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July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Awarded $55 Million from FMCSA, NHTSA

Richard Hanowski

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been awarded two federal contracts worth a combined potential $55 million to further study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and conduct research in the field of automated vehicles.

Tags: Drivers, Truck Safety, Research, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Safety & Compliance, Automated Driving

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Report: 14% of Medium, Heavy Duty Vehicles Sold in 2035 Will Run on Alternative Fuels

Natural gas fuel tank on a heavy-duty truck. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Medium and heavy duty vehicles represent less than 5% of the total vehicle market today, and the vast majority of these use conventional internal combustion engines powered by either gasoline or diesel. That is changing as less expensive alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, such as natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and electricity make inroads in the market.

Tags: Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Navigant Research

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

June Class 8 Orders Surprisingly High

Orders for Class 8 trucks in June were surprisingly high at 26,729 units after a solid May, according to new figures released by commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research.

Tags: Research, ACT Research, Truck Orders

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Declines Slightly

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index, 2013 through May 2014. Credit: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index in May, at a reading of 5.74, reflects some headwinds affecting truck fleet results, according to this latest report from the transportation forecasting firm.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR

July 11, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. 3PL Market Set to Grow 5.2% This Year

U.S. 3PL Market 1996-2014 gross revenues, estimated, in billions of dollars. Credit: Armstrong & Associates

The U.S. third-party logistics market gross revenue grew 3.2% from 2012-2013 and growth will be 5.2% for 2014 as the U.S. economy continues to expand.

Tags: Research, 3PL, Logistics

July 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Rural Roads Suffering From Poor Conditions, High Fatality Rates

A new report finds that the nation’s rural transportation system is in need of modernization to address deficient roads and bridges, due in part to increased truck traffic, and suffer from high crash rates and inadequate capacity.

Tags: Research, Highway Fatalities, Highway Funding, Highways, interstate

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Hits Another Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2009 - May 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT<br />

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.6 percent in May from April, rising for the fourth consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Thursday.

Tags: Economy, Research, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Leap in June to Best Level Since 2005

Graphic: FTR

The freight transportation forecasting firm FTR has released preliminary data showing June 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 26,255 units, an impressive 41% year-over-year increase and the best June since 2005.

Tags: Research, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study Lays Out Consequences of West Coast Port Strike as Deadline Looms

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Research, Economy, Intermodal

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Big Rig Sales Decline in May

The volume of used Class 8 trucks sold in May dropped 12% below April’s volume, according to the latest release of the "State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks," from commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research.

Tags: Research, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Adds Canada, Mexico to Truck and Trailer Outlook Report

The trucking industry forecasting firm FTR has added total trailer forecasts for the Canadian and Mexican markets to its monthly Truck and Trailer Outlook Report.

Tags: Research, Trucks, Trailers, FTR

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Up 52% from a Year Ago

The trailer industry booked 22,300 net orders in the U.S. during May, according to new figures published by the commercial vehicle research company ACT Research.

Tags: Research, Trailers, ACT Research

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Research Publishes Trailer Market White Paper

The more than 70-page paper and a supporting index and graph package provides analyses, data, insights and forecasts for the major trailer markets in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America and other markets to include Australia and South Africa.

Tags: Research, Trailers, ACT Research

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Vehicle Crashes Cost $871 Billion

Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday released a new study about the economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States.

Tags: Accidents, Safety, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Diesel Vehicle Particulate Matter Small, Declining

The nation’s diesel engine lobby is pointing to the release of new research that shows diesel emissions are often wrongly blamed for causing too much pollution and diseases, while recent efforts to curb them is often misunderstood.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Research, Diesel Emissions, Diesel Technology Forum

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Says: Truckers, Motorists Want Smooth Roads

A new survey from the nation’s asphalt producers and contractors finds U.S. truck drivers and motorists are increasingly frustrated with the state of U.S. roads, preferring well-maintained, safe, and smooth roadways.

Tags: Drivers, Congress, Research, Survey, Highway Funding, Highways

May 19, 2014 - Industry News

Index Negative for Shippers, Positive for Trucking

FTR&#39;s Shippers Conditions Index, 2014 vs. 2013. Credit: FTR

A measure of business conditions for shippers remained deep in negative territory in March, meaning the climate favored trucking companies, according to a newly released report.

Tags: Research, FTR Associates, Fleets, Freight Rates

May 16, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Refutes Recent Electronic Logging Device Study

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association responded with criticism on Friday to a recent study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which claims that electronic logging devices would lower truck crash rates.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Research, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, OOIDA, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance, ELDs

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Majority of Public Cares About “Green Shipping"

The American public cares more about how their products are delivered to them they you may have though, at least in one sector of the shipping business.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks For-Hire Carriers to Participate in Operational Costs Data Collection

The American Transportation Research Institute launched a data collection initiative to update the 2013 Operational Costs of Trucking report. Through a brief online survey, ATRI seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments.

Tags: Operating Costs, ATRI, Research, American Transportation Research Institute

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Facts: To The Moon and Beyond

If you connected all of the loads trucks delivered in 2013, the chain would stretch from the Earth to the Moon…more than 11 times.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA: Test Shows Significant Safety Benefit from Electronic Logs

Trucks equipped with electronic driver logs have significantly lower crash rates than those without, according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration test.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, ELDs, Electronic Logging Devices, Research, CVSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Study Says Video-Based Safety System Could Cut Fatalities 20%

If every commercial vehicle over 10,000 pounds were equipped with an in-cab video-based driver safety system, about 800 lives could be saved each year and more than 38,000 injuries prevented, according to a new study.

Tags: Accidents, DriveCam, Research, Lytx

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Report Finds Problems with FMCSA Hours-of-Service Study

The American Transportation Research Institute on Tuesday released the findings of its evaluation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s field study report on the new hours-of0service rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, American Transportation Research Institute, Hours of Service, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, HOS, ATRI, Safety & Compliance

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Groups Advocate More Highway Funding for Repairs, Not New Roads

As Congress and the Obama administration wrestle over how to fund work on the nation’s roadways for the next several years, two groups have teamed up, issuing a report saying more focus needs to be put on road repairs rather than building new roads.

Tags: Congress, Research, Highway Funding, Highways

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