Trucks See Most of Cross-Border Freight Increase

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January 30, 2015

ATA Safety Agenda Aired at Senate Hearing
Next steps for truck safety should be completion of the speed limiter mandate, more focus on traffic enforcement and improvements in the CSA safety enforcement system, a top Werner Enterprises official told a transportation panel of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Trucks See Most of Cross-Border Freight Increase
<p><strong>Percent change in the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: </strong><strong>November 2013 - November 2014.</strong> <em>Graphic: U.S. DOT</em></p> Newly released U.S. Transportation Department figures show the amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its Canadian and Mexican neighbors edged higher by just 0.1% in November from the same time a year earlier.

Truckload Linehaul Rates Increasing, Intermodal Slowing
A measure of truckload linehaul rates show they rose 7.4% in December compared to the same time in 2013.

New York Ends LNG Storage Ban
New York is ending a more than 40-year ban on LNG storage by adopting stringent regulations for LNG distribution permits, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

Landstar Posts Higher Quarterly Profit
<p><em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> The trucking operation Landstar System Inc. reported record quarterly revenue on Thursday as part of its fourth quarter earnings release.

Celadon Profit Skyrockets Almost 67%
<p><em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> The Indiana-based trucking operation Celadon Group Inc. on Wednesday reported a near 67% increase in its net profit during its fiscal second quarter ending with the close last December.

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Western Star 5700XE Walk Around
Equipment Editor Jim Park does a walk around of the Western Star 5700XE checking out some of the innovative features inside and out in the latest Ultimate Test Drive video. Check out Part 1 here.

Swift Transportation Reports Record 4th Quarter Profit
<p><em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> Net income totaled $58.5 million, up from $45.3 million the same time a year earlier, while basic earnings per share were 41 cents compared to 32 cents during the same time in 2013 for the Arizona-based company.

Driver Dilemma: In Search of Drivers
<p><strong>In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we&rsquo;ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020.&nbsp;</strong></p> In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we’ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020. Unfortunately, fleets are finding it difficult to reverse the trend.

HDMA Elects New Board Chairman for 2015
<p><strong>Tim Meyers, president of Alcoa Wheel &amp; Transportation Products.</strong> <em>Photo via Alcoa</em></p> The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association named Tim Myers, president of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, as its chairman of the Board of Directors.

Cummins Two-Stage Turbocharger Debuts on Nissan Titan XD
<p><em><strong>Photo: Nissan</strong></em></p> When the covers were pulled off the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup at the 2015 North American International Auto Show earlier this month, ti was also the debut of the all-new Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel engine.

TA Opens South Carolina Location off I-20
A new TA location opened in Columbia, South Carolina, announced truckstop chain TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands.

ALK Maps Releases Weather Alert Module Module for Maps
The Weather Alerts module overlays weather information on top of the existing ALK Maps platform allowing drivers and dispatchers to see where severe weather is occurring.

Got Questions Q. Can I use multi-grade oil for cold temperature operation in my 6-71 Detroit Diesel engine?

A. Detroit Diesel’s oil recommendations for all 2-stoke DD engines including the 6-71 have not wavered. Use mono-grade SAE 30 and SAE 40, subject to temperature variances. READ MORE

Got Questions Q. Are air disc brakes required on tractors or trailers?

A. No. Government regulations do not specify which types of brakes are required; they only specify required brake performance. READ MORE






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