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Diesel prices rise again, by 2.6 cents on average across the U.S.
Sep 05, 2018 12:24:45

The average cost for a gallon of diesel fuel nationwide on Monday went up by 2.6 cents compared to a week previous, according to the Energy Information Administration. On Monday, Sept. 3, the EIA reported the U.S. average price per gallon of diesel cost $3.252. The average price per gallon for diesel fuel is 49.4 cents higher than a year ago. The year started with an average U.S. price for diesel on Jan. 1 of $2.973. Following are the average prices by region as reported by the EIA on Mon...


US Mexico agree, US Canada, not so much
Sep 04, 2018 15:32:37

A week ago, the U.S. and Mexico reached an agreement on revisions to the current North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump then said Canada had until Friday to climb on board—a significant date because Congress needs 90 days’ notification to approve a new NAFTA, and Mexico gets a new president at the start of December. However, Canada and the U.S. did not meet the negotiating deadline, and talks are to continue this week.   American Trucking Associations President and CEO...


Speed Limits in Champaign-Urbana Area Reduced
Sep 04, 2018 15:31:26

Already in effect in the Champaign-Urbana area, the posted speed limit along Interstate 74 from west of Interstate 57 to east of Cunningham Avenue will be reduced from 70 mph to 60 mph, according to an IDOT news release.   IDOT cited a recently completed speed study on I-74 and I-57 in the Champaign-Urbana area that revealed prevailing speeds, crash rates and number of interchanges. Those stats justified the speed limit reduction on I-74. However, the study also suggested that the 70 ...


Dicom Purchased By Royal Mail
Sep 04, 2018 15:29:55

Canadian parcel, freight and logistics company Dicom Canada has been purchased by the British postal service Royal Mail for $360 million.   It’s the largest acquisition for the Royal Mail since it became a listed company in 2013.  Dicom Canada, previously owned by Chicago private equity firm Wind Point Partners, has 28 depots and operates mainly in the eastern provinces and Quebec. ...


WALMART FILES PATENT APPLICATION FOR ROBOTIC BLOCKCHAIN LOGISTICS
Sep 04, 2018 15:28:16

The US retail giant Walmart has applied to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to patent a blockchain system for deliveries, according to an official patent document released August 30. The new patent aims to provide a technology for running “in-field authenticating of autonomous electronic devices” to enable secure deliveries. The patent specifies that “in exemplary embodiments, two autonomous electronic devices, such as delivery drones or household autonomous ...


Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance App
Sep 04, 2018 15:24:23

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is offering the April 1, 2018, North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial for purchase as a downloadable app onto your smart device. You’ll have access via your smartphone or tablet to all of the same information that’s currently in the 233-page print version of the handbook, along with other helpful and important resources for commercial motor vehicle law enforcement and the motor carrier industry, such as inspe...


Manac Acquires Alutrec
Sep 04, 2018 15:14:57

Manac announced it closed a deal to acquire aluminum flatdeck trailer manufacturer Alutrec. Alutrec is based in Laurier-Station, Que. “We are proud to announce this transaction. Alutrec has a great range of products in the aluminum platform segment which are complementary to those of Manac,” announced Charles Dutil, president and CEO of Manac. “The combination of Alutrec’s technical expertise in the aluminum flatbed market and Manac’s dominant position in the ...


Penske joins CharIN vehicle charging standard initiative
Aug 23, 2018 09:51:42

Penske Truck Leasing has joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), a worldwide industry alliance focused on promoting Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging electric vehicles (EVs) of all types.   Penske will focus its attention on helping to promote electric vehicle charging standards for commercial vehicles in North America by participating with the group’s High Power Charging for Commercial Vehicles Task Force (HPCCV Task Force). Penske Tr...


Diesel To Hold Dominance as Truck Motive Fuel
Aug 23, 2018 09:48:58

Diesel will remain as the dominant fuel for commercial vehicles, even as alternative fuels and powertrain options become more viable. That was the message from Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, when speaking at the ACT Research North American Commercial Vehicle and Transportation Industries seminar.   He said diesel will retain its dominant role due to continuous improvements in emissions reductions and efficiencies. “Diesel is the gold stan...


FMCSA Grants Waiver for GPS Device
Aug 23, 2018 09:45:33

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a waiver requested by Traditional Trucking Corporation earlier this year to allow drivers and carriers to mount a GPS on the windshield within the areas allowed for “vehicle safety technology” devices.   The five-year waiver is effective immediately and applies to any motor carrier mounting a GPS on the windshield. The waiver allows the mounting of GPS devices no more than four inches below the upper edge of the a...


GATS 2018 Entertainment and Education
Aug 22, 2018 10:00:32

The 2018 edition of the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas will offer a blend of education and entertainment. GATS will run from Aug. 23-25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. “This year, the Great American Trucking Show is bringing more than 500 industry exhibitors to over 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, making GATS a playground for professional truckers,” said Stacy McCants, Randall-Reilly’s vice president of events. “We truly believe this...


FMCSA Is Seeking Comment On Hours Of Service Revisions
Aug 22, 2018 09:59:08

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced yesterday that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers. The upcoming Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which will be published in the Federal Register, responds to widespread Congressional, industry, and citizen concerns and seeks feedback from the public to determine if HOS revisions may alleviate unnecessary...


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Ram Tracking Grows
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Diesel Price Drops Again
Nov 14, 2018 14:20:37

The average price per gallon for a diesel fuel dropped 2 cents on Monday, Nov. 12, compared to the Monday b...