June 9, 2015 - Industry News
Transport America, Eagan, Minn., changed its pay plan for its owner-operators, allowing all the company’s independent contractors to make $1 per mile.
Tags: Driver Pay, Transport America
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has approved legislation that will allow interest-free loans to county governments in the state to buy natural gas vehicles or convert fleet vehicles to natural gas.
Tags: Legislation, Natural Gas Vehicles, Oklahoma, CNG, LNG
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The current trucking employment level is close to its pre-recession peak, while nationwide employers added more jobs during May.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment
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 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
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