Truck Tonnage jumps in July, index nears record high

Truck tonnage as measured by the American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.3 percent in July, pushing the index closer to November 2013’s all-time high. Tonnage was up 3.6 percent in the month year over year.

PeopleNet recognizes 4 fleets for innovation

PeopleNet, a Trimble company and provider of fleet mobility technology, announced the recipients of its 2014 Innovator of the Year Awards, presented to fleets that demonstrate leadership in using PeopleNet products and services in unique ways to accelerate return on investment (ROI).

Court denies Navistar’s request to dismiss cases against its MaxxForce engines

A federal court Aug. 18 ruled to deny a motion made by Navistar-International to dismiss one of the lawsuits brought against it over its EGR-only MaxxForce engine line, according to court documents.

Diesel continues price slide, at 9-month low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell another eight-tenths of a cent in the week ended Aug. 18, putting it at $3.835, according to the DOE. That’s the lowest the national average price has been since the week ended Nov. 18 ...

Agency pushing for industry-DOT joint rulemaking for entry-level driving training rule

In an attempt to satisfy requirements of the current MAP-21 highway funding law, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it is checking the feasibility of producing a required entry-level driver training rule as a “negotiated rulemaking,” or “reg neg.”

Carrier ordered to pay nearly $1M in back wages, damages for retaliatory firings

Two drivers and a foreman for the Pontiac, Mich.-based Asphalt Specialists have been awarded $953,916 in back wages and damages after the Department of Transportation deemed they were wrongfully terminated for refusing to drive beyond federal hours of service limits.

Former FMCSA employee sentenced in tax refund scheme

A federal judge has sentenced a former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration employee to 15 months in prison and ordered $546,785 in restitution for participating in a tax refund conspiracy.

Celadon upgrades tractor fleet

Celadon Trucking Services announced a substantial investment in its overall fleet with its recent purchase of more than 1500 new tractors.  The Celadon order consisted of Kenworth T680 tractors from Paccar as well as LoneStar and ProStar models from International.  The Kenworths will be used ...

Navistar introduces medium-duty fuel efficiency package

Navistar announced it is offering the Allison Transmission FuelSense fuel-efficiency package on its medium-duty and vocational International truck models. FuelSense, available in Allison’s 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 series transmissions, automatically adapts shift schedules and torque, maximizing transmission efficiency based on load, grade and duty cycle, without ...

Monday Money: ‘Tis the season for freight slowdowns; volume, rates still ahead of last year

A roundup of recent reports on the state of freight shows the usual summer slowdown in volume, but the broader economy continues to trend favorably heading into the fall freight season.

Truck nav, bypass service combined in app from ALK and Drivewyze

ALK is bringing its GPS navigation functionality, pairing it with Drivewyze’s PreClear, the mobile-based weigh station bypass service, in a new app called CoPilot Truck.

Cummins claims early emissions compliance with medium-duty engines

Cummins Inc announced  that it has received certification for its 6.7L Turbo Diesel from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), meeting the Low-Emission Vehicle III (LEV III) standards. This new standard applies to all vehicles under 14,000 lb GVWR. The Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel powers ...

Roadcheck 2014 results: Hours, brake violations top out-of-service orders

Of the 72,415 drivers inspected in this year’s Roadcheck inspection spree, 4.8 percent were placed out-of-service, and more than half of those were placed out-of-service due to hours of service or logbook violations.

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