May 24, 2016 - Industry News
The upcoming harvest season for nuts is expected to get increased attention from cargo thieves in 2016, following big jumps in stealing the previous two years.
Tags: California, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime
Used Class 8 same-dealer sales volumes fell in April, ending an upward trend from the past few months, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.
Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales
May 24, 2016 - Product News
Idle Smart has authorized Fontaine Modification Fleet Services to install and distribute its idle management system.
Tags: Fontaine Modification, Idle Reduction, Idle Smart
May 24, 2016 - Press Release
Petro-Canada Lubricants has officially launched its "Here Comes the Future" campaign website, a source of information to support business leaders in their decision making processes ahead of the introduction of PC-11 heavy duty diesel engine oils this December.
Tags: Diesel, PC-11, Petro-Canada Lubricants, Engine Oils
The Alliance AutoGas converted Ford F-150 has concluded its 5,600-mile, 12-city "Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride" in Asheville, N.C.
Tags: Alliance AutoGas, Propane Autogas, Propane Conversion, #AAGRoadTrip
The U.S. manufacturing sector crept closer to contracting in May, while new homes sales in April hit their highest level in more than eight years.
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales
May 23, 2016 - Industry News
Peapod, an online grocer, took delivery of its first two fuel-efficient, hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks this month.
Tags: Workhorse, Walk-In Van, Lightning Hybrids, Delivery Fleets, Grocery Fleets
The average price of diesel fuel jumped again, increasing for the seventh week in a row, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.
Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices
May 23, 2016 - Product News
Online safety and compliance training company CarriersEdge has added a Maximizing Fuel Efficiency course using an interactive learning approach to help drivers reduce fuel usage.
Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, CarriersEdge
The goal of the new North American Commercial Vehicle Show is not to compete with established regional trucking shows that are popular with owner-operators and families, but to provide a more business-focused event showcasing the latest truck technology for fleets.
Tags: Events, NACV Show
Vipar Heavy Duty has expanded its TruckForce Service Center program with added tools, resources and services to support independent service centers.
Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Suppliers, Repair Shops
Ryder System has expanded maintenance offerings for leases with the company’s new Ryder ChoiceLease options.
Tags: Ryder, Leasing, Fleet Maintenance, Maintenance Costs, Truck Leasing
Sixteen-year company veteran Merrick Murphy has been named president of the Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products business.
Tags: Leadership, Wheels, Alcoa, People
UPDATED -- Daimler Trucks North America has signed a letter of intent to exhibit at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show, a new biennial trucking show to be held September 2017 in Atlanta, Ga.
Tags: Events, NACV Show, Daimler Trucks North America
May 20, 2016 - Industry News
The parent company of Freightliner and Western Star said it now forecasts that the overall North American market for Class 6 to 8 trucks will “contract by approximately 15% in 2016.”
Tags: Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America, Medium-Duty Trucks
Mack Trucks will demonstrate two zero-emission capable drayage trucks as part of a California-based heavy-duty truck development project led by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Tags: Mack Trucks, Ports, Hybrid Trucks, Drayage, South Coast Air Quality Management District, California, Emissions
As part of a broad-reaching clean air program, California has proposed a low-NOx engine standard for heavy trucks. Truck and engine makers have said in the past that striving for low NOx in diesels could conflict with federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel economy.
Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, NOx, Diesel Emissions
The non-profit, nonpartisan group Securing America’s Future Energy has released a report on how the U.S. can remain on the path to greater energy security that includes recommendations for the trucking industry.
Tags: Congress, Oil, Alternative Fuels, Truck Platooning
The Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that includes a fix of earlier legislative language that muddied what might happen to the Hour of Service rule’s restart provisions if a mandated study cannot show that the restart changes benefitted drivers.
Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate
May 19, 2016 - Industry News
Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
OSHA has ordered tank trailer company Polar Service Centers to reinstate and pay $190,547 in back wages and damages to a fired safety manager who voiced safety concerns about a customer.
Tags: OSHA, Fleet Safety, Employment, Bulk Tank Trailers
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of CRST Van Expedited in a legal battle with the EEOC, allowing the carrier to try to recoup $4.5 million in legal fees stemming from a sexual harassment case.
Tags: Lawsuits, Supreme Court, CRST, EEOC
ACT Research characterized truck orders in April as "more of the same," as Class 8 orders fell 16% from the previous month and 39% compared to last year.
Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed slight increases to the amount of ethanol and biofuels that fuel producers must add to gasoline and diesel in 2017.
Tags: Biodiesel, Ethanol, Renewable Fuels Standard
May 19, 2016 - Product News
Collision repair manufacturer Chief introduced a new product line called Chief Heavy Duty that is designed for heavy-duty body shops.
Tags: Collision Repair, Aftermarket Parts, Technicians, Repair Shops
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