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June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Caterpillar Reaches Settlement in EPA Emissions Lawsuit

Caterpillar touted its unique ACERT technology as the answer to EPA 2007 emissions regs. HDT file photo by STF

Caterpillar has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit over allegedly defective ACERT EPA 2007-compliant engines, with owners of these engines eligible to receive $500 to $10,000 per engine.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Caterpillar, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Litigation

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Improves Just Slightly

U.S. economic growth improved more than previous estimates, but not by much, according to Commerce Department figures released Tuesday. Stronger net exports and business investment offset an unexpected downward revision to consumer spending.

Tags: Economy, GDP

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

Panama Canal Opens Larger Locks; Impact on U.S. Logistics Unclear

The container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama made the inaugural transit of the expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, June 26, after a 14-day journey. It has a container carrying capacity of 9,472 TEUs. Photo: Panama Canal

After many delays, the larger locks of the Panama Canal opened this weekend, allowing larger ships carrying intermodal shipping containers coming from Asia to access East Coast and Southeast ports. While there has been much speculation that this could shift cargo traffic away from the busy West Coast ports, how exactly things will play out is yet to be seen.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Panama Canal

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

Brexit Drops Crude Oil, Diesel Prices Flat

The price of diesel fuel remained unchanged last week, but things could be changing soon as United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has affected global energy prices.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Global, Brexit, European Union, United Kingdom

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

Winners Picked for FMCSA’s Seat Belt Art Contest

Artwork by Andy Chen, 4th grade East Brunswick, New Jersey Grand Prize Winner (3rd to 6th Grade)

U.S. Transportation deputy secretary Victor Mendez and FMCSA deputy administrator Daphne Jefferson awarded the top honors in the 2016 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts, Contest

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

Marangoni Adds St. Louis Dealer to Retread Network

Photo: Foesel Tire

Froesel Tire of St. Louis, Mo., has become a member of Marangoni Tread North America's family of independent retreaders.

Tags: Tires, Dealers, Retreads, Marangoni

June 27, 2016 - Product News

McLeod's PowerBroker Integrates Truckstop.com Insurance Information

Truckstop.com and McLeod have announced the integration of a carrier monitoring interface with Truckstop.com’s OnBoarding and McLeod’s PowerBroker products.

Tags: McLeod Software, PowerBroker, Truckstop.com, Software Integration, Information Technology

June 27, 2016 - Press Release

Schneider Presented With Ride of Pride Truck

This year’s Ride of Pride truck is a 2017 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution equipped with a Detroit DD15 engine. (PHOTO: DTNA)

As part of a program founded in 2002, Daimler Trucks North America presented the 2016 Ride of Pride truck to Schneider during a special ceremony commemorating military veterans

Tags: Freightliner, Veterans, Schneider, Daimler Trucks North America, Ride of Pride

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

FAA Releases Rule for Small Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration has finalized its first operational rules for the “routine commercial use” of small drones.

Tags: Drones, FAA

June 24, 2016 - Product News

CNG Cylinder Maker Gains Canadian CRN Approval

Photo: CNGci

CNG Cylinders International has received Canadian CRN approval for its Type 3 CNG Cylinder technology in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario.

Tags: Canada, Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG Tanks

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Trailers Orders Down 14% in May

Trailer orders fell nearly 14% month over month in May, coming close to earlier projections for a seasonal slowdown.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, ACT Research, Freight, Trailer Orders

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Declared Imminent Hazard for Alcohol-Related Crash

The FMCSA declared a Tennessee-licensed driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety after reckless driving behavior, related to alcohol consumption, led to two deaths.

Tags: FMCSA, Speeding, Imminent Hazard, Alcohol Testing, Road Deaths

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Alliance AutoGas Launches System for Ram ProMaster

Photo of Ram ProMaster powered by propane autogas courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

The Alliance AutoGas engineered single-plug connector, no cut or drill fuel system, installed on a Ram ProMaster, was spotted at the Government Fleet Expo.

Tags: Alliance Autogas, Ram ProMaster, Propane Autogas, Full-Size Vans

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Business Investment Sinks as Durable Orders Decline

Orders and shipments of long-lasting durable goods fell in May, according to a preliminary Commerce Department report. One measure of business investment fell by the most in three months, but other reports show homes and consumers remain a cornerstone of the economy.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment

June 24, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Sales Take a Steep Downturn

Used Class 8 same-dealer truck sales volumes took a steep downturn in May, declining by 18% compared to April, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Philly to Restrict Truck Access During Democratic Convention

Commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Penn., for security purposes during the Democratic National Convention.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Philadelphia, Road Closure

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Garners Assist in Court Fight over ELD Rule

Image: U.S. Seventh District Court of Appeals

The courtroom battle over the validity of the electronic logging device mandate has heated up. An amicus brief filed by two safety advocacy groups backs up FMCSA's defense of its ELD rule against a lawsuit brought by OOIDA that contends the rulemaking is seriously flawed.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, The Trucking Alliance

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon-Telogis Deal Creates Top Telematics Unit

Verizon's acquisition of Telogis would create the second-largest telematics company in the U.S. in a deal that brings together complementary businesses, a leading telematics consultant said.

Tags: Telogis, Verizon, LeasePlan, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Only Mode to See Monthly Hike in NAFTA Freight

Percent change in value of U.S.-Mexico freight flows by mode: April 2015-April 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucks carried more U.S. freight by value between North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico in April 2016 compared to the same time a year ago, but declines in all other freight modes led to a 3.2% drop in the total current dollar value of cross-border freight.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Rebounding, Overall Growth Moderate

The nation’s manufacturing is continuing to show signs of renewed life following a downturn, while separate reports show overall moderate economic growth with existing home sales booming.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Continue Seasonal Strength

Four-week spot freight market trends. Graphic: DAT

Seasonal increases in spot truckload freight rates are continuing, according to new figures posted by the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Covenant Latest to Lower Second Quarter Outlook

Covenant Transportation Group Inc. has lowered expectations for its second quarter earnings report due to the current freight market as well as internal issues it’s facing.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Southern Refrigerated Transport

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon Acquires Telogis

Photo courtesy of Telogis.

Verizon has acquired California-based Telogis to expand its market share in the growing telematics industry, the telecom giant announced.

Tags: Verizon, Telogis, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Douglas Dynamics Buys Medium-Duty Upfitter Dejana

Photo: Dejana

Douglas Dynamics has agreed to acquire medium-duty truck upfitter Dejana Truck and Utility equipment for $206 million It is expected to close the deal during the third quarter of 2016.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dejana Truck Equipment, Upfitters

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Nationwide Haul Named Authorized East Dealer

Trailer dealer Nationwide Haul has been named an authorized dealer of East Manufacturing trailers and will offer new models as well as tractor-trailer parts and service.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, East Manufacturing

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