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April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Fleet Council

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its Fleet Council annual forum at this year’s event slated for April 12 – 14.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Bendix, Anniversary, Events

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Prime Invites Drivers and Carriers to Fittest Trucker Competition

Prime is reserving 30 competition slots for drivers from other fleets to participate in its Fittest Trucker in America competition, taking place Aug. 29 at the company's headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: Competition, Driver Health, Prime Inc., Driver Fitness

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama Unveils New Truck Tire Website

Looking to help fleet owners get the strongest return on their tire investment and boost their bottom lines, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) launched a new, dedicated commercial tire website, YokohamaTruck.com.

Tags: Truck Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp., New Website

April 6, 2015 - Product News

Webb Wheel Newsletter Gives Drum Removal Tips

Webb Wheel has published a newsletter providing tips on how to remove brake drums that are stuck due to corrosion.

Tags: Corrosion, Webb Wheel, Brakes, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Ends, Brake Drums

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Alcoa, Metalsa Offer 2,500 lbs in Future Weight Savings

Alcoa says aluminum frame rails could lighten trucks by up to 900 pounds.

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Alcoa showcased several vehicle components currently in development that could reduce the weight of a typical highway tractor by as much as 2,500 pounds.

Tags: Alcoa, MATS, Lightweighting, Aluminum

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama: Mississippi Tire Plant 'Right on Schedule'

Yokohama says its new one-million-square-foot commercial tire plant in West Point, Mississippi, is on target to begin production in October 2015.

Tags: Yokohama Rubber Co., Truck Tires

April 5, 2015 - Industry News

Minimizer Celebrates 30 years with $30k Giveaway

Minimizer awards two $15,000 prizes to celebrate it's 30th anniversary during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Minimizer fenders, MATS, Mid-America Trucking Show

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Patch Highway Fund If It Leads to Real Fix

Secretary of Transportation Foxx (center) speaking with attendees at a DOT event. Photo: The White House

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has signaled that he does not oppose Congress applying a short-term fix to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent before it runs out entirely this summer.

Tags: Anthony Foxx, Highway Bill, DOT, Highway Funding

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Award $500M in Grants for Transportation Projects

Photo: DOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that $500 million will be made available for surface-transportation projects under the TIGER competitive-grant program this year.

Tags: DOT, Grant Funding, Highway Bill

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Loses 6,800 Jobs in March

Graph showing trucking employment from 2013 through 2015. Graph: Department of Labor

The trucking industry lost 6,800 jobs in March-- the first such drop since 2013, according to the latest employment numbers from the Department of Labor.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Department of Labor, Employment

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hike Fines on June 2

Many FMSCA fines will go up on June 2.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today published an adjusted schedule of civil penalties for violating federal safety rules. FMCSA said the changes will take effect on June 2.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Out of Service Violations

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Logistics Study Offers Insight into Trucking Issues

Photo: TMW Systems

TMW Systems’ 2014 Transportation and Logistics Study, with data and analysis on driver retention, rising rates, utilization, maintenance and other industry issues, is now available.

Tags: Survey, TMW Systems, Logistics, Truckload

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Truck Orders Up 14.5 Percent

Orders for medium-duty vehicles in Classes 5-7 maintained strength with a 14.2 percent increase in March from a year ago, ACT Research has reported.

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

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Halt Excise Tax Increase

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members have introduced a bill seeking to stop any increase of the excise tax on new heavy-duty trucks, an effort that has been applauded by truck dealers.

Tags: ATD, Federal Excise Tax, Proposed Legislation, U.S. Congress, Truck Dealers

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Sink in March

Class 8 truck orders slipped in March, per FTR.

Net orders for Class 8 Trucks hit a six-month low, recording 24,780 units, in March, according to preliminary data from FTR. This is the lowest level since September 2014 and the first time Class 8 orders have fallen year-over-year since January 2013.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Names Image Team Members

The 2015 Image Team Left to right:  Ingrid Brown, Stephanie Klang, Ellen Voie (WIT President/CEO), Carol Nixon, Allyson Hay, Wyzeena Heeny. Photo via Women In Trucking

Five women have been chosen to be the members of Women In Trucking’s Image Team, the organization announced. The Image team will participate in public events for legislators, regulators and industry leaders to further the mission of WIT.

Tags: People, Image, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Makers Seek Complete-Vehicle GHG Rule

The Phase 2 GHG/MPG proposed rule is due out in June.

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Phase 2 of the federal GHG/MPG rules has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for formal review. The

Tags: Environmental Regulations, Green Regulations, Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

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

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