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July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Leap in June to Best Level Since 2005

Graphic: FTR

The freight transportation forecasting firm FTR has released preliminary data showing June 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 26,255 units, an impressive 41% year-over-year increase and the best June since 2005.

Tags: Research, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Completes Management Team Reorganization

Photo: Via Roadrunner Facebook page.

Asset-light trucking and logistics services provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has appointed a president for each of its three business segments.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, People

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Truckers on Strike

Port truck drivers from three of Los Angeles’ leading drayage firms began indefinite strikes on Monday morning over claims of unfair labor practices at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Fleets, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Ports

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Continues Setting Records

After hitting record high levels for two straight weeks, intermodal rail traffic set another new record during June.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks' Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, Automated Driving

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Numbers Signal Strengthening Economy

Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, 17,000 of them in the transportation and warehousing arena, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%. That's well above the rate of hiring in the first five months of the year, a sign the economy continues to rebound.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar Parts Offers $4,000 in Loyalty Card Savings

Paccar loyalty card programs provides more ways for commercial truck operators across the United States, Canada and Mexico to save money on parts and service for their vehicle fleet.

Tags: Kenworth, Peterbilt, Paccar Parts, Aftermarket Parts

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Rumors Say Volkswagen to Bid for Paccar; VW Denies it

Rumors have been around for a while that Volkswagen will try to buy a U.S. truck maker. Earlier rumors centered on International, but the latest is Paccar, with Reuters running a story Thursday about takeover plans and VW denying it.

Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

NTB Inc. Offers Drivers 4-cent Raise

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based regional hauler is offering a 4-cent raise to all current and future drivers.

Tags: Driver Pay, NTB, Fleets

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Diesels Claim 33% of On-Highway Market

Since the first clean diesel engines were introduced more than seven years ago, they now represent about one-third of all the trucks registered to operate on U.S. highways. The total population of in-service clean diesel engines now numbers about 2.8 million.

Tags: Diesel Technology Forum, Engines, Emissions, EPA 2010

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Truck-Lite Starts Online Courses on Lighting, Wiring

An online series of technical courses is part of a Truck-Lite Training Institute recently begun by the lighting products manufacturer. A Lighting and Harness module is the first to launch.

Tags: Training, Lighting, Technician Training, Truck-Lite, Wiring

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Bison Transport's Gary de Vos Earns Highway Angel Wings

Gary de Vos, TCA's latest Highway Angel.

Thanks to a hawk-eyed night-driver, one cold and frightened motorist finally got help after sitting by the side of a highway for 45 minutes.

Tags: Bison Transport, TCA Highway Angel

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Stoughton Buys Barrett Trailers

Barrett has been a pioneer in the transportation of hogs.

STI Holdings, the parent company of Stoughton Trailers LLC, announced the acquisition of Barrett Trailers in Purcell, Okla.

Tags: Trailers, Mergers & Acquisitions, Stoughton Trailers

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Carbon Express Ups Driver Pay Amidst Fleet Growth

Carbon Express, Wharton, N.J., has increased driver pay rates effective July 1 by 50 cents an hour and 2 cents per mile.

Tags: Fleets, Driver Pay, Carbon Express

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Weekend Spells Opportunity for Cargo Thieves

FreightWatch International is recommending keeping a close eye on your freight this weekend to avoid cargo theft.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Holiday Travel Expected to Jump Over Last Year

Expect the highways to be more crowded this Independence Day weekend that they were last year and compared to the recent Memorial Day holiday.

Tags: Economy, AAA, Highways, Holiday Travel

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Warns of Woman Posing as a Doctor Conducting Medical Exams

Joann Elizabeth Wingate -- State police photo.

A woman impersonating a physician conducting false DOT medical exams on truck drivers has been charged by police with fraud and identity theft. Police in Pennsylvania are asking any driver who may have had an exam conducted by Joann Wingate since 2009 to contact them.

Tags: DOT, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

NACFE Releases Confidence Report on Idle Reduction Solutions

Idle-reduction technologies are not always one-size-fits-all. NACFE's Idle Reduction Solution report helps fleets make better technology choices.

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency helps fleets choose the right idle reduction solution for their operation. NACFE examines the pros and cons of 19 separate technologies, and provides a tool to help fleets compare different solutions.

Tags: Idle Reduction, NACFE

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Up for 13th Month in a Row

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 61st consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Reaction to ELD Proposal Goes Full Circle

UPDATED -- Comments on the proposed Electronic Logging Device mandate cover the full spectrum of reactions, from outrage and disdain at Big Brother government to applause for a sensible and long-overdue safety rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Lets California's Low-Carbon Fuel Rules Stand

Overshadowed by the Hobby Lobby decision, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday turned aside a challenge to California's low carbon fuel standard, which a coalition of energy, farm and trade groups claimed illegally discriminates against fuel produced outside of the state.

Tags: California, Alternative Fuels, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Biofuels, Supreme Court, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

New Oil Standard Won't Have Adhesive Wear Test

Shell's Dan Arcy explains how oils protect against scuffing or adhesive wear in the cylinders and liners in an earlier engine teardown. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

A proposed test for adhesive wear, or scuffing, will not be a part of the upcoming new API oil standard, currently known as PC-11, and the new category is running behind schedule for implementation.

Tags: Shell, Lubricants, API, Low-Viscosity Oil, Fuel Economy, Engines

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

On-Highway Diesel Prices Ease Upward by a Tenth of a Cent

Diesel prices see a gain of one-tenth of a cent while regular-grade gasoline holds at last week's level. Crude oil prices are at their lowest in the past two weeks.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Westport, Clean Energy Fuels offer Natural Gas 201 Webinar

This free webinar is the second in a series designed to help fleets take full advantage of this inexpensive, abundant and clean-burning fuel.

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Stemco Consolidates Online Presence With New Website, LinkedIn Page

Stemco has launched a redesigned, redeveloped website and a LinkedIn page that consolidate the various Stemco brands under one umbrella.

Tags: Stemco

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