July 16, 2015 - Industry News
House Republican leaders on July 15 pushed through an $8-billion plus measure to fund highway and infrastructure expenditures through December 18.
Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund
July 15, 2015 - Product News
The palm-sized DataLogger plugs into the tractor’s J1939 diagnostic port and accesses engine data, which Stemco engineers use to predict how much fuel the TrailerTail will save that fleet.
Tags: Fuel Economy, Stemco, TrailerTail
The new units use R-452A, but TK will continue to offer and support its current line of transport refrigeration products with R-404A until customers are ready to transition.
Tags: Thermo King, GHG, Reefers, Trailers
July 15, 2015 - Industry News
A measure of base linehaul truckload rates show increases last month while intermodal rates fell for the sixth straight month, according to reports released Wednesday.
Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates
BorgWarner has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Remy International, a global producer of rotating electrical components.
Tags: Remy, Mergers & Acquisitions, BorgWarner
Visitors came from 21 states and three Canadian provinces to display their trucks, and compete in a "truckers olympics" and truck beauty contest.
Tags: Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop, Truckstops, Events
Rates declined across all three equipment types on the spot freight market as available truckload capacity increased while load availability fell, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions
Wholesale prices advanced 0.4% in June, according to the U.S. Labor Department, more than many analysts were expecting.
Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Department of Labor, Producer Prices
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $18 million in funding to six projects in an effort to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5/CGE by 2019 and $3/CGE by 2030.
Tags: Biofuels, Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, DOE
July 14, 2015 - Industry News
Marten Transport Ltd. on Tuesday reported a 5.4% increase in net income to $8.4 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of the year.
Tags: Earnings, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings
Nussbaum Transportation's director of human resources and safety, Jeremy Stickling, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s 2015 Safety & Compliance Award at a ceremony at the Fleet Safety Conference.
Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Nussbaum Transportation
Turnover rates at large and small truckload fleets fell by 12 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015, though it is uncertain if this trend will continue in the months ahead.
Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover
In his opening keynote address at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference, Shell Global Road Safety Manager Mike Watson describes the controls and leadership necessary to foster a successful corporate safety culture.
Tags: Shell, Fleet Safety Conference, Leadership
Dana Holdings Corp. named James K. Kamsickas president and chief executive officer, succeeding the retiring Roger J. Wood.
Tags: Leadership, Dana Holding Corp., People
Economic Watch: Retail sales in the U.S. eased up in June, according to a new Commerce Department report, while previous month's figures were revised lower.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales
C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to its fleet over the next few months, with tenured solo and team drivers and million miler drivers receiving the trucks first.
Tags: Western Star, C.R. England, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, Driver Retention
The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.
Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation
July 13, 2015 - Industry News
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index measure for May dropped to a three-year low of 4.91 due to softer capacity, pricing, and fuel prices. The index is expected to move into significantly more positive territory as the anticipated regulatory drag in 2016 and 2017 dramatically tightens capacity.
Tags: Trucking Conditions Index, Economy, FTR
Diesel fuel prices continue to drop as crude oil futures continue to reflect a worldwide glut. Gasoline prices, however, jumped nearly 30 cents a gallon in California.
Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices
The Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Monday evening in Schaumburg, Ill., and will offer sessions over the next two days about creating a positive safety culture at the corporate and fleet level.
Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events
The weekly program covers issues involving maintenance, inspection and specification of brakes, on-board vehicle electronics and electrical systems, engines, seating, tires and more.
Tags: Technicians, Satellite Radio, Technology & Maintenance Council, Sirius XM
The project will help states develop pavement friction management programs and demonstrate measuring equipment.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Safety, Pavement Research, Highways
A metals industry group is exploring lightweight ferrous products as an alternative to more expensive materials in the quest for cutting weight from trucks and other transport vehicles, says Grede Holdings, an iron castings supplier that’s involved in the project.
A new Senate bill calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would increase minimum insurance levels, mandate collision avoidance systems and speed limiters, and study the effects on safety of truck drivers having to drive hours just to get to the start of their workday.
Tags: Legislation, Insurance, Collision Avoidance Technology, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay
Chevrolet's Silverado pickup will arrive for 2016 with a bolder look, including a reworked front end, General Motors has announced.
Tags: Chevrolet, 2016-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Large Pickups
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