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March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Green Truck Association Elects New Leadership

The Green Truck Association, an affiliate division of the National Truck Equipment Association, recently elected new officers of its board of governors.

Tags: NTEA, Green Truck Association, Elected Leaders

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Medium-Duty, Long Haul Trucks Awarded EPA Diesel Grants

The DERA funding covers engine replacements, repowers, and idle reduction technologies to clean up a variety of older diesel engines, including those in heavy-duty trucks used at ports, delivery trucks, and long haul trucks.

Tags: Grant Funding, EPA, Federal Grants, Diesel Emissions

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

63 Tickets Issued in Massive Michigan Pile-up

Photo via HNI Blog

Police have issued 63 tickets to drivers involved in a 193-vehicle pile-up in January on Interstate 94 in Michigan, according to a report on MLive.com, most for the same violation.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, Citation, Interstate 94

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Waste Management Opens Public CNG Station in Calif.

Photo: Waste Management

Waste Management has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Southern California to refuel Waste Management’s local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleets and consumers.

Tags: California, Waste Management, Heavy-Duty Trucks, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

March 20, 2015 - Product News

Warranty Extended on Gunite Automatic Slack Adjusters

Gunite Auto Slack Adjusters. Photo: Accuride

Accuride has extended the standard warranty coverage for its Gunite and Gunite 2000 range of automatic slack adjusters. The new warranties apply to Gunite ASAs manufactured on or after April 6, 2015.

Tags: Warranty, Gunite, Accuride, Automatic Slack Adjusters

March 20, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction Starts up 34% in First Two Months of 2015

Graphic: Dodge Data and Analytics

Construction starts in the U.S. posted healthy gains in February compared to the month before and the same time in 2014, according to a new report from the construction industry data provider Dodge Data and Analytics.

Tags: Economy, Construction Spending

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall As Large Fleets Fill Requirements

February trailer orders dropped well below January figures as backlogs for orders fell for the first time in six months, according to the latest FTR report.

Tags: Flatbeds, Dry Vans, Reefers, FTR, Trailer Orders

March 19, 2015 - Product News

Volvo Offers Reinforced I-Shift Transmission for Severe Duty

The Volvo VHD 200. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America released a rugged version of the I-Shift automated manual transmission for severe-duty applications. The reinforced I-Shift will be available for order in May on Volvo VHD vocational models.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Severe Duty, I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions, Vocational Trucks

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Details How It Will Conduct Restart Study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a plan for how it will conduct the “naturalistic study” of the operational, safety, health and fatigue impacts of the hours-of-service restart provisions that Congress has mandated it to conduct.

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

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Aims to Give Hair-Testing Equal Footing

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Bipartisan legislation was introduced in Congress today that would allow the Department of Transportation to recognize hair testing as an alternative option to give companies greater flexibility when conducting drug and alcohol testing.

Tags: Drug Testing, Driver Alcohol Detection Systems, Alcohol Testing, Hair Testing

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Robust Despite Hitting 5-Month Low

February truck order volume hit a five-month low but still maintained a high level, according to ACT Research. The Class 8 segment posted the ninth consecutive month of more than 28,000 units ordered.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Rep. Shuster Declares Fuel-Tax Hike DOA

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)<br />Photo: House T&amp;amp;I Committee

Speaking to reporters yesterday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster argued that both Congress and President Obama lack the political will to increase federal fuel taxes to pay for funding the next highway bill.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Rise, Interest Rates Staying Put

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Common

A look at where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months showed another rise, according to a new report from the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators, Federal Reserve

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

States Grapple with Fuel Taxation

As state governments seek the best avenues to fund their highway infrastructure spending this year, many governors and legislators are looking closely at where making changes to motor-vehicle fuel taxation may get them.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

MCSAC Public Meeting on Awarding Credit for Safety Programs

The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hold a two-day public meeting later this month on how to “credit carriers and drivers who initiate and establish programs that promote safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations."

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, FMSCA

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

Knapheide Brings European Upfitter to U.S. Market

Photo of Knapheide and Gruau executives at the Work Truck Show courtesy of Gruau.

Knapheide has signed a partnership agreement with Gruau to distribute the European upfitter’s commercial van products in North America. The agreement will cover distribution of Gruau’s IsoVan product line and retractable crew seating systems.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Knapheide, Gruau, Upfitting Vans

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Freight Movements with Canada, Mexico Increase 4.5% Last Year

U.S.-NAFTA trade by mode: 2010-2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America neighbors increased 4.5% in 2014 compared to a year earlier, while over the longer term trucking has some lost market share to other transportation modes.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade

March 18, 2015 - Product News

Talbert Adds Capacity to Traveling Axle Series Trailers

Photo courtesy of Talbert

Talbert Manufacturing updated its Traveling Axle Series, increasing hauling capacity by 5 tons. The five new trailer models will replace the previous versions within the trailer series.

Tags: Capacity, Dropdeck Trailers, MATS, Talbert Trailers, Trailers

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

Flatbeds Post Only Increase in Spot Market Rates Over Past Week

The average flatbed rate on the spot market picked up a little more steam while rates in the other two sectors remained stable as both the number of loads to move and truck capacity increased.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Profit Leaps More Than 50%

Photo: FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported a 4% increase in revenue while profit jumped more than 50% in its most recent fiscal quarter.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Committee Hears from Beyond the Beltway

Photo: U.S. House T&amp;amp;I Committee

Roads and bridges may be local projects, but there’s no getting around their funding being planned and executed on a national scale. That message was driven home today in testimony by three representatives of key stakeholder groups before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Surface Transportation, Highway Bill, Devolution

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Says It's Taking on Michelin for Fuel-Efficient Tire Leader

Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear wants to be the leader in fuel-efficient truck tires. Why? Because the number one concern of long-haul fleets across America is fuel costs.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Fuel Efficiency

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Releases CSA App, ATA Calls It Irresponsible

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has released a smartphone app that will allow for more convenient access to current online safety performance information on interstate truck and bus companies. The ATA called the move irresponsible.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, CSA, U.S. DOT, BASIC, Mobile Apps, Safety & Compliance

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Registration Open for FTR Virtual Conference

Photo: FTR

FTR has announced that registration is open for its first "virtual conference." The event is scheduled for April 7th and will include discussions and question-and-answer sessions on important topics in trucking.

Tags: Webinar, Events, FTR, Fuel Prices, Regulations

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Post Largest Drop in 4 Years

Nationwide housing starts dropped 17% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 units in February, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts

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