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June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Invests in Telematics Provider Zonar

Daimler Trucks North America announced that it has become a minority investor in Zonar Systems as part of a long-term strategic partnership.

Tags: Telematics, Virtual Technician, Zonar, Daimler Trucks North America, Information Technology

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

EPA SmartWay Plans to Expand Programs, Leadership Worldwide

Vision 2020 is a blueprint for building SmartWay's reputation and outreach to increase fuel efficiency and cut “black carbon” emissions worldwide.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Efficiency, EPA, Global, Emissions

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Con-Way Truckload Names Interim Head

Con-way Inc. has announced that Hank M. Bartos will act as the interim president of Con-way Truckload while the company seeks a permanent top executive.

Tags: Leadership, People, Con-Way, Con-way Truckload

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Vans, Escapes for Instrument Panel

Photo courtesy of Ford.

To fix the problem, Ford dealers will update the instrument panel cluster software -- free of charge.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Cargo Vans, Ford Escape

June 24, 2015 - Product News

Rand McNally Publishes 35th Edition of Trucker Atlas

Photos: Rand McNally

Rand McNally has released the 2016 edition of its Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas with updated maps and content for drivers.

Tags: Rand McNally, Motor Carriers Road Atlas, Navigation

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Rhode Island Senate Approves Truck Toll Proposal

UPDATED -- The Rhode Island Senate has approved a $1.1 billion plan allowing the state to create a toll on large commercial vehicles traveling through the state -- but it's unlikely it will go anywhere in the House.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Econ Watch: GDP Slowdown Less Than Thought

The U.S. economy contracted less in the first quarter of the year than previously estimated, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Home Sales

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Senate to Consider 6-Year, $350 Billion Highway Bill

Senate bill would provide $350 billion over six years for surface transportation. Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan effort by four key Senators led the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on June 24 to recommend that the full Senate consider a six-year bill that calls for spending $350 billion on surface-transportation infrastructure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Legislation, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Offers Truck Rebates to Loggers

Photo of Model 348 courtesy of Peterbilt.

Members of the American Loggers Council can obtain one of three rebates when they purchase one of six Peterbilt models, the truck manufacturer has announced.

Tags: Peterbilt, Rebates, Truck Dealers, Logging

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ky. Fleet Employee Indicted for Missing Tires

File photo

A former fleet employee of the City of Ashland, Ky., has been indicted for purchasing $143,000 in tires that are unaccounted for.

Tags: Procurement, Tires, Parts Management, Crime & Fraud

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Drop Over Past Week

Average spot truckload rates dipped during the week ending June 20 compared to the previous week but remain well above the averages for May, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Mayor Mandates Sideguards for Refuse Trucks

Screenshot via NYC Mayor's Office/YouTube.

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a bill that requires side guards on 10,000 city and private refuse trucks by 2024 to reduce deaths and serious injuries during collisions with passengers.

Tags: Legislation, New York City, Refuse Trucks, Elected Leaders

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Names Freightliner Custom Chassis Head, HR Manager

From the left, Eileen Frack, DTNA's newly appointed general manager of human resources, David Carson, new president and CEO of FCCC, and former FCCC president and CEO Bob Harbin. Photos courtesy Daimler Trucks North America

David Carson is taking over as president and CEO of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., following the retirement of Bob Harbin, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America has announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

May Truck Tonnage Increases But Remains Weak

Graph via ATA

Soft manufacturing numbers are still affecting truck freight, with the American Trucking Associations' Truck Tonnage Index rising only 1.1% in May following a 1.4% loss in April.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index, American Trucking Associations

June 23, 2015 - Global News

Volvo Trucks Certifies Euro 5 Engines for HVO Fuel

HVO reduces CO2 emissions between 30 and 90 per cent, depending on the raw material. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks announced that it has certified all of its Euro 5 engines for use with 100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, a form of renewable diesel fuel.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Renewable Fuel, Europe, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

State of Logistics: Truck Drivers Sorely Wanted

SOL report sees truck drivers as  "the limiting factor for the growth in trucking capacity.” Image: Penske Logistics

The numbers are in and 2014 was the “best year for the supply chain industry since the Great Recession.” Nonetheless, the truck-driver shortage still greatly concerns the logistics sector.

Tags: Driver Shortage, State of Logistics Report

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Replaces CEO

Glasman

Jecka Glasman will succeed Todd Bloom as president and CEO for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) on July 1, the company has announced.

Tags: C-Suite, Mitsubishi Fuso, Promotions

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Attendee Count Doubles

The Fleet Technology Expo is in Long Beach, Calif. on Aug. 24-26. Conveniently located in the midst of Southern California, Long Beach is nearby multiple SoCal attractions. Photo courtesy Long Beach Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Compared to the 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, fleet attendee count for the now renamed and expanded show has so far doubled in 2015.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Fall as Manufacturing Slows

A first look at May orders and shipments of manufactured durable goods, a key indicator for trucking freight.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Port Truckers Protest in New Orleans

Local TV station reports on trucker protest at Port of New Orleans.

Truckers at the Port of New Orleans are sick and tired of handling damaged boxes that they don't get paid for and are protesting, according to a local TV station.

Tags: New Orleans, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down for Fourth Week in a Row

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel dropped for the fourth straight week according to the weekly numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

East Coast Ports Could Gain 10% of Asian Goods by 2020

Photo: Photocapy via creative commons.

Following an expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016, up to 10% of container traffic to the U.S. from East Asia could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020, according to research by the Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson.

Tags: Ports, Panama Canal, Port Trucking

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Trending Up

Across the United States, cargo theft is up 11% in March through May from the same period in 2014, according to the theft prevention and recovery network CargoNet.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, CargoNet

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Large Fleets Driving Strong Used Class 3-8 Sales

Photo of 2011 Ram 3500 via Wikimedia.

Overall, used GVW 3-8 transactions from March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 accounted for 51.7 percent of total GVW 3-8 transactions in the U.S. market.

Tags: IIHS, Used-Truck Sales, Wholesale Prices, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 3

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 2500/3500 Trucks Increase Towing Capability

Photo of 2016 Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has increased the towing and payload capabilities of its 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups for 2016 through engine calibration, Ram has announced.

Tags: Ram Truck, Towing, 2016-MY, Ram Heavy Duty, Cummins, Diesel Engines

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