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December 31, 2014 - Industry News

The FMCSA to Maintain 50 Percent Drug Testing Rate in 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that random testing for controlled substances would remain at a rate of 50% in 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Alcohol Testing

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

FRP to Spin Off Patriot Transportation Holding

FRP Holdings Inc. announced Tuesday its board of directors unanimously approved the separation of its freight transportation business, Patriot Transportation Holding Inc., soon to be known as New Patriot, from its real estate business.

Tags: Fleets, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

Reefers Rates Improve on Spot Freight Market

Reefer rates saw a bump last week. (File photo courtesy Carrier Transicold.)

The spot freight market posted its usual seasonal lull the week of Christmas, but one sector saw a slight overall rate improvement, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Was 2014 Great or Not?

Was 2014 a great year for U.S. economy or not? What were the biggest influences on it and how did it affect trucking? It’s all a matter of the perspective of who you ask. HDT's Evan Lockridge offers his year-end take on the subject.

Tags: Economy

December 30, 2014 - Product News

PacLease Optimizes Website for Mobile Use

The new PacLease website.

PacLease unveiled a new web site which was designed for viewing and access on a mobile device.

Tags: Paclease, Website, PACCAR Leasing

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

RTA Bets $100 on Retread Challenge

The Retread Tire Association announced that it would donate $100 to back up the company’s Retread Challenge, which is meant to prove the safety of tire retreads.

Tags: safety, Retreads, Retread Tire Association

December 30, 2014 - Product News

PeopleNet Updates Software for Restart Suspension

Image: PeopleNet

PeopleNet announced that it has updated its software to suspend the July 1, 2013 34-hour restart provisions.

Tags: PeopleNet, HOS, 34-Hour Restart

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Hino Recalls Class 6 Trucks for Parking Brakes

Photo of the Hino 268 truck courtesy of Hino.

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling 8,140 2005-2015 model-year ND8J, NE8J and NF8J trucks because their parking brakes may not function properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Tags: Recalls, 2005-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Hino Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Terex Recalls Concrete Mixer Trucks for Steering

Photo: Tom Berg

The action affects 553 front-discharge concrete mixer vehicles manufactured from Aug. 20, 2012, to Dec. 5, 2014.

Tags: Terex, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Construction Fleets

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Acquisition Reflects Increased Focus on Returns

Photo by FedEx.

FedEx acquired third party logistics company Genco, expanding the company’s portfolio to include reverse logistics which deals with the processing of returns for retailers.

Tags: 3PL, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, FedEx, FedEx Ground

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Unlikely, Says Congressman Shuster

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that one of his 2015 priorities will be a highway bill – but he does not expect it to be funded by a fuel tax increase, the AP reported.

Tags: Congress, Taxes, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

ASA Expands Engineering Team

Courtland Jones, Project Engineer at ASA. Photo by ASA Electronics

ASA Electronics hired Courtland Jones as Project Engineer for the company’s expanding engineering team. ASA designs and engineers electronics devices for commercial industries including JENSEN Heavy Duty products.

Tags: Accessories, Vehicle Electronics, ASA Electronics

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Feds Close Books on Auto Bailout

The U.S. government lost $9.26 billion in its financial rescue of the auto industry, and closed out its last investment earlier this month six years after initiating the plan.

Tags: Auto Industry Bailout, U.S. Treasury, Chrysler, General Motors, Ally Financial

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Posts December Rebound

Consumer confidence in the U.S. rebounded in December after falling in November, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Wreaths Across America Hits Milestone at Arlington

In honor of National Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 13, 2014, Schneider delivered wreaths to the Houston National Cemetery in Texas. Photo by Schneider

For the first year ever, Wreaths Across America received enough money and volunteer help to place a wreath at all 230,000 graves at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Tags: Veterans, TCA, Wreaths Across America, Trucking Moves America Forward, Christmas

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Demand For Class 8 Trucks Strong in November

ACT Research found that demand for Class 8 trucks remained high in November with 40,925 units ordered. It was the fifth best month since the research company began collecting data in the 1980s.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, HOS, Truck Orders

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices for Boom Movement

Altec is a leading provider of aerial devices. Photo courtesy of Altec.

Altec’s action affects 1,857 devices that may have a faulty hydraulic pressure transducer.

Tags: Recalls, Altec Industries, Aerial Devices, NHTSA, Medium-Duty Trucks

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Announces Fleet Safety Division Winners

The Truckload Carriers Association announced 18 division winners for its 2014 National Fleet Safety Awards.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, Fleet Safety Award, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Ends 2014 at Lowest Price in 4 Years

The average price of on-highway diesel continued falling into final week of 2014, down significantly from its high for the year and hitting its lowest price since December 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Anticipates 4 Million Returns After Holidays

UPS says as e-commerce grows, return shipping services have become an essential part of the shopping experience. Photo: UPS

UPS expects to transport more than 4 million return packages in the United States by the end of the first full week of January, the company announced.

Tags: UPS, Consumer Spending, Consumer Sentiment, Shipping Service

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Army Veteran Named Pilot Flying J’s 2014 Road Warrior

Road Warrior Kyle Cones, his wife, Brittney, and dog, Daisy: Photo: Pilot Flying J.

Pilot Flying J named Kyle Cones as its 2014 Road Warrior winner. Cones is a U.S. Army veteran and driver for Pride Transport. He will receive a $10,000 check for winning the award.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, Pilot Flying J, Road Warrior

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Mexico Pilot Effective But Limited, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proper safety controls in place for Mexican carriers operating across the border, but the pilot program to test the system has too few participants to project the outcome of a full border opening, says the DOT Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexican Trucking

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ryder Used-Truck Customer Service Adds Language Translation

Ryder System is partnering with the telephone language interpretation service Language Select to provide support for more than 200 different languages for the company’s pre-owned vehicle customers.

Tags: Customer Service, Ryder System, Used Trucks, Certified Pre-Owned

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Jost Ships 400,000th Fifth Wheel

Jost International this month shipped the 400,000th fifth wheel manufactured at the company’s Greeneville, Tennessee, facility, which is expanding.

Tags: Fifth Wheels, Jost International

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Soars, New Home Sales Drop

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Consumer confidence reached its most favorable level this month since the last cyclical peak was set in January 2007, according to the Thompson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers, released just before Christmas.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment

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