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January 14, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Takes Aim at Commercial Trucking Safety, Distracted Driving

Photo via NTSB

Strengthening commercial trucking safety is one of four new issues on the National Transportation Safety Board's Most Wanted List for 2015, including active safety systems and underride guard improvements, while distracted driving returns to the list.

Tags: Regulations, Distracted Driving, NTSB, Driver Health, Underride guard, Medical Examiners

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

ROUSH to Offer Propane Autogas Ford Medium-Duty Models

Photo: Ford

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering propane autogas versions of Ford medium-duty vehicles equipped with the 6.8-liter V-8, following certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Tags: Ford F-450, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford F-650, CARB, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford E-450

January 13, 2015 - Product News

J.J. Keller Updates E-Log System for Restart Suspension

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller updated its Encompass E-Log System to reflect the recent 34-hour restart suspension, the company announced. The restart suspension is in effect until at least Sept. 30, 2015.

Tags: J.J. Keller, HOS, E-logs, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Restart Study on Track to Start This Month

Photo: Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is on track to launch its study of the 34-hour restart, said Martin Walker, chief of the agency’s research division.

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

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Contributes to Record CSX Railroad Earnings, Revenue

Photo: CSX Facebook page

CSX Corp. on Tuesday announced record fourth-quarter 2014 net earnings of $491 million, a 15% increase from $426 million for the same period last year, due in part to highway-to-rail freight conversions.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Earnings, CSX

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

DOE: Diesel to Average $2.85 in 2015

In the wake of diesel prices falling from an average of more than $4 per gallon nearly a year ago the U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration has lowered its price forecast from last month’s prediction.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

Photo via Police Mag

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon launch a national program to train police officers in traffic enforcement for large trucks. The agency worked with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on a curriculum covering the basics of truck safety enforcement.

Tags: FMCSA, safety, Traffic Violations, CVSA

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Tight Truck Capacity Slowing Freight

Graphic: TCP

The latest industry survey by the consultancy group Transport Capital Partners sees a shortage of capacity and lack of qualified drivers changing the dynamics of freight, with trends in capacity and rates also contributing to a decline in broker freight.

Tags: Research, Hours of Service, Fleets, Capacity, Brokers, Transport Capital Partners, 34-Hour Restart

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Improves 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup's Fuel Efficiency

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has improved the fuel efficiency of its 1500 EcoDiesel pickup with a model that edges highway fuel economy for full-size pickups closer to 30 mpg highway — a bar once thought unattainable.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, Ram Truck, Full-Size Pickups

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Adds New Authorized Dealers

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing named Waters Truck & Tractor and Waters International Trucks as authorized East dealers. Waters will offer East’s full line of flatbed, drop deck and dump trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing, Dropdeck Trailers, Flatbed Trailers, Dump Trailers

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

New Refrigerated Intermodal Service Launched

Infinity Transportation Logistics recently launched its new expedited refrigerated domestic intermodal container service between Washington and Oregon and the Midwest and East Coast.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Fleets

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Dana CEO Retiring Next Year, Preliminary Earnings Released

The parent to truck component manufacturer Dana Spicer, Dana Holding Corp., on Tuesday announced President and CEO Roger J. Wood has told the company's board of directors he plans to retire in April 2016, after five years of leadership at the company.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Dana Spicer

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Total $18 Million in Final Quarter of Last Year

During the three-month period the cargo recovery service recorded 181 thefts, with 81 in October, 60 in November, and 40 in December.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, CargoNet, Crime

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Older Medium-Duty Diesels Face New Calif. Regs

California fleets who use medium-duty diesel trucks older than 20 years may have to replace these Class 4-6 vehicles under a set of new regulations going into effect this year.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, Diesel Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Announces America’s Road Team Finalists

Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations announced the 31 finalists in the running to be named Captains of the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team. Judges will decide the winners on January 13th.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Awards, America's Road Team

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Slide, Lowest In Over 4 Years

The U.S. Energy Department reported Monday the average U.S. price for on-highway diesel fell another 8,4 cents over the past week to $3.053 per gallon. This is the lowest price since October 2010 and is 83.3 cents less than the same time last year

Tags: Diesel Prices, Oil Prices

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Shippers Transport Drivers Join Teamsters at SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port truck drivers from a major drayage firm serving the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been reclassified as employees and joined the Teamsters Union.

Tags: drivers, Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

January 12, 2015 - Product News

Frozen Foods Fleet to Install Forward LED Lighting on 700 Trucks

Photo: KLLM

KLLM-Frozen Food Express announced that it would be installing Truck-Lite LED forward lighting on all of its new trucks. It will begin installing the lighting on all 2016 Freightliner and Volvo models, nearly 700 trucks.

Tags: Truck-Lite, LED Lighting, Frozen Food Express, Lighting

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers States $30 Million in Safety Grants

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced the availability of $30 million in state grants aimed at assisting states in improving transportation safety by modernizing their technology infrastructure.

Tags: FMCSA, safety, Department of Transportation, Federal Grants, Enforcement

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Deploys Telematics System on New Dry Van Trailers

Swift Transportation announced that it would partner with Spireon to bring GPS-based trailer tracking and management to dry van trailers added in 2015.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, Spireon, Trailer Tracking, Swift Transportation, Trailers

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Details 2016 Titan's Cummins Turbo Diesel

Photo of Cummins 5.0L turbo diesel courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is offering a 5.0-liter Cummins turbo diesel with its 2016 Titan pickup for the first time that will give work truck buyers greater capability for towing and payload, Nissan has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Diesel Engines, Nissan Titan, 2016-MY, North American International Auto Show, Full-Size Pickups

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

New Full-Size Van Sales Grow 11 Percent

Photo of Transit vans courtesy of Ford.

Sales of new-model full-size commercial vans rose more than 11 percent in 2014 as several manufacturers transitioned to European-style vans and phased out less fuel-efficient models.

Tags: Full-Size Vans, Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, Fleet Sales

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Conditions Index Higher for November

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for November, at a reading of 8.98, reflects dropping fuel prices, according to the transportation research firm. Strong freight volumes from a good Christmas shopping season also helped.

Tags: Fuel Prices, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Key Transportation Legislator, Sen. Boxer, to Retire

Sen. Barbara Boxer has worked to forge bipartisan deals on transportation. Photo: U.S. Senate

Sen. Barbara Boxer, for many years a key transportation legislator, said she will not seek re-election in 2016.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer

January 11, 2015 - Industry News

193-Vehicle Pileup in Michigan Involved 76 Trucks, Killed One Trucker

Interstate 94 in western Michigan finally re-opened Sunday after a 193-vehicle pile-up on Friday morning that killed a truck driver closed the highway for almost two days.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, Highways, I-94

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