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December 17, 2015 - Industry News

Adsorbent Natural Gas Tank Applied to First Fleet Vehicle

Dodge B2500 is back in the fleet customer's hands after Cenergy outfitted the van with an ANG tank. It still has its original CNG tanks. Photo courtesy of Cenergy Solutions.

Cenergy Solutions has been testing an adsorbent natural gas (ANG) tank on a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 van. ANG tanks can extend a vehicle’s range and lower the cost of gas because it needn’t be pumped to high pressures.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, ANG

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Wants Sleep-Apnea Data

Photo: Volvo Group

A DOT data-collection request could be first step toward federal regulation of the testing and treatment of truck drivers for obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Launches Improved Online DOT Registration

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The Implementation of the Unified Registration System will streamline the DOT registration process and make it more difficult for unsafe truck companies to avoid enforcement actions, per the agency.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Safety, Vehicle Registration, U.S. DOT

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Trims Losses, FedEx Profit Increases

It's looking like a good Christmas for Navistar and FedEx. The truck and engine maker managed to cut back on its losses in its most recent fiscal quarter and likely no longer will have an SEC investigation hanging over its head. Meanwhile, FedEx saw better earnings due to record holiday business.

Tags: Economy, Navistar, Earnings, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Improve, Intermodal Rate Drop Continues

A measure of truckload linehaul rates shows some improvement from the same time a year ago, while a separate report shows intermodal rates continue to sink.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Lose Momentum Following Recent Improvements

A rally in spot truckload freight rates appears to have fizzled last week, as truck capacity jumped 21% while available freight fell 18% compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Freight Rates, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Aims to Strengthen Restart Suspension; Slams Brakes on Twin 33s

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Congress is expected to further nail down the suspension of two restrictions placed on the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rules — and to bar the door to legalizing twin 33-foot trailers on highways nationwide.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, 34-Hour Restart, Truck Size/Weight

December 16, 2015 - Product News

Cargomatic Expands Freight Matching Service to San Francisco

Image via Cargomatic

After several months of beta testing Cargomatic has officially launched service in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

Tags: Freight, Shippers, Load Board, Mobile Apps, Cargomatic, California

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: What's Behind Fed Interest Rate Hike?

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee on Wednesday decided to push short-term interest rates higher for the first time since 2006.

Tags: Federal Reserve, Interest Rates, Economy

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Chevron Launches Online PC-11 Education Campaign

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Chevron has launched a PC-11 Public Education Campaign aimed at “building awareness and clarity” about the new API CK-4 and API FA-4 oil-service category specs approved last week.

Tags: Oil, Education, Chevron Lubricants, PC-11

December 16, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Adds Auto-Start to SmartAir No-Idle System

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Peterbilt has added auto-start technology to its SmartAir no-idle system to help keep main and auxiliary batteries charged while running the air conditioning system and using other electronic devices.

Tags: Peterbilt, Idle Free Systems, HVAC, Batteries

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Safety Conference

Attendees at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference learn about Shell's comprehensive safety program from Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager. Photo: Chris Wolski

When planning ahead for 2016, make sure to circle July 18-20. That’s when the 2016 edition of the not-to-be-missed Fleet Safety Conference will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Risk Management, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Safety Conference, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

December 16, 2015 - Product News

McLeod Partners with Teletrac for HOS Platform

Photo: McLeod Software

McLeod Software’s fleet management platform LoadMaster will now connect with the Teletrac Fleet Director hours of service platform.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Teletrac, HOS, LoadMaster, McLeod Software, ELDs, telematics

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Mixed Numbers Ahead of Fed Announcement

Economic reports Wednesday morning ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee didn't offer a clear picture on the state of the economy, with slower manufacturing growth but a boost in housing numbers.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Jack Cooper Transport Hires Maintenance Manager

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Lou Wall was named maintenance manager at Jack Cooper Transport, one of the nation's largest car-hauling fleets.

Tags: New Hire, Auto Haulers, Ryder System Inc.

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

First-timer Travis Graham Cleans Up at Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

Travis Graham, left, with Rush Enterprises CEO, Rusty Rush, at the awards banquet of the 2015 Tech Skills Rodeo. Photo by Jim Park

The 2015 Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo wraps up in San Antonio with the awards ceremony.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technician Training

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Preventive Maintenance Can Improve Fuel Economy, Report Says

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Research found fleets that saw MPG gains of 5% to 10% with rigorous PMs, Trucking Efficiency's confidence report says.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, fleet maintenance, Fuel Economy

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues for ELD Review

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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a lawsuit seeking a judicial review of the electronic logging device mandate that was announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 10.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELDs, Lawsuits

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Makes Progress on Safety Fitness Rulemaking

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Notice of a proposed rule that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers is expected to be published by Dec. 29

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Bill, CSA, Inspections

December 15, 2015 - Product News

Wabash AeroFin Tail Device is SmartWay Elite Verified

Image: Wabash National

Wabash National’s AeroFin XL Tail Device is an aerodynamic solution designed to improve trailer aerodynamics and overall fuel economy.

Tags: SmartWay, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Wabash National

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan to Offer Gasoline-Powered V-8 for Titan XD

Nissan's advanced 5.6-liter Endurance gasoline V-8 is being built in southern Tennessee.

Nissan's new engine features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, and is rated at 390 hp at 5,800 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan Titan, Engines, V-8 Engine, Large Pickups, 2016-MY

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index: Stable Shipments but Spending Drops

A measure of North America freight volume shows shipments did not fall in November from the month before for the first time in five years while freight expenditures declined slightly.

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Tech Rodeo Rocks San Antonio

A contestent and an official discuss a problem at the Rush Truck Centers 10th annual Tech Skills Rodeo in San Antonio. Photo by Jim Park

Each year for the past decade Rush Truck Centers has sent its best technicians to compete hear to head in the Tech Skills Rodeo. This year 300 techs from across the network tested for a chance to make the trip to the finals in San Antonio. More than 160 techs and parts specialists made the trip.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technician Training, Technicians, Competition

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down for 5th Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

NADA: Used Truck Auction Volume Drops, But Market Remains Strong

Analysts at the NADA Used Car Guide say commercial-truck wholesale auction volume dropped "dramatically" during November, while incoming fourth quarter sales data appeared to look stronger than expected.

Tags: NADA Used Car Guide, Used Truck Sales, NADA, Auctions

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