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April 2, 2015 - Industry News

UPS to Deploy 1,400 CNG Vehicles, Fueling

Photo: UPS

UPS plans to add 1,400 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors and delivery vehicles in the coming year as well as 15 fueling stations to support them, the Atlanta-based parcel delivery company has announced.

Tags: UPS, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Delivery Fleets, Landi Renzo

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt, Paccar Offer New Truck Warranties

Customers who purchase a new Peterbilt truck and finance through Paccar Financial will receive updated warranty coverage going forward, the company announced.

Tags: Peterbilt, Class 8, Truck Sales, Truck Warranty, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 5

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Vans Surge as Spot Freight Availability Increases

Source: DAT

Flatbed markets remained strong and van markets surged as overall spot freight availability rose 12% and capacity stayed flat, according to the latest numbers from DAT Solutions.

Tags: Flatbeds, Reefers, DAT, Spot Freight, Van Trailers, Freight Rates

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Load Logic, 6x2 Liftable Axle Save Fuel for Bulk Haulers

Photo via Mack

Mack Trucks has introduced drivetrain systems that executives said improves load-hauling efficiency and fuel economy of their Pinnacle tractor for bulk haulers.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Bulk Hauling, 6x2 axle

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Turnover Still Over 90 Percent at Truckload Fleets

ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. Image via ATA

Turnover at truckload fleets remained high in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the gap narrowed between small and large carriers.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Truckload

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Link Manufacturing to Partner on Developing Volvo 6x2 Pusher Axle

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Link Manufacturing has agreed to a multi-year manufacturing deal for the new Volvo 6x2 program after a year-long collaboration between the two companies.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Axles, Link Manufacturing, 6x2, Mack Trucks

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

ATRI Researching Truck Parking Via Driver Survey

The American Transportation Research Institute is researching truck parking and truck parking reservation systems through a new survey of drivers. Drivers can take the survey through the end of April.

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Truck Parking, Driver Shortage

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

WIT Names Finalists for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

Photo: WIT

Women In Trucking has announced the finalists for its inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics award, which aims to promote the achievements of women in the transportation industry.

Tags: Awards, People, Women in Trucking, Logistics

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Utah Gov. Approves Natural Gas Tax Increase

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Official Photo

Utah's Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed a transportation infrastructure funding bill that includes increases in the state tax on natural gas and hydrogen vehicle fuel.

Tags: Legislation, Fuel Tax, Natural Gas Vehicles, Utah, Hydrogen Fuel

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Raven Transport Adds 115 LNG Trucks

Photo courtesy of Rush Enterprises.

Raven Transport will add 115 Peterbilt Model 579 heavy-duty trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its fleet to haul goods for a leading consumer packaged goods company, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Clean Energy Fuels, Rush Enterprises, Chart Industries, LNG, Peterbilt

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Drugged Driving

The FMCSA declared driver Robert Lee Turner an imminent hazard after he struck an officer at the Port of Savannah and was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Drugged Driving, Alcohol Testing

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Darling Gets Title Upgrade

Photo: FMCSA

Acting Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration T.F. Scott Darling will continue in that role but will no longer be titled Acting Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, People, Promotions

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Three-Week Slide

Diesel and gasoline prices continue to drop for the third straight week as U.S. crude oil inventories stay at record high levels and demand remains low.

Tags: Oil Prices, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Altech-Eco's CNG Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Altech-Eco has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2015 Ford Transit 150/250/350 3.7L van and wagon with the Ford gaseous prepped engine option.

Tags: Altech-Eco, EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, CNG

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, President Obama, U.S. Congress

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Unveils Its Long-Term Transpo Funding Bill

The Department of Transportation today officially announced its $478-billion, six-year transportation reauthorization proposal with just two months left until the current surface-transportation legislation expires.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, Highway Bill, Capitol Hill, Repatriation

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

OEMs Partner with PeopleNet and Omnitracs

PeopleNet and Omnitracs recently announced exclusive deals with original equipment manufacturers Peterbilt, Kenworth and Cummins to provide telematics and diagnostic tools for the companies.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Technology, Paccar, Peterbilt, PeopleNet, Omnitracs, Remote Diagnostics, Telematics, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has begun notifying select truck and bus companies to submit drug and alcohol testing program results for its annual survey.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, Alcohol Testing

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Manac Considering Ways to Increase Shareholder Value

Strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a sale of the company, a merger with another company, or another business combination, the company said.

Tags: Trailers, Manac Inc., Shareholders

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880

Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with the PACCAR MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.

Tags: Kenworth, Technology, Fuel Economy, Driver Performance, Mid-America Trucking Show, MX-13

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio Lawmakers Scrap Highway Speed Limit Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Ohio Lawmakers scrapped a proposal to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph that was opposed by the trucking industry, according to a report from Cleveland.com.

Tags: Ohio, Speed Limiter, Speed Limits, Legislation, Highway Safety

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Shell, TravelCenters of America Open More LNG Lanes

Shell and TravelCenters of America have finalized plans to build a network of liquified natural gas fueling stations.

Shell opened two new lanes serving liquefied natural gas at TravelCenters of America truck refueling stations located in Baytown, Texas and in Lafayette, La.

Tags: Shell, TravelCenters of America, LNG Fueling Station, LNG

March 29, 2015 - Industry News

TA Names Citizen Drivers

TravelCenters of America announced its second annual “Citizen Driver” Award recipients Friday during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Image

March 29, 2015 - Industry News

Apex Capital releases Mobile Factoring App

Photo: Apex Capital

Apex Capital Corp. introduced its Mobile Factoring invoicing app as a new value-added service for its customers during the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Mobile Apps, Factoring

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Sponsors Truck Racing's Return to U.S.

A ChampTruck racing truck on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Big-rig truck racing is returning to the U.S. for the first time since 1993 with the Meritor ChampTruck World Series for the 2015 season.

Tags: Meritor, Sponsorship, ChampTruck, Racing, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

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