditions Index
The American Trucking Associations reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to immediately establish a process to remove from motor carriers’ records crashes where it was plainly evident that the carrier was not to blame.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett this week introduced a plan to week that would rely on a tax of oil companies to inject billions of dollars into the state’s transportation system while cutting taxes at the gas pump.
Tags: Infrastructure, Fuel Prices, Pennsylvania, Virginia
While the U.S. economy sputtered along last year, intermodal container volume hit a record high with 13.1 million moves.
Following a bold move by Texas last year authorizing speed limits as high as 85 mph along certain roads, more states are jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to puttin’ the hammer down.
Tags: Speed limit, Mississippi, Maryland, Wyoming, Utah, Highways
Twenty trucking companies from across North America have been named the 2013 Best Fleets to Drive Forby the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge.
Tags: TCA, Drivers, Recruiting, Retention
Atlanta-based A-1 Express, a nationwide same-day courier and transportation service provider, is getting into the long-distance freight business.
Penske Truck Leasing is retrofitting 5,000 of its 2012 and 2013 model semi tractors in its commercial truck rental fleet with new LED headlights from Truck-Lite.
Tags: Penske, Truck-Lite, LED Lighting
Troy Clarke, president and chief operating officer of Navistar, will be the keynote speaker at the 23rd annual Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association Breakfast & Briefing during the Mid-America Trucking show in Louisville, Ky.
Tags: Navistar, HDMA, Mid-America Trucking Show
February 6, 2013 - Industry News
UPS recently deployed 100 fully electric commercial delivery vehicles throughout California. This event recognizes one of the world's largest deployments of zero-emission commercial trucks.
Tags: CARB, EVI, Battery-Electric Vehicles
XTRA Lease, a provider of semi-trailer rentals and leases, has ordered more than 2,000 new trailers for 2013, including a mix of dry vans, reefers, flatbeds, chassis, and liftgated van trailers.
Tags: Leasing, Xtra Lease
Medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers will meet in Orlando this weekend for the 50th annual American Truck Dealers Convention and Expo this upcoming weekend.
As part of the convention, ATD and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine will be announcing the National Truck Dealer of the Year.
Tags: Dealer of the Year, HDT, Commercial Truck of the Year, ATD
The National Transportation Safety Board wants the FMCSA to make sweeping employment history changes in the wake of its investigation of a fatal 2011 truck-train crash in Nevada.
Tote refill deliveries made in January 2013 recorded a 5-cent drop on the previous month across the 10 U.S. pricing hubs monitored by DEF Tracker.
Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker, Truckstops
Recent financials from two different fleets show very different results, but both mentioned their success in adding drivers and cutting down on unseated trucks.
Tags: Fleet Financials, USA Truck, Patriot Transportation
The board of directors for the Arizona Trucking Association announced the appointment of Tony Bradley as the new president and CEO. Bradley will also serve as the executive director for the Arizona Transportation Education Foundation.
IdleAir, a truck stop electrification service provider, has opened a new location at the Flying J in Carlisle, Pa.
IdleAir will host a grand opening driver appreciation event at the Carlisle, Pa. location on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Tags: Pilot Flying J, IdleAir
Congestion has a price, and for the trucking industry, It's billions of dollars lost. The total financial cost of congestion in 2011 was $121 billion, up one billion dollars from the year before and translating to $818 per U.S. commuter. Of that total, about $27 billion worth was wasted time and diesel fuel from trucks moving goods on the system.
Tags: Economy, Traffic Congestion, Infrastructure, Highways
February 5, 2013 - Industry News
The National Biodiesel Board announced a new goal Tuesday during the Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas: 10% of the on-road diesel market by 2022. The Diesel Technology Forum has signed on to help the industry get there while making sure engines are protected.
Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, Diesel, National Biodiesel Board
Inland Truck Parts has consolidated its Wichita, Kan., operations in a new, custom-built location.
Tags: Kansas, Distributors, Inland Truck Parts
Police accident reports are not reliable enough to determine who’s at fault in truck crashes for the CSA safety enforcement system, according to an accident reconstruction specialist during a CSA advisory panel meeting Tuesday. Washington Editor Oliver B. Patton reports.
Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC
Continuing its strategy of acquiring trucking companies with distinguished reputations, strong customer bases, and long-term growth opportunities, Eberhart Capital LLC has agreed to acquire Poling Transportation Inc. (now Poling Express LLC) in a stock and cash transaction.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions
After the completion of a strategic branding initiative, Betts Co., formerly Betts Spring Co., announced its new name.
Tags: Betts Company, Betts Spring Manufacturing
Polar Corp. announced that it has acquired the assets of Beall Transport Equipment Co., the aftermarket parts and service division of Beall Corp.
Tags: Polar, Mergers & Acquisitions
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