May 8, 2015 - Industry News
Unemployment in the U.S. fell in April, hitting a near seven-year low following weak job additions in the first quarter of the year.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment
May 7, 2015 - Industry News
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has appointed Berend Bracht as president and CEO and a member of its executive board, effective July 1, 2015.
Tags: Leadership, Bosch, People, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
May 7, 2015 - Product News
Kenworth is offering Eaton's 10-speed UltraShift Plus VAS transmission on selected medium-duty trucks for the first time, including the T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine.
Tags: Kenworth, Eaton, Medium-Duty Trucks, UltraShift Plus
Chevrolet will expand its compressed natural gas lineup to include the bi-fuel 2016 Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab, allowing drivers to operate the vehicle on CNG or gasoline.
Tags: Silverado HD, Bi-Fuel CNG, Southern California Gas Co., Chevrolet Silverado, Natural Gas Vehicles, Chevrolet
Jim McGeehan, Consulting Scientist for Delo engine oils, has elected to retire from Chevron effective June 30, 2015, according to Chevron Products Co.
Tags: Chevron Lubricants, Chevron Delo, PC-11
The trucking company Quality Distribution Inc. has reached an agreement to be acquired by the private investment fund Apax Partners.
Tags: Earnings, Quality Distribution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Quality Carriers, Boasso America
Fourteen fleets achieved fuel savings of $477 million in 2014 by adopting a variety of fuel efficiency technologies according to an annual study from the NACFE.
Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fleet Efficiency, Survey, NACFE
May 6, 2015 - Industry News
Paccar Leasing Company (PacLease) will begin offering a medium-duty leasing program called the PacLease Value Spec, the truck maker has announced.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Kenworth T270, Peterbilt Model 330, Paccar, Truck Leasing, Class 6, Private Fleets
According to the Florida-based company this was the result of an “intangible asset impairment charge” of just over $2 million, with an with an after tax impact to net income of $1.265 million, relating to its November 2013 purchase of Pipeline Transportation.
Tags: Earnings, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines
The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.
Tags: FMCSA, DOT, Accidents
Cummins Westport has announced field-testing of a spark-ignited natural gas engine capable of producing near zero NOx emissions for use in refuse and transit applications.
Tags: Emissions, GHG, Natural Gas Engines, NOx, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport
The number of available loads on the spot truckload market decreased 2.9% and capacity fell 1.8%, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.
Tags: USPS, Maintenance Costs
Private sector, non-farm employment increased by less than 200,000 jobs in April for the second straight month, according to a new report released Wednesday.
The economy is in a “particularly volatile state,” with some saying it is going up while others think it is going down, according to Noel Perry, founder of Transport Economics, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.
Tags: Economy, ALK
Total intermodal shipments in the U.S. and Canada rose 2% over last year’s first quarter volumes despite port congestion issues that impacted international container traffic, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.
Tags: Economy, Intermodal, IANA
The truckload and logistics services provider, Transport Corp. of America Inc., announced this week Scott Arves will be stepping down as president on June 1.
Tags: People, Transport America
United Parcel Service (UPS) will begin using renewable natural gas (RNG) in its fleet of delivery vehicles and tractors after signing a purchasing agreement with Clean Energy Fuels.
Tags: UPS, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, RNG, Delivery Fleets
Fontaine Modification is recalling 3,571 Freightliner M2 trucks modified to have dual steering to fix brake lights that may not illuminate, according to federal records.
Tags: Freightliner, Fontaine Modification, Freightliner M2, Recalls, Steering System
May 5, 2015 - Industry News
Daimler Trucks North America introduced its new autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck Tuesday night at Hoover Dam, using the historic dam as the world's largest projection screen in its dramatic premier.
Tags: Freightliner, Nevada, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive
Cummins Westport will begin producing the ISB6.7 G, a 6.7-liter dedicated natural gas engine for medium-duty trucks, shuttle buses, and vocational vehicles by the middle of 2016.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG
New bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate could help bridge the highway funding gap by expanding the use of tax-exempt bonds and implementing a new tax credit to help state and local governments pay for infrastructure projects.
Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Infrastructure Funding
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, has introduced a compressed natural gas (CNG) inspection services program for CNG-powered vehicle fleets, the refuse truck body manufacturer announced.
Tags: Refuse Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, McNeilus, Vehicle Inspection
"Thank you for looking at the impossible and finding a safe way to make it possible." That's what Nevada Gov. Brian Sondoval said to Daimler Trucks North America officials when he officially granted the first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States.
Tags: Freightliner, Self-Driving Vehicles, Autonomous Drive
The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its annual Clare C. Casey Award to Dean Newell, Vice President of Safety and Training for Maverick Transportation, LLC.
Tags: Maverick Transportation, Truckload Carriers Association
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