February 13, 2014 - Industry News
The Green Fleet Conference & Expo planning committee is working on the 2014 schedule and is looking for input and ideas. The 2014 event will be in Schaumburg, Ill. on Oct. 29-30 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.
Tags: Green Fleet Conference
The fleet management services company ARI has acquired Drivefleet, an online driver training products and services provider.
Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, ARI, Drivefleet, Safety & Compliance, Mergers & Acquisitions
Spot market freight availability rose 24% in January, exceeding December levels for only the second time since 1996, according to new figures from the the freight-matching service provider DAT.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore
Retail sales in the U.S. have fallen for a second straight month according to new U.S. Commerce Department figures.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales
Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, reported record annual revenues of $3.4 billion in 2013 compared to $3.1 billion in 2012, while net profit slid to $49.2 million compared to $$62.5 million a year earlier.
Tags: Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Rush Enterprises, Dealers, Navistar International
Testing standards group ASTM International has issued a standard specification for the diesel alternative in truck engines, dimethyl ether.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels
The entry of advanced class 6-8 powertrain systems that comply with new emission regulations will drive revenue for the North American remanufactured replacement components market over the next five to seven years.
Tags: OEM, Frost & Sullivan, Aftermarket Parts, Powertrain, Parts, Aftermarket
February 12, 2014 - Industry News
The state of Washington will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest privately funded propane autogas public refueling networks, and the single largest installation of alternative fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.
Tags: Washington, Propane Autogas, Blue Star Gas
The back-and-forth over the Compliance Safety and Accountability enforcement program continues, this time with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration countering recent criticisms by the Government Accountability Office.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CSA, MCSAC
Allstate Peterbilt Group’s South Saint Paul location has received the 2013 Peterbilt Medium-Duty Dealer of the Year award. CEO Don Larson and President Jeff Vanthournout accepted the award at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held in Frisco, Texas.
Tags: Dealers, Allstate Peterbilt
The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1% in December from November, declining after a one-month rise, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures, but activity is still very healthy.
Tags: Economy, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight
New research examining the safety impact of simulator training for truck drivers concludes it provides benefits for only up to a year.
Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Recruiting, Fleets, Safety and Compliance
UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license holders.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, regulations, Drug Testing, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Alcohol Testing
A new, preliminary estimate shows approximately 35,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2013, a 3% decrease from the year before, according to the National Safety Council.
Tags: Safety, National Safety Council, Traffic Fatalities, Highways
Freight rates and the number of load available on the spot market posted impressive gains over the past week, according to just released numbers from the freight-matching service provider DAT.
Business groups are up in arms over a second Obama administration proposal when it comes to union organizing elections.
Tags: regulations, Department of Labor, NLRB, Labor Unions
Refrigerated carrier C. R. England has announced it will replace some existing diesel trucks serving the southern California market with LNG powered rigs.
Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, C.R. England, Fleets, Cummins Westport, LNG
Following a Jan. 27 crash killing an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injuring an Illinois State Police trooper, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Illinois-licensed truck driver Renato V. Velasquez to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, regulations, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance, Enforcement
February 11, 2014 - Industry News
A case that began in 2006 over claims that diesel and gasoline retailers were cheating customers out of money has apparently come to an end. Plaintiffs' lawyers in "hot fuel” litigation have voluntarily dismissed the remaining cases against defendants in Kansas City, Kan., according to published reports.
Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, diesel prices, Gasoline Prices, Litigation
Chrysler Group is recalling 2014 model-year Ram Promaster full-size vans so dealers can replace the pedal stop and prevent unintended acceleration, the automaker announced.
Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster
An advisory panel is encouraging federal regulators to push for several dozen safety reforms in the upcoming highway bill, ranging from changing how drivers are paid to establishing an entirely new approach to hours of service.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety, MCSAC, Highway Bill
Northstar Services and J&E Transportation Services announce the merger of their two companies, effective Jan. 31.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, J&E Transportation Services, Northstar Services
On Feb. 21 the Virginia Department of Transportation will conduct an overnight traffic switch on the Zion Crossroads diverging diamond interchange project on Route 15 in Louisa County.
Tags: Virginia, Road Construction
Love’s Fast-Fill compressed natural gas is now available for heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles at its travel stop in Willis, Texas, located on Interstate 45, Exit 95, thus opening its first Texas Triangle location.
Tags: Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG
The U.S. Energy Department projects lower prices for diesel fuel this year and in 2015 compared to the average cost in 2013, according to its just-released Short-Term Energy Outlook.
Tags: diesel prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices, U.S. Energy Department, Fuel and Oil
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