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January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Converts Bulk Oil Program to High Efficiency Oil

Ryder is now using 10W-30 grade oil to service all Ryder lease, rental and maintenance customer vehicle as part of the company’s preventive maintenance program.

Tags: OIl, Ryder System, Low-Viscosity Oil, Preventive Maintenance

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders up More Than 40 Percent Year over Year

Photo: Jim Park

Class 8 truck orders in 2014 were up 42% over 2013, with 380,200 net orders being placed last year, according to data from ACT Research. Class 5-7 truck orders also performed well, selling 223,250 units.

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

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

December Trailer Orders Near Record Numbers

Photo: Utility Trailers.

December trailer orders were second only to October 2014 in volume, and trailer orders for the year hit an all-time high.

Tags: Dry Vans, FTR, Manufacturing, Trailer Orders, Trailers

January 21, 2015 - Press Release

Allison Transmission to Mark Centenary Throughout 2015

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. has announced that it will celebrate its centennial throughout 2015 with a variety of special events and activities.

Tags: India, Allison Transmission, Hungary, Corporate Anniversaries

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Lose Latest Organizing Vote at FedEx Freight Terminal

The Teamsters Union has lost another vote in its recent efforts to organize more drivers at FedEx Freight.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Truck Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Blue Water Bridge Connecting U.S., Canada to Partially Close in April

A view of the Blue Water Bridge at night from the American side looking towards the Canadian side. Photo: Matthew Gordon via Wikimedia Commons.

The Blue Water Bridge international crossing in Port Huron, Michigan will be partially closed beginning April 1, likely leading to traffic backups between the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Michigan, Road Construction, Bridges

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Constellation Acquires 7 CNG Fueling Stations in Midwest

Constellation will acquire seven compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Indiana and Ohio under an agreement with CNG Fuel, Inc., the company has announced.

Tags: Ohio, Indiana, CNG Fueling Stations

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Zenith Freight Lines Sold to Bassett Furniture

Photo: Zenith Global Logistics

Zenith Freight Lines LLC is selling the remaining 51% share not owned by Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. to the furniture manufacturer.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Former Trucking CEO Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme

The former CEO of the trucking company USA Dry Van Logistics has pleaded guilty in federal court in Texas to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud.

Tags: FBI, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, People

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill

"21st-century businesses need a 21st-century infrastructure." Photo: Whitehouse.gov video screen shot

President Obama used his State of the Union address to repeat his call to reform corporate taxes and spend some of the proceeds on a long-term highway bill.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, President Obama, ATA

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 2014 Housing Starts Best Since 2007

The U.S. housing market showed its best signs of recovery last year, well above 2013’s level, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Ford, 2015-MY, Fuel Economy, TCO, Lifecycle Costs

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Southbound I-75 in Cincinnati Reopens Following Bridge Collapse

A section of southbound Interstate 75 in Cincinnati has reopened following a bridge collapse late Monday evening resulting in its closure.

Tags: Accidents, Ohio, I-75, Interstate 75

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Study: Costs of Crash Accountability Outweigh Benefits

HDT file photo

The difficulty and cost of including crash fault in the CSA safety enforcement system appears to outweigh the benefits, according to an analysis by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The long-awaited report to Congress, which will be made public today, says that police accident reports probably don’t provide enough information to support determinations of fault.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Down, Vans Below $2 for First Time Since May

Rates on the spot market continue moving lower while truckload capacity jumped, the first indication of a more typical slow, winter freight season, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 21, 2015 - Press Release

Lytx Reaches 200,000 Subscriptions for Video-Based Safety Service

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Lytx reached a record growth of 57,000 new subscriptions in service for 2014.

Tags: Lytx, Driver Behavior

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

CCC Parts Acquires Drivetrain Components Distribution Company

CCC Parts Company has completed the purchase of TOR Truck Corporation, a wholesale distribution company specializing in providing drivetrain solutions and components. CCC Parts Company is a wholesale distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer products.

Tags: CCC, Distributors, Mergers & Acquisitions, Parts and Service

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Costs Post Double Digit Declines Over Past Week

Fuel prices continue a big decline with diesel posting its biggest weekly drop in recent memory, according to U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Radiant Logistics Purchasing Canadian 3PL

Washington-based Radiant Logistics Inc. announced on Tuesday it has agreed to acquire Wheels Group Inc., one of the largest non-asset based third party logistics providers based in Canada.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, 3PL, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Hits Record Market Share in Combined Canada & U.S. Sales

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks reached a market share of 15.3% of the Canadian heavy-duty retail market, a record for the manufacturer. It also saw an all-time high market share in combined U.S. and Canadian sales.

Tags: Canada, Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Unchanged in December, Up 3.5% in 2014

Graphic: ATA

A new report shows the amount of freight moved in the final month of last year was unchanged from the month before but posted a healthy gain for all of last year.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder Optimism Near 9-Year High

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes declined just one point to 57, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Home Building

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Midsize Van to Debut at Work Truck Show

Photo of Mercedes-Benz V-Class van in March 2014 courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz will debut its 2016 Metris mid-size van at the Work Truck Show on March 4, prior to offering the commercial vehicle for sale in the U.S. in the fall, show producer NTEA has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Work Truck Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Chief: Fuel Prices Won't Affect Pending Truck Fuel Economy Proposal

Drilling rig in Wyoming. Photo courtesy BP plc.

The dip in oil prices is temporary and will not affect the way federal agencies set fuel economy standards, including upcoming new requirements for heavy trucks, said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Tags: Fuel Economy Standards, EPA, NHTSA, Regulations, GHG

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Section of I-75 in Cincinnati Closed Following Bridge Collapse

A section of an old overpass collapsed Monday evening along southbound Interstate 75 in Ohio, closing a part of the route for potentially several days.

Tags: Accidents, Ohio, I-75, Interstate 75

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