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October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Universities to Study Effects of Fracking on Freight Transportation

A new study will examine the effects of the increased use of hydraulic fracturing on freight transportation distribution patterns to give better information to freight transportation planners and policy makers.

Tags: Research, U.S. DOT, Fracking

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., continues to press for action on a highway bill this year, writing a letter last week to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Ends Cross-Border Pilot, Grants Authority to Mexican Carriers

A three-year pilot program testing the safety of cross-border trucking between the U.S. and Mexico is ending, and the Mexican truck lines that have been providing long-distance, cross-border service under that pilot program will move to normal operating status. HDT Washington Editor Oliver Patton has the details.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Mexican Trucking, FMCSA, Regulations, NAFTA

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates, Volume Jump in September from Year Ago

DAT Solutions reports truckload spot freight continues its elevated trend, with 14 consecutive months of year-over-year peaks.

Spot freight has seen 14 consecutive months of year-over-year peaks, according to DAT, but in a typical seasonal trend, freight availability declined 5.5% in September compared with August.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Man Pleads Guilty To Paying Bribes for Freight Business

A former driver for a national trucking company pleaded guilty last week to charges, admitting he bribed employees in the Traffic Office at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia in order to obtain lucrative freight hauling business for a period of six years.

Tags: Georgia, Crime & Fraud

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Profit Increases More Than 14%

Photo: Jim Park

J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced third quarter 2014 net earnings of $102.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of 87 cents compared to third quarter 2013 net earnings of $89.5 million, or 75 cents per diluted share.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleets, Intermodal, Earnings

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Holiday Sales Expected to Jump Following October Container Surge

After a turbulent start to 2014, the nation’s retailers expect sales in November and December to increase a healthy 4.1% to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s actual 3.1% increase during that same time frame.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Imports, Intermodal, Ports

October 14, 2014 - Product News

Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

Rendering courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

New Pilot Travel Center On Route 50 in Ohio

Photo via Pilot.

Pilot Flying J opened a Pilot Travel Center in Chillicothe, Ohio along U.S. Route 50, the company announced. The truckstop is located at 1111 East Main, near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 23.

Tags: Pilot Travel Centers, Ohio, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Oshkosh Laying Off 300 in Defense Segment

Photo via Oshkosh.

Oshkosh is cutting 250-300 hourly positions from its defense segment as a result of significantly reduced U.S. defense spending.

Tags: Layoffs, Oshkosh, Military Vehicles

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Regulations, Congress, Safety & Compliance, Driver Health, U.S. Congress

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

New CEO Named at Yokohama North America

Takaharu Fushimi

Takaharu Fushimi was named the new CEO for Yokohama Corporation of North America, his second assignment in the U.S. for the Japanese tire company

Tags: Yokohama Tire Corp., People, Yokohama Rubber Co., CEO

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

PG&E Requires CNG Tank Inspections by Dec. 12

Concerned that compressed natural gas tanks in customers’ vehicles might not be sufficiently safe, Pacific Gas & Electric is requiring inspections as a condition of continued use of the company’s filling stations.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, PG&E, CNG, CNG Tanks

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

N.J. FedEx Freight Workers Reject Organizing Attempt

Drivers working out of FedEx Freight’s Cinnaminson, New Jersey, facility have rejected an organizing attempt by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Fleets, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight, Teamsters

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Cat Slapped with Another Class Action Suit for ACERT Defects

Twenty-two motor carriers in 18 states suffered “significant damages” from operational losses, diminished vehicle value, and costs incurred in replacing the Cat engines with other EPA 2007 emission-legal diesels, the suit says.

Tags: Caterpillar, Lawsuits, Class Action Lawsuit, Litigation, Engines

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Yokohama Tire Moving to Bigger Facility

Photo via Google Maps.

Yokohama Tire is relocating its corporate headquarters to a new facility in November to accommodate business growth. The company will be moving from its old headquarters in Fullerton, Calif., to nearby Santa Ana.

Tags: Relocation, Yokohama, Automotive Executives

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Haz-Mat Carrier Loses FMCSA Appeal

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has upheld an emergency restriction order placed on National Distribution Inc.'s cargo tanks by the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Tankers, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver Week Increases Traffic Safety

Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Law Enforcement, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Making Progress

Kevin Burch, speaking at ATA MC&E about the progress of the Trucking Moves American Forward campaign. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

Since its public launch at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, the Trucking Moves America Forward program has made great strides toward its goal of showcasing the positive side of trucking for the public and law- and regulation-makers.

Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward, ATA MC&E

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Continue Growth Streak

September is the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year improvement in Class 8 truck orders, according to a report by FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Could See Cheapest Diesel Fuel in Years

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the price of a gallon of diesel to continue falling in 2015 due to lower crude oil prices and weakening demand.

Tags: Fuel Prices, EIA, Diesel Prices

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Automated Manuals: A Success Story

Automated manual transmissions in heavy trucks once were an anomaly. Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge contemplates Daimler's role in changing that trend in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Transmissions, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, ATA MC&E

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Market Getting Tighter

Graph via FTR.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to 9.10 in August, an upward trend that reflects a tight capacity situation for the freight market.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Driver Pay, Trends, Economic Conditions

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lane Closures This Weekend on I-65 in Franklin, Tenn.

Map via TDOT.

Road crews are closing lanes on Interstate 65 in Franklin, Tenn., from Oct. 11-12 as they do bridge repairs at State Route 248 on the Peytonsville/Goose Creek Bypass.

Tags: Tennessee, Traffic Congestion, Department of Transportation, Interstate 65, Road Closure

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Leadership Change at Natural Gas Advocacy Group

Photo via NVG America.

Natural Gas Vehicles for America named Matthew Godlewski as the group’s next president. He will succeed Rich Kolodziej who has served for 18 years as the advocacy group’s president.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Leadership, Natural Gas Vehicles, People, New Hire

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