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March 13, 2013 - Industry News

HDT Truck Fleet Innovators to Speak at MATS Fleet Forum

Heavy Duty Trucking has named its Truck Fleet Innovators for 2013. These four industry leaders will be honored and featured in a panel discussion during the Fleet Forum educational event next Wednesday, March 20, in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Events, Fleet Innovators, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

APG Gets EPA Nod Natural Gas Conversion for 22 Additional OUL Engines

American Power Group Inc. has received online certification approval for dual-fuel natural gas retrofit systems from the EPA for an additional 'outside useful life' 22 engine families.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Signs Natural Gas Lease Deal in La.

Ryder System Inc. announced that Eagle Distributing of Shreveport Inc., has signed a full-service lease agreement for 23 compressed natural gas tractors.

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Presenters Announced for The Zone 2013 Transportation Conference

Zonar has announced an expanded lineup of presenters for its upcoming fleet management conference titled, “The Zone 2013,” scheduled for May 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA, Roadcheck

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

DEF Prices Stay Level

The U.S. national DEF pump price remained level at $2.79 per gallon for the third consecutive month in February 2013. Prior to this period, the national average has only held steady month-to-month once, which occured in April 2012.

Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Help Inc. Adds Mark Doughty as COO

Help Inc., the provider of PrePass and other commercial vehicle safety services, announced that Mark Doughty, an organizational management and business planning expert, will serve as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer effective March 11.

Tags: Leadership, Help Inc.

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

Reidy Joins XRS as President and COO

Brendan Reidy is joining XRS effective immediately as its new president and chief operating officer.

XRS Corp. (formerly Xata Corp.) announced that Brendan Reidy is joining the company effective immediately as its new president and chief operating officer. Reidy is the former chairman and CEO of Clarus Systems.

Tags: Leadership, XRS

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

Network of Electric Plug-in Power Pedestals Sees Six More Locations Power Up

Russell's Truck and Travel Center offers 24 plug-ins and 5 refrigeration unit connections via power pedestals.

Shorepower Technologies has announced six more truckstops added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations from late December 2012 to the end of February.

Tags: Shorepower, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

Bobit Names Corporate VP Acting Publisher for Heavy Duty Trucking

Bobit Business Media announced that Kate Miller has left the company to pursue new opportunities. Miller had been publisher of Heavy Duty Trucking and was president of Newport Business Media when it was acquired by Bobit in May 2012.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

TMC Sets 5-Year Goals, Names ‘Spark Plug’ Honorees at Big Annual Meeting

The Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA opened its annual meeting and exposition in Nashville yesterday evening by announcing healthy attendance and describing goals set by a Strategic Planning Committee. Officers also named seven recipients of the Silver Spark Plug award for service to the organization.

Tags: TMC

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Steps to Reduce GPS-Caused Bridge Strikes

Sen. Charles Schumer and FMCSA Administrator Ann Ferro stand at the Eagle Avenue overpass in New York, which spans the Southern State Parkway at exit 18. The overpass has been struck at least 27 times by trucks that are prohibited from driving on the parkway.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will begin issuing official recommendations to members of the commercial trucking industry on the proper uses of Global Positioning System navigation devices and incorporate GPS training into new entry-level certification programs for commercial motor vehicle operators.

Tags: GPS, FMCSA, U.S. DOT

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

Border Agency Warns of Port Slowdowns under Sequestration

Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency that monitors U.S. borders and international trade, is making cuts under budget sequestration that could lead to delays at ports.

Tags: Sequestration

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

Bill Would Hike New Hampshire Diesel and Gasoline Taxes

New Hampshire is the latest among many states that are looking at raising fuel taxes. Legislation that’s received initial approval in the House would increase the state's fuel tax by 15 cents a gallon. It would be phased in over six years for diesel and over four years for gasoline.

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall for Second Straight Week

The average U.S. cost of diesel is down for another week, after hitting it’s highest level since August of 2008 two weeks ago.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Fuel and Oil

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Improves Fleet Fuel Efficiency by 22% in Less Than 5 Years

FedEx has met its fuel use reduction goal ahead of its 2020 deadline, so the company has set itself a new goal for that year.

Tags: Route Optimization, FedEx

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins, Eaton to Offer Integrated ‘Powertrain Package’

SmarTorque2 ISX15 mates with Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated mechanical transmission via special programming to “downspeed” cruising RPMs and yield high efficiency, the companies say.

Cummins Inc. and Eaton Corp. have devised a fuel-saving, integrated engine-transmission combination that will rival proprietary offerings from some truck builders.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Fuel Economy, Transmissions, Engines, TMC

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

APG Receives Approval For Additional OUL Vehicular Engine Family Applications

American Power Group Corp., announced that its subsidiary, American Power Group Inc., has received online notification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that its recent Clean Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Engine Conversion Submission for an additional 22 engine families has been approved for the following additional Outside Useful Life (“OUL”) engines:

Tags: EPA, APG

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Headquarters

Melton Truck Lines, an air-ride flatbed motor carrier, will soon officially break ground on new corporate offices that will accommodate the company’s planned growth of several hundred new jobs over the next eight years.

Tags: Expansion, Fleet news

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Port of New York and New Jersey Reaches Tentative Deal

Last week, a tentative agreement was reached between the New York Shipping Association and a few local unions belonging to the International Longshoremen's Association, which serves the Port of New York and New Jersey.

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Six Men Indicted for Roles in Interstate Vehicle-Theft Ring

Six men from northwest Ohio were indicted on a variety of charges related to their roles in a conspiracy to transport semi-trucks, trailers, and cargo stolen in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, said law enforcement officials said.

Tags: Cargo Theft, Truck theft

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Unemployment Drops to Four-Year Low, Trucking Adds Jobs

The nation’s unemployment rate fell slightly in February according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Unemployment

March 8, 2013 - Industry News

Going Green Without Saying Goodbye to Diesel

Verizon has tested alternative fueled vehicles like this one but says there are many other ways to go green, including using telematics.

Green shouldn't be the only color a fleet is considering when making a move toward "going green." "The most important colors in business are still red and black," said Joe Fiorelli, fleet and safety director for Gulfeagle Supply during a session for NTEA's Green Truck Summit entitled, "Compounding the Green: Incremental Measures for Going Green and Sustainable."

Tags: Green, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Work Truck Show, Telematics

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Environmental Defense Fund to Study Fugitive Methane from LNG Fueling Operations

Climate scientists have suggested that methane leakage during filling and transfer operations, possible with a wide-scale switch from diesel to natural gas as heavy truck fuel, could contribute more to global warming than the benefit of switching from diesel to natural gas would achieve.

Tags: EDF, Liquefied Natural Gas, Methane, Climate Change

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Immigration Reform Could Affect Truck Driver Pool

President Obama is making comprehensive immigration reform a major goal for his second term, and in the wake of the 2012 presidential election many Republicans are saying the time has come to reconsider their party’s hardline stance. That could play into the driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Freymiller Receives Past Chairman's Award at TCA

Don H. Freymiller (left), founder and chairman, Freymiller Trucking, and Gary Salisbury, 2011-2012 chairman, Truckload Carriers Association.

The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its highest honor to Don H. Freymiller, founder and chairman of Freymiller Trucking of Oklahoma City, Ok.

Tags: TCA

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