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October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Trailer Orders 'Continue to Amaze'

Photo: Carrier Transicold

New trailer orders for September were up 81% over the same time a year ago, according to the latest figures from ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Sales

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Female Driver First to Reach 4 Million Accident-Free Miles

Odom was 23 and working at a boat store in Orlando when she applied for a driver job at UPS in 1973. Photo: UPS

On Friday, when UPS tractor-trailer driver Ginny Odom completed her usual 650-mile route towing twin 28-foot trailers from Orlando to Unadilla, Ga., and back, she became the first female UPS driver in history to drive 40 years and more than 4 million miles without so much as a fender bender.

Tags: UPS, Women Drivers

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Canadian Carrier Leases 100 Ryder CNG Sleepers

Ryder compressed-natural-gas trucks will replace nearly one-third of the C.A.T. (formerly Canadian American Transportation) fleet of 325 vehicles.

Tags: Ryder, Fleet Leasing, CNG, Sleepers, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Rates Heading Higher

Less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight said Friday it will implement a general rate increase averaging 4.7% for non-contractual business, effective Oct. 27.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Freight Rates, Con-way Inc., LTL

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Highest Since 2008

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- Sales of new homes in the U.S. hit a six-month high last month while the improvement for August was cut dramatically, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Third-Quarter Profit Surges

Photo: Evan Lockridge

With year-over-year profitability improvements in its truckload, intermodal and refrigerated segments, Swift Transportation saw its net income surge to $50.2 million in the third quarter, compared to $30 million a year ago.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny

Ritalin, prescribed for attention deficit disorder, is one of the Schedule II drugs causing concern.

The doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are recommending closer scrutiny of drivers using Schedule II drugs, such as opioid-containing prescription pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC, Driver Health

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Third Quarter Income Higher

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Net income during the period was $16.7 million compared to $14.2 million in the prior-year quarter or 54 cents per diluted share compared with 46 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Forward Air

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Grows Third Quarter Profit

Higher package volume and growth in distribution and UPS Freight business led UPS Inc. to an upswing in third-quarter earnings compared to a year ago.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight, LTL

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Aids Children in Fatal Accident

David Ragland. Photo: TCA.

David Ragland was named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his actions in aiding two children in the aftermath of a fatal accident.

Tags: Tennessee, Fatal Accidents, Utah, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Image

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Group Profit Posts Big Decline

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Illinois-based operation reported income of $4.5 million compared to $18.6 million in the third quarter of 2013 with diluted earnings per share of 12 cents compared to 50 cents a year earlier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Hub Group

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Questar Opens Dallas CNG Station for Frito-Lay

Photo by Quantum.

Questar Fueling Company opened a new CNG fueling station with public access in conjunction with Frito-Lay.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Questar Fueling

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Record Profit, Revenue

Photo: Rush Enterprises

Commercial truck dealership chain Rush Enterprises had net income totaling $23.5 million in the third quarter, compared with $15.2 million a year ago, as Class 8 truck sales outpaced national numbers.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Aftermarket, Rush Enterprises, Dealers

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Hits Carrier with $43,000 in Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a solid waste removal trucking company for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Mableton, Georgia, facility.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Georgia, Enforcement

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. NAFTA Freight Above $100 Billion for Sixth Straight Month

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, August 2013 compared to August 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

U.S. freight movements with Canada and Mexico saw imports increase 3.6% while exports gained 5.2% from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

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

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators, Manufacturing Ease

A measure of where the American economy is headed in the next three to six months shows conditions are improving, but not as fast as they have been, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Profit Up, North American Truck Sales Jump 25%

Daimler AG's headquarters in Germany. Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler AG, the German parent of Daimler Trucks North America, has reported higher third quarter profit and revenue, with record Mercedes-Benz auto sales and a booming North American truck market being partially offset by lower sales in other parts of the world.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings, Global

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Predicts Record Holiday Volume

The season is expected to be bolstered by three volume spikes throughout December, occurring the first three Mondays of the month and each expected to surpass 20 million shipments in volume.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, FedEx

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Landstar Reports Record Profit, Revenue; Forecasts Higher Numbers

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight transportation provider Landstar System has reported record third quarter net income of $36.8 million, or 82 cents per diluted share, on record revenue of $819 million.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Landstar System

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Meek Named Celadon COO, Executive Vice President

Celadon Trucking Services parent Celadon Group has names Erik Meek chief operating officer. He previously served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, People

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Cooper Makes Progress on Guayule-Rubber Tire

The guayule plant can produce a substitute source of rubber. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cooper Tire and Rubber has completed builds of tires made of natural rubber sourced from the guayule plants.

Tags: Sustainability, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Rubber, Guayule

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Rise

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, which measures changes in per-mile truckload linehaul rates, rose 6.7% year-over-year in September and increased 2.4% above the August level.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Driver of this trash truck said he didn’t hear the train’s horn, but investigators said he had just gotten a phone call and failed to stop, look and listen. Photo from the NTSB report.

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Profit Leaps More Than 66%

With strong demand and tight capacity continuing, Knight Transportation's third-quarter profits are up more than 66% over a year ago, thanks to higher revenue per tractor and per loaded mile and fewer empty miles.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Knight Transportation

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Automatic Tire Inflation System in Fleet Testing

A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company tire test engineer checks the pressure on a tire equipped with the company's Air Maintenance Technology. Photo:  Goodyear.

Goodyear will test its Air Maintenance Technology for commercial vehicles -- which keeps tires inflated without any external pumps or electronics -- on trucking fleets over the next year and a half.

Tags: Technology, Air Maintenance Technology, Tire Inflation, Tires, Goodyear, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Inflation

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