January 20, 2016 - Industry News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Westport Innovations' compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered 2016 Ford F-150 that the vehicle modifier will offer to fleets this summer, the company announced.
Tags: Westport, Ford F-150, Natural Gas Vehicles, Truck Equipment
After spiking at the start of the year, truckload rates and load-to-truck ratios on the spot market slid downward during the week ending Jan. 16, according to load board operator DAT Solutions.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
Inflation at the retail level is anything but a threat to the health of the U.S. economy with newly released figures showing a drop in the final month of 2015 while the housing market is expected to continue improving.
Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Consumer Prices, Home Building
January 19, 2016 - Industry News
Daimler Trucks North America has appointed Kary Schaefer as its general manager, marketing and strategy.
Tags: Freightliner, People, Detroit, Daimler Trucks North America, Marketing
Weekly average on-highway diesel and regular gasoline fuel prices saw significant drops last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.
Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices
January 19, 2016 - Product News
The SmartIQ Transportation Intelligence Suite is designed to take large volumes of data generated by commercial fleets and turn it into real-time actionable data, predictive analysis and prescriptive actions.
Tags: telematics, Fleet Management Software, SmartDrive Systems, Analytics
American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1% in December, ending 2015 on a strong note despite an overall slow year.
Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index
A new final rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration places an additional 96 hazardous-materials special permits into regulation.
Trailer net orders in the U.S. for December were down 35%, returning to a more reasonable range after robust activity the month before.
Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers
January 19, 2016 - Global News
Daimler Trucks is setting the course for its return to the Iranian market, having signed letters of intent with its local cooperation partners Iran Khodro Diesel (IKD) and the Mammut Group.
Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Daimler Trucks, Iran
The November FTR Trucking Conditions Index jumped by more than three points to a reading of 8.64, possibly pointing to improvements for truckers in 2016, according to FTR.
Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity
Roadrunner Transportation Systems has hired Curtis Stoelting as president and COO. Stoelting also has been appointed to the Cudahy, Wis.-based trucking company’s board of directors.
The sale did not include Walser Specialized Services, which provides acquisition services to car rental companies and commercial fleets.
Tags: Union Leasing, Fleet Management Companies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Walser Automotive Group
USA Truck has appointed John R. Rogers as president and chief executive officer. He replaces Thomas Glaser, who will remain on the board and was appointed vice chairman.
Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck
Daycab and construction trucks behave differently than highway tractors in the used commercial truck market, say analysts at NADA Used Car Guide, a division of J.D. Power and Associates.
Tags: NADA Used Car Guide, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales, Vocational Trucks, J.D. Power, Class 7
January 18, 2016 - Industry News
Finalists include safety and driveline products and a converter dolly. The truck writers group gave its first tech award in 1991 for a then-novel LED marker light.
Tags: TMC, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council, TWNA Technical Achievement Award
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Heavy Duty Trucking presents some of the significant content that our editorial staff has posted recently.
Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine
January 15, 2016 - Industry News
The latest numbers about the state of the American economy show activity has slowed in key sectors, including one of the biggest drivers, with retail sales turning in its weakest improvement since 2009.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices
U.S. Xpress has announced a pay raise for solo truck drivers who have remained accident- and ticket-free with no CSA violations for at least 12 months as part of an effort to focus on driver safety.
Tags: driver safety, CSA, Driver Shortage, U.S. Xpress, Driver Pay
Since switching from biodiesel to renewable diesel, the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon has reduced its fleet greenhouse gas emissions as well as maintenance on its diesel vehicles.
Tags: Diesel Engines, Maintenance Costs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Renewable Diesel, Alternative Fuels
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Jan. 15 that it is formally initiating a Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking that will “enhance the agency’s ability to identify non-compliant motor carriers.”
Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination
Truckload linehaul rates turned in their best month-over-month improvement of last year during December, while intermodal rates continued falling from year-ago levels, according to just-released figures.
Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates
January 14, 2016 - Industry News
The Obama administration wants to spend nearly $4 billion over ten years to fund pilot to projects aimed at accelerating the development of connected and automated vehicles.
Tags: DOT, Autonomous Vehicles, General Motors
T.F. Scott Darling III has been called by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to provide testimony on his nomination as FMCSA Administrator on Wednesday, January 20.
The American Moving & Storage Association has named its picks for the 2015 AMSA Fleet Safety Award, honoring the safest moving and storage truck and van fleets.
Tags: Vehicle Safety, AMSA, Moving and Storage Fleet
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