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December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Gains Soar, Factory Activity Slows

The number of people who found jobs in November increased dramatically from the month before but the unemployment rate was unchanged, according to U.S. Labor Department numbers released Friday morning.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier Owner Sentenced for Violating FMCSA Order

The owner of an interstate livestock carrier has been sentenced to a year’s probation for violating a Federal Motor Carrier imminent hazard out of service order.

Tags: Regulations, Tennessee, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Hits New Record High

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads said Thursday for the week ending Nov. 29, U.S. railroad intermodal volume totaled 220,873 units, up 6.2% compared with the same week last year and the highest level on record.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Montana Peterbilt Opens Fourth Location

The Sidney parts-only location of Montana Peterbilt: Photo via Montana Peterbilt.

Montana Peterbilt opened its fourth dealership, a parts-only facility located in Sidney, Mont. It is strategically located in the Bakken Shale region of the state.

Tags: Peterbilt, Montana, Dealership, Bakken Oil Fields

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

Tags: Tax Incentive, U.S. Congress, Alternative Fuels

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect Vans for Door Panels

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect van courtesy of Ford.

The action affects 19,825 2014-MY cargo vans that may have a problem with a loosening exterior plastic panel on the sliding door.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Dupre Logistics Gives Drivers Pay Increase

The Dupre Logistics Energy Distribution Services group announced that it would be giving its drivers a 5% to 9% pay increase to help it keep qualified drivers in a competitive market.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Dupre Logistics, Driver Pay, Fleets

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Van, Reefer Rates Improve on Spot Freight Market

Graphic: DAT

Reefers posted the biggest gain, 1.1% for Nov. 23 through Nov. 29 compared to the previous seven days, for an average of $2.37 per mile, its best showing out of the last four weeks.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Manitoulin Global Buys Canfleet, Other Major Canadian Deals Progressing

The deal is the latest of a number of investments Manitoulin has made in Western Canada in recent years to build its offerings and coverage in the region.

Tags: Canada, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Manitoulin

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

North America DEF Demand Approaching 1 Billion Gallons

Consumption of diesel exhaust fluid across North America has been rising in recent years and is set to hit a milestone of one billion gallons by 2019, according to the newly published DEF Market Dynamics Report by Integer Research.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Research, DEF, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Tennessee Bans Trucks from 'The Dragon'

Vehicles longer than 30 feet, including trucks, will soon be banned from a mountainous section of eastern Tennessee roadway, due to a high number of crashes over a three-year period.

Tags: Safety, Tennessee, Highways

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Republic Adds 20 CNG Refuse Trucks in Missouri

Photo of Republic CNG truck courtesy of Republic Services.

Republic Services has added 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Springfield, Mo., area, the waste management company announced.

Tags: Republic Services, Missouri, CNG, Refuse Trucks

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Pull Nashville FedEx Freight Organizing Vote

For the fourth time in five weeks, the Teamsters Union has withdrawn an organizing election petition for drivers at one of FedEx Freight’s terminals.

Tags: Drivers, Tennessee, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Texas Trucking Group Pledges $50,000 to Industry Campaign

The Texas Trucking Association Foundation will make a $50,000 financial contribution to Trucking Moves America Forward over the next five years.

Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Growth Slows

The first indication of job growth for November shows it staying past the 200,000 mark for the seventh out of the past eight months, according to the ADP National Employment Report.

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Hauler Leases 12 CNG Trucks from Ryder

Bulk-hauling, return-to-base operations like Mansfield’s are ideally suited for natural gas vehicles, Ryder said.

Tags: Ryder System, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, Full-Service Leasing

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Major Florida Interstate Project to Begin in 2015

Artist's redition of the completed Interstate 4 Ultimate construction project: Image via Florida DOT.

Work is set to begin in early 2015 on the Florida Department of Transportation’s Interstate 4 Ultimate construction project. The project will revamp a 21 mile section of Interstate 4 in Central Florida from Orange County to Seminole County.

Tags: Florida, Department of Transportation, Road Construction

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce

The largest portion of the truck transportation workforce was in the 45-54 year age range in 2013. Graph via ATRI

The median driver age had risen significantly over the past two decades according to a new paper released by the American Transportation Research Institute that analyzed the demographics of driver age.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Recruiting, Research

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., (right) and Tom Petri, R-Wis., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s call to do the same.

A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Utilities Increase Commitment to Electric Vehicles

PG&E/Efficient Drivetrains Inc. Electric Hybrid bucket truck: Photo via PG&E

More than 70 investor-owned electric utilities announced they will increase investment in electric vehicles for their fleets by an estimated $50 million per year, or $250 million over five years, starting in 2015.

Tags: PG&E, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Green Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Edison Electric Institute

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Declares Florida Driver an Imminent Hazard

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered truck driver James H. Patterson not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, declaring him an imminent hazard to public safety. Patterson was involved in an accident in November that killed the driver of a passenger vehicle.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Cell Phone Use, Drug Charges

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Orders Remain Strong in November

Commercial truck orders remained strong in North America in November, according to reports from two leading industry research firms, with Class 8 orders racking up the fifth-best month of all time.

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

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Truck/Car Speed Limit Differential to Drop in Some Parts of Illinois

The Illinois Trucking Association has been successful in getting the speed limit differential between cars and trucks reduced in some rural areas near Chicago, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Tags: Legislation, Illinois, Speed Limits, Illinois Trucking Assocation

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit Best-Selling Commercial Van in November

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford Transit was the top-selling full-size commercial van in November and accounted for almost one in four units sold in the category, Ford announced.

Tags: Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Fleet Sales, Cargo Vans

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Clarify Sleep Apnea Instructions to Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will clarify its instructions to medical examiners concerning screening drivers for sleep apnea. In response to congressional concern about sleep apnea training for examiners, the agency said it will notify examiners and trainers that they should not use federal rules and advice as guidance for apnea screening and testing.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health

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