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December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Continue Hot Streak in November

Over 36,000 trailers were ordered in November, representing the 4th most orders of all time, according to ACT Research. Trailer orders were up 43% over last year.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Hits Highest Recorded Level in November

Graph via ATA.

The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.5% to 136.8 in November -- the highest level on record.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index, American Trucking Associations

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

FreightWatch Issues Holiday Freight Security Advisory

The holiday shipping season is historically one of the most dangerous times for cargo theft, according to the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Mary Phillips Takes House Transportation Job

Mary Phillips, the former chief of legislative affairs for American Trucking Associations, has been named to a top post on a key transportation subcommittee in the House.

Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congress, American Trucking Associations, People

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Beverage Fleets Raised Fuel Economy 13 Percent in 4 Years

Photo via XL Hybrids.

Beverage companies have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13% since 2010, according to recent findings by the American Beverage Association.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Beverage Industry, Food & Beverage Fleet

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Fire Risk

Photo of Sprinter van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects more than 8,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, NHTSA

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens New Locations in Pennsylvania and Illinois

The new Love's 535 in Londonderry Township, Pennsylvania.

Love’s Travel Stops opened two new truck stops in Londonderry Township, Penn., and Hamel, Ill. Combined, the two openings create nearly 170 new truck parking spaces.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Truckstops, Love's, Truck Parking

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Construction Jumps 13 Percent

The Dodge Index of new construction starts. Graphic: Dodge Data & Analytics

New construction starts in the U.S. climbed 13% in November from the month before to an annual rate of $677.8 billion, according to industry data provider Dodge Data & Analytics.

Tags: Economy, Construction

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

CVSA Seeks Nominations For Driver Excellence Award

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is asking for nominations for the International Driver Excellence Award.

Tags: Driver Safety, International, Awards, CVSA

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

E-log Vendors Busy Implementing HOS Changes

Vendors are busy updating their hours-of-service applications in  response to recently HOS rule changes. (Photo courtesy of Telogis)

The recently enacted change to drivers hours-of-service rules, scrapping parts of the restart provision adopted in July 2013, has prompted telematics and e-log providers to hustle out updates to their hours-of-service applications.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Compliance, E-logs, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Blu LNG Hires Industry Vet as Company President

James Edward Burns: Photo via Blu.

Blu LNG named James Edward Burns as the company’s new President, to lead day to day operations and direct strategic focus toward expanding domestic use.

Tags: Leadership, People, Blu, LNG

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Post Steady Increases Over Past Year

Despite a slight downturn from the month before newly released figures show in November the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index rose 6.7% year over year.

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

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Post Solid November Improvement

A measure of where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months rose for the third consecutive month in November, according to a report issued Thursday by the private research group The Conference Board.

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Restart Suspension Notice

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted official notice that the more restrictive version of the 34-hour restart has been suspended.

Tags: FMCSA, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, U.S. Congress, EPA, Legislation, Federal Grants

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Completes MBHA Deal

Following the agreement on the acquisition of the leaf spring and stabilizer segments of the Austrian Frauenthal Group in June 2014, Hendrickson has completed the sale of its 50% stake in Muelles y Ballestas Hispano-Alemanas, S.A. to InvestZiur.

Tags: Hendrickson, MBHA

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Reserve: Economy Expanding at ‘Moderate Pace’

Federal Reserve Building. Photo by AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikipedia.

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday indicated it believes the American economy continues to expand at a moderate pace and would be able to handle a small hike in short-term interest rates.

Tags: Economy, Federal Reserve

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

New Jersey Tops List of Truck Freight Congestion

The George Washington Bridge: Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

The George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. topped the list of the most congested locations for truck freight, according to analysis from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: New Jersey, Traffic Congestion, ATRI, Freight, Bridges

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Dart Increases Driver Pay, Offers Signing Bonuses

Dart announced increases in pay to drivers throughout the company’s network. Drivers will see anywhere from 2 cents to 10 cents per mile increases with the average increase being 5 cents per mile.

Tags: Dart, Driver Pay, Owner Operators, Dry Van

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Change Now in Effect

The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Enforcement

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Gives Out Awards for Tech Skills Rodeo

Belt buckles were given out to the winners of each division and trophies were awarded to the grand champions: Photo: Steven Martinez.

Rush Enterprises named technician Erick Lincoln of Albuquerque, New Mexico, its all-around champion for the company’s ninth Tech Skill Rodeo. The competition took place Dec. 15-16 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Awards, Technicians, Rush Tech Skills Rodeo, Dealers

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Bakery Company Unveils Propane Autogas Vehicles

Photo: H&S Bakery

H&S Bakery, a provider of hearth-baked goods, has unveiled its fleet of clean-operating alternatively fueled vehicles.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Delivery Fleet, Ford F-59

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicles Near for Delivery Work, Report Says

A trend report published by DHL outlines the potential of autonomous technologies in transportation and logistics, and that the industry is well suited to take advantage of such technologies.

Tags: Technology, Self-Driving Vehicles, DHL

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Increases Quarterly Profit 23%

Trucking and package delivery giant FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported a big jump in profit for its fiscal year second quarter.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, FedEx, FedEx Freight

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Down Over Past Week

Graphic: DAT Solutions

A rally in spot market freight rates seen last week turned out to be short-lived, with across-the-board declines being reported in new numbers from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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