May 24, 2016 - Industry News
American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased in the month of April, indicating a soft freight environment.
Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index
The upcoming harvest season for nuts is expected to get increased attention from cargo thieves in 2016, following big jumps in stealing the previous two years.
Tags: California, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime
Used Class 8 same-dealer sales volumes fell in April, ending an upward trend from the past few months, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.
Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales
The Alliance AutoGas converted F-150 has concluded its 5,600-mile, 12-city "Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride" in Asheville, N.C.
Tags: Alliance AutoGas, Propane AutoGas, Propane Conversion, #AAGRoadTrip
The U.S. manufacturing sector crept closer to contracting in May, while new homes sales in April hit their highest level in more than eight years.
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales
May 23, 2016 - Industry News
Peapod, an online grocer, took delivery of its first two fuel-efficient, hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks this month.
Tags: Workhorse, Walk-In Van, Lightning Hybrids, Delivery Fleets, Grocery Fleets
The average price of diesel fuel jumped again, increasing for the seventh week in a row, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.
Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices
The goal of the new North American Commercial Vehicle Show is not to compete with established regional trucking shows that are popular with owner-operators and families, but to provide a more business-focused event showcasing the latest truck technology for fleets.
Tags: Events, NACV Show
Ryder System has expanded maintenance offerings for leases with the company’s new Ryder ChoiceLease options.
Tags: Ryder, Leasing, Fleet Maintenance, Maintenance Costs, Truck Leasing
Sixteen-year company veteran Merrick Murphy has been named president of the Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products business.
Tags: Leadership, Wheels, Alcoa, People
UPDATED -- Daimler Trucks North America has signed a letter of intent to exhibit at the inaugural The North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show, a new bi-annual trucking show to be held September 2017 in Atlanta, Ga.
Tags: Events, NACV Show, Daimler Trucks North America
May 20, 2016 - Industry News
The parent company of Freightliner and Western Star said it now forecasts that the overall North American market for Class 6 to 8 trucks will “contract by approximately 15% in 2016.”
Tags: Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America, Medium-Duty Trucks
Mack Trucks will demonstrate two zero-emission capable drayage trucks as part of a California-based heavy-duty truck development project led by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Tags: Mack Trucks, Ports, Hybrid Trucks, Drayage, South Coast Air Quality Management District, California, Emissions
As part of a broad-reaching clean air program, California has proposed a low-NOx engine standard for heavy trucks. Truck and engine makers have said in the past that striving for low NOx in diesels could conflict with federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel economy.
Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, NOx, Diesel Emissions
The non-profit, nonpartisan group Securing America’s Future Energy has released a report on how the U.S. can remain on the path to greater energy security that includes recommendations for the trucking industry.
Tags: Congress, Oil, Alternative Fuels, Truck Platooning
The Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that includes a fix of earlier legislative language that muddied what might happen to the Hour of Service rule’s restart provisions if a mandated study cannot show that the restart changes benefitted drivers.
Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate
May 19, 2016 - Industry News
Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
OSHA has ordered tank trailer company Polar Service Centers to reinstate and pay $190,547 in back wages and damages to a fired safety manager who voiced safety concerns about a customer.
Tags: OSHA, Fleet Safety, Employment, Bulk Tank Trailers
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of CRST Van Expedited in a legal battle with the EEOC, allowing the carrier to try to recoup $4.5 million in legal fees stemming from a sexual harassment case.
Tags: Lawsuits, Supreme Court, CRST, EEOC
ACT Research characterized truck orders in April as "more of the same," as Class 8 orders fell 16% from the previous month and 39% compared to last year.
Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed slight increases to the amount of ethanol and biofuels that fuel producers must add to gasoline and diesel in 2017.
Tags: Biodiesel, Ethanol, Renewable Fuels Standard
May 18, 2016 - Industry News
The American Petroleum Institute is introducing a special Service Symbol Donut designed to help buyers differentiate between the new API FA-4 and CK-4 service categories for diesel-engine oils.
Tags: Oil, American Petroleum Institute, Diesel Engine Oil
The recently formed Truck Parking Leadership Initiative is developing a free app called Park My Truck to locate truck parking information and find available spaces for drivers.
Tags: ATA, ATRI, NATSO, CVSA, Truck Parking, Mobile Apps
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified Westport Innovations’ compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Westport WiNG Power System that is used in the Ford Transit cargo van and passenger wagon, and the F-150 truck for MY- 2016.
Tags: Ford F-150, CARB, Ford Transit, CARB Certification, Westport Innovations, Natural Gas Vehicles
According to a recent report from NTEA, the U.S. construction sector performed well in 2015 and is expected to keep growing this year, with housing starts projected to rise to 1.24 million in 2016.
Tags: NTEA, Housing Starts, Construction Fleets
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