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June 15, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Toll Alternative Proposed by Rhode Island Republicans

An alternative to the proposed Rhode Island trucking toll that could eliminate the tolls completely has been brought forward by members of the R.I., House Republican Caucus.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Re-Enters Low-Cab Forward Market

Photo cabover family courtesy of GM.

In the 2016-CY, Chevrolet will offer six low-cab forward models in the Class 3-5 GVW segments. The models will be procured from Isuzu, badged as Chevrolets, receive a GM gasoline engine option, and sold at Chevrolet dealers.

Tags: Chevrolet, Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 5, Class 3, Class 4, Cabovers, Isuzu N Series, General Motors

June 15, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner, Dodge Sprinter Vans Join Takata Recall

Photo of Dodge Sprinter van by IFCAR via Wikimedia. (Photo shot at 2008 Washington Auto Show.)

More than 40,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans need new passenger-side frontal air bags because the existing ones have defective inflators.

Tags: Recalls, 2008-MY, 2007-MY, Takata, Air Bags, NHTSA, Cargo Vans, Dodge Sprinter, Freightliner, FCA US, Full-Size Vans

June 12, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Offers Yokohama Tires on New Trucks

The Yokohama 101ZL Photo courtesy of Kenworth

Kenworth is offering a selection of all-position Yokohama tires for Kenworth heavy- and medium-duty conventional trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Yokohama, Tires

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

CDL Tester Indicted in South Carolina

A third-party CDL tester used by South Carolina has been indicted for giving tests he wasn't supposed to and skimping on the tests themselves.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Crime & Fraud, U.S. DOT

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Settles Independent Contractor Suit for $228 Million

FedEx says its contractors no longer operate under the model challenged in this case. Photo: FedEx

FedEx Ground reached an agreement with plaintiffs in an independent contractor lawsuit to settle for $228 million.

Tags: Lawsuits, Independent Contractors, FedEx, FedEx Ground, Delivery Fleets

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

Consumer Confidence Improves, Producer Prices Jump

Consumer confidence rebounded this month, with more people expecting increases in their wages, according to the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Producer Prices

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Volume Posts Monthly Drop

Spot market freight volume remained relatively strong in May, edging down just 1.7% from April, according to the DAT North American Freight Index, with refrigerated freight and rates higher for the month.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 12, 2015 - Press Release

MiX Telematics Adds Houston Office

MiX Telematics, a global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, has expanded its North American operations and opened an office in Houston.

Tags: MiX Telematics, Office Expansion

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

11 Kenworth Truck Models Recalled

Photo courtesy of Kenworth.

A recall covering nearly 105,000 Kenworth trucks will address the potential for water leaks that can lead to wiper motor malfunction and raise the risk of an electrical short.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Recalls, NHTSA

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Falls as Capacity Availability Increases

Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell 9% to a reading of 6.7 in April, weakened by more available capacity and less pressure on rates.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants C.R. England Driver Training Exemption

Photo via C.R. England

The FMCSA has granted C.R. England a training rule exemption allowing drivers who have passed the CDL skills test to operate a vehicle on public roads without requiring a CDL holder to monitor them from the front seat.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, C.R. England

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Retail Sales Improve for Third Straight Month

Retail sales in the U.S. continue improving after slowing at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, but things could still be better.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

BNSF Promising Faster Intermodal on Northern Corridor

BNSF has made significant investments in its Northern Corridor route. Photo: BNSF

BNSF Railway announced new, faster service offerings along its Northern Corridor route, after heavy oil-field and grain shipments last year caused service times to drop.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, BNSF

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Infrastructure Funding Bill: Let the States Pay

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Two Republicans on Capitol Hill have re-introduced a controversial bill taking a radical approach to the issue of highway funding -- handing responsibility for infrastructure over to the states.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, Devolution

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

'Electric Road' to be Tested in Sweden

Photo: Siemens

Next year, Sweden-based truck and bus maker Scania will start testing electric trucks on an electric road.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Scania, Global

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Shell Lubricants: All Cylinders Firing for Two New Diesel Oil Categories

Extensive lab work is proceeding on track to complete the two new API oil-service categories for heavy-duty diesels. Photo: Shell

The industry campaign to develop not one but two new API oil-service categories to eventually replace the current CJ-4 spec for heavy-duty diesel engines is on a fast track for new formulations to be licensed starting in late 2016, according to Shell Lubricants.

Tags: Shell, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Makers of Collision-Mitigation Systems Say They Pay for Themselves

Reducing severity of rear-end collisions is all the products promise. But they can avoid some accidents, too. Photo: Meritor Wabco

Bendix and Meritor Wabco like the renewed attention put on their products by recommendations issued this week by the NTSB. But they don’t necessarily want to see them mandated.

Tags: Meritor Wabco, Forward Collision Warning, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, NTSB, NHTSA, Regulations

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Report: For-Hire Freight Movements Ease Up

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2010 - April 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Large declines in trucking and pipeline, coupled with smaller declines in rail carloads and rail intermodal resulted in a decline in the total amount of U.S. for-hire freight movements in April from March.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Hadley Names New President

Thomas Bronz

Hadley has named Thomas Bronz president and CEO following the retirement of Robert Dubsky.

Tags: Hadley Products, Executive Appointment, People

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

House Narrowly Passes Spending Bill Keeping Restart Suspension

A major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry, including a continuation of the 34-hour restart suspension, narrowly passed the U.S. House late Tuesday night, but it still has to pass the Senate and faces a possible veto.

Tags: Legislation, Insurance, 34-Hour Restart

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Increase Across the Board

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market jumped 36% during the week ending June 6 as capacity increased 5.5%, helping push rates higher.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Next Phase of I-90 Construction Under Way in Washington

Six new lanes, one wildlife overcrossing, new bridges and culverts, and safety improvements are coming to a 2-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Washington State.

Tags: Washington, Highways, Highway Construction, I-90

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Transport America: All Owner-Operators to Make $1 a Mile

Transport America, Eagan, Minn., changed its pay plan for its owner-operators, allowing all the company’s independent contractors to make $1 per mile.

Tags: Driver Pay, Transport America

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Oklahoma Gov. Signs NGV Conversion Bill

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has approved legislation that will allow interest-free loans to county governments in the state to buy natural gas vehicles or convert fleet vehicles to natural gas.

Tags: Legislation, Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG, LNG

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