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November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Thermo King Inverters Recalled for Potential Fire Hazard

More than 250 model year 2014-2015 Freightliner Cascadia models trucks that came factory-equipped with certain Thermo King power inverters are part of a larger voluntary recall that also affects aftermarket-installed inverters.

Tags: Freightliner, Recalls, Inverter, Thermo King, Daimler Trucks North America, APUs

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Training Team Receives National Accreditation

Navistar has announced that its Dealer Education team has received certification from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for the company’s dealer training programs.

Tags: Navistar, Certification, Technician Training, CASE

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Washington State Patrol Faults Trucker for I-5 Bridge Collapse

Skagit River Bridge Collapse: Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol on Monday released the findings of an investigation that determined that the truck that hit the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was 2 inches over-height.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Bridges, Oversize Loads

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Increase, Homebuilders Optimistic

UPDATED -- The Producer Price Index increased 0.2% from September, driven by a 0.5% jump in the cost of services.

Tags: Economy, Producer Prices, Home Building

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Two Fleets Accuse Pilot Flying J CEO of Fraud over Fuel Rebates

A federal lawsuit against truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has been amended, accusing the company's top executive of directing an alleged fuel rebate scheme.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Former ATA Executive Passes Away

ATA president Bill Graves sent out a statement announcing that Clint Wheeler, a former ATA member who worked in the executive office, passed away from liver cancer. Wheeler joined the ATA in 1989 before leaving to work at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

Tags: ATA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, People

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Nussbaum Gives Drivers 6% Pay Increase

Nussbaum Transportation announced that it would be giving its over-the-road drivers a 6% pay increase beginning in January 2015. The pay will be increased from 42 cents to 52 cents per mile based on the length of haul, with a minimum pay guarantee of $1,050.

Tags: Nussbaum Transportation, Driver Pay, Drivers, Fleets

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Costs Resume Falling, Average Hits $3.661

The average price of on-highway diesel fuel moved lower over the past week, after seeing its first increase since June last week, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s weekly report on Monday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Names New Components Group President

Cummins Inc. named Tracy Embree as the company’s president of the components group, moving on from her post as the president of Cummins turbo technologies. The move will be effective on January 1, 2015.

Tags: Cummins, Promotion, People

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Manitoba Expands with Third Dealership

Photo via Peterbilt Manitoba.

The Canadian dealership group opened a new parts and service center called Peterbilt Manitoba-East operating in Springfield, Manitoba.

Tags: Canada, Peterbilt, Dealership, Dealers, Parts and Service

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Turnpike Debuts CNG Filling Dispensers

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and Sunoco Inc. have opened three compressed natural gas fueling dispensers at the Turnpike's New Stanton Service Plaza.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Pennsylvania Turnpike

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Requests Industry Input on Truck Platooning

The American Transportation Research Institute is collecting data on the likely costs and benefits associated with Truck Platooning and is requesting industry input through an online survey.

Tags: Survey, U.S. Department of Transportation, ATRI, Truck Platooning

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls Despite Increased Manufacturing

UPDATED -- Industrial production in the U.S. edged down 0.1% in October after having advanced 0.8% in September, according to new figures from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Expects Higher Earnings, Plans Stock Offering

The parent of trucking companies Covenant Transport and others said it expects big improvement when its fourth quarter earnings are released and plans a public stock offering.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

November 16, 2014 - Industry News

Detroit Assurance: Collision Mitigation, Assisted Braking, Better MPG

Photo by Jim Park

The new Detroit Assurance from Daimler Trucks North America is an active vehicle safety system that complements fuel efficiency while adding a huge measure of driver convenience. The system was formally unveiled at a ride-and-drive event in Miami, Florida, on Friday.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, DTNA, Detroit Assurance, Adaptive Cruise Control, Fuel Efficiency, Transmissions, Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning, Detroit Diesel

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet and ALK Track the Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree Tracker: via PeopleNet and ALK

PeopleNet and sister company ALK are making it possible this year to track the Capitol Christmas Tree in real time on its 2,000 mile journey to Washington D.C.

Tags: ALK Technologies, PeopleNet, Capitol Christmas Tree, Asset Tracking

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Portion of I-49 Completed in Arkansas, Louisiana

The final segment of a new Interstate has been completed connecting the cities of Texarkana, Ark., and Shreveport, La. The 10 mile segment of road will be designated as Interstate 49 replacing what was Highway 549 in Arkansas.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Arkansas, Louisiana, Road Construction, Interstate 49

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens New Mississippi Travel Stop

Love's 564 in Columbus, Miss.: Photo via Love's

Love’s opened a new travel stop in Columbus, Miss., at U.S. Highway 82 and State Highway 50.

Tags: Truck Tires, Mississippi, Love's Travel Stops, Fuel

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Trailer Dealers Association Appoints New President

The National Trailer Dealers Association inducted Nick Lambevski as the organization’s 25th president at the annual NTDA Convention.

Tags: Trailers, NTDA, Commercial Truck Dealers

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Three Plead Guilty in Separate Household Goods Moving Cases

Two men pleaded guilty to charges on Nov. 10 in federal court in Philadelphia for conspiracy to commit extortion and aiding and abetting for their role in a household goods moving scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Household Goods Movers, DOT Inspector General

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Rebound, Consumer Sentiment Upbeat

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Retail sales in the U.S. rebounded in October due to broad-based gains, as consumers get ready to head into the Christmas shopping season, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Outlines Financial Goals for 2015 and Beyond

The trucking, parcel and logistics service provider expects earnings per share to increase next year by 10% to 15% from 2014 to between $5.45 to $5.70.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, Earnings

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Oregon Trucking Associations President Steps Down

Debra Dunn: Photo via Synergy Resources Group

In the interim, Bob Russell, former legislative affairs director, who retired at the end of October, has stepped in to serve as interim president until a replacement can be found.

Tags: Associations, People, Oregon Trucking Association

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

TCA, TMAF Partner On Trucking Image Campaign

The Capitol Christmas Tree being loaded onto a trailer. Photo via Kenworth.

The Truckload Carriers Association is partnering with Trucking Moves America Forward to bolster an industry wide campaign to promote trucking. The TCA will be donating $25,000 each year for five years to the cause.

Tags: TCA, Wreaths Across America, Capitol Christmas Tree, Trucking Moves America Forward, Image, Truckload Carriers Association

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: Electronic Logs Don't Lead to More Driver Harassment

Few truck drivers feel they are harassed by their employers or shippers, and drivers who use electronic logs experience no more harassment than those who use paper logs. Those are the key findings of a survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, HOS, ELDs, Hours of Service

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