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January 8, 2015 - Industry News

What Will California Governor's Energy Goals Mean for Trucking?

In his inaugural address this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown laid out what he called “bold commitments” to sustain the environment in the nation’s most populous state, by reducing energy consumption.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel, Regulations, California, Renewable Fuel, CARB

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Bridgestone Breaks Ground on Future Nashville Headquarters

Bridgestone Americas broke ground on the company’s new 30-story, $200 million headquarters to be located in the SoBro area of Nashville, Tennessee. The building is set to be completed in mid to late 2017.

Tags: Headquarters, Relocation, Bridgestone, Nashville, Tires

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Opens North Carolina Drayage Facility

ASF Intermodal opened its newest intermodal drayage facility in Charlotte, N.C., the company’s first North Carolina terminal.

Tags: North Carolina, Expansion, ASF Intermodal, Terminals, Intermodal, Port Trucking

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Drivewyze Receives Investment from Equity Group

Drivewyze announced that private equity group Kanye Partners has invested in the company and its sister company Intelligent Imaging Systems to support the growth of its weigh station bypass service.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Westport Gains EPA Approval for CNG Transit

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Westport Innovations Inc. has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2015 Transit van.

Tags: EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Westport Innovations, CARB

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks Drive Cross-Border Freight, Hitting Record High Level

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners of Canada and Mexico increased in October compared to the same time a year ago, hitting the highest level on record.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Quantum Sells CNG Systems to Major Carrier

Photo: Quantum

Quantum Fuel Systems has received follow-on orders for its Q-Cab Lite and Q-Rail Lite compressed natural gas (CNG) system storage modules from a major carrier with over 200 terminals and operational locations in the U.S., the company announced.

Tags: Quantum Fuel Systems, Fuel Tanks, CNG, CNG Tanks

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Replaces CEO after Planned Retirement

Universal Truckload Services named Jeff Rogers as the company’s new CEO succeeding Scott Wolfe who announced his plans to retire earlier this year.

Tags: Leadership, People, CEO, Universal Truckload

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: December Job Creation Highest Since June

A new report released ahead of government numbers set to be published Friday shows private sector, nonfarm employment in the U.S. increased by 241,000 jobs from November to December, the biggest gain since June.

Tags: Economy, Employment

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

RMA Expects Replacement Tire Shipments to Slow in 2015

The Rubber Manufacturers Association expects demand for both original equipment and replacement tires for commercial and light trucks to grow in 2015.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Rubber Manufacturers Association, Truck Tires, Light Truck Tires, Tires

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Announces Canter FE Incentive Program

Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. has announced its Now’s the Time Sales Event, featuring retail incentives plus 1.9 percent APR financing for 36 months on all new 2014-2015 Canter FE Series medium-duty commercial trucks sold in the U.S.

Tags: Incentives, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Canter FE

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Class 5-8 Orders Averaged 50,000 per Month Last Year

Demand for commercial vehicles remained healthy in December, as 65,700 total heavy- and medium-duty trucks were ordered, according to the latest projections from ACT Research.

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

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Looking for Image Team Drivers

Women In Trucking is accepting nominations for its Image Team through Jan. 31. The Image team will be announced at the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers, Image

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Director to Speak at Omnitracs Outlook 2015

Joseph DeLorenzo, director at the Office of Enforcement and Compliance for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will deliver a keynote address at Omnitracs Outlook 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Conference, Keynote Speech, Omnitracs, Events, Information Technology

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Reefer, Flatbed Rates Rise as 2014 Ends, New Year Begins

Spot freight rates, left to right, for vans, flatbeds and reefers, the past four weeks. Graphic: DAT Solutions

Activity and rates on the spot freight market picked up slightly as 2014 ended and the New Year began, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Bee Haulers Want Exemption From HOS Break Rule

Loading bees for transport from South Carolina to Maine to pollinate blueberries. Photo by Pollinator via Wikimedia Commons

California beekeepers are looking for relief from the 30-minute break provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

December Tops Off Near Record Year for Class 8 Orders

Photo: Freightliner.

Truck orders remained strong in December with net Class 8 orders at 43,620 units, the third consecutive month above 40,000, according to the latest data from FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Fleets, Truck Orders, FTR

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Carriers Could Pay Higher Wages to Address Driver Shortage

Carriers of all sizes expect driver wages to increase in 2015. Graph by Transport Capital Partners.

A shortage of experienced drivers means carriers are hesitant to increase capacity, despite rising carrier costs and rates, according to the quarterly Transport Capital Partners Survey. Expect increases in driver wages this year as a result.

Tags: Survey, Driver Shortage, Transport Capital Partners, Driver Pay

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Takes California Break Requirement to Supreme Court

Public domain file photo

Penske Logistics took its fight against California’s meal and rest break requirement to the U.S. Supreme Court. The company on Tuesday petitioned the court to review a lower court’s finding that California truck drivers are entitled to paid breaks.

Tags: Penske, California, Supreme Court

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Sapp Bros. Founder to Receive NATSO Award

Hall of Fame Award recipient William Sapp. Photo: Sapp Bros.

The National Association of Truck Stop Owners is giving Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Founder William Sapp the Hall of Fame award at this year’s NATSO Show in Las Vegas.

Tags: Hall of Fame, Awards, Truckstops, People, NATSO

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Mediator Steps In to Aid West Coast Port Talks

Photo courtesy Port of Long Beach

A federal mediator is stepping in to try and resolve months of stalled talks between West Coast longshoremen and port terminal operators and shipping companies.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, California

January 6, 2015 - Global News

China's Commercial Vehicle Market Remains Soft

The pace of China’s economy slowed in the third quarter of 2014, with growth of 7.3 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the most recent "China Commercial Vehicle Outlook," jointly published quarterly by ACT and SIC, China’s State Information Center.

Tags: China, Commercial Vehicles, Economic Conditions

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Groups File Lawsuit to Stop Change in Union Organizing Rules

A coalition representing an array of industry sectors and businesses filed suit in the U.S. District Court on Monday to stop the National Labor Relations Board from moving forward with plans to speed up the time for union representation elections by workers and labor unions.

Tags: Litigation, NLRB, Labor Unions

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Port of Virginia Delays Start of Truck Appointment System

The Port of Virginia is delaying the implementation of the motor carriers’ appointment system at Norfolk International Terminals until this spring.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Shipments Slow

Economic growth in the U.S. non-manufacturing and factory sectors slowed in December, according to two separate reports released Tuesday, possible signs the overall economy lost some steam in the final quarter of last year.

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