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April 14, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Decline Slightly

Freight Transportation Services Index, February 2011 - February 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Following two straight months of growth, the amount of freight moved by for-hire operations in the U.S. fell in February from the month before, due in part to a substantial decline in trucking, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Equipment Testing Models Meet Different Needs

Yves Provencher. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Yves Provencher, manager of PIT Group by FP Innovations, is a clear believer in testing new vehicle technologies. But every test model has strengths and weaknesses, he told the audience at the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit Wednesday.

Tags: Canada, Vehicle Testing, Aerodynamics, PIT, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Freedom CNG Opens Fueling Station in Permian Basin

Photo: Freedom CNG

Freedom CNG has opened a compressed natural gas fueling station located between Midland and Odessa, Texas, serving the Permian Basin.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

April 13, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Adds Tracking To Sylectus Mobile App

Sylectus Mobile App via Google Play

Omnitracs has made vehicle location tracking available through the Sylectus Mobile On Demand feature of the Sylectus Mobile app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Sylectus, TMS, Omnitracs, Mobile Apps

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Decline, Keeping Inventories High; PPI Drops

Retail sales in the U.S. disappointed once again last month, causing high inventory levels to fall only marginally while wholesales prices declined, according to three separate reports released on Wednesday.

Tags: Retail Sales, Business Inventories, Producer Prices, Wholesale Prices, Economy

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

East Opens High-Tech Trailer Facility

East's 73,000-square-foot facility. Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has opened a new, highly automated manufacturing facility at the company’s headquarters in Randolph, Ohio, that will accelerate trailer production.

Tags: Trailers, New Facility, East Manufacturing, Manufacturing

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

TxDOT Reduces Truck Tolls for Congestion-Relief Effort

The Texas Transportation Commission voted to give trucks a break on the cost of tolls on a portion of State Highway 130 and State Highway 45SE as part of the Truck Toll Discount Program approved by the 84th Legislature.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, TxDOT, Truck Tolls

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Give Back Most of Recent Gains

Spot freight rates eased off the gas as spot truckload volume dipped 1% and the number of posted trucks increased 6.2% for the week ending April 9, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Video: Ford F-150 Leads Pack in Latest Pickup Crash Tests

Source: IIHS

IIHS recently conducted a round of crash tests for large pickup trucks, and the results were mostly disappointing except for the Ford F-150 SuperCab.

Tags: Ford F-150, IIHS, Toyota Tundra, Chevrolet Silverado, Crash Tests, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra, Large Pickups

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Names Sales Director for Dealers

Trailer supplier Stoughton Trailers recently appointed Bill Hasz as sales director to help lead the Stoughton Dealer Network.

Tags: Sales, Dealers, People, Stoughton Trailers

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel, Gasoline Costs Expected to Remain Low

A new fuel price forecast from the U.S. Energy Department shows little change from expectations a month ago for the price of diesel, but the outlook for gasoline has moved a little higher.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices, Economy, Forecast, U.S. Department of Energy

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

200 Drivers Honored in Salute to Women Behind the Wheel

Photo: Women In Trucking

Women In Trucking honored nearly 200 female professional drivers with its 7th annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking Association, Events, Women Drivers

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Walmart Announces Carrier of the Year Honorees

Photo: Walmart

Walmart Transportation has named 12 trucking and transportation partners as its 2015 Carriers of the Year.

Tags: Partnership, Awards, Walmart

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Slam FMCSA Approach to Safety-Fitness Rule

A roadside safety inspection. Photo: U.S. DOT

A coalition of trucking interests has come out bluntly critical of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s efforts to put in place its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Super Rigs Contest Set for June in Joplin, Mo.

A parade on Friday night is part of the festivities. This year it'll be on June 10. Judging will be June 9-11.

Owner-operator truckers from across the United States and Canada compete for cash and prizes, and for a chance at being featured in the 2017 Super Rigs Calendar.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Owner-Operators, Shell SuperRigs, Events

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Horton Holding Names Vice Chairman

Terry Schilling Gilberstadt Photo: Horton Holding

Airflow solutions company Horton Holding has appointed Terry Schilling Gilberstadt as its vice chairman and corporate secretary.

Tags: Leadership, Fans, People, Horton

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

DHL Drivers Compete in Safe Driving Rodeo

DHL Express' drivers will be taking part in a Safe Driving Rodeo from April 4 to Sept. 30 operating in Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, similar to the European version shown here. Photo: DHL Express

DHL Express has begun its first Safe Driving Rodeo competition that puts 180 of its U.S. couriers to the test for 112 workdays to promote DHL’s safety culture by having drivers engage in friendly head-to-head competition.

Tags: DHL, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Safe Driving Competition, Delivery Fleets

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

F-150 SuperCrew, SuperCab Draw Top Safety Pick

Photo of F-150 SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the 2016 Ford F-150 pickup a Top Safety Pick for SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations.

Tags: Ford F-150, IIHS, Crash Tests, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Ford, Large Pickups, 2016-MY

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise Again After Brief Drop

A decline in the price of diesel fuel was not meant to last, as prices once again increased only a week after the first drop in a month and a half.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Forms Safety-Grant Allocation Panel

In accordance with a provision of the FAST Act highway bill, the Department of Transportation has formed the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Formula Working Group.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, MCSAP

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

West Virginia City Loses Appeal to Regulate Heavy Truck Traffic

The Morgantown, W. Va., city council has lost an appeal to regulate traffic along Route 7 in its jurisdiction based on size and weight.

Tags: Regulations, West Virginia, Truck Weight, Court Ruling

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

CP Drops Norfolk Southern Merger Bid

Image: Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has announced it has terminated efforts to merge with Norfolk Southern Corp.

Tags: Railroads, Norfolk Southern, CP

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

YRC Freight Adds Accelerated Shipping Service

Photo: YRC Freight

YRC Freight is offering a new accelerated service with shipment times that are one or two days faster than standard shipment times.

Tags: LTL, Freight, YRC Freight

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Measure Remains Low Despite Improvement

Seasonal freight volumes got a 38% boost from seasonal freight in March according to the DAT North American Freight index. Compared to February, van freight availability increased 25%, flatbed volume rose 64% and reefer volume added 16%. Graphic: DAT Solutions

Spot market freight volume got a 38% percent boost from seasonal freight in March, but the DAT North American Freight Index remains at one of its lowest levels in years, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 8, 2016 - Industry News

Rush Consolidates Dealership Network to Reduce Expenses

Rush Enterprises announced plans to consolidate its Navistar Division dealership network to reduce expenses and remain efficient in affected areas of operation.

Tags: Navistar, Rush Enterprises, Truck Dealers

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