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March 26, 2014
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ATA Unveils Campaign Aimed at Promoting Driver Image, Attracting New Drivers

The American Trucking Associations officially unveiled a new image campaign for the industry aimed at attracting drivers, educating the public about the industry's ubiquitous role in American life and the U.S. economy and changing policy makers' perceptions of trucking. The Trucking Moves America Forward campaign was announced March 26 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. “We have a great story to tell,” said Todd Spencer, executive VP of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. “We want to reach out [to the public], because America moves by truck. The people that operate trucks are some of the finest Americans, and we need to spread the word.” Spencer's OOIDA is one of several dozen partners ATA has signed on for the campaign that include carriers, manufacturers, media and truck stop chains. Kevin Birch, president of Jet Express and a VP at ATA, says the program is meant to be one that brings all members of the industry together, from carriers, owner-operators and drivers, but also one that melds even more specific interests, like unionized drivers and non-unionized drivers or company drivers and owner-operators.
Source: Commercial Carrier Journal

Editor's note: ATD is a supporter of the Trucking Moves Forward campaign.

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Class 8 Orders Up 30% in February: ACT

Class 8 net orders in February were up 30% over the same month a year ago and Classes 5-7 net orders were up 18%, according to the State of the Industry report released by ACT Research Co. (ACT). “The change in heavy-duty order velocity that began in October continued into February,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst at ACT Research Co., LLC. “Despite falling below the previous two months, February's order intake was the fifth best since Q2'06, leading to a two-year high backlog.” Vieth said that MD demand also continues strong and that February was the best order month in six years.
Source: Trailer Body Builders

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Volvo's North American Deliveries Jump 55%

Volvo Group's North American heavy-duty truck deliveries jumped 55% in February from a year ago, the company said March 20. Deliveries of its Volvo and Mack brands in North America rose to 3,896 trucks from 2,519 a year ago, Gothenberg, Sweden-based Volvo said in a statement. Volvo-brand truck North American deliveries jumped 69% to 2,412 trucks, and Mack's rose 43% to 1,477. Worldwide heavy-duty truck deliveries for all Volvo brands rose 35% to 13,740 units.
Source: Transport Topics

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Group Plans Important Vote On CNG, LNG 'Gallon Equivalent'

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) says it will vote on a measure of substantial importance to the natural gas vehicle sector during its annual meeting in Detroit in July. At issue is how compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are measured when being used as transportation fuels. Measuring by mass (e.g., pounds or kilograms) is one way; measuring by volume (e.g., gallons) is another. "Most U.S. consumers are accustomed to buying motor fuel in gallons. But natural gas isn't metered the way gasoline and diesel are," the NCWM says. "When a consumer fills up a vehicle with natural gas, the dispenser is determining the weight of the product, not the volume." Trade group NGVAmerica has been one vocal supporter of the NCWM adopting a national standard that would enable CNG and LNG to be dispensed in a diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) unit. This would match up with what the NCWM itself has recognized for CNG for nearly 20 years: the gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE). The "equivalent" metric would enable everyday consumers and fleets to compare the prices of CNG, LNG, gasoline and diesel.
Source: NGT News

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Ohio Truck Dealer Hosts Local Congressman


U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) with Jim Kling, Stark County Auto Dealers Association (SCADA) executive (left) and Andy Bellavia, general manager of AutoNation Ford in North Canton (right) during a tour of Young Truck Sales in Canton, Ohio.

Young Truck Sales in Canton, Ohio recently hosted U.S. Representative Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), to learn about their new certified natural gas repair facility. This was Congressman Gibbs third visit to Young Truck Sales, but his first to the Young Volvo store and natural gas repair facility. He had previously toured the Freightliner store and was part of a roundtable discussion along with Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on transportation issues. The meeting was led by Doug Sibila of Peoples Services and also included Dennis Nash of The KenanAdvantage Group, Paul Williams of Wooster Motor Ways, Larry Davis of the Ohio Trucking Association and Michael Birk of Frito-Lay, among others.

If you are interested in hosting your member of Congress at your dealership, contact ATD-NADA Director of Grassroots Advocacy, Patrick Calpin, at (202) 547-5500 or pcalpin@nada.org.
Source: ATD-NADA Legislative Affairs

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Top Stories
ATA Unveils Campaign Aimed at Promoting Driver Image, Attracting New Drivers
Class 8 Orders Up 30% in February: ACT
Volvo's North American Deliveries Jump 55%
Group Plans Important Vote On CNG, LNG 'Gallon Equivalent'
Ohio Truck Dealer Hosts Local Congressman

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