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May 24, 2016 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Ride Ends

The truck arrives back home on May 23. (PHOTO: Alliance AutoGas)

The Alliance AutoGas converted Ford F-150 has concluded its 5,600-mile, 12-city "Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride" in Asheville, N.C.

Tags: Alliance Autogas, Propane Autogas, Propane Conversion, #AAGRoadTrip

May 24, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Weakens More, New Home Sales Jump

The U.S. manufacturing sector crept closer to contracting in May, while new homes sales in April hit their highest level in more than eight years.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

May 23, 2016 - Industry News

Online Grocer Peapod Adds Hybrid Step Vans

The vehicles are existing Workhorse walk-in vans with GM gasoline engines and equipped with the Lightning Hybrids Energy Recovery System (ERS). (PHOTO: Peapod

Peapod, an online grocer, took delivery of its first two fuel-efficient, hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks this month.

Tags: Workhorse, Walk-In Van, Lightning Hybrids, Delivery Fleets, Grocery Fleets

May 23, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Jumps 6 Cents In A Week

The average price of diesel fuel jumped again, increasing for the seventh week in a row, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

May 23, 2016 - Product News

CarriersEdge Offers Fuel Efficiency Training

Image via CarriersEdge

Online safety and compliance training company CarriersEdge has added a Maximizing Fuel Efficiency course using an interactive learning approach to help drivers reduce fuel usage.

Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, CarriersEdge

May 23, 2016 - Industry News

New Truck Show to Focus on Technology, Fleet Buyers

The goal of the new North American Commercial Vehicle Show is not to compete with established regional trucking shows that are popular with owner-operators and families, but to provide a more business-focused event showcasing the latest truck technology for fleets.

Tags: Events, NACV Show

May 23, 2016 - Product News

Vipar Heavy Duty Expands TruckForce Service Center Program

Vipar Heavy Duty has expanded its TruckForce Service Center program with added tools, resources and services to support independent service centers.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Suppliers, Repair Shops

May 23, 2016 - Industry News

Ryder Expands Maintenance Options for Truck Leases

Photo: Ryder

Ryder System has expanded maintenance offerings for leases with the company’s new Ryder ChoiceLease options.

Tags: Ryder, Leasing, fleet maintenance, Maintenance Costs, Truck Leasing

May 23, 2016 - Industry News

Alcoa Wheel Names 16-Year Veteran President

Merrick Murphy Photo: Alcoa

Sixteen-year company veteran Merrick Murphy has been named president of the Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products business.

Tags: Leadership, Wheels, Alcoa, People

May 23, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks North America Supports New 2017 Truck Show

UPDATED -- Daimler Trucks North America has signed a letter of intent to exhibit at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show, a new biennial trucking show to be held September 2017 in Atlanta, Ga.

Tags: Events, NACV Show, Daimler Trucks North America

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Sees NAFTA Class 6-8 Market Dropping 15%

Wolfgang Bernhard, speaking at a Daimler Trucks media event held earlier this year in Germany,

The parent company of Freightliner and Western Star said it now forecasts that the overall North American market for Class 6 to 8 trucks will “contract by approximately 15% in 2016.”

Tags: Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Testing Hybrid Drayage Truck at SoCal Ports

Mack's hybrid drayage truck is based on the Pinnacle daycab model. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks will demonstrate two zero-emission capable drayage trucks as part of a California-based heavy-duty truck development project led by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Ports, Hybrid Trucks, Drayage, South Coast Air Quality Management District, California, Emissions

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Calif. Clean Air Plan Calls for Further NOx, PM Reductions

As part of a broad-reaching clean air program, California has proposed a low-NOx engine standard for heavy trucks. Truck and engine makers have said in the past that striving for low NOx in diesels could conflict with federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel economy.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, NOx, Diesel Emissions

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Can Play a Big Role in Energy Security

Image via SAFE

The non-profit, nonpartisan group Securing America’s Future Energy has released a report on how the U.S. can remain on the path to greater energy security that includes recommendations for the trucking industry.

Tags: Congress, Oil, Alternative Fuels, Truck Platooning

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Keeps Hours-of-Service Fix in Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that includes a fix of earlier legislative language that muddied what might happen to the Hour of Service rule’s restart provisions if a mandated study cannot show that the restart changes benefitted drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

HOS Restart Reform Keeps Cranking on Capitol Hill

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trailer Company to Pay $190K to Fired Safety Manager

OSHA has ordered tank trailer company Polar Service Centers to reinstate and pay $190,547 in back wages and damages to a fired safety manager who voiced safety concerns about a customer.

Tags: OSHA, Fleet Safety, Employment, Bulk Tank Trailers

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

Supreme Court Gives CRST Another Chance to Recoup Legal Fees

Photo: Jarek Tuszynski / CC-BY-SA-3.0 & GDFL

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of CRST Van Expedited in a legal battle with the EEOC, allowing the carrier to try to recoup $4.5 million in legal fees stemming from a sexual harassment case.

Tags: Lawsuits, Supreme Court, CRST, EEOC

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

More of the Same as Class 8 Orders Decline

Photo: Kenworth

ACT Research characterized truck orders in April as "more of the same," as Class 8 orders fell 16% from the previous month and 39% compared to last year.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Proposes Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

Chart courtesy of EPA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed slight increases to the amount of ethanol and biofuels that fuel producers must add to gasoline and diesel in 2017.

Tags: Biodiesel, Ethanol, Renewable Fuels Standard

May 19, 2016 - Product News

Chief Offers Line of Heavy-Duty Collision Repair Products

Photo: Chief

Collision repair manufacturer Chief introduced a new product line called Chief Heavy Duty that is designed for heavy-duty body shops.

Tags: Collision Repair, Aftermarket Parts, Technicians, Repair Shops

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Truck Residual Values Rise With Mileage

Photo of 2012 Ford F-250 SuperCrew via Wikimedia.

Diesel-powered pickup trucks sell for more than 30% of their gasoline counterparts after three years of fleet usage and return greater value with higher odometer readings, according to data from ADESA.

Tags: ADESA, Diesel Engines, Ford F-250, Gasoline Engines

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

API Debuts Symbols for Identifying New Diesel Oils

The two donut symbols are designed to help identify the new FA-4 and CK-4 diesel engine oils. Image: API

The American Petroleum Institute is introducing a special Service Symbol Donut designed to help buyers differentiate between the new API FA-4 and CK-4 service categories for diesel-engine oils.

Tags: American Petroleum Institute, Diesel Engine Oil, PC-11, Engine Oils

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Groups Offer Free Truck Parking App

The recently formed Truck Parking Leadership Initiative is developing a free app called Park My Truck to locate truck parking information and find available spaces for drivers.

Tags: ATA, ATRI, NATSO, CVSA, Truck Parking, Mobile Apps

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

CARB Certifies Westport's CNG Transit Van

Photo of a CNG-powered Ford Transit van courtesy of Westport.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified Westport Innovations’ compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Westport WiNG Power System that is used in the Ford Transit cargo van and passenger wagon, and the F-150 truck for MY- 2016.

Tags: Ford F-150, CARB, Ford Transit, CARB Certification, Westport, Natural Gas Vehicles

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