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February 27, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Awards $20 Million Contract For Emissions Research

Southwest Research Institute will conduct analytical services in emissions and fuel consumption on light- and heavy-duty vehicles and components under a five-year, $20.1 million contract from the EPA. Photo via Soutwest Research Institute

The Southwest Research Institute was awarded a five-year $20.16 million contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide testing and analytical services related to emissions and fuel consumption.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, EPA

February 27, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Offers Rebate to OOIDA Members on Sleepers

Kenworth - W900L Studio Sleeper. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth is offering a $1,000 rebate on qualifying purchases of new Kenworth sleeper trucks to members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association during 2015.

Tags: Kenworth, Rebate, Vehicle Purchasing, Sleepers

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Deadline for Student Art Contest

Art by Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Seat Belts, Contest, Child Safety

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Transpo Leaders Urged to Pressure Congress On Highway Bill

Lobbying by officials of State transportation departments can help get a long-term highway bill passed this year, say key U.S. Representatives and Senators at an annual Washington briefing presented by AASHTO.

Tags: Congress, Washington D.C., AASHTO, Highway Bill

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

California Approves DME for Use as Vehicle Fuel

Graphic via Oberon

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved the dimethyl ether for legal use as a vehicle fuel.

Tags: CARB, California, EPA, Department of Agriculture, DME

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Rep. Ryan Favors Allowing States to Implement Tolls

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. Official Photo

Rep. Paul Ryan has stated that he favors changing federal law to afford state governments the “freedom to choose” to implement tolled highways.

Tags: Congress, Tolls, Government, Bridges

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

Texas NGV Grants Produce Economic Benefits

A trio of Texas grant programs that funded the construction of natural gas fueling stations and the adoption of natural gas vehicles produced major economic benefits for the state, according to a new study.

Tags: Texas, Natural Gas Vehicles, State Grants

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Public CNG Station Opens in Northeast Florida

Jacksonville’s First Public Access CNG Station Photo: Ken McCray Photography

The first public-access compressed natural gas refueling station in Jacksonville, Fla., was opened recently by amp Trillium and beverage distributor Champion Brands Inc.

Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, ampCNG, Florida

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Seeks Out Safest Fleets

Volvo Trucks is seeking entries for the Volvo Trucks Safety Award which recognizes two fleets with the safest driving records and top safety programs.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Safety, Awards, ATA MC&E

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Tags: Pedestrian Safety, GHSA, Road Deaths

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Order Backlog Near 20-Year Highs

ACT Research's latest report on trailer order numbers show a strong January, despite a drop from December.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Ports, Trailer Orders

February 26, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth, Paccar Offer Medium-Duty Extended Warranty

Kenworth's K270 and K370 cabovers

Kenworth is offering an extended warranty program for U.S. buying new Kenworth Class 5-7 trucks financed through Paccar Financial.

Tags: Warranty, Medium-Duty Trucks, Paccar Financial, Kenworth

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks Continue Moving Majority of U.S.-NAFTA Trade

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode; December 2013 - 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America neighbors increased for the 11th consecutive month in December while the total level for 2014 was better than the year before.

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

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Fall, Durable Goods Orders Up

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Retail prices fell in January from the month before and from a year earlier, marking the first annual drop in more than five years.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Prices

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Wins EPA’s Climate Leadership Award

Photo via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership recognized UPS with one of its Climate Leadership Awards for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, UPS said. The awards acknowledge the voluntary work organizations do to build resilience to climate change.

Tags: UPS, EPA, Awards, Greenhouse Gas, Emissions Reduction

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Sees a Return to Profits

The bulk chemical transportation provider Quality Distribution Inc moved from being in the red to the black in the fourth quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers, Boasso America

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Woman Receives 63 Months in Prison for Stealing from Trucking Company

A California woman was sentenced this week to 63 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $3.5 million from her former employer, a warehouse and trucking-services company.

Tags: California, Crime & Fraud

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Increase Nearly 8%, Intermodal Declines Slightly

Linehaul rates in the truckload sector posted a significant gain last month, according to newly released figures, while a separate report shows a drop in intermodal rates for the first time in more than a year.

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

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Colo. County Builds CNG Station, Adds Trucks

Photo via Flickr/Scott Lowe

Pueblo County, Colo., is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station that will be used to fuel county and state fleet trucks and will also be open to the public.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, State Grants, Natural Gas Vehicles

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Faulty Doors

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

The action, set to begin in March, affects 5,586 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2015 model year.

Tags: Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van, Cargo Vans

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Partners with University of Memphis on Index

Women In Trucking will begin work on a system to track the number of women serving in the trucking industry with the help of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Memphis.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Stabilize as Cargo Volume Increases

DAT spot market freight rates the past four weeks. Graphic: DAT Solutions

Rates on the spot freight market appear to have stabilized following three straight weeks of declines with a hike in one sector, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Dip

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Sales of new single-family homes slipped in January from the month before but are up compared to the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt to Expand Denton Production Facility

Denton manufacturing facility. Photo: Mahanga

Peterbilt has plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas after the Denton City Council approved an eight-year, 70% tax abatement for the facility's production.

Tags: Peterbilt, Vehicle Manufacturing, Expansion

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Moves Northeast Ohio Facility

Photo: Rush Enterprises

Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, has relocated Rush Truck Center – Cleveland to Parma, Ohio from Oakwood Village.

Tags: Navistar, Rush Enterprises, Commercial Vehicle Dealearships

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