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March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Falls for Third Week, Gasoline Posts Eighth Straight Increase

The average cost of diesel in the U.S. has fallen 1.3 cents from last week, according to new figures released late Monday afternoon by the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Ryder’s Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 20 Million Miles

Ryder System has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of over 500 natural gas vehicles surpassing 20 million miles. The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas tractors serving over 40 customer operations in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Georgia, and Louisiana.

Tags: Ryder System, CNG, LNG

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Local Income Tax on Trucking

Motor carriers operating in Ohio can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to taxes following a March 19 ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Tags: Taxes, Ohio, Fleets, Litigation

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Some U.S. Bound Wide-Loads to See Delays at Peace Bridge

(Photo by Óðinn via Wikimedia Commons)

A construction project is set to being Wednesday along the Peace Bride, connecting the U.S. and Canada, running through the end of November and affecting certain wide-load traffic.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Peace Bridge

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending and GDP Gain Among Other Indicators

New figures show biggest driver of the U.S. economy increased last month while the overall economy grew more than estimated a month ago.

Tags: Economy, Freight, GDP, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Spending

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Increased Optimism over Better Freight Rates and Volume

Credit: TCP

Newly published results from a survey conducted by the trucking consultancy group Transport Capital Partners show increased optimism among trucking executives when it comes to higher freight rates and volumes.

Tags: Transport Capital Partners, Freight Rates, Freight Volume, Fleet Executives

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Idaho’s Top Speed Limit Poised to Hit 80 MPH, Truck Limit Slower

Legislation signed into law by Gov. Butch Otter allows an increase of up to 80 mph along interstate routes and 70 mph along state highways, but trucks would continue to be limited up to 10 mph slow

Tags: Idaho, Speed Limits

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Listening Session Draws Ideas for New-Entrant Requirements

Anne Ferro, FMCSA administrator, asks a question while Larry Minor and other agency officials look on. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE – There were a variety of suggestions from industry players on how to implement a new-entrant testing system Friday during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's public listening session at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Mid-America Trucking Show, Brokers

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Iowa Carrier Alleging Sexual Harassment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit last week against Panama, Iowa-based trucking company Panama Transfer, saying it violated federal law by allowing a female dock worker to be sexually harassed and then firing her for resisting that harassment.

Tags: Fleets, Litigation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Travel Centers of America Names Citizen Driver Award Winners

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- TravelCenters of America announced its first annual Citizen Driver Award recipients during the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., on Friday. The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who evoke respect for the truck driving profession.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Truckstops, Image, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

SmartTruck UnderTray System Makes SmartWay Elite List

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- SmartTruck’s UT6Plus aerodynamic device provides the fuel saving performance required by EPA SmartWay to deliver at least 9% improvement in fuel economy, qualifying for SmartWay's new Elite level.

Tags: SmartTruck, Mid-America Trucking Show, Aerodynamics

March 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Prices Rise Again in February

The average selling price for Class 8 trucks reached just over $44,400 in February, rising for a second consecutive month and setting a high-water mark, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Used Vehicle Sales, ACT Research

March 28, 2014 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show Offers Optimism, Product News, More

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Click here for a rundown of the news, products and photo galleries from the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show

March 28, 2014 - Industry News

Michelin X One Hits Two Million Tire Milestone

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- It took nearly a decade to get 1 million X One tires in service across North America, but less than four years later, Michelin has topped the 2 million tire mark. Michelin celebrates the milestone with its most fuel efficient trailer tire ever.

Tags: Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Mid-America Trucking Show, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Michelin

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Execs Upbeat About Truck Sales, Concerned About CARB

Wolfgang Bernhard, head of Daimler Trucks. Photo by Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truck orders at Daimler Trucks North America over the past four months are up 30% over the previous year, so the company has been gradually ramping up production and expects a strong 2014. However, the involvement of the California Air Resources Board in writing the next round of federal emissions regulations has them concerned.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Truck Sales, GHG, Daimler Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

Severe Weather Chills January Freight Flow

Freight transportation levels in the U.S. and Canada fell 3.4% in January compared to January of the prior year due to severe weather, according to federal data.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Trends, BTS, Mexico, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

State, Local Officials Call for Highway Funding

The hearing rooms change but the theme remains the same: Congress must find a way to restore the Highway Trust Fund so it can support a robust, long-term federal highway program. That was the key take-away from state and local officials testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure, Congress

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

California Trucker Named Goodyear Highway Hero

Gary Medalis, left, marketing director, Goodyear commercial tire systems and Ivan Vasovic, 31st Goodyear Highway Hero. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- A truck driver who rescued another trucker who had fallen from a burning tanker truck that was hanging over the side of a freeway overpass was named the 31st Goodyear Highway Hero.

Tags: Drivers, Goodyear, Goodyear Highway Hero, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Touts Technology as it Moves Ahead

Navistar's Bill Kozek talks to reporters at MATS Thursday.

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- The past is gone, and technologies like SCR, multiplexed wiring and telematics, plus high build quality, are the way forward, said Navistar executives Thursday morning.

Tags: Navistar International, Navistar, Information Technology, Telematics, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

DEF Prices Continue to Rise

U.S. and Canadian bulk diesel exhaust fluid prices continued to rise in March, even as feedstock prices declined slightly, according to Integer Research's March DEF price tracker.

Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

ELD Proposal Open for Comments

The clock has started for comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate. The proposal will be published in the Federal Register Friday March 28, starting a two-month period when the agency will accept comments.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, ELD, Hours of Service, Regulations

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt's 75th Anniversary Tour of U.S., Canada Begins April 1

Peterbilt's anniversary display trailer contains history of the brand and samples of current products. The tour will run into November.

Tags: Peterbilt, Peterbilt Motors Company, History, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 26, 2014 - Industry News

TRALA Elects New Chairman for 2014-'15

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association's (TRALA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected Dan Murphy, president and CEO of Idealease, Inc., as its chairman for 2014-2015.

Tags: TRALA, Leadership, Associations, IdeaLease, Technicians

March 26, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Talk Specs, Engines at Mid-America Fleet Forum

PepsiCo's Shelby Green (gesturing) talks about how his company is changing its beverage delivery using a 48-foot trailer with an automatic lift axle and robust liftgate specs. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- A panel discussion of innovative fleet leaders Wednesday illustrated why one size does not fit all is not an approach that works well in the trucking industry.

Tags: Natural Gas, Vehicle Spec'ing, Engines, Mid-America Trucking Show, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Meijer, NFI

March 26, 2014 - Industry News

ATA, OOIDA, TCA and Others Launch Trucking Image Campaign

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- The trucking industry announced Wednesday the launch of an industry-wide image and education campaign, Trucking Moves America Forward, at the Mid-America Trucking Show with support from a diverse group of industry influencers including leading executives, professional truck drivers and technicians.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Image

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