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March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Enters Into Memorandum of Agreement with Telogis and Trimble

Volvo Trucks in North America announced it has entered into memorandums of agreement with both Telogis and Trimble to develop future fleet management services. Both companies are providers of onboard fleet management and location intelligence services.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo, Telogis, Trimble

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Rose 1.2% in January from December

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in January from December, rising for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: BTS, TSI

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Bendix Announces MATS Tech Talks

This year’s Bendix Tech Talk Series at the Mid-America Trucking Show will include insights on air disc and drum foundation brakes, air treatment and charging systems, and advanced safety technologies.

March 14, 2013 - Industry News

Consortium Reports Progress in Research to Use Guayule for Rubber in Tires

Consortium partners Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Yulex Corp., Arizona State University, and the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture met recently to review initial progress on their $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant from the USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tags: Guayule, Tires, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Retail Sales Post Big Gain for February

U.S. retail sales rose in February by the greatest level since September. The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday reported a 1.1% increase from the month before with the January figure being upwardly revised to a 0.2% gain. February activity was 4.6% higher than the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Plans For Heavier Trucks In Ohio Hit Bump

Legislation being considered by Ohio lawmakers to increase the maximum truck weight on the state’s non-interstate routes from 80,000 pounds to 90,000 pounds has been removed from a larger bill.

Tags: Ohio, Government, Truck Weights

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Plans By YRC Freight To Close Facilities Reportedly Delayed

The latest plan by nationwide less-than-truckload carrier YRC Freight to improve its financial and operational picture has been slowed.

Tags: LTL, YRC, Teamsters

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Forecast Moves Lower

A new government report is predicting diesel prices will be lower than a previous forecast, due to an expected decline in the price of oil along with other factors. The U.S. Energy Department’s Short-Term Energy Outlook says after averaging $3.97 per gallon last year, on-highway diesel prices are expected to average $3.90 per gallon this year.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil, DOE

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

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