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July 10, 2014 - Industry News

House, Senate Committees Pass Highway Trust Fund Patch

UPDATED---Congress appears to be coming together to pass a plan to rescue the Highway Trust Fund, used to pay for federal road and bridge projects, before it runs out of money in August, putting hundreds of road construction jobs at risk and shuttering thousands of highway projects.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Doubling Capacity at Florida Facility, Opens Two New Locations

Clean Energy Fuels plans to double the compressed natural gas station capacity at Saddle Creek Transportation's natural gas station in Lakeland, Fla., and has opened two new locations in separate states.

Tags: Florida, Natural Gas, Texas, Clean Energy Fuels, Kentucky, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Hits Another Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2009 - May 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT<br />

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.6 percent in May from April, rising for the fourth consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Thursday.

Tags: Economy, Research, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Iowa Motor Truck Association Launches Trucking Jobs Website

In an effort to match up available jobs in trucker with prospective candidates, the Iowa Motor Truck Association has created and launched an interactive jobs board specific to the trucking industry.

Tags: Drivers, Iowa, Employment

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Court Rules California Truckers Entitled to Paid Breaks

Truck drivers in California are entitled to paid rest breaks and meal breaks, according to a Wednesday ruling from a federal court in San Francisco.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, California, Hours of Service, Litigation

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Remotely Controlled Double-Trailer Rig Parks Precisely at ZF Demo

The tractor&amp;rsquo;s steering and movement are remotely controlled by a man with special app on a tablet computer. It sends the pup trailer in the proper path, and the semitrailer and tractor follow along, guided by the ZF app&amp;rsquo;s computations. Photo: ZF Freidrichshafen AG

The ZF Innovation Truck demonstrates how a driver could walk along with a tablet or cell phone, telling the combination vehicle where to go. This could boost efficiency for fleets, the company said this week during a press event that also highlighted a new transmission that could be offered eventually in North America.

Tags: Fleet Efficiency, ZF Friedrichshafen, Remote Controls, Future Trucks, Transmissions, Longer Combination Vehicles, Global

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Ed Bobit Remembered As 'Force of Nature'

Bobit Business Media CEO Ty Bobit delivers a eulogy celebrating Ed, his father and company founder. Photo by Kelly Bracken.

Family, friends, and colleagues paid their respects to Ed Bobit at a memorial service, honoring the Bobit Business Media founder and chairman as a publishing force known for his tough-but-fair approach to business and family.

Tags: Ed Bobit, Automotive Fleet, Bobit Business Media, Memorials

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Route 15 in New York Designated I-99

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the designation of Route 15 as Interstate 99 between Corning, Steuben County, and the Pennsylvania border.

Tags: New York, Pennsylvania, Highways, interstate, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Expiration of West Coast Ports Contract Brings Surge in Imports

The Port of Los Angeles

With West Coast longshoremen still negotiating a new contract, retailers are bringing holiday merchandise into the country at record levels to protect against potential supply chain disruptions, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, a maritime research and consulting business.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

New Central America Canal Route Unveiled, Impact on World Shipping Uncertain

A new trade route has been settled on linking the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean, which could be a boon that changes the face of container shipping, or be a boondoggle.

Tags: Surface Trade, Panama Canal, Global, Intermodal

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawmakers Slowly Moving to Prop Up Highway Trust Fund

The U.S. House could vote as soon as early next week on legislation to prop up the Highway Trust Fund, before it runs out of money.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Soar Over Past Week

Rates on the spot market soared over the past week, according to new figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT. Flatbeds led the hikes gaining 4.1% June 29 through July 5, compared to the previous seven days, hitting $2.54 per mile.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

First Quarter Driver Turnover Largely Unchanged

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose just one percentage point to an annual rate of 92% in the first quarter of 2014, but held above 90% for the ninth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Driver Turnover, Fleets

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Names Freeland New President/COO, Crompton Heading Engine Business

Truck engine maker Cummins announced two key leadership changes on Tuesday. Rich Freeland will assume the role of president and chief operating officer, reporting to Tom Linebarger, who will remain chairman and chief executive officer.

Tags: Cummins, People, Engines

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Lineage Logistics Acquires Two California Cold Storage Facilities

Lineage Logistics, Colton, Calif., a warehousing and logistics company, has acquired two cold storage facilities in Santa Cruz county California from Dreisbach Enterprises.

Tags: California, Fleets, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Multiple Lawsuits Filed Against Navistar Over International MaxxForce Engines

Lawyers for trucking companies have filed lawsuits in three states against the parent company of International Trucks, claiming Navistar failed to disclose known defects and problems with its EPA 2010 MaxxForce engines.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, International Trucks, Engines, Litigation, EPA 2010

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-44 in St. Louis Closing Friday Through Monday

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes of I-44 in both directions from Broadway to the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis this weekend.

Tags: Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri, I-44, Interstate 44, St. Louis

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

PrePass Membership Hits Highest Number Ever at 475,000

Help Inc., the non-profit public/private partnership that provides PrePass weigh station bypass and truck safety screening services, reached a milestone in May, with more than 475,000 pre-screened and qualified commercial trucks signed up for its services, the highest number ever.

Tags: Safety & Compliance, Help Inc., PrePass

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Expenditures Hit Record High During June

The freight logistics sector continued to strengthen in June, with both shipment volumes and expenditures rising once again, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck, Trailer Wholesale Prices Generally Lower

Click to enlarge. Graphic: Black Book

The medium-duty truck market continues its downward trend as wholesale prices continue to decline, according to new figures released from vehicle industry data provider Black Book.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Element's PHH Arval Buy Doubles Fleet Portfolio

Element Financial Corp. has finalized its acquisition of PHH Arval for $1.4 billion, a transaction that doubles the size of its managed fleet assets, the Canadian firm has announced.

Tags: Canada, Element Financial, PHH Arval, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Fall Meeting Features Tire and Wheel Failure Analysis

If tire costs give you heartburn, you'll need to be in Orlando in September for the ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council fall meeting. It will feature a special session on tire and wheel failure analysis.

Tags: TMC, TMCSuperTech, Tires and Wheels, Tires, Events

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Optimus Receives First EPA Approval for Advanced Biofuel Conversion

Optimus claims its Vector Vector bi-fuel conversion system can reduce fleet fuel costs up to 25% and lifecycle emissions up to 80% without the prohibitive start-up costs of compressed natural gas (CNG).

Tags: EPA, Biofuels, Optimus Technologies, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Edges Downward Following Increases

After barely moving higher last week, the average cost of on-highway diesel is the U.S. has reversed course over the past week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Accellos, HighJump Software Announce Merger

Supply chain software companies Accellos, Colorado Springs, and HighJump, Minneapolis, announced July 7 that the two companies would merge operations, creating a company with 11,000 customers in 23 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Tags: Information Technology, Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Accellos, HighJump Software

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