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August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Fail to Follow Recovery in Freight Volume

The number of spot market loads available on DAT's network of load boards increased 3.8% for the week ending Aug. 1 compared to the previous seven days, as truck capacity fell by 2.7%.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Order Increase Parallels Confidence in Trucking

Class 8 truck orders increased by a good amount in July, indicating a growing confidence in the market, according to analysis from FTR and ACT Research.

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

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Element Names Commercial Truck Center Manager

Cohen

Element Fleet Management has appointed Art Cohen as manager of its Commercial Truck Center (CTC), located in Virginia Beach, Va.

Tags: Element Fleet Management, Truck Dealers, Used Truck Sales

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Carbon Adsorption to Reduce CNG Costs

Gary Fanger, COO and team leader of Cenergy Solutions’ ANG project, installs carbon-filled tanks atop a Chevrolet Suburban used in testing. For common use, the tanks would have protective caging or be installed inside. Photo courtesy Cenergy

Two companies report they're on the brink of commercializing low-pressure dispensing and storage of compressed natural gas through carbon adsorption, which they say will keep the fuel cheaper and make filling stations a reality even for small fleets.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Phase 2 GHG Public Hearing Scheduled

EPA and NHTSA will hold a public hearing on Aug. 6 in Chicago for the proposed Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, EPA, NHTSA, Greenhouse Gas

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Gains Moderate, Service Sector Jumps

Even as service sector growth surged in July, a lackluster employment report is leading to more speculation on whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its September meeting.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Accuride Aftermarket Sales Director Tony Pape Dies

Tony Pape Photo courtesy of Accuride

Accuride’s director of aftermarket strategy and sales, Tony Pape has died at the age of 53, the company announced.

Tags: Obituary, Aftermarket, Accuride

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Upgrading Crashworthiness of 2016 F-150

Photos of crash-testing of the crew cab (left) and extended cab models of the 2015 F-150 courtesy of IIHS.

The 2016 Ford F-150 will offer increased driver crash protection from the 2015 model, after the extended-cab model didn't earn the top safety rating in an insurance industry crash test, a spokesman told Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Pickup Trucks, 2016-MY, IIHS, Crash Tests

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y/N.J. Ports Set Record Pace for Cargo Volume

Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Cargo volumes at the Port of New York and New Jersey hit a record pace during the first six months of 2015.

Tags: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Ports, Containers, Freight Volume

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Wabco Appoints President of Business in the Americas

Jon Morrison Photo courtesy of Wabco

Wabco Holdings has appointed industry veteran Jon Morrison president of its Americas business unit, the company announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, Wabco

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Survey Asks Industry to Rank Top Concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute has launched its 2015 Top Industry Issues Survey, which ranks the trucking industry’s biggest concerns.

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Industry Concerns

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Freymiller Releases Online Radio Station for Truckers

Image: FreymillerRadio.com

Freymiller Trucking has rolled out Freymiller Radio, a driver appreciation digital radio channel that streams live over the internet for truckers on the road.

Tags: Drivers

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Roadrunner Transportation, USA Truck

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. on Tuesday reported increases for both profit and revenue for the second quarter of the year.

Tags: USA Truck, Fleet Earnings, Roadrunner Transportation, Economy

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Convenience Stores Enlist Ryder Box Trucks

Photo courtesy of Ryder.

The Greater Houston Retailers Cooperative Association has outsourced its fleet operations by signing a full service leasing agreement with Ryder System for 25 medium-duty box trucks, Ryder has announced.

Tags: Ryder, Medium-Duty Trucks, Convenience Stores, Box Trucks, Outsourcing, Full-Service Leasing

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Fatal I-75 Crash

The NTSB preliminary report shows the damage to Brewer's vehicle following the crash.

The truck driver involved in a June 25 nine-vehicle crash on I-75 near Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed six people, has been charged with six counts of vehicular homicide, among other charges.

Tags: Tennessee, Hours of Service, Fatal Accidents, NTSB, I-75, Litigation

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop Again in 10-Week Slide

Source: EIA

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the 10th consecutive week, according to the latest weekly numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Food Service Fleet's Video Tech Improves Safety

Photo courtesy of TBHC Delivers.

TBHC Delivers, based in Nashville, deploys SmartDrive’s video-based safety program across its fleet and sees dramatic decreases in driver texting and excessive speeding.

Tags: Driving Safety, SmartDrive, In-Vehicle Video, TBHC Delivers, Medium-Duty Trucks

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Quantum Launches New CNG Systems

Quantum Fuel Systems has launched a pair of back-of-cab compressed natural gas (CNG) storage modules: the Q-Cab160, which offers up to 160 diesel gallon equivalents (DGEs) of storage, and the Q-Cab180, which offers up to 180 DGEs.

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

August 3, 2015 - Product News

Alcoa Updates Wheel Service Manual

Alcoa will release the latest version of its Wheel Service Manual later this summer, the company announced.

Tags: Wheels, Alcoa, Parts and Service

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Uneven, Consumer Spending Strong

The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth, a key indicator affecting trucking, slowed in July from its highest level in five months, according to a survey of the nation’s supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Drops, Average Value Around $189,000

The darkest areas indicate where cargo thefts happen the most. Graphic: FWI

Cargo thefts in the U.S. are on the decline, but the value of each heist is virtually unchanged compared to last year, according to a new second quarter report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

TA Kicks Off St. Christopher Relief Fund Campaign

TravelCenters of America has launched its annual campaign to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, which helps truckers suffering from medical-related financial hardship.

Tags: Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, St. Christopher Fund, Fundraiser

August 3, 2015 - Industry News

ArcBest Reports $20 Million Profit

With record second-quarter revenue, ArcBest's net income rose to $20 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, from $17.2 million, or 64 cents per diluted share a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, ABF, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings, LTL

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Did FMCSA Spin Report on HOS Restart?

The day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated its general satisfaction with a Government Accountability Office study of the hours-of-service changes implemented in 2013, the American Trucking Associations slammed the safety agency for “cherry-picking” a few points “in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers.”

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, GAO, 34-Hour Restart

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Nebraska Trucker Pleads Guilty to Threatening FMCSA Inspector

A Nebraska trucker could face up to a year in prison for threatening FMCSA employees over the phone.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Crime & Fraud

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