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February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Perry: Trucking Conditions Still Good, but Clouds on Horizon

Perry predicted oil prices could go as low as $20 a barrel but will head back up.

FTR transportation expert Noel Perry told an audience at the AmericQuest Symposium that trucking currently is outperforming the broader economy, and there are both good and bad economic indicators at play.

Tags: Economy, FTR

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Controversial Rhode Island Truck Tolls Bill Signed Into Law

A map of preliminary tolling locations from the Rhode Island DOT.

Rhode Island’s governor signed into law a controversial measure that will impose tolls on commercial trucks traveling through the state — reportedly the only state with a truck-only tolling system.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Highway Funding, Bridges

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Strong Retail Sales Despite Lower Consumer Sentiment

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy posted broad-based gains in January, which could ease fears following earlier indications that overall activity was slowing. However, a separate report on inventories still raises concerns about a bumpy ride.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Lower Freight Index Numbers Mask Increased Expectations

The number of freight shipments and the dollars spent on freight declined again in January as part of a seasonal trend. However, that's not necessarily a sign of further weakening for the overall economy, according the latest Cass Freight Index report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Freight to Replace Retiring President

Holmes

UPS Freight President Jack Holmes has announced his retirement after working for the company for 37 years and will be succeeded by Mid-Atlantic District Manager Rich McArdle.

Tags: Leadership, People, UPS Freight

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

IHS To Acquire Oil Price Information Service

Business analytics and insight company IHS has signed an agreement to acquire Oil Price Information Service, a pricing reporting agency that serves the oil, natural gas and biofuels industries.

Tags: Petroleum, Oil Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions, IHS, Alternative Fuels

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Slowdown Could Hinder Driver Wage Increases

With the slowdown in late 2015, the majority of surveyed carriers felt that driver wages would increase 1-5%. Source: Transport Capital Partners

Driver wage increases may be limited by slowdown in freight in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a carrier survey by Transport Capital Partners.

Tags: Survey, Freight, Transport Capital Partners, Driver Pay

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Survey Delves Into Truck Tire Purchasing and Maintenance

Modern Tire Dealer and Heavy Duty Trucking magazines have completed an in-depth research project that provides an expansive look at truck tires and their maintenance.

Tags: Tires, Wheels

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Details Non-XD Titan Pickup

Photo by Nissan.

Nissan will offer a redesigned half-ton Titan powered by a pair of gasoline engines that shares no chassis components with its bigger brother, the Titan XD.

Tags: Nissan, Chicago Auto Show, Nissan Titan, Large Pickups

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Roadrunner Revamps LTL Network for Better Consistency

Roadrunner Transportation Systems announced it has improved its less-than-truckload freight network, including adding more capacity to its facilities and adding an optional premium service.

Tags: LTL, Roadrunner Transportation, Delivery Fleet

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Offers Sprinter Worker Model, Leasing Program

Photo of the 2016 Sprinter Worker courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the 2016 Sprinter Worker that's priced about $4,000 below the existing base model with a leasing program aimed at smaller fleets and owner-operators.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2016-MY

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Gauging Trucking’s Digital Disruptors

Respondents to an industry survey expect the most likely disruptor of the freight transportation market over the next few years will be Big Data.

No fewer than five technology-based “disruptors” to freight transportation were identified in a recent survey of carrier/3PL/broker, shipper and trucking supplier executives conducted by Princeton Consulting.

Tags: Stifel Nicolaus, Big Data, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization, Information Technology, Future Trucks, Truck Platooning, Internet of Things

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Florida Interchange Project to Accommodate Truck Traffic

Trucks converge on the Interstate 10 – US 301 interchange near Baldwin, a congested interchange for truck traffic moving through northeast Florida. Photo: Florida DOT

The Florida Department of Transportation will start work next month on the Interstate 10 and U.S. 301 interchange project. The interchange is designed to accommodate increased truck traffic in the area.

Tags: Road Construction, I-10, Florida Department of Transportation

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Spot Freight Availability Declines, Canadian Market Bounces Back

UPDATED -- U.S. spot-market load availability fell 5.6% during the week ending Feb. 6, with the number of van and refrigerated loads dropping 17% and 12%, respectively, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, Cross-Border Trucking, Canada

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Trucker, Carrier, FMCSA at Fault in Fatal Truck Crash

Aftrmath of Jan. 27, 2014, truck crash near Naperville, Ill. Image via NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, NTSB, Fatigue

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

PPG Teams With Bridgestone on Fuel-Efficient Truck Tires

The Department of Energy is providing funding for a $1.25-million collaborative project between Bridgestone Americas and global coatings company PPG that will focus on improving the fuel efficiency of truck and bus radial tires

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Bridgestone, Tires, PPG Industries, U.S. Department of Energy

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Posts 2% Decline for Last Year

Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2010 - December 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire sector fell in both the final month of last year and all of 2015, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight Index, Freight Transportation Services Index

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTEA Enhances Work Truck Show for 2016

During The NTEA Work Truck Show, an Isuzu NRR diesel Class 5 truck with be on display upfitted with lightweight components. Photo: NTEA

The NTEA has announced three new features at The Work Truck Show 2016 (held March 1-4 in Indianapolis), which are designed to give a glimpse into the future of vocational trucks.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Events

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Clean Energy Fuels Doubles Renewable Natural Gas Sales

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Sales of Clean Energy Fuel’s Redeem renewable natural gas more than doubled to 50 million gasoline gallon equivalents in 2015.

Tags: Renewable Fuel, Biomethane, Clean Energy Fuels

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Forward Air, Rush Enterprises

A record-setting fourth quarter for trucking company Forward Air Corp. has it looking forward to a banner 2016, while Rush Enterprises is cost-cutting to compensate for the low truck sales in the energy sector in 2015.

Tags: Economy, Equipment, Truck Sales, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Forward Air, Fleet Earnings

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Rochester-Area Fleets Eligible for $1M Alt-Fuel Grants

Fleets in six New York counties around Rochester are eligible for $1 million in federal grants to purchase or convert their vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, the Genesee Region Clean Communities has announced.

Tags: Federal Grants, CMAQ Improvement Program, Alternative Fuels

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

VW Trucks Chief Cites U.S., China as Key Areas for Expansion

Andreas Renschler. Photo: Volkswagen

In an interview with Bloomberg, the head of Volkswagen’s truck business said the U.S. and China are among key regions for possible expansion.

Tags: Volkswagen, Global

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Former Trucking CEO and Employees Sentenced for Fraud

The former CEO of USA Dry Van Logistics and two other former employees were handed prison sentences by a Texas federal court for conspiring to defraud GE Capital.

Tags: GE Capital, Crime & Fraud, Court Ruling, Fraud

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

8 Indicted in Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Scam

Photo by Jim Park

The former president of travel plaza chain Pilot Flying J has been indicted, along with seven other former employees, on federal charges related to an alleged fuel-rebate scheme.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Fraud

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Autocar Recalls Xpeditor Trucks

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

In more than a thousand trucks in the 2013-2016 model years, the brake pedals are at risk for detaching.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Autocar, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY

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