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September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Transportation Index Increases to Near All-Time High

Five years: Freight Transportation Services Index, July 2009 - July 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight carried by the nation’s for hire transportation industry increased 0.9% in July following a one-month decline.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Forecast to Move Lower

U.S. on highway diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.92 per gallon in 2013, are projected to fall to an average of $3.86 this year and...

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Propane Supplier Readies Dual-Fuel System for Diesels

Blossman Services is waiting on final governmental approval for a “blended fuel” system that injects varying amounts of propane autogas to replace diesel fuel in heavy duty truck engines.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Dual Fuel System, Alternative Fuels, Aftermarket, Engines, Blossman Services

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Increase Following Recent Lull

The increases happened despite a 19% drop in the total number of spot market loads available, due to an end-of-month push that coincided with Labor Day weekend.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

FTR, Internet Truckstop Team up for Analysis of 'Big Data' from Load Transactions

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

FTR and Internet Truckstop announced a new strategic partnership to bring FTR's analysis and forecasting skills to bear on the "big data" collected by the freight-matching technology provider.

Tags: Information Technology, Internet Truckstop, FTR, Spot Freight, Big Data

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Shows off Autonomous Driving

Peterbilt 579 concept truck.

Peterbilt showcased the latest autonomous driving technologies in a concept truck at the ITS World Congress in Detroit.

Tags: Peterbilt, ITS World Congress, Concept Vehicle, Autonomous Drive

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Engine Protection System Available on Fuso Canter

Mitsubishi Fuso Canter with EPS.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has made an engine protection system standard on all 2015 Canter models and is available as a no-cost upgrade for 2012-14 Canter FE and FG Series work trucks.

Tags: Canter, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Fleets, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Top Technicians to Gather for Skills Competition

The 10th annual TMCSuperTech National Technician Skills Competition is set to take place later this month at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Tags: TMC, Technicians, TMCSuperTech, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Highways, Freight, Legislation, Highway Funding, ATA, IANA, NITL

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Manitoulin Buys Westcan’s LTL, Van Business

Manitoulin Transport has announced a deal to buy the less-than-truckload and van freight business of fellow Canada-based Westcan Freight Systems.

Tags: Canada, Fleets, Manitoulin

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Advances, Freight Spending Slips

North American freight volumes bounced back in August from a normal July dip, but it did not lead to a similar increase in freight spending, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawsuit Against New York Truck Taxes Given Class Action Status

The case was filed nearly a year ago by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and four of its members against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Tags: New York, Taxes, OOIDA, Litigation

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Broker Pleading Guilty to Bribery Over Military Contracts

Federal prosecutors have charged an Alabama freight broker with bribing two National Guard officials to steer military transport contracts totaling more than $440,000 to the two Alabama companies he represented.

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-15 Closed for Several Days Following Nevada Flooding

A big portion of Interstate 15 Nevada is closed following flooding on Monday that caused parts of the route to be washed away.

Tags: Nevada, I-15, Road Closure, Interstate 15

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Converting California O-Os to Company Drivers Following Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- Due to litigation and upcoming settlements, one trucking operation is abandoning its owner-operator business model in California.

Tags: Drivers, California, Intermodal, Fleets, Ports, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Hub Group

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Unchanged from Last Week, 16.7 Cents Less Than 2013

The ride of continuously falling on-highway diesel prices is over, with the average U.S. cost unchanged over the past week, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends New-Applicant Screening Test

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending its test of a new approach to screening new entrants into trucking. It also is adjusting how the screening process works.

Tags: FMCSA, New Entrants, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ram Chassis Cab Adds Max Speed Limiter

Photo of Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of Chrysler.

The Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks add several fleet-friendly options for the 2015 model-year, including a maximum speed limiter to help fleet managers reduce excessive speeding, according to Ram Truck.

Tags: Ram Truck, Speed Limiter, Ram Chassis Cab, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 4, Class 5, Ambulances

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Bridgestone Plant Earns Environmental Recertification

Bridgestone America’s tire manufacturing plant in Warren County, Tennessee, earned LEED V3 recertification at the silver level from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tags: Green, Bridgestone, LEED certification, LEED V3

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Household Movers Seek Exemption to 14-Hour Rule

Household goods movers say driver need to be able to drive from a delivery to a safe parking spot even if it's past the 14-hour window. Photo: Atlas Van Lines

Household goods movers represented by the American Moving and Storage Association are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption to one part of hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, American Moving & Storage Association, Household Goods Movers

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Stifel's John Larkin says that the driver shortage is now affecting less-than-truckload, private fleets and other industry sectors. Photo: Southeastern Freight Lines.

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Stifel Nicolaus, Drivers

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Named Highway Angel for Helping With Burning Bus

Highway Angel, Jon Wilbur: Photo via TCA.

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Jon Wilbur a Highway Angel for helping passengers on a burning bus in June.

Tags: TCA, Highway Angel, Image, Pottle's Transportation

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Indicates Extreme Pressure on Available Capacity

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 8.49 for July, one of the highest points this year. The high values reflect rising prices and service lapses caused by the current capacity crisis. FTR says the TCI could go even higher this fall if the economy accelerates as expected.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Spot Freight

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Cable Provider Orders 800 Ford Transit Vans

Low-roof, regular wheelbase 2015 Transit Photo: Ford.

Charter Communications has ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase 2015 Ford Transit vans for its technicians in 29 states, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Charter Communications, Fleets, Private Fleets

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

PrePass Plus Allows Customers to View Transactions Any Time

Help Inc.'s PrePass Plus electronic toll payment service will now allow customers daily access to E-ZPass toll transactions.

Tags: Tolls, E-ZPass, PrePass

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