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December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index: Stable Shipments but Spending Drops

A measure of North America freight volume shows shipments did not fall in November from the month before for the first time in five years while freight expenditures declined slightly.

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Tech Rodeo Rocks San Antonio

A contestent and an official discuss a problem at the Rush Truck Centers 10th annual Tech Skills Rodeo in San Antonio. Photo by Jim Park

Each year for the past decade Rush Truck Centers has sent its best technicians to compete hear to head in the Tech Skills Rodeo. This year 300 techs from across the network tested for a chance to make the trip to the finals in San Antonio. More than 160 techs and parts specialists made the trip.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technician Training, Technicians, Competition

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Down for 5th Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

NADA: Used Truck Auction Volume Drops, But Market Remains Strong

Analysts at the NADA Used Car Guide say commercial-truck wholesale auction volume dropped "dramatically" during November, while incoming fourth quarter sales data appeared to look stronger than expected.

Tags: NADA Used Car Guide, Used Truck Sales, NADA, Auctions

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Colorado Adds Corrosion Inhibitors to De-icers This Winter

The Colorado Department of Transportation is adding a bio-based corrosion inhibitor to the salt brines used for de-icing to reduce the potential damage to vehicles and roads this winter.

Tags: Colorado, Corrosion, Winter, De-Icing

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Parts Distributor Joins Power Heavy Duty Network

Power Heavy Duty has added Laredo, Texas-based parts distributor SR Parts as its latest member company.

Tags: Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Distributors, Parts and Service

December 14, 2015 - Product News

Bestpass Hits Company Milestones During 2015 Expansion

Bestpass Toll Coverage Map Image via Bestpass

Bestpass reached several company milestones in 2015, including processing over $350 million in tolls, increasing users by nearly 50% and expanding to four new states.

Tags: Tolls, Weigh Stations, Bestpass, Toll Management

December 14, 2015 - Industry News

Texas Plumber Sues Over Truck Used by Syrian Extremists

Screenshot via KHOU

The black Ford F-250 started life as a truck for a Texas-based plumbing company, carrying pipes, toilets and other ilk. Until, that is, it appeared as the focal point of a tweet from a supposed extremist last December.

Tags: Ford F-250, Dealers, Lawsuits, Syria

December 12, 2015 - Industry News

Fire Extinguishers in Isuzu Trucks Recalled

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

Dealers will replace Kidde handheld fire extinguishers in 2012-2016 NPR, NPR-HD, NPR-XD, NQR and NRR diesel trucks, as well as in 2012-2015 NPR and NPR-HD gasoline-powered trucks.

Tags: Isuzu, 2012-MY, Recalls, Isuzu N-Series, 2016-MY

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Expands Sales-Marketing Team

Brian Kahl Photo Stoughton Trailers

The builder appointed two senior sales and marketing executives with Wisconsin transportation manufacturing backgrounds.

Tags: Leadership, People, Marketing, Stoughton Trailers

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Producer Prices Jump

Both retail sales and prices at the wholesale level rose the most in months during November, according to two separate economic reports released on Friday. These will join other numbers that will be considered in a few days when the Federal Reserve considers an interest rate hike.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Registration Open for 2016 Brake Training Sessions

Photo: Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake will offer 17 in-person sessions in 14 states next year.

Tags: Technician Training, Brakes, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Classes 3, 8 Leading Strong Used Truck Market

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Heavy and certain light and medium trucks make up the largest share of transactions for first three quarters of 2015, says IHS Automotive.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, IHS Automotive, Class 3, Used Truck Sales

December 11, 2015 - Press Release

Alliance AutoGas Pursuing CARB Certification for 2016 Ford Transit

Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas has announced the pursuit of CARB certification for the 2016 Ford Transit, which it is currently taking orders in 49 states for.

Tags: CARB, EPA, Alliance Autogas, Propane Autogas, Ford Transit, CARB Certification, Blossman

December 11, 2015 - Industry News

Monthly Spot Freight Measure Falls, Rates Tick Higher

Following an established seasonal pattern, spot market freight volume declined 15% in November from the month before, largely due to a drop in demand for flatbed trucks, but there were slight improvements in rates including into this month.

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

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt to Expand HQ and Add Over 1,000 Jobs

The huge fleet says it is increasing its workforce and expanding its corporate headquarters in Lowell, Ark.

Tags: Arkansas, J.B. Hunt, Employment

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking (Mostly) Welcomes Electronic Log Rule

Photo: Omnitracs

Given how much industry feedback — dating back five years — informed the writing of the electronic logging device mandate announced Thursday, it’s not surprising that stakeholder reaction right out of the gate is mostly positive, with owner-operators marking the exception.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

HorseFly Drone Gets Commercial Waiver from FAA

Photo: AMP

The HorseFly octocopter works with a modified WorkHorse walk-in electric van, which acts as a mobile base for the aircraft, to deliver packages.

Tags: Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Drones, Delivery Fleets

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Expected to Improve in 2016

Source: FTR

The October FTR index fell by more than three points from September to a reading of 5.06, in line with previous predications from FTR.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet, TMW to Hold Joint User Conference

Telematics and fleet management companies PeopleNet and TMW Systems will combine their separate annual user meetings into a single event called IN.SIGHT this September.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, TMW Systems, Events

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Element Beefs Up Truck Fleet Sales Team

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Element Financial Corp. has appointed nine executives to its fleet sales team with the bulk of the appointments specializing in fleet management sales for commercial trucks. The appointments bring together personnel from the recent acquisition of GE Capital's fleet business, Element announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Element Fleet Management, New Hire, Fleet Executives

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Crysteel Manufacturing Founder Eldon Jones Dies

Photo: TBEI

Inventor, engineer, and businessman Eldon D. Jones has passed away at the age of 90. Jones was the founder of dump body and hoist manufacturer Crysteel Manufacturing in Lake Crystal, Minn.

Tags: TBEI, Crysteel Manufacturing, Hoists, Dump Bodies

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Rebounding as Dry Vans Jump

Rates on the spot truckload market may finally be showing signs of rebounding as a 45% increase in the number of available loads greatly outweighed the 12% hike in truck capacity last week.

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

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Electronic Logs Mandate

Photo courtesy J.J. Keller

By early December 2017, an estimated 3 million commercial drivers will have thrown out their paper logbooks. A long-anticipated rule requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) for truck and bus driver hours of service was announced Thursday morning.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs, Medium-Duty Trucks

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Honda-Hauling Fleet Receives Custom CNG Trucks

Two side-mounted Type IV CNG saddle tanks are compact enough to allow allow fitting of the car-carrier on the Peterbilt chassis. Photo: Mainstay Fuel Technologies

The natural gas-powered fleet is part of a collaboration between Virginia Transportation and American Honda Motor Co. in Alabama.

Tags: Honda, Peterbilt, Alabama, Fontaine Modification, CNG Conversions, CNG

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