Truck Tonnage Jumps 3.7% in July, Hits Second Best-Level Ever
Truck tonnage rose 3.7% last month, rebounding to the second-highest level ever with help from improved retail sales, housing starts and factory output, American Trucking Associations reported.
National Diesel Average Dips 0.2¢ in 12th Consecutive Decline
The average price of diesel fuel in the United States declined 0.2 cent a gallon to $2.615, the 12th straight weekly decline, the Department of Energy reported Aug. 17.
New Nonprofit Pursues Autonomous Collision Avoidance for Trucks
The Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety, based in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, which began operation last month as a nonprofit, said it will focus on the research, development, certification, and commercialization of autonomous collision-avoidance technology for autos, buses, and, especially, trucks.
Traffic Deaths Rise 14% for First Half of the Year
Traffic deaths increased 14% in the first six months of the year according to data by the National Safety Council, the Associated Press reported.
Study Shows Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires Aid Fuel Efficiency, Reduce Cost
A new study finds that tires designed with low rolling resistance are a worthwhile investment because they save a significant amount of fuel and cost about the same as tires that are not designed for low rolling resistance.
First 2016 F-650/750 Built at Ohio Plant
Ford and United Auto Workers officials Wednesday morning drove the symbolic first unit of the new F-650/750 series off the line at its Ohio Assembly Plant near Avon Lake amid cheers that followed congratulatory speeches.
Volvo, Mack Offer Pre-Paid Maintenance Plans
Volvo and Mack are offering pre-paid preventative maintenance plans as an option for fleets looking to reduce operating costs.
Peterbilt’s New Vocational Model 567 Enters Production
Peterbilt Motors Company has started production of its new vocational Model 567 with a set-forward front axle configuration.
ATA Senior Vice President Prasad Sharma to Join Transportation Law Firm
American Trucking Associations Senior Vice President and General Counsel Prasad Sharma is leaving ATA to join the Washington, D.C., office of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, company officials announced Aug. 13.
Truck Orders Down Slightly in June
North American Class 8 truck orders fell for the fourth straight month in June, to 19,624 units, according to preliminary data from FTR, keeping with seasonal trends. More
Bulldog Hiway Express Brought Into Daseke Family of Carriers
Bulldog Hiway Express, the company of past American Trucking Associations Chairman Phil Byrd, is merging with the Daseke family of flatbed, open-deck and specialty carriers. More
Unemployment Lowest in 7 Years, Manufacturing Eases
Economic Watch: The nation’s unemployment rate fell 0.2 of a percent point in June to 5.3%, its lowest rate since April 2008, while 7,400 jobs were added in the for-hire trucking sector. More
ATA Names Supply Chain Security and Operations VP
American Trucking Associations promoted Boyd Stephenson to vice president of supply chain security and operations. More
Designing, Testing Tires for Drop-Deck Trailers Challenging
Dropdeck trailers with spread-axle tandems are torture on tires. Tom Berg explores one tire maker’s quest to design a product to stand up to the beating in his Trailer Talk blog. More
Security Firm Converts Armored Trucks to RNG PHEVs
A Southern California security company is converting its fleet of Class 5 armored vehicles into plug-in hybrids powered by renewable natural gas with the help of two vehicle modifiers. More
Great Dane Announces Supplier Summit & Innovation Challenge
Great Dane has announced plans for the company’s first Supplier Summit & Innovation Challenge taking place Sept. 28 to 30, 2015 in Savannah, Ga. More
Walcott Truckers Jamboree Kicks Off Soon
The 36th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree will kick off July 9 at the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa. More
Truck Check Up Performs Diagnostics Analysis at the Pump
Noregon Systems’ Truck Check Up is an interactive, fuel-island based truck diagnostics station designed for use in heavy-duty trucks. More
TruckTech+ Provides Diagnostics to Fleets and Dealers
Kenworth’s TruckTech+ is a tool to enhance vehicle diagnostics by providing information on Paccar MX-13 engine health to fleet managers, drivers and dealers. More
Volvo Becomes Second OEM to Pull Out of MATS Next Year
Volvo Trucks has become the second truck manufacturer to decide against exhibiting at the Mid-America Trucking Show next year. More
Capitol Agenda for the Week of July 6: Round and Round We Go Again
Another month, another deadline, another chance for Congress to come up with a long-term solution for highway funding. The nation has ridden this merry-go-round before. Will it be any different this time? Here’s what’s ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill this week. More
Truck Orders Fall 26% in June, but Backlogs Remain Above Prior-Year Levels
New Class 8 truck orders declined in June for a fourth consecutive month, but industry backlogs remain well above prior-year levels, ACT Research reported. More
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Rep. Peter DeFazio Introduces Grow America Act
- House Passes Two-Month Highway Trust Fund Patch; Senate’s Turn to Act
- Rural America Needs Road, Bridge Overhaul, Report Says
Rep. Peter DeFazio Introduces Grow America Act
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the chamber’s top Democrat on the transportation policy panel, introduced President Obama’s transportation plan as legislation on the same day the House voted on a two-month funding patch for highway programs.
House Passes Two-Month Highway Trust Fund Patch; Senate’s Turn to Act
House Republicans on May 19 garnered plenty of support for a two-month extension of highway funding authority, even as a pesky cadre of Democrats criticized their efforts.
Rural America Needs Road, Bridge Overhaul, Report Says
Rural American communities also have transportation needs and suffer from dilapidated roads and bridges, says a report from TRIP, a nonprofit transportation research group.
Reefer Manufacturers Seek Delay in Adoption of New EPA Proposal
Manufacturers of refrigerated trailers and trailer refrigeration units are seeking a delay in adoption of a new federal regulation that could have a profound effect on the equipment used by reefer fleets.
Driverless Vehicles May Cut US Auto Sales by 40%, Analyst Says
U.S. auto sales may drop about 40% in the next 25 years because of shared driverless cars, forcing mass-market producers such as General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. to slash output, a Barclays analyst said.
Natural Gas for Heavy-Duty Trucks Could Increase Global Warming, New Report Says
A switch to cleaner-burning natural gas as a fuel for heavy-duty trucks could increase global warming due to the release of methane at drilling sites and the fact that natural gas-powered engines get fewer miles per gallon than traditional diesel-powered engines, according to a report issued May 19 by the Environmental Defense Fund.
Guardrail Review Revamped by Federal Highway Administration
The Federal Highway Administration tightened its review process for highway guardrails and other roadside devices, making the first major changes since questions about the safety of a Trinity Industries Inc. system emerged in 2012.
Caterpillar Adds CT680 Model to its Line of Vocational Trucks
Caterpillar has expanded its line of Class 8 vocational trucks with its new CT680 model, a set-forward-axle truck designed for heavy applications and tough conditions.
E-Commerce Increases 3.5%
Sales on e-commerce websites increased 3.5% in the first three months of the year from the previous quarter, reaching a record $80 billion worth of purchases, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the Commerce Department on May 15.
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