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January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Cheaper Renewable Diesel May be Possible With Modified Yeast

Photo: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Engineers at MIT may have made a breakthrough in the production of renewable diesel fuels using a hyper-efficient version of a common food product, yeast.

Tags: Green Fleets, Renewable Fuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Renewable Diesel

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Veteran Added to ATA Legislative Affairs Team

Transportation veteran John Drake is the American Trucking Associations' newest senior vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, People, Capitol Hill

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Vipar Appoints Senior Program Manager

Deval Joshi Photo courtesy of Vipar Heavy Duty

Deval Joshi will be responsible for developing supplier programs with Vipar Heavy Duty and its family companies

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, People, Distributors

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Retreat as Truck Capacity Jumps

While truckload volumes increased 18% on the spot freight market a 34% hike in available truck capacity sent both rates and load-to-truck ratios lower for the week ending Jan. 14, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

GM Touts 19 B-20 Biodiesel Vehicles

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

General Motors' lineup of 19 diesel-powered vehicles will reach 20 with the launch of its new class 4 to 5 straight truck it's co-developing with Navistar, GM announced at the National Biodiesel Conference on Jan. 17.

Tags: Biodiesel, B-20, General Motors, National Biodiesel Conference, Warranty

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the rollout of its new online Unified Registration System until technical issues are resolved.

Tags: FMCSA, DOT Compliance, Vehicle Registration

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall After Six Weeks of Hikes

Diesel prices finally dropped after a month and half straight of weekly increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Awarded Chassis Contract by Public Cooperative Agency

The Volvo VHD is among the Volvo truck models now available to NJPA members in the U.S. and Canada. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance to offer Class 8 chassis to over 50,000 NJPA members.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Chassis, Purchasing Contract

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Annual Drug Testing Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, U.S. Department of Transportation

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Adds Standard Tech, Safety System to Rental Fleet

Penske has ordered more than 2,000 commercial semi-trucks from Freightliner, Volvo, and Navistar with the new spec. (Photo courtesy of Penske)

Penske Truck Rental is making collision avoidance systems and air disc brakes its standard spec on commercial tractors within its rental fleet.

Tags: Class 8, Penske, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Truck Rental, Collision Avoidance Technology

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Report Reveals $926 Billion Infrastructure Need

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The nation’s highway and transit systems need to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog, according to a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure commissioned by the Department of Transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Transportation, Infrastructure Funding

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Highway Angel Makes Special Delivery at Truck Stop

Danny Leon-Guerrero Photo via TCA

Central Oregon Truck Company driver Danny Leon-Guerrero has been named a Highway Angel for helping to deliver a baby at a Pilot Flying J truck stop.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, TCA, Highway Angel

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Recalls Over 6,000 Trucks Due to Potential Brake Issue

Volvo Trucks North America has issued a recall of certain VNL, VNM and VNX truck models to incorrect software for controlling the electronic air dryer that may result in oil and water contaminating the brake system.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, Brakes, NHTSA, Volvo VNX

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Scores Cummins Supply Chain Contract

Transportation and logistics solutions provider XPO Logistics has been awarded a supply chain contract from Cummins to support its global customer base with parts distribution.

Tags: Cummins, Logistics, XPO Logistics, Distribution

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Spending Helps Support Growth

Retail sales in the U.S. finished 2016 on a somewhat positive note, posting the fourth straight monthly gain, according to a new Commerce Department numbers released Friday. Separate reports show improvements in other key indicators important to trucking.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Business Inventories

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Denied Rehearing on ELD Mandate Lawsuit

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has been denied a rehearing of a court decision in its lawsuit against the federal electronic logging device mandate, OODIA announced on Jan. 12.

Tags: OOIDA, ELD, ELD Mandate

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Love’s Opens Stores in Nebraska and Texas

Photo: Love's

Love’s Travel Stops has increased its network of over 410 locations in 40 states, adding new travel stops in Syracuse, Neb., and Angelton, Texas.

Tags: New Facility, Love's Travel Stops, Truck Stops

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

New York City's Sanitation Department Begins DME Test

DME-fueled Pinnacle tractor waited at Mack's Allentown customer center last fall for test to begin. Photos: Tom Berg

DSNY will run the Mack tractor at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York, and evaluate performance and overall drivability of the engine burning Oberon dimethyl ether fuel.

Tags: New York City, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Detention Rule Shelved For Now

A federal rule regulating driver detention may be shelved for the foreseeable future.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

Tags: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Diesel Emissions, EPA, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Council Head to Advise DOT on Automation

         Deborah Hersman

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman will provide the Department of Transportation counsel on issues related to the use of automation to prevent road deaths.

Tags: National Safety Council, U.S. Department of Transportation, Autonomous Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Pitches Private Infrastructure Investment in Confirmation Hearing

Elaine Chao at her Jan. 11 confirmation hearing. Looking on is her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Screenshot via Senate Commerce Committee

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, Elaine Chao unequivocally signaled her willingness to cooperate with Congress to enact the trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan floated by President-elect Trump if she is indeed confirmed as the next secretary of transportation.

Tags: U.S. Transportation Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao, U.S. DOT

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

Tags: CARB Certification, Ford E-Series, Vehicle Modifiers, Landi Renzo, CARB, CNG Conversions, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Chris Spear Named to DOT Automation Committee

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking at last year's Managment Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, who has emphasized the need for trucking to have a seat at the table when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s automation advisory committee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Autonomous Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Canadian Trucker Helps Fellow Jackknifed Drivers

 Taljinder Sohi Photo via TCA

Taljinder Sohi, a truck driver for Bison Transport of Manitoba, Canada, was named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for helping out a fellow driver whose tractor-trailer jackknifed on the highway.

Tags: Accidents, TCA, Highway Angel

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