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October 10, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Could See Cheapest Diesel Fuel in Years

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the price of a gallon of diesel to continue falling in 2015 due to lower crude oil prices and weakening demand.

Tags: Fuel Prices, EIA, Diesel Prices

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Automated Manuals: A Success Story

Automated manual transmissions in heavy trucks once were an anomaly. Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge contemplates Daimler's role in changing that trend in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Market Getting Tighter

Graph via FTR.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to 9.10 in August, an upward trend that reflects a tight capacity situation for the freight market.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Driver Pay, Trends, Economic Conditions

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lane Closures This Weekend on I-65 in Franklin, Tenn.

Map via TDOT.

Road crews are closing lanes on Interstate 65 in Franklin, Tenn., from Oct. 11-12 as they do bridge repairs at State Route 248 on the Peytonsville/Goose Creek Bypass.

Tags: Tennessee, Traffic Congestion, Department of Transportation, Interstate 65, Road Closure

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Leadership Change at Natural Gas Advocacy Group

Photo via NVG America.

Natural Gas Vehicles for America named Matthew Godlewski as the group’s next president. He will succeed Rich Kolodziej who has served for 18 years as the advocacy group’s president.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Leadership, Natural Gas Vehicles, People, New Hire

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Dealer of the Year Speaks to Indiana Undergrads

2014 Truck Dealer of the Year Kyle Treadway (right) and Chris Littel, a lecturer at Indiana University, meet with business students. Photo: ATD.

Kyle Treadway, president of Kenworth Sales Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, spoke to students at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business about entrepreneurship and marketing.

Tags: Kenworth, ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Indiana University, Business, Dealers

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Recover in Two of Three Major Segments

The amount of spot market freight has rebounded from last week, while rates in two out of three categories has also recovered. The freight-matching service provider DAT Solutions reports the number of loads available increased 1.5% Sept. 28 through Oct. 4 compared to the previous seven days, as spot market capacity fell by 4.3%.

Tags: DAT, Spot Freight

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Seattle, Tacoma Ports Form Alliance

Bell Harbor Marina at the Port of Seattle. Credit: Port of Seattle, Don Wilson

The Seattle and Tacoma port commissions plan to unify the management of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions in order to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway and attract more marine cargo for the region.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Washington, Intermodal

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Supplying CNG for Dillon Transport

Photo via Dillon Transport.

Clean Energy Fuels agreed to a multi-year deal with Dillon Transport to supply its fleet with about 2.5 million DGE of CNG annually over the course of the agreement.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Mixed In September

The freight logistics sector was relatively flat in September, with a drop in North American shipment volume and a slight increase in total freight expenditures, or payments, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Record High in August

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, August 2009- August 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index, which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.6% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Pulls Passenger From Wreck

The Truckload Carriers Association have named Jose Nunez of Homosassa, Fla., a Highway Angel for his actions in pulling a trapped passenger from a car wreck.

Tags: Florida, TCA, Highway Angel

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

New ATA Chairman From N.C. Trucking Company

Duane Long speaks to the trucking press Tuesday following his being named ATA's new chairman. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO -- The American Trucking Associations board of directors elected Duane Long as the federation’s 70th chairman. Long is the chairman of Longistics, a full-service provider of global logistics solutions based in Raleigh, N.C.

Tags: North Carolina, People, Logistics, ATA, Leadership, American Trucking Associations, ATA MC&E

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Raises Van Truckload Driver Pay

Photo via Schneider.

Schneider increased compensation for van truckload company drivers, the company announced. The new pay rates are 8% - 13% higher per mile and drivers have the opportunity to earn bonus pay.

Tags: Schneider, Van Trailers, Truckload, Driver Pay

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Names 2014 Driver of the Year

Carl Shultz, the 2014 National Truck Driver of the Year. Photo by Shane Jackson, ACS Advertising.

SAN DIEGO -- The American Trucking Associations named Carl Schultz as its 2014 National Truck Driver of the Year. Schultz works for Davis Express, and was the Florida Trucking Association’s 2013 Driver of the Year. He has over 42 years of experience as a professional driver.

Tags: Awards, People, ATA MC&E

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Nevada Fast-Tracks I-15 Repairs

The Nevada Department of Transportation has fast-tracked repairs to Interstate-15, south of Mesquite, which was affected by a September 26 flash flood, washing away the roadway and temporarily closing the interstate.

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

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Health-Care Provider Offers Truck Stop Physicals

Photo via Pilot Flying J.

SAN DIEGO -- UrgentCareTravel’s DOT and medical services membership program offers drivers and their family members access to DOT physicals and other medical services at several truck stop locations.

Tags: DOT, Driver Health, Truckstops, Health, ATA MC&E

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Hot Zones Affect National CSA Scores

Exposure to enforcement hot-spots can skew your CSA scores. There may not be much you can do to influence local enforcement priorities, but you can take steps to eliminate the violations at the source.

Tags: CSA, Vigillo, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Prime Inc. Orders 2,500 Reefer Trailers

Prime truck with a 3000R Reefer Trailer. Photo via Prime Inc.

Utility Trailers announced that Prime Inc. placed an order for 2,500 trailers, the largest single trailer order in the company’s history.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Prime Inc., Utility Trailer Manufacturing

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue to Fall

Continuing the downward trend, diesel and regular unleaded gasoline prices fell by a few cents this week according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATA MC&E: Economy Improves, Driver Shortage Continues

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, center, was joined by (left to right) John Felmy of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Kleinhenz of the National Retail Federation and Chad Moutray of the National Association of Manufacturers, to discuss the current status of the economy and its effect on the industry. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello discussed the current freight levels, highlighting the fact that the ATA truck tonnage index hit a record high in August, before posing questions to this year's economic panel.

Tags: Economy, Bob Costello, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, ATA MC&E

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Kansas Court Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees

FedEx Ground says since 2011, it has only contracted with incorporated businesses that treat their drivers as employees. Photo: FedEx Ground

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a group of about 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground had been misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.

Tags: Kansas, Litigation, Independent Contractors, FedEx, FedEx Ground

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Honors 2014 Safety Award Winners

(L-R): Mike Cain, Michelin vice president of original equipment; Mark Seymour, president of Kriska Holdings; Denise Elliot, safety manager, Kriska Holdings; Senta Brookshire, director of safety and driver development, Britton Transport; Jim Stockeland, president of Britton Transport; and Gӧran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing. Photo by Stephane Babcock

SAN DIEGO -- Volvo Trucks announced its 2014 Safety Awards winners on the exhibit hall floor of this year’s American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Bullish on North American Truck Market

Martin Daum, DTNA president and CEO

SAN DIEGO – Daimler Trucks North America expects steady growth in truck sales over the next couple of years, projecting this year will end up with 374,000 Class 6-8 units sold in North America and 411,000 for 2015 – and it's getting ready to ramp up its production to accommodate.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Product News

Mack Makes AMT Standard on Pinnacle

Mack mDrive automated manual transmission.

SAN DIEGO -- Mack Trucks is making its mDrive automated manual transmission standard equipment on its Pinnacle on-highway truck model.

Tags: Mack, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E, Fuel Economy

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