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August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo, Mack Training Programs Receive CASE Accreditation

Photo via Volvo Trucks.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has awarded CASE accreditation to the Volvo Trucks Academy and the Mack Trucks Academy training programs.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, ASE, Mack Trucks, Technician Training

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Southern California Import Container Volume Stagnates, Contract Talks Blamed

Port of Los Angeles. Credit: Port of L.A.

Import cargo volume at the nation’s busiest port complex barely increased, if at all in July, due to shipper concerns about contract talks involving longshoremen working at West Coast ports.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Increases 1.3% in July, Near Record High

Graphic: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.3% in July, following a decrease of 0.8% the previous month, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Lowest in Five Months, Housing Best Since January

UPDATED -- Consumer prices increased as the slowest pace in five months during July, increasing just 0.1% from the month before, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Consumer Prices

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking another swing at a driver training rule, this time suggesting negotiations to resolve details that sidelined an earlier proposal.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Drivers, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Deadline Extended for Top 50 Green Fleets Nominations

The deadline to nominate a fleet for Heavy Duty Trucking's Top 50 Green Fleets has been extended through the end of the month to Friday, August 29.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Top 50 Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency, Sustainability, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Seventh Straight Week to $3.835

The average cost of on-highway diesel in the U.S. continues slowly moving lower, posting its seventh consecutive weekly drop, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Shippers Air Concerns about Driver Coercion Proposal

Federal truck safety regulations are venturing into new territory with a proposal to protect drivers from coercion, igniting concerns among shippers and others about how the rule will affect them.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Coercion, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, TIA, OOIDA, Shippers, NITL, Brokers, Owner-Operators

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Company Fined Nearly $1 Million for Hours of Service Violations, Firings

OSHA says an asphalt paving company wrongfully terminated an unnamed foreman plus two unnamed truck drivers for raising safety concerns after being told to violate trucker hours of service regulations.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

P&S Transportation Parent Purchases Logistics Provider TA Services

The combined companies will go forward under the ownership of P&S Holdings and continue to operate under their respective, independent names, according to a news release.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

ACOFAS to Hold Electrical Diagnostics Clinic

AFOCAS conducts technician education clinics twice a year. Photo via AFOCAS.

The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists will be holding a clinic and educational program for technicians on understanding electricity.

Tags: Technician Training, ACOFAS, Electrical System

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Adds 1,500 New Tractors to Fleet

Celadon Trucking Services has purchased more than 1,500 new tractors to add to its overall fleet.

Tags: Kenworth, LoneStar, ProStar, International Trucks, Celadon, Fleets

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder Confidence Up Amid Bearish Expectations

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for August, released Monday.

Tags: Economy, Home Building

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Against Prime’s Same-Sex Driver Training Program

A federal court last week issued a ruling against the trucking company Prime Inc. and its same-sex training program for newly hired truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Prime Inc., Litigation, EEOC

August 17, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight’s Langenhahn Named National Truck Driving Grand Champion

Jeffrey Langenhahn, the 2014 Bendix Grand Champion, 77th annual National Truck Driving Championships. Photo: ATA Facebook page

Jeffrey Langenhahn, a Con-way Freight truck driver based in Plover, Wisc., was named the 2014 Bendix Grand Champion at the 77th annual National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh on Saturday..

Tags: Drivers, ATA, American Trucking Associations, National Truck Driving Championships, Competition

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. DOE Awards $55M for EV Development

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $55 million to projects expected to advance battery-electric vehicle technology and adaption for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Chrysler, Ford, Transmissions, U.S. Department of Energy, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Raises Driver Pay

Melton Truck Lines, a flatbed carrier based in Tulsa, Okla., announced a driver pay increase; all company drivers will receive at least 2 cents per mile increase.

Tags: Fleets, Driver Pay, Flatbed, Melton Truck Lines

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Blu Launches Innovative Gas Recapture System

Photo via Blu.

Blu has launched a new gas recapture system for its LNG fueling station in Nampa, Idaho.

Tags: Liquefied Natural Gas, Blu, LNG Fueling Station, Natural Gas, Idaho

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Says it's First to Meet CARB Low-Emission Standards in Medium-Duty Vehicle

Cummins announced that it has received certification for its 6.7L Turbo Diesel from the California Air Resources Board, meeting the Low-Emission Vehicle III standards.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, Medium-Duty Trucks, California, Ram, California Air Resources Board, Engines

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Surges, Inflation Tame

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.4% in July for its sixth consecutive monthly gain, according to new Federal Reserve numbers, due in large part to a big increase in activity within the auto sector.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Farewell Focuses on Need to Spread Safety Burden

Photo: Oliver Patton

Anne Ferro’s departing message is that the cost of truck and bus safety needs to be distributed more evenly through the supply chain. Too much of the burden falls on drivers who are not paid for all the time they work, said Ferro in an exit interview Thursday with a number of reporters.

Tags: FMCSA, Anne Ferro, People, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Roadcheck Results Differ Little From Last Year

The percentage of trucks put out of service during the three-day, continent-wide truck inspection blitz known as Roadcheck fell only slightly this year from 2013, while the driver figure edged higher.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, inspections, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Roadcheck, Roadside inspection

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Welcomes New Senior Editor

Stephane Babcock, right, checks out the diesel engine of a Sprinter van with other Bobit Business Media editors in an event at Bobit's Torrance, Calif., headquarters.

Heavy Duty Trucking and Truckinginfo.com have added Stephane Babcock, an experienced journalist and B2B editor, to the editorial team as senior editor.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens Two New Travel Stops

Photo via Love's.

Love’s Travel Stops opened two new locations in Fort Myers, Fla. and Shelby, Iowa.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, I-75, I-80, Florida, Iowa, Truckstops

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Employee Sentenced to Prison over Phony Tax Returns

A former financial management specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was sentenced to prison late last month in U.S. District Court, Baltimore, Maryland.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Crime

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