Frozen Food Express to Slow Fleet’s Speed to 62 MPH

Refrigerated truckload carrier Frozen Food Express Industries said Thursday it will lower the maximum speed of its trucks to 62 miles per hour, from 65 mph, in an effort to save money on fuel.

“This is a decision we’ve been contemplating for quite some time, and we simply have to take some definitive action, as many other carriers have already done, to offset costs that are rising faster than our ability to deal with them,” said FFE Chief Operating Officer Russell Stubbs.

The reduction will save the company up to 1,000 gallons of fuel per truck, per year, he said. At the end of the first quarter, FFE had 2,029 trucks in service, 1,485 of which were company operated.

Less-than-truckload company Con-way Freight in March turned back the speed governors on its 8,400-tractor fleet to 62 mph, from 65 mph, also in an effort to cut fuel use and save money.
Frozen Food Express is ranked No. 55 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.