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June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Ports Returning to Normal

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters, Car Haulers Start Contract Talks

Jack Cooper Transport is the largest union auto hauler. Photo via Jack Cooper Logistics.

The Teamsters union and unionized car haulers start negotiations this week for a new national carhaul contract that covers almost 6,000 employees.

Tags: Teamsters, Labor Unions, Auto Haulers

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Raises Money to Support Wyakin Warrior Foundation

Phillips Industries recently raised and contributed over $30,000 to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, an organization that helps severely wounded, injured, or ill post 9/11 veterans.

Tags: Charity, Phillips Industries, Veterans

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Texas CNG, LNG Sales Increase 78 Percent

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Texas have increased 78 percent over financial-year 2014 as measured by increases in tax revenue from the alternative fuels, according to the state Comptroller’s office.

Tags: Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG, CNG Fueling Stations

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Safety Board Calls for Action on Collision Avoidance Systems

As this illustration for Meritor Wabco's Onguard system illustrates, forward collision avoidance technologies "see" obstacles ahead.

Collision avoidance systems reduce accidents and save lives and injuries, and should be standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles, says the National Transportation Safety Board in recommendations announced Monday.

Tags: NTSB, Driving Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, NHTSA, Forward Collision Warning

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Kalmar Sells 60,000th Terminal Tractor

The Kalmar Ottawa T2 Terminal Tractor Photo via Kalmar Ottawa

Kalmar Ottawa announced the sale of its 60,000th terminal tractor, a T2 model, three years after hitting the 50,000 mark.

Tags: Truck Sales, Terminal Tractors, Kalmar Ottawa

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Decrease Slightly for Second Week

The average cost of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel dropped again this week, moving lower for the second time in more than a month.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Lack of Data Argues Against Truck Size/Weight Changes

FedEx has pushed for a provision allowing longer twin trailers, 33 feet up from the current 28.

The Department of Transportation has declared that “data limitations” uncovered by its research on the impact of increasing truck size and weight limits should preclude changing “relevant laws and regulations.”

Tags: DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

So Cal Port Truckers: Inspection Program Causing Congestion

The California Trucking Association recently came out against a new chassis equipment inspection process at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, saying they are causing congestion problems for truckers.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, CTA, Congestion, Intermodal, Intermodal Chassis

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

Covenant Pay Package Includes Guarantee for HazMat OTR Drivers

Photo via Covenant Transport

Covenant Transport announced a new pay package for the company’s hazardous materials over-the-road drivers that includes per-week minimum pay.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Covenant Transport, Hazmat, Driver Pay

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

BestDrive Adds Tire and Retread Outlet Near Detroit

BestDrive, a commercial tire retreader and distributor owned by Continental Tire, opened a new 60,000-square-foot facility in Taylor, Mich.

Tags: Continental Tires, Tires, Retreads

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driving School at Fort Drum First in Army to be PTDI-Certified

PTDI-certified training offers soldiers "upward mobility" and a career after the Army.

The Professional Truck Driver Institute has certified the first contract training course at a U.S. Army installation, broadening both the marketability of veterans and the pool of properly trained military drivers.

Tags: Driver Training, Military, Veterans, Professional Truck Driver Institute

June 7, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Discount Ends June 12

The 2014 Fleet Safety Awards ceremony.

The conference will be held July 13-15 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

June 7, 2015 - Industry News

Idle Free Recalls Electric Auxiliary Power Units

The recall affects 4,771 units at risk for detaching and creating road hazards, according to federal safety regulators.

Tags: Recalls, Idle Free Systems, NHTSA

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Chicago Fleets Saved 25M Fuel Gallons Last Year

Photo courtesy of CACC.

The commercial and government fleet members of the Chicago Area Clean Cities saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum in 2014, which reduced fuel consumption and improved air quality, according to the group.

Tags: Clean Cities, Chicago, Waste Management, Fuel Management, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

MHC Expands Dealership Footprint in the Midwest

Photo via MHC

The Murphy-Hoffman Company truck dealership group has acquired five Kenworth dealerships formerly operated by R.L French Corporation in three Midwest states.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealership, MHC, Truck Dealers

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Authorize Governors to Intervene in Port Strikes

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

A bill introduced on June 5 would expand the powers granted by the Taft-Hartley Act regarding labor disputes at U.S. ports allowing state governors the intervention powers currently reserved for the President.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, U.S. Senate, Port Trucking

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Stemco Agrees to Buy Veyance Air Springs

Stemco has entered into an agreement to acquire the Veyance North-American air springs business form Continental AG, the company announced.

Tags: Goodyear, Stemco, Suspensions, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Kalmar Ottawa Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at the T2

Photo: Stephane Babcock

Terminal tractor manufacturer Kalmar Ottawa hosted a number of industry journalists this past week for a tour of the company’s Ottawa, Kan., facility and some time behind the wheel of the T2, its newest terminal tractor.

Tags: Terminal Tractors, Kalmar Ottawa, T2

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Rhode Island Truck Tolls Stalled for Now

UPDATED -- A recently amended proposal to charge tolls for trucks crossing bridges in Rhode Island may not be included in the state budget, according to local reports -- but it could be addressed by the legislature in a special session.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Employment Numbers Improve, Including Trucking

The current trucking employment level is close to its pre-recession peak, while nationwide employers added more jobs during May.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Big Data Generated $93 Million in Trucking Last Year

Big data analytics generated $93.9 million in revenue in the trucking industry in 2014, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan, which projected that amount would grow to $1.6 billion by 2022.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, Big Data, OEMs, Market Research, Telematics, Information Technology

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Air Power Dual-Fuel System Receives Certification

Photo via Clean Air Power

Clean Air Power has received certification on its Genesis-Edge Dual-Fuel engine system from the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, EPA, Dual Fuel System, CNG, LNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Clean Air Power

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes Predicts Fleet Niches for Metris Van

Mercedes-Benz is launching the Metris midsize van for 2016. Photo by Ian Merritt/MBUSA.

At an event held in Dunton Hot Springs, Colo., Mercedes-Benz outlined product plans and market niches for its new midsize van.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Passenger Vans, Mercedes-Benz Metris

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Shell Opens LNG Lanes at Two Texas TA Locations

Stabilis customer fueling with LNG at the San Antonio location. Photo courtesy of Shell

Shell is offering liquefied natural gas at two TravelCenters of America truck fueling stations in Texas, located in Dallas and San Antonio.

Tags: Shell, TravelCenters of America, LNG Fueling Station, LNG

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